Atlanta Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon has exercised his player option for the 2018-2019 NBA season, Yahoo Sports's Shams Charania reports. Dedmon, who started in 46 of the 62 games he played in last season, is coming off his best season in the league. He averaged 10 points and 7.9 rebounds per game last year for the Hawks. Dedmon, who missed time early in the season with a leg injury, lost his starting spot to Miles Plumlee after returning from the injury, but earned the role back by the end of the season. Dedmon's fantasy value next season will depend greatly on what the Hawks do in Thursday's draft, but if the team doesn't pick a big then Dedmon will retain value in most formats. If he's relegated to a bench role, he'll be nothing more than a waiver wire option in the event that Atlanta's new starting center is injured during the season.
Charlotte Hornets center Dwight Howard has been traded to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for center Timofey Mozgov. In addition to acquiring Mozgov, Charlotte will also receive two second-round draft picks and cash. Howard saw a significant increase in production in his lone year as a Hornet, averaging 16.6 points, 12.5 boards and nearly two blocks per outing. In addition to getting Mozgov's contract off the books, Howard can provide much needed relief for a Brooklyn team that struggled defending the interior last season. However, if center Jarrett Allen remains with the team this upcoming season, Howard will likely see a reduction in minutes.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James left it all on the floor in Game 4 as his team got swept for the second time in his 15-year career. James took only 13 shots in this one recording 23 points while dishing out eight assists and hauling in seven rebounds with six turnovers in 41 minutes. It later came out that James suffered a bone contusion in his right hand after a Game 1 incident where he punched a blackboard. Surgery is not expected and we know this will not have any effect on the King moving forward. James will be the biggest story in free-agency this summer and either way, he is going to be a top-5 player next year no matter where he suits up for his 16th season.
Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard/small forward J.R. Smith scored all 10 of his points in the first half as his club got swept in the Finals to end their season. Smith converted 3-for-8 from the floor and played some excellent defense throughout this game on Kevin Durant to contain the superstar to just 20 points. We will have to see if Smith can bounce back next season after his Game 1 blunder as he is on the books for two more years with Cavs and is owed nearly 31 million over those two seasons.
Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard/small forward Rodney Hood was able to do a little bit of everything off the bench for his club. Hood struggled from the floor going 4-for-14 en route to 10 points and was able to chip in eight rebounds with two steals and a block. Hood came to life in the series last two games and will hope to continue this push next season. Depending on the direction the Cavs plan to go next season, we could see Hood having a much larger role in the rotation if The King leaves town.
Cleveland Cavaliers power forward/center Kevin Love could not get things going in this one as his team got swept by the Golden State Warriors. Love managed to connect on only 4-for-13 from the floor en route to just 13 points while hauling down nine rebounds on the night. Love played excellent in this series first three games but could not keep it going to help extend the series. Love's future is a bit in the air as who knows what direction the Cavs will be going in and this will be based on Mr. James's next move.
Golden State Warriors shooting guard/small forward Klay Thompson had a scoreless first half but his club still managed the series sweep. Thompson had a rough first half but got things going in the third quarter where he scored all of his 10 points on the night. Thompson looked to be limping at moments early on but shook off his rough start to help his team pull away in the third of which they had dominated in throughout these playoffs. Thompson will enjoy some time off to rest his ankle and we will see the gunner continue to be an excellent pick up in next years third round of drafts.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry recorded 37 points as his club secured their second-straight Finals win. Curry connected on nine of his club's first 13 points to start the game and had 20 points at the half. Curry also chipped in seven triples, six rebounds with four assists and swatted three shots on the night. Curry was gunning for his first Finals MVP but Kevin Durant was just too good in this series. Curry again is a projected first-round pick next season and we can expect amazing output again from the sniper next season.
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant notched a triple-double to secure his second straight Finals MVP as his club swept the Cleveland Cavaliers. Durant recorded 20 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and distributed 10 assists while swatting away three shots on the night. Durant averaged 28.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 7.5 assists in these finals and joins an elite group of players who recorded back-to-back Finals MVP awards. Durant will be back with the Dubs and will look to lead his team to a third straight Finals win making him an excellent addition to anyone's roster for the 2018-19 season.
Golden State Warriors shooting guard/small forward Andre Iguodala was excellent for his club off the bench in the Game 4 series win. Iguodala connected on three first-half triples en route to 11 points while swatting away two shots and picking up two steals on the night. Iguodala saved one of his better games of these playoffs for when it mattered most and it will be interesting to see how the veteran wing player bounces back for next season as he is entering his 14th season and is nearly 35 years old.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James again did all he could to try and secure his clubs first Finals win but it was not enough as his club lost by eight points. James converted 33 points while dishing out 11 assists and grabbing 10 rebounds on the night. He also managed to add two steals and swatted two shots to add to his already impressive line. James tweaked his ankle prior to halftime but it did not seem to bother him as he sat just a single minute in this one. We know James is not going down without a fight and with the season on the line, we can expect another massive line from the do-it-all superstar in Game 4.
Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard/small forward J.R. Smith came out firing in this one but his club still managed the Game 3 loss to the Golden State Warriors. Smith started the game hot scoring five of the Cavs first eight points en route to 13 total points on the night. Smith also chipped in four rebounds with three steals in his 33 minutes of action. We know Smith will come out firing in Game 4 which makes him a serious look as if he can get hot he can definitely be worth an add to your DFS lineup.
Cleveland Cavaliers power forward/center Kevin Love continued his brilliant play in Game 3 but it was not enough as his club fell short. Love had his third double-double of finals as he scored 20 points while grabbing a team-high 13 rebounds and was able to add three assists in just 31 minutes. Love is averaging 21.0 points and 12.0 rebounds on 43.1% in these finals which has helped the Cavaliers be competitive and we should expect similar output in Game 4 from the big man which makes him a solid add if his price tag is right.
Cleveland Cavalier shooting guard/small forward Rodney Hood provided a huge spark off the bench in Game 3 but it was not enough as the Cavs went down in Game 3. Hood was efficient knocking down seven of his 11 shots and even grabbed six rebounds on the night. The Cavs ran many isolations plays for Hood and he made the most of these possessions but it can not be overlooked that he was a team-worst minus-12 when he was on the floor. We can expect similar minutes from the wing player in Game 4 which makes for an intriguing play for Hood in that one.
Golden State Warriors shooting guard/small forward Klay Thompson could not get things going in Game 3 but his team still managed to get the win. Thompson connected on just four of his 11 attempts from the floor for 10 points but was able to haul down four rebounds and managed to get a steal with a single block. Thompson is still averaging 18.0 points on 50% shooting in these finals and we can expect a bounce-back game for the shooter in Game 4 as the Warriors will be looking for the series sweep.
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant was just amazing as he poured in 43 points to help secure the Game 3 win of the Finals. Durant was 15-for-23 from the floor and hauled down a team-high 13 rebounds while dishing out seven assists to top off his amazing line. Durant is an amazing 25-for-37 from the floor in the last two games after struggling in Game 1. Kevin Durant is playing too good right to be ignored and we can expect the sharpshooter to keep it going in Game 4 as he will be gunning for another Finals MVP.
Golden State Warriors power forward/center Draymond Green continued his solid play in Game 3 of the Finals. Green just missed out on a double-double as he scored 11 points and dished out a team-high nine assists in 40 minutes of action. Green hauled down just two rebounds which were a postseason low and he also picked up his fifth technical as he was getting tangled up throughout the night with Tristan Thompson. As we know, Green is worth a DFS spot on any night as he can contribute in so many different ways.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry could not follow up his historic Game 2 but his club still managed the victory in Game 3. Curry struggled from the get-go only scoring two points in the first half to eventually finishing with just 11 points on 3-for-16 shooting from the floor. The Cavaliers did all they could at the defensive end to contain the superstar but it was still not enough as the Warriors had too many weapons on this night. It is highly unlikely Curry will have back-to-back dud nights, so we can expect the sniper to come out firing in Game 4 as he guns for his first finals MVP.
Golden State Warriors guard/forward Andre Iguodala (leg) has been upgraded to questionable for Game 3 at the Cavaliers. Iguodala suffered a contusion to his left leg during Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against Houston and has missed the last six games as a result. Not having experienced any pain for the past few days, Iggy may find himself suiting up on Wednesday night and potentially thrust back into the starting lineup for a reuniting of the "Death Lineup." However, if he is unable to go yet again, expect guard Shaun Livingston to be the main benefactor off of the bench with center JaVale McGee likely getting the start at the five spot.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James nearly converted a triple-double in the Game 2 loss to the Golden State Warriors. James finished with a team-high 29 points on 20 shots to go along with 13 assists and nine rebounds on the night. James was excellent as usual setting up his teammates for easy buckets throughout this one hoping to get his teammates more involved offensively. With the series shifting to Cleveland for Game 3 where the Cavaliers are 8-1, we can expect more incredible output from the superstar and he should be added in all lineups.
Cleveland Cavalier center Tristan Thompon provided some excellent minutes (23) but his club still came out on the losing end in Game 2. Thompson connected on 5-for-8 from the floor for 11 points while grabbing five rebounds and was a Cavs starters best minus-1 on the night. Thompson made some great slips to the basket off of screens for some easy makes but the Cavs will need even more out of their big man in Game 3 as the series shifts to Cleveland.
Cleveland Cavaliers power forward/center Kevin Love played another solid game, but it was not enough as his club lost Game 2. Love shot 7-for-18 from the floor for 22 points and hauled down a team-high 10 rebounds in 35 minutes. Love did most of his damage in the third quarter where he scored 13 points in that frame. The Cavaliers will need even more out of their second option in Game 3, so we are safe to say the big man will come out firing which makes him a decent play for that contest.
Cleveland Cavaliers guard George Hill was excellent for his club but it was not enough as they lost Game 2. George Hill came out aggressive in this one scoring 12 of 15 points in the first half on 5-for-12 shooting. Hill was also able to dish out three assists with two steals and a block in 34 minutes of play. Hill was quiet in the fourth quarter though as he often ended up guarding the bigger Kevin Durant in the post off of switches which may have tired the guard. We can hope Hill keeps up the aggressiveness in Game 3 which makes him an interesting play for that one.
Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard/small forward J.R. Smith could not make up for his Game 1 mistake scoring just five points in 31 minutes of action as his club lost Game 2. Cleveland fans were hoping to see the sniper turn up in this one to put his Game 1 mistake behind him but it was not Smith's night. He was non-factor in this one and we can hope the wing player can turn it around as the series moves back to Cleveland where hopefully the home fans can help Smith to get going again.
Golden State Warriors power forward/center Draymond Green connected on just 2-for-4 of his shots but otherwise provided a decent line as his club got the Game 2 win. Green did not need to look to score (five points) as his teammates were hitting on all cylinders in this one. Green was still able to provide eight rebounds and dished out seven assists which made his line still a decent one. Even if Green is not scoring, we know he is able to be a valuable add in DFS with his ability to fill so many categories.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry went off in Game 2 connecting on an NBA Finals record nine makes from three. Curry was on fire tonight connecting on his nine makes on 17 attempts with five of them coming in the final frame to score 33 points in the game. Curry is making an early push for finals MVP with averages of 31.0 points, 8.5 assists and 6.5 rebounds in the series first two games and is not showing any signs of slowing down. With Curry playing this well and what looks like his injury issues are behind him, it is hard not to have the superstar in your lineup for Game 3.
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant was a solid 10-for-14 from the floor as his club got the Game 2 win. Durant started the game making his first five shots en route to matching his Game 1 total of 26 points but did it tonight in eight fewer shots. Durant also added nine rebounds while dishing out seven assists and swatting two shots. The Warriors went to KD in the post off of mismatches down the stretch which led to George Hill defending the bigger wing player and it proved great results. If KD continues this type of efficient play then we may be seeing this series over sooner then later.
Golden State Warriors shooting guard/small forward Klay Thompson logged 34 minutes and showed no signs of his high ankle sprain that he suffered in Game 1 as his club got the win. Thompson connected on 8-for-13 from the floor for 20 points and hauled down two rebounds with a single steal. Thompson may not be 100% but he did not show any signs of the injury in the win and there is no reason to not look at the sniper for your lineup for Game 3 as we have yet to see a Thompson shooting explosion yet in this series.