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Heat president Pat Riley called center Bam Adebayo "a cornerstone of our franchise" in regards to the upcoming decision they have to make on him. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: It's no secret that the Heat want to have maximum cap flexibility when it comes to the impressive free agent class of 2021, highlighted by Giannis Antetokounmpo. Meanwhile, Adebayo is likely seeking a max contract, but the Heat can only sign a max contract free agent if they wait to extend their homegrown big man. “From a practicality standpoint, regardless of what the numbers are, we know what our priorities are, and it is to take care of the players that we have,” Riley said. “We know we have a decision Bam has to make and we do with him. We know the guys that have sacrificed for us that we really like. Our free agents, especially Goran (Dragic), who has been here for five years. It’s going to be a little bit dicey for us because of wanting that flexibility. But if things can happen prior to that, I think we have to take care of our own, as much as we can," Riley said. Miami certainly has some interesting decisions to make following their NBA Finals run inside the bubble.

Category: Rumors

Cavs coach J.B. Bickerstaff says talks with C Andre Drummond "have been about the future, what next year is going to look like, how he wants to be part of the team and how we can use him effectively." (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Drummond has a $28.7 million player option that he's likely to opt into. The two sides have discussed a long-term contract before, but recent reports are that they're far apart in preliminary discussions. There's a possibility that Drummond is on the trade block at some point during 2021.

Category: Rumors

Ian Begley of SNY reports the Pacers could have interest in trading for Celtics wing Gordon Hayward this offseason. (Source: SNY)

Fantasy Impact: Hayward is an Indiana native who played at Butler, so he certainly has a reasonable connection to the Pacers organization. Hayward is expected to pick up his $34 million player option for the upcoming season. Meanwhile, Indiana could look to part ways with Victor Oladipo if they're unable to come to an agreement on a contract extension. Perhaps there's the makings of a trade here. Celtics GM Danny Ainge has always been willing to think outside the box.

Category: Rumors

Nets PG Kyrie Irving says he's fully recovered from the shoulder procedure that sidelined him for much of the 2019-20 campaign. (Source: New York Post)

Fantasy Impact: Irving appeared in just 20 games in his first season with the Nets. He played well during his time on the floor, however, and the polarizing 28-year-old could wind up returning first-round fantasy value if he stays healthy during the upcoming season. Of course, playing alongside a healthy Kevin Durant should do wonders for Irving's efficiency.

Category: Injury Updates

Celtics C Daniel Theis underwent arthroscopic knee surgery to remove loose bodies on Tuesday. (Source: Boston Celtics on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: No timetable was given but it sounds like a minor procedure. Theis should have plenty of time to get ready for training camp, whenever that will be. A starter for the Celtics this past season, Theis could see his workload decrease should Robert Williams make a year-two leap.

Category: Injury Updates

Los Angeles Lakers F/C Anthony Davis is expected to opt out of his contract and resign with the Lakers. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Davis was a eligible to become a free agent at the conclusion of the 2019-2020 season. After winning his first NBA title with the Lakers, he’ll resign and will likely be the cornerstone of the Lakers franchise. The seven-time All-Star played a pivotal role for the Lakers and the dynamic duo of he and LeBron James will make another run at the championship next season. Fantasy managers should expect AD to be a top-5 pick in fantasy drafts next season.

Category: Transactions, Rumors

The Lakers will start G Alex Caruso over C Dwight Howard in Game 6 on Sunday night. (Source: Shams Charania)

Fantasy Impact: The Lakers are shaking things up in Game 6, as they’ll go small with Caruso in the starting lineup. Rajon Rondo could also see extended run off the bench if the Lakers are wanting to play smaller throughout the game. Caruso makes for a very good DFS play as the news of him starting came after prices were set.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 16 points (6-15 FG, 3-8 3PT, 1-1 FT) and added three rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one turnover across 31 minutes in a 111-108 loss to the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

Fantasy Impact: Caldwell-Pope played well in Game 5, hitting a couple of big shots to help the Lakers stay in the game. His plays were certainly momentum builders, but the Lakers ultimately fell short. KCP is not a target for a single game or showdown DFS competitions, but he will continue to earn minutes in the 30's as the Lakers look to close out the Heat in six games on Sunday.

Category: Game Recaps

LeBron James dropped a game-high 40 points (15-21 FG, 4-6 FT) while grabbing 13 rebounds, dishing out seven assists, and adding three steals, six triples, and four turnovers across 42 minutes of play in a 111-108 loss to the Miami Heat in Game 5 on Friday night.

Fantasy Impact: James went 6-for-9 from beyond the arc, his highest three-point total of the 2020 NBA Playoffs. As evidenced by his gaudy stat line, James played like a man possessed, and when it came down to crunch time, he delivered a perfect pass to Danny Green on a wide-open three-pointer to win the game (and the series), but came up short. James is one win away from his fourth title, but the Heat are not going away. King James' next opportunity to hoist the NBA trophy will come on Sunday for Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

Category: Game Recaps

Miami Heat G Kendrick Nunn contributed 14 points (6-11 FG, 2-4 3PT) in 28 minutes off the bench in Game 5, along with four rebounds, and three assists in a 111-108 win over the Lakers.

Fantasy Impact: Nunn is now firmly apart of Heat's seven-man rotation, earning at least 20 minutes in the past five games. He's averaging 11.0 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.0 assists while shooting 51% from the field in the NBA Finals. However, he's still not trustworthy in single game and showdown mode DFS formats.

Category: Game Recaps

Duncan Robinson torched the Lakers in 37 minutes, scoring 26 points (8-15 FG, 3-3 FT) along with five rebounds, two assists, one steal, and a game-high seven three's in a 111-108 win over the Lakers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

Fantasy Impact: Robinson was unconscious on Friday night, tying his playoff-high with seven three-pointers and netting a new playoff-high with 26 points. He bailed out the Heat on several possessions down the stretch and the Lakers couldn't stop him from firing away out of the pick and roll. He's stepped up over the past three games, scoring at least 13 points with three triples per game over that span. He'll look to keep up his hot shooting heading into Game 6 on Sunday.

Category: Game Recaps

Tyler Herro struggled from the field in Game 5, scoring 12 points (4-11 FG, 2-3 3PT, 2-2 FT) and adding three assists, one rebound, and two turnovers across 31 minutes in a win over the Lakers on Friday night.

Fantasy Impact: Herro was defended well by the Lakers backcourt and was only a minor factor offensively in Game 5. Still, he sealed the victory by hitting two free throws with less than two seconds to play to close out the win. Herro will continue to be the third or fourth option for the Heat as long as Goran Dragic remains sidelined.

Category: Game Recaps

Jimmy Butler dropped 35 points (11-19 FG, 1-3 3PT, 12-12 FT) and added 12 rebounds, 11 assists, five steals, one block, and three turnovers across 47 minutes in a 111-108 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

Fantasy Impact: Butler was a true thoroughbred, only sitting for 48 seconds of Game 5 and carrying the Heat to victory. He did it all on offense, making challenging drives to the basket while knocking down his signature mid-range jumpers. He was also a dog on defense, snatching five steals and ultimately getting his second triple-double of the series. The Heat will look to avoid elimination again on Sunday, down 3-2 heading into Game 6.

Category: Game Recaps

Dallas Mavericks F/C Kristaps Porzingis underwent surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Porzingis amazingly played two additional games in the Mavs first-round series against the Clippers after tearing his meniscus in Game 1. Through three games of the first-round, Porzingis averaged 23.7 points and 8.7 rebounds in 31.3 minutes per game while shooting 52.5 percent (21-40 FGs) from the field, and 52.9 percent (9-17 3PT) from beyond the arc. There is no timetable for his return, and with the start of the 2020-2021 season still TBD, Porzingis may have some additional time to rehab before the official start of training camp next season.

Category: Injury Updates, Rumors

Miami Heat PG Goran Dragic will miss Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Friday night due to a torn plantar fascia. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Heat are on the brink of elimination, and Miami will once again be without one of their best scorers in Dragic. Dragic continues to lobby to play, but the Heat will need to get a win tonight for any chance of him returning on the floor for the NBA Finals.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions

Kelly Olynyk saw 37 minutes in a 124-114 loss to the Lakers in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, providing 24 points (9-16 FG, 3-7 3PT, 3-5 FT) and adding nine rebounds, two assists, with two turnovers.

Fantasy Impact: Olynyk looked great on the offensive end, putting up the second-most field attempts for the Heat and was the only Miami player to score 20+ points aside from Jimmy Butler on Friday night. His nine rebounds tied a playoff career-high, and he's likely going to serve as the primary beneficiary if Bam Adebayo is going to miss Game 3 on Sunday.

Category: Game Recaps

Jae Crowder contributed 12 points (5-6 FG, 2-3 3PT) and added seven rebounds and two assists across 28 minutes in a 124-114 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

Fantasy Impact: Crowder had an efficient night offensively but finished Game 2 with a plus/minus of -14, the second-worst on the team. He's knocked down at least one three-pointer in 16 of his last 17 playoff games but will need to be more aggressive in Game 3 if the Heat will have a chance to climb back in the series down 2-0.

Category: Game Recaps

The Philadelphia 76ers and Doc Rivers have reached an agreement for Rivers to become Philadelphia's next head coach. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rivers is undoubtedly an upgrade over Brett Brown, who was ousted quickly after the Sixers first-round loss to the Celtics. Rivers is a good fit for the Sixers as a former point guard in the NBA and won a championship as head coach of the Celtics in 2008. There's no question that Rivers will have his work cut out for him. The Sixers have some substantial contractual hurdles to overcome along with apparent deficiencies in skillsets and chemistry issues, so he'll be busy in his first season at the helm.

Rajon Rondo played 25 minutes in a 116-98 win over the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, scoring seven points (2-7 FG, 1-5 3PT, 2-2 FT) with four assists, three rebounds, and one turnover.

Fantasy Impact: Rondo played his role well, facilitating the second unit and delivered a highlight reel assist to LeBron James in the midst of a blowout win over the Heat. The veteran point guard has championship pedigree and will continue getting minutes in the mid 20's. He'll continue to be a cheap source of production in DFS for his ability to rack up assists, rebounds, and steals in limited minutes.

Category: Game Recaps

Kyle Kuzma grabbed eight rebounds off the bench in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, and shot one-for-seven from the field (one triple), scoring three points with two assists across 22 minutes in a blowout victory against the Miami Heat.

Fantasy Impact: Kuzma struggled on Wednesday missing six-of-seven attempts but found a way to contribute by attacking the glass, pulling down eight rebounds (two offensive). Kuzma had a plus/minus of +11 and will look to find his rhythm in Game 2 on Friday.

Category: Game Recaps