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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.


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.


Miami Heat G Goran Dragic has been ruled out of Game 4 of the NBA Finals versus the LA Lakers on Tuesday night due to plantar fascia injury. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Dragic went down with a torn plantar fascia in Game 1 and will miss his third game in a row. Tyler Herro will soak up a majority of the minutes in place for Dragic along with Kendrick Nunn.


Sources tell ESPN that Doc Rivers is out as head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Wow, this is a surprise as Doc Rivers led the Clippers to the second-best record in the regular season and helped lure Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to LA. While the Clippers inability to make the Western Conference Finals was viewed as a disappointment, this is still a shocking development. The Clippers will now begin the search for a new head coach for a team with loads of talent but notable chemistry concerns.


According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, there is optimism that Celtics F Gordon Hayward (right ankle sprain) can make his return to the lineup for Game 3, barring any setbacks in pre-game warmups. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The return of Gordon Hayward certainly adds another weapon for the Celtics, who are down 2-0 against Miami. Hayward hasn't played in over a month so if he's able to play, he'll likely see between 20-25 minutes.


Los Angeles Lakers PG Rajon Rondo is listed as questionable for Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Friday due to back spasms. (Source: NBA Injury Report)

Fantasy Impact: Rondo enjoyed a resurgence in the second round of the NBA playoffs, averaging 10.6 points, 7.0 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 2.2 steals, and 1.6 three's per game while shooting 48% from the field. Rondo's been great off the bench and could provide a cheap source of production for DFS players looking to fill out their roster with a minimal budget.


Lakers G Dion Waiters is listed as doubtful for Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Friday due to a sore left groin. (Source: NBA Injury Report)

Fantasy Impact: Waiters has not appeared for the Lakers since Game 2 of the Western Conference semi-finals against the Houston Rockets. With Rajon Rondo listed as questionable, the Lakers will likely give more minutes to JR Smith and Talen Horton-Tucker off the bench.


Dallas Mavericks PG Luka Doncic earned 2019-2020 All-NBA first-team honors. (Source: NBA.com)

Fantasy Impact: The second-year player had a phenomenal season, averaging 28.8 points, 9.4 rebounds, 8.8 assists, 1.0 steal, and 2.8 three's per contest while shooting 46% from the field and 32% from three across 61 games. Doncic led the NBA in triple-doubles with 17 and also earned All-Bubble first-team honors to close out the regular season. Fantasy players should feel confident selecting him within the first three picks next season.


According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Bucks PG Eric Bledsoe is expected to become a potential trade target this offseason. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bledsoe signed a four-year, $70 million extension back in March 2019 that will expire in 2022-2023. However, 'rival experts' say that the Bucks are looking to acquire more shooting and a playmaker to pair with Giannis Antetokounmpo, making Bledsoe expendable. He is coming off a good season, being named to the 2019-2020 NBA All-Defensive second team and will bode well for his trade value along with a contract that carries a $17.5M annual salary.


According to Raptors HC Nick Nurse, Serge Ibaka is "okay" and will not have any restrictions for Game 6 on Wednesday. (Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ibaka will be ready to go in a pivotal elimination game for the Raptors, who are down 3-2 in the Eastern Conference semi-finals matchup against the Boston Celtics. Ibaka was seen in a walking boot yesterday, but it's being considered a precautionary measure. DFS players should expect to see Ibaka play his usual 20-25 minutes off the bench on Wednesday.


According to Kevin O'Conner of the Ringer, the Sixers front-office has "seriously debated" going after Chris Paul. (Source: Michael Kaskey-Blomain on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Sixers don't have the cap space available to trade for Chris Paul - primarily because he is owed $41M next season and $44M in 2021-22. If the Sixers are going to pull this off, they'll have to part with cornerstone players and will likely have to get another team involved.


Ben Simmons was selected for the 2019-2020 NBA All-Defensive First team. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Simmons led the NBA in steals with 2.1 per contest. As a 6'10" point guard, Simmons has established himself as one of the premier defenders in the NBA with his ability to guard every position from guard to center. Simmons is an exceptional talent, and this could be the start of him being honored annually amongst his peers for his defensive prowess. Before undergoing a season-ending injury, Simmons averaged 16.4 points, 8.0 assists, 7.8 rebounds, 2.1 steals, and 0.6 blocks across 57 games played.


Nuggets C Nikola Jokic is listed as questionable with a right wrist sprain for Game 3 on Monday. (Source: Mike Singer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Though Jokic is listed as questionable, he's coming off a dominant 26-point, 18 rebound performance in Game 2. Expect him to fight through his wrist injury and be a solid play in DFS tomorrow.