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Mikal Bridges has been traded to the Phoenix Suns for Zhaire Smith and a 2021 first-round pick.

Fantasy Impact: Bridges will join co-2018 draftee, and first overall pick, DeAndre Ayton in Phoenix. Bridges will likely slot in behind TJ Warren and Marquese Chriss in a three-and-D type role. With the trade, Bridges can be left on the draft board and waiver wire until it's clear how he'll be used in Phoenix.

The Phoenix Suns have selected Zhaire Smith, guard from Texas Tech, with the 16th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Smith will reportedly be traded to the 76ers.

Fantasy Impact: Smith's main contributions at Texas Tech were on the defensive side of the ball, which is likely one of the main reasons Philadelphia made a move for him. His athleticism allows him to make plays on offense, but he likely won't be a top 2 or 3 scoring option any time soon. Unless your league is deeper than average and heavily rewards steals and rebounds, you can leave Smith on the draft board.

The Los Angeles Clippers have selected Miles Bridges, forward from Michigan State, with the 12th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Per reports, Bridges will be traded to the Charlotte Hornets.

Fantasy Impact: Bridges will join Kemba Walker (pending trade talks) and Nicolas Batum as an athletic wing who can score from anywhere on the court. Bridges should slot into the starting lineup for the Hornets, creating more space on the floor for Batum and more playmaking options for Walker, all while defending multiple positions. Bridges is worth the late-round draft pick or early season waiver-wire addition thanks to the fit in Charlotte.

After being drafted 11th overall by the Charlotte Hornets, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has now been dealt to the Los Angeles Clippers for the 12th pick and two second rounders.

Fantasy Impact: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is a significantly better fit on the Clippers considering Kemba Walker was clearly clogging up the point guard spot for the Hornets. Shai should find his way into the Clippers main rotation quickly and will be worthy of a fantasy roster spot from day one.

The Atlanta Hawks have selected Luka Doncic, guard from Real Madrid (Spain), with the 3rd overall pick of the 2018 NBA Draft. Per reports, Doncic will be traded to the Dallas Mavericks.

Fantasy Impact: Doncic's abilities as a guard, combined with his forward size, make him a prototypical player for the new wing-dominated NBA. Doncic should be an instant starter in Dallas alongside Dennis Smith Jr. and will have an immediate fantasy impact. While it remains to be seen what level of production he'll bring, Doncic is a solid mid- to late-round draft addition if you're willing to take the risk.

Timofey Mozgov has been traded to the Hornets in exchange for C Dwight Howard plus two future second-round draft picks and cash considerations. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Howard just can't remain on a team for very long as he is now a member of the Nets. The Hornets are looking to rebuild and could also deal Kemba Walker. Mozgov is way off the fantasy radar but this move leaves little in Charlotte.

The Charlotte Hornets are finalizing a deal to send Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets for Timofey Mozgov and two future second-round picks. The Nets will save $17M on the deal in 2019-20, allowing them to create two max salary slots. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In what appears to be purely a money move for both teams, the Hornets will unload Howard in an effort to get under the luxury tax while the Nets could make a run at big name free agents next season with two max salary slots. This ultimately is bad news in the short term for Jarrett Allen's stock since Howard will likely be the starting center. Willy Hernangomez should see extra minutes in Charlotte with Howard's departure.

Rudy Gay declined his player option with the Spurs for next season worth $8.8 million. Gay will find it tough to match the $8.8 million deal but he's looking at a larger role with another team depending on the destination. Gay played 57 games this season as Kawhi Leonard's fill in. (Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gay is off the fantasy radar despite a new team to continue to pass on him re-draft leagues.

Jamal Crawford declined his player option with the Wolves worth $4.5 million next season. Crawford could return to the team per Jimmy Butler's wishes but could sign on with another contender. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Crawford is still one of the better sixth man options in the NBA but he's played for seven teams in his career already. He will have plenty of suitors in Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles Lakers, and other teams.

Aron Baynes finished with four points on 2-for-5 shooting with eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block across 25 minutes during Boston's 108-83 win over the Cavaliers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Baynes was moved to the bench for the first game of the series as the matchup dictated a smaller lineup for the Celtics. The veteran big man still has a role with the team and should see 25-30 minutes a game during the series.