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|Collison facing a domestic violence charge||05-31-2016|
|Darren Collison G SAC|
Kings PG Darren Collison was arrested on a domestic violence charge.
|According to CBS Sacramento, Collison was booked into Placer County Jail on one count of inflicting corporal injury to a spouse or cohabitant and a bench warrant of driving while his license was revoked. Details are still coming out, but the Kings have already released a statement on the arrest: "We've been made aware of the situation. The Sacramento Kings condemn violence of any kind. We are gathering additional information and once all facts are known we will take appropriate steps."|
|Nemanja Nedovic to keep playing overseas||05-31-2016|
|Nemanja Nedovic G GS|
Nemanja Nedovic signed a two-year extension to remain with Unicaja Malaga in Spain.
|The former first-round pick is just 24 years old, but it doesn't sound like a return to the NBA will happen anytime soon.|
|David Fizdale praises Mike Conley||05-31-2016|
|Mike Conley G MEM|
Memphis head coach David Fizdale said that Mike Conley is one of the best "pure" point guards in the league.
Memphis Commercial Appeal
|"[He's] a guy that understands when a guy needs a shot, a guy that understands when to put his foot on the gas, a guy that understands when to lead, when to let someone else lead, a guy that knows when to take the shot, and a guy that defends his position at a high level," Fizdale said. "He's a two-way player." Fizdale also added that he had a very "energized" and "open" conversation with Conley about his free agency this summer, and he sounded confident that the point guard would return to Memphis.|
|Tyronn Lue will play big lineup vs Warriors||05-31-2016|
|Tyronn Lue G ATL|
Tyronn Lue said he won't be scared to play his big lineup against the Warriors.
Rick Noland on Twitter
|The Warriors smaller lineup can present challenges to opposing teams, but Lue is confident the Cavs big men can continue to be effective. While Timofey Mozgov hasn't played much in the postseason, he had some success against the Warriors in the 2015 NBA Finals and could be dusted off for 10-15 minutes per game. Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, and Channing Frye will continue to see the majority of Cleveland's "big" minutes.|
|LeBron James looking forward to GSW rematch||05-31-2016|
|LeBron James F CLE|
LeBron James is looking forward to a rematch with the Warriors in the NBA Finals.
Fred McLeod on Twitter
|James will have some more firepower alongside him than he did last year and is relishing the opportunity to avenge last year's loss to Golden State. "We're healthy and excited about the opportunity," James said. "Looking forward to the challenge against a well oiled machine." James has been one of the steadier performers in the postseason and should continue to build on his playoff averages of 24.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 2.2 steals, 0.8 blocks, and 1.4 three-pointers when the series starts on June 2.|
|Knicks expected to pursue Kevin Durant||05-31-2016|
|Kevin Durant F OKC|
The Knicks are expected to pursue Kevin Durant in free agency, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.
|Durant is friends with Carmelo Anthony and has told friends he's a fan of Kristaps Porzingis, so the Knicks may at least get a meeting with the unrestricted free agent. We could write a blurb similar to this for every team, but Durant is believed to be leaning towards re-signing with the Thunder so this could all wind up being wishful thinking by fans across the NBA.|
|Bismack Biyombo open to hometown discount||05-31-2016|
|Bismack Biyombo F TOR|
Bismack Biyombo is reportedly open to taking a hometown discount to re-sign with the Raptors.
Andrew Walker on Twitter
|Bismack told Andrew Walker of Sportsnet 590 that he wants to be back with the Raptors and is willing to take a hometown discount in order to do so. Biyombo will likely receive some hefty offers after a strong postseason showing, so he could have a tough decision to make if Toronto won't match. Where Biyombo signs will have a big impact on his fantasy value, but the arrow is pointing up for the 24-year-old in 2016-17.|
|Report: Lakers not that high on DeMar DeRozan||05-31-2016|
|DeMar DeRozan G TOR|
The Lakers do not highly covet DeMar DeRozan, according to Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report.
Noah Coslove on Twitter
|The upcoming free agent has been connected to his hometown Lakers, but Ding poured a little cold water on that rumor. "There's a lot of presumption about DeRozan and I'm told the Lakers aren't that high on him," Ding said. While DeRozan will likely get a max deal (or close to it), it doesn't appear it will be from the Lakers unless this is just a smoke screen.|
|Dion Waiters hopes to return to the Thunder||05-31-2016|
|Dion Waiters G OKC|
Dion Waiters is to be back with the the Oklahoma City Thunder next season.
|Waiters will be a restricted free agent this summer, but hopes to be playing with the Thunder again next season. "Since I got here I feel as though they have helped me become a better person off the court," Waiters said. "It's not even about basketball. I've never been connected with a group of guys like this that I'm actually close to. Why not? The best fans in the world. I'm definitely looking forward to coming back." The 24-year-old will likely draw some interest from other teams this summer, but he won't have much fantasy value if he returns to the Thunder.|
|Joel Embiid declares himself finally healthy||05-31-2016|
|Joel Embiid C PHI|
Joel Embiid (foot) declared himself healthy and is looking forward to the 2016-17 season.
Joel Embiid on Instagram
|"Wish we could fast forward to next season #FinallyHealthy #TrustTheNewProcess," Embiid posted on Instgram on Monday night. After two injury-plagued seasons, we'll have to see Embiid on the court before fully trusting that he's recovered. Embiid is unlikely to play in the summer league, so we may not get a look at the big man until training camp. Though it's believed he'll be ready for the start of the 2016-17 season, Embiid will be a risky fantasy selection.|
|Kevin Durant likely to stay in Oklahoma City||05-31-2016|
|Kevin Durant F OKC|
Kevin Durant is likely to re-sign with the Thunder, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.
Marc Stein on Twitter
|While fans across the league are hoping Durant will sign in their city as an unrestricted free agent, Stein reports that most league insiders predict Durant will sign a two-year max deal with the Thunder with an opt-out clause after the first year. We'll keep an eye on news surrounding Durant as free agency approaches, but it doesn't sound like he's going anywhere.|
|Klay Thompson scores 21; Dubs in The Finals||05-31-2016|
|Klay Thompson G GS|
Klay Thompson scored 21 points during a 96-88 Game 7 victory over the Thunder on Monday, adding five rebounds, one steal, one block and six 3-pointers in 42 minutes.
Warriors PR on Twitter
|Both Thompson (30) and Stephen Curry (32) broke the previous record of most 3-pointers in a playoff series. The 3-pointers were the key with the Warriors outscoring the Thunder by 84 points beyond the arc in the last two. On the other end, they held the Thunder to just 12 points in the third quarter, which were the fewest points they allowed in a quarter in these playoffs. As for Klay, he started off ice cold and missed his first seven shots from the field, but has developed a knack for back-breaking treys. Steph may have won the MVP, but Klay was the best player in this series.|
|Draymond Green scores 11 points in Game 7 win||05-31-2016|
|Draymond Green F GS|
|Draymond Green scored 11 points with nine rebounds, four assists, one steal, two blocks, two turnovers and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes against the Thunder in Game 7 on Monday.||The Warriors went back to their money-making small lineup in the last two with 12 minutes tonight and 11 minutes in Game 6. On the offensive side, Green wasn't forcing the issue again during this win while his defense was top notch once again. He'll be a huge factor against LeBron James and could be big on the offensive end. The Warriors really attacked Kevin Love in pick-and-roll during the regular season, so that figures to be a popular play in their halfcourt sets. Expect a huge series from Green.|
|Andrew Bogut struggles in 15 minutes||05-31-2016|
|Andrew Bogut C GS|
|Andrew Bogut scored two points with three rebounds and no turnovers in 15 minutes against the Thunder on Monday.||He was terrible in this game and really didn't do much except for Game 5. Bogut fell out of the rotation in The Finals last year, so his playing time should drop again on Thursday.|
|Harrison Barnes scores five points off bench||05-31-2016|
|Harrison Barnes F GS|
|Harrison Barnes scored five points off the bench against the Thunder on Monday with eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes.||His offense wasn't great, but the rebounds were big while the Warriors went small. Barnes put up a 30.4 defensive rebounding percentage, but he missed a ton of open shots on the offense. With LeBron James up next, Barnes will likely be giving more minutes to Andre Iguodala.|
|Andre Iguodala plays great defense in 43 mins||05-31-2016|
|Andre Iguodala G GS|
|Andre Iguodala made his first start of the postseason on Monday in a win over the Thunder, playing 43 minutes with seven points, four rebounds, three assists, one turnover and one 3-pointer.||His 43 minutes were the most on the team and it's the first time he's cleared the 40-minute plateau in these playoffs. Iguodala's defense was unbelievable during the last three games as one of the most under-appreciated players on the Warriors. He was the Finals MVP last year for his defense on LeBron James, so he'll be playing huge minutes in The Finals this time around.|
|Kevin Durant scores 27 in Game 7 loss||05-31-2016|
|Kevin Durant F OKC|
|Kevin Durant made 10-of-19 from the field for 27 points with seven rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers during a 96-88 Game 7 loss to the Warriors on Monday.||He attempted at least 30 shots from the field in the previous two games, but he wasn't looking for his shot at much until late in the game. Plus, Durant took tough shots for basically the entire game with Andre Iguodala playing suffocating defense. He's heading into free agency this summer and this loss will make that a very popular topic in the next month. Durant and Russell Westbrook are close, so he has a very good chance to stay in OKC.|