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Between trades and buyouts, more than 50 players will be wearing jerseys they weren’t wearing a week ago. Fifty. Five-oh, my! We’ve had three of the league’s top 20 players switch conferences (Aw, shucks. You still consider me top 20? Easy, Gerald Wallace. I’m going by my preseason rankings. Oh. Still. Thanks just the same.) The fantasy picture is as clouded as the whiskey sour haze Baron Davis drank himself into at about one yesterday afternoon when he found out that not only would he never throw Blake Griffin another alley-oop, but that only oops left in his season would probably result in a Cleveland turnover. Things just got real in the league, but not so real that our little fake basketball world should ignore it. So I won’t. And you won’t. And the royal We won’t. We will however, ignore last night’s rundowns. Only two games. Two of the teams were dealing with unpredictable rosters. LeBron dunked, Rose is fast, I miss Kendrick’s sour pucker, I’m going to call Denver the Knuggicks for at least another week. There. Done.

And now onto fantasy basketball trade deadline talk:

Nenad Krstic – It’s a shame Semih Erden was traded to Cleveland, because I really think they would have formed a bond while sitting on the bench.

Jeff Green – I said over and over during the preseason that Green was overrated. Then I got berated for saying it. Then he played significantly worse in the first 2/3 of the season than he had in either of his previous two seasons. Now, Green has downshifted from third fiddle to fifth (at best). So … not looking too good for that upswing.

Troy Murphy – I hate to do this to you. I really do. I pushed my luck with Ty Lawson and that mostly blew up in our face, didn’t it? So, I’m really, really sorry to suggest you stash Troy Murphy in case the Celtics buy out his contract. I’ll tell you what, stash Murph and if it doesn’t work out, I’ll totally let you punch me in the arm once as hard as you can.

Kendrick Perkins – Perkins to the Thunder surprised me more than the Deron Williams trade. I would have said that Ray Allen was more dispensable than Perkins. Whoops. This doesn’t do a whole lot for Perk good or bad. He’s still playing among a crowded center position, still likely to start. Serge Ibaka, on the other hand … well, I’ll put it this way, if you had to play behind someone, would you rather play behind Perkins or Nenad Krstic? Exactly.

Nate Robinson – He’s behind Sefolosha and Harden on the depth chart now. Then again, Harden should be in front of Sefolosha, so maybe Sugar Nate’s got a shot (Editor’s Note - He doesn’t). In other news, Nate’s totally gonna cream Durant in Call of Duty as soon as they get back to the hotel bunk beds.

Chase Budinger – Dropped 30 points a night before his immediate superior was traded away. That’s like questioning your boss during a meeting, then hitting him in the mouth with a whiffle bat. Actually, it’s nothing like that. Still, I’d add him in anything deeper than a 12-team league.

O.J. Mayo – Still a Grizzly.

Rip Hamilton – Still unhappy.

Gerald Henderson – Paul Silas said Henderson was in for some big minutes now that the Bobcats are wholly unwatchable. Have you ever heard Paul Silas speak? Dude’s, like, a double-baritone. I’m not sure what that has to do with anything, I just know I added Henderson in three of my leagues.

Boris Diaw – 10.2/6.3/4.2, while shooting .464 from the field while Gerald Wallace was out with injury. I imagine he won’t do much more than that now that Crash is on his way to another injury (It’s Portlandia – call it a hunch). Also, does anyone in Oregon actually refer to Bridge City as Portlandia?

Joel Przybilla – Should be a decent source for rebounds, blocks and ineffective FG%, though he’ll still be coming off the bench behind Kwame. Think Andris Biedrins minus the perfectly manicured hair.

Dante Cunningham – Oh, good. Another guy to take Tyrus Thomas‘ place. How many guys in this league have made a living being the guy they get when they don’t get T-Time?

Hasheem Thabeet – He went from playing backup center for a borderline playoff contender, to a … well, another borderline playoff contender where he’ll play backup center. But it’s different. It is. It just is.

Shane Battier – Back to Memphis. If you own Come Back, Shane!, Tony Allen or Sam Young it’s likely that the value of all three are going to dip a bit. On another note, I like the Grizzlies’ thinking here. They won’t make up for Rudy Gay‘s offensive weapons, so they pick up a defensive guy in hopes of boring opponents into losses.

Gerald Wallace – This has gotten a bit lost in the massive shuffle of the day, but Crash off-season or no Crash off-season, he’s played better than Nicolas Batum or any other Blazer playing the three this season. If you’ve been patient with Batum, you should probably go ahead and stop being that way. You got to figure some of Wallace’s struggles have come from having to play in the apathetic Bobcats camp. I like Wallace’s season from here on out. I like throwing him in a situation in which he’s necessary, playing for something, energized. He’s a maneater (but not in the Nelly Furtado sense), he’s a heartbreaker (but not in the Pat Benatar sense), a barracuda (but not in the Heart sense) who simply takes my breath away (totally in the Berlin sense). He’s healthy, he’s hungry, maybe now he’ll be happy.

Marquis Daniels - To the Kings. That is all.

Mo Williams – Dollars to donuts says he’s healthy in a week and playing the best ball of his season. Until then, Eric Bledsoe is about as solid a pickup as he was back in November. Which is to say, meh.

Baron Davis – Aaaand Boom-Dizzle goes the dynamite. He’s hurt, he’s fat, he’s on the worst team I’ve ever seen and it was the most appropriate trade all day.

38 Responses

  1. Phil says:
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    I’ve never felt more divided over waivers guys after the deadline. Could you rate these fellas?

    Lawson, T Murph, Thornton, Greg Monroe, Beaubois, Gerald Henderson

    As always, thanks for all the help. I’m slowly climbing up in a roto league. Only 12 points separate teams 1-8 in a 12 team league, so every point counts.

  2. JT says:
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    In a dynasty, drop Baron Davis for Henderson or Murphy? I’m convinced Davis sits for the rest of the year, and I’m fighting to make the playoffs, but I don’t want to screw my 2012.

    Thank you. (And Henderson over Murphy, right?)

  3. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Phil: I hear you, man. Monroe, Henderson, Murphy, Beaubois, Lawson, Thornton. As always though, this list would shift around depending on your specific needs.

    @JT: Yeah, I’d prefer Henderson over Murphy, if for no other reasons than a) Henderson is playing, b) he knows which team he belongs to, and c) isn’t rusty.

  4. JT says:
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    And definitely drop Baron, right?

  5. JT says:
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    Thank you by the way. I just discovered that Grey has a hoops counterpart, and I couldn’t be happier to have this as a daily read site.

  6. Clyde Prompto says:
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    Howdy, Adam. The Gerald Wallace blurb deserves a Pulitzer. That is all.

  7. Paul says:
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    Hey Adam,

    Do you think Kenyon Martin is worth a pick-up in a 12 man h2h league? What do you think about D. Blair’s minutes/production heading into these next few weeks? Will he benefit from Pop resting his starters?

    Felton also had a pretty weak game last night. Think it’ll get any better? :x

  8. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @JT: Thanks. Nice of you to say. And yeah, go ahead and drop Baron.

    @Clyde Prompto: Hehe. If only they handed out Pulitzers according to snark.

    @Paul: I’m of two minds about Martin. He played the second-best game of his shortass season last night, which was a fine game, but not astounding or anything. That said, the best game of his season was THREE games ago and I’m wondering if he’s not feeling a bit better. I’d take a chance on him, but keep my expectations low. Same thing with Blair. He went on a little hot streak there and that seems to have ended just in time for Popp to temper Everyone’s minutes. I’d prefer Martin over Blair.

  9. Migs says:
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    Wait, you have an editor?!

    When can teams start buying out players so that I can finally get some stats from this unproductive lout (*cough*TroyMurphy*cough*)

  10. cb says:
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    Lawson or Augustin rest of the way?

  11. Kitchenworks says:
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    HI, Should I drop Green for John Salmons?? I also have Felton AND Lawson… What a headache.

  12. ETMcgee says:
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    No, people in portland/oregon do not call it Portlandia…

  13. Larry says:
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    Over all value Fields or Tony Allen? Also would you consider Ibaka over Bynum or Tyson? Thanks for the continued help.

  14. Victorious secret says:
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    12 team, h2h, 17 roster spots.

    Is Carl Landry worth using #1
    Waiver pick on with a more clearly defined role in NO? waivers are essentially bare and would drop one of; Harrington, regg Evans, Deandre Jordan or recent speculative pickups of Terrence williams or Austin Daye. Whats your opinion? Thanks

  15. Larry says:
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    Would you give Gordon and get Deng?

  16. Adam:

    Nice work on covering all the ups/downs of the NBA trade deadline shuffle. Sadly, after the smoke cleared no moves really helped me — my stashes didnt go anywhere or get any sort of upside from others moving out of town…

    Bench Roster: Al Harrington, OJ Mayo, Roddy Buckets

    * Marcus Thornton is available — do you think hes a better play on Sac with Evans sidelined for another 3-4 weeks than Al Harrington or OJ going forward? For some reason, I cant drop OJ yet… Im looking for overall numbers except punting assists.

    Gracias,
    EL BURRO

  17. hakasan says:
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    @Adam,
    very interested in knowing why you’d take greg monroe over henderson at this point??

  18. The other part of my message that somehow got erased …

    Manny Harris – any value or worth a pick-up – given who I have on bench? Assuming Fat Baron gonna report to Cleveland and is about as stoked to be there as he is about dieting…

  19. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Migs: Ha. Not so much an editor, as the guy who hits me with a sock full of nickels whenever I stop writing.

    As Murphy (or any other bought out player) isn’t returning to the team that traded him, there won’t be a 30-day waiting period. Murphy and others should hit their new teams in the next few days.

    @cb: Augustin.

    @Kitchenworks: I also have Felton and Lawson on the same team in one of my leagues. I’m all kinds of sick about it. One guy won’t reach his full potential for another season and the other was in consideration for the All-Star Game and a week later, he’s a reserve. Also, yeah, I’d prefer Salmons over Green at this point.

    @ETMcgee: I thought not.

    @Larry: Tony Allen for the next three weeks, Landry Fields every day after that for the next 5 years. And no, I put Ibaka third among those three.

    @Victorious secret: If the waiver wire is that sparse, what’ve you got to lose? I’d drop Williams.

    @Larry: Naw. Gordon’s due back in the next couple of games.

    @El Burro: It wouldn’t be crazy to dump Harrington for Thornton. Outside of Nene, I want no part of Denver’s roster.

    @hakasan: I wouldn’t. But someone who would, might do so because both players have fairly even per36 stats and Henderson is likely to pull don more mpg than Monroe for the next 20 games.

  20. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @El Burro: Nah. His value today is about the same as it was on Wednesday.

  21. hakasan says:
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    looking forward to your analysis of the pistons after tonight’s game… should i pull tmac out of my lineup?

  22. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @hakasan: He seems to have a headache and won’t play because of it. Not a migraine, mind you – a headache. “F*** aspirin, I’m sittin’.”

  23. Kitchenworks says:
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    What are your thoughts on Prince, People are dropping him like crazy, also Ryan Anderson… Thanks for the info! U know ur ball.

  24. Thanks, Adam

    much appreciated — Omri Casspi is there too, you like him more or less than Thornton? Doesnt seem like he has much competition for minutes at the F slot with Landry outta town.

  25. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Kitchenworks: Nice of you to say. As far as Prince goes, shizz is messed up in Detriot, but not so messed up that Prince should be dropped. Kuester will be gone in a week and Prince’ll be done faking an upset stomach in no time. Anderson will likely continue playing how he has been in the last two weeks from here on out.

  26. meanwhile, FA — Charlie Villanueva going off. I assume hes a 1 hit wonder cause as you stated above, Detroit is a cluster fuggggg.

  27. Larry says:
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    Cool, i also like T Allen. Would you rid yourself of Afflalo for Fields?

  28. Kitchenworks says:
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    Hey man, I see Ramon Sessions is available, should I drop Lawson or Felton….. I’m thinking Lawson As much as I hate to say it… Or just wait?..

  29. Clyde Prompto says:
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    Howdy, Adam. I have Lawson, Ridnour and Sessions on my roster. Roddy B and George Hill are available. Should I make any moves? I saw a creepy commercial last night for Timeshares Only, I’m tempted to ask them for advice on this also.

  30. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @El Burro: You assumed right. He didn’t even finish with THAT impressive of a line (considering the number of players out).

    @Larry: Fields. But if you can, keep him close. You’ll want him back when you drop Allen in a couple weeks.

    @Kitchenworks: You could drop Lawson, I guess. Truthfully, if Dizzle returns soon (likely), Sessions will find himself in the same boat as Lawson and I like Lawson’s total talent than Sessions’.

    @Clyde Prompto: Ha! I’d drop Lawson and Sessions for both. Maybe wait on dropping Sessions until Davis returns. Crikey, the secondary PG situation really turned to shite this week.

  31. Kitchenworks says:
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    man sorry to for the boat load of questions but are u saying I should drop Lawson for George Hill, Robby B is ava also in my league. damn…

  32. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Kitchenworks: I’d prefer Beaubois, Hill and Lawson in that order. The problem with all three of these players is that none of them have a clearly defined role, and the outlook isn’t getting any clearer. Lawson is starting, but he’s not really playing many more minutes than he was before the ‘Melo trade (24 mpg before trade, 29 mpg in the last two games). Hill is a reserve, but stands to gain more playing time after Popp rests Parker and (especially) Ginobili, and Beaubois is starting, but has only played three games this season.

  33. Clyde Prompto says:
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    @Adam: Hah yeah, I was hoping the deadline would be a little kinder to my fringey PG’s. I think I’ve add/dropped Lawson seriously like 5 or 6 times this season.

  34. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Clyde Prompto: You and me both. Laws’n’gains’n.

  35. matthole says:
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    @Adam: a few questions if you dont mind:

    1. who do you like more down the stretch, gerald henderson or mike miller?
    2. do you like toney douglas h2h this week w/4 games over calderon
    3. do you hold camby vs picking up dalembert/thompson

    Thanks

  36. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @matthole: 1. Henderson. 2. Yes, unless you need assists. Then, no. 3. Skip Thompson. Consider Dalembert. If possible, I’d see what Camby does with his limited-minute play tonight and in the next couple games before dropping him.

  37. Fletch says:
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    @Adam: With Wallace in town and Roy back, I am seriously contemplating dropping Wes Matthews for Wes Johnson. I can use another forward for sure and he’s playing heavy minutes lately and producing (including tonight). Your thoughts? The only other options to drop for Johnson are Sessions or Gortat.

  38. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Fletch: Not a bad idea. I agree that Matthews’ value will take a hit with Roy and Wallace aboard. I’m not sure if I’m sold on Johnson. He HAS played two solid games, but he’s also averaged 40+ minutes over both. I don’t see that continuing. Roll the dice, see what happens.

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