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There’s gotta be a hardcore Spurs fan in your league, or someone who appreciates the classics, or someone who doesn’t realize that Tim Duncan is 37 years old, or someone who doesn’t care, or, best of all, someone who has been hit hard by injuries and is in dire need of a big man.

Because if you find that dude, you want to offer Timmy D. to him right now.

Duncan has once again defied the odds with near-All-Star numbers. Yeah, he’s scoring a few points less, but his rebounds (9.8 per) and his blocks (around 2 bpg) are right where they have been the past few years.

While these numbers are all fine and dandy, the best power forward of all time is great trade bait because of what he’s been up to lately. Just last week he had a vintage, turn-back-the-clock game with a 24-17-2 at Memphis. After a bit of a rebounding slump, he posted three-straight games with double-digit boards, and just last night he snuffed four shots against the T-Wolves.

As mentioned above, with all the injuries out there, someone will be willing to give you something good for Duncan if you’ve been lucky enough to avoid the injury bug and can afford to part ways with him. And be sure to mention that whole “best power forward ever” line.

Here’s what else I saw down in the paint last week:

P.J. Tucker – Has been a nice source of rebounds from the coveted G/F slot all year, and is averaging 10 rpg over his last three. He had been in a scoring slump for quite a while there but came out of it with 17 against the Pistons on Saturday – he’s capable of this on the reg in Jeff Hornacek’s wild wild west, especially with Eric Bledsoe out.

Kris Humphries – Last week’s cover boy continued his strong play, gobbling up even more of the big man minutes available in Boston. Only now he’ s not only rebounding (14 on Friday against Golden State) but also blocking (three in each of his last two games). If he’s still out there, get him.

DeAndre Jordan – Is he the weirdest fantasy player ever or just a guy who does whatever it takes for his team to win? The day after Christmas he went four straight games scoring in single digits, then went off for 25. All the while he’s scraping at the immaculate ceiling of 20 rebounds. After his scoring explosion, he went back down to normal, but the onslaught of boards and blocks continued, culminating with SEVEN on Saturday against the Lakers to go along with 13 points and 10 boards. Big numbers aside he’s really just boards, blocks and FG percentage and that’s it. I’d deal him if you can.

Josh Smith – Were you invited to the Detroit Pistons’ Block Party in Philadelphia on Friday? Yeah, me nei- wait, what? You were invited? Damn, that’s pretty messed up Mo Cheeks! Well I heard Smith was the big party-meister, knocking back five shots to go along with 13 boards (and 22 points, and 7 assists, and 2 steals) and that Andre Drummond was a Spuds MacKenzie in his own right, rejecting six and pairing that up with a double-double. That’s OK, I couldn’t make it to the Block Party anyway. Yeah, that’s it. Sniff, sniff.

Ed Davis – Popped up again for the injury plagued Griz, going for 17-11-1 on Jan. 5 against Detroit and 10-17-3 on Friday against the Suns. Nothing to see here, keep moving.

Robin Lopez – Just a solid fantasy center and even better for the Blazers in real life. Good for the occasional big double-double (15-13-1 Saturday against Boston) and even when his stats get kinda bleh, his percentages are good enough to justify keeping him around.

Jan Vesley – Deep League Special! Had a nice three-game run of 6.3 rpg and 2.3 bpg during which he got about 20 minutes per game. Went back to stinking after that, but it might be a sign that Randy Wittman is getting the squeeze to play the 6th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. I got a better idea: How about the Wiz finally admit this dude is a bust and cut him loose?

Kenneth Faried – I’d rather be, I’d rather be, I’d rather be with a Manimal! If you were lucky enough to take the plunge and pick him up when he was lingering on the wire a few weeks ago you savored his tasty 16-12-1 over the last four games. But are you buying it long term? I might toss him in a deal to tip the scales if it would get the job done.

Terrence Jones – Yes, he went nuts again on Saturday with 19-17-3 against the Wizards. Yes, you will overreact and pick him up again betting that the big breakout is finally here. And no, I wouldn’t bother.

Anthony Davis – Jrue Holiday has become the Kevin Bacon of the NBA. His injury affects so many people and teams both directly and indirectly (Ask Sixers’ fans about the Top 5 protected pick they got for Jrue last offseason). One such person is The Brow. Does it hurt him to not have his trusty sidekick Jrue running the point? Or does it help to have a guy like Brian Roberts in there instead, a guy who might not want or need to shoot as much and might be more willing to help Davis get his? One thing is for sure: It’s definitely better to have a guy who doesn’t have a broken bone in his leg passing you the ball as opposed to one who does, especially as you (you being Davis) are returning to your early season dominating form. Another thing is also for sure: There will be people in both camps, and if you can find one in the former, maybe you can pry Davis away in a mega-trade.

Elton Brand – Rocked what I’m going to christen a Donut Game going forward: Any game where a dude scores no points but has an otherwise decent game. Brand, once a 20 ppg scorer, had 11 rebounds and three blocks – but zilch points – in a big win against Houston. E.B.’s in the mix in Big D. and always worth a stream for either of our favorite statistical categories. But not much else!

Little Big Man of the Week: Shaun Livingston On Saturday, Miami played Brooklyn and someone put up a line of 19-11-5-3 in a winning effort. Can’t decide what’s the most amazing thing about this: That the owner of this line wasn’t LeBron James, that Brooklyn won the game, or that the person who did notch these numbers was a man who’s played for nine teams in eight seasons. The zaniness is taken to a new level when you realize it was one of five games in a row in which Livingston had at least one block. Yes, he’s 6-7, but he was playing point guard. Impressive. Most impressive.

  1. Happy New Year Pete! I haven’t been as active here recently but just traded for Anthony Davis.

    I gave my Monta Ellis & Goran Dragic and dropped Tyson Chandler for his Anthony Davis, Nene and Ray Allen. Thoughts on the deal?

    My team is doing well. 12-team H2H each category my roster – PG John Wall, IT2, Collison, Raymond Felton SG Gerald Green, Ray Allen SF Tobias Harris PF Kevin Love, Larry Sanders, Nene Terrence Jones C Anthony Davis, Spencer Hawes

    • Pete Nice

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      @WNWDOTCOM: Oops! See response below.

  2. Pete Nice

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    Same to you! I like it man. Sounds like people like to wheel and deal in your league. Wish I could say the same for mine haha.

  3. Lasandro says:
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    Nice Pete, how goes it mate? Nice write-up, as per. Some waiver wire advice please: have some solid options chilling in FA and am considering dropping Ryan Anderson finally. Having had 6(!) injuries on my team at the end of last week, its time to cut bait with some of em. Jrue’s already gone. So, Kawhai, Sully, Hump, Aminu, Middleton and Henson. Looking predominantly for boards’n’points, with nice %s and some residual stats (ie. not a DJ type). Opinion? Cheers!

    • Pete Nice

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      @Lasandro: Thank you sir! I think first off if Kawhi is out there you gotta get him somehow. even if he’s not exactly what you need. Henson says he’s coming back tonight, and despite Drew’s insanity I’d go with him next, then Sully, Aminu, Humpty.

      • Lasandro says:
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        @Pete Nice: I concur with picking up Leonard. Let’s just hope pop keeps his minutes up even when Manu is back to full health! I just need to see how Coach Screw employs Henson today. If he even flirts with a dub dub with a block or two, I’m back on the Henson train. Currently dead last in threes and slowly declining in points and boards, with all these injuries. If Henson is to be picked up, which of my Meeks, Foye or Frye should I drop? All three seem to be firing on all cylinders. My only true rebounders are currently AD and DMC

      • Lasandro says:
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        @Pete Nice: J Butler is also on the wire but I owned him for a good week and his %s were just killing me. Im sure Henson and Butler would be better options than Foye and Meeks ROS, but god only knows when from. At a crossroads dude.. feeling very Bone Thugs ‘N’ Harmony

        • Pete Nice

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          @Lasandro: yeah I’m at a crossroads too so I feel your pain. I think you have to base what you do on where you’re at in the standings. if you need to make a love up get the guys who are hot now. if you’re up in the standings mix in or go with ROS best.

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            @Pete Nice: Was afraid you’d say that. my entire team was drafted for ROS supremecy, but injuries just killed me. this picking up FAs for a few days business is all new to me. Guess I’ll closely monitor this Bucks game today because Henson was a guy I rode the entire period he was healthy. Good call on the Leonard pick-up. As I said, Coach Pop is all thats between he and great fantasy prod

          • Lasandro says:
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            @Pete Nice: Thoughts on dropping Frye for either Sully or Hump? Hump is already beastin in the first qtr and seems to be a consistent prod of dub dubs and a couple of blocks, these past few games. Starting to think it’s not a fluke. Sully is a nicer player but having owned him recently, Im not sure if that wrist is gonna still effect his terrible %s

            • Pete Nice

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              @Lasandro: Frye has been pretty toit I don’t know if I’d dump for Hump. If you needs B-n-B’s more than 3′s then yeah sure.

  4. I love lamp says:
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    12 team h2h points league.
    james anderson, luke ridnour, pj tucker, james johnson, demarre carroll, mike scott, geroge hill, alec burks, louis williams on the waiver wire.
    I have blatche, brian roberts, and possible dion waiters b/c of deng and cj miles as droppables. What do u think?

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      @I love lamp: I’m also going to be activating john henson tonight or soon. Who do you think i should keep/drop?

      • Pete Nice

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        @I love lamp: Activate Henson, he’s playing. Drop Roberts or Miles depending on need. I like Hill and Tucker best from that batch.

  5. Slim

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    I wanna trade in the REL! What are you looking for? Chris Paul and now Jrue. Oh no, are you buyin or sellin? I’ve got all different kinds, anything look good? …crosses fingers… Please don’t say Adams.

    • Pete Nice

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      @Slim: I’ll hit you up with a deal. I might be sellin’ now. Can we tank in REL for next year’s draft? Hahaha.

  6. FillyP says:
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    Yo! Thanks for the info.

    Need a little advice. 10t 8×8. Should I drop either D. West or Big Baby for Tucker? C.J. Miles is also available. Thanks.

    • Pete Nice

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      @FillyP: Hold West and probably Baby for right now…once (if?) Nikola comes back Baby will lose value, but for now he’s probably better than Tucker. Depends on needs too – Baby F/C, Tucker G/F.

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        @Pete Nice:

        Here’s the rest of my team –

        PG Tony Parker, SA PG
        SG Paul George, Ind SF, SG
        SF Jeff Green, Bos SF, PF
        PF Serge Ibaka, OKC PF, C
        C Anthony Davis, Nor C, PF
        G Jeff Teague, Atl PG
        F David West, Ind PF
        UTIL Kevin Martin, Min SG
        UTIL Isaiah Thomas, Sac PG
        UTIL Nikola Pekovic, Min C

        Bench Brandon Knight, Mil PG, SG
        Bench Glen Davis, Orl PF
        Bench Arron Afflalo, Orl SG, SF

        IR Nikola Vucevic, Orl C, PF

        My best categories are FG% FT% and PTS. I’m pretty avg/weak in everything else, except 5/10 in BLK. Seems to me I could sacrifice some scoring for more balance. I put Afflalo out there.. would like to land M. Gasol if he’s coming back. A few people have approached me for Thomas. Any advice?

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          @nouseforotacon:

          Whoops. Wrong name. It’s still me!

        • Pete Nice

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          @nouseforotacon: @FillyP: Yea Isaiah’s rep is still pretty spotless since he became a starter so he’s a good one to put out there. If you wanted to get cheaper boards and blocks you could deal Green.

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        @Pete Nice:

        @Pete Nice:

        Here’s the rest of my team –

        PG Tony Parker, SA PG
        SG Paul George, Ind SF, SG
        SF Jeff Green, Bos SF, PF
        PF Serge Ibaka, OKC PF, C
        C Anthony Davis, Nor C, PF
        G Jeff Teague, Atl PG
        F David West, Ind PF
        UTIL Kevin Martin, Min SG
        UTIL Isaiah Thomas, Sac PG
        UTIL Nikola Pekovic, Min C

        Bench Brandon Knight, Mil PG, SG
        Bench Glen Davis, Orl PF
        Bench Arron Afflalo, Orl SG, SF

        IR Nikola Vucevic, Orl C, PF

        My best categories are FG% FT% and PTS. I’m pretty avg/weak in everything else, except 5/10 in BLK. Seems to me I could sacrifice some scoring for more balance. I put Afflalo out there.. would like to land M. Gasol if he’s coming back. A few people have approached me for Thomas. Any advice?

        • Pete Nice

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          @FillyP: Yea Isaiah’s rep is still pretty spotless since he became a starter so he’s a good one to put out there. If you wanted to get cheaper boards and blocks you could deal Green.

          • FillyP says:
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            @Pete Nice:

            Sorry to be a pain in the ass, but what kind of guys would you target for Thomas? I’m awful at trading and fantasy bball in general.. ironically, it’s my favorite major sport and the one I follow the most.

  7. Daniel Bryan says:
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    Hey Pete, I’d love to hear your opinion. Both Bledsoe and Holiday (dropped by me) are available in our league.

    1. If you were me, would you stash either of them?
    2. Regardless of your answer in number 1, who would you drop from my team and who would you stash?

    14-team H2H 9-cat daily league, 8th place
    PG – S. Curry, K. Marshall, B. Roberts, R. Rondo
    SG – J. Redick, V. Oladipo
    SF – T. Harris, T. Ross
    PF – J. Henson, T. Gibson, G. Davis
    C – J. Noah, A. Drummond

    • Pete Nice

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      @Daniel Bryan: I consulted a wise man on this very question and he said you gotta push for playoffs how rather than worry about later. I could see it it was a top 10 guy but is Jrue or Bledsoe going to carry you when they get back?

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        @Pete Nice: Thanks for the advice man. I hope I make the playoffs. :)

  8. Frank White says:
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    Sup Brotha!! I have Rondo. Since he’s coming back Friday I figure he has a lot more trade value.. Would you trade him for someone like Dragic, Carter Williams, Ty Lawson or Isaiah Thomas?? If they would do it

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      @Frank White: If you need to make a push right now then yes. Rondo could take his time ramping up his minutes and therefore production. Plus in those other guys you have sure things. In 9-cat leagues Rondo is overrated, but in 5-cat he’s pretty tight.

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        He does get a lot of triple doubles though right and great at boards..?

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          I got him for jameer Nelson like a week ago. I know jameer is strong in all CAT’S which sucks for me but I’m hoping Oladipo takes his minutes. Lol

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            I got
            Mello
            Conley
            Teague
            Millsap
            West
            Tristan
            Ariza
            Riddick
            Rondo
            Gasol but then the other guys are like streamers
            Randy Foye
            Reggie Jackson
            Taj Gibson
            Dunleavy
            I’m still in first and Gasol should be back soon but with those streamers, except Dunleavy cause he starts now, do you think my team is solid enough to keep competing or do you think I should make a change?? Taj I like for boards and blocks and I hope Foye stays hot n Reggie has the potential

            • Pete Nice

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              @Frank White: Yeah those guys are good for now – Foye really freaked me out with that stinker last night though. Are you limited in number of transactions per week? Because at the end of the day it’s all about numbers, and streamers be streamers, especially if you have no transaction limits. You gotta keep your head on a swivel when you find yourself in a vicious cockfight.

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                Yeah my limits 4 per week but I haven’t used any this week cause I don’t see much out there besides alphabet, Aminu and Augustin plus other dudes but I’m not worried about Foye cause he fouled out with only 18 minutes so you can’t really turn on him for that right? Besides that you know any good guys?? Elton brand, ed Davis, Kanter n pucker are available

  9. Willie Stone says:
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    In a 10-team 9-cat h2h (currently in 1st place by a comfortable margin). I just offered my Beal & Monroe for Lillard. J.J. Hickson’s on waiver, so would pick him up to replace Monroe. I do this cuz Lillard will have 9 games within a 2 week time frame during playoff time. Overall, 16 games (Beal & Monroe) compare to 15 games (Lillard & Hickson) during playoffs. My big boi is Curry, who’s only playing 2 games during semi-finals week, 4 games if I make it to championship week, hence my Lillard interst. Wall, IT2, B. Griffin, Ibaka are my other studs. As long as I make it to championship week, where ALL my main players will play 4 games, just wondering what you think ’bout this strategy.
    Thanx in advance.

    • Pete Nice

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      @Willie Stone: It’s an interesting strategy and would work for sure IF all those dudes stay healthy, keep producing at the same pace, etc. Personally I wouldn’t even think about it because I wouldn’t look that far ahead, plus it’s more information than my brain can handle at the moment.

  10. Lasandro says:
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    Sup Pete. So I’m about to pull the trigger on trading my DMC, Marc and BJ for Love, Rubio and Miles Plum. Question is, do I stick with miles or do I swap that spot out for his T jones? My assumption would be to go with the strongest defensive numbers of the two and I think miles may just trump jones. But as far as small sample size is concerned, jones is smashing the boards. Help please

    • Pete Nice

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      @Lasandro: I don’t love (no pun intended) that trade, but maybe because I’m a big fan of DMC in fantasy. Yeah try for Jones – Plum seems to be more consistent but Jones is blowing UP

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        @Pete Nice: well I should mention that I’m dropping in boards, points and dead last in threes. And I still have AD on my squad. So I figured that’s something. But I will miss DMC like crazy.. Still not a fan eh? I mentioned trading Gasol and DMC straight up for Love and our man JB seemed to agree with me that it was a fair trade

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          @Lasandro: In JB I trust…but I know he’s not as into DMC as I am. And I’m not as huge into Rubio as I thought I’d be. Overall it’s not a bad trade at all. Pull the trigger man.

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            @Pete Nice: and in Nice i trust. So just to clarify, you feel Jones holds higher value than Miles ROS? Its doing my head in thinking about these two and their respective roles on their squads

            • Pete Nice

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              @Lasandro: Haha thanks man. Yeah I think Jones has a bigger upside. I still say he could be Thad Young at some point. We don’t know if what he’s doing now is the new norm … so it’s that vs. we know what Plumlee can reliably give us. I’d want Jones but I’m happy with Plum.

  11. MC says:
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    Hey Pete who do you like better? Tobias Harris or Ersan Ilyasova in H2h points league, thank and good read

    • Pete Nice

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      @MC: Harris. And thanks!

  12. Frank White says:
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    What’s up Pete … I just picked up Shawn Marion for Taj Gibson nd I just noticed I only have 2 center’s on my team. I have plenty PF’s so I get boards but sometimes if more then 10 of my guys are playing ( which is the max) and one of my centers aren’t playing then I can only play 9 of my guys when I have 11 that can start.
    Jeff Teague
    Conley
    Rondo
    Reggie Jackson
    Ariza
    Dunleavy
    Mello
    Millsap
    West
    Tristan Thompson
    Marc Gasol
    JJ Redick
    Foye
    Shawn Marion
    I like Marion but do you think it’s a must for me to drop him, or if you think someone else, to grab another center?? Not to much out there, Enes Kanter, Oden, Patrick Patterson, Plumlee, Stoudemire or maybe Taj Gibson.. What would you do??

    • Pete Nice

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      @Frank White: JB is really hot for Patty so maybe start with him, then Gibson, then Plumlee, then Kanter. Amare ain’t bad either.

      • Frank White says:
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        But is Pat or any of those guys worth dropping Marion or someone else when you look at my team?? 2- Do you think Oden is going to grab a loT of minutes and become a great CenTER OR not fantasy relevant??

        • Pete Nice

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          @Frank White: 1) probably not but if he got injured again or started going bad i might drop. 2) No.

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            Thanks brotha!!

  13. Frank White says:
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    I want to trade for DeAndre Jordan for someone cause I can use the blocks and Boards but I don’t know who to offer. I was thinking West but I doubt that’s enough. Maybe Ariza? What do you think??

    • Pete Nice

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      @Frank White: Yeah you might be able to get him for Westbrook. I’m not a huge DeAndre guy, but that seems like a solid deal if you need B-N-B’s badly.

      • Frank White says:
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        I don’t have Westbrook.. Lol but what do you think about that first big question I asked you??

        • Pete Nice

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          @Frank White: Oh you meant West. Nah no way people really devalue West no matter how good he’s going. Not sure why.

  14. Aj says:
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    Being offered Teague for my Matthews, hesitant due to Teagues lack of assist lately and Matthews can sure hit the 3..thoughts ? Thanks

    • Pete Nice

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      @Aj: Yeah no Horford plus some other minor injuries means way fewer dimes for Teague. Depends on needs though if you were hard up for a PG it wouldn’t be the worst deal.

      • AJ says:
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        yea maybe I’m good, my PG are Curry, Parker and have Rondo coming back Friday, was thinking about maybe just dropping Robin Lopez or Jonas V for DJ Augustine instead, or i can do the trade and just give up on 3′s and drop Korver for DJ Augustine giving me 5 PG, any advise? 10 Team 10 Cat redraft.this is my squad thanks
        Tony Parker
        Stephen Curry
        Nicolas Batum
        Tristan Thompson
        Tim Duncan
        Rajon Rondo
        Wesley Matthews (would trade for Teague)
        Kyle Korver (would drop for DJ Augy)
        Andrew Bogut
        Robin Lopez
        Jonas Valanciunas
        David West
        Eric Gordon

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