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Many tears were shed on Valentine’s Day, and not because lonely people were curled up on the couch with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, a bottle of Pinot Noir and Blue Valentine on Netflix. Danny Granger left the game in the first quarter with a spained left ankle and did not return. LaMarcus Aldridge liked his style and also departed in the first quarter with a left ankle sprain. No news yet on whether either one of them will have to be put to sleep, but you may as well hold tight and pray to as many gods as you can think of to make sure Granger and Aldridge don’t miss a lot of time. You may want to include Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva for good measure.

Amar’e Stoudemire – Returned from a four game absence and netted 21 points with 9 boards. If he was rusty, it didn’t really show, as he was Standing Tall and Talented. There’s absolutely no reason not to continue to plug him into your lineups, unless you are prejudiced against apostrophes.

Jeremy Lin – Linsanity continued with 9-20 shooting, 11 assists and a pair of threes, including the game winner. The Lindustry earned his Lincome with 43 minutes on the Court. That’s how many minutes Eddy Curry has played in the past three seasons.

Linas Kleiza – Somehow managed to miss five of six from behind the arc and four of six from the free throw line, yet still accumulated 15 points. If you put me on the floor for 38 minutes, I probably could have given you something similar. If you’re thinking of picking him up, think of something else, like not picking up Linas Kleiza.

Jose Calderon – Continues on turbo mode. Last night, he gifted his owners 25/11/9 with three steals, a dozen roses and a box of chocolates. Not bad for a guy typically drafted in the 8th round.

Norris Cole – Dropped 20 points on the Pacers but with nothing else to write home about. I mean, really, what would you say? “Dear Mom, How is dad? I’m thinking about doing a double major because student loans are really keen. Also, did you hear Norris Cole had one rebound, three assists, and no steals? That’s basically what he’s done all month. Boring! Anyway, I better wrap this up and drop it in the mail. Give my love to grandma and the rotary phone.”

Chris Bosh – Produced 13/7/1, no blocks, 33% shooting. This follows 8/7/4, 1 block, 37.5% the day before and 14/16/1, 2 blocks, 28.6% the day before that. The Heat have played nine games in fourteen days, grueling even by this season’s standards. Bosh is tired, and you’re going to suffer for it. The condensed season is tearing this family apart!

Rodney Stuckey – Another satisfying performance with 23/4/8. Stuckey on you, I’ve got this feeling down deep in my soul that I just can’t lose. Guess I’m on my way.

Manu Ginobili – All the rust Stoudemire didn’t have was all over Ginobili in his second game back, putting up (throwing up?) 1/2/7 in 24 minutes. Still, the assists are coming, and if you are in need of a guard…well, you could do worse. If he’s still on your waivers, I would grab him in a non-sexual way. If someone else already has him, make passive aggressive comments for the rest of the season.

Ben Wallace – Five boards and nine points in 26 minutes. If you think that sounds about as exciting as wet paper towels, Greg Monroe had six rebounds with four points in close to 22 minutes. If you are over 6’9″, the Pistons would like to talk to you about playing center for them.

Luol Deng – Dished out a career high 11 assists to go along with 23 points, 7 rebounds and a blocked shot as the Bulls rallied to win after blowing a 19  point lead. Adam’s family says he is recovering and in good spirits.

John Salmons – That fishy smell is Salmons’ line of 3/1/2 on 1 of 8 shooting. What a load of carp. He really krilled your numbers if you started him. He hasn’t had double-digit points since February 6th, and he’s basically been a pain in the bass for five games now. I would cast him back and see who else I could reel in off of waivers.

DeMarcus Cousins – Gave his owners a double-double with 28/17/2 with three steals, two blocks, and a three pointer for good measure. It may be wrong to kiss your Cousins, but I won’t tell anyone if you do.

Tyreke Evans – Reminding me why I drafted him by playing just about 42 minutes for a line of 27/8/8, including 8-8 on free throws. If you are into numerology and mystical patterns, 27 is a multiple of 8 (but only if you failed math class in 3rd grade).

John Lucas – If he gets regular playing time, he is worth an add in deeper leagues. His evening of 9/1/9 on 50% shooting during 22 minutes comes after increased floor time the previous two games. I can’t promise you anything (and I won’t!), but any guard getting 20 minutes on the Bulls is good for some assists. He’s someone to keep an eye on if you’re tired of swimming upstream with Salmons.

Kevin Martin – Zero points, one rebound, two assists, one steal. Blech. Double blech! I haven’t seen something that disgusting since I walked into the bathroom after Adam Richman. Martin has no excuse, and I hope he thinks about what he’s done.

Mike Conley – 21 points on 7-of-15 shooting with 3-of-4 from the outside. He had only made 19-of-59 three pointers before Tuesday’s game, and a paltry 3-of-13 for the month. Did Memphis move the three point line closer to the basket?

Kyle Lowry – Played shy of 39 minutes but wasn’t bashful on the court, leading all players with 24 points and six assists. Okay, maybe that’s not super exciting, but if you’re not happy with that then there really is no pleasing you.

Rudy Gay – 20/8/3 as he has been extremely solid for the past two weeks. I wish I could say the same thing about my bowels, but I ate some bad Chinese food the other day. That’s not a joke, it was terrible, much like the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night. Speaking of which…

Paul Millsap – After three games in a row and four in five nights, the Jazz were gassed. Millsap had the prettiest line of the bunch, a mediocre 10/8/3. Utah has two days off, which should allow them to get some rest and come back fresh. Expect an uptick in performance from your Jazz players as they give you some positive notes this Friday.

James Harden – Off the bench, the bearded one netted 22 points on 6-9 shooting with three from behind the arc to go along with five assists. Daequan Cook (8/2/0) should not be taking away time from ol’ Jimbo, but it doesn’t matter. Harden is putting up the better numbers even without the starting job.

Marcin Gortat – Rat-a-tat scored 10 points and nabbed 14 boards, but it comes with the caveat that he had a sickly 31% shooting. Gortat usually has better aim than that, and I wouldn’t put too much into his extra bricks. In any event, you will take the back to back double-doubles and you will be grateful.

Markieff Morris – He decided he wanted to lead the team in scoring and dropped 21 with six rebounds and two blocked shots. Afterward, the Dothraki acknowledged him as the new khal.

Nick Young – He razzled and dazzled his way to a season high 35 points, but didn’t bother to tack on any peripheral stats (0 assists, 2 steals, 3 rebounds) to make it a truly magical night. I expected more from a wizard.

John Wall – Taking note of Nick Young, the Great Wall of Washington scored 29 of his own but added 9 assists to flesh it out. He also managed two blocks for the hell of it. Yes, please and dankeschön.

Nick Batum – Batum followed the Nick Young theory of playing with 33/4/1 and 1 steal. I guess if you are so busy scoring, you can’t be bothered to, you know, share. Fine, I get that, but you’d think if you’re going to be a ball hog you could at least grab some rebounds. Teammate Gerald Wallace managed four boards and 8 assists (and 2 steals!) to go along with 25 points. Gerald has been in the league for something like 100 years, Nick, so take a lesson from a veteran.

Derek Fisher – Three’s a charm, unless your point guard gives you 3/3/3. He continues to be terrible. I’m not sure why the Lakers keep starting him (does Fisher have a photo of Mike Brown wearing a diaper and sitting in an adult sized crib?), but there’s no excuse for you to do the same…start Fisher, that is. Or wear a diaper. Don’t do either.

Josh Smith – You see a line like 15/9/3, two steals and three blocks, and you sit back and smile. For me, I want more. The problem is, Smith can do better. I’m not happy with good; I want great. Like an unreasonable parent, I want his report card to be nothing but straight As. If Smith is grounded for the summer, so be it. I will cut the cords on his XBox 360, wait and see. No buddies, no girlfriends, no car, nothing. He better apply himself, that’s all I’m saying.

51 Responses

  1. Jeremy says:
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    Any thoughts on why Frye only got 17 minutes last night and what you’re thoughts on him are going forward? I mean, he still shot 3/4 with a three and a block. Thinking about playing him again tonight but not if he’s going to get only limited minutes

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Jeremy, My guess is that Markieff Morris got hot and it allowed Frye some rest amidst a three-games-in-three-nights stretch for Phoenix. I’d play him again and freak out only if he plays scant minutes tonight.

  2. GoHawks! says:
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    Would you pick up Marshon Brooks, who comes my waivers tomorrow? I have options to drop JR Smith or Marvin Williams.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @GoHawks!, Sure. Drop Marv.

  3. Joey the Kid says:
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    Dwayne Wade and Ryan Anderson

    vs

    Steve Nash and Joe Johnson

    Which side do you like better?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Joey the Kid, Dwyan Waderson

  4. GoHawks! says:
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    What kind of return should I be aiming to get if I was to sell high on Lin? I worry with Melo coming back, that he is not going to be so LINtastic? Appreciate the feedback.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @GoHawks!, Lin is so new, has such a short fantasy background and has caught on like a match in dry leaves, there just isn’t a precedent. Some people won’t believe he’s the real thing until 10 games of double-doubles with ‘Melo and STAT healthy, while some people are ready to trade Durant for him straight-up.

      I’d like to think that the three teams that passed up on Lin weren’t SO inept as to miss the second-coming of 2005 Steve Nash, so I’ve got to believe that his last six games, while not a fluke, won’t continue burning at such a white-hot temperature. His turnovers are a problem and his minutes will come down with Baron Davis healthy. Oh, and Carmelo Anthony will have some effect, too. If you want to trade him, I’d aim for a second-rounder and settle for nothing less than a third-rounder.

      • Cory says:
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        @Adam,

        Owning Lin is like dating a chick who at first glance is really hot, but then you notice she doesn’t shave her legs. The FT% and TOs are a serious deal breaker in my roto league. I’m trying to unload him for someone with an all around line like Harden, one of the Gasols, or Bosh.

        #Efficiency or GTFO

        • Adam

          Adam says:
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          @Cory, I agree and have said as much numerous times this week. On the other hand, he’s only a LITTLE more experienced than a rookie. It wouldn’t surprise me at all too see his tovs and ft% improve toward the end of the season and next season as well.

          • Cory says:
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            @Adam, Trudat. I’ll follow up once I hear back about my trade offers.

  5. david says:
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    Do you like noah for irving? Or can i get better value for noah? I need help in assist 3s and percentages

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @david, I think Noah for Irving is fair. You might be able to get more for Noah than Irving, depending on who you offer him to, but if Irving is the guy you get, I’d be okay with that.

  6. EK says:
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    I’m trying to deal for Kyrie Irving in my 10 team H2H 9 cat keeper league.

    Paul George for him straight up?

    If not, who might you suggest I offer? His owner needs bigs but claimed specific interest in George or Harden. Here’s my squad:

    PG – Curry, Sessions
    SG – Harden, Thornton
    SF – George, Hayward
    PF – Griffin, Anderson, Boozer, Booker
    C – Bynum, Hibbert, D. Jordan, Dalembert, Gooden

    Thanks

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @EK, You and David in the comment above aren’t in the same league are you?

      Is there a 2-for-2 deal in which you incorporate George and, say, Gooden or Dalembert for Irving and someone else? That might be the quickest path to a deal.

      • EK says:
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        @Adam, Nope, just a coincidence. I was thinking along those lines (2 for 2) but I just can’t seem to find enough interest in anyone else on his team yes somehow it is that bad…

        • Adam

          Adam says:
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          @EK, Hmm. You can try to offer him George (with Granger injured, now’s as good of a time as any). I’ve found when trying to trade with really cruddy teams is that they want, like, two great players for whoever you’re showing interest in. Like they want to make up for their terrible roster by holding your feet to the fire.

          Either that or his team is terrible because he doesn’t care and he’ll just hit the ACCEPT button without even looking at the offer.

  7. Tony says:
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    Adam- whats up man, so i’m on the fence about selling off for this year to build for next year or sticking it out. My teams 3-4 and It’s kind of been a year of injuries thats plagued me.

    So alot depends on how this week goes, 18 teams, h2h fantasy pts, but lets say I do go to sell…which i’ve already emailed with an owner, so ideas are in place. I’m looking for draft money and upgrading a fantasy keeper. Whats your thoughts on these players:

    Javale McGee, Center eligible, $22 50 fpts per night avg
    Joakim Noah, Forward & Center eligible $22 43.5 per gm avg

    Obviously noah started ridiculously slow this year.

    I’d be dealing a $34 david lee, $10 gooden, and probly another non keeper for these owners cheaper keeper (mcgee or noah) & draft cash, hopefully $10 and maybe a swapping of a pick in the reserve draft. Either of those 2 would save me $12 rather than keep david lee at 34 and then add in another 10 cash i’d have 22 more dollars for the draft and a better keeper probably.

    Whats your thoughts? Would you rather have McGee or Noah? Going forward? Again it all hinges on this week, still trying to be proactive.

    scoring:
    pts =1, rebs =1.7, ast=3, treys=4, stls=4.4 and blks=6.5

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Tony, I personally like Noah much better, but from a fantasy standpoint, I think you ought to go JaVale. Even if Noah started the season hot, his blocking numbers will never be as good as JaVale’s. I think he’d just net you more fpt than Noah with the way your league is set up.

      • Tony says:
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        @Adam, thanks man, Javle’s kinda just coming into his own with that WAS team that is still developing as well. There’s probably some room for him to improve even. He has more pt scoring ability than noah who is maxed out at about 12-14 ppg. Sounds good. If this week goes downhill i’ll be 3-5 and with only a 14 week schedule? I’m probably looking to next year already. Sucks but a cheap javale mcGee and some draft cash plus my other keepers are solid, i’d be set up pretty nice.

        • Adam

          Adam says:
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          @Tony, I agree. I’m more than a little worried about McGee’s brain. He doesn’t seem like the sharpest knife in the drawer, but the dude’s got energy for days and he’s still only in his third season.

          • Adam

            Adam says:
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            @Adam, …I’m sorry. I meant his fourth season. They grow up so damned fast!

  8. Ryan says:
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    Posted Today, 08:40 PM
    I just got offered Lin and Monroe for my Lowry and Pekovic. I kinda like that trade but I have my doubts. We keep 5 and at this moment I dunno if Lin would be I e of my keepers. We keep 5. What do I do? Team is below.
    Like This
    14 team h2h keeper

    pg stephen curry
    sg Paul pierce
    g kyle lowry
    sf kevin durant
    pf bismack biyombo
    f andre igoudala
    c amare staudamire
    c javale mcgee
    util reggie williams
    util evan turner
    bn james johnson
    bn Nikola Peckovic
    bn goran dragic

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Ryan, Right now, I see your keepers as:

      1) Curry
      2) Lowry
      3) Durant
      4) Iguodala
      5) Stoudemire

      I like Monroe better than Pekovic and Lin’s upside better than what we’ve seen from Lowry.

      I’d make the deal unless you don’t think Lin or Monroe would make a better keeper than Lowry.

      • Ryan says:
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        @Adam, So is Lin a better keeper than Lowry? If so, why?

        • HotRod says:
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          @Ryan,

          Maybe not, well see how linsanity plays out, but IMO Monroe is a better keeper than lowry any day of the week. I make that deal in a blink of any eye

        • Adam

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          @Ryan, It’s just too early to tell. Lin is displaying more tools and potential than Lowry ever has, but in the end, we’re talking about six-games. It’s just too difficult to project anyone’s value from such a small sample size.

          • Ryan says:
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            @Adam, Btw he withdrew his offer and sent 2 new offers.

            Lowry Pekovic for Lin Session

            Lowry McGee for Lin Monroe

            Do I consider any of these?

            • HotRod says:
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              @Ryan,

              Precisely why you should have jumped all over the 1st offer.

            • Adam

              Adam says:
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              @Ryan, Nah. The guy offering you these trades figured out what he was doing.

  9. jaw says:
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    hey adam – thanks for the help. i rejected the lin/duncan for al jefferson/collison trade and now have this offer on the table

    i give
    lin
    duncan
    booker

    i get
    jrue holiday
    al jefferson

    thoughts?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @jaw, Duncan and Booker cancel out Jefferson, so we’re looking at Jrue vs Jeremy. The last six games have been no contest. I’d roll the dice and keep Lin. If the other guy was offering you Rondo or Nash, I’d say do the deal, but Holiday doesn’t quench my desire to take a reasonably safe risk on keeping Lin.

      That’s just me.

  10. jaw says:
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    @adam – thanks, my thinking was along the same lines. on the one hand i view lin as a sell high (and duncan as well), but it also seems he should be able to keep these #s up and maybe start hitting 3s at a consistent clip

    is this any better?

    i give
    lin
    duncan
    kemba
    biyombo

    i get
    jrue
    al jefferson

    (would you prefer marc gasol over al jefferson btw, the guy has both)

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @jaw, Not bad. Let’s say Jefferson/Lin cancel each other out. Maybe they don’t, but let’s just say… It’s basically Duncan/Kemba for Jrue. I’d rather have Jrue AND an extra rotation slot. So, for you, this is good.

      For the other guy, let’s hope he really likes Bismack.

  11. jaw says:
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    sorry for the all the posts, have this on the table now which i think is pretty good for me

    i give
    lin
    duncan
    kemba
    biyombo
    booker

    i receive
    marc gasol
    jrue
    kris humphries

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @jaw, Man, dude wants Lin, bad. Look at the crud he’s taking here. I’d pull the trigger, if for no other reason than it would free up two roster spots for you to add, like Al Horford, Zach Randolph, Baron Davis, Eric Gordon, Okafor or someone else worth stashing.

  12. Travis says:
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    12 team roto I’m a the bottom ranking. Needed to take a risk on some under performers so Just traded J will for J rich and _ason Kidd. How bad did I panic?

    • Travis says:
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      @Travis, Sorry Dwill

  13. Cory says:
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    Damn I benched Kevin Martin today after his no show, but tonight he’s got 12 points in the first quarter!

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Cory, Benchslapped!

  14. josh says:
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    ryan wutsup with paul george? hes just not consistent..
    and im about to drop hayward for stuckey is that a bad decision? should i drop jason kidd for delfino too?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @josh, Grabbing Stuckey? Good. Grabbing Delfino? You’ll have more inconsistency problems, but overall, it’d be better than having Jason Kidd problems.

  15. Nick says:
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    Any players worth replacing out of these players?

    Drop?
    Randy Foye
    Greivis Vasquez
    James Johnson

    Add?
    Landry Fields
    Marshon Brooks
    Michael Redd
    Corey Maggette

    I could use more rebounds, blocks and 3′s

    • Nick says:
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      Oh and throw in Gerald Henderson on the players to add list also…

      • Adam

        Adam says:
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        @Nick, Maybe Henderson for Brooks. I’m not convinced that would make much of a difference.

  16. Jay says:
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    Would you trade Nene and Tony Parker for Marc Gasol? I already have 3 solid pg’s, and struggling for blocks.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Jay, You’d be paying more than you’d be getting back, but if you’re desperate, do what you gotta do. I might suggest finding a kicker on the other guy’s team for him to throw in. Not an all-star, but someone slightly better that what you can find in the FA pool.

  17. Rob says:
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    Jarrett Jack is floating around on my board. Who do I drop for him? I’m hurting for assists. Here’s my team for reference:

    Guards: Rondo, Thornton, KevMart, Louis Williams, Jeff Teague, Jamaal Crawford

    Forwards/Centers: Lebron, Gay, Scola, Ryno, Bosh, Cousins, M. Gasol

    Probably Crawford, right?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Rob, …Or Scola, maybe.

  18. Big Mike says:
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    melo/ibaka for D.lee/j.caldron – that’s a big win for Me right?

    I have Lee/hibbs/Cp3/jose caldron/Iggy/DannyG/Al Harrington/beasley.
    would u do it?
    Thank you.

    • Adam

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      @Big Mike, It’s not a big win, but depending on your team’s needs, yeah. Sure. I think everyone’s nervous to own Jeremy Lin and Carmelo. Lin might keep his value, or at least not lose it completely. While Anthony will almost lose, at least, a little of his value.

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