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Oh man, it’s been a grueling season for a few of my fantasy teams.  I’m like Oliver Twist out there.  “Please, sir, give me some fantasy-more!”  But it’s always nice seeing one of my boys go out there and have himself a career weekend, like Mike Scott who put up 20 on Friday then a career-high 30 on Saturday.  #EmojiTats!  In 30 minutes (he scored a 30 for 30) shot 11-14 including 6-7 from deep.  Somebody step out on this guy!  Reminds me of when the old UNCW coach would keep our hapless defense in zone when the opps were hitting threes.  I remember when you were against us, Kent Bazemore!  Oh man, I gootta elaborate more on that…  Anyway, Scott went 30/8 with no other stats so it was a major-ThrAGNOF!  And remember, ThrAGNOF isn’t derogatory unless it’s one of those high-ranked guys.  Looking at you Klay Thompson.  Scott got the start for Paul Millsap whose knee is all syrupy, and Scott could pick up another start or two early this week.  Why you don’t need to draft threes!  Grab your kilt, prep your best Mel Gibson, and ride with your fellow Scott against the Longshanks.  Here’s what else I saw over the weekend in fantasy hoops:

Draymond Green - #OccupyDraymondGreen!  “Sheesh, stop it with the hashtags, JB!”  Back when I said he needed to be added in substantially more leagues, he was 1% and now he’s 3%!  Slowly building up our Green-equality.  Green is a MUST-START today.  I’m 2.5/3 in must-starts so far this year, and ready to get 3.5.  18/10/2/3/0 yesterday (plus was averaging 2 blocks per the previous 6 games) and David Lee isn’t traveling with the team tonight.  Sure he shot 5-16, but only can go up from there – he’s not Gordon Hayward!  The Warriors are going against an inept Pistons defense and Green is going to get huge minutes.  Already scooped him up in RCLs and strongly recommend you do the same.

Victor Oladipo - Sure he’s not consistent, but oh man!  If Friday night didn’t give you a RainbOladipboner, then I don’t know what will!  Gashed the Knicks for 30/9/14/2/0 with a pair of treys and perfect 6-6 FT.  Didn’t follow up huge, but 11/4/2/5/0 with another 2 treys yesterday.  My RainbOladipboner has lasted over 4 hours; calling my doctor immediately.

Jonas Valanciunas - I think it was the very first game after I called him a drop in most leagues late last week, he goes 18/8/1/0/2.  Thank god I was watching this game!  Because JV looked slow, out of shape – I think he’s hitting his critical mass.  Don’t forget he was hurt a lot of last year with a broken finger, so this might be his proverbial rookie wall, just coming on late.  “Why were his stats so good then, moron?!”  Shut up, hater!  I have two words for you.  Tyler.  Zeller.  Dude, Nicolas Cage in a bear suit woulda been better defense.  Zeller is awwwwwful.  Then to hammer in my thoughts after watching that game, JV for 7/9/1/0/0 against the Magic yesterday, and somehow had 6 mother trucking TOs.  The last time a big man had 6 turnovers in only 28 minutes it was Louie Anderson at the Sizzler.  Which is about what JV looks like out there on an NBA court.

Raymond Felton - Despite what he may be on a “real” NBA level (and seriously, that made me laugh non-stop.  But how dare he call Khris Middleton a horse face!), dude had a killer weekend fantasy-wise.  15/4/8/1/2 then 16/5/10/1/0 with only 2 TOs in each with 3 total treys.  Owning Felton is like eating his diet.  You may feel awful about it, but is soooooooooo good.  Well, mediocre good…

Kent Bazemore - Pride of ODU in the CAA vs. my UNCW!  Acronyms baby.  When I was court side in the student section, I was with a friend of mine who’s last name is Bazemore.  Kent didn’t stand out at all, and if you told me he would be starting for the Lakers in a few years, I woulda thought you spiked my contraband Coca-Cola with absinthe!  17/0/1/2/0 in his first start after a 15/3/4/2/0 2 trey line in his debut.  I watched that game against the Celtics and he looked solid.  Doh-toni cog!  I think even 14-teamers might be able to give him a whirl for Pts/Stls as Nick Young gets re-integrated in the rotation with the bum knee.

Jason Collins - A real under-the-radar signing by the Nets.

Nene - Nene is to MRI as humans are to breathing.  I win the SATs!  A non-contact injury, and as they say, “All work and no contact makes Nene a DNP-act.”

Goran Dragic - Career-high 35 to bust out of a mini-slump.  The way he’s been playing, I’m suprised it was even a season-high!

Thomas Robinson - Me on Thursday “If you were a reader last year, you know I love Thomas Robinson.  ”Why can’t I quit you!”  Still, T-Rob got 23 minutes for 10/9.  In deep leagues where you can make a move, he will bring ya somethin’ in the L.A. absence.”  Me today:  “Ohhh, JB, you’ve done it good!  You good looker, you…”  14/18/2/0/2 shooting 6-13 (2-2 FT) and no TOs.  Got a few more games where he should get good run with no LaMarcus Aldridge.  Turns out I was right to love T-Rob!  Better a year late than never!

Patrick Beverley - The Razzball fav coming alive!  20/3/3/3/0 and a game-winner.

Terrence Jones - A lot of dump TJones question the past week, and I’ve been saying hold firm in most instances.  Finally bounced back for 15/7/0/1/1 shooting 7-10.  Huge?  No not really, but I think this can be a generally average TJones game here on out.  Not as hot as when he came on, but lukewarm and better than the lately ice-cold.

Chris Kaman - El Burro, you around?  Need another Lakers rant!  Kaman goes for a huge run, goes back to the bench – fine – plays down the stretch against the Celtics to solidify a win with a 7-9 FG 16/8/3/0/0 line, then back to only 19 minutes yesterday for 8/4 in yet another Lakers loss.  Wiggin’ out for Wiggins!  Haven’t used that one in a while!

Evan Fournier - The Virgin!  Getting in on some action last night!  27/4/5/1/1, but what I really, really like to see is 4-5 3PTM alongside 7-8 FT.  Driving and stepping back!  Keep em on their toes like that, and you won’t be a Virgin for long, if ya catch what I’m preachin’!

Randy Foye - Just hassssss to keep producing I guess.  Yikes.  That said, 27/6/0/0/1 with 6 treys is back to pretty ThrAGNOFfy to me.  Back to playing the 2, and still no Ty Lawson.  The former will stay the same, the latter not so much.  And then plummet!

Aaron Brooks - Started at PG.  9/2/8/2/0 is pretty decent, but Lawson sounds like he’s close.  Not burning a pickup here unless in the deepest of leagues.

Tobias Harris - There’s just something about the trade deadline!  And no Glen Davis clogging the middle like a diabetic’s artery…  Season-high 28 for a 28/6/2/2/0 line and a trey.  A good chance he goes on a nice run, with the situation mirroring last year.

Arron Afflalo - Rolled his ankle on Raymond Felton’s kankle.  No Afflalo is going to help Harris in the short-term as well.  Afflalo isn’t traveling for the next Magic game and I bet will be out a few more.

Amir Johnson - Got “kicked” in the ankle?  Get the dude some high-tops!  Day-to-day.

Spencer Hawes - Another solid game in his 2nd in Cleveland red, going 16/12/4/0/1 with a trey.  I still think Anderson Varejao will be back soon-ish and make Hawes a very fringe-worthy guy.  Sell high if you can!

Mario Chalmers - No LeBron James sure helped, but 12/1/9/2/1 with a trey is the kind of goodness we were seein’!  Slim and JB to the fantasy rescue with Chalmers love.  There needs to be some sort of “BLAM!” like the old-school Batman show.

D.J. Augustin - 0-10.  “Hey Mr. DJ, turn the labradoodles down!”

Matt Barnes – 24/7/1/2/0 with 6 treys.  That’s eye-poppingly, retinal tearingly good!  “Wow JB.  Not funny.”  Owned in 7% of Yahoo leagues and is hot hot hot right now with no J.J. Redick.  For reference, Harrison Barnes is owned in 53% of leagues.  I’d rather older brother Matty, and readdress later if need be.  And it’s not even that close.

 

I hope everyone was triumphant in their week 17!  Twas a busy weekend, so shoot your thoughts on anyone else below and let’s all cheer on Byron Mullens to a big week!

  1. tony says:
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    missed out on Mullens by $1 bidding FA….. dammit

    I do have a Question tho: weekly line ups, I’m looking at starting an ouchy Paul Millsap with only 3 games this week to begin with OR starting a newly acquired Gerald Green who has 4 games this week for the Suns.

    It’s week 1 of playoffs for us, i just can’t afford to miss games from guys as its a h2h fpts league as well. And OF COURSE the Hawks don’t play til tuesday and lineups are due tonight by 6:55pm.

    Whats your take? How serious is this knee deal for Millsap…. if he’s gonna miss 1 game even i need to go with gerald…..

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @tony: Damn! Updated this afternoon, Millsap is missing at least 2 more, so he’s a sit, Green for the win!

  2. mushi says:
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    derozan and lillard for pg? i need 3s.

    • Jeffro says:
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      @mushi: super duper hell naw

    • matt says:
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      @mushi: Lillard heads up maybe not 2 for 1 That’s CrazyTown!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @mushi: I don’t think its necessarily that far off, but if you need 3s and you’re the Lillard side, Lillard has 157 this year to PGs 135 so it would have to be a hold.

      • mushi says:
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        @JB Gilpin: i own george. should i take it? i could use the extra assists too

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @mushi: In that case, I mean it helps your needs, I actually think its a goodun!

  3. Jay says:
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    Hey JB, I have the following roster heading into this week:

    Wall/Kemba/Farmar/Wolters
    Beal/J. Johnson/Belinelli
    Thad Young/Marion/Draymond Green
    Anthony Davis/Amir Johnson
    Vucevic/Chandler

    I’m looking into picking up O’Quinn this week (2 games vs Philly), do you think he’ll be useful in a 12 teamer the rest of the way? Was thinking of dropping Belinelli or Wolters for him, if anybody.

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jay: Hmmm really good question. I do like O’Quinn, obviously love the 2 v. Philly, but may be inconsistent looking at ROS. Very close, looks like you have enough boards and blocks, I think I might hold

  4. Frank White says:
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    Sup JB… Thanks for all your help.. Do you think I should try to trade Varejeo and Bogut for some decent players to guys that can afford to wait for him?? I was thinking about trading Varejeo, Bogut and Wesley Matthews back to that guy but only receive Rondo and West back then I can stream the other spot. What do you think about either situation??

    • Frank White says:
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      Well no go on that trade offer..

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Frank White: Yeah a great idea looking to trade, I def woulda liked that trade if he woulda agreed.

  5. Marcin says:
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    I stashed Pero Antic some time ago and I wonder if stick with him or drop him for, and another question, Booker or Seraphin (spec add). I have Moultire also but I want to give hime few more games (should I?).14 team 9 cat 15 guys (free agents market drained).

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Marcin: With Ayon banged up, yeah I think I’d stick with it if you’ve waited this long. I am not a Moultire guy at all… I’d prefer spec on Booker and Serphin over that. Rather Booker.

  6. Frank White says:
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    Well no go on that trade offer..

  7. rodg12 says:
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    Cut the cord on Barnes for Bazemore?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @rodg12: Yeah in a deep 12 or 14 teamer I have no problem with that

  8. Don Majkowski says:
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    Will Mullens Mafia blow up tonight?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Don Majkowski: I’m sure hoping so! But beware your FG%!

      • Don Majkowski says:
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        @JB Gilpin: would you throw him out there tonight, or wait to see if he gets mins?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Don Majkowski: Yeah if you have him on not a very full slate! Sorry if I was too late

  9. TR says:
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    I traded away Howard and Klay Thompson for Dirk, Pau, and Deron Williams. It’s a points league with no percentages so Howard is a beast but the guys I got are no scrubs and I’m a nets fan with a lot of confidence in a healthy D-will. I can’t go back on it now, but what do you think?

    Also need to pick up a shooting guard now (still have PG and Joe Johnson, just want more than 2) so which one ROS: Danny Green, Mayo, Mclemore, Granger, or Bazemore
    I’m leaning towards Bazemore but that’s probably just because he’s funny

    • TR says:
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      @TR: also trying to get Curry & Josh Smith for Dirk and Davis to help round out my team. I’d still have Griffin, Thad., Smith, Pau, and noah as PF/C’s and smith has added value in a points league where percentages don’t matter

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TR: Love it. Yeah Howard is great in that format, but Thompson is really inconsistent. Haha on your Bazemore analysis… Man I really don’t like any of those guys. Hell, why not Bazemore, he’s the only one with real upside in my opinion. Yeah I’m totally down with that Curry trade in a points league.

  10. matt says:
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    I guess? Curry is the best player in this deal in a pts league. So sure. I don’t think you are correct about PF/C having more value than PG’s though? Not in my points league, PG’s are the most valuable imho…

    • TR says:
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      @matt: our points system is different from standard scoring

      • matt says:
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        @TR: oh ok gotcha :-)

  11. Shaft says:
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    Im thinking I need another dependable big, because T Jones is driving me crazy. So hard to start him in a weekly league. Think Jason Collins is worth an add? I hear he’s the best ball handler in the league… Kidding. Too soon?

    Anyway, you like any of these guys over T Jones come playoff time? Taj, Bass, Kanter, Frye, McBob, Kief, Hill, Antic, Blatche, Mullens, Moultrie?

    Thanks

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      @Shaft: Sorry, one more. Ive got Foye right now and thing moving him back to SG is going to help him out. Would you drop him for Demarre Carroll or Meeks? Really could use help with steals, blocks and boards. Solid %s doesnt hurt either.

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Shaft: Haha… Yeah too soon :) Nah I don’t think Collins does anything. Taj I buy over T Jones. Boozer is so injury prone and Taj playing great either way. Kief I might too. Not the rest though. Def would take Meeks over Frye, esp. given your needs. Sure boards and blocks aren’t really there, but consistent and tons of steals.

  12. Corey says:
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    Please rank Corey brewer, Matt Barnes, and bazemore. 9cat h2h

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Corey: For ROS I’d go that order, short term I’d add Barnes.

  13. Joe says:
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    Hey JB!

    Even though Denver plays one more game ROS than Houston, would you drop Faried for Beverley or T.Jones? My roster includes Lillard, IT2, Knight, J.Green (still), Carroll, Deng, Faried, Gibson, D.Lee, Ibaka, M.Gasol.

    On a sidenote, looks like your man Burke is on a mission to make you feel good about calling him a hold, and making me feel bad for not listening!

    • Joe says:
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      @Joe:

      I should have mentioned Kyle Singler, Will Bynum, Danny Green, and Eric Gordon may also be available.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Joe: Yo! Very close, think I might hold Faried still… Yeah let’s go Burke! Just needed a little rest over the rookie wall. Still like All 3 of Faried, PBev, TJones over the waiver wire guys you listed

  14. Jeremy says:
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    Definitely interested in touting Draymond out there as a spot start but would you drop Chalmers, Carroll, or Marion for him?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jeremy: Man I really really want to say get Green if you can, but I don’t think I could drop any of those 3

  15. Bren says:
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    Hi, need some great insight that you consistently provide please.

    I’ve got an offer for my tobias and I only have Conley Marshall knight for PGs

    I was offered Ellis for Tobias. Should I pull it? I was confident in Marshall in providing me all the ast I need but this past week didn’t help lol.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bren: Thanks, any time! Yeah i think I’d have to take Ellis. Less for his assists, but nice steals and scoring, and despite his scoring a tad down lately, I think he’ll be more consistent than Tobias

  16. miles proudfoot says:
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    In a 12 team h2h, currently in the last spot for the playoffs. someone bailed on Hawes and I’m interested. I’m guard heavy and would possibly drop PBev, RJax, or TyEvans as my lowest rated guards. HOWEVER, ive had TThompson all year and I think he’s the guy to drop if you agree it’s worth it to bid on Hawes off waivers. As always, thanks!

    • miles proudfoot says:
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      @miles proudfoot: also, thanks for your words of wisdom on JV. Have been riding it out with him last season and this one up until all-star break. He then had decent game, but I don’t think I’ll go back for more at this time.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @miles proudfoot: Since you need big man stats, I think Jackson is your drop. Think it really cools off. I’m fine grabbing Hawes there. As I mention above, I think he’ll still be ownable, but barely, with upside if they give him high 20/low 30 mins a game. Yeah JV does not look like the player I saw last year and early this year. He looked fine early on just not a ton of touches, but man, Friday he looked awful. I hope he gets a great conditioning program next offseason!

  17. Jay says:
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    man – Ihave JV, Terrance jones reggie jackson all stinking it up for me.

    drop any of them for the virgin? Matt Barnes available too.

    • Jay says:
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      @Jay: also is JV droppable for Mullens?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jay: Jv for Mullens… Man I think I’d want to see Mullens’ debut first… Close though. I think Jackson is droppable, right now I’d grab Barnes

  18. hamtime says:
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    i own giannis but am looking to maybe drop him for: wolters, scott, seraphin, or wroten. would you do this or just stand pat? thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @hamtime: Wolters is close, I think it’d be between those 2 depending on needs

  19. Lasandro says:
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    Heya JB – love the Wicker Man ref ha!

    So, same question I posed Dan: I’ve just lost Nene for ROS and need someone who can give me some pts with ok boards and assists – anyone similar to what Nene was giving me. Also happy to swap my korver for someone who can give me pts and all round stats, including a 3 per. Pick 2 please: Kanter (concerned about what Favors’ return would do), Carroll, Reke, JR, Burke, Burks, Markieff (super streaky, I know).

    Also, is my Jameer droppable if peeps like Raymond, B Roberts, Chalmers, Calderon and DJA are available? I’ve kept him because I need strong help in assists and 3s from my PG.

    Im looking for best possible ROS value here, as Nene was someone I relied on and I dont have capacity to stream players anymore. Cheers!

    • Lasandro says:
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      Faried’s now available too.. think he produces better with JJ on the bench?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Lasandro: Haha thanks man! Starting with Jameer, given you need treys and dimes I think I’d hold him there vs. those guys. Flukey he didn’t hit one the past two games, has been fine. I’m a little worried about Kanter too… Carrolll I think is one add for sure. I think Markieff given you need treys and some big-man-ish all-around lost from Nene would be my other add. Mehhh, still like Markieff’s added treys over Faried I think, close though

  20. m1chael says:
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    Whats ur outlook on JJHickson? Getting moved to the bench. Produce same numbers as starting or should i start looking for someone else to replace him?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @m1chael: I think similar stats. We saw this song and dance once before I think, maybe slight downgrade.

  21. Lasandro says:
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    Great advice on the previous post bro – think Markieff will indeed be my best nene replacement ROS. Concerned that he comes off the bench but dude can mix it up. And I like Carroll over Korver too, so thanks for that.

    So onto otehr things. Following Thad’s second straight stupid game as the big banana, Im getting plenty of interest for him. Someone asked for a straight swap with Tobias. I said no, but dont think it’s too far off as Im assuming Tobias will be decent for pts and brds going forward yes? Im looking to perhaps do a 2 for 2, should Thad be involved. What do you think of:

    1) Thad + Vuc or M Gasol for Tobias + Millsap
    2) Thad + Nelson for Tobias + Rubio
    3) Thad + IT2 for Tobias + Wall

    Im in need of brds, bigs FGs and pts and some 3s. But which would you think serves the best value coming my way? He wont take on a 2 for 1. If you see a way for me to deal any of my guys for Tobias + 1, without using my Thad, I’m all ears as well. Apart from Nelson, he’s interested in the names I’ve put forward in the three scenarios, as well as my Oladipo.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Lasandro: Thanks man! I’m not that concerned mostly because Plumlee is very inconsistent, and well, Frye is too for that matter when the 3s aren’t going down. 1 -very close. I like both Vuc and Gasol though, so prob holding. 2 – Yeah I’d do that, I’m still a Rubio sucker :) 3 – Yeah I’d prob do that too. I know it doesn’t really fit your needs, but in sheer value I think the Rubio deal stands out.

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