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In Shaq-ramento, when Christmas carolers sing at your doorstep, if it’s deck the halls you must insist a free a Rudy Gay jersey! You better believe Sleep Train Arena is gonna deck their halls with Gay apparel.  That is, if it has power.  Zing!  Last night, the Kings picked up Gay from the Raptors in a 7-player deal with a lot more fantasy impact than just the players involved.  The Kings also picked up Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy, for the fewest letters in three surnames you could ever receive in a three-player haul.   In return, Greivis Vasquez, John Salmons, Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes got exported to Canada.  I hope they have winter wear!  Instead of going over all of the impact in the open, it’ll be fettered out and we’ll focus on Gay at the top.  Nothing changes.  Brevity!  Lots of shots, the Kings don’t become any better or worse, but get a good all-around player.  The fantasy impact on Gay seems null.  The trade overall I think it a win-win, both in real hoops and in fantasy.  The Kings dumped guys that don’t really help their rotations for a star, and the Raptors break up their two high-volume shots guys with it not working.  Plus the Raptors are looking to rebuild around the Luminescent Lithuanian.  Then all sorts of fantasy optimism below, along with other action across the NBA over the weekend:

Isaiah Thomas – Easily the overall winner in the deal.  Close to a top 50 player now.  I had him in my top 50 in my rankings early in the summer before the Vasquez trade, and he’s played extremely well in his backup PG role.  Then the Kings realized he’s better than Vasquez but didn’t want to hurt Greivis’ fragile ego.  It’s like in high school, instead of breaking up, you just wait until their dad gets a new job then never answer a phone call/text/Facebook message ever again.  IT2 is at close to 18/5 1.5 stl in 27 minutes a game right now, and should easily be in the 35/per range for some obvious optimism.  Buy buy buy.  But not like N’Sync.  Or was that Backstreet Boys?  Not even gonna fact check that…

Jonas Valanciunas – You know it was coming!  The LL is back!  My boyfriend last year and heading into this season is all the sudden looking at a glorious opportunity with the Raptors realizing he and a cheap DeMar DeRozan are the pieces to build around.  A boring 5/6 last night, but this is going to turn around with some practice prep time.  I know I know, Allen Iverson disagrees on any practice helping, but be damned!  LL is my man!

Amir Johnson – Was on fire last night with some expanded offensive responsibilities.  14-17 32/10/1/2/2 in a near redonk rainbow line.  I think this was a little more a fluke than new Raptors direction, but the trade should help immensely.  Be sure he’s owned in your leagues.

Terrence Ross - I think another easy target as a big winner, but I’m hesitating a bit.  Came off the bench again for just over 28 minutes for 11/3 and 2 stls in a win last night.  I have a feeling they keep him in a high-energy 6th man role.  Before you get all angry, his minutes should go way up and make him worth adding even in speculative 12-team adds.  But not a must-add.  We’ll see how the new line-up shakes out.

Landry Fields - Stole the start last night and decided to shoot like Gordon Hayward!  Best in Show!  Fields has two left feet! While Fields shot 0-6 and all labradoodles,  he plays D and gives a vet presence ala Tayshaun Prince.  He’s in line for a scrubby starter role, or as suggested last night, a Vasquez Kyle Lowry 1/2 backcourt with DeRozan slotting to the 3 could be a Raptors starting 1 through 3.  Lots of options, but reminds us Fields is in there.

DeMar DeRozan – Sell sell sell.  Sell like your orange concentrate futures like the Duke brothers.  I know I liked DeRozan as a sleeper heading into the year, and I still like him now, but I think his perceived value with this trade will far exceed actual returns.  As I quoted in pre-season ranks, DeRozan actually struggled before Gay got Toronto, with pre/post splits of 17.6 Pts at 43.5 FG% vs. 19.1 Pts at 46.4 FG% in the second half.  It’s good to see the 3-point shooting improved like I thought it would, but past that, Gay was a big help to his game despite belief it will open up a bigger role for him.  He’s not really a loser, I buy he’s close to his on pace stats, but the trade will open some owners’ eyes.  Plus he’s off a rainbow line in a big win, going 26/5/5/2/2 against the “Welcome back Kobe!” Lakers.  Look to sell for the big price, and I’m happy ROS returns should be right around my rank.

Derrick Williams - Still should start at the 4 with Gay as two combo 3/4 guys.  They’re like the Waltz!  If he’s been useful to your deep league team with his production in 5 Kings’ starts, I think he’s about the same post-trade.

Greivis Vasquez – While the variability of his outcomes remains wildly fluctuant, his minutes should remain fairly similar to what we saw in the PG-heavy California capital.  After 25:50 a game in Sacramento, even as a backup PG/dual threat with Lowry in Toronto, he should get comparable minutes.  Droppable if he was on the edge of your roster anyway, but if he was steady for you in SAC, hold steady as of right now.

Kyle Lowry – The PG of the future for the “oft-injured All-Stars” would conceivably get a minor reduction.  That said, big night for him last night in 37 minutes going 25/5/8 with 3 steals.  If anything, I’m actually happy as a Lowry owner with some better shots coming his way and someone to lessen his career-high 36:38 minutes a night, which were a huge red flag.

Kobe Bryant – Overshadowed!  I don’t think I’ve seen this much overshadowing since the Shutter Island trailer had me guess the entire movie.  2-9 9/8/4 with a whopping 8 TOs that I imagine swung a few matchups this week.  Luckily the 28 minutes were encouraging and nothing is pointing towards an off day next game.

Steve Blake – Kobe is like the D.A.R.E. Lion.  “No more dimebags for you kids!”  Brutal 3/3/4 game in 30 minutes shooting 1-6.  In 10-teamers and stacked 12-team leagues I’m cutting bait, but I think this could still work in some sort of capacity.  I love that a Rudy Gay trade can spurn so much optimism, yet a Kobe return is nothing but a funeral march…

Lakers Bench – I don’t know if any stat was pulled, but with 5 starters all not reaching double-digits, and 5 guys off the bench in double-digits… I mean, that has to be some sort of record or anomaly or something!  Jodie Meeks, Nick Young, Shawne Williams, Jordan Hill and Xavier Henry all get double-digit points while the starters played like Ewing and Mugsy post-magic alien ball.  No big takeaways, nice to see Hill go 11/8 even though off the bench, but this team is a mess until Kobe picks who he wants out there with him…

Pau Gasol – Said his ankle bothered him.  Pulled the Gordon Hayward!  “I would’ve gone 11-11 not 3-11 if not for this bum ankle!”  Is it just me, or are NBA players using excuses too much?  Sure injuries affect performances, but you don’t admit it!  Sorry Razzball readers if this recap blows today, I have a blister burn in my left index finger!  (Absurdly, is actually true!  Tried to help my spatula flip a grilled cheese and got too much hot bread on my finger…)

Robert Sacre – Had some momentum as the starting Lakers C, and after a 11/5/1 game shooting 5-7 despite being in foul trouble on Friday, decided to disappear going 2/1 in 10 minutes last night.  Look for the Lakers to go on a diet with reduced Sacre.

Tyler Hansbrough - Psycho T has a sprained Psycho Shoulder.  I guess it was injured after the Raptors callously stayed at a Bates’ motel…  “Are you… crazy?!”  “No, but I did stay at a Bates motel last night!”

Victor Oladipo – RainbOladipo!  …nOladipo… Tough 8/3/0/1/0 line shooting 2-11 with 2 TOs.  Nothing more than a bump on a rook.  Or a rook on a bump.  That’s what I call it when cocaine cuts into my chess performance…

Glen Sauna Davis – If you missed the news byte before the season, apparently Davis was sweating out as best he could in saunas to rehab.  As much as I want to make all sorts of bathhouse jokes, he went 18/6/3 last night, and while bumpy, has been fantasy usable even in deeper leagues.  Lord help me, worth a look…

Patrick Beverley - Dude, Slim even broke up with him!  It’s like being a 15-year-old girl and defending a cheating boyfriend to the rest of the cheerleaders.  “I still think he’s sweet!”  Wow, maybe the most effeminate player joke ever.  “PBev is like Zima to my beer & titties!”  Growl.  6/1/0/3/0 Friday night and 9/4/3/0/1 with two threes last night.  If you’re confused with my opinions on him based on those first sentences, welcome to the club!  I’m very cautiously and in-stringently holding.  I think I made up “in-stringently”. Hopefully that sort of creativity will lend itself to PBev creating more stats.

Terrence Jones – Been a roller coaster, but the good kind.  “What kind of roller coaster is a bad kind?” you may ask… Well, when you’re 6’7 and you barely fit in the effing seat and you roll over a hill slower than a tumbleweed you’ll know what I mean!  Huge 16/13/0/2/5 in the Rockets win last night.  Only had one big game in the 6 before the weekend, then 16/10/0/3/3 Friday and the big Sunday game.  Worth another look in shallow leagues if anyone cut bait.

Paul George – Elite.

Khris Middleton - Was my open before the Gay trade!  So you get two opens today!  Even though this one was boring and glad I got some trading block spice… When Kate Middleton was preggers, was there a crown on the uterus?  What was her maternity socks?  Is she even the world’s most famous K Middleton?  Oh wait, this is Razzball, not BBC!  And the answer for us in fantasy hoops, is yes, who cares, and hell no!  Answer to #3 is Khris Middleton, who has rampaged his way into Larry Drew/fantasy owners’ hearts with his out-of-nowhere stronghold on a Bucks starting role.  This guy even went undrafted in our 20-team deep roster league!  In more-or-less the only good decision I’ve made in that league thus far, I FAABed Middleton after his decent start.  More appealing was his minutes than the production, but now it’s the numbahs doin’ da talkin’.  On Friday night in an overtime win, KMidd went career-high for 29/7/2/2/1 on a ridiculous 22 shots, hitting 11 including four treys.  He then cooled off on Saturday for 9/6/2 shooting 3-9, but again huge minutes at over 37.  I think he can produce for you in deeper leagues, and even gets some looks in most 12-teamers.  Sure Caron Butler looms for PT, but he’s old and the Bucks are developing.  And by developing I mean young players, not health complications for the elderly.  I think someone just threw a tomato at me for that joke.  I’m still a little hungover from all the fantasy football disappointment… Alcohol doesn’t beat you when you have the second-highest points in the league that week!

Brandon Knight - I really don’t like the Bucks or Larry Drew, but love my KMidd and Knight, who had a nice 20/6/6 three steal game on Friday, including a big three that sent it to OT in the eventual W.  Cooled off as well on Saturday for 10/6/3 only shooting 3-12.  The FG% will suck, but the rest is yummy multi-cat.  Venison-y.

John Henson – Unlike PBev who is fizzling like a white dwarf, Henson is exploding into a red giant with a huge Friday in the fantasy-friendly Wiz win going 19/17/4 in a Goromotaro flirt.  Then 18/7/3 on Saturday night, with a block in each.  And you love the PT.  Must own in all leagues, my rankings reflected it and I’ve stuck by my tar heel all year!

Jordan Crawford – Had himself quite the weekend, going 22/8 then 23/7 on Fri/Sun.  I’m still not totally a buyer, despite comparable minutes in stints with the Wizards, he’s on pace to obliterate his assists per.  I don’t think he’s a half dime-bagger (5.3 asg right now).

Tim Hardaway Jr. – Got a start, and in 25 minutes went 8/2/1/3/1 in a nice multi-cat, non-ThraGNOF showing.  The biggest downfall was the Knicks got blown out by a terrible Celtics team.  Sorry Slim!  I know this was your rebound guy, but I dunno.  Maybe it can be me… If I play my cards right…

Jeffery Taylor – Has a left heel contusion.  Was huge in his start on Friday, way outdoing Al-Farouq Aminu making me feel a little smart since El Burro is our resident mad genius.  Told you Aminu has no idea what he’s doing offensively shooting 3-14!  But you told me on Andre Drummond and like, everything else… Let me have this moment!  If you’re in redonk deep leagues with daily streaming, Anthony Tolliver should get a decent start tonight in a fast-paced game against the Warriors should Taylor end up ruled out.

Martell Webster – Turned an ankle.  Which means you can turn the page.  Loved him for the past 3 or 4 weeks, and returns have been nothing but… awesome.  Fantasy is reactionary, and I’m happy with the investment I put on him during this run.

Nene – Said on Saturday he was “suffering”.  Yes, just a few days after Mandela died.  Ok, ok, so that’s not really a fair leap and Nene probably had a translator botch something.  Wait, that’s not the case?  Maybe some new buzz words will help.  One would be “I’m in ‘don’t play in fantasy’ condition tonight”.

Tyreke Evans – I was doing highlights for this game when Evans went down… did not look good.  I’ve loved watching Evans pick up his game the past few weeks, but those darned kankles are hurting him… I can’t stand seeing sports injuries anymore and wish him an expedient recovery.  But for fantasy, I honestly think he’s cuttable in 10 and 12-teamers with how bad it looked and his solidifying but still volatile role off the bench.  Once he returns, and in my guesstimation it’ll be when Anthony Davis returns,he’ll be stuck behind a rut of playing time.

Luol Deng - Achilies MRI turned up negative.  I took that to mean no injury, not that Deng had no Achilies.  Very likely he misses at least one game, so stay tuned.

Taj Gibson – Taj A-Haul!  21/10 with a block on Saturday with Deng out.  Playing as a must-own right now.

Enes Kanter – Huge 12/7/2/1/4 on Saturday, but I still feel like it’s a little flukish with Marvin Williams still hurt.  Not that Williams is any good, but more that Tyrone Corbin loves tinkering.  He’s a tinker-bell.

Jeremy Evans – Got a start on Saturday for 8/9 with a block, but fouled out in just over 29 minutes.  I liked Evans and made a FAAB move on him in REL, but didn’t see him starting this soon and didn’t nab him.  With Derrick Favors also out of the mix with a sore back, it feels more like a band aid start.  Still, like Evans’ upside for this season and beyond.

Trey Burke – Remember when I said he’d take off!  Well, didn’t shoot well at 5-19, but batted his eyes at a trip-dub of 19/10/7 on Saturday.  I wish this finger injury never happened… My rank of him in the 50s would be looking awesome…  Then again, this was a day after Corbin benched him for poor effort.  I bet Jerry Sloan would bench Corbin for his coaching effort.

Tony Wroten - Of course I knew it was coming, of course I said Friday morning he was a solid pickup, and of course he torches my REL team with a near trip-dub on Friday for 21/8/9 then 20/5/1 on Saturday.  #TradeMCW!

 

Next Game:  I’m sure there’s a million things I missed in the wrap-up as it was a long weekend!  There was NFL, college championships, and Amazon dropping in Breaking Bad season 5 via drone and my bottle of scotch.  To say I hadn’t cut into either of those would be a lie!  Plus I’m injured!  I’ve got ORL @ MEM tonight for some in-depth NBA action.  Hoping to see a RainbOladipo and some nice play from Jon Leuer, who I bid FAAB on in REL, but at the time of wrapping this up, am not sure if I landed him.  I hope you all had a great week 6 and looking forward to another great week!

From Around The Web

  1. Clyde Prompto says:
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    I believe it was Slim earlier in the year who declared his man-love for Terrance Ross. I dropped Danny Green for him in the RCL in a move fueled by anger/adult beverages. Haha Best In Show Gordon Hayward kills me. While we’re talking labradoodles, Kennel Master Josh Smith shot 8-25 over the weekend. Although he did hit 2-6 from three, which for him is Ray Allen territory.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Clyde Prompto: Kennel Master indeed! He looks lost half the time… Don’t blame that move, shoot for the moon!

      • Clyde Prompto says:
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        @JB Gilpin: With all this talk about Kennel Masters and shooting labradoodles I feel like Mike Vick’s search history.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Clyde Prompto: Haha ouch… Probably venting over losing his last job opportunity

          • Clyde Prompto says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Haha I’m sure he’ll get one more shot….. J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS!

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Clyde Prompto: Haha Rex Ryan and Vick, what a combo

  2. Frank White says:
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    Sup Man… I can’t believe you didn’t mention Ariza!! Lol

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Frank White: So many players can’t get to em all over the weekends! Nice game Friday night just was a while ago

      • Frank White says:
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        I hear ya.. JK Hey Know that Blake is droppable I Grabbed Reggie Jackson but last weeki had Marvin Williams and got hurt with no waivers left. I’m looking for sometimes good to replace him, any ideas with maybe low percentage owned?? Also Sullinger is on the even waivers. Good pickup?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Frank White: Yeah I think Sullinger will be OK for the time being for big man stats. Ross is worth a speculative add right now.

  3. allen says:
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    I need scoring help…drop aminu for markieef and drink three beers?? Or instead of morris, wroten???

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @allen: scoring help, yea def would want Markieff ROS, but Wroten right now with MCw sure to miss at least one more

  4. Slim

    Slim says:
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    I am absolutely convinced Hardaway should be starting over Shumpert who had a Landry Fields-esque line yesterday. Hardaway still has some learning to do but his offensive game is already superior to Shumperts.

    As for Terrence Ross. I feel pretty good about my projection I gave a few weeks ago. Landry Fields wasn’t even in the rotation a couple games back and now he starts. If this continues then Richard Jefferson will take a back seat to my new arch nemesis.

    My man crush right now is definitely Jeremy Evans. He’s going to have a 15/15 with 2 steals and 2 blocks game this week IF he continues to start. Utah has games @Sac and @Den this week. He may just be the most athletic PF in the game right now. Yep, not going to backtrack either. I believe it.

    I’m interested to see if Otto Porter can build off his debut. There are minutes available.

    Come on Yahoo get your ish together and tell me who is replacing Taylor this week.

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Slim: Oops, sorry about that. I didn’t actually think $6 was gonna get me Leuer.

      • Slim

        Slim says:
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        @Slim: There were only 4 adds this week?!? No one added Lewis, Fields, Singleton, Jamison for $1? That’s really surprising. I thought we only had one inactive team. Uhoh. We actually had 4 teams who didn’t fix their rosters last week…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Slim: Yeah well, like I said when the league launched, it’ll separate the men from the boys! Wow, I dunno about 15 boards! But love his athleticism too, remember I was in the FAAB with ya. No worries on Leuer, I didn’t pay like I needed to and knew it. Perils I spent so much early but oh well.

  5. asd says:
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    hey, got offered kyrie for my wall. take it? im thinking of countering with kyrie and kemba for wall and pau… 9-cat roto

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @asd: Nah I like Wall more. That counter seems pretty good since Pau’s bum ankle is worrisome

  6. Jake VZ says:
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    Trying to buy on IT2. Do you think i lose much if I trade my Burke and Jefferson for IT2 and Hickson?

    • Jake VZ says:
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      @Jake VZ: Also, what do you think if I can pull off Ibaka and Thompson for my Griffin and Iguodala?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jake VZ: Eh that seems a little steep, I like Burke a lot too and think big Al bounces back. Would love the Ibaka acquisition if you can make it happen

  7. I’ve been busy with my fantasy roster the last 12-14 hours once I heard Gay had been traded. I went ahead and traded my Miles Plumlee for Jonas Valanciunas. I’m disappointed I let Amir Johnson sit on the waver wire and missed my chance there.

    I turned the page on Webster, dropping him for another run with Enes Kanter. I’m super thin at SG after Redick’s injury. Jimmy Butler is out there but I’d like to see a timetable before I roster him up.

    My current waver wire targets are Tobias (yet again), Butler and I guess a returning Larry Sanders even though he screwed me over at the beginning of the year. The bottom half of my roster will probably include a drop of Hinrich (who is um, not good) for one of the above names.

    Anyways, have a great week guys and thanks JB and Slim. I appreciate you all.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @WNWDOTCOM: Dude, love your JV trade. Well done! Yeah I mean, don’t think what Amir did the other night is the norm at all. Yeah I’m scared on butler too, not looking good. Agree with your Webster move post-injury, think you got a good return like I did from that spot! Hah I hate Hinrich, mostly bc I hate all Bulls. But he’s fine for now. You have a great week as well thanks for stopping by!

  8. Sio says:
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    hey guys can i get some advice on my team? H2H 9cat with playoffs and an add/drop cap. here’s my team:

    westbrook
    ellis
    kawhi
    aldridge
    vucevic
    m. gasol
    bledsoe
    korver
    rondo
    j. butler
    favors
    t. jones
    jason smith

    i have 3 injured guys, 2 i drafted and 1 i picked up as part of an ellis trade. currently sitting at 9th out of 14 teams. i’m punting 3’s and TO’s. notable FA’s are: marv williams, kieff, blair,. do i just wait out my injured guys or start using my remaining moves and stream?

    • Jake VZ says:
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      @Sio: I would drop Smith for Markieff

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sio: I agree, Smith has such a limited ceiling, I’d grab the upside of Kieff for the hot streak hopes

      • Sio says:
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        @JB Gilpin: what about the zombie trio of gasol, jimmy butler and rondo? hold or kick out of the house?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Sio: Gasol and Rondo I’d hold, I think butler is droppable as well for a guy playing

          • Sio says:
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            @JB Gilpin: thanks man!

  9. Barenrewn says:
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    Where do you see Deron Williams going forward? Is he a buy low coming off the ankle injuries? A guy in my league offered me Williams for Kobe. I know it’s only been one game for Kobe, but if I can upgrade and sell him for his name value it’d be worth it. Just not sure Deron Williams will round back into form.

    • @Barenrewn: I’m not going to lie, I’ve considered buying him for Ricky Rubio. Almost everyone thinks it’s a bad idea (Google it) but the lure of adding a potential 1st round fantasy talent is appealing. I’ve mentioned it to the D-Will owner, who is getting crushed but I don’t think I’m going to offer. If he sends it, perhaps I’ll mull.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Barenrewn: I think D-Will is an extremely risky buy low, but buy low nonetheless, I think I might do that deal.

    • @Barenrewn: Just to update, I did the deal my Rubio for their Williams. I fully understand the risk, however, the upside was just too much to pass up. If it pans out, it could win me the league. If he doesn’t get healthy, I’ll have to make some more moves.

    • TR says:
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      @Barenrewn:
      I think he can be a great buy low. After dealing with ankle issues last year, he got over them and did great. Just look at the numbers

      Pre all star: 16.7 PPG & 7.6 APG
      Post: 22.9 PPG & 8 APG

      He dishes out assists like they’re nothing. He averaged 8 assists a game with Gerald Wallace and Reggie Evans as starters and can do even more with his new team once they’re all healthy and build chemistry.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @TR: Yea man, totally buy the numbers when healthy, but it’s the same ankle issues compounding similar injury a year older. That’s the obvious risk

        • Barenrewn says:
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          @JB Gilpin: thanks for all the advice guys. I might have to hold out on this one. Other owner is now balking a bit, saying he needs PG replacement. He is offering me Howard for either Lilliard or Westbrook- in conjunction with the Kobe for D will trade. We’re a points league and FT % isn’t penalized much. Not sure what I wanna do yet. As always opinions are appreciated.

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Barenrewn: If Ft% isn’t heavily weighed I might do the combo move for Lillard

  10. Lmnop says:
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    JB, 12 teams h2h. Horford, T. Young for my Noah, Stephenson, Brewer. what do u think?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Lmnop: Love it. Do it

  11. Ryan says:
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    Hi would you trade mcw and josh smith for kemba and bledsoe in a h2h keeper league?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ryan: Yeah I think I would do that, get two young PGs for a young one with injury issues and a hit-or-miss Josh Smith

  12. Tsilaeri says:
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    Sorry for keep asking same question, but this Deron owner seems desperate, keeps coming back with a better offer. This is going to be my last question on this trade lol

    Been offered
    Deron + Noah + Hawes vs Westbrook + Deroz + Frye

    I know deron has inj concerns but Noah+Hawes seem hard to resist. Now is this reasonable trade even after discounting deron inj?

    Thanks a ton. I always value ur opinion as my top advice.

    • Tsilaeri says:
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      @Tsilaeri:

      oops just got even better one
      Deron + Al Jeff + Hawes vs Westbrook + Deroz + Frye

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Tsilaeri: I’m still an Al Jeff believer, so I like that bottom deal indeed, way boosts your back end talent

  13. Steve Stevenson says:
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    How do you think the trade affects McLemore? Obviously Gay takes some of his shots, but you think he stays above 30 mins like he has recently?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: Maybe, I’m kinda waffling on what to do with McLemore myself… I don’t think I’m too optimistic about it, but PT should be there.

  14. Jay says:
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    trying to get K Love. Offered Teague, Gerald henderson and Jordan HIll. The guy I;m offering to have a roster ravished by injury (6 guys down). He hasn;t been paying attention though as (his words) football is being played. I asked for MCW too, but by no means a deal breaker.

    Am I offering too much? not enough.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jay: If you could land it, I love it. Don’t think you could get MCW to tho haha, like the 3 for 1

  15. Jay_0321 says:
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    If you are gonna use my RainbOladipo nickname, how about a shout out!

  16. Jay_0321 says:
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    Dropping Nene for LL? I am dead last in TO and FT%.

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      @Jay_0321: Eeeshh, yea with Nene hurt I do it

      • Jay_0321 says:
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        @JB Gilpin: What about cutting Webster loose? Hold or drop?

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          @Jay_0321: 10 or 12 team, worth cutting

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            @JB Gilpin: 10 teamer, grabbed KMidd!

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              @Jay_0321: Hells yea son! Love it

  17. jakob says:
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    Sup JB, I made a trade offer to a seemingly desperate owner!

    I get: Steph Curry, Henson, Sullinger
    I give: Tony Parker, Jordan Crawford, Terrence Jones and David West

    What do you think about it?

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      @jakob:

      Also, a friend of mine is a HUGE Rockets fan, so I sat down and started trying to elaborate a deal.

      I give: Parker, Parsons, Terrence Jones, Jordan Crawford and Pek
      I get: Jennings, Brandon Knight, Vucevic, Deng

      Reasonable? Overpaying?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @jakob: Love love love what you get in Curry deal, easily best player and I love Henson. Love #2 too, think you’re buying Vuc at the perfect time.

  18. A lot of words in this weekend’s update. Herculean effort. Very solid analysis, JB. Few random thoughts on some guys below, a couple whom you mentioned above (More for deep leagues):

    Tim Hardaway Jr. – The shit-show that is NY basketball, may be turning the SG page soon. After singing his praises and upside to a few league-mates post several tequilas on Friday evening, I woke up Saturday to see one of those very same league mates as the proud new owner of my much discussed, THJ. Not happy about it, but my friends often trick me into ranting on basketball. Jerks. Tricking me with tequila, my elixir, however, is a fine trade-off. Nonetheless, not happy about it — but I’m all about sharing is caring here on razzball. In short, grab THJ. There are rumors swirling that Shumpert might be moved before Xmas. I think THJ can be a nice source of 3’s and points with a decent 28-30 minutes of run, with room to grow.

    Jeffery Taylor – killer line on Friday night (20/8). He was on my bench, but bodes well for things to come.. Should keep Starting gig barring some sort of crazy line from Tolliver tonight, as Taylor’s heel will keep him out early this week. I could see a 14/6 type nightly line with nice 3’s from Taylor if he keeps the starting gig for next 6 weeks.

    Yes, JB, you suggested Taylor over Aminu. Mazels, amigo. However, let’s take a moment to reflect on Aminu’s AVERAGE over his last 3 contests as a starter:

    3 games: 36 minutes/ 12 points / 13 boards / 2 steals / 41% FG …

    Kings basketball – as I was saying a few weeks ago with the arrival of Derrick Williams; keeps getting younger and sexier. They were 1-2 years away from becoming a legit# 6-7 type seed in the West, I think that timeline just got bumped. With the Rudy Gay arrival, which I actually really like for this team (gross FG% aside) — this line-up is becoming very, very intriguing and going to be very fun to watch:
    1 – Isaiah Thomas, 2- Ben McLemore, 3- Rudy Gay, 4- Derrick Williams, 5 – DeMarcus Cousins
    Bench – Marcus Thornton, Jason Thompson (trade bait)

    Terrence Ross – when I heard Rudy Gay was traded last night, Ross was my immediate add. As SLIM stated above, I think there is some upside in his game — give the kid some minutes, I think semi- or full “Rainbow lines” will follow. Landry Fields is a giant raptor sized liability offensively. Perhaps Coach likes his D., but Toronto will really need to score the rock to prevent from looking exactly like its NY cousin, the Knicks. Ross should (and could) be getting 30-32 minutes nightly on this team cause newly acquired Salmons, Vasquez and Patterson, to a lesser non-relevant nor position extent, are nowhere near his offensive game. The issue is that DeRozen and Ross mirror each other offensively, and neither can really play the 3, creating a slight cluster fudge at the 2. Fun way of saying, free ROSS soon, por favor!

    In closing, EAST basketball is fun to watch outside of Pacers, Heat, Bulls and Pistons. Nope.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @EL BURRO: Appreciate it man! Herculean is your comment prowess!

      Agree on Hardaway. Upside and high-volume shots (with some FG% bumps) to come his way for deeper leaguers.

      Aminu just wanted to prove me right after our discussion haha. I did highlights for that game and he looked totally lost. Jumper looked awful. That one huge game boosts the #s, but I still think valuable was just hating on his O!

      Agree with that line-up, interesting indeed. I think Ross will be 28-29 minutes but virtually the same. coaches just love to start their defensive vet early. I like Ross and want him free as well though!

      Haha the East is awful. Free divisional realignment! Hah thanks for stopping by and input my man.

  19. Victor says:
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    What are your feelings about Asik ? There is a rumor that Omer might get traded to the 76ers this coming week. Is he worth a stash ? I am thinking about dropping big baby davis for this guy.

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      @Victor: Mehhh, I’d hold Baby I’ll believe when Asik is gone when he passes the other team’s physical and official ha

  20. dorfor says:
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    Here’s what I said on Bev long ago in the comments: “Also I don’t think Beverley is likely to exceed those stats at all (coming as a Rockets fan) but I sure hope he does since I drafted him; still, those numbers seem like a best case scenario.”

    I told EVERYONE about Beverley, especially that Lin was a far better fantasy play, and just a better player period even in real life, but no one seemed to listen. Anyway, hate to say I told ya so since I drafted the dude… but I drafted him with my last pick in my 16-team league and that’s right about where he deserved to be drafted.

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      @dorfor: Ooops sorry it wasn’t you hyping the dude, it was Slim. Point stands though! Unfortunately.

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      @dorfor: And I don’t think PBev was drafted much more aggressively than that, he was primarily a pickup. Sure that means you mighta missed on a different waiver find, but I don’t think he hurt you that much. I was closer to with Slim than not, and still liked him. Although it is worth noting PBev did have some better fantasy games to Lin when both were on the court. But you are correct, Lin is the fantasy player you want. Agree – unfortunate given the situation the past few weeks with PG duties to himself

  21. Bobby says:
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    Any word on Iggy’s hammy lately? Would it be wise to punt H. Barnes knowing that he will return to the bench soon and pick up T. Ross?? Or just play the waiting game to see what goes down?

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      @Bobby: I think it’s at least a week, no timetable. Barnes had a really solid game tonight, I’d hold him still

  22. Tony says:
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    18 team keeper FPTS league

    pts=1
    rebs=1.7
    treys=4
    asts=3
    stls=4.4
    blks= 6.5

    I own a $27 Enes Kanter.

    Would you deal Enes $27 for a $20 Ben McLemore? the owners been hounding me for enes all year, this is a player i’d be interested in maybe obtaining.

    I’m not confident as it is at center NOW, but John Henson just gained eligibility AND i am Riding Koufos til gasol is back……SOOOOO……

    whatdya think?

    and stop beatin me at WWF…..you get all the good tiles, fucker

    -TY

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      @Tony: Haha, sorry about WWF! All luck :) I like the deal for you, slightly less money and I think kanter goes back to the bench when everyone gets healthy. I like Henson and Koufos for now too to man your C position

  23. Michael Pan says:
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    Need some help,
    i don’t know what to do with kenneth Faried, or is he too early to tell.
    i am thinking offering him for larry sanders , but was wondering what you think? i don’t knwo fi i should drop him for someone else,

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      @Michael Pan: Yeah he’s been bad… I dunno if I’d trade for Sanders, I am not a big Sanders bounce back right away guy, I might drop for a hot add if anyone is out there

  24. Prodders says:
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    Boogie is going crazy tonight. Don’t think it’s a coincidence that Gay is about to show up wanting to hoist 20 shots a night. Suggestion for tomorrow’s headline: “A message to you, Rudy”. Hopefully you know the song!

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      @Prodders: Haha I don’t know that one! I’ll iTunes it in a little… Going with a way off the radar lead, started before Derrick Williams went nuts too!

  25. TR says:
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    I gave up Hayward for Beal after hearing things are going well for beal and am thinking of offering Irving for D-Will and Derozan since I’m a big Nets fan and am confident he can do well.

    What do you guys think of both of those? I’ll comment this on tomorrow’s article if that’s what I’m supposed to do.

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      @TR: No no you can comment whenever wherever, I like buying Beal for Hayward, just risky injury wise. No question Beal has the upside. I think I’d hold Irving, I don’t think DeRozan goes nuts and I’m scared of D-Will. Very very scared of the kankles… But of course since your a Nets fan I hope it works out!

  26. JLeeishere says:
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    Who would you rather own now, pbev or Steve blake?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JLeeishere: Probably Blake

  27. Jon says:
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    Would you drop Jamal crawford for a Kris MIddleton or Wilson Chandler (got dropped by a frustrated owner@@) in a 10 man roto league?
    feel like Crawford’s only upside is 3’s… nothing else… but he’s 80% owned, am i missing something?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jon: You know what they say, chick dig the scoring! Or something like that… Yea in 10-team Crawford is just a ThrAGNOF, worth streaming for new options. i like both Middleton and Chandler to give you more multi-cat, probably going for Chandler without any pressing needs.

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