What’s up Razzballers? I have the pleasure of taking over the Saturday Daily Notes going forward. A little about myself: I’m 22, I’m Canadian, I like long walks on the beach, I cannot feel pain, and I’ve defeated a man of every race in formal combat. A medical doctor and two priests have written and signed a document confirming that I have no soul. But you didn’t come here to read about me, you came to read about sports! So let’s get into it. Here’s what I saw yesterday in fantasy basketball:

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LeBron James – The King scored a season-low 18 in what should have been a fairly easy win against the Pelicans. Unfortunately the Cavaliers lost, and LeBron went for a forgettable 18/3/8 with four turnovers and no steals or blocks to show for it. LeBron and the Cavs might not sleepwalk into the Finals like in previous seasons, but maybe it’s a blessing in disguise (for fantasy). With each Cavs game being meaningful, LeBron might have to ball out to carry his team to a top seed, resulting in fantasy goodness. Don’t worry about any early-season hiccups – he’s the King for a reason.

Kevin Love – In a game the Cavs got thrashed, KLove hit his stride. After a slowish start to his season, his shot finally started falling on Saturday as he went for 26/11/1/1 with two turnovers, hitting five threes and going 7-for-7 from the FT line and 7-for-12 from the field. He should ball out this year with Kyrie gone, and the buy low window is closing fast.

Dwyane Wade – Showed a little bit of life going for 15 points in 23 minutes with four boards and a steal. He did hit a three and went 7-for-12 from the field, but with not much else. I wouldn’t be counting on him very much going forward.

Kyle Korver – 8/0/0/1/1 with two threes in 22 minutes, going 3-for-5 from the field. Pretty insignificant, but maybe he gets inserted into the starting lineup soon in place of JR Smith (3/2/2 on 1-for-4 shooting in 22 minutes). If you’re in a deep league and really need threes, might be worth a speculative add.

Anthony Davis – 30/14/2 with a steal and three swats on 11-for-22 shooting. 6-for-6 from the free throw line for good measure. No turnovers. He’s a stud. You didn’t need me to tell you that.

DeMarcus Cousins – 29/12/10 with three steals and only one turnover, going 11-for-20 from the field. I want to pick this Boogie.

Jrue Holiday – Popped off for 29/4/7/1 on 12-for-17 shooting. You’re my boy Jrue! This may be a high point of his season, but people seem to be underrating him this year. Sure, Rondo will be back soonish and poach some assists, but Jrue is no slouch and he’s playing next to two generational big men. Nothing to lose by floating a few buy-lows.

E’Twaun Moore – 24/2/2/0/0 in 33 minutes. Nobody on the Pelicans, other than the four mentioned here, scored more than three points. This team is a bit of a clusterfrick… but at least they beat the Cavs!

Jayson Tatum – 20 points and five rebounds on 6-for-9 shooting with two threes and 6-for-7 FT. Looking extremely comfortable in his role so far. He’s definitely justifying the Celtics’ confidence in him, and you’re riding high if you nabbed him.

Jaylen Brown – 6/5/1/0/0 with four turnovers and 1-for-7 shooting. He’s been playing very well so far, this bad game notwithstanding. He’s still a firm hold.

Kyrie Irving – 24/4/3 with three steals on 10-for-23 shooting. I loved Kyrie coming into the season, but Hayward being out complicates things. If it becomes a one-man Kyrie show, it might get a bit ugly for his efficiency. I wouldn’t sell low, but if I could get top-10ish value, I’d probably pull the trigger.

Aron Baynes – Started and went 6/4/1 in 24 minutes. He did have a steal and four blocks, but he’s not worth your consideration.

Terry Rozier – 4/4/0 in 25 minutes, going 0-for-3 from three. He has a lot of potential and finally has a clear path to some significant minutes. He’s probably more of a wait-and-see, but I’d keep my eye on him regardless.

Josh Richardson – 16/0/3 with six turnovers and a block. He’s a talented dude and I would definitely target any skittish owners with some buy-lows.

Dion Waiters – The best player in the league cooled off for 5/5/2/1 in 24 minutes on 2-for-8 shooting. He might be the GOAT, but he won’t do much for you outside of scoring.

James Johnson – 16/5/2 with a steal. He wants you to know that last year wasn’t a fluke. JJ has a well-rounded game that’s extremely fantasy friendly. Believe in the neck tats.

Kelly OlynykHassan Whiteside might not have played, but Kelly has proven that he can be sneaky valuable regardless. He went 14/9/1/1/3 tonight with a three and 7-for-8 FT, showcasing his across-the-board value.

Clint Capela – 12/12/1/1/1. He went 2-for-2 from FT again! He even attempted his first three of the season (a miss) and the second of his whole career. He’s up to 10-for-11 from FT so far after going 53% and 38% his last two seasons. I think he’ll have a spectacular year, but I have no idea what to make of his newfound shooting abilities.

James Harden – 20/4/8/2 on 6-for-19 shooting with two threes and 6-for-7 FT shooting. Ho hum.

Trevor Ariza – Returned to the starting lineup to go 10/7/5 in 36 minutes with two threes. He’s had a rough start to the season, but he’s definitely worth picking up if he was dropped.

Ryan Anderson – Followed up a big game by having another big game. 22/7 with two blocks and SEVEN threes. He was 7-for-11 from three. He attempted only one two-pointer. Moreyball!

Marc Gasol – Not a great night for Marc personally, even though Memphis won by 14. Marc went for 6/7/5/1/4 in a night where no Grizzlies starter scored more than nine. He may have shot 1-for-8, but the ancillary stats were still juicy.

Chandler Parsons – 24/1/1/1/0 out of nowhere against his former team. 9-for-11 from the field, 6-for-8 from three. No FT attempts. He only played 18 minutes! This game feels like an anomaly. After last season, I have almost no faith in Chandler. Unless I was totally desperate, I’d wait for more consistent production before I pick him up.

Tyreke Evans – 14/7/4/1 in 24 minutes off the bench. Tyreke has been a solid if unspectacular contributor over multiple categories in the past, and Memphis is actually a pretty good spot for him to be in. If I had a spot for him on my roster, I’d certainly consider adding him.

Russell Westbrook – 12/13/13. Only two turnovers! Ho hum.

Carmelo Anthony – 21/5/2 with five threes. Melo is in a great spot this year, and he also feels like a guy some might be underrating. He doesn’t get any boards or dish assists (at least not yet), but his efficiency should be much higher than in years past.

Paul George – 20/5 with four steals. The Bulls are awful and the Thunder beat them by 32. There’s not much else to say.

Kris Dunn – In his much anticipated Bulls debut, the Dunnster went for 8/4/3/3/1 with four turnovers in 22 minutes. He’ll be up and down, but it’s hard to ignore his potential for assists and defensive stats. He’s worth a spec add if you can swallow his percentages.

Lauri Markkanen – 15/8 with three threes and a block. Pretty much the only bright spot on the Bulls roster unless Dunn starts rolling.

Ben Simmons – 23/7/8/3/1. 10-for-15 shooting and only one turnover. Is it too early to anoint him the GOAT over Dion Waiters?

Robert Covington – A quiet game going for 11/5/1/1 on 4-for-10 shooting with three threes, but this should be a mini-breakout campaign for Lord Covington as he FINALLY has talent around him. Play him with confidence!

Dario Saric – Yeah, idunno. First start of the season and was pretty meh going 12/1/3/1 shooting 4-for-12. JJ Redick didn’t play which also factored into Dario’s playing time. I really don’t expect much for the rest of the season and there’s probably more exciting players on the waiver wire.

TJ McConnell – A nice little surprise, going 15/4/8/1 in 31 minutes. Again, Redick didn’t play and neither did Markelle Fultz. But as long as Fultz is out rediscovering his shooting form, TJ should hold some value.

Harrison Barnes – Career-high seven threes! A solid 25/4 but surprisingly didn’t take any FT’s. If Barnes can continue hitting the three, he’ll be fun to own this season.

Dennis Smith Jr – The rookie sensation went for 12/2/8/1, albeit with six turnovers. He’s got loads of talent, and you’ll take the good with the bad. This kid is good.

Dirk Nowitzki – 11 points with three threes but no rebounds. His days as a fantasy stalwart may be long gone, but I love this dude.

Nerlens Noel – 4/4/0/0/0 in 20 minutes. His first game was lit, but he’s been disappointing in the games since. I’d float some buy lows. His upside is just too tantalizing.

Wesley Matthews – 19/6/2/3 as he’s finally looking like the 3-and-D guy the Mavs were hoping they were getting.

Yogi Ferrell – Another good game, going 17/2/2/2. The Mavs are rebuilding, and Yogi’s nine years younger than JJ Barea. If I had to pick one, I’d probably go Yogi, but things will inevitably change when Seth Curry comes back from his injury.

Larry Nance Jr – 5/10/2/2/1. If you predicted in the preseason that Nance would be the Lakers PF to own, you’d be a dirty liar.

Lonzo Ball – 9/2/4/2 with five turnovers. His shot is ugly as hell and he’ll have more games like this going forward. He’s still as talented as anyone out there and will provide plenty of boards and dimes, but if someone is willing to pony up top 30-40ish value for Mr. Ball, I’d think long and hard about taking it.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – 7/3/1/2 on 2-for-11 shooting. This situation is just too perfect for him and I would expect him to be way better than this. Buy low, baby!

Brandon Ingram – 16/1/2/4/1 with four turnovers. Ingram is justifying the hype and I regret not grabbing him in more leagues when I had the chance.

Brook Lopez – 6/3 in 17 minutes. It wasn’t a great game for the Lakers.

Joe Ingles – 13/5/4/3. Maybe the most underrated fantasy asset in the league. All around great guy.

Derrick Favors – The Derrickonnaissance! No? 14/10/1/1/1 as his mini-comeback chugs along nicely. The defensive stats might not be there so far, but just be happy that he’s playing 30 minutes without issue.

Ricky Rubio – 21/7/4/1 with five turnovers and four threes. Utah is an incredible fit for Ricky, and I’m all-in this year.

Rudy Gobert – 6-for-8 with three blocks. It’s been a quiet season for the French Rejection so far, but give it some time. I doubt Gobert owners would sell low, but who knows!

Donovan Mitchell – 22/3/2/3 in 27 minutes for the kid. Career high in points! He’s more of a stash than anything at this point, but Donovan’s got some pretty nice potential. I already know I’ll be all over him next year.

Devin Booker – 34/6/6. 11-for-19 from the field, 8-for-9 from FT and had four threes. No other Sun scored more than 12.

Marquese Chriss – He’s got all the physical tools, but he’s just not that great at the actual game of basketball. He seems a bit lost out there, but his ceiling is high. 7/1/2/2/1 with a three tonight. I’d still hold for now, but my grip loosens with each mediocre game.

Damian Lillard – 25/7/9/1 on 7-for-21 shooting with three threes and 8-for-9 from FT. His FG% is at an ugly 37% for the year, but it’ll bounce back up. Lillard is a gem.

CJ McCollum – 23/5/6/2/1 on 9-for-20 shooting with a three and 4-for-5 from FT. Fairly standard stuff.

Ed Davis – 6/11/3/2/1 in 19 minutes. He’s been a sneaky source of boards-n-blocks thus far, and he’s worth a look if you’re in need. Especially as Jusuf Nurkic (17/9 on 6-for-15 shooting) continues to slightly underwhelm.

Stanley Johnson – 9/4/1/2 in 31 minutes. He has so many opportunities to shine, and yet has so little to show for it. Leave him on the wire until he can prove that he can provide any sort of consistent value.

Andre Drummond – 15/17/1/2/3 as he fell just one dime shy of a rainbow. By the way, he’s also shooting 70% from FT on the season. The sky is falling.

Avery Bradley – 12/5/2/4 on 4-for-15 shooting with 0-for-2 from three. It hasn’t exactly been the breakout season many had predicted, but he’s been decent. He can’t be worse than this, and the opportunity is there for him to be much, much better. Send some buy-lows.

Tobias Harris – 12/1/1 in 19 minutes as he cools off from his scorching start to the season. There aren’t many other scoring options in Detroit, so this might be a breakout season for Tobias. Hold strong.

Blake Griffin – 19/11/4 on 5-for-18 shooting. Inefficiency aside, Blake is showing everyone that the Clippers were his team, not Chris Paul’s. As long as Blake can stay healthy, he’s gonna have a monstrous season.

Austin Rivers – 20/4/1/4 as he continues to fill in capably for the injured Milos Teodosic. He’s the coach’s son and the minutes are there. You could do worse if you need a guard.

DeAndre Jordan – 7/14/0/0/3 as he got outplayed by a guy with braces. I just don’t love DeAndre as much this year with Chris Paul gone. The boards will be there, but the extremely efficient points might not be.

That about does it for Saturday’s games. As always, hit me up in the comments with any questions or concerns and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!

  1. sebapargue says:
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    hi there, nice write up

    I have a question…should I drop george hill for kris dunn??? I also can drop kuzma or labissiere

    • Baids

      Baids says:
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      @sebapargue: Hey, thanks! Yeah, I’d probably rather have Dunn than Hill at this point.

  2. Mr. Blast says:
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    Welcome sir.

    Good stuff. So far so good.

    I look forward to reading your input on the greatest fantasy basketball site known to man.

    Let me bounce a couple things off of you.

    I’m in a 12 team H2H deep league 15 man roster spots so wire is very thin.

    We play 13 cats with defensive, offensive AND total rebounds. So boards are THREE cats…

    Bigs are very valuable.

    My team –

    Wall / Smith Jr. / Jamal Murray / Dejounte Murray

    Tobias Harris / Gary Harris / Hardaway / Crabbe / Justin Holiday / T. Prince

    Cousins / Blake / Love / Len / Dedmon

    1. Somebody dropped Seth Curry thinking about dropping Dejounte Murray to grab him ??

    2. My FG% and 3PT% are awful mainly because I feel like I own THREE guys that are going through the worst shooting slumps in the NBA (Hardaway, J. Murray, Crabbe, & even Smith Jr doesn’t help)

    Is there anything I can do to clean this up ? Or just keep telling myself the shots will start to fall ? The volume is there…

    3. I’ve been wanting to add another Big. Looking at MAYBE dropping J. Murray for R. Holmes..

    Thoughts ?

    Thanks man!

    • Baids

      Baids says:
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      @Mr. Blast: Thanks for the kind words my dude!
      1. Definitely
      2. Even if they were playing the way you’d expect, it’s not like the bigs you have are elite FG% guys. At least being weak in 2 of 13 cats is better than being weak in 2 of 9. The volume and opportunity is definitely there, but you’ll just have to ride it out unless you wanted to make a trade.
      3. Speaking of trade, would that be a possibility? Murray for Holmes seems a bit excessive. Guys like John Collins, Larry Nance, Cauley-Stein, Thad Young, or maybe even Nerlens Noel all seem like realistic targets and would probably help more than Holmes.

      • Mr. Blast says:
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        @Baids: Thanks for your answers man.

        On point.

        Not many other owners in my league are willing to trade a big for anything else.

        But yea,
        I did have a trade discussion involving my Tobias Harris & Dedmon for Cauley-Stein & Kanter. But Tobias is looking great to me.
        Would you make that trade considering my roster & format ?
        Getting those 2 bigs would give me
        Boogie / Blake / Love / Len / Cauley-Stein / Kanter !

        Also would you drop Crabbe for Bog-Bog right now ?

        Thanks again!

        • Baids

          Baids says:
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          @Mr. Blast: Tobias is looking great, and I’m a Dedmon fan. I don’t know if I could comfortably make that trade, even if I did need bigs.

          And yeah, prob. I like Crabbe for his efficiency but obviously it hasn’t been there yet so may as well go for the fresh new face. Bog probably won’t hit as many threes though.

          BTW, Murray’s have himself a game right now. Hope you didn’t drop him yet 😉

          • Mr. Blast says:
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            @Baids: You’re right!

            Murray and Hardaway finally showing up tonight !? Ha

            Hopefully both of their stock rises after this..

            Still got him. And feeling more comfortable, Thanks Baids!

            • Baids

              Baids says:
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              @Mr. Blast: It’s still early in the season, no reason to hit the panic button!

  3. Dante Green says:
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    Thought I burned a 4th round pick (18er) on Capela but so far he’s proving me wrong! Isn’t he returning top 20 value? Possible candidate for steal of the draft!

    • Dante Green says:
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      @Dante Green:

      And welcome to razzball nation, loved your write up!

      • Baids

        Baids says:
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        @Dante Green: Thanks dude!

    • Baids

      Baids says:
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      @Dante Green: He’s definitely a stud, but that top-20 ranking has a lot to do with his 91% (???!?!) from the FT line so far. Even if/when it regresses to the mean, Clint should provide close to top-50 value. All those lobs to DeAndre are going to Clint now! Enjoy him.

  4. Noah says:
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    Hey! I am in a standard 9 cat H2H league. My roster is:

    PG:
    Rubio
    Jrue Holiday
    CP3 (IR)
    Dejounte Murray

    SG:
    Reddick
    Barton

    SF:
    Taurean Prince

    PF:
    Aaron Gordon
    Chriss
    Cauley-Stein
    Labbissiere

    C:
    KAT
    Marc Gasol
    Kanter

    Should I accept the offer of: Anthony Davis, Gary Harris, and Danny Green for Gasol, Holiday, and Gordon?

    • Baids

      Baids says:
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      @Noah: I’d rather have Marc/Jrue/AG. Keep in mind Danny Green is mostly negative value, and his production thus far has been with Kawhi not playing. You’ll also definitely need the assists Marc/Jrue provide while CP3 is out.

  5. Renz says:
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    Great article Baids and welcome to Razznation!

    Would you choose Mitchell over Mike James?

    • Baids

      Baids says:
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      @Renz: Thanks man!
      Probably not yet. It feels like Mitchell needs an injury to someone above him on the depth chart to really get a chance to break through. Phx is a mess but at least Mike’s getting a lot of the PG minutes.

      • Renz says:
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        @Baids:

        Alright. Thanks for your input! 🙂 Looking forward to your next article!

      • Slick says:
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        @Baids:

        I just dropped James for Marcus Morris since he’ll be back soon and also Poeltl for Richaun Holmes. What do you think of that move? Haha.

        • Baids

          Baids says:
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          @Slick: I like em. Ballsy since neither are playing yet, but I like em.

  6. Visitor says:
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    Yo! Welcome, sir! Good stuff !

    Got one for you here, sir. I actually asked Sir Son about this. I wanna hear your thoughts and opinions. Thanks!

    Who you gonna choose among these guys?

    A. Crabbe, D. Mitchell, Mike James, JJ Barea, Y. Ferrell, or T. Ulis

    • Baids

      Baids says:
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      @Visitor: Thanks man! I’d take Crabbe by a decent margin. He’s the only one in that group with a clear path to minutes ROS, and he should be a pretty important part of the offence regardless of his current slump.

      • Visitor says:
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        @Baids:

        I hear you. Thanks. Keep posting!

  7. Bux says:
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    Welcome to Razzball man! Great article!!

    Have a question about trade in my keeper league! H2H 14 teams 13cat(9cat+dd+td+ppm+tw)
    7keepers, this year and 2 more years left
    My team:
    PG: Kemba, Bledsoe(IR), Collison
    SG: Harden, J-Rich
    SF: George, Prince
    PF: Simmons, Chriss, Labissier and Jarell Martin, but I will drop him today/tomorrow
    C: Nurkic, Dedmon

    Got an offer to trade Simmons for IT and Aldridge, your thoughts about that?

    • Bye Felisha says:
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      @Bux: Fuck No

      That’s terrible

    • Baids

      Baids says:
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      @Bux: That’s tough. Simmons will be great for TD and DD, especially as a keeper, but Isaiah and LMA will both be great for TW and ppm. I think I’d take IT and LMA.

  8. Edge says:
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    Hi Nice write-up indeed

    Would you still hold on NERLENS NOEL?

    12teams, 10players per in 9 cat league

    Is Nerlens still considered a top 120 player?

    Thanks

    • Baids

      Baids says:
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      @Edge: Yeah, hold. It’s still early. I’d be very very surprised if he’s outside the top 100 at year’s end

  9. AKTHESAVIOR says:
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    Welcome to Razzball!

    I have a bit disfunctional team , rough start so far and a bit too full of guards.

    After reading the recent updates, I decided to drop Fultz. Also taking into account Phillys zero risk policy on regards to injuries, and their lack of need of winning. Instead of him I decided to grab Ntilikina, its seems very raw but there are so many chances for him right now… however it could have made more sense to not grab another guard. Available players are Kelly Oubre, Stanley Johnson, Holmes, Maker,Poeltl, Bogdanovic, Moore, Bender, Parsons, Kyle Anderson, J Winslow, Valentine, Ilyasova, Ullis, Monk…

    My complete team is:
    Payton(IR), Bledsoe, Mike James, Dunn, Murray, Ntilikina, J Richardson, Middleton, Ingram,LaVine (IR), Prince, RHJ,Antetokoumpo, Myles Turner and Taj Gibson. I really need bigs, I like J Allen or D Powell but they just dont play enough as of now…

    What are your suggestions?

    Thanks a lot

    • Baids

      Baids says:
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      @AKTHESAVIOR: Thanks dude! You definitely need bigs lol, I’d go for Holmes then Poeltl

  10. Chuck says:
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    Welcome to Razzball,

    I am in standard 9-cat, 10 team league. Aminu has been balling, especially in the 3s/stls/blks categories. He is still sitting on the wire, though I suspect not for long.

    Is it crazy to consider dropping his teammate, the Bosnian Beast Nurkic for Aminu? Did the fantasy basketball community overrate Nurkic? Man he’s been bad from an efficiency standpoint without doing enough to off-set it.

    • Baids

      Baids says:
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      @Chuck: Thanks dude. Nurkic was definitely overhyped a bit, but that is way too aggressive. Surely you have someone else to drop?

  11. Josh says:
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    Drop bogbog for richaun?

    • Baids

      Baids says:
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      @Josh: Depends on need, but all things being equal, yeah

  12. I am the Walrus says:
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    Trade Reddick for Aminu?

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