If Lionel Hollins could give you any advice, it would probably be something like this: enjoy every day like it was your last, young man! Smell the daisies. Have a cookie. And above all, if you ever break your finger, take the time to have it splinted, it will not heal well on it’s own. Because it can all come crashing down around you, regardless of if it’s your fault or not. Billy King, you get no love from my smelly little article, as you are the architect to your own demise (re-assignment), the Nets and poor, sweet Lionel had to pay for your sins. What can we learn from this debacle, gentle reader? It can only be this: if you were thinking about making a roster move, either big or small, don’t wait, do it now! And with that, let’s take a look at some roster moves that your sensitive heart been yearning to make:
Brook Lopez, C
I know that I have told you to dump this talented injury risk earlier this year, and it was sound advice from a conservative fantasy GM when I made it. But we are over half the fantasy season in, minimizing this risk, and BroLo is the most likely player to be moved off the Nets, IMO, which could mean a fresh start, and even if he isn’t moved, he’s been playing exceptionally well, with his notable increase blocks. With Boston owning the Nets first round pick this year, there is no reason to rest this fragile workhorse, so you only have to worry about his health, they won’t shelf big Brooklyn Brook.
Thaddeus Young SF, PF
In honor (my Canadian upbringing is raging at feeling obligated to spell honour incorrectly) of Lionel’s dismissal, I mention Thad the Impaler for his top 50 value for points, boards, and steals. perhaps all the strife in Brooklyn will worry his current owner, and you can get him for top 80-90 value. Just go with me on this one, I ask for so little…
Ryan Anderson PF, C
With Anthony Davis having back issues after diving into the crowd, RyAn (his abbreviated amalgamated name is the same as his first; not exactly star material like FloJo…) went off. He will come back down to earth, as it sounds like the brow isn’t expected to be out long, so this isn’t exactly a steal of a buy low. But consider this: backs are fickle thing, and since the Pelicans aren’t exactly challenging for a championship this year, if there are any other tweaks to the franchise player, a whole bunch of touches will come available. You may wish to take a gander at Alexis Ajinca, and even as well, if the brow has any lengthy injury time.
Will Barton SG, SF
In his last four games, Slick Willie has scored 5, 7, 6, and 10 points, sequentially. This can’t be the new Will the Thrill, can it? I smell a buy low opportunity. JB accurately pointed out in his last post that Emmanuel Mudiay and Danilo Gallinari are both back, so that will eat into Barton’s minutes and touches, but I still don’t think that this low is where the waterline is. But be aware: he shoots, and that’s about it, other than a few boards, and the odd dime, so adjust your offer accordingly.
Rudy Gorbert C
Rudy is swatting, but pretty much under performing in every other catergory to date since his return. The price will only go up, so make an offer…
Mario Chalmers PG
Again, as JB mentioned (he gets to mention the weekly action first, I swear I’m not plagiarizing his work), Mike Conley is out with an Achilles issue. But it’s a week-to-10 days kind of issue, and who’s getting the majority of PG burn? Itza me, Mario (sorry)! Sell this cat while he’s being the most productive he will be in the foreseeable future.
Lou Williams, PG, SG
Sweet Lou dropped 44/2/1/2/0, then followed it up with 18/8/6/2/0. This is textbook sell high, as Lou hasn’t beet so sweet this year, and while I loved this cat while he was a Raptor, he is looking pretty dinosaur-ish this season (ba-dum-tish!!). He hasn’t given any indication that this is what to expect this season, so sell high, gentle reader, sell high.
That’s the way I saw it this week, good reader, so, until next week, may all your shots be nothing but nyet!