So, I don’t know how old you guys are, obviously, but I’m at the age where I have “lost youth’ moments. Most recently, I was at the local TargWalmar-conglomerate, and happened to see some of my favourite hip hop acts in the bargain CD bin. Ice-T’s “Power” album for $2? Big Daddy Kane, Eric B and Rakeem, tossed away like so much trash? My blood began to boil, but then I remembered that my doctor told me to watch my angina (don’t worry, I have pills for that), so I shuffled off to the suspender aisle to find my zen. But there is a lesson to be gleaned from this experience, beyond me cantankering about the youth today, and that is: you can find gold in the bargain bin, if you know what to look for.

Remember, the NBA trade deadline is fast approaching, and that fact should remind you to be aware when your fantasy trade deadline is, if you don’t already know. It’s always difficult to slow-play, counter, or reject a trade if you have 48 hours to pull something off, and it puts more pressure on both you and your trading partner. I know this isn’t any great revelation, but it happens every year, some dude in the league sends out an email after the deadline complaining that he/she (he/she?…  even I’m not taking the obvious joke there) wasn’t aware, and should be allowed to make one last trade. Don’t be that he/she! What you can do right now, is try and start building the big trade, if you’re in contention. If you’re not (and in a keeper), analyze your team, and start trading assets for picks before the guy in second last does it before you. The third thing to do is pay close attention to the waiver wire gets, as they will be all that’s left in that post-trade apocalyptic wasteland. Guys rise and fall, due to injury and the subsequent opportunity, and you need to be aware of those streamers who can fill those voids. Keep your eye on the following bargains and fool’s gold:

BUY:

Joe Johnson SG, SF

Johnson has been a passable guard/forward, and his production has only been middle round (think 75-80 ADP) value, in my opinion. Joe’s stats are consistent, around 15.5/4.5/3.5/1/.2  with a trey per, not too shabby, we all need the steady-Eddies on our squad, but not exactly taking your breath away. But there is talk he could be traded to Charlotte for Lance Stephenson, which would be a good move for both guards. And if you can get Joe right now, when he has had only 2 double digit scoring games in the last 6, you’d be buying low. Just don’t trade Lance for Joe, as Stephenson should be the beneficiary of the larger upswing in production if the trade goes through.

Tyler Zeller PF, C

The other Zeller is becoming the lover Zeller lately. I wonder: is Cody Zeller and Tyler Zeller the sons of Fuzzy Zeller? That would be a gas, but what isn’t fuzzy is Tyler’s future. He will see a significant uptick in minutes with Kelly Olynyk injured, and out for a while it looks like. In his 3 games with the extra time on the floor, Zeller has gone 13.3/6/1/0/1, with around a .600 shooting percentage. And, most importantly, Tyler is waiver gold, as he’s only 20% owned.

Terrance Jones PF, C

He might be there on the waiver for you, he’s currently (as of Wednesday morning) only 55% owned. And although there is a glut of forwards in Houston, he is the best of the bunch of Josh Smith and Donatas Montiejunas at the power forward spot. He can produce across the board, potentially, if he can shake the rust off quickly, and earn the lion’s share of minutes.

Wayne Ellington SG

Kobe Bryant is out for the season, and Nick Young is also out for now. Wes Johnson seems like the obvious choice for touches, but it’s been the Duke who has come through in the early post-Kobe 2015. Ellington has gone 16/4.5/2.25/1.25/0 with 1.75 treys, and shooting well over .500%. Don’t expect me to do the exact math, just trust me.

 

SELL:

Khris Middleton SG, SF

Middleton has been anything but middling, he is Godzilla right now. Dude is wrecking Tokyo as we speak, but like the fabled giant lizard, eventually he will be brought down. Khris will continue to get the minutes, it seems, but his production simply can’t continue to keep this pace. He’s only 48% owned, so if by some miracle, he’s not snagged in your league, don’t just stand there pointing and yelling his name, go get him. If you own him, this is the absolute zenith of his production, and we aim to sell high here in Razzball nation. Or ride him out, but you won’t be able to sell him for much at all once he returns closer to our earthly realm.

Hassan Whiteside C

His name has generated enough buzz, and Whiteside is a great feel good story, maybe the best in the league. Yes, he got a stupid 12 blocks in one game, and that is about as crazy a stat as I’ve ever seen, but he followed it up with 0 blocks the next game. Remember, he’s a rook, and will get into foul trouble, hit the wall, and generally be a roller coaster. Just like Middleton, Whiteside’s a delight, because you snatched him off the waiver. But notice that in the last 5 games he’s played (excluding the 2 he missed due to injury, which is a concern in itself), he played 2 games with 11 minutes, and 15 minutes. If you want to ride that out for the excitement, I understand, but you can get a Tyson Chandler caliber player with Hassan and a piece. Just my two cents.

D.J. Augustin PG

One more bargain bin fella you can turn into a legit piece. With Brandon Jennings out for the year, Augustin will get burn, and in his last 2 games, 27/4/8.5/1/0, with 4 treys per game. In short, he has looked like a top 5 Point Guard. And while I’m pulling for the kid, he’s not that kind of talent. if you can afford the PG stats, you can turn him into a productive big, hopefully.

 

That’s where I leave you today, gentle reader, I have to go pay for this Biz Markie CD.

May all your shots be nothing but net!

  1. Bye Felicia says:
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    I traded Gorgi for Dragic then I flipped Dragic,Horford,Lowry for John Wall & Marc Gasol. How did I do?

    • Imrealsolid says:
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      @Bye Felicia: What was the goal of your second trade? Hoford is absolutely on fire, and with Derozan back from injury, Lowry’s assists will bump back (a triple double threat every night). You’re going to have a drop off in 3PTM.

      I feel you undervalued the pieces you traded away. My initial reaction to your trades is to ask, Why?

      • Dan A

        Dan A says:
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        @Imrealsolid: I love me some Lowry, make no mistake, but he has bad FG% on volume shots, and fewer dimes and steals than Wall. With Lowry you get more 3s, and slightly more boards. And you ‘re talking like Gasol is a bum, he gave a great player up to get a great player. It’s a case where he gave up the better big and got the better PG. Dragic is putting up streamer stats, Wayne Ellington is playing better than him at the moment, he was a throw in. It depends on Felicia’s needs.

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          @Dan A: Definitely valid points. Being a Warriors fan I’m quite familiar with our Memphis-Nemesis the Grizzly bear that is Marc Gasol, definitely a stud. I guess the trade just boils down to what Bye_Felicia was tyring to achieve/improve (and who gets picked up for the free roster spot). Not sure I can agree with the initial Gorgi for Dragic trade that started it all, might have overeacted to Pek’s return. Gorgi looks like he’s going to be their starter & more-importantly a real fantasy factor for ROS.

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Bye Felicia: Hmm. Full disclosure? I’m a Raps fan, so I know I’m not objective with Lowry trades. That said, I know that Wall is the better fantasy producer. In deals like that, you gotta give to get. Dragic is so up and down this season, that while he’s been better of late, you got value out of him. I would be happy with that deal, and it frees you up to do a 2 for 1, or stream another cat.

  2. John says:
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    In a 14 team h2h keeper league where we keep 5 players with no limit on how long they are kept, I was offered a huge trade. I am currently in 12th place so I am looking towards next year. I would be getting gorgui dieng, david lee, jrue holiday, and john wall for ty lawson, klay thompson, michael carter williams and henry sims. I think this a solid offer and I am getting some great keepers in return. Aside from the players that are involved in this deal, I have horford/valanciunas I could potentially keep. Anyway is this an offer I should quickly accept or counter?

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @John: with the emergence of Draymond Green, Lee is not a keeper, so you have Jrue, Wall, and Dieng for Ty, Klay and MCW, as Sims isn’t a keeper by any stretch. I LOVE Klay Thompson, and feel that Ty is better than Jrue, at this point. MCW has terrible turnovers and percentages, he’s sexy, but a poison pill. I would pass, or counter Ty and MCW for Wall (Jrue if he won’t go for Wall) and Dieng, and see what happens.

  3. Bye Felicia says:
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    I’m going to attempt to flip DJ Augustine & Jack for Iblocka
    My other PG’s are Wall,Jru,Hill. Plus gasol, eric Gordon, & occupy give me assists. Should I float the offer?

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Bye Felicia: I forgot to add that trading Jack is a good idea, as Dwill is due back soon, and will be showcased.

  4. Dan A

    Dan A says:
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    I would certainly try, but Ibaka has been balling the last 3 games, you might be buying at a high price point. That said, DJ is at a high point as well. Good luck!

  5. Bye Felicia says:
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    That’s my thinking. This guy needs PG depth. He only has one mediocre PG. He’s big heavy. He offered me Azira & Ibocka for Jack, Wes Matthews & Dragic a week or so ago. But I already had the wall deal in place with the other owner so I couldn’t do it. Maybe offer Matthews & Jack for Ariza & Iblocka?

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Bye Felicia: You could give that a go, but I wouldn’t give you that much. Still, he likes those guys, so maybe he goes for it, but be prepared to sweeten it a bit.

  6. tentyme says:
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    In a H2H 12 team 9 cat no to’s I traded tobais for ariza ? Decent deal.. I wanted arizas steals and 3’s plus getting out of Orlando playoff schedule. I already have vucevic so 2 guys from Orlando would be the death of me. I like the trade.

    • Dan A

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      @tentyme: I like Ariza a lot, and I see your point about 2 Magic players, but Harris is the player with a higher ceiling. That said, they’re pretty close, and analysts always say take proven over potential. Hope it works out in the long run.

  7. Chris says:
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    Hello Dan,

    Trying to push for a playoff spot. I traded last week, and got Pau Gasol, Carmelo, and Derreck Rose. I know the potential for injury is there, but I have nothing to lose and trying to push the risk to get to the playoffs.

    What do you think of this trade proposal:
    Give: Dragic, Favors, Oladipo, and Whiteside
    For: T. Burke, Beal, J, Hill and Marc Gasol

    Thanks,

    • Dan A

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      @Chris: It seems like a very lateral move, to be honest, with you getting the slightly shorter end. If you have nothing to lose, try to get Marc and Beal by offering Dragic, Oladipo and Favors, and see what that gets you.

  8. Jenny says:
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    Hey dan,

    Would you drop any of these players for Ellington?
    Terrence jones, Jarrett jack, miles plumlee, enes kanter, and Ryan Anderson.

    I’m in a h2h points league, extra points for dd and td. Slightly extra points for blocks and steals.

    Thanks!

    • Dan A

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      @Jenny: I think you could safely drop Ross for Ellington. Even though Ross played ok last night, he only played 15 minute off the benchs. 13 points no boards, 2 dimes, no steals or blocks. Meh.

  9. Dante Green says:
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    I’m wishing hard R-jax gets traded!

  10. E says:
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    Would you trade harden for Lowry and Duncan? I just lost Kemba if that matters.

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @E: I would go for a higher caliber PG, as much as I love Lowry. Duncan will be a real risk of being rested come playoff time, as well. Wall +1, Lillard +1, or Lowry and a better piece.

  11. B-rad says:
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    So to those that own AD and Jrue: handcuff with ajinca while dropping Jrue? I’m fluctuating in the top 3 and I didn’t really lose production with picking up augustin. However Losing ad would be a huge blow 🙁

    I also am considering stashing kemba…but I would very much like a big. Is Cody zeller, David lee, josh smith, or olynyk worth grabbing? Only other guy I can drop is sweet lou 🙁

    12 team,9 cats!

    Thank you.

    • Dan A

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      @B-rad: If you need big man stats, I guess you gotta do what you gotta do. But Lou was a force last night, getting 27, raining 3s. But you know this. If you still need to make a move, the only one even worth thinking about is Zeller. Lee if Draymond Green gets injured, but he rarely gets steals/blocks. Stay away from Smoove, and Olynyk is injured until after the all star break. Anjinca played well when AD was out, but Jrue is too valuable to drop outright, and AD will miss 1-2 games tops, not worth picking up Alexis for that short a period. Also, don’t stash Kemba if you already have Jrue, he’s out 6-8 weeks, looks like. Rather, use that Kemba stash spot to pick up Zeller. Good Luck!

    • Dan A

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      @B-rad: I forgot to add that if you gotta drop Holiday if the news is bad, you gotta do what you gotta do. But in a vacuum? take Zeller, not Anjinca, unless AD is out for longer than expected. Good Luck!

  12. Tyler Durden says:
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    Who do you have ROS? drop Smart for Beverley? Or do I need Smart’s assists if ever holiday gets shutdown?

    G – cp3, holiday, rubio, smart
    F – kawhi, Hayward, draymond, Covington
    C – horford, brolo, sullinger, noel, nurkic

    • Dan A

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      @Tyler Durden: I like both guys as third/fourth tier PGs, so it’s a toss up. Bev is the clear starter on a good team, although Harden handles the ball mostly. Smart is the future, he will get every opportunity to succeed. I guess you need to ride out Smart right now, and see about what happens to Jrue, it should be clearerwithin a week or so.

      • Tyler Durden says:
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        @Dan A: Got it. Another one, Drop Nurkic to stash RoLo?

  13. DK says:
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    I am still unsure about the Millsap Duncan trade for KD. Doesn’t help if Millsap is playing outta his mind. I want to see if I can move my mid-rank players for elite shotblocker like Whiteside. Maybe Covington for Whiteside. If that goes through maybe I would be more confident to trade Millsap and Duncan… I did send offer Duncan for Dieng too.

    • Dan A

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      @DK: I would offer Duncan and Covington, as most people are very high on Whiteside right now, the 12 blocks in a game makes his potential crazy high in his owner’s mind, I don’t think jsut Covington will get it done.

  14. Bgrizzle says:
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    Someone just put up KD on the trading block!!!!

    Im wondering what you would be willing to give up to get him. I am currently in 1st place and am strong in FG%, REB, AST, BLKS … Im almost last in FT% and TOs. This is a 10 team H2H league. Best player on the wire are… Barnes, Tucker, TBurke, Meeks, Stuckey… Those types of caliber

    Hassan Whiteside
    Draymond Green
    Luol Deng
    Ricky Rubio
    Michael Carter-Williams
    Kenneth Faried
    Derrick Favors
    Anthony Davis
    Paul Millsap
    DeMarre Carroll
    Trevor Ariza
    Ty Lawson
    Kyle Korver
    Brandon Knight

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Bgrizzle: First off, Killer squad! So a few questions: Are you in a keeper league? If so, he/she would probably want picks along with keeper quality guys. You’re in first, I wouldn’t give too much, as you have it figured out so far. He will help you in FT%, not so much in turnovers, unless you trade away your biggest turnover guy, which would be MCW, I would guess. If I were trading away KD, I would expect something like Paul Millsap and Ariza/Lawson/Dray/Whiteside. Offer MCW or Deng and Favors, and see where that gets you. I wouldn’t sell the farm for him, as you have a balanced squad. I would look into moving MCW, he has value, but forces you to punt cats. (TO’s, hurts FG% although you have enough high guys to cover him)

  15. Wen says:
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    Hi Dan, a desperate owner fighting for the last playoff spot dropped Wade. He is too good to be dropped and I have waiver #5. But the thing is FT and TO are 2 of the categories that I want to win, and Wade will drag them down. What would you do? Or should I try to pick him up first, then trade him later? Thanks for the advice.

    • Dan A

      Dan A says:
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      @Wen: I don’t like Wade all that much, because of his injury risk, even though what he does do he does exceptionally well. A better real player than fantasy one. Don’t pick a guy up just to trade him if you are worried about starting him, IMO.

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