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A commissioner is a powerful person. They are elected to oversee or regulate an entire entity. I’ve always fronted on them, though. As a little kid, I always thought Commissioner Gordon from the Batman comics was a little [email protected]#ch. Always running to the rooftop to send the Bat Signal when a problem arose in Gotham City. I always likened it to a little kid running home and screaming, “Moommmmmmy….” Then, my metabolism started to slow down, I began to grow sideways instead of vertically, and my mind no longer viewed the world through pure lenses. Roger Goodell showed that a commissioner is often just an employee. A puppet so to speak. But last night, the NBA’s Commissioner Gordon (Aaron Gordon) brought everything together for me. A commissioner is not a [email protected]#ch. Jim Gordon may have summoned the Batman via searchlight, but he did deputize the Batman making him the [email protected]#ch. A commissioner is not a puppet. Roger Goodell proved that when he pulled a Brutus and stabbed Robert Kraft in the back and went after the NFL’s Golden Boy. A commissioner is a boss and Aaron Gordon proved that as he scored 41 points, grabbed 14 boards, and dished out two dimes on 14-for-18 shooting (5-for-5 from three-land). He’s such a boss that he doesn’t need a searchlight to transpose his symbol in the air. He just jumps.

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Here’s what else I saw last night:

Anthony Davis bumped knees with another player five minutes into the game. It’s kind of sad that I needed to specify that it happened with another player. Like, would it have shocked anyone if he injured himself by bumping his left knee into his right knee? He did not return to the game.

Jimmy Butler did not play due to an upper respiratory infection. Sorry if you had him in DFS, as the news came post-lock. Is there a lower respiratory infection?

Domantas Sabonis played 25 minutes and scored 15 points, grabbed 11 boards, and dished out five dimes on 7-for-7 shooting. Either KAT is still an awful defender or Arvidas and Domantas did some Big shit. I think I’m going with the KAT is still an awful defender, although can never dismiss the possibility of body swapping. I mean, how many movies have been made on that concept?

Darren Collison scored 15 points, grabbed five boards, dished out 16 dimes, and pilfered two. That’s usually the line you’ll see from the point guard of a team that scored 130 points. I guess everyone on the Timberwolves had upper respiratory infection.

Victor Oladipo scored 28 points, grabbed three boards, dished out three dimes, and pilfered two. Stocktonator loved him so much this game that he wanted all of you to enjoy this:

Now, the Stocktonator is not so giddy with his matchup tomorrow night against the Thunder.

C’mon Timberwolves! I have to write up Bojan Bogdanovic and Corey Joseph? Bogdanovic scored 19 points, grabbed five boards, and dished out a dime, while Joseph scored 21 points, grabbed five boards, dished out two dimes, and pilfered three. BB played 31 minutes while CJ played 29 minutes. I wouldn’t get too giddy about the performances because there were extended moments of garbage time. With that said, they both do get minutes in the 20s and put up around eight shots per game.

I’m not going to even bother going through the Timberwolves stats. Garbage time and upper respiratory infection. They do travel to Detroit tomorrow, so….

Kristaps Porzingis is human after all. 12 points and five boards on 3-for-14 shooting. Beep boop bop. The Stocktonator just informed me that Porzingis will return to God status on Friday. Why Stocktonator why? Since it cannot whisper sweetly into my ear, the Stocktonator answers me with music….

Enes Kanter played 30 minutes!!! Holy shit balls. Kanter ended the night with 16 points, 19 boards, and one block. Kyle O’Quinn played six minutes, while Willy Hernangomez actually got some run with 11 minutes. You know what watching the center position for the Knicks reminds me of? It’s been a while since I’ve gone to a stadium or ball park, but they used to always have these races on the video board. Remember those? There’d be three cars or whatever and they’d race around the stadium. it was a way to keep fans engaged during breaks. Well, Marketing took that idea and ran with it.

This is how bad the Celtics beat down the Knicks. Daniel Theis played 21 minutes and scored 11 points. Who’s Daniel Theis? I don’t know. Reggie Theus’ son?

Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum continue to ball the F out. 23 points, four boards, one steal, and one block for Brown. 22 points, four boards, two dimes, four steals, and two blocks for Tatum. These guys are so good that my mind is just wandering to superflous things. Like, which sounds better? Brown & Tatum or Tatum & Brown? Sounds like a good title for a new TNT show, right? Or how about this? Let’s just get rid of their first names. Think about it. Jaylen and Jayson. Jay. Jay.   J. J.    J-J = zero.

Terry Rozier played 31 minutes and scored eight points, grabbed six boards, dished out six dimes, and pilfered two. Marcus Smart did not play again, so that probably contributed to the high minute total. That and the Knicks completely sucking. Anyways, when Smart returns, Rozier should still get plenty of run.

Blake from Glengarry Glen Ross would not approve of this version of Kyrie IrvingInstead of closing, Kyrie is like a mother cheetah. Chilling on the sidelines, watching her cubs learn how to hunt. That’s how it’s going to be most of the season. Kyrie is going to mostly chill until that time he’s needed to bring down the juicy gazelle. With that said, he still scored 20 points, grabbed three boards, dished out seven dimes, and pilfered one.

If you rostered any Cavs last night in DFS, you were happy that the Bulls made them work. Lauri Markkanen scored 19 points, grabbed eight boards, and blocked one on 7-for-12 shooting (5-for-8 from downtown). He’s going to be good. As I’ve mentioned in prior posts, he’s not your typical Euro. He played college ball in the States and balled the F out at EuroBasket. His mental toughness has really stood out to me. And his shooting of course. Jerian Grant scored 12 points, grabbed six boards, dished out 10 dimes, and pilfered one. Why would they go back to Kris Dunn?

Justin Holiday scored 25 points, grabbed four boards, dished out one dime, pilfered one, and blocked one. It was only a matter of time, as he consistently gets minutes in the mid-30s and puts up 17 shots per game. Even a blind man will find the clit if given enough chances. With that said, the Stocktonator was all over Holiday for this game. Well, well, well. What do you know? Stocktonator also likes him for Thursday’s game against the Hawks.

If you were still holding out hope that Dwayne Wade would be a thing, you can stop now. He’s played 19 and 16 minutes the past two games and the 11 points he scored last night was a season-high. I think he’s sandbagging personally, so that he can get some sympathy from Gabrielle Union. “C’mon honey, I had a really bad game again. Lick my booty.”

The Nets are going to be so annoying for fantasy purposes. Once again, 10 players received at least 15 minutes of run, with only D’Angelo Russell getting to the 30 minute mark. At least we know that this is D’Angelo’s team: 29 points, five boards, one dime, and two steals. Demarre Carroll (17 points, six boards, two dimes, one steal, and one block) and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (18 points, five boards, two dimes, one steal, and one block) both stuffed the stat sheet. Caris LeVert also played well with 15 points, eight boards, and five dimes. Why is Timofey Mozgov playing 17 minutes? Mikahail Prokhorov is either a huge fan or Mozgov has pictures. Jarrett Allen had a +\- of -14 and he only played 15 minutes. He’s someone to keep an eye on if he starts getting over 20 minutes a game, though.

Evan Fournier could be the founder of Evian for all I know. It’d actually make a lot of sense because he’s been splashing pure jumpers from outside. 28 points, six boards, four dimes, and three steals.

Jameer Nelson played 31 minutes last night. 10 points, two boards, and two assists. Dude is like Chucky. If he gets minutes, he’s a viable option.

Jusuf Nurkic continues to struggle: 12 points, seven boards, and one steal in only 20 minutes. Caleb Swanigan played 16 minutes, while Ed Davis got 21 minutes of run. That’s a little concerning, so keep an eye on that situation going forward. With that said, I’m a Nurkic believer and think he’ll come around. It’s crazy to think that sometimes I believe in random people more than I believe in myself.

Evan Turner continues to get significant minutes. 20, 33, 32, and 25 to start the season. He’s not sexy but he’s scored in double-digits every game and will contribute across the board.

With Rodney Hood out…shocker….Donovan Mitchell filled in and led the team in points (19) and field goal attempts (20). I think the kids call that a Kobe, when the points scored is similar to the number of shot attempts. Anyways, he was the highlight of the night for the Jazz in an 18-point thumping from the Clippers.

Is this the year for the Clippers? How insane would that be? It would just solidify in my mind the GOAT status of Jerry West. Many were praising the acquisition of Patrick Beverley in the offseason. I admit, I was skeptical of the move. Now, I’m all-in. He can score (19 points), rebound (four), assist (five), and play good defense (three steals and one block). He brings a toughness and swagger to this squad that needs that kind of leadership. A perfect complement to Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. It ain’t about making commercials for Beverley. It’s about winning. With Milos Teodosic out indefinitely, Beverley is going to get more run. He played 42 minutes!!!

  1. Lasandro says:
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    Nice write up man – liked the Glengarry ref!

    In a 10 team roto: picked up Mike James, but Levert and Lamb (is be all in if not for his efficiency), Murray (yet to be convinced), Augustin, WCS, Bayless are chillin on the wire.. could you rank these guys?

    If Phoenix does indeed get a PG back on a trade, James wouldn’t hold enough value. But as it stands, he’s awesome. I do really like Levert too..

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Lasandro: Thanks Lasandro! Appreciate the read. How you have them listed. Maybe move WCS ahead of DJ.

  2. Miel says:
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    Hi Son,

    10 Team 9-cat league. May i ask if you could rate my team and may I ask for suggestions for improvement?

    Curry
    CP3 – INJ
    Millsap
    Beal
    Horford
    Nurkic
    Covington
    Avery Bradley
    James Johnson
    Cauley-Stein
    RHJ
    Josh Richardson
    Markkanen

    Also jamal murray is now on Waivers. Would you drop anybody to get him?

  3. sebapargue says:
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    stoked I got Gordon so late in the draft.

    I need some help here.

    Should I keep kuzma or drop him for one of the bulls potential point guards??? I do need the help in ast.

    14 Team League- 9cat- H2H
    PG- George Hill
    SG- Avery Bradley
    G- Josh Richardson
    SF- Lebron James
    PF – Carmelo Anthony
    F- Aaron Gordon
    C -Rudy Gobert
    C- Paul Millsap
    Util- Justin Holiday
    Util – Danny Green
    Bench – Skal Labissiere, Kyle Kuzma, Derrick Favors
    IL- Nicolas Batum

    thanks in advance.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @sebapargue: Yeah, gotta do what’s best for your squad

  4. Miel says:
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    Hi Son,

    10 team 9-cat league. May i ask if you could rate my team and give suggestions for improvement?

    Curry
    CP3 -inj
    Millsap
    Beal
    Horford
    Nurkic
    Covington
    Avery bradley
    James johnson
    Cauley stein
    RHJ
    Josh richardson
    Markkenen

    Also janal murray is now in waivers. You think he’ll bounce back? Should i drop anybody to get him?

    Cheers

  5. waffles says:
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    I can only start two out of Gary Harris (@CHA), Avery Bradley (MIN), DSJ (MEM), and J-Rich (SA) who do you think?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @waffles: JRich and Bradley, if Jimmy is not playing. If he is, then I’d go DSJ

  6. Purdman says:
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    I have Tim Hardaway Jr.
    Would you drop him for either John Collins or Taurean Prince? Or Beverley, RHJ?

    Do I need to keep Hardaway for the SG depth?

    My roster:
    PG – Lonzo, Collison, Lillard
    SG – Hardaway, Klay,
    SF – melo, Covington, James Johnson, Ingram,
    PF- Aaron Gordon, Jokic
    C – Towns, Adams

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Purdman: I like them all. Ha! I’d look to get creative. For me, Beverley is the best target, so I’d look to package one of your PGs (you’re stacked btw) with a SG or SF to upgrade there. That would free up a roster spot to grab Beverley and upgrade at another position.

      • Purdman says:
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        @Son: Lillard and Hardaway for McCollum and Middleton a reasonable trade to offer?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Purdman: it is

  7. Mark says:
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    Bledsoe was just dropped in my league. Drop augustin to grab him?

  8. Justin says:
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    In a 9 cat h2h, would u take Mike James or Dj augustin?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Justin: James

  9. okomo says:
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    Always enjoy your write up, entertaining and informative.

    I need some advice.
    ESPN 10 teams H2H punting assist
    Conley, Beal, Gary Harris, Josh Richardson, Middleton, Porter Jr.
    Ibaka, Millsap, Turner, KAT, John Collins

    As you can see, I have only 1 PG(included Brogdon in a package for KAT)
    Is a 2nd PG necessary? LaVine is available on the waiver. Who would you drop for him?
    Also available PGs: Rozier, Grant, Murray
    Or, just roll with these players?

    Thanks

    • Son

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      Appreciate that. Thanks for reading. Well, if you’re punting assists, I think you answered your own question, no? Is it a daily or weekly league? If it’s a daily, then I guess getting another PG would be viable. I’m not a big LaVine guy so I’m probably the wrong person to be asking about him. I wouldn’t drop anyone that you have for him.

  10. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Hey Son!

    Killer write up! One question and one comment here. Who do you like for STL’s and all around usefulness until Kahwi comes back? LaVert, Oubre, Josh Jackson? I’m leaning Oubre since he’s been getting around 35 minutes a game. What says you?

    My comment is about Nurk. He picked up 3 fouls in the first 7 minutes last night and he had to play wayyy softer than usual when he got to get back on the floor. I’m not worried about him at all.

    Thanks, dude!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Appreciate that. Yeah, I like Oubre too. His minutes will come back a bit when guys get healthy, but he’s still going to get run. Good insight on Nurk. I’m not worried as well.

  11. 2rule says:
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    Hi Son,
    I got an offer for my Collison, he is giving me WBarton + MSmart. Wht do y think?

    Also whic one do u prefer Oubre or crabbe?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      What’s the rest of your team look like? Pains me to say it, as I had high hopes for Crabbe, but I think I prefer Oubre

      • 2rule says:
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        Lillard
        CJMc
        PatBev
        Collison
        Middleton
        MylesTurner
        Vucevic
        WCS
        DFavors
        ACrabbe

        H2H 14 team 9 Cat

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @2rule: I like your squad the way it is.

          • 2rule says:
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            You mean dont trade collison for smart+barton, ha ?

            I can put crabbe to the bench, and both guys can give me money stats. But Im not sure about my FG.

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @2rule: Yeah. I’d rather have the Collison/Crabbe combo then the Smart/Barton one

              • Son

                Son says:
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                @Son: than

                • 2rule says:
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                  Thx

                  • Son

                    Son says:
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                    @2rule: anytime

                    • 2rule says:
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                      What about Collison+DFavors for JTeague

                    • Son

                      Son says:
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                      @Son: I prefer the Collison/Favors side

  12. v00dr00 says:
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    Would you consider Danny Green over Hield or Wade? 9 cat. Should I give Wade one more shot tonight with his new bench role? Is Hield waiting to break out on SAC since they’re a bunch of garbage anyway? Does Danny Green still log 30+ when Kawhi returns?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @v00dr00: I would. I’d imagine Green’s minutes going down when Kawhi comes back.

      • v00dr00 says:
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        @Son: Hield or Wade? or just forget about Danny?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @v00dr00: I’d take Green over Hield or Wade.

  13. The Brick Wall says:
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    Son,

    Love your commentary, keep fighting the good fight!

    Would like your opinion on keepers in dynasty league. Keepers just take up the first four rounds in the next years draft, no rules on how long you can keep them.

    Out of these 7, who would be your top 4 keepers: Lonzo, Embiid, D’lo Russell, Booker, McCollum, Myles Turner, or Commish Gordon?

    I dont currently have McCollum or Turner, but may be able to get them in a trade. Got offered McCollum/Turner for Ball/Gordon (with some draft picks exchanging hands)… I wanna pull the trigger, but if ORL keeps playing Gordon at the 4 like they have been, i feel like he could be a top 20 player now that he is canning treys.

    Appreciate it boss!

    • The Brick Wall says:
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      9 cats… H2H…. 16 teamer

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @The Brick Wall: Ha! Appreciate that.

      That’s a tough group to choose from. Embiid and Myles for sure. I’d make the Commish the third. That fourth one is really tough. It’s between Ball, DLo, and CJ for me. Booker is out. I think you’re supposed to keep CJ here, but I’m keeping Ball. Personal preference.

  14. Miles Proudfoot says:
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    What do you make of Ingram? I’ve missed out on other players holding onto him. I just can’t quit him! Also have Randle but feel more confident he’ll come around. I have him in 10-12ers and want to hold on, but it’s getting tougher. I mostly got him somewhere around round 10 or after, so didn’t burn a great pick.

    • Son

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      @Miles Proudfoot: I’m still high on Ingram. He’s young and still developing. I like the improvements I’ve seen. He’s going to be inconsistent, though. Lot of highs and lows. Randle I’m a little down on. Kuzma and Nance are balling and not going anywhere

  15. Landisimo3 says:
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    Great write up as usual…. 10 team H2H… just looking for some all around stats… ok to drop Taj for Oubre, Augustine, Yogi, or Aminu?? Thank you as always

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Landisimo3: Thank you kind sir. If you don’t need big men, I’d be good with Oubre.

  16. Bryce as Nice says:
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    Long term and short term, who do you lik better in a points league where double doubles and triple doubles are awarded bonus points:

    DeMare Carroll, Dejuante Murray, Avery Bradley.

    8 team league so ww is somewhat deep…..I have Carroll and Bradley but not Murray, who I want to add. Jrue Holiday is available too, but Lavine will be back soon enough. Rozier is out there too.

    3 adds per week, and already used 1 on Markinen yesterday.

  17. Not your average Joe says:
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    What’s your take on Teague? Early season blip in the radar that will right itself? Or are we close to panic?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Too early. Lot of new pieces on that squad. It’s going to take time for things to gel.

  18. Rob says:
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    Great write up man. Q about the bledsoe shituation – are you thinking he ends up with the Nuggets? Should I be trying to ship out Jamal Murray somewhere (have decent guard depth) — for like a Dejounte or Kuzma?

    Also would you drop JR for Augustin at this point? I do need treys and he’s looking at a minutes bump maybe, but JR is insufferable

    • Son

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      Thanks! I have no idea where he ends up. There is so much stuff behind the scenes that there’s no way to know. I’m good with either Dejounte or Kuzma. Personally, I’m holding onto Murray until something definitive happens. Keep in mind I’m a Murray believer and I love that situation in Denver.

      I think you can drop JR for pretty much anyone. Ha! Augustine is nice, but Elf is coming back.

      • Rob says:
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        @Son: just worried bledsoe comes in, pushes murray back. if you’ve got faith in him tho I’ll hold tight til something big happens.

        I have a lot of guards (Reggie Jackson, Oladipo, Murray, Mike James, Barea) so pickup targets for JR would be: Jakob Poeltl or Jarrett Allen. I’ll give it a few more games. got that itchy trigger finger!

        • Son

          Son says:
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          I hear you. It’s a legitimate concern. I’ll say this: Always go with your gut

  19. Justin says:
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    9 cat H2h, would you take Rondae hollis or justin holiday ( in a vacuum).

    • Son

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      @Justin: RHJ

  20. Pavel says:
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    Solid write-up, son.

    In my competitive 12teamer I feel like I can make some moves now with cousins doing so well. So far so good for this squad, but are there any guys that I can punt fg, turnovers (so 7 cat?) that would significantly improve this squad?
    pg: westbrook, rubio, beverly
    sg/sf: ariza, holiday, hood, jaylen brown, levert
    pf: chriss, hollis-jefferson
    c: cousins, jokic, cauley-stein

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Pavel: Nice squad. I can’t say because I don’t know who’s available.

      • Pavel says:
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        @Son: I meant like trade from other players? Someone whose rank significantly upgrades if you don’t count fg%, turnovers. There are solid players available on the wing (kidd gilchrist, labisserie, mirotic, harkless), so i wanna try to 2-1 to free up space.

        • Son

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          @Pavel: I think your squad is fine. I wouldn’t replace any of your players with the guys you mentioned.

  21. Miles Proudfoot says:
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    In a shallow league so so many good options on the wire. I have Barton, Carroll, Ingram, KCP at the end of my bench. Regardless of team needs, would you switch out any of them for…Markennen, Matthews, Hood, RHJ, Collins, Kuzma, Rozier? Thank you!

    • Son

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      @Miles Proudfoot: Tough. I’d probably switch out Barton and Carroll for Collins and Markennen

  22. treyvon's junk says:
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    Lowry or A Gordon ROS?

    9 CAT h2h

    thanks Son

    • Son

      Son says:
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      In a vacuum, Gordon

  23. Jack says:
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    Trade Warren for ariza?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Jack: sure

  24. Jared says:
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    Droppable guys: harkless, Mike James
    Waiver: marvin will, fultz, saric, Donovan, thon, richaun, willy, Winslow

    Thoughts? (I’m building a punt assists team)

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Jared: Donovan and Winslow

  25. Rob says:
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    hey Son,

    How do you like my Klay, Marc Gasol for his Towns and Russell?

    Thanks Man!

    • Rob says:
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      @Rob: And how about Klay + Gasol for Towns and Beverly? I guess he will counter offer this….

      • Son

        Son says:
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        I’m good with that too

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I’m good with that

  26. Dante Green says:
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    Remember during the start of the season I asked if I should move Capela? Lol. He’s been seriously saving my ass. Him(#63), Agordon(#99), JamJohnson(#82), Collison(#135), Rubio(#46); plus Brown and Richardson whom I both snagged off the wire are doing a great job at keeping my team competitive despite getting burned by KAWHI AND BUTLER. Ugh those two

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Dante Green: Ha! That’s why there’s an expression, “Haste makes waste”

      Nice job with your squad!

  27. Jason says:
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    Poeltl or labissiere? This would be as a third center

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Poeltl short term, Skal long term

      • Jason says:
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        @Son: thanks! Love your work, appreciate all the advice you give!

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Jason: Appreciate that. Thanks for reading

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