The embargo is lifted!  I can’t wait to buy some cigars… If you missed it, Obama has opened his front door to Cuba while continuing to backdoor the Canada oil pipeline.  Hey-o!

And Mark Cuban has opened up his roster for some international trade, bringing Rajon Rondo into Texas.  The Mavericks are reportedly changing their team name to the Dallas “You Don’t Mess With Texas!”  Huge move in real basketball, but who cares about any of that?!  Rondo takes a pretty substantial hit to his value, as Monta Ellis is going to sap a lot those assists with his slashes.  But it’s nothing to panic about, as his atrocious 40.5 FG% will go up and the 3.4 TO should go down.  And maybe a coach there can teach him how to hit a FT…

The rest of the swapperoo is Jameer NelsonBrandan WrightJae Crowder and a first-rounder to Boston for Rondo and Dwight Powell with a swap of second-round picks thrown around in there just to make it look fancier.  I guess if you still had Nelson in a 12 or 14er, he’s droppable.  I could see Tyler Zeller lose some PT to Wright, but who knows.  Chapel hill centers, reunite!  The obvious big impact here is Marcus Smart, who was at 30% owned right when the trade broke (somehow got him in both RCLs!).  That only shot up to 40% right when this posts, so he’s still available in several leagues.  Boston has no reason to start Nelson over him in order to get a ton of development time for their rook PG.  His fantasy game is really limited – I still don’t think the treys are going to come around in a huge way this year and we’ll be happy to see half the assists Rondo was getting a night.  But he should be plenty good enough for all 12ers.  Smart stashers feeling smart!  Here’s what else went down last night in NBA action:

[Psyche!  Quick note that I’m off next Monday, then Thursday and Friday due to Holiday scheduling.  So Daily Notes will only be out Tuesday and Wednesday next week, along with our Holiday special Razzball Basketball Podcast on Tuesday.  But I am of course always here for comments, even on Christmas, so if you need to get away from screaming kids in order to scream about how Batum has been awful, we’re ya spot!]

Kevin Durant Gasp!  Rolled his ankle on Marreese Speights‘ fat foot.  “I had to hit the ball of Frankenstein’s fat foot!”  While he had to miss the whole second half, it’s just a “mild” ankle sprain.  Was going nuts too!  30 Pts in the first half (10-13 FG, 5-6 3PTM, 5-7 FT), just enough to get Slim a point on the board…  Crazy!  I wanna go on record though and mention he was my first pick too… I highly doubt we see him tonight, mostly because it’s against the Lakers and it’s the same foot he broke.  Spoiler alert!  Russell Westbrook is an easy DraftKings play.

Carmelo Anthony To sit, or not to sit…  Sat out with the bum knee last night, and the rumors of the shutdown are swirling like a clogged toilet!  To use that fun metaphor two days in a row…  A lot of owners are panicking, so if you can afford a risky stash, I’m more on the get-Melo-dirt-cheap side.  Impossible to know what you could get out of Melo owners, but if you are a Melo owner youself, definitely don’t just give him away.

Tim Hardaway Jr. – Led the Knicks by far in minutes (40) and shots (19) with no Melo.  23/2/5/1/0 on 8-19 shooting with 5 treys.  He’s certainly a ThrAGNOF, even as a starter, but one you can feel good streaming and holding a bit.

Jose Calderon Have I mentioned yet that I’m done with him?  Much rather have Smart, which was a great question I got on the Twitts.  12/3/2/1/0 on 5-10 shooting with only 1 TO, but no treys, and this is a BETTER game from him.  Ay dios mio!

Travis Wear Really Knicks?  Wear as a starter?  He played a year at Chapel Hill when I used to watch more UNC games and was nothing special at all, even in college…

Amar’e Stoudemire – Rainbow-STAT!  16/6/2/2/4.  He’s been the Miracle this year.  Miracle 2!  Starring Kurt Russell as Phil Jackson.

Jimmy Butler Whoa, a huge game from Buckets!  I guess the first thing you have to ask is, “I wonder if Derrick Rose played…”  And… He did not…  35/5/7/4/1 for a phenomenal line, hitting 4 treys and 9-10 FT.  Rose should be fine, he’s just sick, but if he were suddenly out for the year, Butler is probably a top-15 player.  Don’t put that bad juju out there though, Buckets owners!  Rose is out again tonight, so spoiler alert!  Buckets is an easy DraftKings play.

Joakim Noah Returned from his kankle to play 34 minutes.  It wasn’t great (4/13/3/0/1 on 1-8 FG, 3-6 FT), but at least he’s out there!

Nikola Mirotic More-minutes-Mirotic!  13/1/3/3/1 with a pair of treys and no TO.  If only someone had recommended/played him as a stream!

Aaron Brooks – 18/2/5 in 25 minutes, and is a solid deep league sleeper for tonight as well.  Trouble is, Bulls are going at Memphis.  Suffocating D of Beno Udrih!  Hah, I keed, but fantasy goodness shouldn’t be as plentiful.

Taj Gibson Missed last night, but is traveling with the team for the battle in Memphis.  Tape that ankle up, boi!

Austin Rivers I really thought he could be pretty good this year if given an opportunity…  And it sure as hell has been there…  Started last night for Tyreke Evans (knee bruise – doesn’t sound too serious but then again that’s what happened to George Hill!) and went 10/1/6/0/0 with no treys.  Given a lot of his minutes were high-stress on D guarding James Harden (and did pretty well I may add!), but just isn’t showing any improved polish I was hoping for.

Anthony Davis Why I recommended you Brow owners stay true!  30/14/3/2/5 on 10-17 FG and 10-12 FT is just plain unfair.  He had a driving Euro-step too.  No joke.

Jrue Holiday Is like, “yo Brow, you’re not the only one who can rainbow line!  And I can add in a dimebag!”  16/3/10/2/2.  If this team were in the East they would be on a Warriors-type run.

DeMarcus Cousins Roll out the red carpet!  Then roll it back up as the Kings lost to the Bucks and Boogie missed the buzzer beater…  Even with 6 TO and no blocks, nothing but a lot of encouragement.  The 27/11/5/1/0 is ancillary to the 33 minutes.  The Fantasy God of Injuries has finally forsaken us!

Ben McLemore Remember when Nik Stauskas poked his head in there, and we were all concerned it might be going back to a time share?  That was cute…  41 minutes for McLemore, led the Kings there, for 22/4/3 and a trey.  Hit 8-10 FG and 5-5 FT.  Pop some tags!

Johnny O’Bryant – We have two Irishmen now!  Made his NBA debut Wednesday night playing 5 empty minutes, then 6/1/1/0/0 in 17 minutes last night with 2 TO.  If you’re already not convinced you should be avoiding, I should throw in he had 4 fouls and the Bucks needed a big as desperately as Amanda Bynes needs a new bong with Larry Sanders suspended for his lunacy.  Kidd was kinda forced to play KOQ’s brother against the big SAC line-up, and Run-DMC took him to pound town.  Yikes, this is spiraling out of control!  All you need to know is you can leave O’Bryant at the Rest Stop.

Khris Middleton You’ve got to be Kidding me!  Only 18 minutes and you start O’Bryant?!  I guess the matchup thing makes a little sense, but Jared Dudley for 33 minutes?!  It takes 33 minutes just to eat ONE Milk Dud!  Sure Duds scored 19, but camon.  Somehow amidst this mess, the Bucks are over .500 again at 14-13.  Make sense out of that for me, commenters…

Jerryd Bayless JB’s of the world having a huge Thursday night!  Buckets, Bayless, me!  Eh, I dunno what I did that was that great…  Slowly welcomed in turning 27 at midnight…  Yikes…  Anyway, JB for 17/4/5/0/1 and now in double-digits in 5 straight and 9+ points in 7 straight.  20+ minutes in all of those, chipping in a little Reb/Ast/Stl/Blk with a 3PTM a game… Deep league worthiness at it’s best!  Oh, and the celebration legit begins tonight, so any late comments/tweets at me past 10 or 11 PM EST tonight might get some funky answers!  “KCP over KD any day!”

Draymond Green There’s something that makes it a big Thursday night!  If you didn’t see this saucy tweet, I’m going to continually boast my #OccupyDraymondGreen-ness all over the place anyway.  16/9/9/1/1 hitting another trey.  1-4 FT is baby poo, but his near tripdub last night was anything but soft!  His FT% on the year was 77.3% before last night, so nothing serious there.

Stephen Curry “Awwwweeeeeeeeee!”  Like the heavenly, meditating sound…

Klay Thompson You couldn’t put up 30 for me????  You lousy ThrAGNOF “Piece! Of! Monkey! [bleeeeeep]!”  Wow – unintentionally had two Happy G references today!

Andrew Bogut – My bad everyone… I dropped him in a 12er as it seems like it’ll be another month or so now…  I shoulda known…  The only things guaranteed in life are 1 – start your guys against the Sixers and B – Bogut is going to miss at least 25% of every season.  Got some platelet-rich plasma injected into his knee like a jelly donut, which is a great metaphor since his knees are jelly donuts.  Speights and his fat feet for 10/5/1/0/2, and nearly a must-own in all 12ers.

Reggie Jackson Yikes, it just ain’t happenin’ is it…  I’ll give him one more game tonight against the Lakers, in what theoretcially is a blowout.  But if he isn’t closer to 30 minutes with a good game, it’s adios muchacho.

 

Streamers/Cheap DraftKings Picks:

Andre Roberson (1% owned) – Cascade effect!  Assuming no KD, AR should be able to rack up some minutes off 10/12/3/1/0 and no TO last night.  Also chipped in a trey, and had no TO.  He’s easy to robber-son off the wire!

Gary Neal (6% owned) – As Slim and I mentioned on the Pod and I mentioned as a rule of the land in the Bogut blurb, always play your guys vs. the Sixers!  And with Lance Stephenson out with a bruised pelvis from humping the Goddess of Horrible 3-Point Shooting too much, Neal should be killin’ it in teal.  Easily could see a 20-point game with 4 triples.

 

Sorry again we’re off next Monday, but two great holiday specials next week will hopefully tide you over as you chug rum and eggnog on Christmas Day!  See you next Tuesday!

  1. BobbyG says:
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    Should I trade Carmelo for Wade?

    • Eric Echales says:
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      @Hype: @BobbyG:
      Wade has seemed healthier of the two and Miami may have more to play for near the end when fantasy playoffs are going on. The two main factors I look at personally when judging to players that have a comparable game is injury and fantasy playoff schedule. If you built a good team you will get to the playoffs and then all that matters is that end run schedule. Wade made it through last season but sat out a lot of games near the end because they were such a lock for the playoffs. He has less back to backs this year and nobody is asking him to shut it down. “Melon” as my fiance refers to him as has reportedly been told to shut it down by some people. I wouldn’t be surprised if Melo has a year like Wade last year with a lot of annoying DNP’s or hangs it up for the season. In my mind Wade seems more likely to play more games.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @BobbyG: Noooooo, I disagree with above, def keeping Melo

    • Lawson says:
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      @BobbyG: I would keep Melo too

  2. Frank White says:
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    Sup JB.. He accepted the trade. I’m getting Alphabet for Monroe and yeah he’s already getting 37 minutes. I’m just been doing poorly on boards but everything else should go up. Do you think Alphabet will be getting more boards and assists though?? It says I’m losing on assists too but that’s giving the evaluation before the big minutes.

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Frank White: He’ll get more assists than Monroe. more blocks as well. You definitely came out ahead by a lot.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Frank White: Love the deal man! Weird, yeah I def think Giannis will get more dimes this point forward. Boards to come up a bit too, but MOnroe beats him there

  3. Frank White says:
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    I got Ellis. How bad is his assists gonna go down and also what else is gonna go up or down besides the FG% and TO’s?? Thanks!!

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Frank White: hard to predict right now. Give it a few games. My guess would be a couple assists. Without seeing the ebb n flow of them on the court together i’ts guessing right now. I think it’ll be fine, not a huge drop off

      • Frank White says:
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        Thank buddy!!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Frank White: Agree, an assist, 1.5 AST down a night, but I don’t see it hurting him all that much

          • Frank White says:
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            Appreciate it!!

  4. Dante Green says:
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    Yo JB i was keeping on eye on the box score earlier today(not watching live, just looking at how the stats are developing) and i couldn’t stop smiling during the first two quarters of the game between okc and gsw cos ma boys curry and kd were killin it, and then came the halftime… There was an injury update on kd i was like WTF is this for real. Lols hope kd is fine though, yea they said it was a ‘mild’ ankle sprain but come on!! on the same fcking foot! Hah!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dante Green: I know it was brutal, he was goin for 60! Game time decision now, I bet he sits tonight but is fine after that

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        @JB Gilpin: Yea brotha it couldve been a monster line for him like 60/9/9/4/4! Better if he sits this one out!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Dante Green: For sure to both! Woulda been a massive game…

  5. Lasandro says:
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    Poo jokes make me laugh! In my 14 cat L, should I be considering trading my Kieff or Oladipo for draymond? I told myself I’d wait for DLee to return first to see how it all plays out but man is this guy muy bueno. I’m liking both my dudes but just inconsistent here and there.. Ugh, how great is my bf jimmy buckets!

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Lasandro: I’m #occupying HARD if possible! Unbelievable what Dray has been doing so far. JB made a great call on #occupationgreen

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Lasandro: Hah, poo jokes always a winner! Yeah man, Kieff I’d def move for Dray, I wouldn’t have Oladipo at first but I’ve come around. Buckets is gonna have a massive one tonight, again no Rose!

  6. JayBruce says:
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    Should I deal my Carmelo for his D. Wade?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JayBruce: Nope, I def wouldn’t

  7. miles proudfoot says:
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    Hey! Someone in my league dropped lance Stephenson. I would need to drop Monroe or Kmart for him. I prob should’ve dropped Kmart a bit back but just couldn’t quit his 3s and scoring. Do you see things getting better for him? Have a great holiday!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @miles proudfoot: Yeesh, not really for Lance. I would still lose Kmart for him though, but on the fence with that one if you’ve held this long. Thanks man!

  8. neogonzo mourning says:
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    never though in a hundred years that i’d be so proud of myself for picking up Amare Stoudemire.

    However I’m gonna have to drop one of these guys in a 16 Team League (10 man rosters) – unless someone gets hurt real quick.

    Amare Stoudemire
    Courtney Lee
    Isiah Thomas

    What to do, what to do…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @neogonzo mourning: Haha, we’re all in that boat! Def losing Lee if you had to cut one of those 3

  9. Michael says:
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    Drop moetuinas for speights? With news bogut out indefinitely?

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Michael: sure

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Michael: Yup I would!

  10. tom says:
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    In a 12 team H2H 9 cat no TO’s would you drop khris mid for either t Robinson or m smart ? These are all stash n hope guys not starters for me now.

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @tom: I’d want Smart. Definitely drop middle, smart has tremendous upside. Middleton’s is capped

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @tom: Yup gimme Smart, gives you upside stash for the whole rest of the season

    • tom says:
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      @tom: or pick up Shabazz now that brewer was traded?

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @tom: Still prefer Smart unless you only really needed scoring

  11. Shaft says:
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    For the record, i realized my favorite guys on my team are all guys JB and Slim told me to draft / grab off the wire. Holiday, Knight, Draymond, Covington and now Amare. The site is the best secret in all of sports. Probably dont tell you guys enough, but thanks for all the hard work. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Shaft: So glad to hear that man, made my day! Appreciate it and have a great holiday man!

  12. Bye Felicia says:
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    Offered Noah for my Gorgi

    No way I accept this (in name value only) trade right?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bye Felicia: Wait so you could get Noah? I mean, it’s pretty close, I might actually take Noah for the added dimes

  13. KD Owner says:
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    what’s going on razzball peeps.

    Scott Brooks’ comment on KD’s status today “and beyond” has me a bit uncomfortable. what is an appropriate expectation of KD’s availability going forward?

    I have Kaman, Thomas Robinson, MKG, Corey Joseph, and Humphries at the end of my bench. i want to make up for some slack KD’s uncertainty the rest of the week. any of the following streamer options worth dropping one of the above? I have 2 moves left. looking for points, first and foremost, then steals and assists.

    Andre Roberson, Gary Neal, and Nikola Mirotic

    or should I hold?

    many thanks

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @KD Owner: I wouldn’t be too concerned about KD. I’m holding in every league I own him. A player who can put up a 30 burger in one half shouldn’t be traded. He’s a rare, generational talent. I’m betting that
      OKC has to be Sick over losing Beard. If they still had Harden, they could have become a dynasty! I’d love to see Lamarcus go to OKC.

      • KD Owner says:
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        @Bye Felicia: oh for sure, i’m streaming very deliberately every week as every point counts for me if I am to make the playoffs.

        i’m asking because if KD misses a game or possibly two, i definitely have to stream for more points instead of holding onto, say MKG or Kaman.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @KD Owner: It’s really just a guess, I think he just misses tonight. Gimme Neal tonight, dropping MKG

  14. Bye Felicia says:
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    Where’s the guy from a couple of days ago telling a brow owner to trade him, then stream blocks?

    He all of the sudden quit fantasy after realizing making the trade ruined his fantasy championship aspirations…

    • Eric Echales says:
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      @Bye Felicia: I don’t care how great a player is in fantasy, if you can get two that are really good you need to consider the trade. With injury prone guys especially. Yes, whoooppeee, I had AD last year and I was a bit jaded he didn’t finish out the season when I was in the finals. Our prize is Truck Nutz. Not just any pair of truck nuts. It is a bad ass pair that you would be proud to even show family members. If you play normal fantasy schedules and could get a first rounder plus an early mid rounder (both with great fantasy schedules) for AD and a scrub then why not do it ? WWJBD? I really wonder honestly. This post reminds me of the mock drafts where I got death threats for even suggesting that Harden was a better number two fantasy pick up then Lebron. Serious death threats. One game in the middle of the season and you are talking about how I may have ruined someone’s fantasy championship aspirations. Just go ahead and stew on that for a while. Did you even look at fantasy players and injury history of those people mention in the trade. Could you even without going back name those people mentioned in the trade. Highly doubt it because AD tunnel vision GOT YOU SHOOK SON !!!!

      • Eric Echales says:
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        @Eric Echales: ByeFelicia ? Some dame break your heart and now you are using your man crush on AD to get you through. Reality is harsh like when you watched every championship team in your league roster Carmelo only to finally roster him in what may be his worst fantasy season ever. Amare may end up with a greater combined fantasy value on years end and on top of all this I have to read your insults. Felicia has left the building.

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Bye Felicia: @Eric Echales: Aight let’s keep this civil, this is a safe place haha. I am just the fantasy basketball therapist.

          It all depends on league, but a normal 10 or 12er, Brow is just so much better than anyone else. If by getting a first rounder and someone else, it is Durant and someone really great, sure. But that’s about it. Brow’s %s and stat line have him on pace for being by far the best per-game fantasy player in the past decade.

          • A Hill O' Beans says:
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            @JB Gilpin: It’s like an ESPN comment section up in here! Where’s the love?

            PS, love today’s headline JB, ha!

  15. Eric Echales says:
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    I have not read all your posts but I am a big fan. What do you think about a Gary Neal stash in hopes that Stephenson gets shipped ? I am rostering Meeks right now and I could either drop him for Smart, stash Neal or see what else trade deadline brings about in the future. I love the unknown in fantasy so all three of these scenarios are intriguing. I should have typed all four since Meeks role is still a mystery as to minutes, usage and exactly how handsome he can be in blue. I once applied for a job at Best Buy and when asked as to why they should hire me I told them”I look great in blue”
    The gentleman conducting the interview told me he had never heard this specific answer to his question. While they did want to hire me I was never actually hired due to American databases which list me as undesireable due to my drunken tendency towards streaking. Apparently you really should not do this in gated communities unless you plan on being self employed. thank you, good day, razzball early, razzball often.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Eric Echales: Awesome, glad to hear that thanks for reading! I’m grabbing Smart of the 3. Dude- true story I wore a blue polo on the way to work, was grabbing a CD at best buy, and some thug dude asked me where something was, and I said I didn’t work there (happened to be the same blue color shirt). He said, c’mon don’t fuck with me, and I said I didn’t work there… and he pulled a knife! Mostly kidding, but really happened.

      Anyway, blue can get ya in trouble is all I’m sayin!

      • Eric Echales says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I almost got into an altercation at best buy before also. When you get mac and pc people together in the same place something is bound to happen. I just find it odd that I haven’t heard anyone say it yet. Sell high on AD. Yes, I love him and was getting laughed at for calling him a first rounder last year but I think for rosters which are borderline playoff material an AD trade could be just the thing to help you out. Sure anyone can get hurt……….Sammy Sosa sneezes and back to comment………I haven’t read a single word about his number of games played the last two years or how you may be looking to sell high if a crazy offer came your way. Not just here but anywhere. Kawhi’s fantasy goodness but his durability makes him a sell high candidate on my list as well. Both phenomenal but until proven otherwise (multiple seasons with few DNP’s)injury worrisome. I feel bad now about my last post. What if “Felicia” was someone special that passed away and “Bye Felicia” was simply honoring her. 🙁 I feel worse then last year when I had AD on my roster and I got bummed Ryan Anderson could move his extremeties.

  16. Hype says:
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    Between Rudy Gobert, David Lee and KJ McDaniels, who would you drop for a hot FA? Or should i keep all three?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Hype: Probably Gobert with the minutes back down

  17. Dom says:
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    thoughts on Giannis’s line hitting 4 of 5 for 11/3/3/1/1? I have a lineup spot open Sunday and think I’m going to drop him for someone like Gorgui Deng to fill it (shallow 10 team lg). I know Giannis got the #upside but eh

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dom: Yeah in a shallow, if you need the stats I’m fine with that, I like Dieng a lot too wish you could hold both a while!

  18. Joe says:
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    So I got D.West because someone outbid me for Covington (they bid $3 which was more than I was willing to do for another 76er). At least D.West came for free.

    In the flurry of moves that came out of nowhere last night, the following guys wound up on the wire: W.Chandler, T.Jones, Mozgov, and Batum. Yes, you did read that right. Would you make any add/drops and, if so, what would you bid on the add(s)? I have $80 in the budget, out of the $100 I started with.

    10-team, 9-cat, 3-keepers h2h league.

    Melo (1), Durant (2), Conley (3), M.Gasol (4), Matthews (5), Holiday (6), Noel (7), Tyreke (7), MCW (8), D.West (8), IT2 (9)

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Joe: “The best things in life are free!” Whoa, Chandler and Batum are obvious adds, especially Batum. I’d go bold, like $50ish to get him, just a little boost back to his normal value and you have a 3rd rounder.

      • Joe says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Who would I drop? $50?! Heeeeeey big spender.

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Joe: Hah probably West haha. Maybe IT2. Sheesh forgot how shallow, lemme bring it down to $30

  19. jcg says:
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    12 team 9 cat. I’ve been sitting on my squad for a while. Just wanted to get your opinion on who you think would be the most “Droppable” if a no brainer waiver add pops up

    Thanks, Happy Friday!

    MCW
    Lillard
    Conley
    Monta

    Giannis
    Tobias
    Ryan Anderson
    Covington
    W Chandler

    Cousins
    Drummond
    J Hill
    Dieng

    • JB Gilpin

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      @jcg: Most droppable… Hmmm. I’m def not doing it, but probably Covington is he has like a week of duds

  20. Jojo says:
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    Looking at the playoffs. ROS with the band-age Knicks!

    Iman Shumpert?
    J.R. Smith?
    Tim Hardaway??

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jojo: Haha, Hardaway has to be the most intriguing! player development!

  21. JA says:
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    What is Carmelo Anthony worth right now with all the injury and shut down speculation? Do I hold onto him and hope for the best? Or do i sell him at a massive discount? And if you are selling at a discount what would be the lowest you would accept on him in terms of players?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @JA: I mention this all above 🙂 I would sell at somewhat a discount, but would need a solid guy back, impossible to answer without knowing your league. It’s the worst time to sell right now though, but can float some offers to guys putting up top 40ish numbers

  22. TOPSZN says:
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    Hey JB,

    As a follow-up from yesterday, would you do Horford and Draymond for Rondo and Sanders?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TOPSZN: Nah, not with this move to Dallas, PG numbers taking a little bit of a hit for Rajon

      • TOPSZN says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks JB

  23. Scott says:
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    Yeah, tough about Middleton. Still, 1 pt is better than 0 in my HTH points league. And ironically, I picked him up but forgot to adjust my lineup in the HTH category league and his .5 FT didn’t bring down the average. Whoah.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Scott: Haha well that’s good then!

  24. Nikko Respeto says:
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    I am getting offered Davis and Melo for Westbrook and Butler in my points league. Westbrook is on a rampage, especially with the potential of Durant missing a few games and I could say the same about Butler with Rose out. Davis is Davis, but Melo is gonna get shut down in the not so distant future I think. I don’t want to that because I can see it end up being just Davis for Westbrook and Butler. What do you think

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Nikko Respeto: Yeah in Pts Davis isn’t the beast he is in cats… Melo is just such a risk… I’d probably hold too

    • Ryan says:
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      I think you should take it. Davis really is that good where I would take the trade even if Melo was not included (and I have Westbrook so believe me I know how great he has been!). Suppose Melo comes back strong after sitting out for a couple weeks, you become the winner in this trade by an overwhelming margin. Also you could always trade Melo for more value to someone who is willing/has to take a risk in order to win.

      The other “injuries” you mentioned shouldn’t impact your decision. Rose is reportedly just sick and Durant had a minor ankle sprain. Keep in mind that every trade depends on your needs. If you’re in a H2H league and you need blocks, better percents and rebounds, then this is a winning trade for you with or without Melo.

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        Oops just realized this was a points league. That changes everything and makes it so it isn’t as much of the steal I was making it out to be. I guess Davis’ efficiency and blocks are worthless to you, and you aren’t gaining a whole lot even if Melo comes back strong. Not worth the risk.

  25. Matt says:
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    What’s good JB?

    My team is looking pretty good so far(sitting in 1st with George Hill) and I am looking for pickups to help me become dominate for the playoff stretch. I was wondering if you think Bogut would be a good pickup or if you think he is too risky to count on for the playoff stretch? He was just dropped but I am sure he will remain on the waiver wire for awhile.

    Thanks for the feedback and love your columns! Definitely helped me to first!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Matt: GSW have a great playoff schedule, and even with their start you’d have to imagine they will be playing for seeding late. def think he’s a good stash! Thanks so much for reading man, glad I helped!

  26. tom says:
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    12 team H2H 9 cat no TO’s you said dropping khris for smart was a ” smart ” idea but what’s your opinion on Shabazz after this trade… still like smart over Shabazz for a stash n hope ? Thx for your input

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @tom: Ohhhh good one. The thing with shabazz is he only scores. So if you need scoring upside only, Shabazz, overall still gimme Smart

  27. AC says:
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    Is it time to drop Reggie Jackson for JJ Redick?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @AC: Nahhhh, I couldnt bring myself to do that

  28. Clos says:
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    Whatsup jb
    Paul
    Pbev
    Colly
    Burks
    Knight
    Taj
    Draymond green
    Markeiff
    Covington
    Bosh
    Gasol
    Favors
    Aldridge
    Anyone on that roster you think I should drop for smart, neal, hill or Mozgov?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Clos: Yo dude! Which Hill, George? Either way, nah I think I’m holding everyone,

      • Clos says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Yeah sorry George Hill but alright cool thanks again jb! I wanted to pick up Mason plumlee but someone picked him up at 4:03 in the morning.. Oh well

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Clos: Hah those crazies that work late! (I was up until 6:00 AM yesterday haha)

  29. Ryan says:
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    Hey JB, great article as always. As a proud Masshole and diehard Celtics fan, it kinda sucks to see Rondo get traded away, but I knew it was for the best since he wasn’t likely to be resigned. As soon as the news broke I picked up Smaart.

    The Corey Brewer trade is also interesting to me. Would you consider dropping either Jose Calderon or Terrence Ross for Shabazz Muhammad? I thought Ross would provide more value with Derozan’s injury but so far no more ppg and not contributing anywhere besides threes. Calderon at least gives me steal here and there and some assists.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Ryan: Thanks so much man! yeah, bittersweet trade for you guys for sure. Def interesting with Shabazz starting tonight, I think he’s na add over both. Probably for Ross

  30. Osnam says:
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    Hey what’s up. So is Batum a buy low? Thanks

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      @Osnam: A little bit, but I wouldn’t overpay. Treating him more like a 5th rounder or so

  31. J says:
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    Hey JB,

    Getting aboard the Shabazz train.
    Wanted to snag him quickly after the Brewer news. Dropped TZeller. Sound alright?

    14 Team H2H (10 CAT w/ Off rebs)

    Westbrook, Dragic
    Oladipo, IT, KJ
    TJones, Draymond, Shabazz
    Faried, Markieff, Covington
    Bosh, Olynyk

    Thanks!

    • J says:
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      @J: Also in another league the Melo owner is trying to pawn him off.

      Should I try and give him Tobias for Melo?

      Thanks again!

      • JB Gilpin

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        @J: yes to both! Great upside for shabazz that Zeller lacks. And magic have a bad playoff schedule and would be a huge upgrade even if melo’s health is a risk

  32. Lasandro says:
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    14 catter: W Chandler or Covington or olynik? Currently own Chandler

    • Lasandro says:
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      Or shabazz?

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        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Lasandro: man all good options… I think I would go with Covington to be honest be tough to drop Chandler. Covington has been money

  33. Shaft says:
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    Time to run and grab Avery Bradley? Or do we need to see a few more good games?

    My team is conley, knight, holiday, Rubio, durant, dray green, Covington, sullinger, boogie, m Gasol, t jones and STAT. It’s a 10-team, 8-cat weekly league. Could probably use another guard at least until Rubio is back. But would have to drop STAT given the weekly DNP concerns. What do you think? Thanks

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Shaft: I have no prob losing Tjones for him, I know STAT has the DNP concerns but I would try to hold even in a weekly

  34. Nightmare says:
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    Would you give up Millsap/Batum for Dirk/Derrick Favors? Need blocks and REB, have excess steals. A little worried about Dirk’s ‘rest’ days, though thinking Rondo there might be a good thing for him.

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      @Nightmare: Or I could do either of those individually? e.g. Millsap for Dirk.

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        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Nightmare: the best scenario for me is Batum for either Dirk or Favors if you can pull it off. It’s very close but I’d take dirk over favors, dirk for only Batum would be huge

  35. DK says:
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    Hey JB, what’s your view on T Jones in a 14-man league?

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      @DK: on the fringe of must own, if I had him and had a close category on Sunday, I might pull the trigger and let him go for a steamer. Still no timetable to a nerve issue is no bueno

  36. Dirk's Digglers says:
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    Hey JB love your work … I think I’ve had enough of MarcMorris in my reserve spot and wondering whether Hawes, Dudley, Bayless, Bellinelli, Athur, Roberson are better options ROS?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dirk’s Digglers: thanks so much man! I kinda like Roberson actually for the defensive stats. Even if the minutes yoyo a tad

  37. LOLER says:
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    I just got offered Kieff + Jordan Hill for Dragic + Lou Will, do I do this trade in a heartbeat?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @LOLER: you’re getting Kieff? maybe not in a heartbeat, but maybe two haha 🙂

  38. Blint says:
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    Hey JB
    been away a while have to catch up on all the podcasts! Is there a easier way to find them all together?

    Is Oladipo a good buy low or this is what hes going to be. I am in a keeper league.

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      @Blint:

      Also I am an android user 😀

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Blint: Ah, yeah iTunes is a good spot. You can click on the top menu of the site and get to every podcasts post. There’s these like podcast filter sites that pull us in too through some sort of automated magic, here’s one: https://player.fm/series/56671

        Thanks so much for listenin man!

  39. Hype says:
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    Hey man, do you think I have a drop for Marcus Smart?

    G – cp3, rubio, holiday, mcdaniels
    F – kawhi, hayward, draymond, sullinger, david lee
    C – horford, brolo, j.hill, gobert

    Or should I keep my team as is?

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      @Hype:
      Teletovic and OQuinn are also available.. With oquinn starting should i lose Gobert for him? Im just a little worried of Orlando’s bad playoff sched compared to Utah’s 4-4-4 playoffs. What do you think?

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Hype: Yo dude! O’Quinn starting is madly tempting. I don’t think either is a playoffs game-changer, so yeah I’ll take O’Quinn over Rudy. Smart is tough not to own… I think KOQ’s blocks are woth owning over Smart for ya.

  40. Mari says:
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    Hi JB,
    Thinking of the future, in a keeper’s league, I want to trade for Giannis.

    I have Lawson, Jrue, Kemba, P. Bev, G.Hill, Monta, Tobias Harris, Deng, Covington, Anthony Davis, Millsap, Al Horford, Jared Sullinger.

    He has: Steph Curry, Dragic, Jameer, Wesley Matthews, Batum, Rudy Gay, Giannis, Joe (No Show) Johnson, Drummond, Favors, Jonas, Jordan Hill, Mason Plumlee

    Maybe Sully and Deng for Giannis and Batum or J Hill?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Mari: Hah yeah definitely taking either of those if you could swing it! I like Batum as a good buy low in a keeper, he’s really not that old. Covington I think is a great sell-high because he’s young and producing so well, but down the line it should be Noel and Embiid at the 4 and 5.

      • Mari says:
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        @JB Gilpin: The Keeper’s league is only for 5 players, according to the commissioner. I’m thinking Giannis will be something special in the seasons to come and worth the keep.

        Also, I’m wondering– In my other league, I have Sully, too. Would you drop him for either Gobert or Ersan?

        I don’t like the situation for Sully in Boston.

        Thanks JB

        • Mari says:
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          @Mari: Or Maybe Sully for Patrick Patterson

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Mari: I don’t particularly love Sully either, but I think I’m holding him over those options.

  41. Shaft says:
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    Hey man– if o’quinn sticks in the starting line up in ORL would you grab him for STAT? i know you love STAT but in a weekly league these DNPs scare me too much to ever start him. I saw today that he is questionable for Christmas day. by that time he will have rested for over a week. On the other hand, ORL playoff schedule sucks.I dont know man.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Shaft: Hah, dammit, now I’m the guy who loves Amare! How did this happen?!?!?! Haha. Narrowly leaning sticking with STAT, I don’t think either matters for playoff schedule since both could become drops for another hot guy, so I’m not weighing that. Just like STATS consistent production (when healthy) over KOQ every game

  42. Down Wit K.C.P says:
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    JB,

    Would you rather own Middleton or Ilyasova? And would you drop Stuckey for one of them? My other drop would be DeRozan who I picked up and stashed when he first went down. This move would also give me 3 bucks (giannis and knight).

    Also Nene is on the wire. I could drop O’Quinn for him.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Down Wit K.C.P: Nah I’m sticking with Stuckey. Ersan over Middleton ROS, but I’d keep Stuckey. O’Quinn is looking saucy as a starter, I think I’m holding on everything.

  43. Lasandro says:
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    Not checkin your twitter brother? Just a question regarding Ty and klay..

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Lasandro: Hah, yeah sometimes I miss the twitter updates… Goin there now! A new years resolution for me is get more on twitter… Let’s see if it works…

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