After last month’s report that Baron Davis had ballooned to the weight of Guernsey cow was squashed, it seemed like all was right in La-La Land again. Now reports are that, although he’s not quite bovine, Davis is still paunchy, out of shape and Vinny Del Negro ain’t thrilled about it. And while a fat, shapeless beard from Davis would be preferred come October 26, the rest of him would not be. He also has a strained calf and swelling in his knees, probably caused by the swelling of his waistline. The guess-how-heavy-will-Baron-Davis-will-be has become as much of an autumn tradition as packing up the ol’ capri pants for the winter, but expectations are high for the Clips this year (relatively speaking) and the success of the team hinges on Boom-Dizzle (or Eric Bledsoe or Randy Foye) not phoning it in this season. And Vinny Del Negro is not the person whose dog house Davis wants to be in ‘cuz Vinny Del Negro does not care about how much playing time players are expected to have. He will royally screw up playing time if he thinks it will add body and control to his bouffant. The more body and control in bouffant, the fewer Clipper bodies will have fantasy relevance. And you have no control over that.

Here’s what else went down around the league this week:

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Okay, for real now. Here’s what else went down around the league this week:

Al Harrington – Despite the prognosis (a word I’m convinced real doctors don’t actually use) that Kenyon Martin will be out until December and still probably won’t be 100 percent even then (because Kenyon Martin hasn’t been 100 percent since Timberlake had a jheri curl), Harrington will still come off the bench for Denver. We’ll see if that sticks.

Andrew Bynum – He’ll start the season on the inactive list and stay there until late November. They warn you that once you get the Clap, you can never get rid of it. They don’t mention anything about knee injuries.

Corey Maggette – Maggette-O’s ankle injury is going to force him to miss most of the preseason, if not more. I wouldn’t move Carlos Delfino too far up your cheat sheet until further developments, but I’d be lying if I told you this news doesn’t make him more attractive. Maybe that’s just his eyes. No, seriously. Look at his eyes. Don’t act like you’re all uncomfortable about it, just do it. Okay, now you’re being weird.

Troy Murphy – Murphy strained his groin and will be laid low for a week or two. He should be fine for opening day, but strained groins have a way of lingering. Take my groin, for example. That thing was strained every day I was in high school.

Greg Oden – Oden is no longer drinking alcohol, clubbing or eating fast food late at night. Mostly because all those things require movement and he’s scared to death of getting out of bed. Considering he might be out out anywhere between Opening Day and New Years, I don’t blame him. This will be Marcus Camby‘s show early on in the season, and perhaps far beyond that.

Rudy Fernandez – Released a statement that he no longer wants to play in the NBA and hopes he is released so he can go back home and play for Spain. No, this is not an old note, this is a new note of an old theme. Want another old theme? Don’t draft Rudy Fernandez.

Spencer Hawes – He’s the Sixers’ starting center so far this preseason. Clean cup! Move down! Elton Brand moves to PF, Thaddeus Young shifts to SF and Iggy plays the two. All the early preseason praise for Evan Turner is fading away quicker than the Cheshire Cat. That said, I never felt Hawes got a fair shake in Sacramento. Perhaps a starting gig with the Sixers represents the beginning of Hawes’ Philly appease shake.

  1. d2bnz says:

    Spencer Hawes is a player that deserves attention …..he has geniune range on his shot and is capable of dishing off, could be the source of some sneaky fantasy stats from the 150-160th pick , although if these good reports keep coming from camp and he shows out in the pre season expect him to move up the charts , In direct comparison to Iggy in last years pre season following a couple of 8 turnover games.

  2. Greg Oden – can he still take some nude photo’s from his bed ?

  3. d2bnz says:

    Serious question : apart from “no thank you ” has anyone got a witty yet non insulting line to return to frenemies who offer up schmohawk type trades.
    The reason I ask this is that I am in two keeper leagues and there is little movement in regard to ownership so I don’t want the trade offers to dry up because I’m considered an Ass, unfortunately of late only about one in 30 has been worth even thinking about
    Overnight , I was offered Tony Parker for my Rajon Rondo and yet another offer of Andris Biedrins for my Joakim Noah……sheeesh.

  4. brad says:

    Respond with reasonable counter offers? Ask them if they like other players on your team. . . don’t have anything too novel, but anything that requests a response from them is good. No thank you is just sort of the end. . . .

  5. d2bnz says:

    @brad: Good thinking , but what if you can’t find anything on their team other than Iggy and they’re claiming that he was the 7th best fantasy player last season , you kind of end up against an unreasonable wall.

  6. Tony says:

    I need HELP: 20 team keeper league. I just “adopted” this team. I’m a 10-12 team snake drafter for the past 10 years so this is new territory. I have a $200 budget, i can keep up to 4 guys, and i guess we do an acution style draft for our first 8 players, then it reverts back to snaking…. so i can keep up to 4 outta these schmohawks, who should i keep? I can see 3 for sures, but after that is there a 4th?

    k. perkins 14
    p. pierce 43
    d. west 27
    u. haslem 5
    a. miller 38
    s. curry 34
    tj ford 34
    j. harden 22

    bench guys
    speights 9
    mcdyess 10
    head, l 10
    clark e 3?
    kristic n 10

    So keep CURRY, PIERCE and WEST for sure, thats $104, is there a 4th guy you’d keep? Or is there any of those guys you would NOT keep? I’m hoping on getting in this 20 team league and flipping pierce somehow? any other suggestions? how sold are any of you guys on CURRY? especially with nelly rolling along…. slash done…..? THANKS FOR ANY HELP.

  7. Tony says:

    i could really use some help with this, i posted this same issue on another board and a guy said he’d basically ONLY keep curry? idk

  8. Adam

    Adam says:

    @Tony: Curry is fine at that price. West too, but Pierce at $43 is a problem. You’d be spending 23% of your budget on 8% of your team and that 8% won’t likely even be one of your three best players. If you don’t think you’ll be able to buy a player with more value for $43 or muscle out other owners for good value later in the auction, go for Pierce. Even in a deep 20-team league, you can build a better team with Curry, West and $139 to divide amongst 10 more players.

    As far as the rest of it goes, if you absolutely had to pick a fourth player to keep I’d take Miller. He’s way too overpriced as well, so I’m not recommending it

  9. Adam

    Adam says:

    @d2bnz: Building on Brad’s advice, along with making a counter-offer, it’s always helped me to fully articulate not only what I would be getting out of a trade, but also what the other guy is getting and why he should want to do it. It’s certainly not a guaranteed tactic but it does do three things: 1. It places someone else’s philosophy in their heads, gets them at least considering another outlook that may pay off at some point in the year. 2. It continues the conversation, which is how 75% of successful trades happen. 3. It helps control how other people in your league see you. You do not want to be seen as the ‘unreasonable treads guy’

    And if he doesn’t have anyone you want except Iggy, sometimes it’s better to tell the guy why you’re rejecting the offer. He’s either a smart player looking to take advantage of suckers or a sucker himself. Either way, if he’s being unreasonable, tell him why and what he would need to offer in order for you to give up Rondo. A lot of times, guys troll every team with bogus trade offers looking to get lucky.

  10. JackO says:

    I don’t normally post my team, but I’m kind of torn on where I stand on my team. It’s a 12 team h2h league with the standard 9 categories. My team is:

    PG- Westbrook
    SG- Iguodala
    SF-Jason Richardson
    G- Felton

    F- Millsap
    C- Bogut
    C- Anthony Randolph

    Util- Hibbert

    Bn- Haywood
    Bn- Thad Young
    Bn- Mike Conely

    I think I made a mistake in drafting too many big men, although I do like them. I’m not sure where I’ll stack up in assists or threes. What are my strengths and weaknesses?

  11. Adam

    Adam says:

    @JackO: Yeah, you could probably use another SG. Truthfully, your lack of a definite first-rounder and Bogut are your two main issues. Bogut will start the season, but who knows how that elbow/wrist issue will shake out over the course of the season?

    Your threes are going to be weak, along with your FT% and TOV. I’d be shocked if you didn’t run away with BLKs in your league. If at all possible, I’d try to leverage the massive blocks you’ll probably amass (even without Bogut) into a trade for a sharpshooter with low turnovers.

  12. JackO says:

    Would you say Aaron Brooks for someone like Bogut or Blatche would be a good deal?

  13. Adam

    Adam says:

    @JackO: That’d certainly improve your team, especially if you can dump Bogut. You won’t need him if he’s healthy and he’s likely not going to be fully healthy this season.

  14. d2bnz says:

    A lot of times, guys troll every team with bogus trade offers looking to get lucky

    Adam you spoke a mouthful on that one

  15. JackO says:

    I just got offered Eric Gordon for Blatche. Should I do the deal?

  16. Adam

    Adam says:

    @JackO: Go for it.

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