It feels like each time I have to submit the weekly injury report, someone big gets a last minute injury. The first week it was Victor Oladipo and his facial fracture. Last week, it was Russell Westbrook. Let’s hope that this week no one gets hurt after I hit submit.

Speaking of Russell Westbrook, he will be out 4+ weeks after surgery to repair his broken right hand. This is a huge blow to the Thunder who are already hurting with injuries. They are so desperate for a living, breathing player that they signed Ish Smith as part of their hardship exception. He is definitely not the Ish and should not be anywhere close to fantasy rosters.

Fortunately for the Thunder, and fantasy owners, Reggie Jackson is back from his ankle injury. He already has 36 points and 19 assists in just two games back. Jackson should continue to be a fantasy beast, but expect his field goal percentage to dip with the added pressure as the lead scorer.

Since Jackson is definitely already owned, Perry Jones is the next best Thunder option to pick up. Averaging 15 points and 4 rebounds, Jones should continue to see playing time, while knocking down threes. He’s day-to-day with a bruised knee, but shouldn’t be out for long.

Another intriguing option is Sebastain Telfair. He’s averaging 9 ppg, 5 apg, and 3 rpg in about 30 minutes of run. He was ejected in Tuesday’s game for committing a Flagrant-2 foul on Tyler Hansbrough, but will not be suspended by the NBA further.

Forwards Andre Roberson and Lance Thomas will get some run as Durant’s replacement, but don’t contribute much more than a few points and rebounds. Think of Roberson as a poor man’s Thabo Sefolosha: better real life player than fantasy.

Perry Jones, Anthony Morrow, and Jeremy Lamb will be back shortly, which will only complicate playing time. In the short-term, Jones and Telfair should provide useful fantasy numbers and are worth a look.

The Indiana Pacers can’t catch a break either. George Hill was only supposed to be out a few weeks, but now Frank Vogel says Hill is still “a long ways away” from returning. During ESPN’s Wednesday night broadcast of the Pacers and Wizards game, it was reported that Hill will be out until December.

With Hill out and Rodney Stuckey still not 100%, Donald Sloan has shown that he’s a great short term add. He exploded for 31 points, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds against the Wizards on Wednesday. As long as Hill is banged up, Sloan will start at point guard, with Rodney Stuckey and CJ Watson coming off the bench. However, as good as Sloan was on Wednesday, don’t expect that line every night. He scored a total of 31 points in the three games prior to Wednesday.

Power forward David West has yet to play a game this season due to a hurt ankle. He’s already been ruled out for this weekend and will be reevaluated on Monday. Luis Scola has been starting in West’s place, but has underperformed and isn’t worth much attention, except in leagues that count crazy hairstyles.

Speaking of crazy hairstyles, Chris Copeland has been solid filling in for Paul George and David West. He has terrible shot selection, as evidenced by his 39% field goal shooting, but is hitting 41% from downtown with 8+ attempts a game. It may not be pretty, but his counting stats (17.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.4 apg) are enough for a waiver wire claim.

Copeland’s field goal attempts will definitely go down once West is back, but expect his percentage to increase. West will draw more attention into the paint, creating more wide-open looks for Copeland.

Moving west (see what I did there?), the Golden State Warriors have been cautious with David Lee’s hamstring. Lee saw his first game action coming off the bench on Wednesday. Unfortunately for owners, he re-aggravated his hamstring and is out indefinitely. He was scheduled for an MRI, but the results haven’t come back yet. Lee is out for the Warriors’ two game road trip this weekend and probably will need more time off after that. Expect the Warriors to be even more cautious with Lee’s hamstring this go around.

In the meantime, Draymond Green will continue to start in Lee’s place. He’s a versatile forward who can shoot threes, while also grabbing steals and blocks on the defensive end. Green exploded for 24 pts, 4 3PM, 8 rebs, 5 asts, 1 stl and 1 blk in Wednesday’s win. Don’t expect that stat line every night, but the potential for filling up the box score is definitely there.

Michael Carter-Williams finally practiced on Thursday. He’s hopeful to return for the 76ers road game against the Mavericks on Thursday, November 13. Coach Brett Brown has hinted that MCW will be eased back into the lineup before taking on his usual 30+ minutes a night.

Until MCW is ready to go, expect Tony Wroten to continue to handle starting point guard duties. Wroten has been inefficient so far (30% 3PT, 58 % FT, 4.5 TOs), but his counting numbers are fantastic (20.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 7.0 apg, 3.4 spg). Even when MCW comes back, Wroten should start alongside Williams

While MCW is out, Hollis Thompson has been starting at shooting guard, but is off to an inconsistent start, shooting only 38% from the field. He’s still a young player and has room to develop, but won’t produce much more than a few 3s, points, and boards.

Coming off the bench for the 76ers are Alexey Shved and K.J. McDaniels. Shved provides some scoring and assists (9.6 ppg and 3.8 apg so far), but will need to improve on his shooting accuracy before he sees more playing time.

The second pick of the second round in the 2014 draft, K.J. McDaniels gives you out of position stats. As a 6’6” shooting guard, he led the ACC with 2.8 bpg last year. In the last three games, he has 7 blocks. Still raw on the offensive side, he’ll contribute some points and threes as well. Too bad highlight reel dunks don’t count towards anything in fantasy. McDaniels put Moe Harkless on a poster, with an emphatic alley-oop against the Magic.

There’s obvious potential for Thompson, Shved, and McDaniels to have productive games, but it will be difficult to guess which one will explode on any given night. There are just not enough minutes to go around for everyone.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is expected to return to the court on Friday. He sat out the last two games for a chest bruise. After being the #2 pick in 2012, MKG has underperformed, but he was off to a fine start this season (28 pts, 20 reb, 3 blocks in two games) before leaving prematurely with the chest bruise in his third game. Now rested, he should reclaim his starting spot from Gerald Henderson on Friday night.

  1. I am the Walrus says:
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    Does Yahoo update it’s position eligibility? Specifically do you think they upgrade Wroten to SG eligible when MCW comes? If so how many games will it take?

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @I am the Walrus: Yes, Yahoo updates their eligibility routinely. In your league, click on the “Players” column and scroll down to “NBA Roster Changes.” You’ll see the guys who have added eligibility recently. It appears that it only takes 5 games to add a position in season so we should see Wroten gain SG eligibility pretty soon after MCW returns.

  2. Wen says:
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    Hi Peter, would you drop Alec Burks, Courtney Lee or Iman Shumpert for Draymond Green? Thanks for advice.

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Wen: You should hold onto Burks and pick up Green for Lee or Shumpert. Green and Burks should continue to impress and fill the stat sheets.

      Shumpert is playing more with all the injuries in the New York backcourt, but I just don’t know if I trust him. He’s only 24, but really hasn’t done much in the past to believe that this play will necessarily continue. However, he has more upside than Lee. Courtney is a consistent source of points, steals, and threes, but won’t offer much else. So who you drop should depend on your team needs.

  3. pound sand says:
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    Dray Green or Sloan at UTIL?
    10 team H2H 9 cat

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @pound sand: Short term, they are pretty close in value, but if you need more assists, than Sloan is probably the answer. Long term, I would go with Draymond Green. Sloan has never produced like this before and will be pushed to the bench once Rodney Stuckey and George Hill return. Green has carved out minutes if/when David Lee returns.

  4. hamtime says:
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    Sims or Booker, who would you rather have in a 14man?

    does morrow need to get picked up in a 16 man league?

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @hamtime: Sims is probably going to get more consistent minutes. Booker and Sims rebound and score, but don’t really block shots as big men. We still don’t know when Morrow will be back. He’s dealing with a sore MCL, but should provide great 3pt shooting when he returns (career 43% 3pt shooter).

  5. Michael says:
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    20 tm roto 9 cat

    Perry Jones > Stuckey? Jones has the near-term value, but Stuckey could have the edge in the long run…
    Also would be dropping Matt Barnes, would rather have one of the other two right?

    • Peter Kap

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      @Michael: I think you’re right that Jones has the better short term value. When Durant returns, Jones will be worthless in fantasy. Stuckey is injured now, but should be the backup point guard when George Hill returns. The Pacers offense is in need of scoring and I think Stuckey will give them a big spark off the bench. Matt Barnes will get the most consistent minutes of all three. He’s currently starting and although he hasn’t done much, it’s still early. He averaged 10 ppg, 4, rpg, and 2 apg last year. I think he can do the same this year.

  6. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Rubio sprained his ankle and left on crutches. He’s my top G so far in weekly H2H pts league, so probably need to spend some FAAB on Mo Williams.

    1) How much out of $200 would you bid? Most guys go for less than 5, but someone went crazy at 69 for Perry Jones opening night, and a couple others have gone for 15-25.

    2) Who’s the drop? A) Danny Green, who’s been statistically my worst G by quite a bit? B) Garrett Temple, who’s looked good but only has 2G next week and thus won’t be starting for me yet? C) Telfair, who may get less burn as OKC’s Gs return? or D) Iguodala, who’s generally a mid-round value in my format but so far has been my worst player (note–this would mean I have to start Teletovic at F)?

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: follow-up–should i drop two of the above and go for mo and lamb? Lamb’s having a pretty decent game against the grizz.

      • Peter Kap

        Peter Kap says:
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        @Steve Stevenson: I’ll be writing about the Rubio injury in depth next week, but x-rays were negative. We won’t know anything until he goes through another medical check this weekend. Expect him to be out for a few games at the least.

        As for picking up Mo Williams, I’m not sure I would drop any of those guys, except maybe Telfair. It’s only a few games into the season so you shouldn’t overreact with the slow starts of Green and Iguodala. Temple is playing outstanding right now and should see minutes even when Beal returns. Until we know how long Rubio is out, it is tough to recommend Mo Williams. Lamb is going to start and get more minutes than Telfair and has more upside than Mo Williams. If you’re going to bid for them, I wouldn’t go higher than the $5-10 range. These guys are short term replacements and you should save your dollars for later in the season.

  7. hamtime says:
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    would you drop chalmers for: cody zeller, aaron gordon, austin rivers? or would you drop mcgee for the said 3 (altho im very thin at C) – 16 man league

    • Peter Kap

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      @hamtime: If you’re thin at center, I wouldn’t drop McGee. His minutes are only going to increase and even in limited minutes, he’s blocking a lot of shots (12 already in just 5 games). What’s wrong with Chalmers? He’s getting consistent minutes, unlike Zeller, Gordon, and Rivers, and is outplaying the starter, Norris Cole. Only reason I would make the move is if you need more rebounds. In that case, Zeller or Gordon will provide more rebounds, but you’ll lose 3pt FGM and assists from Chalmers.

  8. Wen says:
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    Hi Peter, another question that I am having hard time to decide. Would you trade Batum for Wesley Matthews and George Hill? Thanks for advice.

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Wen: No I wouldn’t. Batum is the best the player in that trade even with a slow start.

      • Wen says:
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        @Peter Kap: What about Batum for Klay Thompson? I also have Curry, so I don’t need to worry about 3s.

        • Peter Kap

          Peter Kap says:
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          @Wen: That’s a little closer, but I would still want Batum in that trade. Although he doesn’t shoot or score as much as Klay, he gets more assists, rebounds, steals, and blocks than Klay. I’d prefer to have the more versatile player in Batum.

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    I’m feeling like I want to drop Iguodala and I’m currently looking at Garrett Temple, Jeremy Lamb, or Shawne Williams. Mainly looking for 3PM, FT% but I know Iguodala is good for an all around player, but seems like hes having trouble putting up good numbers playing off the bench.

    • spo says:
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      @spo:
      Randy Foye is also available and AST & STL would help because I have Rubio and he just went down yesterday.

      • Peter Kap

        Peter Kap says:
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        @spo: It’s true that Iguodala hasn’t done much, but it’s too early for me to drop him yet. Give it another few games to make a decision. Williams might move to the bench in favor of McRoberts, but for now Temple, Lamb, and Williams are all starting. If you’re tired of waiting around for Iguodala to come around, then picking up one of those guys is fine. Foyle is going to be coming off the bench and for every good game, he’ll have a couple of duds. Just look at his points in the first 5 games: 7, 5, 5, 19, 28. Unless he sees a big uptick in minutes, it’ll be tough to guess when he explodes.

  10. jeremy says:
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    Would you drop either Burks or Sloan for Mo Williams given the rubio injury. Really like that Mo is SG eligible as Burks and Wes are my only SGs at the moment, maybe drop Sloan for him…

    • Mike says:
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      @jeremy: Mo Williams 1 for 7 last night in 27 minutes. I would hope you would keep Sloan.

      • Peter Kap

        Peter Kap says:
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        @Mike: If a guy is playing well, then why drop him for the uncertainty of the backup. That’s why I am reluctant to trust the backup just because the starter went down. I would stand pat until we hear further about Ricky Rubio.

  11. Christopher says:
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    Is Copeland a better add than Frye?

    • Peter Kap

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      @Christopher: I think both are solid players, but I’d rather have Copeland of the two. Copland is playing way better than I expected him. He’ll come back down to earth a little when West comes back, but there’s no one else competing against him for minutes.

      • Christopher says:
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        @Peter Kap:

        And where does Danny Green stand in all of this?

        • Peter Kap

          Peter Kap says:
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          @Christopher: I’d probably rank them as Green, Copeland, and Frye.

  12. Kevin says:
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    10 team 9 cat yahoo H2H.

    Would you trade your kyle lowry and david sloan for kevin durant? His Rubio went down and I’m trying to throw PG offers at him. does the 2 for 1 offer seem fair?

    his team: https://i.imgur.com/xTSpsCX.png

    my team: https://i.imgur.com/Lgg7AuE.png

    Let me know if there are other suggestions for me to offer him. thanks and much appreciated!

    • Peter Kap

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      @Kevin: He doesn’t really need another point guard. He has Tony Parker, Patrick Beverly, Tony Wroten, and Steph Curry, even if Rubio is out for an extended period of time. You can offer the trade, but I doubt he goes for it. Durant won’t be out forever and when he returns, should be a top 5 player, something that Lowry and Sloan won’t be. Sloan is going to the bench when Hill returns.

  13. DK says:
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    What’s your take on Mozgov? He’s dropped and I currently have Ed Davis. Davis seems to be doing much better than Mozgov. FYI I need blocks.

    • Mike says:
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      @DK: Rudy Gobert in the last week has averaged 2.5 blocks

      • Peter Kap

        Peter Kap says:
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        @Mike: Personally, I would keep Davis. Gobert is the best shot blocker of the three, but has the biggest logjam for minutes. Mozgov is in a timeshare too, even though he’s starting. Davis has the potential to get the most minutes now that Randle is out for the season.

  14. Mike says:
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    Hollis Thompson is looking very good with steals and blocks. I haven’t picked him up but I am keeping a eye on him.

  15. hanns says:
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    Should i drop Dieng or KCP for mo williams?

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @hanns: I wouldn’t. Mo Williams will get more minutes, but he hasn’t done much in the minutes he’s gotten so far. He had 4 points on 1-7 shooting and 7 assists in 31 minutes in the game Rubio went down. That doesn’t look like must own stats to me.

  16. Manshi Shah says:
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    I just traded Lawson and Courtney Lee for Vucevic. I am dropping Jeremy Lamb for Mo Williams right now. Thoughts?

    MY TEAM: 14 Team H2H League 9 Standard Categories (Daily Lineup) BEFORE TRADE

    PG- Ty Lawson, MCW, Elfrid Payton

    SG- Goran Dragic, Nicolas Batum, Jeremy Lamb

    SF- Chandler Parsons, Kawhi Leonard, MKG

    PF- Jared Sullinger

    C- Roy Hibbert, Jonas Valanciunas

    • Peter Kap

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      @Manshi Shah: Personally I wouldn’t drop Lamb. I think Lamb is better than Mo Williams, but you need another point guard since you traded Lawson so that’s an understandable move.

  17. Tony says:
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    Pk/Razzers-

    offered $9 ersan for my $16 hawes

    ive got a glut of centers, could use forwards, its an 18 teamer, keeper….. is there any reason I really shouldn’t do this? getting a few bucks better cap wise, ersan COULD get dealt and actually find a decent coach that gives him minutes? is this a no brainer, i already own Henson, two bucks might just send me to the nut house…..

    my other centers: Steve Adams, Mason Plumlee, and Henson qualifies…. TOO MANY

    • Peter Kap

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      @Tony: They are probably pretty similar plays this season. I don’t think either will be a huge contributor unless they see more minutes so saving on the cap space is probably a wise idea.

  18. Jdubs says:
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    heyo,

    I’m thinking of trading my jabari parker and tobias harris for joakim noah… what do you think?

    I have dieng, noel, gortat and favors as centers but dieng is kind of a stash pick so far and I feel like this is as low as noah’s gonna get.

    Thanks!

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Jdubs: You’re right that it is a good time to buy low on Joakim. On paper that’s a fine trade, but how much does it help your team? You have a lot of centers already. You’re selling Parker low as well. He is only going to get better. Since I don’t know the rest of your team, it will depend on what forwards you have and who will pick up the lack of Parker and Harris’ scoring.

  19. hamtime says:
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    would you rather own levine or chalmers given that rubio is now out 7-8 weeks?

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @hamtime: I’d rather own Chalmers, despite his inconsistency to start the season.

  20. tokyofantasy says:
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    Hi Peter,

    Waiver question. Would you pickup Oladipo if you’ve already got 2 injured players in H2H 10ers? Think holding 3 injured player is too much, but since I’d be losing until KD returns, I may just lay low ’til full strength.

    My roster:
    G: Dragic, Lin, Sloan, Ellis
    F: Jabari, Favors
    C: LA, Vuc, Bogut, RoLo, JV
    injured: D Lee, KD

    If yes, who do you think I should drop. Lin or Sloan maybe? I’m also thinking about trading Vuc for Batum, or RoLo or JV for Wes because I’m thin on wings now. Maybe better off concentrating on bigman stats until full strength?
    Thanks!

    • Peter Kap

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      @tokyofantasy: I personally don’t think that Oladipo should be dropped in ten team leagues, but it’s tough to compete with three injured guys on your bench. If you’re fine with tanking until those guys come back, then definitely grab Oladipo. Maybe trade Sloan while his value is the highest before George Hill comes back.

  21. Kris says:
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    Hey Jb and Slim,

    What do you guys think of Bradley Beal. I’ve been wanting to get him but another manager got him today and was planning to trade Beal with Stuckey?

    I got MCW, Payton and Collison for the PG position in our 2o-team-league. But, what do you guys think?

    Thanks! Oh and btw, I think I’ll be going with Ariza (for my last question) Though, I also did throw that Wroten + Gibson combo to Love’s owner. Let’s see what happens. If both fail… Who else can I get? And I’m not planning to get Anderson for 3s and rebounds. It’s just that he seems a no-fit for my team.

    RAZZBALL!

    • Kris says:
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      @Kris:

      And also, Hi to Peter!

      And just to add… How about JJ Hickson? Good to grab him? I really want to take out Mason Plumlee in our 20-league… :)) Or should I really just be patient with Mason though yeah i can be patient we all know Garnett and BroLo can go down anytime

      • Peter Kap

        Peter Kap says:
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        @Kris: I’m a big fan of Bradley Beal. Wrist injury should only keep him out until December and we all saw how good he was last year.

        Good to have a few solid point guards in a 20-teamer, though Payton will have some growing pains since he’s a rookie.

        Hickson will be done serving his suspension on Sunday. Should be in competition for minutes with Faried and Mozgov, but could be a sneaky pickup for double doubles.

        • Kris says:
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          @Peter Kap:

          Hey, Peter! Big help! Thanks!

  22. spo says:
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    Would you drop Iguodala for Lamb?

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @spo: Iguodala’s minutes have been consistent, he just hasn’t produced yet. I have no problem waiting for him to produce, but if you want to pick up Lamb, then go for it. Lamb will be a good sell high once all the Thunder players get healthy.

  23. Wen says:
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    Hi Peter, would you drop Alec Burks for K.J. McDaniels? Thanks for advice.

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Wen: I’d prefer to have Burks for his consistent all around production, but if you need blocks, then McDaniels is a fine pickup.

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