At 3:50 pm EST on January 31, 2019, Kristaps Porzingis, along with Courtney Lee, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Trey Burke were traded to the Dallas Mavericks for Dennis Smith Jr., Wes Matthews, DeAndre Jordan, and two future first-round picks (one unprotected). Whoa. There are so many layers to address that let’s just get right into it. WTF! Porzingis just got traded! At 7′ 3″ and 240 pounds, Porzingis can do it all; post up, break defenders down on the perimeter, shoot from downtown, and protect the rim on defense. Really, the only thing he didn’t do much of was dish out dimes (1.3 career assists per game). He was rightfully nicknamed The Unicorn.

But he tore his ACL last year and is still rehabbing. In addition, he was set to be a restricted free agent this summer if he didn’t sign a qualifying offer, which would allow him to be an unrestricted free agent in a year. A player of his talent will likely be offered a max contract. The Knicks obviously weren’t willing to do that. Do they know something about his injury that no one else does? Am I giving the franchise too much credit? Probably, but you never know.

Let me rewind to a few months before Porzingis suffered his knee injury. Phil Jackson, then the general manager of the Knicks, was listening to deals for Porzingis. Or maybe he put him on the block. Whatever the case may be, Porzingis was available. The prevailing headlines during that time were that Jackson was displeased with Porzingis skipping his exit meeting. Ok, he probably was but there seems to be a lot more that went on behind the scenes that led to that point. I wish I had some concrete evidence, but I find it hard to believe that the man who wouldn’t call a timeout during the game to let his players learn and figure it out would get so bent out of shape over one missed exit meeting. It doesn’t add up. Something happened. Jackson may not have been a successful team builder, but he was an excellent coach who knew the game of basketball. If he was willing to trade Porzingis, then maybe he saw or didn’t see something in him. Damn it! Where are those robot fly drones I ordered from Japan?

Which brings me to the next point. The timeline of yesterday’s events. At 1:44 pm EST, Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) reported a meeting between Porzingis and Knicks management. Porzingis “expressed his concern with the losing, franchise direction and an uncertainty that a culture is developing that will enable sustainable organizational success.” That doesn’t sound like a player demanding a trade, but that’s what all the talking heads were spewing. In fact, it sounds justified considering just two days earlier, when Anthony Davis announced that he would like to be traded, that rumors of the Knicks entering the sweepstakes by offering Porzingis surfaced. Hmmmm. Then at 2:54 pm EST, Woj tweeted that “Porzingis left the Knicks with the impression that he prefers to be traded. In less than one hour, he’s traded to the Mavericks.

ARE YOU F’ING SERIOUS???!!!! ARE WE REALLY BUYING THAT SHIT?

League sources said that Porzingis left the Knicks with the impression that he’d like to be traded. That’s some passive-agrressive shit if you ask me. I’ve never heard that before. When a player wants out, he states that he wants out. The whole thing sounds like some operation to frame someone. Anyways, maybe it did go down like that but it sure sounds fishy. What gives it all some validity, though, is that the Mavs and Knicks were able to consummate a trade with 2 future first-round picks and seven players in less than an hour without everything being in place beforehand?

Woo sah. Woo sah.

Alright, the pairing of Doncic with Porzingis could be one for the ages, so there’s really no reason to delve further into that. It’s all about the health of Porzingis.

From a Knicks perspective, though, there’s a modicum of hope. They still hold their first-round pick this season, which could net them Zion Williamson. They also added two future first-round picks, one which is unprotected. In addition, they have now cleaned their books for two max contracts (sayonara THJ and your $18 mil per year contract) this summer for potentially: Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler, Klay Thompson, Kemba Walker, DeMarcus Cousins, Tobais Harris….Ok, I’ll stop now. Moving Porzingis would be worth it if they get Zion, KD, and Kyrie right? Granted, a lot would need to happen for that situation to materialize, but at least it’s within the reasonable range of outcomes. Looks to see who’s running the Knicks. Ok, my bad. It’s within the range of outcomes.

This is a fantasy website, so let’s break everything down from that perspective. The obvious winner is Dennis Smith Jr. He will slide right into the point guard responsibilities and should get a shit ton of minutes. Next would be Dwight Powell. I don’t think Porzingis will play this season, so Powell sits atop the depth chart at center. Behind him are Dirk Nowitzki and Salah Mejri. Nowitzki won’t play too many back-to-backs and shouldn’t get more than 20 minutes a game. Mejri, since he’s bigger, could matchup against bigger centers at times, but Powell should soak up most of the minutes. Tim Hardaway Jr.’s shot attempts and usage will likely come down, but playing alongside Doncic, the efficiency should increase as he should get plenty of open looks. Wesley Matthew and DeAndre Jordan will likely get bought out and end up on contenders.

Whew….the NBA is faaaaaaantastic.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

 

Harrison Barnes

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
27 7 4 0 0 4 2/7 10/24 5/5

Played a team-high 39 minutes and was the only starter to score more than 9 points. Ha! Alongside him in the starting lineup were Maximillian Kleber, Dorian Finney-Smith, Salah Mejri, and Jalen Brunson, so…..yeah. Barnes was king of the court for one night.

Dwight Powell

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 5 1 1 2 0 1/2 4/8 1/2

Played 24 minutes off the bench, but Mejri only played 19 minutes. Powell should get most of the center minutes going forward, as Mejri seemed like a matchup-based decision for Andre Drummond, and will provide some boards with a smattering of threeecolas and D stats.

Devin Harris

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 4 3 0 0 3 1/4 6/11 2/3

Played 23 minutes. He still lives.

Andre Drummond

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 20 0 1 1 2 0 11/13 2/2

Dre feasted on the Mavs front court. Drum Drum Drummond. Drum Drum Drummond. Dre does everything except drain threeecolas or shoot free throws well, but those rebounds, field goal percentage, and D stats are so damn lovely. If he ever figured out how to make free throws, he’d be a top 20 player.

Blake Griffin

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 10 6 1 0 2 2/7 8/26 6/8

_lake played a team-high 39 minutes. He and Dre wore matching points last night. Cute. Top 40 player for fantasy.

Reggie Jackson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 7 9 2 0 2 1/4 6/14 4/4

Over the past four games, Jackson has played 35, 37, 35, and 30 minutes. As a result, he’s been a top 30 player. Minutes equal fantasy gold.

Thaddeus Young

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 10 4 2 0 1 0/2 8/13 0

You drafted Young for the D stats, but the increase in shooting percentage has been a nice bonus. For the season, he’s shooting 53% from the field. Last year, that number was at 48%. Currently, Young is a top 75 player on the year, but the range has been from top 30 to top 125.

Bojan Bogdanovic

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
21 4 2 0 0 0 1/5 8/18 4/4

There was a time when Bojan was leading the league in three-point shooting percentage. He’s fallen off from those heights, but is still 8th, shooting 43% from downtown.

Myles Turner

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
27 7 1 1 0 1 1/3 10/16 6/6

Yes….Yeess…..Yeeessss. Once he gets the offense going, Myles is going to be a top 20 player. Well, well, well. What do you know? He’s top 30 on the season, as he’s averaging close to two more shot attempts than last year.

Darren Collison

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 4 10 1 0 2 1/3 7/13 1/1

A nice bounceback game for Collison, after his debacle two nights ago. Since Victor Oladipo went down with an injury, Collison has seen his usage rate spike from 16 to 20. He’s inconsistent, but is a source of threeecolas, dimes, and steals.

Domantas Sabonis

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
4 4 1 0 1 2 0 1/9 2/4

Played 20 minutes. He came to Indiana in a package deal with Oladipo. Now that Oladipo is out, Sabonis is no longer delivering the package.

Aaron Gordon

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 3 1 0 0 0 0/2 4/9 2/4

He’s only 23 years old. He’s only 23 years old. He’s only 23 years old. He’s only 23 years old. Thank goodness I only have to do this for three more years.

Jonathan Isaac

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 13 2 0 2 3 1/6 4/12 4/4

Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god. It’s happening, isn’t it. Over the past eight games, Isaac has been a top 65 player.

D. J. Augustin

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 3 2 0 0 2 2/3 4/8 10/10

Somehow was a -10 in the plus/minus column.

Terrence Ross

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
30 4 0 3 0 0 5/8 11/18 3/3

TFW you walk into Ross and find that article of clothing that actually fits you and would’ve cost you five times at a department store.

Giannis Antetokounmpo

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
19 9 5 4 2 1 1/4 7/13 4/5

Only played 28 minutes due to foul trouble, yet still led the team in scoring. And to victory over the Raptors in Toronto, 105-92.

Seven Bucks scored in double figures with no one scoring over 20. Impressive victory in Toronto.

D. J. Wilson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 5 1 2 1 2 3/6 6/10 1/1

Played 22 minutes off the bench. Only the second time all season that Wilson has attempted at least 10 shots in a game, and it was the first time receiving over 20 minutes of run in five games. It looks like Wilson has surpassed Ersan Ilyasova on the depth chart and has carved out a little niche for himself, though.

Pascal Siakam

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 3 3 1 0 3 2/3 12/19 2/3

Led the Raptors in scoring and played 38 minutes. The development and improvement for Siakam has been fun to watch. He’s a top 40 player for fantasy and has seen his usage rate increase from 19 to 21 as the season has progressed. Surprisingly, he doesn’t block that many shots (0.6 on the season).

Kawhi Leonard

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
16 8 2 3 0 1 0/2 7/20 2/3

Too cold in Canada. Should’ve come to LA.

Serge Ibaka

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 10 2 2 3 3 0/5 4/15 4/4

My Iblocka is back baby!!! That’s now 11 blocks in the last four games. That rate won’t continue, but it’s nice to see glimpses of the nostalgic past when he was a terror in OKC.

Danny Green

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
0 4 0 0 1 1 0/1 0/4 0

Only played 13 minutes due to an illness.

Joe Harris

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
18 2 3 0 1 3 3/5 7/10 1/1

Not your Average Joe has been….well….average from a fantasy perspective. Over the past seven games, he’s been a top 155 player. He won’t contribute much on D, but Joe will provide an average number of threeecolas, boards, and dimes.

D’Angelo Russell

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
25 5 9 1 1 4 2/7 10/26 3/4

Played a team-high 33 minutes. See, Atkinson. That’s what happens when you give him more than 28 minutes of run a game. Damn, I knew he’s been good but I didn’t realize he’s been #11 over the past seven games good. The usage rate has been 33 and he’s been jacking up over 21 shots per game. With 7 dimes!!!

Jarrett Allen

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 3 4 2 2 1 1/1 6/7 1/3

Played 28 minutes. Boards and blocks are what Allen provide, but unfortunately, Atkinson doesn’t go to Jarrett enough, as he’s averaging around 25 minutes per game. As a result, he’s only providing 1.5 blocks per.

Ed Davis

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
6 11 0 0 1 0 0 3/4 0

Mr. Ed was a one-trick horse that would lick peanut butter to make it look like he was talking. The Nets Mr. Ed is a two-trick pony who provides boards and blocks.

Shabazz Napier

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 1 7 0 2 1 2/9 4/13 5/6

Played 29 minutes. Napier is going to get the minutes, but what he does with them is another question. The sub-40% shooting from the field is going to make that a question that should get tons of action from both sides.

LaMarcus Aldridge

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 13 2 0 0 3 0 5/13 10/11

LMA. I think he’s deserved the right to elevate to a symbol, Prince-style, no?

Derrick White

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 3 6 1 2 1 3/4 8/13 7/9

Led the team in scoring despite only playing 25 minutes. Over the past seven games, Mr. White has been a top 25 player, averaging 15.3 points, 1.1 threeecolas, 4.7 boards, 4.1 dimes, 1.4 steals, and 0.9 blocks on 58% shooting from the field and 80% from the line.

DeMar DeRozan

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 10 4 0 0 0 0/1 5/16 5/6

Returned from injury and played 36 minutes.

Patty Mills

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 1 1 2 0 2 2/6 6/13 3/3

Played 30 minutes. Usually averages around 23-24 minutes, but Mills provides some points, threeecolas, dimes, and steals. He’s boring like the Spurs, but San Antonio is 11th in points scored at 112.6 per game.

Joel Embiid

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 20 5 2 0 8 0/5 8/24 10/12

Second 20/20 game of the season. Well, technically, the other one was a 40/20 but whatever. Remember the part in The Fifth Element when Milla Jovovich watches a video that flashes all the clips of humanity? Would it surprise anyone if his “creators” make him watch videos every once in a while? This is how you Twitter. Here are clips of Hakeem Olajuwan. Want to learn how to windmill dunk?

Ben Simmons

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 8 6 3 1 4 0 10/13 6/9

Someone send Simmons some Dave Hopla videos.

Jimmy Butler

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
7 9 6 2 0 2 0/5 3/12 1/1

And the Sixers won 113-104 over the Warriors in Oakland. Butler is always serving something. Last night it was Ls.

Draymond Green

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
4 8 10 4 3 2 0/4 1/6 2/2

Top 50 player, as the production in the peripheral categories has been robust. The shooting though? Oh boy, the shooting. He’s down over 2 shot attempts per game from last year and the percentage is down from 4%! He’s going to need to figure that out come playoff time or it’s sayonara. How Draymond Got His Groove Back?, coming to theaters this summer.

Stephen Curry

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
41 4 6 1 0 6 10/18 14/27 3/4

Wilt was so dominant inside that the league created offensive basket interference because teammates would just throw the ball near the rim and Wilt would gobble it up and slam it home. While no rules have been changed because of Steph, his impact has been almost as great because of his long-range markmanship. He stretches out defenses like a kid playing with slime, forcing defenders to cover the edges, which leaves the middle frail and weak.

LeBron James

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 14 9 1 0 4 1/6 9/22 5/7

Returned from a 16-game absence, played 40 minutes in an OT game, and delivered a 123-120 victory over the Clippers.

Rajon Rondo

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
14 13 7 1 0 1 1/3 6/14 1/2

It’s been four games since Rondo returned from an injury that sidelined him for 13 games. Prior to last night’s game, Rondo had played 36, 42, and 37 minutes, producing top 70 value. Lonzo Ball isn’t coming back anytime soon. In fact, he may not return at all, so this is Rondo’s show now.

Lance Stephenson

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
20 3 1 1 0 1 5/8 6/10 3/3

Played 30 minutes. Lance will make you dance…..sometimes. Other times, he will make you want to punch a hole in the wall….that’s if you had any expectations to begin with. The minutes are all over the place, and so is the production, but once in a while, Lance will pop off a game like last night.

The center shituation for the Lakers went down like this. Ivica Zubac got the start but only played 18 minutes. He scored 7 points and grabbed 3 boards. Tyson Chandler played 18 minutes, scored 4 points, grabbed 5 boards, stole one, and blocked two. JaVale McGee played 17 minutes, scored 11 points, grabbed 5 boards, stole one, and blocked two. Good times.

NOT!

  1. Joel says:
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    You like my JJ Redick for Otto Porter? Worth the risk?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Joel: I do

  2. Ben says:
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    Thanks for the write up! As a clean up, the first paragraph has the picks going to the Mavs instead of the Knicks. Figured you’d want to know.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Ben: Thanks you sir! Fixing now

  3. Wutang says:
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    Hey SON, long time no comment!

    Getting a little frustrated with my league, as every trade in the past 2 months has been vetoed.. but alas, that’s what happens when there’s pride on the line!

    I lost oladipo and love so far this year.. so luck hasn’t been on my side either.

    Trying to figure out some streaming spots for my team, as I’d like to take advantage of monte morris and jalen brown sitting on the wire today, as well as any help?

    9-cat, unlimited daily moves:

    PG: Conley
    SG: Barton
    G: Trae Young
    SF: OPJ
    PF: Harrell
    F: LMAO (that trade for mirotic worked out pretty good after, hey?)
    C: Jokic
    UTIL: Ariza
    UTIL: Redick
    UTIL: BogBog
    BN: Winslow
    BN: Okafor
    BN: Zubac
    INJ: LeVert
    INJ: Love

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Wutang: Sup Wutang! It has been a long time. Glad to hear from you again.

      Sucks about the injuries. Always need some to win it all.

      I don’t see many streaming spots available. Probably Zubac for me.

      You did very well on the Mirotic trade. Salud!

  4. e says:
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    Recent report said KP was cleared to play.

    Should I drop Kanter for KP and stash KP in my open IR?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @e: Your source? I’ve seen nothing.

      I have doubts he plays much this year, but it’s not out of the range of possibilities, so the risk of dropping Kanter for KP is worth it

      • e says:
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        @Son: https://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/ny-sports-bondy-column-knicks-kristaps-porzingis-trade-20190131-story.html

        “As the Knicks descended to the worst team in the NBA this season, Porzingis expressed dismay recently to teammates Courtney Lee, Enes Kanter and others, according to a source. Porzingis, who hasn’t played in almost a year because of ACL surgery, is “essentially cleared to play,” a source told the Daily News, but was concerned about how the Knicks would handle his potential return during their tank job.”

        It’s the only place I can find it so yeah take with a grain of salt.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @e: Cool. Thanks for the link.

  5. Everybody Loves Draymond says:
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    Does the trade affect Vonleh at all?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I don’t think so. If DJ stays, Vonleh won’t get any center minutes but should continue soaking up most of the power forward minutes. I don’t think DJ stays on the squad, so small ball center minutes could continue. Regardless, Vonleh should get his, unless Fizdale does some experimenting.

      • Mark says:
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        @Son: tagging on here, how does it impact Robinson?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Mark: All depends on what they do with DJ. I’d imagine they’d want to give MRob run and experience but….it’s the Knicks and Fizdale

  6. JC says:
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    Need to do a two for one…..what do you think of Okafor and Mirotic for his Nurkic given Portand’s Good playoff schedule and New Orleans poor one (ESPN league)?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @JC: I like it

  7. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    I’m dropping Gary Harris sooner than later, maybe upon Ayton’s return or Covington’s. Having him on my squad is more like a liability, cos he isn’t helping at all. I wanna free myself of the emotional and mental torture. When all my boys are healthy I’ll be relying heavily on these guys to at least get me past the second round: Durant, Gobert, Holiday, Ayton, Covington, White, Bagley, Slo-Mo, OPJ, and J. Harris. These ten players I believe should suffice. We used to be a solid 12-deep but the injury to Dipo and Gary struggling since the beginning of the season really had me only trusting these set of players I mentioned. Good luck to us bud

      • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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        @Son: and Beasley scores 35. Lol I surely think that this is a case of the reliever playing better than the starter! Jesus. Can’t wait to drop that bum Harris. Hah Thanks ma man!

  8. JC says:
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    Question: Better IR stash given my team below……Tristan or Mudiay? I need to win FTs in the playoffs and Harden’s volume helps. So a bit worried about Tristan. But also not sure of Mudiay’s role moving forward. With Kemba and G Harris struggling my FG % is taking a dip. Tristan would help that. Ugh. 9 cats, H2H league.

    Ibaka, Draymond, Okafor (gonna hold him for now)
    Tobias, OPJ, Siakam, Mirotic, Barton
    Harden, Kemba, Bledsoe, Rondo, G Harris, White

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @JC: Any other options? If I had to choose between the two, I’d go Tristan. I do worry a bit that they don’t play him much, but with DSJ in new yoork, Mudiay is toast

      • JC says:
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        @Son:

        Zeller, Ish, Chandler, Carter Jr.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @JC: Zeller

          • JC says:
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            @Son:

            Thanks! Boy, I am tiring of holding G Harris. Hardly plays and lots of good players on the Nuggets. Great playoff schedule though. If Huerter stays hot, I may make a move.

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @JC: I don’t hate it

  9. Max says:
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    Hei, man. I have a dilemma. In order to win this week I need steals big time. So I am thinking to pick up Smart. But then I will have to drop Derrick white. And I really do not want to do this to white. So should I expect a miracle and don’t drop white or increase my chances by adding smart, because winning is more important than keeping players?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Max: I’d keep White. It’s not even guaranteed that Smart would get the steals you need anyways

  10. Mak says:
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    Got offered Sabonis for my ariza. 9 cat H2h. What u think?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Mak: Negative

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