I quit smoking a few years back, but man, I needed one today. The NBA trade deadline came and went, and it was akin to the first night I ever stepped into a club. Look left. Look right. Left. Right. LeftRight. LeftRightLeftRight. So much eye candy that my head was spinning, before I even sat down to enjoy some liqs. Below is a recap of the transactions on trade deadline day, with the corresponding impacts for fantasy.

 

  • Anthony Davis – Remains in New Orleans. FANTASY IMPACT: This is a tough one because Davis has said he’s healthy and wants to play, but the Pelicans can’t play him, for risk of injury before peddling him this summer. Adam Silver can fine teams $100,000 per game if they rest a player during a nationally televised game, but how many of those do the Pelicans have? I’ll do some math. The Pelicans have 27 games remaining. If, and that’s a big if, the league fines the Pelicans for every game Davis doesn’t play, that’s $2.7 million. A lot of money, but pennies compared to assuring Davis stays healthy so that they can receive market value for him. I lean towards Davis being shut down, which obviously means he leaves a sizeable hole in fantasy rosters.
  • Marc Gasol – Traded to Toronto. FANTASY IMPACT: Memphis played at the slowest pace in the league. Toronto is tied for 12th in offensive pace, so right away, it’s an uptick for Gasol. He should get plenty of minutes and the efficiency could increase with the players surrounding him. Serge Ibaka takes a big hit here, as his minutes should get cut significantly.
  • Jonas Valanciunas – Traded to Memphis. FANTASY IMPACT: Although he is going to a worse situation from an offensive pace perspective, the move should be a positive one for JV. In Toronto, he lost tons of court time because Nick Nurse liked going small with Ibaka at the 5. Memphis plays big and would likely want to keep Jaren Jackson Jr. at power forward. JV was averaging 18 minutes per game with the Raptors. That number should increase to the 20s. Per 36, JV was putting up 24.5 points, 13.8 boards, and 1.5 blocks.
  • Nikola Mirotic – Traded to the Bucks. FANTASY IMPACT: An ideal fit for Mirotic, as he should get plenty of run on the second unit and bomb away from downtown. For Ersan Ilyasova and D. J. Wilson, it was nice knowing you guys.
  • Markelle Fultz – Sent to Orlando. FANTASY IMPACT: Fultz is still recovering from thoracic outlet syndrom in his shoulder. I doubt he sees the court this season.
  • Enes Kanter – Released by the Knicks. FANTASY IMPACT: For Kanter, it depends on where he ends up. If he ends up on a contender, the impact would be limited because he wouldn’t get too much run due to his deficiencies on defense. Say that 10 times. If a non-contender signs him and allows him to run buck wild, then he’s a dub-dub machine and will print fantasy money. I’ve heard rumblings that the Knicks may not buy out DeAndre Jordan after all, because he’s good friends with Kevin Durant. It’s possible that the release of Kanter solidifies Jordan on the team. Mitchell Robinson is now set as the backup center, and he has upside if Jordan is indeed bought out. I’d imagine that the Knicks would want to give him more playing time in order to develop him.
  • Wesley Matthews – Bought out and plans to sign with the Pacers. FANTASY IMPACT: He should get minutes, with Victor Oladipo out for the year and Tyreke Evans stinking up the joint. In addition, he’s essentially a Bojan Bogdanovic clone, in that they both shoot 38-39% from downtown, so Matthews could also soak up minutes backing up Bogdanovic. A 3-and-without the D player.
  • JaMychal Green and Garrett Temple – Sent to Clippers. FANTASY IMPACT: Uptick for Green, as he should soak up the majority of power forward minutes for the Clippers. Per 36, Green was posting 16.1 points, 10.1 boards, 1.3 steals, and 1 block in Memphis. Temple’s value takes a hit, as the minutes will be solely in a backup role or due to injury.
  • Mike Muscala – Traded to the Lakers. FANTASY IMPACT: Provides shooting from the big man position, but how many minutes will he get? Kyle Kuzma will get around 32 minutes, while JaVale McGee should get around….24? He could get the minutes, but he’s strictly a tres and boards guy, so the fantasy impact will be limited.
  • Ivica Zubac – Traded to the Clippers. FANTASY IMPACT: No significant difference. Zubac will likely start for the Clippers, but Montrezl Harrell will probably soak up most the minutes. So, Harrell for 28-30 minutes, while Zubac gets 18-20 minutes. With the Lakers, Zubac was averaging 21-22 minutes per game and was a top 250 player. Points, boards, and some blocks.
  • James Ennis – Traded to the Sixers. FANTASY IMPACT: None
  • Delon Wright – Traded to Memphis. FANTASY IMPACT: While Mike Conley remains in Memphis, Wright should see an uptick in minutes, backing up both Conley and Holiday at shooting guard. The decrease in pace negates some of that minutes boost, but opportunity is opportunity. There is a chance for some ceiling here, if he’s able to leap frog Holiday.

 

  1. BB says:
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    With Mirotic gone, AD shutdown. Who do you like between Okafor & Diallo?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @BB: Okafor

  2. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Yo Son!

    Nice recap!

    You like SGA to get more offensive shares now in LAC?

    And do you like Delon over Bayless ROS?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @OldMilwaukeePounders: He should get more minutes and the usage has been near 27 recently

      My initial thoughts are yes on Delon, but need to see how the minutes are distributed first

  3. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    We were contemplating a Rabb or Kenrich pickup, and I think I will go with the latter. I’m dropping Thomas Bryant in the process. Despite the huge game from him we can’t deny the reality that Jeff green didn’t get traded plus Portis and Jabari are both wearing a Wiz uniform now, meh, this is going to be awful. How about Trier or Dotson?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @I just wanna Kawhi: Agreed.

      I like Trier better from a hoops perspective, but prefer Dotson from a fantasy one because it looks like he’s going to get most of the minutes.

  4. Member Berries says:
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    Son!
    appreciate the recap – thank you sir

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I’m a man of the people.

      Thanks for reading

  5. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    @Son: aryt! I’m going for a noncenter. I mean I don’t think a center really benefited from a trade aside from maybe, Zubac? And somebody else owns him in our league. U have other guys in mind that deserve a speculative add? Isaac is still available but maybe there’s a possible gem out there still that can outplay Isaac.

    By the way, Memphis are pulling a Kawhi-ish on us regarding Anderson’s state. Said they were going to run tests on his shoulder once he gets back to Memphis, where’s the results now? Nothing. And now he’s available to play??! Lol I smell a possible shutdown coming, or reduced playing time, and I’m having none of it. Lol I’m dropping his arse the soonest. I’m thinking maybe swap Anderson and Bryant for Dotson and Kenrich.

      • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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        @Son: thanks ma man!

  6. miles proudfoot says:
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    Any chance AD plays? I would hope he really wants to and the union would get involved somehow. Otherwise should I send out the scouts and take almost anything I can get for him? Such a bummer, both fantasy and real life.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @miles proudfoot: There’s a chance but I don’t see why MEM would do it. Too risky. Send out the scouts to gauge the temperature.

  7. Salty says:
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    Hey Son,

    Top 8 teams make the playoffs in my 12 team league and I am struggling to hold on. I have a few teams hot on my heels.

    Both Barton and Harris are killing me. Not sure if I should stick it out and try and hang on to 8th (Hoping both are healthy after all star break) or replace them with available guys on the waiver. There are some decent guys on the waiver (Huerter, Powell, etc)

    What do you think ?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Salty: I’d hold onto Barton and drop Harris for Huerter

  8. JC says:
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    Best on the wire: White and Huerter.. All about the playoffs as I am solidly in second – one game out of first and 8 games clear of second in my 12 team, 9 cat H2H league. Recent trades really hurt me so my status is murky as a Tobias, Okafor, Ibaka owner.

    I keep thinking Okafor is toast but hard to drop him just in case AD sits. Do you cut him or hold. What other moves would you make? I am holding Fournier for his 8 games in our two week playoff schedule.

    Ibaka, Draymond, Okafor
    OPJ, Mirotic, Tobias, Siakam, Fournier, Barton
    Harden, Kemba, Bledsoe, Rondo, Wade (streamer)
    IR: Harris

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @JC: I’d hold onto Okafor for now. While the Pelicans say they are going to play AD, it just makes no sense to do it. Wait until you get confirmation. I wouldn’t drop anyone you have currently for the players you mentioned.

      • JC says:
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        @Son:

        Thanks! Playing a bit of wire games with streaming Wade’s spot…picking up Huerter and White etc. Somebody is bound to mess my plan up but so far so good. If White comes back after the All Star break, I think I like him slightly over Huerter and Wade- although Wade is ballin’ right now.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @JC: I think White is the way to go, but I am concerned about the plantar fasciitis. I’ve seen that injury linger and negatively affect players in the past. Wade: April 9, 2019

  9. large dave says:
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    Yo son,

    You think Mikal Bridges is worth burning the number 3 waiver claim for?

    Peace

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Hmmm, what’s the rest of squad look like

      • large dave says:
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        @Son:
        here’s the squad:

        https://imgur.com/USVK3wm

        but I already burned the roster move picking up Zubac. what you think about this squad?

        • Son

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          @large dave: Got the big man stats on lock down (hope AD plays) and seem solid in the rest.

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