Whew. The action was hot and heavy at this year’s NBA trade deadline. But, as my wife often says while we’re wrestling in bed, certain parties were left unsatisfied. Damn, wifey. Why you gotta be airing our business to the world? Fear not, though, Son always takes care of business. Like recap the trades that went down and offer fantasy implications for relevant players.

 

3-team trade between WAS, LAC, and NY

WAS – Jerome Robinson

LAC – Marcus Morris and Isaiah Thomas

NY – Moe Harkless and 2020 first-round pick

Fantasy implications: Morris is the headliner, as he will slide into the power forward spot for the Clippers. With the Knicks, he was a top 75 player, garnering a usage rate in the low-20s, and jacking up close to 18 shots per game. That’s not happening in Los Angeles, as Kawhi Leonard and Paul George will soak up most of the usage and shot attempts. He should still get double-digit attempts and the efficiency could actually improve, as there should be plenty of open looks. The free throw shooting is excellent and he will grab some boards, but won’t contribute much in any other category. On the days when Kawhi or PG sit, it was usually an automatic usage spike for whichever one was playing. Now, some of that usage will filter over to Morris in those situations. With his departures, plenty of shots will be distributed among many: Julius Randle, Eldrid Payton, R. J. Barrett, and dare I say, Kevin Knox?

Robinson sucks and IT was cut.

Harkless could be interesting if you need tres, blocks, and steals because there’s a chance he starts and plays a ton of minutes.

 

Trade between PHI and ORL

PHI – second-round pick

ORL – James Ennis

Fantasy implications: Ennis is a career 35% shooter from downtown and gives the Magic another option to space the floor. He should see an uptick in playing time, as he was essentially buried on the depth chart in Philadelphia. With Jonathan Isaac and Al-Farouq Aminu out, Aaron Gordon plays power forward with Wesley Iwundu often starting at small forward. There’s a small chance Ennis could leap Iwundu and enter the starting lineup, as Iwundu is out there for defense, but more than likely, he will provide another shooter on the second unit.

 

Trade between WAS and DEN

WAS – Shabazz Napier

DEN – Jordan McRae

Fantasy implications: With IT out of DC, Napier should see his value rise after getting nuked by going to Denver. Ish Smith will likely be the starting point guard for the Wizards, but Napier should back him up and get around 20 minutes per game.

As for McRae, it’s a great get for the Nuggets, as he’s a professional getter of buckets. Unfortunately, the Nuggets are so stacked, so McRae’s fantasy viability is reserved for when injuries strike. With McRae leaving Washington, Troy Brown Jr. should see an uptick in usage as the primary scorer on the second unit now.

 

Trade between CLE and DET

CLE – Andre Drummond and a second-round pick

DET – Brandon Knight, John Henson, and second-round pick

Fantasy implications: Dre will do what Dre does. It’s all about the rising of Wood! Per Mike Gallagher of Rotoworld, Wood’s per-36 stats without Dre: 22.9 points, 12 boards, 1.4 dimes, 1.1 steals, 1.9 blocks, and 1.1 tres on 60/35/75 shooting. For Cleveland, the front court gets real crowded now. Tristan Thompson is F’d, and the Cavs said that they will not buy him out. Larry Nance Jr. now returns to the depths of hell.

 

Trade between POR and ATL

POR – Salary relief

ATL – Skal Labissiere and $2 million.

Fantasy implications: None

 

Trade between HOU and MEM

HOU – Bruno Caboclo and second-round pick

MEM – Jordan Bell and second-round pick

Fantasy implications: None. Houston: maybe his shit isn’t as bad as my shit. Memphis: maybe his shit isn’t as bad as my shit. I’m kind of kidding. Bell is shit but Caboclo is actually kind of good. He’s injured, though, and the Rockets are going small.

 

Trade between GS and MIN

GS – Andrew Wiggins, protected first-round pick, and second-round pick

MIN – D’Angelo Russell, Jacob Evans, and Omari Spellman

Fantasy implications: Russell was putting up top 60 numbers with the Warriors and not much should change in Minnesota, as the offense will flow through he and Karl-Anthony Towns. In addition, Minnesota plays at a top 10 pace and are turrable at defense and will only get more turrable. Coach, what offense are we running tonight? Chasing points offense. Ready? Go. Finally, if you want to saunter on down narrative street, he and KAT are boys, so maybe that brings some more energy. Who knows?

I’m not sure what to make of Wiggins. He’s athletically gifted and did show improvements in his game this season. Can the Warriors get him to buy into defense? Maybe Draymond can instill that fire. Or maybe Wiggins tries to punch Draymond in the face. If he does buy in, he’s got the tools to be a maven in the defensive cats. As for the offensive side, he’s developed a three-point shot and should get plenty of opportunities. Russell was jacking up 19 shots per game for the Warriors. The spacing could be better for Wiggins to allow his slashing abilities to shine. Maybe the dimes increase due to the offensive system. Who am I kidding? Wiggins is going to jack up a ton of inefficient long twos and call it a night.

Trade between LAC and ATL

LAC – $$$

ATL – Derrick Walton Jr.

Fantasy implications: None

 

Three team trade between MEM, MIA, and MIN

MEM – Justise Winslow, Dion Waiters, and Gorgui Dieng

MIA – Andre Iguodala, Jae Crowder, and Solomon Hill

MIN – James Johnson

Fantasy implications: Winslow enters into a great situation, as the Grizzlies play fast. He’s not a good shooter (38% on the year), so is he a good fit alongside Ja Morant? I think Winslow’s fantasy value is heightened if he comes off the bench and runs the second unit. With that said, he is young and can provide points, boards, and dimes, but has been inside the top 200 for fantasy just once in his career.

Is Waiters Island back open for business? He could provide scoring punch off the bench, but probably won’t get enough minutes to be fantasy viable outside of the deepest of leagues. From where he was coming from though in Miami, his value skyrockets. UPDATE: Memphis said that they will not be keeping him, so it looks like Waiters Island will not be reopening to the public after all. That makes me sad.

I’m not sure how useful Iguodala will be for fantasy. Last season with the Warriors, he averaged 23 minutes, 5.7 points, 0.3 tres, 3.7 boards, 3.2 dimes, 0.9 steals, and 0.8 blocks. That was on a team that played at a fast pace. MIA is 27th in pace.

Crowder could start and play a ton of minutes. His value probably won’t change much if he does. What his presence does, though, is affect Duncan Robinson, Tyler Herro, Derrick Jones Jr., and possibly Goran Dragic. He’s taking minutes from someone.

James Johnson could find himself in an interesting situation because the power forward minutes are all there for the taking. Back in 2016, when Johnson was averaging 27 minutes per game, he was a top 75 player because he would contribute across the board. Now, he’s 33 years old, so times are different, and we don’t know how the Timberwolves will deploy him, but there’s a chance.

 

Four-team trade between HOU, MIN, ATL, and DEN

HOU – Robert Covington

MIN – Malik Beasley and Juan Hernangomez

ATL – Clint Capela

DEN – Two first-round picks

Fantasy implications: Covington slides into a great situation, as the pace is fast in Houston and he should get plenty of open looks playing alongside Harden and Westbrook. With that said, his fantasy value should remain similar to what he’s been doing for most of his career.

Capela went from a great situation to a stupendous one. The Hawks play at the third-fastest pace and the pick-and-roll action with Trae should be deadly. He should continue being a fantasy monster, heath permitting. The player most affected by his presence is John Collins, as the board numbers should take a hit and he won’t be able to feast on centers. Don’t worry, though. He’s still going to get his.

Beasley should get consistent minutes in Minnesota, with an outside chance of starting at shooting guard.

I was intrigued with Hernangomez before the James Johnson signing, but his value obviously increases after leaving Denver.

 

Trade between GS and PHI

GS – Picks

PHI – Glenn Robinson III and Alec Burks

Fantasy implications: The values of both Robinson and Burks plummet. The minutes and usage just won’t be there anymore. Shake Milton, Matisse Thybulle, and Furkan Korkmaz should all see fewer minutes as well.

 

Trade between SAC and ATL

SAC – Jabari Parker and Alex Len

ATL – Dewayne Dedmon

Fantasy implications: Meh, as all three will be backups.

  1. Luguentz says:
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    Eyo Son! Pure madness, this deadline day!

    Thoughts: do I drop Nance for Melton? 10 team, 8 cat roto. The potential for versatile lines is there, and as you said, Nance is in a pretty Dantesque setting now, as hard as it may be to cut him loose after these recent weeks.

    • Son says:
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      Yeah, I’m good with that move

      • Luguentz says:
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        Thanks!

        • Son says:
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          Anytime

  2. hamtime says:
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    Hi Son,

    1. Would you drop Chriss or Maxi to stash Otto or Millsap? Currently stashing nurk

    2. Is rose worth holding onto given injuries or should I swap for someone like bowman

    • Son says:
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      1) Negative
      2) Rather have Rose

  3. Jon says:
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    12 teams, keep 5 players by round drafted , 11 Categories – standard 9 cats + offensive rebounds and defensive rebounds

    Would you deal Giannis (1st) and Buddy Hield (3rd) for Harden (1st) and Bam (8th)?

    I had labeled Greek as untouchable, but wasn’t sure if this was enough to remove his no-trade clause? No limit on how long we keep a player, each year kept the round moves up.

    Current 5: Greek(1), Jokic (10), Donovan (12), Markkanen (11) With fifth spot between Jaren Jax (2), C Wood (15), B Clarke (6)Hold tight to my unicorn or accept?

    Thanks!

    • Son says:
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      Damn, that’s tough. I think I make the trade. You know how much I love Bam, so maybe that’s biasing things, but Harden is still only 30 and is the #1 player in fantasy. Elite points, tres, and some dimes and steals. Bam is young and could join the elite tier soon. His offensive boarding is higher than G and he provides the defensive stats.

      • Jon says:
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        Thanks, Son! I thought that’s the way you would lean.

        I hate losing Greek in any keeper or dynasty format because he seems like a player that will be the best for a decade adding something new every year, but I know Harden is a monster and we are both high on Bam.

        I’m glad you felt it was a tough one…any reason you can see not to do it? I think my Big Fat Greek love is holding me back from a no-brainer of sorts.

        Thanks again!

        • Son says:
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          The reason not to do it is….G

          We haven’t seen what his ceiling is yet

          • Jon says:
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            What’s Bam’s ceiling to you? Floor is current production?

            • Son says:
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              20/10/5/1/1 guy. Only 5 or 7 players(I forget exact number) in the history of NBA have averaged that in a season

              • Jon says:
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                How many elite Harden seasons do you see remaining? In some ways, it seems like he will age well and others I think it translates poorly…

                G is trying to convince me tonight to hold off. The fact that you see Bam ceiling at 10 boards, and the league has 3 rebounding cats, is that a mark against?

                • Son says:
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                  That’s the conundrum with Harden. He has the game and body type for 4-5 years maybe?

                  Bam ceiling isn’t 10 boards. I could see more. So the averages I wrote down, just add a + to each cat. He already grabs more offensive boards

                  • Jon says:
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                    If you were me, you’d take these two over the untapped of G’s run? This is the last comment – great stuff, as always.

                    • Son says:
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                      Probably depends on my mood at the time. I can get behind both paths, as they both make me happy

  4. Mr. Blast says:
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    AyyyyO!

    Wow. Mind blown Son. Just wow.

    First off. Thank you for holding this gathering.

    Lot’s of things went down, but Drummond to Cleveland came out of left field.

    I wasn’t ready for that one. I feel bad for Tristan/Nance , stashers/owners.

    Because that one made zero sense. To me at least.

    You’re trying to tell me my Celtics couldn’t put something better together than that ?! Including the Memphis 1st round pick that they have. I’m sorry but I cannot stand behind Danny Ainge as a GM any more. I’m a fan of the game period, a fan of all teams in the league really, but I’m disappointed to say the least. And I’d be pissed if I was Drummond as well… CLEVELAND!? Really ?

    With that being said, nothing can kill my vibe when my Wood is standing straight up!!!!

    Wooooo. Feeling like I hit the lottery. And you know I’ve had the tightest grip on Wood as anyone has. We’ve talked and prayed & here we are. Needed it man as I think Bryant is toast.

    Nothing on the Noel front unfortunately. He still a hold in a 12er ?

    Squad – H2H – No IR – 12 team, 15 man roster deep one

    Jrue/Lowry/Rozier/Conley
    Oubre/Levert/Mikal/Grant/Bertans
    Jokic/Vucevic/Bryant/Holmes/Wood/Noel

    My adrenaline is still flowing!

    • Son says:
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      AyyyyO!

      NBA trade deadline is faaaaaaaantastic!!!!

      Yeah, the Drummond one was definitely unexpected, but if that was the cost to acquire, why not for Cleveland? As for why Boston didn’t acquire, his defense is beyond atrocious.l, so that probably had something to do with it.

      Lol. Wood owners unite!!! Hopefully, he doesn’t premature ejaculate.

      Bryant could be toast. Foot injuries scary for big men

      Noel is a top 60 player currently, so yeah. He’s worthy.

      Lol. Have a good one!!! Don’t Mr. Blast too often in the bathroom too much tonight!!

  5. Fantraz says:
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    Hi Son!

    1. Would you use waiver bid to take Damion Lee (on waivers) over Malik Beasley (already on my team) in a dynasty league?

    2. What do you think of Sekou for this year and for the next year? (Also in a 12 team dynasty league)

    • Son says:
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      For dynasty, Beasley

      I don’t think Sekou does much this year. For the future, things are more promising

      • Fantraz says:
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        Thanks! Keeping Beasley then.
        About Sekou, what i meant to say was im currently holding him, is it justified to waste a roster spot just so im assured of owning him next yr and possibly beyond? You think he will be that good in the future?

        • Son says:
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          I think he has potential

          • Fantraz says:
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            Thanks bud! Huge fan. Hope your richardSON gets back to the court soon!

            • Son says:
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              Thanks!

              Lol. I may have to look for a new SON soon.

  6. Trader says:
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    Here is the squad in 9 cat, h2h league..,..questions below:

    Harden, Jrue, VV, Lowry, Conley, Smart
    JRich, JJJ, Love, RoCo
    Myles, Vuce, Ibaka,
    IR: Bryant

    1. I have one open spot: best add out of Gasol, Napier, Hutchinson, Thad, Deandre, Nance, Reddick, Finney, Monk.

    2. His Zion for my JRich?

    Thanks

    • Son says:
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      If that’s Deandre Hunter, then him.

      I’m good with that

      • Trader says:
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        1. DeAndre Jordan not Hunter. Might need boards with Drummond taking Love’s share. Hate FT % though. Thoughts on the list?

        2. The other idea is to trade Love. Would you do that for JV? Or just hold and hope Drummond creates more spacing for his threes?? Ugh. Not a good scenario.

        • Son says:
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          If you need boards, then DJ is viable. The FT sucks but it’s better than most bigs, and there are stretches that he shoots over 80%.

          Love should be fine

  7. HK_Rules says:
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    Hi Son,
    What do you think of Kevin Porter Jr for rest of the season? He was a hot pickup last week with the hope of Kevin Love get traded. Now with Love staying put, and they just added Drummond, less shot available?

    HK Rules

    • Son says:
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      I still like him

  8. Anthony says:
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    Hey man, trying to move Harrell cause he will get farr less touches right now. What do u think on getting back Holmes or a Clarke?

    • Son says:
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      Holmes is a no brainer if you can. We talking about Richaun right? As for Clarke, I like him a lot but the minutes are an issue. I’d probably do it though

      • Jon says:
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        Do you buy the reports that Clarke might slide into some minutes at 3 with Jae Crow Audi 2000?

        • Son says:
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          I could see it

      • Anthony says:
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        Transaction went through, my harrell and wcj for his holmes and bogbog. Hope I didn’t a mistake with this one and Holmes comes back swinging 😀

        • Son says:
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          Ohhh. You got Bog as well? Me likey

          Good luck

    • Anthony says:
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      Owner wants for me to add WCJ along Harrell, for Holmes. Still good?

      • Son says:
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        Sorry, Anthony. Forgot what the trade was and what your roster looks like. Please provide info

        • Anthony says:
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          My Harrell + WCJ for Holmes. Punt tres,ft, soft punt points.

          G:Simmons, Ball, Shai, Vanvleet, Rubio, Brogdon
          F: Oubre, Woods, WCJ
          C: Embiid, Gobert, MRob, Harrell

          Preparing for playoffs, first in league, trying to increase big man stats, cut on TO

          • Son says:
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            Yeah, I’m good with it. Your front court is nasty

            • Anthony says:
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              Man i was just hit with anothe offer – my rubio and ball for adebayo. What u think on this one? Wchich deal should i make? For adebayo or holmes ,cause i can have only one more C

              • Son says:
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                In a vacuum, Bam, but then that makes me awfully thin at G.

                • Anthony says:
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                  Agreed. Only reason i want to move rubio ir ball cause they kill my TO. I was best in the league in TO cat, than i picked up ball, traded for simmons and suddenly i am loosing TO left and right:D

                  P.s. side question: is mrob still a hold??

                  Thanks for the help, man!

                  • Son says:
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                    MRob is still a hold

                    I don’t care about turnovers because the best players will handle the ball the most. The only time is think about it is if i go with the big man strategy.

                    But if that’s your strategy, then adhere to it

  9. NCPhilly says:
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    The Covington acquisition sink House’s fantasy value, right?

    • Son says:
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      Not as much as I thought. He still played 28 minutes last night and contributed across the board

  10. Jep says:
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    Morning Son!

    Wow what a trade deadline. I definitely couldn’t get anything done all day watching the tweets. Happy for Capela, but sad to see Nance go. I dropped him for Chriss. I’ll also probably drop Bruce Brown too with Pistons not moving Rose or Kennard.

    Also, made my own trade: Gobert for Booker. Gobert is awesome, but countering my team build with the percentages. I’ll probably have to move a low-end guard for some rebs.

    Here’s hoping happy KAT is now unleashed! meow -> rawr!

    G: Trae, Booker, Brogdon, Rozier, Dinwiddie, BBrown
    F: PG13, Mikal, Bjelica
    C: KAT, Capela, Chriss

    • Son says:
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      Morning, Jep!

      That was fun for sure. Nance for Chriss was a solid move. Agree on Brown.

      Since you traded Gobert due to the free throw percentage, you have to trade Capela too right?

      • Jep says:
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        I guess not necessarily about Capela. I was able to get the FT% up to where I can beat the teams I’ll probably see in the playoffs while keeping the rebs within fighting distance. I’ll let the team settle after I get Booker and go from there.

        • Son says:
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          Gotcha. Sounds like a plan

          • Jep says:
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            Most likely I’ll drop Bruce Brown when Capela is ready to get off IL.
            Your thoughts on Juancho for Dinwiddie now that it looks like I have way too many guards and he would be the odd man out?

            • Son says:
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              I wouldn’t drop Dinwiddie. You should be able to find a trade partner at the least. I like Juancho but I’m not exactly sure how it will play out in MIN. There’s an outside chance that James Johnson gets some run.

  11. RICE says:
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    Hey Son,

    Excellent breakdown, man. Thanks for the hard work!

    • Son says:
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      Much appreciated, RICE!

  12. Eric says:
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    Hey man!

    Trying to fortify my rebounding with Bryant out again and Favors’ playing time fluctuating with Zion back. Would you recommend dropping Bryant and stashing Markannen if Bryant’s foot issue lingers past the all star break? I’ve been dominating 3s, FT%, and blocks most weeks with this squad, so I’m looking for a leg up in one or two more categories (H2H 9cat):

    Trae/Kemba/Beverly
    Middleton/Sato
    Bojan/Horford/JJJ/Thad Young (Streamer)
    KAT/Favors/BLopez/Noel
    IR: Bryant

    Also available on the wire: Rui, Millsap, Paschall, Bruce Brown, Dunn, NPowell, MWagner

    Gonna try to let the dust settle through the break to see if the trade deadline shakes anything loose. I’m at least in a comfortable position in the standings currently.

    Love the work as always!

    • Son says:
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      Rui is the best option out of that group. Not sure about dropping Bryant just yet though

      • Eric says:
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        Makes sense. Thad will be the victim if I pull the trigger on Rui. Much appreciated.

        • Son says:
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          Anytime.

  13. It's not Markelle's Fultz says:
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    Crazy deadline. Should I drop Millsap for Wagner, Melton, Troy brown, or dedmon (temporary fix)? I need some defensive stats but someone who won’t ruin my fg and ft%.

    • Son says:
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      Indeed it was.

      I’d rather hold onto Millsap if you can. Are you desperate for a breathing body?

      • It's not Markelle's Fultz says:
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        I have Nurkic, Millsap, and Bryant. I’m fine with the waiting game. Maybe it’s FOMO and prevent defense. making sure nobody gets melton and troy in case they explode. Anyway, I’ll hold onto him. Thanks Son.

        • Son says:
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          Anytime. I don’t think Melton or Troy explode anyway

  14. howie2978 says:
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    Would you drop Culver for Hunter? Thanks!

    • Son says:
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      I would but depends if you want defensive stats

  15. Trader says:
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    Jrue or Kemba? Kemba has a better playoff schedule with one more game but leery on injuries. Jrue FTs and scoring way down though

    • Son says:
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      Jrue for me

  16. Trawler says:
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    PJ Wash or Chriss ROS? 8 cat roto