The biggest news from Tuesday may have happened off the court. Prior to playing the Chicago Bulls, the Toronto Raptors traded Terrence Ross and a 2017 first-round draft pick to the Orlando Magic for Serge Ibaka.

Playing in what will be one of the last games without Ibaka, Jonas Valanciunas nearly posted a double-double with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Dwyane Casey wasn’t sure if Ibaka would join the team before the All-Star Break so Valanciunas might have one more game sans-Ibaka (Wednesday night), but I expect his numbers to take a hit playing alongside Ibaka. Both guys should still be valuable so I wouldn’t even think about dropping either guy.

The biggest beneficiary of the trade is Norman Powell, who will see an increase in production with Ross gone. Powell led the Raptors in scoring off the bench versus the Bulls with 13 points, 4 assists, and 2 steals.

The trade couldn’t have happened quickly enough. DeMar DeRozan had an off night, scoring 18 points (5-19 FG), 5 rebounds, 3 assists, as the Raptors dropped their 11th game in the last 15. To add insult to injury, the Bulls weren’t even at full strength, with Dwyane Wade (wrist) and Nikola Mirotic (back spasms) sitting.

Kyle Lowry was the only bright spot for the Raptors, posting 22 points (8-17 FG, 4-11 3PT FG), 4 assists, and 4 threes.

Now here’s the rest of this Valentine’s Day edition of the Daily Notes:

Jimmy Butler – After sitting Sunday’s game, Butler returned to shoot a horrific 2-10 from the field. Fortunately, he made up for it by going 15-19 from the line and adding 12 assists and 4 steals. With Wade ailing, Butler may be in line for another big workload on Thursday.

Doug McDermott – McBuckets led the way off the bench, scoring 20 points (8-13 FG, 2-4 3PT) and grabbing 5 rebounds.

Rajon Rondo – Some of McDermott’s shooting must have worn off on Rondo, who hit both 3-point attempts on his way to posting a 12/3/4 line. Michael Carter-Williams (8/5/3 line) still started over him, but Rondo has posted usable numbers over the last 5 games.

Channing Frye – The other big off the court news from Tuesday was the announcement that Kevin Love would be out for 6 weeks, after having surgery on his left knee. Frye replaced Love in the starting lineup and took full advantage, blasting the T-Wolves for 21 points (4-11 3PT FG), 10 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Frye becomes must own, while Love won’t be back until fantasy playoffs at the earliest making him a possible drop candidate for shallow leagues.

LeBron James – The King delivered another Cavs’ win with 25 points, 14 assists, 8 rebounds, and 2 threes. He even made Andrew Wiggins look silly with this between-the-legs pass:

Tristan Thompson – TT did his usual dirty work with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Kyrie Irving – Irving didn’t quite have his stroke (10-27 FG, 2-10 3PT FG), but still managed 25 points and 7 assists.

Derrick Williams – Williams also benefitted from the Love injury, scoring 13 points and grabbing 6 rebounds off the bench. He’s received praise from James and is a guy to monitor in Cleveland, if they decide to extend his 10-day contract for the rest of the season.

Andrew Wiggins – The bounce pass between the legs was the only negative about Wiggins’ game, as he scored 41 points in 41 minutes, including a very impressive three as the buzzer sounded in the 3rd:

Gorgui Dieng – Dieng collected back-to-back double-doubles with 12 points, 10 rebounds, and 1 three.

Karl-Anthony Towns – KAT backed up Wiggins with 26 points of his own. He also added 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1 block.

Ricky Rubio – Rubio continues to rack up the double-digit assists in the New Year. He collected 16 dimes, 5 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 steals on Tuesday. It was his 12th double-digit assist game in 22 2017 games.

DeMarcus Cousins Cousins went up on a Tuesday, posting 40 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals, 2 threes, and 1 block. The only downside was the 12-19 shooting from the line and 6 TOs.

Darren Collison – Coming off of three 20-point games, Collison added 13 points, 8 assists, and 5 rebounds in 40 minutes.

Lou Williams – Williams tried to single-handedly lead a Lakers’ comeback, scoring 19 of his 29 points in the 4th quarter, but missed a potential game-winning three at the buzzer. He added 5 assists, 2 steals, and 4 threes off the bench.

Julius Randle – Randle contributed 11 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists, before both he and D’Angelo Russell (8 points) were benched in the 4th quarter. Luke Walton said after the game that “They earn that chance” to play in the 4th.

  1. JPaul says:

    I just want to thank you razzball to give me a super IMBA line-up… ^_^ thanks for the advises and ranking… right now I am at the no.1 spot on 10 teams h2h 9 CAT league….

    this is my Super team right now after trade and picking waiver wires… I hope this is a super or average team on your perspective…

    PG/SG Tyler Johnson
    PG/SG Eric Bledsoe
    PG/SG/SF Tyreke Evans
    PG/SG/SF Giannis Antetokounmpo
    SG/SF Andrew Wiggins
    SF/PF Dario Saric
    SF/PF/C Markieff Morris
    PF/C Gorgui Dieng
    PF/C Kristaph Porzingis
    PF/C Paul Millsap
    PF/C Nikola Jokic
    C Brook Lopez
    C Karl Anthony Towns
    PG/SG Avery Bradley (IL)

    I know I have so many BIGS.. I still negotiate with them for trading my PF/C for a guard… ^_^
    someone proposes me a James Hardin for Bledsoe & Jokic.. should i consider a trade for that superstar?

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:

      @JPaul: Harden is the best player in fantasy so I think you have to consider trading for him. I think that’s a pretty good deal for you, especially if you need threes, assists, and points. It also opens up a roster spot so you can add a decent player on the waiver wire.

      • JPaul says:

        @Peter Kap:
        wew… they all decline…. bcoz it is a 1st pick and my 2 player isnt… deym…. ^_^

  2. Tyler says:

    Harkless, ross, tucker, or olynyk ROS?

    Own tucker now but should i drop for the other options? Kinda want to keep Tyreke since locked for playoffs. Hahah still hoping for that upside. Worst case I got jrich to replace him or stream.


    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:

      @Tyler: I’d probably go Olynyk of those guys. Most consistent and looks locked into minutes. Tucker is at risk of being trade to a contender, zapping any value on the Suns. If Olynyk cools off, you can always just go with the hot hand on the waiver wire.

  3. jon says:

    My Whiteside for Griffin?

    • jon says:


      I have whiteside and im thinking of getting bake because he is absurd past few games.
      What you think?

      • Peter Kap

        Peter Kap says:

        @jon: I think Whiteside is the better overall fantasy player. Elite rebounders and shot blockers are rare so I’d rather have him. Depending on your team needs, the trade might make sense. If you don’t need the blocks/boards that Whiteside provides and need more assists and improved FT%, then I would do the deal, but you could ask for another player with Blake.

  4. JJ says:

    Whats up Kap!
    Looking for playoff upside, who would want for your top 3? Thanks!

    T Ross

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:

      @JJ: Nurkic, Jones, and Ross would be my top 3. Nurkic should have plenty of run with the trade to the Blazers and Ross should be more valuable on his new team as well.

      Frye is a great add to get to the playoffs, but won’t help you much after that because Love is expected back during the playoffs. He’d probably be my 4th on the list. Obviously future trades would impact this list, but that’s where I stand right now. I expect the Lakers to make some moves, possibly helping Nance’s value.

  5. whatcha think? says:

    IN a 9 cat daily h2h would you drop robin lopez for juancho ?

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:

      @whatcha think?: I don’t think so yet. I’ll need to see Hernangomez hit double figures again before I rush to pick him up. It was one game, albeit one very, very good game, but only one game. I would monitor the situation though because a trade of another big man could help his value too.

  6. John says:

    Barnes or Mudiay?

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:

      @John: Harrison Barnes over Mudiay and it’s not too close for me. If you’re talking about Matt Barnes, he was just cut by the Kings.

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