I no longer drink or partake in the drugs, but I used to. The number of benders I went on were so numerous that they all blended into one big bender. Most of the time, they were enjoyable experiences. Or at least I thought they were. I’d party or play video games or do whatever silly things my friends and I would conjure up. But….bender’s are usually undertaken to escape the realities of life. As a result, the short-term high is usually replaced with the low of wanting to go on a bender in the first place. Which brings me to Dragan Bender of the Phoenix Suns. Last night, he played a team-high 39 minutes and went:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 20 6 4 1 3 2 6/8 7/9 0

Now, Marquese Chriss left last night’s game in the second quarter, so Bender was the guy to replace him. Before we start ejaculating all over the table, let’s keep in mind that Bender is a career 36% shooter from the field and has a career line of 4.4 points, 2.7 boards, 0.8 assists, 0.2 steals, and 0.5 blocks. With that said, Chriss could be out for an extended period of time and Bender could be the primary beneficiary. So, what kind of Bender are we getting? As a 7′ 1″ 225 pound player, he does shoot the three-ball well (36% on the season so far). And he’s only 20 years old, playing in his second year in the league. There’s obvious potential. With that said, I have a feeling that the experience of owning Bender will be similar to the one of owning Chriss, but without the massive upside. Bender may literally induce his owners to go on a bender.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

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Donovan Mitchell:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 27 2 3 1 0 1 3/10 12/25 0

My baby boo. DSJ is still my main boo, but DMitch is right there. DSJ better watch out because I be sliding into DMs. I’m beginning to think that the Stocktonator be sliding into the DMs, because it loved Mitchell last night.

Ricky Rubio:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 4 5 6 0 0 2 0/2 0/6 4/4

Played 30 minutes and committed three personal fouls. Couldn’t get one steal or block? At least we could’ve gotten two-thirds of a chornological line. I thought Rubio’s delivered!

Thabo Sefolosha:

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

Got the start at power forward and played 29 minutes. So, in the past six games, Thabo has had two DNP-CD’s, but scored double figures in each of the other four games and attempted at least 11 shots in three of the four. He played 29, 21, 31, and 33 minutes and 211’d at least two. Also contributed some boards and blocks. He’s a viable pickup, but be aware that he may sit if the Jazz decide to go big.

Rodney Hood:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 17 4 2 0 0 0 1/5 7/16 2/3

Played 30 minutes. It’s usually a dangerous proposition going with Hood, unless it’s of the car variation. If you see smoke emanating from under one, though, you call AAA. When Rodney gets hurt, you recount the steps of AA. If you still drink, then you’re in luck.

Josh Richardson:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 14 3 7 2 2 1 0/3 6/11 2/4

My son!!! Spoelstra drew up the winning play for him. My son!!!

Hassan Whiteside:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 14 10 1 0 4 0 0 5/11 4/4

Played 26 minutes. It’s been six games since he returned from injury, so he should be getting back up to the 30 minute-per-game mark soon.

Goran Dragic and Tyler Johnson both played 34 minutes and scored 16 points. Awwww, that’s so cute. Did they wear matching friendship bracelets too?

James Johnson:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 13 11 3 0 0 1 1/4 6/12 0

Played 27 minutes and collected only his third double-dub of the season. A 1/1/1 player last season, JJ is slightly off the mark in threes and blocks. While JJ will never sweep you off your feet with eye-popping fantasy stats, he does contribute a little something something across the board, so there’s value in that.

Kristaps Porzingis:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
29 8 1 0 1 2 3/5 9/25 8/8

It kind of boggles my mind why teams don’t just send a double to Porzingis every time he touches the ball. He has no intention of passing the ball. I get it, though. He can literally shoot over anyone at anytime and he has range. With that said, sometimes it looks like he thinks he’s Kobe surrounded by four Smush Parkers.

Enes Kanter:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 18 1 1 0 4 0 6/13 1/2

Played 25 minutes. Don’t get too gassed by the performance, though. Michael Beasley did not suit up for the game. When Beasley was playing, Hornacek would slide Porzingis to center and play Beasley at power forward, leaving Kanter time to ponder his political affiliations on the bench.

Kyle O’Quinn:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 15 11 3 1 1 1 0 6/7 3/4

Played 23 minutes. Has played more than 20 minutes five times since the start of December, but he has been seeing at least 15-16 minutes in every game. He’s more a playing-time blocker than anything, but he’s someone to keep in mind if Kanter gets injured or falls out of favor.

Willy Hernangomez played six minutes. Holy shit balls. Was the Prince of Spain in attendance?

Frank Ntilikina:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 7 7 5 1 2 2 1/2 3/8 0

Played 25 minutes. New Jack City played 25 minutes and continues to play relatively well, but the Frenchise will take his rightful place in due time.

Maximillian Kleber:

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

Played 19 minutes. Whew, that was a close one. I really thought there for a sec that Maximillian was truly going to be a thing.

Dennis Smith Jr.:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 11 3 5 2 0 0 1/2 5/14 0

Oh, Dennis. I still believe in you, but as I mentioned way above….I be sliding into DMs.

Harrison Barnes:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 25 7 3 0 0 3 3/5 10/22 2/2

Barnes is the most mediocre good player for both fantasy and reality. Plays a ton of minutes, hoists up shots, and puts up stats, yet thinking of Barnes doesn’t necessarily make me want to puke….more like a little regurgitation.

Josh Jackson:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 17 10 5 0 1 0 3/6 7/19 0/1

A very impressive performance for the rookie, as the Thunder are very good defenders on the wing. I’ve always been enamored with the athleticism of JJ, but his J always concerned me. JJ having no J makes no sense in the literary world. On the basketball court, a totally different story. There’s no keeping an eye on him. Gotta pick him up to see if the light has gone on because it’s impossible to see with that ‘fro.

Russell Westbrook messed around. Stocktonator doesn’t, as it had Russ the number one play last night.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 10 11 2 0 6 1/1 11/21 3/7

Russ now has 92 career triple-dubs. Oscar Robertson has 181. Russ should overtake him by next year.

Terrance Ferguson:

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

After playing 31 and 33 minutes the prior two games, TFerg only got 18 minutes of run. Me thinks that Melo was like, “Listen here, young pup. I’ve already been emasculated by Russ and PG. Ain’t no way you coming in here and pushing me down another rung. You best be getting into your place. You hear?”

Kawhi Leonard has a partial tear in his left shoulder. Just when owners were getting comforable, now they get to go back to Kawhi-ing again. At least they can hang their hat on the “no news is good news” thing for a bit.

LaMarcus Aldridge:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
30 14 1 1 1 0 1/2 12/21 5/7

I could see LMA having a little Tonya Harding in him. Kawhi was starting to get ramped up and taking away some of his usage.

With Kawhi down, Kyle Anderson got the start at small forward and played 36 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 8 6 5 1 0 3 0/1 2/4 4/4

I just found out recently that Mr. Anderson is in fact The One, not Neo. Sorry Kawhi. Might as well retire now.

Manu Ginobli:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 4 2 1 2 2 6/9 9/16 2/3

Ginobli is almost on the Larry Bird tier for me, in the sense of a player that I’ve always hated yet respected so much. He has/is so freaking good. Gotta say, Argentina has some crazy good athletes. For basketball, soccer, and volleyball.

Jusuf Nurkic:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
17 13 1 0 1 1 0 7/15 3/5

Played 31 minutes. I have a feeling he has a huge second half, health permitting.

Damian Lillard was out again, so Shabazz Napier got the start.

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

You play him when Dame is out. EZ PZ.

Maurice Harkless:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 19 5 0 1 2 1 3/4 7/10 2/2

I’m always a sucker for Harkless, especially in NBA 2K. He’s young, tall, agile, and can shoot. Unfortunately, in real life and fantasy, he will make you feel broke and Harkless.

Dennis Schroder:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 27 3 5 0 0 2 0/4 10/23 7/8

Schroder is one of the few guys to care about on a 10-29 team. Man, the Hawks are bad. Like really bad. If an alien was to visit Earth and look upon the Hawks, the first thing it would ask would be, “is this team so bad that birds shit on the head of their best player?”

Lonzo Ball:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 13 10 6 1 0 2 3/9 5/13 0

For the season, he’s averaging 10.2 points, 6.9 boards, 7 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.9 blocks, and 1.6 threes. 35% shooting from the field and 48% from the charity stripe. Hope he learns how to shoot because that stat line is already pretty juicy.

  1. Shahed says:
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    Hey Son,

    I need some trade advice.

    I have been offered Ingram for my Redick. What do you think?

    My roster is:

    G: Wall, J Murray, D Mitch, J Clarkson, Batum, Ntilikina, Redick
    F: Love, Wiggins, Chriss, John Collins
    C: Len, Gobert
    IL: Millsap, Hardaway Jr.

    I’m currently 3rd in the league. I was doing pretty well, but have lost 3 of the last 4 because of injuries, Gobert is injured but my IL is full, and I have been stashing Ntilikina and Len. Chriss is injured now too, but THJ and Gobert should be back in a couple of weeks.

    What do you think I should do? Should I make the trade, and should I keep stashing these guys, or drop them?

    Thanks,

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Shahed: I wouldn’t make that trade. As for stashes, I’d hold the Frenchise but wouldn’t have a problem dropping Len if someone more appealing was out there

  2. Wnwdotcom says:
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    Hey man, great work as usual! I was offered Harrison Barnes for Dwight Howard. I hate trading blocks and I know how you feel about Barnes (regurgitation) but I was wondering if you thought I should take it? H2h 8-cat so no turnovers, 12 team.

    Thanks and Happy New Year!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Wnwdotcom: Ha! Thanks! Yeah, I probably wouldn’t make that trade.

  3. Jason says:
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    Hi son,
    May i ask if you could rank these guards and bigs?
    Wall, cp3, lillard, lowry, kemba
    Jokic,whiteside,green,turner,horford

    • Son

      Son says:
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      CP3, Lillard, Lowry, Wall, Kemba

      Horford, Jokic, Green, Whiteside, Turner

  4. Mr. Blast says:
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    Ayyyo!

    Welcome back Son !

    Dropped bell for Skal.. Thoughts ?

    Also – Was that an Oak siting over the weekend ?!

    Peace!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Mr. Blast: Ayo!!! Thanks! Was crazy sick. Not fun. I think the Skal for Bell is worth the upside. Bell needs an injury. Skal could be the starter. With that said, the Kings don’t know what they are doing so how can we? I saw the Oak sighting over the weekend as well. Things could get a little interesting.

  5. Not your average Joe says:
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    Add/drop question:

    My Team in a 12-team, 9-cat, h2h keeper. Guys with * I can keep next year at an 11th round price. (I can keep almost anyone, but the price tag is significantly higher, so I’m putting the asterisk on cheap keepers only for the sake of simplifying the question). Do you see any add drops I should make? I’m getting down on Bradley, Prince, and J.Brown given their recent poor shooting and lack of stats to compensate for that. Given injuries, my team ranks toward the middle of the pack in most cats except blocks, where I’m still doing well despite missing Gobert, and FG%, where I’m dead last.

    Team: Lillard, Teague, Bradley, Beal, J.Brown*, Prince*, A.Gordon, RHJ*, Zingis, Olynyk*, Gobert,

    Available: Delon Wright*, TyJo*, G.Green*, Holiday*, J.Jackson (1oth rd), Wiggins,Ersan*, Beasley*, Randle*, Powell*, Biyombo*

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I’d keep Prince and Brown. Bradley has been bad, so if there’s one guy, it would be him. I’d replace with TyJo.

  6. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    What’s up, Son.

    So I just traded Collison for RHJ. Finally, the latter’s owner gave in. It didn’t need much convincing though, cos he was the one who initiated the talk. Colly’s assists have been in a downward trend so I won’t miss him that much, but I will now have another guy to boost my % especially on the FT side. I like it. I’m heavy on the forward position though, but who cares! Colly is just waaay too steady.

    Anyway, the Spurs and Popobitch are spreading fake news. Fuck em.

    My squad: (9c/18m)

    G – Mitchell, Rubio
    F – Butler, Gordon, Leonard, Johnson, RHJ, Young
    C – Capela, Len
    IR – Dead Man

    I’m dropping Len for Delon Wright, and I’m still after McCollum–sending Rubio and Young (or James) for him.

    After everything, the end result of my team would be: strong in PTS/FG/STL/REB/3PM/FT

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @I just wanna Kawhi: Nice! You know I love RHJ, so well done.

      Ha! FAKE NEWS!!!! You had a little window there. I think deep inside you don’t wanna trade Kawhi.

      I think dropping Len is fine. If you can get CJ, that’d be sweet. Good luck!

      • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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        @Son:

        RHJ is in a bit of a funk right now, maybe that explains why his owner wanted to get rid of him. Hah

        Hah! Yea, that Butler Kawhi duo in an 18-teamer is just deadly. I already have a couple of takers for Kawhi in Lillard and Jokic’s owners but damn, like I said–Buckets and Claw! Now, the Spurs just need to stop trolling us, ya know. Ugh

        Yea, I need CJ in my life right now. He’s my favorite player.. See that sideways floater he did against the Spurs? Hah! That was sweet move!

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @I just wanna Kawhi: Perfect time to acquire RHJ. Wait, so the plan is to keep Kawhi?? Me confused. I like CJ, but what’s your infatuation with him? Urkel withdrawals?

          • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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            @Son:

            Hah! We still have 3 more weeks to assess the problem! If by then he still isn’t cleared to play in back to backs, man, I’m done. Hah

              • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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                @Son:

                But seriously though, if he misses the next two games still, it’s either I’m gonna throw my phone on the wall or I’m gon scratch my eyeballs out. DUDE IT’S FRIGGIN MADDENING

                • Son

                  Son says:
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                  @I just wanna Kawhi: Noooooo!!!!! How u gonna read Razzball then??!!!!

  7. RICE says:
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    Hey Son!

    Would you rather own Ish Smith or De’Aaron Fox going forward?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @RICE: So tough because it’s the Kings, but I lean Fox

  8. McBonton says:
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    Hey son! Nice write up! Hope you had nice holidays. What’s your thought about trading my myles turner for tatum? I need backup for kawhi. My other bigs are whiteside , aldrige , steve adams and KAT? On sf i only have warren and ariza

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @McBonton: Thanks McB!!!! I’m good with the move

  9. howie2978 says:
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    Hey Son! Someone just dropped Carroll because of the knee injury. I’ve got Russell in my IL spot right now but he looks to be back sooner than later. At this point, would you drop Hield (or someone else) for Carroll, then put Carroll in the IL spot when Russell’s back? Or too much speculation on how much these guys are out for for your comfort right now?

    My team (daily H2H, nine cat):
    G: Mitchell/Murry/DSJ/LeVert/Smart/Hield
    F: Prince/Sabonis/Collins/
    C: KAT/Turner/Henson
    IL: Russell

    Thanks!!

    • howie2978 says:
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      @howie2978: Should clarify: 14-team H2H 9-cat

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @howie2978: I don’t think Carroll is a priority get

  10. Saints says:
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    Hay Son Harkless is breaking me too. What would you do with him ?

    Another question what do you think about those guys going forward ? (rest of season and if you think they have dynasty value as well).
    Joe Harris,Shabazz Napier, Gerald Green and Manu Ginobili

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Saints: Look for someone else!!!!

      Ginobli obviously doesn’t have dynasty value, but he will be productive in spot duty. Still amazes me that he’s still ballin at a high level.

      I’m not sure how much value Green will have later in the year, especially when Harden returns. As for dynasty, he’s 31 years old and pretty one-dimensional. He’s been around as well.

      Shabazz is interesting this year and for the future. He’s shown to be of value as a guy off the bench and proven himself as a starter when Dame’s been out. He’s 26 and has one year left on contract. He could potentially be a starter in a year or two somewhere.

      Joe Harris. Don’t see a ton of upside. Carve out a role as a shooter.

      • Saints says:
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        @Son:
        Thanks a lot for an answer
        I cant stream daily so im afraid of ginobili and also napier if Lillard is back.
        The rest of the year i think Harris could be the safest guy from a day to day stand point. do you agree ?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Saints: Napier for me

  11. waffles says:
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    hey son good stuff

    for tonight Valentine (HOU) or Bogdan (SA)?
    Avery Bradley (@NOR) or Dinwiddie (TOR)?

    thanks

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @waffles: Valentine and AB

  12. Pedro says:
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    Hi Son.

    Would you trade Lee for either J.Johnson or RHJ? (I need a SF/PF badly).

    Thanks

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Pedro: RHJ

      • Pedro says:
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        @Son:

        Thanks

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Pedro: anytime

  13. Big D says:
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    Hey son, still holding Nance for now. What do you think about dropping Nance and burning my #1 waiver claim for Delon Wright? Peace breda

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Big D: I wouldn’t burn #1 on Wright. As for Nance, he could get traded so could be worth it to see where he lands

      • Big-D says:
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        @Son: if Lowry misses time would Wright be worth the waiver?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Big-D: Wright and VanVleet

          • Big D says:
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            @Son: should I consider dropping Rubio for Delon?

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @Big D: Naw. Rubio is your worst guy?

              • Big D says:
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                @Son: I dunno. Nance, Rubio, Jahlil prolly my worst trio

                • Son

                  Son says:
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                  @Big D: Rather drop Nance

  14. Greek Freak says:
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    Hey Son,

    Currently I’m sitting 5th in my league

    My roster:
    Eric Bledsoe
    Giannis
    Bazemore
    chris paul
    elfrid payton
    trevor ariza
    Fournier
    Drummond
    turner
    ingles
    lonzo ball
    josh Richardson
    Dwight powell
    Jabari parker (IR spot)

    I got offered Kevin Durant & Malcom Brogdon for Bledsoe & Drummond

    What do you think of that trade?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Greek Freak: Done. Now go get yourself a center. Got plenty of ammo

      • Greek Freak says:
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        @Son: Different player offered me Dwinddie & Ibaka for Turner

        Should I do both trades and drop Ingles?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Greek Freak: I’m good with it. You’ve got a ton of ammo to turn around and upgrade further at c if you want

  15. s-wilk says:
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    My Kanter and DLo Russell for his Turner and Ingles? This enough to get this done?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @s-wilk: No idea. Every owner values players differently. Plus, there’s team context that needs to be considered. Try it and see where he stands

  16. Jayson says:
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    Hi son,
    Who would you pick between porter and harris?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I like Harris but it depends on what you want

  17. Jayson says:
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    Hi son,
    Cp3,whiteside,harris for davis,agordon in 9cat 10 team league.
    Would you accept it?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I probably wouldn’t

  18. Miel says:
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    Hi son,
    I was offered middleton and IT for cp3 and payton.
    Would you accept on 9 cat, 10 team league.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Prefer the CP3 side

      • Jr says:
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        @Son: thanks son, how about harris for IT?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          I prefer Harris

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