After getting down as much as 23 points, I was going to pose the question – is Nicolas Batum the glue for the Blazers?

But then the Charlotte Hornets looked like the Kelly Tripucka Charlotte Hornets, hiked up their shorts, and got run out of Portland in the second half.  This is Damian Lillard‘s show!  29/4/7/2/0 hitting 5 treys and 12 of 21 shots for The Omen.

With Batum out last night (and is hopeful to miss only two more and returning next Monday – he likes the weekly league fantasy players!), a lot of minutes opened up for Blazers SF.  And of all the options, I don’t think anyone would’ve projected Allen Crabbe as the starter!  Play Chris Kaman at the 3!  I actually remember watching a few of Crabbe’s games at Cal when they were in the NCAA tourney and thought he was a good little player.  But dude had 4 combined minutes on the season!  And even the starting role did nothing for him, going 2/2/2/0/0 in 22 minutes shooting 1-4.  Allen Crabby, want more rock!  Crabbe has virtually no value, and Batum’s injury just means a few stats will trickle down through the Blazers starters and role players.

The under-the-radar winner is Steve Blake, who nearly rainbowed for 5/4/2/2/1.  Season-high 25 minutes and he’s averaging over 3 dimes a game this year.  Your line-up is probably filled out tomorrow and Saturday for the next two Blazers games, but hey, if you have one streaming spot open and need a little PG love, don’t be afraid to turn to grown-up Dewey for help.  Here’s what else went down in fantasy hoops last night:

Tobias Harris You don’t need a analrapist to figure out he might be the steal of the draft at this point, with a redonkulous 23/13/5/1/1 line last night, shooting 8-16 (2-5 3PTM 5-5 FT).  He’s actually hit all 5 cats in a surreal 6 straight games. Mini-Brow!

Evan Fournier 24/2/2/3/0 hitting four threes.  The Virgin strikes again!  19+ points and 2+ treys the past three games, plus chipping in a couple dimes and shooting over 50%.  Victor Oladipo still looms, but yeah, I Like A Virgin as a pickup.

Nikola Vucevic Ballin’ hard!  And TOin’ hard!  18/8/6/2/3 rainbow line is tough to complain about!  But 6 TO and 2-5 FT makes this look like a Josh Smith line!

Channing Frye Five treys last night, giving him 8 in the past 2.  Played an absurd 43 minutes given his age and off the MCL sprain, but Vaughn ran his starters into the ground except…

Elfird Payton – …who only played 19 minutes.  Scarier than that is it was for the benefit of Luke Ridnour, who played the other 29 PG minutes.  Not that it helped, as the Magic choked a lead in this one… Chalking it up to a coaching moment, as no one would think Luke Ridnour is a way to win NBA games…

Jonas Valanciunas The Luminescence is almost completely out!  He needs some of that candle oil the Maccabees had… 20 minutes of 4/7/1/0/0 with 3 TO shooting 1-5 FG and 2-4 FT.  Wowzer!  Not much you can do but hope it’s a fluke, as at least he’d gotten a swat every game this year until last night…

James Johnson Uh oh, the neck tat strikes again!  22 minutes last night for 6/10/2/1/1.  Per-36s still looking saucy!  But he hadn’t boarded more than 4 in any other game despite pretty consistent run… 14ers need to take a good look if they need steals and blocks though, mostly a streamer for 12ers and under.

Zaza Pachulia I tweeted last night that this might be the assist of the year… From Zaza!  Well, I guess it wasn’t amazing, but the overall play was.  A huge 8/10/4/2/1 near rainbow in 22 minutes last night, and the Bucks won two in a row for the first time since I dunno, the Glenn Robinson years?  A big reason was the bench, who dominated the depleted Thunder second unit.  The Bucks starting front line was useless, so other than Larry Sanders it’s tough to start anyone.  Even poor ol’ Jabari Parker, who is playing well, but Kidd is benching late as he is Larry Drewing us.  Hold onto JabJab, but let him marinate if you have a full slate of games with a full roster.

Giannis Antetokounmpo Shouldn’t be part of that bench, but making minutes count even if not starting for 14/9/1/0/2 shooting 6-13.  I hope you held strong, we told ya to be patient!

O.J. Mayo – An empty 19 points after not topping double digits for five straight.  Lite Mayo.

Reggie Jackson Near rainbow!  29/4/4/2/1 hitting two treys and shooting 12-21.  43 minutes?!  Man, the Thunder are desperate.  Scott Brooks to become a player/coach after watching this game…

Jeremy Lamb Sometimes the lamb is cold!  Just like a falafel stand… Had a good line last night of 6/8/3/2/0 but shot 2-13.  Sometimes the lamb is tough!  We got an Anthony Morrow sighting, and he did exactly what Morrow does – 10 points and no other stats except hitting a trey and logging one TO.  I think Pete Nice would call that “an empty wing”, like when you get boneless fried wings and only get the breading bit when you think there’s some chicken in it, ya know?!  F it, I’ll leave the wing puns for Petey…  Pretty soon it’s going to be all you can eat wings as OKC gets healthy, and no one wants wings made of lamb…  I lied!

Guess the Kobe Stat Line – Like Jeremy Lin and his bajillion TOs a game, I dropped the ball on this one!  Kobe for a 28/7/6/4/0 line last night, continuing to tank your FG% with his high-volume sub-40% shooting, going 10-26.  Slim was closer than me in our Pod guesses yesterday!  So nice work Slim!  Alas, I will not forget for today, and neither should you with your guesses!  As Slim suggested on the Pod – new stipulation: guess how many FG he attempts as a tie breaker.  Which is fitting as he set the NBA record for most missed shots last night!  For tonight, in what should be an offensively charged game, give me 33/5/3 on 31 shots.  Good luck!

Jordan Hill – One of our better calls this year.  Rainbow alert!  13/14/3/2/2 last night against a tough Grizzlies D, mainly Marc Gasol.  A team drafting Harris and Hill late is looking dominant on their front line!

Ed Davis Doing it in small doses, but mightily consistent with another very usable 27 minutes last night of 6/5/1/0/3 shooting 3-4.  Carlos Boozer as an obstacle for huge PT makes me madder than Joakim Noah at perceived bad calls

Beno Udrih – Whoa, REL debut for my team went well!  16/1/3/1/0 shooting 8-11.  He’s played decent, which might make Nick Calathes lose a little hair as he finishes up his 13 game suspension.  The suspended list is Just For Men!

Dirk Nowitzki – Passed Hakeen the Dream for 9th most points all-time, and most by a foreign-born player.  And fitting he did it in a very stereotypical-for-Dirk fantasy fashion, with a 23/7/3/0/1 line hitting two treys with shining %s shooting 7-12 FG 7-8 FT.  The Germinator has germinated so many with fantasy wins, that we’re all baby mommas!

Jameer Nelson – Is hamstrung out.  5/5/5/0/0 before tweaking the hammy, but says he aims to not miss any time before the Mavs play again Thursday.  I’ve been all out on Jameer for a while, so even a minor injury to the injury-riddled-career of Jameer gives me more impetus to grab Devin Harris.  34 minutes of 12/2/5/3/0 last night.  And then Raymond Felton is gonna be back too; sheesh what were the Mavs thinking with all these old PGs?!  Mark Cuban really needs to run his offseason moves in front of the sharks on Shark Tank before making these moves.  Mr. Wonderful would crush these PG adds yelling at Cuban that they’re older than him!

Ramon Sessions – A very serviceable 36 minutes of 6-9 shooting (2-3 3PTM 405 FT) 18 points scored ball, but no assists?!  18/3/0/0/0 as Darren Collison sat out with a stiff shoulder.  The Kings have a toughie against Memphis on Thursday, so even if Colly is out again, I’m not going to be too big on The Sessions.  I’d rather Helen Hunt, who be lookin’ fine in her milf years!

Rudy Gay Near quadrupledub!  26/8/8 with 7 TO.  Gay and DeMarcus Cousins accounted for 13 of the team’s 17 assists… The Kings can’t get Colly back soon enough!

Ben McLemore Has gotten hot recently since adding Ryan Lewis.  6-12 last night for 17/4/0/1/1, and even though he notched a steal and a block, hit four treys for the second game in a row.  If you need to pop some tags, he’s a ThrAGNOF you can have in your pocket.  Played 39 minutes in this one too, as the Kings have soured on Nik Stauskas even more than his parents soured on the letter C.

LaMarcus Aldridge Wish he was pumping in the steals and blocks, but 25/14/3/0/0 shooting 10-21 and 5-5 FT will work aight.  He’s hit 4 treys on the season as a marginal boost to his value, but the flip side is only one block in the last five.  I mean, with Robin Lopez starting at the 5, everyone is going to take their post-ups on his worthless ass!

Chris Kaman – The Lakers were terrible last year, and even when Pau Gasol was hurt, D’Antoni refused to play him even after a few monster games.  Looks like Portland is the big winner, getting another hugely productive game last night on the cheap, for 12/8/2/0/2 shooting 6-10 in 18 minutes.  7 blocks in the past two games, and even in his underutilization (that so should be a word!) last year, still was a 10.4 Pts 1.0 Blk guy in 19 minutes.  Usable for some streaming big man stats fa sho (I’m fine with those not being words).

Wesley Matthews Shot terribly (5-15), but handed out a season-high 7 dimes.  Only had one 7 assist game last year, and last time he had more was in February of the 12-13 season when he had 8.  #BatumEffect!  Somebody has to handle a little extra facilitating, and another source of some of that trickle down of stats.  Trickle down economics!  Kaman his pants knows something about that!  I think Matthews is a little underrated given his great FG% on so many 3-pt shots, but if he racks up a few more big assist games while Batum is out, you might be able to sell high to a team light on dimes.  Say, a Ricky Rubio owner?

Lance Stephenson Pretty much no way Lance doesn’t win the rebounding title for guards… Finally hit some threes last night!  2-4 from deep, but otherwise an empty 14/14/3/1/0 line shooting 5-10 and 2-4 FT.  Selling high to a team needing boards is a must.

Al Jefferson – 2 rebounds.  “Stop goin’ over my back, Lance!”  Eh, just one of those things and Portland missed 17 treys, so probably some long boards in there.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Steve Clifford was the Big Red Goat last night.  Really needs to rethink his rotations, as the starters plowed their way to the big lead, but he sat MKG and Marvin Williams late and down the stretch as Portland merked the Hornets in the second half.  12/5/1 shooting 4-6 FG and 4-4 FT for MKG in a very encouraging and efficient line.  The 20 minutes sucks, and Clifford hopefully isn’t too dumb and reflects on this game realizing MKG needs more run.

Cory Joseph After two bad shooting games (1-11 past 2), got it back on track for 5-7 FG 11/0/4/2/0.  Besides those two cold games, he’s 24-34 from the field in his other 5 Spurs’ contests.  Only 4 TO total this year too in 7 games – 3 coming in one game – so 6 games worth of 1 TO total ball.  Rumor has it that Popovich even sat out his own son in a Father/Son softball game, so there’s no reason to expect Tony Parker, who has played all 7 games, to not get some DNPs coming up soon.

Kawhi Leonard Maybe not as big as his past 2, but is anyone still concerned with his eyes?!  19/6/1/1/0 shooting 7-11 (2-3 3PTM 3-3 FT) and no TO.  Woverwy.

#OccupyDraymondGreen – I really need to try and get this trending when he has his next career game…  Slowed down last night a tad for 9/4/5/0/1 shooting 2-7, but one FGM was a trey, 4-4 FT and finally cut down on the TO with only 1 last night.  So much occupying, so little time!

Harrison Barnes Season-high 22 points.  Meh.  22/8/0/0/1 and just got hot hitting 9-12.  He’s the Robin Lopez of wings.

Klay Thompson – Layed off the PornHub to heal his strained hand tendon, and played well for 29/5/4/1/0 shooting 9-17 (5-6 3PTM 6-6 FT).  “A ThrAGNOF in the hand is worth two on the wire!”  Or something like that…  Wait, that’s the opposite of ThrAGNOF advice!

 

Streamer Picks

Isaiah Canaan (4% owned) – A pretty full slate as per the usual on Wednesdays, but Canaan is an easy play tonight going against the even rawer rookie Zach Lavine, as Patrick Beverley is still nursing the bad hammy.  You’re not going to get many dimes, that’s for James Harden to rack up, but he’s hit multi-3s and has at least 1 steal in 5 straight.

Thabo Sefolosha (2% owned) – With DeMarre Carroll out with a groin strain, Thabo is a great play for owners looking for steals as well.  Against the hapless Jazz, I could see 8 or 9 long boards coming his way, since Trey Burke is going to be his normal atrocious 3-point shooting self…  “Look ma, all bricks!”

 

I hope everyone’s teams has a nice humpday, and good luck tonight!

  1. Annunnaki says:
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    JB (and Slim, too), I know it’s early but my team needs some help. I’m .500 but losing this week 1-12 (We play the 8 standard cats plus FGM FGA OREB DREB and AtoT, yeah 3 REB cats). It’s a 12 team, 5 keeper league with 15 man rosters and my first 3 picks after keepers went Jabari, West, Calderon, so that’s probably the main reason I’m underperforming. Here’s my roster:

    PGs: Ellis(K), Calderon, Bradley
    Wings: Batum(K), Jabari, KMart, JGreen, KCP, McLemore
    Big Men: Jefferson(K), Drummond(K), TYoung(K), West, JHill, McRoberts

    I realize I’m short on PGs. Most of the decent ones were keepers and Jameer didn’t pan out for me, but Batum gets me PG level assists and my big men aren’t awful in assists either. The waiver wire has the following PGs: Jameer, DHarris, Cole, LeVine, Canaan, Exum, Stuckey, and Schroder. Ginobili is also available and he gets some dimes when he does play. Other guys on the waiver wire include: Iguodala, Gallinari, and Mason Plumlee. If everybody was healthy and playing, my bench would be McRoberts, KCP, Bradley, and McLemore. So what moves should I make? I’d like to compete this season but know I’ll probably have a losing record this month. Sorry for writing a book and I’m always grateful for your advice.

    • Slim

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      @Annunnaki: I don’t mind the length at all. The more info you give me the more educated my answer.

      McBob will probably be better eventually but I think you can move on from him. Let’s see… No to Jameer, Cole, Stuckey. Either hurt or just not playing well. Canaan has the job but no chance of stealing it unless Beverley stays down. I’d pass on him except to stream in which case he’s the best. That just leaves the kids: LaVine, Exum, Schroder, and Harris. LaVine looks to have the most secure role now but has the least long term upside. Schroder has to do this a few more times before I actually believe he eats into Teague’s minutes too much. Exum is going to be very inconsistent. Harris looks strong but his minutes are also fluctuating heavily. So… there aren’t any great options… Gun to my head I’m dropping McBob for Harris but I would also have to give LaVine a long look.

      As for the other guys, Ginobili is the only option and the drop would be McLemore. I could go either way with this one. Manu definitely hits more categories though.

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        @Slim: Thanks for the quick reply. Steven Adams was just dropped for Harris so Harris is no longer on the table. Adams is intriguing, especially in my format. I’m thinking I should drop McBob for Adams and wait to see how LaVine does tonight. If he gets 30 mins tonight and goes 10/5/5, I think I’ll drop McLemore for him, else I’ll drop McLemore for Manu. What do you think of those moves?

        • Slim

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          @Annunnaki: Adams seems ok. Doesn’t really help FGA, FGM, or AtoTO. I’ve soured on him a little with the lack of blocks too. I think you look solid with the boards. I would go LaVine and Manu.

          • Annunnaki says:
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            @Slim: Was just looking at Adams’ game log. Not a lot of blocks or pts there either, even with all of the OKC injuries. I imagine his stats wouldn’t get better when players start to get back. So LaVine and Manu for McBob and McLemore is the consensus. Would like to hear from JB before I pull the trigger. (Also, McLemore plays on Thursday, so would like to get that game played and pull the trigger late tonight after daily rosters for Thursday lock.) Thanks for the help Slim.

  2. JeF With 1 F says:
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    Did you see up dog last night?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: Up dog? Like the Yoga move?

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Damn you…you were supposed to say Whats up dog

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @JeF With 1 F: You the man now, Dawg!

  3. Principal Blackman says:
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    Underutilization is definitely a word.

    I wish I had had the stones to draft Harris this year, but I was gun shy after last season, when I got burnt by the likes of Harris, Ilyasova, Horford, and Brandon Jennings (I drafted all of those guys with 4 of my first 6 picks last year!). Thank goodness it is not last year anymore!

    • Slim

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      @Principal Blackman: I managed to avoid Ilyasova last year but Jennings got me, luckily I was able to trade him before it got real bad. I managed Tobias on an RCL team this year. Pick 102. Just after Hawes and Iguodala. Those guys can’t be happy with their picks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Principal Blackman: Hmmm, it had the red underline, I didn’t fact check it. Traveling with a dictionary everywhere I go now! I kept moving Harris up through preseason, def not up enough

  4. Principal Blackman says:
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    And now for a fantasy question that actually pertains to this year: I am looking to improve my percentages (fg%, ft%, 3%) in a 10 cat roto league (no TOs). And I’m thinking of trying to snag Curry from an owner who is hurting for blocks and boards. Should I offer him my Serge and Kemba for his Curry and Noel? Am I giving up too much or not enough?

    Here is my current squad:
    pg – Walker
    sg – Ellis
    g – Collison
    sf – Occupydraymondgreen
    pf – Milsap
    f – Jordan Hill
    C – Serge
    C – Pau
    util – Booker, Mason Plumlee
    BN – Calderon, Lamb, Exum, Diaw, Middleton

    What do you guys think?

    • Slim

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      @Principal Blackman: It isn’t enough but it’s worth a shot.

  5. Clyde Prompto says:
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    The office of the Bucks’ Head Coach is basically the house from “The Amityville Horror.” Only instead of making the coach butcher his family, the evil spirit forces the coach to butcher his rotations.

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      @Clyde Prompto: Jason Kidd is pissing me off too. I’ve got Sanders a couple of places and Giannis on one team. I assume it eventually gets better when they finally go full on tank mode but I have zero trust in Jason Kidd to do the right thing.

      • Clyde Prompto says:
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        @Slim: I just wikipedia’d the complete list of Bucks head coaches and holy moly. Since Don Nelson left in 1987, it’s been a hilarious collection of imbeciles. The only legitimately good coach they’ve had since Nelson is George Karl. The evil spirit allowed him to retain his coaching acumen, but gave him cancer instead. SERIOUSLY, FEAR THE MOTHEREFFIN’ DEER.

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          @Clyde Prompto: Haha so it was foggy as fuck driving home last night, so stayed behind an 18 wheeler, and it pulverized a deer right in front of me. Crazy, and very true story haha. Metaphor for that franchise!

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            @JB Gilpin: Haha yikes. In grew up in Maine so I have a veritable treasure trove of pulverized deer stories. The Bucks will become even more tragic when Giannis finally starts to realize his full potential….in his walk year.

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              @Clyde Prompto: Haha we will make so much money in the open market! Especially as salary cap increases with the new TV Deal

  6. Larry says:
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    Should I drop Elfrid for Draymond Green, Green has been pretty good the past few games or just be patient? I have Rondo, Knight, and Dragic as PGs and Ariza, Millsap (KD too when he comes back) for out of position assists. Other players: Favors, RoLo, Gortat. I’m looking at long term with Draymond and maybe this spike in production is because Lee and Klay are missing so not sure if I should hold Elfrid because it feels like he’s doing more harm than good?
    Alphabet, Barnes, all of the Pacers (except Hibbert, West, Sloan, and Copeland) Iguodala, Dunleavy, Burke, Marcus Morris, G. Neal are available. 12 teams 10 players.

    • Slim

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      @Larry: Yeah I would make that move. I expect more from Elfrid as the season progresses but it looks like Draymond is locked into the starting lineup. I think your assists are merely OK but Draymond does too much to pass on. I think Giannis should be owned too but I don’t see a drop from those players you listed.

  7. Slim

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    I’m upset I didn’t get Tobias in the REL. That was just stupid… Err… I’m trying to trade for him but it’s probably going to cost me too much.

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      @Slim: Yeah, I had him last year and thus had mentally blocked him during the draft. He went for $1… O_o

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @decaf: Oh damn!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Slim: Yeah he’ll cost a pretty penny… Wish I got him too…

  8. MAC says:
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    razzup guys?! do you drop players that are solid like frye and lee right now for streaming purposes? i mean, both are playing great right now, and their rest of season outlook is ok as well. tnx!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @MAC: Hah, Razzup man!? Def not Frye, and probably not Lee either, but I think lee cools off, when he does I would stream

  9. Mari says:
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    In a vacuum, would you drop Elfrid for Giannis or DeMarre, especially since Oladipo will be returning soon?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mari: If you have good PG depth, yeah I actually might for Giannis… Sadly… but I did have Giannis ranked higher coming into season, just love some Elfrid, when playing haha

      • Mari says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I might have good PG depth. In my 11 player team, I have CP3, Rubio, Knight and Elfrid. In the 13 player team, I have Jrue, Lawson, Kemba, Monta and Elfrid. Some of them, though, are more SG than PG.

        I like me some Elfrid, too, but not sure about his consistency. I have a feeling, too, that Giannis is going to keep getting a lot more minutes.

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        @JB Gilpin: I could drop Courtney Lee, though, for Giannis, but Lee’s consistent.

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Mari: Agree Giannis should get more minutes… In the 11er I def would drop Lee for Giannis, in 13 where you need a little more depth, I think I’d drop Elfrid for him, if you have Lee on both

  10. Martin says:
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    Guys,
    What do you think about Kyle O’Quinn? Should be added in 16 team league? I’m a little worried about minutes next to Frye and Vucevic (I would drop Brandon Davies). Maybe Chris Johnson is a better option?
    Any news about Rodney Stuckey? I took a risk and drop Fournier for him. When healthy Stuckey should find about 30 minuts in weak Pacers roster.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Martin: O’Quinn has showed he can produce in low minutes, and with him possibly back tonight, yeah def worth the add there. All I know for Stuckey is it’s still lingering and I worry about it a ton still… I probs woulda help Fournier.

  11. Cale says:
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    My Kobe guess 27/6/3 on 24 shots. A somewhat efficient game by Kobe’s standards.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Cale: Hah that would be one of his most efficient this year!

  12. The sapper says:
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    Trade Kieff and Rjax for Millsap?

    • The sapper says:
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      @The sapper: related question: would you prefer Monta and Kieff or PBev and Millsap? I’m punting assists and looking for efficient scoring.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @The sapper: I’d def do the Rjax one for Millsap. Ellis one I probably would do too, but long term, would rather give up Rjax

  13. Thunder from down under says:
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    Hi guys, my current team is as follows Dragic, Martin, Hayward, Davis, Horford, Korver, Ibaka, Deng, Morris with one utility spot free as I have Oladipo, MCW, Rubio and Noel. Will be good to have MCW back but I’m second last in assists and last in boards/points in our 8 cat Roto (no TO) league but still coming 4th. I was ready to pull the trigger on Deng until his 30 point game but would you consider dropping him for waiver players such as Parker, Greek Freak, afflalo or Nene? I’ve been pretty disappointed with Horfords output so far but hoping he will get into a groove and his minutes will increase. I need those boards! Any trade advice you could suggest? Thanks guys appreciate your work!

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      @Thunder from down under: I’m guessing Parker is Jabari right? Tough to not take Giannis over him… All sorta in that same range, I’d probably ride out Deng who is the hottest. Oh man your team is about to become a juggernaut in 8 cat with MCO/Dipo! Eesh, Brow/Ibaka/Horford as your front line too?! And Noel! I would maybe think about moving Noel or Ibaka for an elite PG or good PG respectively, one that Turns it over a lot

  14. Jesse says:
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    Hey JB! Longtime reader here who enjoys every one of your posts! : )

    My team consists of Shumpert, Wiggins, Hayward, Millsap, Bosh, Payton, Calderon, Anderson, PEkovic, Fournier, Westbrook, Rose, and Noel. I’m trying to trade for Lance an Jrue holiday- would millsap/fournier or Pekovic/millsap be a better trade?

    What areas does my team need to improve/who should I try to trade for?

    THANKS!!! : )

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jesse: Thanks so much for reading man! I agree assists are a big need, I usually wouldn’t like to give away millsap who I love, but getting Jrue and Lance is good for their assists. Would give up Forunier if I could. Wish you had a tad more blocks, and looks like points are money when Westy is back. Rose for a blocker? For Favors?

  15. your mom says:
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    Westbrook and ross for monta and parsons? Roto league. Is it fair? Thanks

    • your mom says:
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      @your mom: oh and how bout a dragic for holiday straight up?

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @your mom: Whewwww tough to not take Holiday… Coin flip there, if you need the dimes I’m good with it. With it roto and Westbrook’s bad TO, yeah it’s very fair I think I’d take the Mavs but very very close

  16. Snacks13 says:
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    When are you going to accept defeat on calling Klay ThrAGNOFF? Dood is 6th in the league in scoring and contributing well in FTs, plus a steal and nearly a BLK per game

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Snacks13: Well he’s better than the others and still a top 50ish kinda guy for me, but I still think he’s overvalued. Be money in a scoring only league!

  17. Aussie says:
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    I’m honestly underwhelmed with Steven Adams. Yes he gets consistent boards and decent FG%, but very few defensive stats and is overall boring me.
    Is Kaman worth picking up for him? Or Ed Davis in the event of a Boozer/Jordan Hill injury?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Aussie: Yeah I think I’d go Davis, consistent even in a smaller role off the bench, love the blocks.

  18. Tony C says:
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    I am struggling to find servicable SGs for mostly scoring and 3PM’s without killing my FG or FT %’s. Some steals would be nice too. I tend to roster multi-category contibutors rather than specialists in any category but having said that I am mostly looking for a good scorer as mentioned above. The league is a 12-teamer, 9-CAT. My choices at SG are (and if you could rank the top 4 that would be a big help). I love your work and Thanks for the advice!
    TRoss
    KCP
    KJ Jennings
    Hardaway
    Chalmers
    Morrow
    Temple (not the Owls)
    TAllen
    Neal

    Also for a scoring forward with 3PMs do you prefer Channing Frye or Teletovic?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Tony C: Starting at the bottom, yeah I’ll def take Frye. So for the SG – I would rank them KJ, Chalmers, KCP Ross. Not a big Chalmers fan, but helps with those steals.

      Thanks so much for reading man!

      • Tony C says:
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        Would you choose Ben McLemore at SG over KJ, Chalmers, KCP or Ross in a 12-teamer, 9 CAT league if you’re looking mostly for Points and 3PM with a litlle somehting else?

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Tony C: Nah, I’m not a McLemore guy, and bigger minutes with no Collison in the G rotation last game. He’d be behind Ross

  19. KD Owner says:
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    yo yo.

    what do you guys think of marcus morris? will he get minutes to be relevant in 14 teamers?

    not sure if the ‘streamers’ section was there last year but it’s saving my life a little right now

    • JB Gilpin

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      @KD Owner: Yeah he’s played a ton lately and I think is def worth a 14er spot.

      Nope, just added late last week, glad you like it! Haven’t had any great calls yet, but everyone I’ve suggested has been useful so far 🙂

  20. Aiden says:
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    Hey JB,

    My Nelson got traded for Exum. But now I am extremely concerned about Exum. Not usually too big on rooks. I feel like Exum=Nelson-Treys.

    The other spot I could spare was H. Thompson and Iguodala(will the old iggy come back?).

    WW: Felton, Schroder, Augustin, Stuckey, Lavoy?(no help with AST, but at least can boost my FG%?)

    Can you recommend any good moves if there is any?
    Thanks.

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      @Aiden:
      WW: Gary Neal as well

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Aiden: Well Nelson now has a bum hammy, so I still like it. I dunno about old Iggy, but I think a little more than this… I’d wait until tomorrow night’s game to see how MCW back impacts Thompson. If he is way down in minutes, I’d make a move, but he’s been good until now.

        • Aiden says:
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          @JB Gilpin:
          IF Thompson doesn’t do anything, and I need to make a move, what do you think are the best options among these players on WW?
          Thanks

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            @Aiden: Ummmm, probably grabbing Augustin, but if Stuckey is close to healthy by Friday, he’d be my grab

  21. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    JB,

    I was able to flip my Kemba for Batum last night. Pretty stoked. I agree with you on Crabbe. The kid has a nice shot, but he is pretty much just a warm body out there when he runs with Wes, Dame, and LA.

    I suppose Stotts wants McCollum to be more assertive as the scoring option for the 2nd unit, but he has looked super passive and defers to the likes of Kaman and Blake. It would be nice to see him be more aggressive when he is the best scorer on the floor for Rip City.

    Blake and Kaman bring some grit to the Blazers, not fun for fantasy, but it is great to watch Blake run through a Kenneth Faried screen and then stand over to earn a tech.

    Great write up as usual.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @OldMilwaukeePounders: NICE! That’s an unreal trade.

      Yeah Blake was good last night… Kaman as well. Turning into a really good 2nd unit as opposed to last year.

      Thanks for reading man!

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        @JB Gilpin:

        Kaman took Big Al to school once or twice last night, very encouraging.

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @OldMilwaukeePounders: Yeah big Al had a rough one… Kaman is so underrated even at his age though!

  22. Dom says:
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    The manner in which Lance Stephenson collects some of his boards is total BS. At least 4 times last night he came swooping in for no reason to snatch an uncontested rebound from one of his own bigs, practically right out of their hands. How does Al Jefferson get 2 boards while Stephenson 14? Some of his rebounds are pointless and his numbers are hollow.

    Who do we like most for tonight: Chris Copeland vs MIA, Eric Gordon vs LAL, Gerald Green vs BKN, Garret Temple vs DET, or KCP vs WASH? Thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Dom: Yup totally agree, why I said Al is tellin him to get off his back! And agree Lance is a huge sell high. Ummm, Copeland trending down… not loving Temple/KCP matchup, even though he sucks and is boring, I’ll go with Gordon

  23. I Am The Liquor says:
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    I was offered Noah and Deng for my. Not crazy about this deal though I could use some depth. What side would you want to be on?

    • I Am The Liquor says:
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      [email protected]I Am The Liquor: Was also offered Knight (4) and Sullinger (11) for Ibaka (58). Like this better, contracts in my favor too. For reference (Noah is 45 and Deng is 6. 14 teams, keeper league where we can sign contracts for 1,2, or 3 years and add $5, $10, $15 to the salary respectively.

      Thanks!

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @I Am The Liquor: Noah and Deng for…? Haha the Liquor talking!

        Yeah I’d take Knight side for the value. Any time!

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          @JB Gilpin: @JB Gilpin: Haha yes it’s definitely the liquor. Ibaka in both deals. I think Knight at 4 is the best keeper in our league assuming he keeps up his production to some extent. How do you feel about Sullinger? I haven’t seen much written about him in the blog (unless I blacked out – darn liquor).

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            JB Gilpin says:
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            @I Am The Liquor: Ah! Haha. Yeah love Knight at 4, Noah and Deng one… Nah, don’t like that one. Sully is OK, I’m not huge on him, but think he’ll be a value at that price. We chatted a little on him in preseason and earlier in the year, I think since he’s doing about what we expected without too many huge games I haven’t thrown him in too often.

  24. JeF With 1 F says:
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    27/5/4

    28 shots

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: Nice! Kinda close to me, wait til you hear what Slim picked on the Pod!

  25. kisses says:
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    I need a bit of help with some strategy.

    I started off the week’s matchup with a HUGE dud thanks to Copeland, Sloan, and Drummond going a collective 3-20 from the field and not doing much else (thank goodness for Drummond’s 12 rebounds…). I was down a whole lot in every category, but was able to start chipping away last night thanks to the drops of Sloan and Copeland for McLemore and HBarnes.

    My team right now has PG, SG, SF, PF, C, 3UTIL. I have:
    G – Rondo, Bledsoe, KevMart, IT2, Wroten, McLemore
    F – McDaniels, MKG, HBarnes, *Durant
    C – JHill, Drummond, Boogie

    I’ve used 2/7 matchup acquisitions with HBarnes and McLemore so I need to be strategic.

    MKG doesn’t play again until Friday and Saturday and I wasn’t going to start him on Friday since I already have a full roster. I’m tempted to drop MKG for someone like Canaan (plays tonight, Friday but wouldn’t play him due to full roster, and Sunday) or LaVine (plays tonight, Friday but wouldn’t play him due to full roster, and Saturday) for tonight to get some stats, but neither play tomorrow leaving me to drop one of them for someone playing tomorrow (not the greatest of options with tomorrow’s games, would probably go with someone like Brandan Wright). If I drop MKG, then I would have an extra slot on Saturday (where I would have been playing him) and have a bunch of options for pickups in terms of the games being played, but only 1 slot to add someone (already have a full roster, but would gain a spot if dropped MKG). Sunday has some limited options as well.

    TL;DR — Do I drop MKG in order to get stats tonight and tomorrow night, but risk losing him to someone else in the league once he clears waivers? I would only be playing MKG for his Saturday game this week (due to roster spots) where I could drop him and look elsewhere for production for this week to play tonight, tomorrow, Saturday, and maybe Sunday? Is dropping him worth the pickups of LaVine or Canaan?

    Thanks! (hope that made sense. really just needed to talk-type this out…)

    • JB Gilpin

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      @kisses: Def makes sense! Lot’s of things to think about… Yeah I’d drop MKG for all those options out there… I would grab Canaan for tonight, and probably move on to someone playing Thursday. I think with a wire that seems fairly robust like that, at least with decent options you can get, I’d be apt to stream a lot. Barnes is a guy I’d stream as well for games Thurs/weekend

      • kisses says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Yeah, I’m holding Barnes (Th, Sat, and Sun) and McLemore (Th and Sat). Just made the move on Canaan, thanks for supporting me through this tough loss of MKG (loving him this season!). Will drop Canaan for someone tomorrow night and will probably drop that person and McLemore for people playing on Sunday.

        Thanks for your help! Podcasts are also great, btw.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @kisses: Ah, yeah great schedule for Barnes. I love MKG, hope you can grab him again. And yeah, McLemore dropped for a Sunday game I’d prob do too.

          Any time, thanks for listening! I think we had a good one today 🙂

          • kisses says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Engaged in some discussions for Lowry+Oladipo for my Bledsoe+Drummond. Thoughts?

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              JB Gilpin says:
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              @kisses: In a vacuum I don’t mind it, but cripples your big man depth

  26. Nikko says:
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    Would you trade Jamal Crawford for Imam Shumpert. I’m a huge Knicks fan. In the h2h point league?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Nikko: Ehhh, not huge on either, they’re about even I would have no prob with it!

  27. Aiden says:
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    Jamal Crawford vs Nerlens Noel?

    I need FT% and shooting guard position.

    is this about even trade?

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      @Aiden:

      Derozan or W. Matthews for Ariza?

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Aiden: Nahhhhhh much rather Noel.

        Umm, yeah I would rather Matthews for Ariza, dunno if I’d do DeRozan for him

  28. 740 says:
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    Good shit JB! hoping Batum comes back sooner rather than later. smh

    10team h2h 8cats. drop Giannis for Frye?

    PG Deron Williams, Bkn PG

    SG Alec Burks, Uta SG, PG

    SF Giannis Antetokounmpo, Mil SF, SG

    PF Serge Ibaka, OKC PF, C

    C Al Horford, Atl C, PF

    G Darren Collison, Sac PG

    F Trevor Ariza, Hou SF

    UTIL Nikola Vucevic, Orl C, PF

    UTIL Ryan Anderson, Nor PF

    UTIL Markieff Morris, Pho PF, C

    BENCH
    SLOT PLAYER, TEAM POS
    Bench Nicolas Batum*, Por SF, SG O

    Bench Victor Oladipo*, Orl SG, PG O

    Bench Jose Calderon*, NY PG O

    IR Kevin Durant*, OKC SF O

    as you can see i have a slew of hurt players.

    Thanks JB

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      @740: Thanks man! Sounds like it’ll be Monday, so not that bad… I honestly would drop Burks for Frye, but that’s just me.

  29. Shaft says:
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    JB– a few trade ideas for you. Let me know if you think they make sense or are too one-sided?

    1. Rolo and Sullinger for Jordan Hill
    2. Rolo and Sullinger for Toby Harris
    3. Draymond Green and Rolo for Jordan Hill
    4. Rolo for Nerlens Noel

    My 8-cat h2h weekly team is: Conley, Jrue, Knight, Draymond Green, Boogie, M Gasol, Rolo, Sullinger, Fyre, T. Jones, Durant, Rubio

    I know you hate Rolo and dont love Sullinger, but it’s hard to find guys that can put up double doubles with a block or two consistently.

    Thanks!

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      @Shaft: any chance you think a draymond and rolo or sully could get a millsap? am i just dreaming?

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Shaft: 1. Yeah I like it, we talked big on Hill on the Pod today. 2, Like this one a tad more, depends on needs of which I would take. 3. Like it too, but like Dray over Sully. 4. Would love this one too. Probably dreaming to get Millsap, but can’t hurt to offer!

  30. Lasandro says:
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    @jb Gilpin: @slim was right – owner of kawhi was too tentative to let him go after his last two. Particularly since his squad is bottom in fg%. So I’m talking trades with owner of dirk. Nice upgrade to you guys? I’m bottom of everything bar fg%, assists, a/to, and blocks. T jones missing today again doesn’t help. Been a while since I listed my squad so here tis (14 cat):

    KD*
    MCW *
    T jones *
    Kieff
    Gortat
    Bogut
    Ty
    Lowry
    Kemba
    Serge
    Jimmy
    Trill
    Oladipo * (picked up Sloan yesterday but grabbed dipo as soon as I read an orlando sentinel report saying he MAY return Friday)

    • Lasandro says:
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      @jb Gilpin: would my Lowry for a parsons or Pau be a value loss for me? The way Pau is playing right now, he’d def some of my stats. Dirk still seems to be the best option.. Lemme know

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        @Lasandro: Def want to push for Dirk, I think downgrading to Parsons and Pau is losing too much value. If Dirk stalls, then maybe one of those two guys but would need a throw in!

  31. Bucky says:
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    Hey Guys! Who would you rather have over KCP?
    Evan Fournier, Anthony Morrow, Mike Dunleavy, Shawne Williams, or Toney Allen?
    Or should I hold?
    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bucky: I think I hold, shot well tonight, and the steals HAVE to be coming at some point. Fournier about to be in a minutes crunch with Dipo soon to be back

  32. The Tristan Thompson Conundrum says:
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    Would you do Kobe Gay and Jabari for KD Batum and Morrow?

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