For those of you who didn’t watch the Sixers vs Lakers game on Tuesday, you really missed out on something special.  It was Kobe Bryant’s final game in Philly (where he played high school ball), and the atmosphere was absolutely electric.  Kobe led off the game by draining 3 treys in his first four shots, with fans cheering every time he touched the ball.  Unfortunately, the adrenaline could only take his aging body so far, and the inefficient Kobe of this year, soon took over.  There were flashes of former glory throughout the game, but it’s clear that his brilliant career is coming to an end.  “There’s so much beauty in the pain of this thing,” Bryant said of his struggles on the floor.  Thankfully, he is playing the season out, and giving his fans a last chance to say goodbye.

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Kobe has given us some incredible moments over the years, and like him or hate him, you have to respect him.  He is one of the greatest competitors in NBA history, and he plays with as much intensity and heart as anyone that I can remember.  Bryant always put 110% into the game, and that constant strain is likely what wore his body out.  However, it’s also what makes him one of the greatest to ever play the game.

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It’s going to feel very odd watching a Laker team without Kobe Bryant.  I suppose all stars come and go, but Bryant just seemed to defy all odds up until this year.  It’s even stranger to see Kobe starting to show up on some waiver wires.  As for me, I own him in a couple leagues, and will be holding him for the duration of the season.  Just for the principle of the thing.

Kobe is among the last of the old guard, with veterans and retired players like Pierce, Allen, Garnett, DuncanNowitzki, Nash, and Shaq.  New players like Curry, Harden, Westbrook, Leonard, Durant, Davis, and George, have risen to take their place.  It’s a pretty incredible cycle if you think about it.

Ok, enough of the nostalgia, lets get into the waiver wire for this week!

  • T.J. Warren – SF – 37% – I hate Warren as a player, but if you need points and a few boards, with solid percentages, I’d give him a look.  He really doesn’t provide great peripherals, but he’s a decent option for the back of your bench, while his minutes are up.
  • Isaiah Canaan – PG – 25% –  Bizarro Warren will wreck your percentages and pile up a whole lot of threes… Not sure if you want that on your team, but he has been on a three-ball tear lately, so I figured I should let you know.  Averaging 3.5 treys per game for over a week now.
  • Mirza Teletovic – SF/PF – 8% – With the injury to Chandler, Mirza has been getting around 20 minutes a game, and averaging 3.3 treys, during that time period.  Not sure how long it will last, but the out of position stats are awfully nice.  So if you need that extra boost in 3s, give him a look!  For now, he’s a deeper league option, or for an owner who’s desperate for some shooting.
  • Omri Casspi – SF – 14% – The Kings have been committed to getting the versatile forward into the rotation more, and it’s starting to look like a good move.  Casspi provides nice across the board production, while shooting solid percentages, and not turning the ball over.  Not many options on the wire that are more solid.
  • Clint Capela – PF/C – 41% – Slim’s greatest triumph can now be yours in 59% of leagues!  As long as you don’t mind losing FT% every week.  The overall stat production from Capela, is pretty compelling.  A solid amount of steals, boards, and blocks, almost a Noel type stat line.  He is currently in the starting lineup, and is a must own, if you can swallow the FT%.

 

To answer the question ahead of time, no, I’m not dropping T-Jones for Capela yet.  They both should be owned though.

 

Deal or Steal

This weeks edition of Deal or Steal features a trade from the REL, that went down a few days ago.  I technically didn’t ask permission to analyze the trade, but hey, JB can kick me out if he doesn’t like it! The trade went down between Team JB Gilpin (Creative name JB!) and team Niko-Cola (formerly Breaking Batum).

Team JB (Not Winner) Niko – Cola (Winner)
Serge Ibaka -$40 for Joakim Noah – $22
E’Twaun Moore – $1 Ian Mahinmi – $7
Lance Thomas – $1 Jeremy Lamb – $11

(To clarify, what each side is giving, is listed under their names)

For those of you who don’t know, the REL is a 20 team, dynasty league, with $200 budget for keepers and auction combined.

This trade makes a lot of sense for both sides, since JB will not be able to keep Ibaka next year, and Niko – Cola was looking for a bigger salary piece to build around.  This also replaced the back end of JB’s bench with players that are getting minutes, and provides upside in Lamb as a future keeper.  However, while the thought process made sense, the execution did not.  Noah is clearly a drop after this year, and the other two or borderline, so we have to base value on this year, and in that case, the Ibaka side clearly wins. This has to do with Noah’s clear lack of playing time, and permanent dtd tag.  A smarter move would have been to simply trade Ibaka for 3 veteran players that are producing this year, and go all out to win it.

This trade gives some potential for the future, but blurs the line between rebuilding and winning.  Winning takes a commitment, one way or the other.  So, when trading in your own leagues, don’t be afraid to take chances.  In the words of the wise Ricky Bobby:

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Final Note: I will be out of town next week, so there will be no article, next Thursday.  I will be updating my Twitter account some, and of course, answering questions there, and here as well.  So be sure to hit me up at  @RazzWired

Have an awesome week Razzballers!

  1. JB Gilpin

    JB Gilpin says:
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    Haha, not a dig on my trade at all! A few things here – I had been shopping Ibaka since we came into this season. Couldn’t deal pre-draft or until now. Also the depth is a little understated, I honestly think the only cat I lose in the deal is FT%, which Whiteside is hurting for me anyway. My main target was REB actually, which I think I add 40-50 a week with this haul, if not more.

    Just because a trade doesn’t have a CLEAR now vs. future angle doesn’t make it a bad trade. It helps my depth NOW while giving me possible keepers for FUTURE, I see it as a win win.

    Then again, everyone else seems to hate it, so maybe I’ll just start yelling at everyone like I’m Noah and you’re all refs.

    THIS TRADE ANALYSIS WITHOUT MY APPROVAL IS A FOUL!!!!!!!!!! AND ONEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!

    • Adam

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      @JB Gilpin: With Ibaka’s reasonable price-tag, I’m sure you could’ve gotten more value after the draft, but before the season started. Ibaka’s value definitely dropped once the season started. (Pretty sure I predicted that) *pats back*

      It works fine for you if Noah manages to stay healthy and not get too pissed off with management. Noah just isn’t a guy I’d want to own on any team. To get a questionable player rental like Noah, plus too meh keepers just isn’t a win value wise, for a stud in Ibaka.

      Per the rebound argument. You could’ve traded ibaka straight up for Korver and added a lot of 3s. Doesn’t really justify the value of the trade.

      I added a fair amount of depth myself, in the deal that got me Barnes, Ed Davis, and Jack for just Kaminsky and Lyles. Even with the cheap pricetags on those two, Ibaka holds more value, and I’d content that I got a very equivalent haul. Maybe people just like giving you a rough time in trade negotiations.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Adam: Well $40 is maybe reasonable for a few teams, but my stock of keepers makes him a non-keeper for sure.

        Not quite sure why you threw Korver in there… I was just explaining why I liked my haul for team needs haha. Value in a trade is always about how it fits the team, not in a vacuum.

        Well, yeah, that trade was a steal, and clear cut NOW vs. FUTURE. I’d argue Mahinmi Noah Lamb is just as good a haul, and “for just” Kaminsky and Lyles are rookies someone might wanna build around with reasonable prices.

        Final thought – team that gets Ibaka is likely not going to the playoffs. So I didn’t sell him to a competitor as a rental. Another reason I worked on it with Niko-Cola.

        And and final final thought – we talked some about Ibaka. “Maybe people just like giving you a rough time in trade negotiations.” You’re included in that, Brosef Stalin!

        • Adam

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          @JB Gilpin: With that pricetag, targeting the young rebuilding teams, with plenty of salary makes more sense.

          Korver was a strawman argument, with the point that you can load up on any individual stat by dealing a high end player… doesn’t mean it’s a good deal, regardless if you need that stat or not.

          In that case, I just found a team who had some good performing vets, that were worthless on the team. Same could be done with Ibaka, and I’d clearly take Serge over Frank and Trey, rookies or not.

          I wouldn’t be so sure about that, their acquisitions of Deng and Dirk only make sense if they’re trying to contend. The season is still young.

          Hahaha, I give everyone a tough time! Slim got the best of me in the Tucker deal, but I flipped Lyles nicely, so it’s all good. If I remember right, it was a fair deal but you didn’t do it because you wouldn’t deal Wilson Chandler…. Karma my friend!

          • JB Gilpin

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            @Adam: Oh for sure, I don’t like Kaminsky either, and I think I got a better haul than Kaminsky and Lyles since I think I can compete this yr. I’m not “sure”, but they have a big hill to climb. Better give him to that team, than your nuts team that could use BLK. Wait, is all this flack because YOU didn’t get Ibaka!?!??!?!!? Mystery solved!

            Well the Chandler thing was in a Whiteside negotiation right? Yeah that one hurt… IL worked out in my favor after being against it haha

            • Adam

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              @JB Gilpin: Hey I like Frank as a person! As basketball talents, they both need a fair amount of polish.

              You keep Ibaka to play with Bro-Lo and LBJ, and you win easily lol.

              I really can’t afford Ibaka at this point… Best I could do would be my boy CoJo!

              • JB Gilpin

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                @Adam: I would’ve liked MY BOY Cojo back, but I needed more depth… Perils of keeping too much salary for the draft

                • Adam

                  Adam says:
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                  @JB Gilpin: Whose team is he on? Oh that’s right, mine! Therefore, he’s alllll mine!

                  Honestly, I’m just pissed I didn’t max out on Zinger… Just got too conservative. I’ll be more aggressive next year.

  2. TheJohn says:
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    M leonards, bogut, biyombo, rhj, mahnimi…

    Can u plz rate rhem in order or potential/upside??

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @TheJohn: I’m assuming you want them ranked for rest of season? In that case:

      Leonard, Mahinmi, RHJ, Bogut, Biyombo. With Bogut and Biyombo being a fair amount lower. The top 3 are pretty close.

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    Not so sure in the REL this trade is as one sided as thought. Ignoring the keeper angle, I think in a 340 player league the upgrade from (Moore, Thomas) to (Mahinmi, Noah) is significant. Whether this fully makes up the downgrade from Ibaka to Lamb is debatable of course.

    It all depends how we personally value players in that league. Which makes it interesting because the first thing you have to do in the REL is throw out the book you use on standard leagues. And then we have to rebuild the book adjusting for the REL settings. And since that book does not exist anywhere, it becomes a matter of opinions and theories which are very hard to prove. That is the beauty and the challenge of the REL.

    I have my own theories of course, which probably differ from everybody else’s. But they are just that..theories. Can’t prove ’em except for figuring out whether they are working or not.

    • Adam

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      @Rob: It definitely is a fair deal, and we’ll see how it plays out. It really comes down to Noah being healthy and getting minutes during the stretch run this year.

      I picked this trade because it’s pretty much impossible to judge, which makes it fun to speculate on. I definitely see both sides here, my point is simply that he probably could’ve gotten a bigger haul of vets if he was fully committed to winning this year. That’s purely speculation though, because I don’t know who JB negotiated with, etc.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Rob: @Adam: Yeah I wanted a keeper and a vet, ended up with a vet and two maybe keepers at best… It wasn’t the best haul, but I wanted some depth, if lord forbid Ibaka goes down, I woulda been really crunched with his value.

  4. Avant Guards says:
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    Sanity check:

    Standard league, I have TJ Warren, and Jabari Parker is a free agent. Why am I delaying in picking him up? Isn’t this a no brainer? TJ Warren seems to be warming up with a few great games lately, but I have a feeling his ceiling is lower than Parkers from about mid-season onwards. Am I crazy? What’s happening???? Thanks guys!

    • Adam

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      @Avant Guards: Warren has been better on the year… I don’t think it’s worth making the swap unless you’re clearly in the lead and can wait him out. That Milwaukee team is not being used properly, and Monroe has screwed over everyone’s value. I think I’d stick with Warren, especially if you need scoring. Definitely not crazy lol.

      Maybe someone else can chime in. It’s a pretty interesting dilemma.

  5. Mark says:
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    I currently own jerami grant in a 9 cat 12 person h2h. Tjones is on the wire. Should I drop grant for him?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Mark: I’d make that move. With Holmes back, Grant’s minutes seem to be on the downturn. Plus, he’s not THAT great to begin with. Never know with the Sixers though lol. Regardless, I’d roll the dice with Jones.

      • mark says:
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        @Adam: ok. i also own capella. should i drop grant or capella to pick up tjones?

        • Adam

          Adam says:
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          @mark: I’d drop Grant, gotta wait and see how that situation plays out. If Howard goes down, you’d have very valuable players. Both still hold value as is though.

  6. Bugsy Mogues says:
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    What’s your opinion on the long term potential of TJ McConnell? Clearly will lose minutes this year, but does he have the talent to be in dynasty discussions?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Bugsy Mogues: Quite simply, no. McConnell is just not an NBA player… At least for a team that wants to win. Plus, his time in Philly is coming to a close with Wroten and Marshall almost back.

  7. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Adam! Jermai Grant or Crowder for season? Thanks!

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Jerry: Definitely Crowder. The steals and established minutes guarantee his value.

  8. Benjamin says:
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    I just traded away Lillard and Ellis for Cousins and Klay. Do you think that is a steal?
    Cats: 3s, Pts, Rbs, Ast, Stl, Blk, DD

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Benjamin: With DD being a category, I’d say that’s pretty damn good for you! Plus no TOs to hurt Cousin’s value!

      • Benjamin says:
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        @Adam:
        Haha, Thanks!
        I’m just really concerned about Cousin’s injury proneness. Do you think that is a major concern? And I’m hoping Klay will not get as much rest when it gets closer to playoff time.

        • Adam

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          @Benjamin: I wouldn’t call Cousins injury prone yet. He’s a big man, they get banged up some.

          Klay should be fine. There’s no way Curry maintains this pace lol. Klay looked great in that Hornet’s game before Curry went crazy.

          • Benjamin says:
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            @Adam:
            Sweet! Thanks for the reassurance!
            Do you mind taking a look at my current team? It’d be nice to get some outside perspective on my team.
            After the trade, it should look like this:
            Damarcus cousins
            Andre Drummond
            Kevin Love
            Kemba Walker
            Klay Thompson
            Emmanuel Mudiay
            Victor Oladipo
            Nikola Mirotic
            Jrue Holiday
            Zach Randolph
            Rodney Hood
            KCP
            Meyers Leonard
            IR: Tony Wroten

            • Adam

              Adam says:
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              @Benjamin: How many teams? Looks pretty solid. Drummond is a beast with those categories. I’d look to move Mirotic though, if you can find someone who values him still.

              • Adam

                Adam says:
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                @Adam: I like it though, those 3 bigs at the top are nasty.

                • Benjamin says:
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                  @Adam:
                  I’m in a 12 man team.

                  I was hoping that Mirotic would be the breakout candidate he was projected to be, but he seems to be in a slump… I’m guessing you think he won’t reach his hype?

                  Also, I’m not sure what I should do when Wroten returns. I might have to drop him or someone on the list. Maybe holiday?

                  • Adam

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                    @Benjamin: Probably Leonard to drop, you need all the PGs you can get. Especially with your top bigs to carry you.

                    Yeah, Mirotic and McCollum weren’t really hyped here. He just doesn’t have the defensive ability to get consistent minutes. In the NBA if you can’t play defense, you won’t get minutes.

                    Your team looks solid for a 12er. Especially once Thompson hits his stride.

                    • Benjamin says:
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                      @Adam:
                      Ahh ok, but don’t you think Leonard can give me a good amount of 3s and points and decent rebounding? Especially when he takes over Vonleh? Unless you think Wroten will be much better.

                      I feel like my team lacks in assists and I might just punt those.

                  • Adam

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                    @Benjamin: He should be okay with 3s and a few boards, but not huge quantity. Wroten should make you fairly competitive in assists. Not worth punting that stat. Plus, you don’t really need the points and boards from Leonard. Your bigs have that covered.

                    • Benjamin says:
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                      @Adam:
                      Can you teach me how to be so wise?

                  • Adam

                    Adam says:
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                    @Benjamin: Hahaha, sure, for three easy payments of $19.95!

                    • Benjamin Lee says:
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                      @Adam:
                      lol, I see what you did there.

                      I just got offered Jarrett Jack for Zach Randolph
                      I might consider to up my assists a bit.
                      I was also thinking about offering leonard or Mirotic for a 2-2 deal which would go like
                      Zbo/Mirotic or Leonard for Jack/Korver
                      What do you think?

                  • Adam

                    Adam says:
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                    @Benjamin: I really like the Jack/Korver for Miro/Randolph idea. Korver and Klay together would be crazy.

                    If you do that, your only weakness that I can see would be blocks, and not a huge weakness at that.

                    • Benjamin says:
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                      @Adam:
                      After seeing Jack and Korvers game on Friday, Idk if I’m so interested in them anymore.

                      Do you think it would be a better trade if I traded away randolph/leonard or Mirotic for Jeff Teague?

                  • Adam

                    Adam says:
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                    @Benjamin: If you can get Teague, then do that. I highly doubt the Teague owner will want to sell that low though.

                    • Benjamin says:
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                      @Adam:
                      You’re right. He ended up not wanting to sell that low. He almost gave in though haha.

                      I just heard that Jarrett Jack’s best is season is behind him now. I’m just afraid that I will get the really short end of the stick by trading ZBO/Mirotic for Jack/Korver.

  9. Sebastian says:
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    So, im trying to get curry but i think i might be overpaying here:

    My draymond green, kyrie irving, rudy gay and valanciunas for his steph curry, cj mcollum and mirotic. Should i pull the trigger?

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Sebastian: Wow that’s a lot.. It really depends how deep your team is, and your league size etc. I would try to find better players in the deal than CJ and Mirotic though. CJ is borderline top 100 and Mirotic is outside of it.

  10. .. says:
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    Trading Isaiah Thomas and porzingis for klay and oladipo…what do you think given the nice play recently from it2/3 and porzingis along with the struggles from klay and oladipo? Thanks!

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @..: Yeesh, I’d really hate to trade Zinger, but that seems pretty close. Honestly, I’d hold. I think Porzingis is just that good. Klay Thompson just doesn’t have the stat variety for me to advise the trade. I really had to think about this though.

      • HG says:
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        @Adam: thanks! instead, would you do isaiah thomas for klay straight up?

        • HG says:
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          @HG: and do you think klay will be able to pick it up soon?

          • Adam

            Adam says:
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            @HG: wait, do you own Klay? If you have Klay, then I’d definitely do the Porzingis deal. If you have IT, then that’s about even for Klay.

            I do think Klay will pick up once Curry dials it back a bit.

  11. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Adam! Capella or Koufos? With the reemergence of T. Jones the last couple of games, and Montejunias set to return, I’m not sure about Capela’s minutes going forward. Koufos should be very productive filling in for Cauley-Stein the next six weeks or so. What are your thoughts? Thanks and enjoy the weekend!

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Jerry: Capela if you don’t care about the FT%. If that does bother you at all, then go Koufos. Should work well either way. Have an awesome weekend man!

  12. Tyler says:
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    wanna hear your thoughts. Pick 2 out of the group for 9cat h2h.

    Mayo
    Bjelica
    Tyler Johnson
    Stanley Johnson
    Gary Harris
    Galloway

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