The trade deadline is here! ¬†Today! ¬†And even though we had a few trades already go down, more are sure to proliferate through the league office. ¬† Hopefully the NBA has faster fax machines than the NFL. ¬†I mean, seriously on that Elvis Dumervil thing?! ¬†BREAKING NEWS! ¬†The Heat trade LeBron James to Cleveland for Anthony Bennett, but the trade was sent just over a month too late. ¬†Reports indicate it was sent on April 1st. ¬†Hah! ¬†Sent from some hooligan named David Stern… ¬†You’ve been punked Adam Silver! ¬†Back to reality, we’ve seen Marcus Thornton get traded to the grandpa Nets for Jason Terry and Reggie Evans and Steve Blake get all his fantasy value decapitated Hershel-Walking Dead style by getting shipped to the Warriors for Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks. ¬†The takeaways thus far is you can cut Blake in virtually all leagues, and in deeper leagues I actually think Reggie Evans could start at some point as the Kings 4. ¬†Jason Thompson is one of the many rumored on the trading block which would open up that role. ¬†I’m not saying Evans would play 30 minutes or anything, but could maybe average 8 boards a game while doing nothing else in the typical Evans fashion. ¬†So when I say deeper leagues, I mean deeeeeeper. ¬†We’ll recap the rest of the trades in tomorrow morning’s piece as well as in the comments throughout the afternoon to help with your fantasy moves. ¬†Here’s what else went down in NBA action:
Ricky Rubio –¬†His stats took a roofie-oh for a bit there in January, but going nuts now! ¬†Career-high 17 assists last night for 6/7/17/2/0 with only 2 TOs. ¬†Buttttt 2-10 from the field and 2-6 from the stripe. ¬†Teach this guy the fundamentals of B.E.E.F.! ¬†Maybe they’d have to change the acronym to C.A.R.N.E. for the translation. ¬†CARNE could stand for… Control, Accentuate, Release, Neck, Eyes? ¬†I need some better ides for that…
Kevin Love –¬†Love is in the air! ¬†42/16 with 5 treys. ¬†Flip Saunders said Love will stay in Minnesota, but don’t we all need love?! ¬†Love to the Charlotte Hornets for Anthony Tolliver, put it on the board!
George Hill –¬†Still quietly productive after spending most of the season just quiet. ¬†13/6/1/1/1 with two treys.
Roy Hibbert –¬†Didn’t say “Yo, what up J-Shot?” a single time last night. ¬†Yeah that means get a block. ¬†Wise man say “if you have to explain your jokes, they’re not funny”. ¬†That’s why I ignore wise men! ¬†And if those same wise men are saying they’re at all worried about Hibby, you put them on ignore.
Glen Davis –¬†Came out with a sore Achilles. ¬†After the game, his Achilles said in an interview, “My god, of course I’m sore with all this weight I’m supporting!”
Victor Oladipo –¬†Only 18:27 on the court last night. ¬†The fantasy community collectively shuns Orlando. ¬†4/4/4/0/0 with no TOs. ¬†So that’s something! ¬†And we’re all crossing our fingers the Magic get a deal done moving either Jameer Nelson or Arron Afflalo or something.
Tobias Harris –¬†We’re nearing the time when Harris took off last year! ¬†And 19/7/3/2/1 in a near rainbow with 2 treys definitely reminds us! ¬†Hoping he can keep it up.
Tristan Thompson –¬†16/14/0/1/0. ¬†It’s fine, it’s usable, Slim still scoffs.
Andray Blatche –¬†Of course I was watching this game with “JB-is-right-Slim-is-wrong” colored glasses, but Enes Kanter and the interior Jazz D was soft. ¬†Soffffffft! ¬†25/6/1/1/1 shooting 11-20. ¬†Huge game for Blatche, but man, so many of his points were easy putbacks and wide open dunks. ¬†It was the Jazz people. ¬†I’m not seeing any consistency coming.
Jarrett Jack –¬†Amidst all the trade rumors, rainbow lines it up! ¬†10/6/6/2/2 with a trey in 34 starting G minutes. ¬†Dion Waiters sat with a knee injury he got last night and C.J. Miles had to exit with an ankle sprain. ¬†All the sudden Cleveland has no depth! ¬†No trade for you, Jack-searching teams!
Anthony Bennett –¬†Shot 2-8, but did go 7/9/1 in 16 minutes. ¬†Nothing I’m caring anything about in fantasy for this year, but he might actually be a sleeper next year. ¬†We’ll have to see how the Cavs front court plays out…
Andre Drummond –¬†Couldn’t handle the Bobcats this time! ¬†8/6/0/1/0 in 33 minutes. ¬†Just a rough game for the Pistons and big Dre, nothing to worry about.
Will Bynum –¬†14 Pts and 8 Asts out of nowhere, as Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has been completely extradited out of the rotation. ¬†You may scoff at me like Slim and his TT hate, but I’ve actually liked Bynum when he’s been given minutes. ¬†20+ in three straight and all of them deep-league usable games. ¬†Could do worse…
Kemba Walker –¬†The dimebag was kind last night! ¬†24/5/16/2/1 with three treys in a near rainbow. ¬†What’s funny is…
Ramon Sessions –¬†… also had a dimebag with 10 even. ¬†28 minutes for Sessions who is still playing decent off the bench, but of course nothing usable in 12-teamers. ¬†I do lift an eyebrow at this one though…
Patrick Patterson –¬†Another start, but only 22 minutes to Amir Johnson‘s 27 and Tyler Hansbrough‘s 25. ¬†Amir and Pit Pat both flirted with rainbows, with Amir going 9/3/4/2/1 shooting 4-6 and Pit Pat 5/6/1/2/1 with a trey. ¬†Can both stay relevant as fringe 12-team options? ¬†Looking a little fishy given the split, but it does help that…
Jonas Valanciunas –¬†… is absolutely done fantasy-wise. ¬†I’m cashing in what little chips I have. ¬†2/2/0/0/1 in a horrendous 22 minutes. ¬†Joakim Noah is a tough matchup for him, sure, but with all 3 of the main PFs healthy, it’s time to move on in even 12-teamers. ¬†I know drastic, but I’m swan diving. ¬†I’m base jumping. ¬†I’m trust falling. ¬†Catch me waiver wire, catch me!
Paul Millsap –¬†Such a G. ¬†21/11/4/3/1 with a trey. ¬†What a find he’s been.
Jeff Teague –¬†Sprained his ankle and had to leave early. ¬†Walked off under his own power, so doesn’t seem too serious. ¬†Shelvin Mack might get a spot-start though, and is worth a gamble in deeper leagues if you have a stream spot.
Jrue Holiday –¬†He’s gonna be back within a week, it’ll be 4-6 weeks, this report is unsubstantiated, this one isn’t by the team, let’s call the whole thing off! ¬†Still like him over Eric Bledsoe as a stash.
Anthony Davis –¬†14/10/2/2/5 = rainbow. ¬†Or = rainbrow?
Tim Hardaway Jr. –¬†16/3/2/1/0 with three treys. ¬†The poster boy of ThrAGNOF delivers again!
Iman Shumpert –¬†Sprained his MCL. ¬†That’s one way to kill your trade value! ¬†He must not want to sell his I <3 NY shirts. ¬†Probably out multiple weeks.
Carmelo Anthony –¬†Rainbow! ¬†42/4/2/3/2 in a take-over-the-game sort of… game.
Jared Sullinger –¬†Not the best 26 minutes, but 11/8/1/0/2 with a trey. ¬†I still like him for the stretch run. ¬†Over a scrub like the Luminescent Lithuanian for example…
Rajon Rondo –¬†18/7/10. ¬†He’s back!
Gerald Green –¬†17/5/1 with 5 TOs and two treys. ¬†The ebb has now reverted to flow.
P.J. Tucker –¬†Somebody wake up the pajamas! ¬†10/11/6/3/0 and no TOs. ¬†Slim has liked him a smidge more than me, but I feel like we’ve both liked him more than most places. ¬†Dub-dubs in 3 of 4, 5+ dimes in 2 of 4, 3+ Stls in 2 of four, can really do it all. ¬†Probably on the outside looking in of a 12-teamer, but-must own deeper than that. ¬†Dropping Valanciunas for him? ¬†Maybe.
Joe Johnson –¬†Hit four treys, but damn, the quietest 27/2/6/3/0 game I can remember. ¬†No TOs makes it even that much better, but I’m still not a Johnson guy. ¬†And now they have Marcus Thornton to camp behind the arc as well…
Alec Burks –¬†Is just such a dynamic slasher. ¬†Kinda like Freddy K! ¬†23/6/3 but 4 TOs. ¬†Did rack up an 8-9 FT performance and buried his only trey. ¬†He’s just one last push into being a big breakout. ¬†I was impressed last night and think he’ll be a big sleeper for me next year.
Jeremy Evans –¬†I know we don’t really care about a boards-only performance, but man, he looked solid crashing the glass and had a nice putback and-one. ¬†13 boards in 20 minutes and really needs to get into the starting line-up. ¬†Let’s get more trades goin’!
Trey Burke –¬†Looked pretty good at the eye level. ¬†14/3/10. ¬†Only topped 5 Asts twice in the previous 8, but I think he’s coming back around and hit two treys last night. Given in 7 attempts but who’s counting?!
Patty Mills –¬†Patty’s Pub is open late hours! ¬†Huge 29-point game to stay sizzling with a 29/3/2/2/0 line and a trey. ¬†Remember when Pop started Nando De Colo? ¬†4 minutes for De Colo. ¬†Mills is a temporary pickup while hot for some cheap scoring. ¬†Last time I did some cheap scoring was when I snuck into the sorority house during homecoming week. ¬†Cha-ching!
Damian Lillard –¬†31 Pts with no LaMarcus Aldridge. ¬†If you’re in weekly leagues, you’re going to love this week from Damian. ¬†Games against Utah and Minnesota to round out the week. ¬†Slim, you better crush it in REL!
Dorrell Wright – Started at the 3 instead of starting Nicolas Batum and Thomas Robinson. ¬†If you were a reader last year, you know I love Thomas Robinson. ¬†“Why can’t I quit you!” ¬†Still, T-Rob got 23 minutes for 10/9. ¬†In deep leagues where you can make a move, he will bring ya somethin’ in the L.A. absence.
Draymond Green –¬†#OccupyDraymondGreen! ¬†Last time we checked in he was 1% owned and now it’s 2% ¬†We are the 98%! ¬†Glad I could help financial equality on this one, even if only by a single percent… ¬†12/8/2/2/0 in 28 minutes and is playing like a guy to grab in anything deeper than 12.
Omer Asik –¬†7/12/1 in 23 minutes. ¬†Sad we still have to talk about Asik, but hey, today could be a big day for him!
Kendall Marshall –¬†Obviously a must-own most likely for the remainder of the season. ¬†20/1/16/3/0 and vaults to the top of everyone’s add list with Steve Blake shipped out.
Jordan Farmar –¬†With Steve Nash old and out, Farmar was the only other PG option last night and had 4 dimes to 6 TOs in 20 minutes. ¬†Yikes.
Jodie Meeks – While I’m not ready to say “must-own” in all leagues, pretty damn close. ¬†A guy we’ve liked for a while now. ¬†19/1/2/1/0, his patented 2 treys, and when this is your first shot back, you know you’re feeling good!
Next Game: ¬†TNT Overtime baby! ¬†And it’s the bigun. ¬†MIA @ OKC in my most anticipated game of the year so far. ¬†Be sure to hop onto TNT OT during the game and tweet me @jbgilpin if there’s any typos! ¬†Hah!