Basketball is back baby!  The NBA season returns from the All-Star Break tonight after four-and-a-half months off…  Maybe hyperbolic, but certainly feels that way!

And right as games start, we’ve got the NBA Trade Deadline passing this afternoon at 3:00 PM EST.  That was fast!  We’ve got a big day of trade analysis, with a live post that will go up around 1:00 PM-ish EST and get frequently updated to track all of the last-minute trades as they go down, then a slightly later podcast record time with our special edition Trade Deadline Razzball Basketball Podcast up sometime around 4:00-4:30 PM EST.  It’s all hoops all afternoon!

With these big changes about to ripple through the fantasy hoops landscape, the biggest news from over the break is probably the most anti-climatic – Carmelo Anthony has been officially shutdown.  “3P0 – Shut down all the garbage smashers on the detention level!”  “No! Shut them ALL down, hurry!”  Pretty apt to The Poppycockers shituation, amiright?!  We’ve known Melo was about to be Melba Toast sometime around the break, and now the swift gavel of realism has hit (huh? weird metaphor day!  I’m rusty OK?!).  Langston Galloway, who has probably been picked up in most leagues (and subsequently dropped in some after struggling) should likely be scooped up.  He’s not going to do anything too special, but his career-high in shots (19) was in a Melo-less game and should give you some low-TO guard stats.  Tim Hardaway Jr. also gets a bit of a boost, but he does absolutely nothing beyond score and trey.  Would be a nice, high-minute ThrAGNOF!  But those ain’t got no face…  So I’m not married to Timmy J at all even if he starts hot with Melo now gone.  Here’s what else has gone down since we left for the break:

Goran Dragic – Hot PG name on the block #1!  I don’t blame him for wanting out of Phoenix, he’s the Suns best player!  Maybe Hornacek is mad that his shorts aren’t short enough…  The Dragon is uncomfortable with the situation in Phoenix, and feels like he’ll be warm and snuggly with Khaleesi somewhere else.  The mix of the Knicks, Lakers and Heat are the biguns after Dragic and hot PG #2, and he’d obviously get a nice boost if moved.  While it sounds pretty likely, we’ve seen more likely trades seem close and not go through.  Isaiah Thomas would get a monster boost – he shouldn’t be available anywhere anyway – but I think Gerald Green is the big benefactor on Phoenix.  Yes, Green, the guy I hated on all last year!  Could be the Green we saw last year in a 25ish minute bench role.

Reggie Jackson Hot PG name on the block #2!  At least we think…  RJax’s agent has asked for a trade before the deadline, but maybe OKC will force him to contribute off the bench in their playoff push.  It certainly doesn’t help they started so slow and need all hands on deck.  Knicks, Lakers and Heat remain the big kahunas in the sweepstakes, but Slim thinks the chances of RJax getting moved are… well, slim.  We’ll keep you updated on the live post!

Jrue Holiday Ughhhhh.  Way to damper an exciting day…  Re-aggravated his stress reaction in his leg to re-aggravate the stress levels of Jrue owners…  He’s going to get re-evaluated – not return – in three weeks which makes him close to unownable in H2H leagues.  Best-case scenario to me is he gets back sometime in the fantasy playoffs while being on a minutes limit.  No thankee!  Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans will continue to man down the combo gaurd minutes, but Toney Douglas remains mad interesting.  Just signed his second 10-day deal and is a near lock to be signed for the year with the blue Jrue news.  And Reke and Gordon are both big injury risks, which would make extra-E Toney a must-own.

Thaddeus Young Talks have heated up he could get moved to Brooklyn for Kevin Garnett.  Definitely pulled a Sheila Broflovski “what what what?!” when I saw that!  KG returning to his roots makes some sense considering he wants to buy them one day…  Some picks and big money will have to be involved here.

Kevin Seraphin – Another rumored guy heading to the Wolves in a possible swap for Anthony Bennett.  I love me some Frenchaphin!  If both of these went down, Seraphin could easily start at PF if Flip wants to keep Gorgui Dieng playing backup C to Nikola Pekovic.  Which might get Seraphin a lot of hate mail from Dieng Train owners!

Arron Afflalo – Probably the most sure-fire guy to get traded this afternoon.  And most sure-fire guy to be dropped in most leagues.  Likely heading into a 6th man role wherever he lands, Wilson Chandler could also get shipped off opening a ton of minutes at SG and SF.  Danilo Gallinari should get a boost if both happen, but don’t sleep on Randy Foye.  Hah, just like Gerald Green, a scrubby SG I slammed on last year!  But if Foye is healed up with this extra time off, they could start him again…

Ty Lawson – The Nugs really want to deal, and Lawson is a big name on their trading block.  Brian Shaw is hoping to get George Hill from the Pacers, and also trying to shorten his already thin-ice tenure.  I mean, Hill for Lawson?!  Does Shaw not watch the Nuggets play?!  Lawson is all they have!  And to only get George Hill?!  Smh.

Thomas Robinson Poor TRob is having more trouble sticking than uncooked pasta to the wall.  Bad metaphor day continues!  Likely a part of a deal to maybe get one of those Nugs guys – either Afflalo or Chandler.

Amar’e Stoudemire – Cut by The Poppycockers to play for the Dallas Oldmanners.  Seriously, the average age of that team would rival a Bridge parlor!  Should get some decent backup PF/C minutes, but nothing too interesting.

Paul George Yeah, I’m not going here.  I know he’s been a hot pickup saying he’s hoping to return mid-March, but like Holiday, best-case to me is he comes back during the H2H playoffs off the bench in a minutes restriction.  Roto leaguers with a big cushion, sure maybe you get a tad more out of him if you’re not stashing any other injuries.

Larry Sanders – Dude, what a life.  You get signed for $44 million dollars, barely play in the first year of it then play even less in the 2nd year and got bought out.  He’s got some personal things to work out though, which I commend.  May never play in the NBA again…

John Henson Would get some solidity to his role, but the Bucks have been dangling him in the trade market!  Zaza Pachulia for 48 minutes every night!

Jordan Hill – Looks like he’ll be back from the hip.  His hip don’t lie!  Be sure he’s owned in your league – a lot of owners probably jumped hip.

 

Streamers/Cheap Daily League Picks:

Spencer Hawes (43% owned) – Whoa, a little surprised Samurai Spence is still owned in so many leagues, but tonight is a nice one!  Blake Griffin is recovering nicely but is still out, giving Hawes a nice big man matchup against the Spurs.  Sure he’s more a stretch big than the post guys that tend to ravage San Antonio inside, but I see a good game.

Dion Waiters (38% owned) – I know, I know, I usually pick lesser-owned guys – at least one of them – but it’s only two games tonight of pretty rotation-locked teams.  If RJax is indeed moved, Waiters should have a boatload of minutes with the second unit as the pure 6th man, and if not he still has good enough streaming upside for a fairly available guy.

  1. MAC says:
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    razzup guys?!!! jrue droppable? the only thing stopping me is he gets to play in fantasy playoffs for another owner. tnx!!!

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @MAC: If you are in any doubt of making the playoffs then he should be dropped. If you’re pretty sure you are in the playoffs but without a 1st round bye then I would recommend the drop. If you know you have the 1st round bye then he could be seen as a hold but if there was a decent FA available I’d make the move.

      • Dungeons and Dragics says:
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        @Slim:

        I’m in your #3 scenario–I’ve got Jrue and am most likely going to get the bye going into the playoffs. Would you make the drop for any of these free agents?:

        Stuckey, Foye, Dudley, Greivis, Zaza, Barea, Seraphin, Snell, Toney Douglas

        • Slim

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          @Dungeons and Dragics: I’m not thrilled about your options. After today Foye should be the top guy on this list. If he falls into 30+ minutes with Denver selling everyone else off then I would make that move, otherwise I would hold and wait for news on Jrue or for a better option to appear.

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Dungeons and Dragics: @Slim: Looks like Chandler is staying, which is probably a good thing. Nothing else good at the 2, yeah gimme Foye

            • Dungeons and Dragics says:
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              @JB Gilpin: @ slim

              Thx guys.

  2. Dante Green says:
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    If Dragic chooses Sacramento I’m gonna lose my mind! I got colly and I’ve been praying he doesn’t get dealt which is what would likely happen, but still Sac’s bringing in another pointguard!! WTFFFFFFFF Go elsewhere!!!!

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Dante Green: I wouldn’t bet he goes to Sacramento. My money is still on the Lakers, Heat, or Knicks. Nothing we can do but hold and wait, fortunately we only have a couple more hours to wait.

      • Dante Green says:
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        @Slim: Damnn that trade among OKC-MIN-BKN is taking so long to materialize, but is RJAX a must add if that pushes thru????

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Dante Green: Oh for sure! I might grab him just for a few hours just in case something happens

          • Dante Green says:
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            @JB Gilpin: If this trade happens, rjax to bkn and jack to somewhere else, who’s gonna play more minutes tho, rjax or dwill??

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Dante Green: Oh def Rjax! They’ll wanna unleash their new toy

              • Dante Green says:
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                @JB Gilpin: should I grab him now?? Or wait for the official announcement?? LOL i’m getting excited as f.

                • JB Gilpin

                  JB Gilpin says:
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                  @Dante Green: Get him now! Worst case, you drop him in 2 hours haha

  3. Chad says:
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    Need to drop 1 for the return of Rondo tonight. Who do you keep:

    Marcus Smart
    Langston Galloway
    Tony Snell

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Chad: Letting Snell go, don’t know about the role with everyone healthy

  4. Clos says:
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    Jb what’s good man.. You’re right this break felt way too long. Just wondering who you think I should keep on the bench tomorrow.. Got a lot of guys playing and just wanted to get your opinion.. H2H 9 cat by the way
    PG Jack
    SG Knight
    G Demar
    SF Draymond Green
    PF Cousins
    F Jordan Hill
    C Favors
    C Markeiff
    Util Colly
    Util Aldridge

    BN Covington
    BN Marc gasol
    BN Paul

    Paul and gasol aren’t playing.. Covington is and still saying that jack, Colly and Hill are injured but I think they’re all good to go. Think I should leave Covington on the bench and keep my lineup how it is or switch it up? Let me know.. Good to see you guys are back!

    • Clos says:
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      @Clos: Just sent a trade to.. Worried about colly getting traded to Phoenix.. Colly, Marc gasol and Jack for Westbrook and whiteside

      • Slim

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        @Clos: I’m not too worried about Dragic to Sac. I think that’s unlikely. Also I’m not too sure Colly is going to be ready to go tomorrow. If Jack is traded then you bench him. If he’s not and Colly is good to go then I’m benching Jordan Hill. I think Covington is a must start in nearly any situation.

        Solid offer. I’d take The Whiteside. (Not a statement of race.)

        • Clos says:
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          @Slim: lol alright thanks slim

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Clos: Yeah I like your trade too. Def the better end.

            Agree Hill is probably the one out, but BKN might be trading Jack which would make him possibly not play for his new team/be unownable if off the bench somewhere. So keep an eye on Wahhhhhh Jarrett Jack!

            • Clos says:
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              @JB Gilpin: so he ended up declining the trade but colly or jack stayed put so I’m good

              • JB Gilpin

                JB Gilpin says:
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                @Clos: Whew, yeah nice those guys stayed!

  5. Joe says:
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    So I didn’t drop Melo for Jrue because I expected something bad to come out of the lack of updates, but the only benefit to that is that I saved a couple of FA dollars. Who do I drop Melo (waivers clear tonight; we don’t have a FA pool per se.) for? I know we have to wait for the trade deadline, but I’m open to ideas, and also to caveats (i.e. don’t pick this guy up regardless).

    Available (of some note): Clarkson, R-Jax, Smart, PG3, Redick, Carroll, Mason Plumlee, Nurkic, Mozgov, RoLo

    (We get to keep 3. I think only Redick and Lopez would be out of potential keeper contention, since they were drafted and would cost more than an 11th round pick, but the others all went undrafted, so they could cost an 11th or 10th round pick, depending on whether I kept them)

    10-team, H2H, 9-cat.
    Roster: Conley, Tyreke, IT2, MCW, Matthews, Melo, Middleton, Durant, West, Marc G., Gobert

    • Slim

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      @Joe: Some pretty solid options. For me, right this second it’s Nurkic. If Reggie goes to the Nets then it’s him. I like RoLo’s playoff schedule but he isn’t Nurkic. Plumlee could get a huge boost if the other Lopez is dealt but I don’t like him on team Durant. Why even give your opponent the chance to win FT%? I like Clarkson too but the Lakers are trying to add a PG so we have to wait and see what happens.

      • Joe says:
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        @Slim:

        Yeah, I like Nurkic because he might get a great run 2nd half, and could be a cheap keeper next year. The fouls limiting the minutes worries me a bit, and I don’t know how well I could roster 3 center-only players in an 11-team league (we play PG-SG-SF-PF-C-UTIL-UTIL). But that could be some sweet jamba jus!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Joe: I think RJax has to be the pickup right now, if he goes to the right situation he starts AND is a great keeper for next year. Nurk is #2.

      • Joe says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Amazing how poorly OKC utilized him. I’ll focus on R-Jax if traded, and bid a high penny for him, especially if the Phoenix Sucks choke on Dragic (I can legitimately see them refusing to trade Dragic just to prevent him from taking his Bird rights elsewhere).

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Joe: Hahaha aight yeah that sounds like a good plan

  6. Old MilwaukeePounders says:
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    Slim and JB, I’ve read that it is possible that Timmy, Jr could get flipped in the Dragic deal. This means Galloway gets a big boost, right?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Old MilwaukeePounders: Yeah he def would get a nice boost, be their only 3 pt shooter other than Calderon!

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        @JB Gilpin: JB, the rumor I read indicated both Calderon and Timmy Jr going in the same move!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @OldMilwaukeePounders: Yeah I saw that, but it was a garbage offer haha. Even with a pick, Calderon+Timmy J no equal Dragic!

  7. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Think RJax is safe for a daily stream? Don’t like the idea of a goose egg.

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Chicken Dinner: This OKC-Nets-Minny deal is gaining a little momentum. I would hold off if you can, just a couple more hours.

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @Slim: Thanks, what time does the deadline end?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Chicken Dinner: Well i might hold off for a pure stream, but I’d try to hold him until we know for sure, either he isn’t traded and plays for OKC or he is traded and is a must own.

          Deadline ends in 2 hours at 3:00 PM EST

  8. Slim

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    There’s the 1st trade. Afflalo/Gee to Portland, Claver/Barton/Robinson/1st rd pick/2nd round pick.

    I’d go grab Foye in shallow leagues, Gary Harris in deep leagues. Afflalo can be dropped.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Slim: Just grabbed Foye in both RCLs. Live post is making me feel like I’m a legit news reporter!

  9. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Sorry if this gets posted a second time, I tried asking this question via my phone and it didn’t work:

    Slim and JB, I’ve read that it is possible that Timmy, Jr could get flipped in the Dragic deal. This means Galloway gets a big boost, right?

    Thanks as always.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @OldMilwaukeePounders: Stupid phones! Yeah I think it put your previous comment in a “need to be approved” state since it thought it might be spam. Got ya though!

  10. tentyme says:
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    in a 12 team h2h 9 cat no TO’s . I have 3 bench spots would you pick up foye and drop either Nurkic, galloway or amir johnson for him.. I’m just trying to get whomever will give me the most cats. Thx for you help on this one. I’ll be listening to both your podcasts today for some extra insite, I love it !!

    • tentyme says:
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      @tentyme: Jaon Smith from NY is out there too?? any thought on him..

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @tentyme: Thanks for listening man! Umm, dam Foye is close to must-own. Man, Amir has been so up and down. Ya know, I’d make that swap getting Foye. Nah, Smith is a good distant 5th from all these guys, a mid-range jump shooter with inconsistent boards and blocks at best

  11. Nikko Respeto says:
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    In honor of the trade deadline, I have a trade that was offered to me that Im stuck on. Its a 10 man H2H points. My Pau, Khris Middleton and D Rose for his LBJ, Faried and Batum. Lebron actually has a .5 less average than Gasol. And batum is a nasty 13.3 average. Middleton has been solid as a pickup off the waivers but Faried could be a monster if he gets his minutes. What do you all think?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Nikko Respeto: Yeah in pts Gasol has been unfrigginbelievable. I think with the bad Cleveland playoff sched, I’m holding tight.

  12. Bye Felicia says:
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    So is DJ droppable for Gobert now that R Jax is going to Detroit?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bye Felicia: Yup! Def want Gobert

  13. Jesse says:
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    What kind of value am I looking at getting for Darren collison? Might get west for him but id be giving up a bit , also I have cousins so it’s hard to have both play every night. It’s 10 man 15 cat h2h . Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jesse: Collison should still be a good value… I think I’d need more than West. Any time!

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