A little over a week ago, I had DeMar DeRozan as the lede, which you can conveniently read HERE. I got no shame in my game for clickbait. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I try not to write about the same players, but sometimes it’s an inevitability. Especially on a four game slate. Now, last week DeRozan scored 45 points and went 6-of-9 from downtown. Due to the three-point shooting prowess, I labeled DeRozan Triple D and proceeded to do what any normal human being would do….Google it. To my surprise, I did not see big breasteses, but instead saw links for a Jamaican restaurant and Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. At the time, I was kind of disappointed, but like with most things in life, it takes time for things to come together. Last night against the Bucks, Triple D dropped a 50-burger. Nom nom nom. Guy Fieri was so impressed that he got DeRozan’s face tattoed onto his forehead.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 52 5 8 1 1 2 5/9 17/29 13/13

I still don’t think the shot from downtown is a staple in DeRozan’s game just yet. Including the two nine-shot attempt games, DDD is only averaging 2.9 a game. Let me take away one of those D’s. Granted, that number is well above his career 1.5 mark, but he did have a season back in 2013 when you attempted 2.7 threes a game. Currently, DD is a top 40 player for fantasy. If he can incorporate that three-point shot into his arsenal on a consistent basis, it’s going to open up the rest of his game and have him shooting up the rankings. 52 and 45 points scored the last two games he’s attempted nine downtowners. Seems like a logical path to take.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

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Serge Ibaka:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 8 2 2 4 2 0/5 5/19 1/1

Iblocka!!! Unfortunately, I remember when he was IBLOCKa, swatting away 3.7 shots per game. For shits and giggles, I looked up who had the most blocks per game in a season. Mark Eaton with 5.56. Ha!

OG Anunoby:

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

A very impressive game for OG. Zero shot attempts in 35 minutes. Is this part of Jedi training?

Jonas Valanciunas:

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

Played 16 minutes, as the Raptors went small with Serge at the 5. Send him to the JV squad.

Eric Bledsoe:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 29 7 3 4 0 5 5/7 9/15 6/6

EB will score, rebound, and chip in some dimes, but he’s best known for his steals. Not too different from walking into an EB Games store.

Giannis Antetokounmpo:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 9 7 0 0 0 1/3 9/18 7/9

Can’t wait until he gets the downtowner into his arsenal. I’m still going to continue advocating that Jason Kidd looks through some Olympic handball tape and draw up plays for G from them. He could jump from behind the line and finger roll it in for three points.

Malcolm Brogdon:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 15 6 2 1 0 3 1/2 7/13 0

Played 39 minutes. Granted, it was in an OT game, but it was nice to see after getting 21 and 26 minutes the prior two games. Malcolm is in the middle for fantasy purposes. Not getting enough run to be a must-own, yet getting enough run to be of some value.

Al-Farouq Aminu:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
24 7 1 1 0 1 5/7 9/17 1/1

Played 41 minutes in another OT game. Geez, calendar flips to 2018 and everything starts bugging out. Anyways, Aminu must’ve had a really good New Year’s Eve. Hmmm, now that I think about it, it was probably shitty and he ended up getting blue balls, which he alleviated against the Bulls. Aminu is a fine fantasy asset, as he will provide a little something something across the board. Just don’t expect ceiling games lik…..I can’t even say it’s a ceiling game. More like outlier game like the one last night often.

Jusuf Nurkic:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
11 15 2 3 2 2 0 5/13 1/2

The important number is 38 minutes played. Since coming back from injury, he had not played 30 minutes in a game, a stretch that spanned eight games.

Damian Lillard sat again so Shabazz Napier got the start and played 41 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 11 5 6 1 0 0 1/5 3/13 4/4

Shabazz!!! Remember Shaq’s Kazaam? Well, for those that don’t, you are a blessed group. For those in Colorado and California, go get that wacky tobacky and bring in the new year on a……depends on how much you consume…..note. He’s an obvious start when Dame is out, but he’s actually been productive in the 20 or so minutes he’s received when Dame plays.

CJ McCollum:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
32 6 8 0 0 2 5/11 11/30 5/6

When Dame sits, CJ sees a usage bump of over 6%.

Pat Connaughton:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 16 2 1 0 0 1 2/4 5/9 4/4

He’s not fantasy relevant, but he has played in the low-20s for the past five games and scored in double figures in two of those games. It’s the new year and I’m hoping my good deeds shall be rewarded. Damn it. Good deeds should be good deeds without selfish reasons. I know how to jinx the jinx, but I’ve already written that I want my good deed rewarded. Any of y’all have any suggestions?

Kris Dunn:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 22 7 4 1 1 8 1/2 9/20 3/3

He had a 34% usage rate, which looks to be the real deal Holyfield. Were there a bunch of fake Holyfields roaming the Earth at one time? Like an army of Elvis impersonators?

Nikola Mirotic:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 18 10 2 1 0 1 2/5 6/13 4/4

Played 19 minutes. Kind of baffling that he doesn’t get more run. Per 36, he’s at 25.5 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2 assists, and 4.3-of-8.9 downtowners. Fred Hoiberg is a smarter man than I realized, as he has to give Bobby Portis run. Don’t want a Last Boy Scout incident happening.

Aaron Gordon:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 20 12 0 1 0 2 2/8 8/20 2/3

Since returning from injury, the Commissioner has logged 30, 36, and 41 minutes. He’s scored 14, 39, and 20 points respectively. Prior to the injury, Gordon was top 25 player for fantasy. No reason to think that he won’t be able to maintain that level, health permitting.

Bizmack Biyombo:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 17 0 0 3 1 0 4/9 5/6

Bizmack. Biyombo. Boards. Blocks. Buckets.

Evan Fournier shot 4-of-15, while Jonathon Simmons went 3-of-12. In terms of usage rates for the Magic without Vucevic, Simmons (18.8), Gordon (22.8), Fournier (22.4), and Elf (22.9).

Spencer Dinwiddie:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
7 3 5 1 2 1 2/5 2/6 1/2

Played 30 minutes, which is good. Had a usage rate of 12.1, though. Not good. Over the last nine games, Dinwiddie’s usage rate has been above 20% only three times.

Caris Levert, who had a usage rate of 34.1 yesterday and had nine straight games with a usage rate above 20.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 15 5 8 2 0 5 1/2 6/15 2/3

Played 27 minutes, but only rarely gets above 30 minutes a game. Free KRS!!!

Jarrett Allen:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 16 6 0 0 2 0 0 7/8 2/4

Played 20 minutes. Why the Nets continue to trot out Tyler Zeller is beyond me. Allen could see an uptick in minutes going forward, but Jahlil Okafor may start getting some minutes soon. If Okafor isn’t a POS, he and Allen could make a nice little tandem at center. My optimism with Okafor has definitely subsided with the recent play of Allen, as I doubt he gets a full allotment of minutes.

The Lakers were playing a back-to-back in Minnesota after going…not one, but two OTs against Houston the night before. It was understandable that many struggled,

Julius Randle:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 12 0 1 1 4 0 6/10 3/4

Received the start at center again and played 28 minutes. Back-to-back double dubs for Julius. Has Luke Walton been listening to some Kendrick Lamar lately?

Kyle Kuzma:

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

Only played 18 minutes, as the game was a blowout and Kuzma tweaked his quad. It doesn’t sound serious, but they may want to give the rookie some much needed rest after his torrid 10 game streak.

With Lonzo Ball and KCP out, Tyler Ennis and Josh Hart got the starts in the backcourt again. Ennis played 23 and scored seven points, while Hart played 21 minutes and scored 10 points.

Jimmy Butler:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
28 3 9 3 1 7 1/1 8/14 11/11

The Butler always delivers.

Ok, sorry guys for the abbreviated post. I’m sick and started deteriorating as the night went on. What a way to start the new year. I don’t think it will require a DL stint, so should be good to go very soon.

  1. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    I’m telling you the Commissioner will have an AMAZING month of January… While Kawhi will still be a pain in the arse. Hahahahah

  2. Tony C says:
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    Happy New Year Son! Good job as always.

    Please rank Chriss, Randle, J.Bell, Len, Nance, Oubre, Henson, J. Allen for overall value/upside for the rest of season. Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Tony C: Thanks Tony! To you as well.

      Henson, Randle, Bell, Chriss, Allen, Oubre, Len, Nance

  3. Mr. Blast says:
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    AYO! Happy New Year son.

    Would you tweak anything here –

    12 team – H2H – 15 man rosters – Deep

    Wall / J. Murray / DSJ
    G. Harris / Hardaway / BogBog
    T. Harris / Prince / Lyles / Bell
    Cousins / Love / Griffin / Gobert / Okafor

    Any drops / adds you can see ?

    Available – Crabbe, J. Allen, Tucker, Frenchise

    Thanks man !

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Mr. Blast: Ayo!!!

      I think I’d drop Okafor for the Frenchise

      • Mr. Blast says:
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        @Son:

        You LOVE the Frenchise! Ha

        I think thats your side boo next to DSJ!

        I do think he has a lot of potential this year, & I see a bit of trending up there recently.

        If he has one BIG game i’m pouncing!

        I’ve held Oak since he was traded & with him about to finally take the court this week, I want to at least give him a few games to wait and see.

        I’m always looking ahead at my next move tho.

        To be honest i’m more intrigued by Allen over all of the listed FAs..

        But not sure they are going to unleash him fully.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Mr. Blast: Ha! Indeed, I do. I’m not sure he’s side piece worthy, but he’s close.

          I hear you on Oak. If you believe, then you have to see what the Nets plan to do with him. It’s just that some things over the past week or so have given me a sense that he won’t get the full run that I was hoping for.

          • Mr. Blast says:
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            @Son:

            Yup, agreed.

            I get that same sense over the past week or so, not sounding positive.

            Although they did mention they could play Oak & Allen next to each other.

            Zeller is awful.. Mozgov is worse.. my gut is telling me it can work.

            Gonna see how the rotation pans out over the next few.

            Thanks man!

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @Mr. Blast: Yeah, Zeller and Mozgov are bad. It will be interesting to see how Oak and if the Nets do run Allen and Oak out there together.

  4. Justin says:
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    got offered kwahi for my devin booker. its a 9 cat league. would you take it or do you think kwahi gona be a pain all year?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Justin: I think Kawhi will be a pain. Plus Booker has improved in the periphery categories and could get more usage in a point guard role

  5. 2rule says:
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    Hi son,

    My beal or his IT?
    And how do u see milsapp for ros? Do you think he will be ready for fantasy playoffs?
    Thx

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @2rule: Beal. As for a Millsap, I would think he’d be good to go considering the timeframe Denver gave. With that said, lot of things could happen to muck things up

      • 2rule says:
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        What about my robcov for hşs dbooker+jrich ?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @2rule: I’d do that

  6. Patty Mills is my Homeboy says:
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    Hi Son,

    Can you rank these guys ROS?

    Byombo, Dedmon, J Bell, Gortat
    Also Ariza, Thad, Jingles for 3&D.

    Thanks man, great job as always!

  7. miles proudfoot says:
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    Do you think Aminu is a hold or waiver wire guy in 10ers? Other players on the wire include Jaylen Brown, Rondo, Barrea, Oubre, Tyler Johnson, Ish, Beasley…

    Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @miles proudfoot: Hmmmm, if you need a floor, then hold. If you go YOLO, Chriss

      • miles proudfoot says:
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        @Son: I’m going YOLO! In another league, drop the acronym brothers KCP and/or RHJ for Smith Jr and/or Chriss?!

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @miles proudfoot: Ha! Good luck. I’d rather have DSJ over KCP, but RHJ or Chriss

          • miles proudfoot says:
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            @Son: thanks!

  8. Andrew Kim says:
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    I was offered Jrue Holiday for my Marc Gasol. What do you think of Gasol’s ROS outlook?

    G – Oladipo, Dunn, Murray, Elfrid, Ish Smith
    F – Garry Harris, Rodney Hood, Justin Holiday, Taurean Prince, KCP, Joe Ingles
    C – Towns, Gasol, Turner, Millsap

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Gasol will be fine. I usually put a premium on big men anyways. Your guard situation is fine as well, so I’d pass.

  9. Jake says:
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    Should I trade away love and ryno for PG?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Jake: I’m good with it

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

    Am I giving up too much value if I move both WCS and Collison for:

    1) RHJ
    2) Warren
    3) Barnes
    4) Markkanen
    5) Teague

    Collison is too meh for my taste, not gonna hurt your team, not gonna help either. WCS has been playing awesome basketball lately but just can’t provide decent amount of blocks for a center (which irks me), and add to that the fact that he’s pretty meh from the foul line as well.

    I still have Dedmon on my IR spot who could be back in about 2 weeks so I’m rolling the dice on him. But if he proves to be another failure like Seth then I’m just gonna use the available spot to stream. I still got Bell, Capela and Gordon to man the front. And also, the guys that I’m targeting are good FT shooters. Would love to know your thoughts ma man!

    My squad, 9c/18m:

    G – Mitchell, Rubio, Collison
    F – Butler, Gordon, Leonard, Johnson, Bell
    C – Capela, WCS, Dead Man(IR)

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @I just wanna Kawhi: From a strictly numbers point of view, you’re probably giving up a liitle too much. With that said, you value those guys less than the numbers so I understand where you are coming from. RHJ would be the guy I’d want.

      • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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        @Son:

        Man, I knowwww. You see that’s the problem when you’re in a league with greedy people, you offer them the moon and they will they tell you to include the stars, that’s how greedy they are. Ha! Thanks bud, you’re the best

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @I just wanna Kawhi: For sure. We are all capiltalistic pigs!!!!!

      • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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        @Son:

        I would try my luck with Tatum tho… Hahaha

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @I just wanna Kawhi: Many wise people have said that you must always shoot your shot

          • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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            @Son:

            Aim for the moon!! Ha Thanks buddy

  11. Jason says:
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    Hi son,
    Would you trade beal for porter?
    And please rank guards below.
    Murray, mitchell,lee,harris,payton

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Naw.

      Mitchell, Harris, Lee, Murray, Payton

      • Jason says:
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        @Son: thanks son.
        Would you trade payton for rhj or ariza?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          In a vacuum, I’d trade him for RHJ.

  12. 2rule says:
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    My ariza+dinwie vs his dbooker+hood?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @2rule: I think I’d rather have the Booker/Hood side

  13. Big D says:
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    Hey son. Would it be a dumb move to drop Nance for David West?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Big D: I don’t think it’s dumb, as he’s been better in fewer minutes. Especially with blocks. With that said, I would stay with Nance, but that’s just me.

      • Big-D says:
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        @Son: you think Nance will start producing more? With Kuzma eating his minutes I figure he might be at his ceiling already for this season at least

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Big-D: It’s going to be tough. There’s a glut of options that Luke has. I always thought Nance would be the perfect 5 for this team, but his D has been pretty bad. 18-20 minutes looks to be the range, unless an injury happens.

          • Big-D says:
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            @Son: I could pick up wilson chandler instead of nance too

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @Big-D: I’d go with Chandler

  14. J says:
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    Who ya playin between Mirotic vs Tor and Kuzma vs OKC tonight? What about Rubio vs Nor and Rondo at Utah?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @J: Sorry got to this post-lock. I’m crazy sick. I wouldn’t play Kuzma. So, Mitotic. I like Rubio better

      • J says:
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        @Son: No worries, get better man! So would you throw rondo out there ahead of Kuz at this point?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @J: Im worried about Kuz being banged up.

  15. Miel says:
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    Hi son,
    Please rank these players. Gonna pick one on waiver.
    Biyombo, chriss, lyles

    • Son

      Son says:
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      For floor, Biyombo, Lyles, Chriss.
      For upside, Chriss, Lyles, Biyombo.

      Also have to consider if you need blocks, then BB

  16. Pavel says:
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    wall for m. gasol
    g: westbrook, wall, rubio, fox
    f: green, ariza, lee, aminu, chriss
    c: jokic, horford, cauley stein, bell

    basically I get more 3’s, ft% and blocks, for wall’s steals and assists.

    do it or nah?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Pavel: Naw. While Gasol blocks 1.5 per game, Wall still gets 1.1 himself. As for FT%, I don’t see Wall continuing to shoot 70%. He’s consistently been in the 79% range. As for 3’s, Wall is making 1.3 a game. Gasol? 1.4. So, it basically comes down to rebounds vs assists. I will usually side with the assist side. You can find rebounds.

  17. Willy says:
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    Hello Son,

    G: teague,conley,DSJ,gary harris
    F; durant,draymond,marvin,middleton
    C: m.turner,horford,WCS,nurkic

    need advice would you drop anyone of my squad for moore,vucevic,favors,wade,chandler,reg jack,carroll ??

    my league H2H,11cat (9cat+TO+PF),no IR spot

    thanks Son

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Willy: I would not

      • Willy says:
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        @Son: okay and would you trade my durant + nurkic/turner for curry + porter ??

        thanks a lot son

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Willy: I wouldn’t, but I’d understand if you wanted to go that route

  18. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    To my surprise, someone just accepted my offer–I got Young for WCS.

    • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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      @I just wanna Kawhi:

      May I just add, Porzingis has slowed down tremendously, I would try though to offer Air-ron G for him, you like that?

      • Son

        Son says:
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        @I just wanna Kawhi: I do but not sure if KP owner would. Never know till u ask though

        • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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          @Son:

          How about… Capela and Gordon for KP and Love? Which side would you prefer?

            • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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              @Son:

              How bad was Love’s ankle injury? Owner might accept my offer if he’s a little worried. Thankd buddy

  19. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    Son!!! Someone just dropped Len in my league, worth a pick up for Bell??

  20. Justin says:
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    Can u rank these 3 in a 9 cat league: Beasley, taj Gibson, Markieff Morris

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Justin: Taj, Beas, Kieff

  21. Hery says:
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    Hii Son,

    could you please rank these players :hield,moore,crabbe,wade,waiters

    9cat

    thanks

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Hery: Waiters, Crabbe, Moore, Hield, Wade

  22. Miel says:
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    Hi son,
    Which side would you choose?
    Cp3 + payton or joker + middleton

    • Son

      Son says:
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      In a vacuum, Joker/Middleton

      • Miel says:
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        @Son: thanks son,
        Would you also trade mitchell for lowry?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          Yes

  23. Jason says:
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    Hi son,
    On straight up trade between porter and comissioner. Who’d you pick?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      The Comissioner

      • Jason says:
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        @Son: thanks son, what do you think of dmitch and harris for lowry and fournier in 9cat 10 team league.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          It’s fine

  24. Jr says:
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    Hi,
    9 cat league.
    Would you please rank these players.
    Horford,middleton,commissioner,mitchell,cp3

    • Son

      Son says:
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      CP3, Horford, Middleton, Commish, DMitch

      • Jr says:
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        @Son: thanks son,may i also ask who’d yoy choose between harris ans it?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          Harris

  25. Mark says:
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    Hi son,
    Would you trade butler for cp3?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Sure

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