Trade Tracker: Values, they are a changin'
Major Fantasy implications associated with this week's blockbuster deals. What does Carmelo in New York mean for his new mates? Our Sergio Gonzalez addresses all of the deals to date for owners.
Editor's Note: Our Sergio Gonzalez will assess the winners and losers from all of the trades leading up to Thursday's NBA trade deadline.
Thursday, Feb. 24
deal involving Grizzlies and Rockets
Grizzlies receive: Shane Battier , Ish Smith
Rockets receive: Hasheem Thabeet , DeMarre Carroll
Fantasy Winners: Hasheem Thabeet ?
Thabeet might be a winner in that he could see some playing time in Houston, a team desperate for help at the center position with Yao Ming long gone and forgotten. Chuck Hayes has a pretty good handle on the job, but Thabeet could sneak into enough playing time to make him a cheap source for blocks and boards (think Ronny Turiaf ).
Fantasy Losers: Sam Young , Tony Allen , Shane Battier
With Rudy Gay sidelined, Young and Allen have seen a boost in minutes and production across the stat line. Now Battier joins the mix. He will eat up minutes as a defensive role player that will take away from what Young and Allen have created for themselves. Battier will also be in line for a decline in playing time compared to what he was seeing in Houston.
Thursday, Feb. 24
deal involving Suns and Rockets
Suns receive: Aaron Brooks
Rockets receive: Goran Dragic
Fantasy Winners: None
Fantasy Losers: Aaron Brooks
Brooks will eventually become the replacement for Steve Nash , possibly as soon as next season. However, that does little to help his Fantasy appeal for this year. One of this season's biggest Fantasy disappointments, Brooks now has his fate sealed as a backup for the remainder of the year after falling behind Kyle Korver in Houston and dealing with injuries for the better part of the first half. Fantasy owners holding on to him in the hopes that he would eventually regain the starting role in Houston can give up on that pipe dream now. Only an injury stands to save his Fantasy appeal.
Thursday, Feb. 24
deal involving Celtics and Thunder
Celtics receive: Jeff Green , Nenad Krstic
Thunder receive: Kendrick Perkins , Nate Robinson
Fantasy Winners: Serge Ibaka , Glen Davis , Shaquille O'Neal , Nate Robinson , Delonte West
Ibaka will get a chance to return to the early-season production that saw him break out in the first half of the season while Green was out due to injury. The Thunder will need him to become active as an offensive player again, having lost Green's mid-teens scoring.
Davis will benefit, mainly in the short term, with the Celtics now short up front while both Shaq and Jermaine O'Neal are out with injuries. Krstic is not a player who will be asked to play big minutes and Davis will be one of the team's few options for size. Having recently seen his playing time cut in half, his situation will improve. Expect Shaq to be asked to play a more active role in his 20-minute stints once he is healthy enough to play, much in the way he did earlier this season when he filled in for an injured J.O.
Robinson is not a huge winner, but the potential is there for more consistent playing time and even an increase in shot volume. He will have to share minutes with James Harden and Thabo Sefolosha .
Fantasy Losers: Jeff Green , Kevin Garnett , Paul Pierce
Green will likely be asked to play a hybrid small forward/power forward role behind Garnett and Pierce. Green certainly will not be playing around 35-40 minutes per game he did as a featured part of the Thunder offense.
Meanwhile, Garnett and Pierce could each have their touches watered down just a bit more with Green becoming another mouth to feed in the offense. It is not time to panic by any means if you own either K.G. or Pierce, but do not be surprised to see each player lose some touches.
Thursday, Feb. 24
deal involving Trail Blazers and Bobcats
Trail Blazers receive: Gerald Wallace
Bobcats receive: Dante Cunningham , Joel Przybilla
Fantasy Winners: Gerald Henderson , Dante Cunningham , Stephen Jackson
Henderson and Cunningham should each see a boost as the Bobcats try to fill the void left at power forward by Wallace's departure. Wallace has double-digit scoring potential but has not proven to be much of a rebounder. Each player is worth a flier in very deep leagues because of the chance at increased playing time. Expect to see Diaw play some more power forward as well for the Bobcats. Jackson could see an increase in shot volume as Wallace leaves a void of about 12-13 shots per game.
Fantasy Losers: Gerald Wallace , Nicolas Batum
The trade should make the Blazers stronger, but it makes their rotation a mess from a Fantasy standpoint. Wallace will take minutes from Batum, but will also not have quite the run of play that he enjoyed in Charlotte. He will become more of a role player and less of a go-to option. He remains a viable Fantasy option, but some of the luster may be gone soon.
Thursday, Feb. 24
deal involving Clippers and Cavaliers
Clippers receive: Mo Williams , Jamario Moon
Cavaliers receive: Baron Davis
Fantasy Winners: Mo Williams , Ramon Sessions
A change of scenery could do Williams a lot of good. He will have a chance to feed the ball to a budding superstar in Blake Griffin after apparently losing a lot of interest in Cleveland during their dismal season. If it gets Williams going at all, he could be in for a strong finish.
Sessions has come on strong and the Cavaliers have been looking for ways to keep him in the lineup even with Williams back from injury. This deal brings in a disgruntled, aging, injured Davis who may not even put on a Cavaliers uniform for a while -- if at all. Expect Sessions to play big minutes going forward, allowing him to retain Fantasy value that could have been lost.
Fantasy Losers: Baron Davis
Davis is injured and said to be unhappy with the deal. The Cavaliers are more interested in his contract (with $14 million coming off the books after next season) than his play at this point. It could be a while before Davis suits up for Cleveland and he is not likely to be very inspired to produce the rest of the way for a Cavaliers team that might not win 15 games this season.
Wednesday, Feb. 23
deal involving Hawks and Wizards
Hawks receive: Kirk Hinrich , Hilton Armstrong
Wizards receive: Jordan Crawford , Mike Bibby , Maurice Evans
Fantasy Winners: Kirk Hinrich
Hinrich takes over as the starting point guard in Atlanta, a team very much in the thick of things in the Eastern Conference. With more offensive weapons around him in Atlanta than in Washington, his assist totals are likely to rise. He averaged 4.4 dimes per game in 48 appearances for the Wizards. There is low-end value here as a double-digit scorer who can chip in decent numbers in assists, steals and even some light 3-point shooting.
Fantasy Losers: Mike Bibby
Bibby goes from starter to reserve as he will be just a sub behind rookie John Wall . He was not a real Fantasy asset in Atlanta this season, but this removes him from the list of potential stopgap measures off the waiver wire at the guard position.
Wednesday, Feb. 23
deal involving Hornets and Kings
Hornets receive: Carl Landry
Kings receive: Marcus Thornton
Fantasy Winners: Carl Landry , Marcus Thornton
This looks like a deal that could benefit both players involved. Each player is likely headed for more consistent playing time, which has been hard to come by all season on their respective teams.
Landry is a solid scorer and rebounder who has proven that he can play well in a reserve role, doing well last season as a bench player for the Rockets. He will be the team's primary big man off the bench behind David West and Emeka Okafor , and could find enough playing time to manage around 10-13 points and seven boards per game.
Thornton, meanwhile, will head to a Kings team that is without Tyreke Evans for at least the next three weeks and possibly longer. The team needs a scoring threat at the two-guard spot and Thornton has been able to provide that whenever he has received ample playing time. Consider him a sleeper for a cheap-scoring option and 3-point shooting in the short term.
Fantasy Losers: Jermaine Taylor , Tyreke Evans ?
Taylor was in line for a boost with Evans sidelined, but that could go by the wayside now. Expect Thornton and Taylor to battle for minutes and touches, but Thornton has a more reliable NBA resume.
Evans is expected to be re-evaluated in three weeks after undergoing several treatments on his ailing left foot. But with the Kings adding Thornton as insurance and with nothing really left to play for, this could be a sign that Evans might not play again this season.
Wednesday, Feb. 23
deal involving Nets, Jazz, Warriors
Nets receive: Deron Williams , Dan Gadzuric , Brandan Wright
Jazz receive: Devin Harris , Derrick Favors
Warriors receive: Troy Murphy
Fantasy Winners: Kris Humphries , Troy Murphy , Brook Lopez
Humphries had begun to lose playing time to the rookie Favors, but this trade leaves him in a position to play big minutes again at power forward. Humphries had become a regular double-double threat before the Nets tried to force feed minutes to Favors.
Murphy is expected to be bought out and will become a free agent. His likely destinations include Miami, Boston and Orlando. His value would likely be highest in Miami, but this is the beginning of a return to Fantasy relevance for a player who averaged 14.6 points and 10.2 rebounds just last season. He is certainly worth an investment off the waiver wire, though we don't expect quite those numbers wherever he might land.
Lopez has not had much trouble scoring this season, but the addition of a premiere point guard like Williams will likely lead to more easy finishes for him the rest of the way. Williams cannot help his cause on the glass, unfortunately.
Fantasy Losers: Derrick Favors
Favors was getting a chance at increased playing time in New Jersey, mostly because the team was trying to package him in a trade (first for Carmelo Anthony and then for Williams). In Utah, he will find playing time hard to come by behind Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson .
Tuesday, Feb. 22
deal between Nuggets, Knicks, Timberwolves
Nuggets receive: Wilson Chandler , Raymond Felton , Danilo Gallinari , Timofey Mozgov
Knicks receive: Carmelo Anthony , Chauncey Billups , Anthony Carter , Shelden Williams , Renaldo Balkman , Corey Brewer
Timberwolves receive: Eddy Curry , Anthony Randolph
Fantasy Winners: Ty Lawson , J.R. Smith , Arron Afflalo , Landry Fields , Ronny Turiaf , Anthony Randolph
Lawson has been tabbed as the new starting point guard in Denver and will get a chance to show what he can do. His value would be highest if Felton is moved, but coach George Karl sees him as the team's future point guard and not Felton. He can score, dish and rebound and could be a complete package. Given 35 minutes per game, he could become a high-end starter. However, that will depend on what happens with Felton.
Smith will become a go-to scorer for the Nuggets down the stretch. In a contract year, the Nuggets will want to fully evaluate him the rest of the way and Smith has shown the ability to be a high-end scorer when given the opportunity throughout his NBA career. He will get that opportunity the rest of the way and an increase in minutes will lead to better numbers in boards and dimes as well. He goes from fringe Fantasy option to a potential stud down the stretch.
There is no guarantee that Afflalo will emerge as a regular offensive threat, but he will get a chance to be in the mix with players like Smith, Chandler and Gallinari for touches. He is a capable scorer and will be a sleeper for a boost.
There could be an increase in shot volume in the cards for Fields. Sure, Anthony will eat up most of the field-goal attempts left behind by Chandler and Gallinari, but there will be some left over for Fields as well. The loss of two wing players in the deal means Fields will likely be asked to play more minutes, which is always good.
Turiaf will be the team's starting center, mostly by default. The Knicks lack size up front and Turiaf could be asked to play about 25-30 minutes going forward. However, he lacks an offensive game and is really only a cheap source for boards and blocks. The team may eventually figure out that Stoudemire is their best bet at the five spot as Turiaf has failed to take advantage of big minutes in the past.
Randolph was not getting any playing time with the Knicks and will be getting some playing time in Minnesota. However, he will only be a reserve behind Kevin Love and Darko Milicic , capping his potential for production. Do not invest more than a flier pickup off the waiver wire in deeper leagues.
Fantasy Losers: Raymond Felton , Wilson Chandler , Danilo Gallinari
What a sharp decline for Felton, who will go from a No. 2 guard in most standard formats to a fringe player at best. Coach George Karl plans to start Lawson ahead of Felton, who averaged 38.4 minutes per game in New York. We could see that cut in half, along with the rest of his numbers (17.1 points, 9.0 assists, 3.6 rebounds). At best, he might fight for a 50-50 split with Lawson.
Chandler is going to have to fight with Gallinari, Arron Afflalo and Smith for touches. The Nuggets will likely still look to feature Chandler, whom they view as their best get in the deal. However, he might not be featured for 14 shots per game in the offense -- as he was with the Knicks.
Gallinari will compete for touches more than he had to in New York, which could lead to some inconsistency. The drop might not be major, but there is certainly a removal from his comfort zone that will impact his Fantasy appeal at least initially.
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