Don't Touch Jimmy?

Don't Touch Jimmy?
Mike Gallagher takes a look at how loaded the Celtics are with assets, how good Jimmy Butler is, and possible third teams in trades.
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Joakim Noah (left hamstring) will not play on Thursday vs. the Cavaliers.

Feb 21 - 8:04 PM

The Rockets will send Corey Brewer and a first-round pick to the Lakers in exchange for Lou Williams.

The Lakers are clearly rebuilding and probably have no use for Brewer, as this trade was all about securing another first-round pick. If Brewer isn't waived by the Lakers, he will provide some depth off the bench behind Brandon Ingram. He's shooting 23.4 percent from deep this season and is not a fantasy pickup. With Williams gone, it makes sense for fantasy owners to add Jordan Clarkson. D'Angelo Russell will also get a nice bump.

The Lakers are sending Lou Williams to the Rockets in exchange for Corey Brewer and a first-round pick.

He was fully expected to be moved before the deadline with several teams expressing interest. Williams will have the green light in Houston and the Rockets attempt the most 3-pointers in the NBA, so while his value will take a hit next to usage monster James Harden, standard-league owners should hold onto him for now. He averaged 18.6 points, 3.2 assists, 2.3 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 2.1 triples in just 24.2 minutes per game with the Lakers, so hopefully the Rockets give him 20+ minutes a night. Don't be surprised if Eric Gordon and Patrick Beverley take a slight hit.
Feb 21 - 7:43 PM

Courtney Lee (illness) and Joakim Noah (left hamstring) did not practice on Tuesday.

Noah missed the last five games before the break, so it's a concern that he's not 100 percent yet. The Knicks could be sellers at the trade deadline and Noah's outlook would take a hit if they started rebuilding, so he belongs on the wire in most leagues. Kyle O'Quinn and Willy Hernangomez benefit every time Noah sits, but Hernangomez has the better outlook.

Courtney Lee (illness) did not practice on Tuesday.

Lee still has another 48 hours before Thursday's game vs. the Cavaliers, but we should know more about his status after Wednesday's practice. If Lee is unable to play, Brandon Jennings and Justin Holiday will benefit the most. Through the first seven games of February, Lee averaged 10.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.6 triples.
Feb 21 - 7:34 PM

Malik Beasley has been sent down to the D-League.

Beasley isn't a significant part of the rotation in Denver, so there's no fantasy spin here.
Feb 21 - 6:56 PM

The Lakers are reportedly closing in on a multi-year deal with agent Rob Pelinka to install him as Los Angeles' next GM.

The agent-to-GM move worked out pretty well for the Warriors, so the Lakers will try and replicate that success by bringing in Pelinka, who is a well-respected agent around the league. He still needs to divest from his agency, so it could take a couple days before this thing becomes official.
Feb 21 - 6:51 PM

Serge Ibaka is expected to practice in full with the Raptors on Wednesday.

Ibaka wasn't able to make his Toronto debut for the final game heading into the break, but all indications are that that will happen Friday vs. Boston. Ibaka's value should relatively steady in Toronto, but his arrival is bad news for the rest-of-season outlook for guys like Jonas Valanciunas and Lucas Noguiera.
Feb 21 - 6:48 PM
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