The first big trade of the season went down on Tuesday night, as the Warriors sent G Monta Ellis, F/C Ekpe Udoh and C Kwame Brown to the Bucks in exchange for C Andrew Bogut and G/F Stephen Jackson. Here are some potential impacts from the deal.
For the Warriors, this should clear the way for Klay Thompson to start at shooting guard, who looks like the best fantasy pickup in the trade fallout. He started on Tuesday and had 14 points, four rebounds and five assists on 6-of-19 shooting, but also played 43 minutes. Sure, Jackson could cut into his flow, as could Brandon Rush, who had 17 points and eight rebounds, but my guess is the Warriors, who will probably tank the rest of the season in order to protect their draft pick and develop their youth, will roll with Thompson the rest of the way. With five games next week, Thompson is a “run, don’t walk” add off the waiver wire right now. Rush is also a solid addition if games played matter in your league.
Stephen Curry missed yet another game with a bum ankle/foot and is now a real candidate to simply be shut down for the season. I doubt he has played his last game, but the Warriors are going to be very careful with him, and now that Ellis is gone, need him healthy going forward – especially next season. Don’t do anything crazy and drop him, but owners should prepare themselves for a possible nightmare with Curry the rest of the way – which is just more of the same, I guess.
With Curry’s Doritos ankles, it’s possible that Nate Robinson and Charles Jenkins could be in for some big minutes going forward. Robinson had 17 points in a start for Curry last night, while Jenkins hit 7-of-10 shots for 15 points off the bench. With five games next week and Curry’s status in limbo, both players at least deserve some fantasy consideration right now.
Andris Biedrins started in place of Udoh last night and had six points, three boards, three steals and two blocks. He’s worth a look, but I just don’t trust him. David Lee could find himself playing heavy minutes at center going forward, and is an auto-start next week with five games. Bogut is likely done for the season with a broken ankle, meaning Lee and Biedrins are going to have to hold it down in the middle without Udoh.
As for Jackson, he’s still dealing with a hamstring injury and has to learn Mark Jackson’s system. Dorell Wright had 14 points, 10 rebounds and four 3-pointers last night, and had 20 points, five boards and four 3-pointers on Sunday. Maybe the loss of Monta will get Wright going, and he is an automatic pickup with five games in the coming week. Jackson could eventually steal his job at some point, but I’d rather own a healthy and hot Wright for now. Just keep in mind that Wright isn't happy he wasn't dealt by the Warriors, but at least he is playing better.
For the Bucks, my guess is Drew Gooden and Ersan Ilyasova will keep their starting gigs, meaning Udoh will come off the bench in Milwaukee. Udoh is also iffy for Wednesday, as he still needs to get to Milwaukee and pass a physical. I dropped him for Klay Thompson in a league where I was deep at center, and I suspect his fantasy value is going to take a real hit under Scott Skiles – especially with Gooden and Ersanity running wild for the Bucks.
Ellis will immediately start at shooting guard, which should push Carlos Delfino back to small forward, and Tobias Harris to the bench, with Mike Dunleavy as the sixth man. Ellis, like Udoh, is very iffy for Wednesday night, so watch for more news on their status in the news blurbs.
A backcourt of Brandon Jennings and Monta could be dangerous for the Bucks, but we’ll have to see how their on-court chemistry is, as both guys need the ball in their hands and love to shoot.
Other Trade Winds
Dwight Howard seems very likely to be moved to the Nets, although he’s also asked the Magic to roll the dice on him and keep him, taking a chance that they can re-sign him over the summer. They’d likely have to make some big deals to make it happen, but Jason Richardson’s name is the only one really popping up in rumors. If J-Rich goes, J.J. Redick will likely become a must-own player, if he’s not already. He had 17 points and three 3-pointers on Tuesday in another start for J-Rich, who is out with a sprained ankle. If Howard’s last game in Orlando was last night, he went out with a bang, hitting the Heat with 24 points, 25 boards, three steals and two blocks.
Rajon Rondo isn’t going to be moved by the Celtics unless they simply get an insane offer they can’t refuse, which I don’t see happening. For more trade rumors, keep an eye on the news blurbs on Wednesday and Thursday.
Derrick Rose PG Bulls – Rose was rear-ended in a car accident on Tuesday but it didn’t sound too bad. However, he’s dealing with a sore groin and is iffy for Wednesday’s game. The Bulls also re-signed Mike James, adding fuel to the fire that Rose might have to miss a game or two. Watch for updates on Wednesday.
Andrew Bynum C Lakers – Bynum powered through a bruised right knee for a season-high 37 points on 15-of-18 shooting, and kicked in 16 rebounds and a block for good measure. It looks like he managed to avoid disaster yet again.
Rudy Gay SF Grizzlies – Gay didn’t pass his concussion tests and missed Tuesday’s game, leaving him iffy for his final two games this week. Hopefully you listened to us and benched him this week.
Al Jefferson C Jazz – Jefferson is expected to miss Saturday and Sunday’s games due to the death of his grandmother, as our worst fears came true. His five-game week is now a three-game week, but that’s better than a three-game week turning into a one-gamer, right?
Marcus Camby C Blazers – Camby left Tuesday’s game with a bruised right shoulder and didn’t return. It’s anyone’s guess how much time he’ll miss, and Kurt Thomas doesn’t exactly require a trip to the waiver wire. Consider Camby day-to-day for now.
Jose Calderon PG Raptors – Calderon was out again with a sprained ankle and Jerryd Bayless had 20 points and seven assists. Until you get a report that Calderon will play, Bayless is basically a must-start player. Leandro Barbosa added 17 points for the Raptors, and is also a sneaky play with Calderon out, and there’s not a specific timetable on a possible return date for JC.
Kevin Martin SG Rockets – Martin was out again with a strained right shoulder, while Courtney Lee (21 points, three steals, four 3-pointers) started in his place. Chandler Parsons also went off for a career-high 21 points, seven boards, six assists, a steal and three 3-pointers on 9-of-16 shooting. Martin’s injury could keep him out a few more, while he’s also a serious trade candidate, meaning both Lee and Parsons are worth grabbing in many leagues right now.
Ty Lawson PG Nuggets – Lawson played through a foot injury last night and had 21 points, six boards and seven assists, so keep him in your lineup going forward.