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Trade Deadline: Final Count

Thursday, March 15, 2012


Team: HOUSTON ROCKETS

 

Acquired: Derek Fisher, Marcus Camby

 

Heading Out: Hasheem Thabeet, Jonny Flynn, Jordan Hill

 

Not Dealt: Kevin Martin, Courtney Lee, Luis Scola, Samuel Dalembert, Goran Dragic, Kyle Lowry, Chase Budinger, Terrence Williams

 

Fantasy Impacts:  The team with the most roster-wide action today, the Rockets only sent away one rotation guy in Hill, and added two aging vets.  Camby, who likes the idea of Houston as far as I can tell, will step in and form a timeshare with Dalembert.  I’m not going to rush to drop Dally too quickly, though, as Hill’s exit might still provide enough minutes for the two to co-exist.  There’s also the issue of Camby’s health.  Patrick Patterson will be worth watching over the next week, too, as any slippage by Scola and the aforementioned bigs could open the door for him.  Still, I’m not running to make the add.  Martin’s owners didn’t get any relief from Kevin McHale, but I’m thinking the passing of the deadline will bring closure to some of the stressful issues facing him.  Lee is a loser today, as he’ll need Martin to take a dive to have any real value.  Ditto Budinger.  Chandler Parsons leaves the day the same way he came in – worth owning in 12-team formats while he’s hot.  Dragic is still a must-start player for the foreseeable future. 

 

Team: SAN ANTONIO SPURS

 

Acquired: Stephen Jackson

 

Heading Out: Richard Jefferson

 

Fantasy Impacts:  Jackson couldn’t have landed in a sweeter situation, as he has Gregg Popovich’s trust and respect and vice-versa.  The Spurs have also had trouble scoring at times, which means that Jackson will be encouraged to score the ball when he’s on the floor.  I’m projecting a 25-32 minute role as he’ll slowly get up to speed, and while we know the warts (FG% and TOs), targeting low-end value for him makes sense.  The exit of Jefferson could also free up minutes for Kawhi Leonard, too, so keep an eye on him over the coming days.  That said, I’m not running to the wire in 12-14 team formats.  The DNPs and potential injuries to the Big Three could also bump both Jackson and Leonard up the list, along with Gary Neal and Danny Green, per usual. 

 

Team: PHOENIX SUNS

 

Not Dealt: Steve Nash

 

Fantasy Impacts:  None.

 

Team: OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER

 

Fantasy Impacts:  None.

 

Team: MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES

 

Not Dealt:  Michael Beasley, Luke Ridnour, Anthony Randolph

 

Fantasy Impacts: None.  The Wolves liked what they had and why not?  The Beasley deal fell apart and so did his fantasy value, which is a bit shocking with Beasley being a guy that most felt would be dealt.  Don’t downgrade Derrick Williams too much because of this development, but it’s certainly not helping him if Beasley can get healthy and in Rick Adelman’s good graces.  On the bright side, Ricky Rubio’s injury cleared up a lot of minutes for Williams to tap into through osmosis. 

 

Team: PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS

 

Acquired: Hasheem Thabeet, Jonny Flynn, Shawne Williams, Mehmet Okur

 

Heading Out: Gerald Wallace, Marcus Camby

 

Not Dealt:  Raymond Felton, Jamal Crawford, Nicolas Batum

 

Fantasy Impacts:  I’m a bit giddy because I’ve been that guy telling you guys to hang onto your Blazers assets while the ship was sinking, pointing to the firing of Nate McMillan as the tide to raise all boats.  Well it happened, and it couldn’t have worked out much better for Raymond Felton, Jamal Crawford, and Wesley Matthews, and Nicolas Batum is about to become a superstar.  Yes, Felton has Jonny Flynn behind him all of a sudden, but let’s be real.  He’s coming into a new situation and just isn’t that good, despite some evidence of talent early on in his career.  The other salient point here removal of redundant rotation parts will allow the offense to flow better, and the team-wide shake-up and removal of McMillan is going to allow guys to play the way they want, for better or for worse.  I’m betting against McMillan here, as he has a long history of problems with personnel decisions and a system that has not been able to take advantage of strengths and weaknesses.  Felton could also fall off the wagon, believing he’s public enemy No. 1 and the like, but I think he should be owned in all 12-team leagues, while Crawford should be owned in all formats for his expected production.  Matthews falls somewhere between the two, and depending on your team needs he can switch places with Felton. 

 

Team: GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS

 

Acquired: Andrew Bogut, Richard Jefferson

 

Heading Out: Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh, Kwame Brown, Stephen Jackson

 

Not Dealt:  Dorell Wright

 

Fantasy Impacts:  We’ve covered this a whole bunch, but Klay Thompson is going to be a key component of winning fantasy squads in the playoffs.  Do not drop nor move him.  From there I believe Wright and Nate Robinson should be owned in all 8/9 cat, 12-team formats, while Brandon Rush is also worth a look.  Jefferson could be plugged into the lineup right away because the Warriors brass likes to justify its bad transactions by putting them on full display, but he is not a good fit for the team and will need to get acclimated.  That’ll give owners a week or so to evaluate both Wright and Rush, who will be most impacted by Jefferson’s presence.  And if you want to take a flier on Rush having more value than Wright, be my guest, as Rush is a favorite of Mark Jackson’s and will gobble up minutes at both wing slots.  Robinson has the upside of a Stephen Curry shutdown and has a shot at low-end value even if Curry stays healthy, particularly because S-Jax won’t be around. 

 

On a side note, the Warriors paid $12 million and got tied into an extra year of a contract for Jefferson (one beyond next year) – all for the right to package some second round picks into a top 15-20 draft pick next season.  Hand down man down. 

 

Team: WASHINGTON WIZARDS

 

Acquired: Nene, Brian Cook

 

Heading Out: Nick Young, JaVale McGee

 

Not Dealt:  Jordan Crawford, Andray Blatche

 

Fantasy Impacts:  Nene, if healthy, will be expected to produce and be a team leader right away, and playing with John Wall his production should be just fine.  A bigger winner today, though, was Andray Blatche, who if healthy will be playing behind a more injury prone player in Nene.  The entire rotation gained minutes with Young heading out, too.  And the BIGGEST winner was Crawford, who has the starting job all to himself.  Crawford should be owned in all formats, Trevor Booker should have already been owned but also gets a little relief with more minutes leaving than are coming in, and Blatche is worth added consideration on your stash scale with the semi-positive developments.  Of course, there’s also the chance that the team’s fumigation, as David Aldridge put it on NBATV, will make everybody play better.  Good times in Washington. 

 



Aaron Bruski has been covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld for five years. Hit him on Twitter at Aaronbruski.
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