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Trade Deadline: Final Count

Thursday, March 15, 2012

We came, we saw, and we conquered about 72 hours of continuous trade deadline coverage over here, and I’m sure I set a personal record for Red Bull consumption and the like.  Without further ado, your fantasy value matrix and trade deadline breakdown.


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Acquired: Sam Young


Fantasy Impacts:  None




Not Dealt:  D.J. Augustin, Boris Diaw


Fantasy Impacts:  Kemba Walker won’t get an easy pass to the starting job, but he’s still worth owning in most formats for his expected heavy workload.  Diaw might get thrown back into the mix, or bought out, but he’s somebody to stay away from for now. 




Acquired: Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh


Heading Out: Andrew Bogut, Stephen Jackson


Not Dealt:  Brandon Jennings, Drew Gooden, Ersan Ilyasova, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Shaun Livingston


Fantasy Impacts:  Ilyasova was a trade candidate from way back, and Gooden was from a few weeks back.  Gooden’s recent tear probably priced him out of the market, and Jennings’ trade chances were squashed after the team acquired Ellis.  Ellis’ value is going to take a dip, if anything, as will Jennings’ value.  Don’t go crazy trying to unload them, though, as the Bucks are turning into a sneaky fastbreak team.  Udoh is worth dropping for a hot free agent because his upside will be capped, but one has to think that Scott Skiles will use the promising youngster (famous last words).  If the wire looks thin, playing it out with Udoh could make sense if you need a big or blocks.  The removal of Jackson doesn’t impact the rotation, but it does take a threat to Carlos Delfino’s value off the board.  And while most analysts cringe at the thought of two ball-holding guards playing together, their playmaking ability should give Delfino better looks from the 3-point line.  Any decrease in touches could easily be offset by greater efficiency, assuming of course Delfino can hit his shot.  Not moving Mbah a Moute and Livingston is a bit of a nuisance for somebody like Mike Dunleavy, but he has played so well lately that he needs to be owned in all 12-team formats.  Again, the faster pace is the tide that raises all boats.  Gooden and Ersanity might slow down a bit with the introduction of Ellis and Udoh, but I’m not selling there. 




Not Dealt: Carlos Boozer


Fantasy Impacts:  The Bulls didn’t acquire a shooting guard, which is good news for the values of Ronnie Brewer, and to a lesser degree, Kyle Korver.  Brewer deserves ownership in 12-team formats with the hope he can provide low-end numbers, and there’s a hint of upside in that he can provide versatile numbers and above-average steals (his steals are down in general). 




Acquired: Jason Kapono, Luke Walton


Heading Out: Ramon Sessions, Christian Eyenga


Not Dealt:  Antawn Jamison


Fantasy Impacts:  Kyrie Irving officially gets all the run he can handle and Daniel Gibson immediately becomes worth a look in 12-14 team leagues.  He’ll handle backup PG duties and there are few better at stroking it from deep.  He has been a bit inconsistent, but there’s a lot to like here.  It would have been nice for Tristan Thompson if Jamison had been dealt, but the rookie is basically competing against himself.  He’ll be worth watching down the stretch but for now he shouldn’t be near rosters.  Alonzo Gee gets even more security with minutes leaving the rotation and none coming in. 




Not Dealt:  Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce


Fantasy Impacts:  None.  Look for the Celtics to try to get in on Chris Kaman if he goes the buyout route, but for now Brandon Bass should be owned in most leagues as a low-end producer.  Greg Stiemsma is the guy to watch if you’re trolling for blocks, but he still needs to prove himself.  Ray Allen was almost gone, but the Big Four have one more title run in them. 




Acquired: Nick Young


Heading Out: Brian Cook, Conditional Second Round Pick


Not Dealt:  Eric Bledsoe


Fantasy Impacts:  Nick Young is going to quickly be put in his place by Chris Paul, which means no more fadeaway threes and the like.  Young also won’t be handed the keys to the car right away, which means a slow position battle between him and Randy Foye.  Foye’s value is likely crushed by this development, and feel free to hang on in deeper formats, but don’t hesitate to make the drop for a hot free agent. 




Heading Out: Sam Young


Not Dealt: O.J. Mayo


Fantasy Impacts:  None. 




Not Dealt:  Josh Smith, Kirk Hinrich


Fantasy Impacts:  Hinrich has an outside shot at value with Marvin Williams heading to the bench and always banged up, but he needs to prove himself before owners should make an add in most cases.  Jeff Teague didn’t lose the guy looking over his shoulder, either, but he has been playing better lately and should be owned in all 12-team formats and most 8/9 cat, 10-teamers, too.  Smoove wasn’t dealt, which clearly wasn’t going to happen as we neared the deadline, and owners have to be thrilled because he’s on fire. 


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Aaron Bruski has covered hoops for Rotoworld since 2008 and has competed in national fantasy sports competitions for nearly two decades. In 2015 he was named FSWA Basketball Writer of the Year. You can also find his work over at ProBasketballTalk, where he received critical acclaim for his in-depth reporting of the Kings' relocation saga. Hit him on Twitter at Aaronbruski.
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