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Trade Deadline: Final Count

Thursday, March 15, 2012



Fantasy Impacts: None




Not Dealt:  Chris Kaman, Trevor Ariza, Emeka Okafor, Carl Landry Jarrett Jack


Fantasy Impacts:  Kaman dodges bullets here and throws salt in our sell-high recommendations, but I won’t lose any sleep over that with everybody and their mother expecting a trade.  He might get bought out, but with David Stern at the controls it remains to be seen how that will play out.  Gustavo Ayon did not get any relief on the trade front, but it’s unclear what the banged up corps of forwards in New Orleans really has in them.  Ayon has been invisible lately and could have benefited from Kaman leaving because he is good with the ball and would have seen more touches.  Feel free to drop him as he hasn’t been producing much, anyway, but keep an eye on him because right now the minutes are there.  Greivis Vasquez never really had a shot at Jarrett Jack leaving, but he still has a shot to get minutes whenever Monty Williams finally goes young.  Ariza’s value had nowhere to go but down, so today was a win. 




Not Dealt:  Josh Howard, Devin Harris, C.J. Miles, Raja Bell, Paul Millsap


Fantasy Impacts:  Raja Bell is not going to seek a buyout, which would have been nice, but here everybody’s values remained the same.  Gordon Hayward is worth a look if he was dropped after a slow couple of days, as he is a part of the future and a good fit on the second unit. 




Not Dealt: Tyreke Evans, J.J. Hickson


Fantasy Impacts:  The Warriors inquired about Evans and we learned that he isn’t untouchable, but the status quo remains in Sacramento.  They weren’t able to pawn off any of their larger veteran contracts.  Hickson staying put does not impact the rotation much, if at all, because he has fallen so far out of favor, anyway.




Not Dealt:  Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire, Toney Douglas


Fantasy Impacts:  The change in value here has more to do with the firing of Mike D’Antoni than anything, which has been well-chronicled here.  Jeremy Lin is a bit of a sell-high guy with Mike Woodson turning the keys over to Melo, but don’t go crazy. 




Acquired: Ramon Sessions, Jordan Hill, Christian Eyenga


Heading Out: Derek Fisher, Jason Kapono, Luke Walton


Not Dealt:  Pau Gasol, Steve Blake


Fantasy Impacts:  Ramon Sessions is the big winner here, as he’ll fall somewhere between low-end and low-mid round value as the Lakers’ starting point guard.  Don’t worry too much about Steve Blake, as Sessions is a clear upgrade over the declining Blake.  Even in 28-32 minutes per game, Sessions should be able to put up enough numbers to justify ownership in most formats. 




Not Dealt:  Dwight Howard, Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu, Ryan Anderson


Fantasy Impacts:  The Magic might have saved the most value for the greatest number of guys from one team, as the entire squad is built to play around Dwight Howard.  If you own Ryan Anderson, you have to be pretty thrilled.  All of them were on the block, as well, leaving their futures in doubt.  Today, the status quo is in play, which is bad news only for J.J. Redick.  He’ll need an injury to Richardson to have any real value in standard formats. 




Not Dealt:  Shawn Marion, Roddy Beaubois


Fantasy Impacts:  None.




Acquired: Gerald Wallace


Heading Out: Shawne Williams, Mehmet Okur, Top-3 protected 2012 pick


Not Dealt: Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries, Anthony Morrow


Fantasy Impacts:  Gerald Wallace slides into a pretty gaping hole at small forward for the Nets, and since he was struggling mightily in Portland with the team in disarray owners have to be pretty happy.  Yes, this could be a buy low moment if his owner doesn’t respect the improved environment.  This puts a pretty good dent into whatever value Morrow had, because there won’t be quite as many minutes to go around, and MarShon Brooks’ owners can’t be jumping for joy.  The rookie is still a part of the plan in Jersey and will get his touches, but has shied away in the past and adding a veteran like Wallace isn’t going to help that.  Because the team wasn’t blown up, Humphries can continue to be the man and Williams will be more motivated to stay on the court. 




Acquired: JaVale McGee, Ronny Turiaf, Wilson Chandler


Heading Out: Nene


Fantasy Impacts:  McGee is going to have every opportunity to play as much as he did in Washington, but if anything I see his value going down and not up.  He won’t get nearly as many touches within the sane confines of the Denver offense, and he’ll have an actual leash now.  Kenneth Faried is a big winner, here, too, as his emergence was one of the drivers to get rid of Nene’s deal, which was called “buyer’s remorse” by management today.  Al Harrington got a bit of good news when Nene's minutes left the rotation, and also because McGee is competing at a different position, but the imminent signing of Wilson Chandler isn't good news for anybody in Denver.   Harrington has been a sell-high candidate for a while, but owners should hold to see where it all goes.  Danilo Gallinari might take a slight hit in value, but I'm more worried about Arron Afflalo, Andre Miller, and Harrington in that department.  Afflalo should be owned to see if he can hold low-end value in 8- and 9-cat leagues, though we saw the first signs of his decline in his last contest.  Miller will have some productive nights and is stubborn enough to steal value from others, but planning or betting on it is another story.  He can be dropped for a hot free agent. 




Acquired: Leandro Barbosa


Fantasy Impacts:  Barbosa’s arrival only serves to complicate an already dicey situation for Darren Collison and George Hill.  I’d stay away from all three in 12-team formats until one of them emerges, if they emerge.  Roy Hibbert avoided the Pacers acquiring a big man. 




Not Dealt:  Tayshaun Prince, Rodney Stuckey


Fantasy Impacts:  Both were talked about trade candidates earlier in the year, but neither were really a threat to be traded today.  No fantasy impact. 




Heading Out: Leandro Barbosa, Second Round Pick


Not Dealt:  Jose Calderon


Fantasy Impacts:  One of the bigger draft day storylines, especially for me with my man-love for Bayless, was the fact that Calderon did not get traded.  The good news is, though, that Calderon’s presence was half the story with my deciding to stash him this year.  Setting his ankle injury aside, we’re seeing the real position battle take shape right now, with Calderon’s injury now putting the onus on him to get back on the floor and counter-punch back.  Calderon is a notorious injury risk, but I don’t get the sense that he’ll be shut down simply to see what Bayless can do.  So, yes, today was a bit of a blow to Bayless’ value, nonetheless.  I’m holding Bayless at least until we know the story with Calderon, and the exit of Barbosa certainly helps, but I’m going to let Bayless fight for the job before I drop him in most cases.  He’s hand-over-fist better defensively, and has a nice offensive game of his own.  If you’re not as bullish as me (or in general), he is certainly somebody that you can drop for a well-positioned free agent.


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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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