PEKOVIC AND MOZGOV
His name has picked up recently as the Bobcats discussed a deal for Gerald Henderson and J.J. Hickson but it apparently went nowhere. The more likely landing spots would be Minnesota and New York, who have both indicated interest. In the case of the Knicks they need backup big men, but in Minny it’s more interesting because it could be a referendum on Nikola Pekovic’s future. The Wolves reportedly like the idea of paying less for Mozgov than they will have to this year when Pek becomes an RFA, and with rumblings for about a week about Pek’s future being in doubt I’m thinking owners need to consider a sell-high offer. He plays in a very good system in Minnesota and gets a ton of easy looks. A trade to another location could mess that up. I’m not saying ‘move at all costs,’ but if you can get an even money deal then I’d do it. It’s worth noting that Mozgov has experience playing with many of the Wolves’ international players.
Marc Spears reported that he was off the block, but literally everybody else has reported he’s in the mix, as is J.J. Barea and Derrick Williams. Along with the aforementioned Pekovic situation, and the fact that the Wolves have been aggressively offering first round picks for established talent, and have even seen a Derrick Williams for Paul Millsap deal floated – Minnesota is a team to watch today. They get a ton of phone calls on Andrei Kirilenko, too, but they’ve mostly rebuffed those. Alexey Shved has been very quiet lately, but I’d hold him through the break as long as you can to see how things shake out (even with Chase Budinger getting healthier). Darren Wolfson reported that it was doubtful the Wolves would get in on the J.J. Redick sweepstakes, even though they’re clearly hunting wings.
Just like the Josh Smith and Andrea Bargnani situations, the luxury tax and the fact that everybody knows the Jazz want to move Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson has made the market soft. There are literally no reported offers on the table right now, but I’d expect the noise to pick up any second now. Both guys could take a small hit wherever they go, and Millsap could conceivably get a bump if landing in a shallow unit. Jefferson is already maxed out in terms of production. Derrick Favors is a must-own player and I’ve been stashing Enes Kanter where I can.
His contract is atrocious and it’s hard to see anybody biting on it, but Detroit beat writer Vincent Ellis reported that a league source called him the most likely guy to be moved at the deadline, ahead of Josh Smith. Fantasy owners should simply keep their ear to the ground as his value would be dependent upon where he lands, and it’s worth noting that ESPN just reported that both he and Richard Hamilton are expected to remain with the team.
THE DARK HORSE
Jordan Crawford is persona non grata in Washington but is fully available and drawing interest. GMs love situations like this where they believe they can fix a guy, and if he lands on a team that is having trouble putting the ball in the hole he could become relevant real quick. If your wire is bare and you have dead weight I wouldn’t blame you for taking a flier, and definitely keep your eyes open and be ready to move.
He hasn’t gotten a lot of attention but it’s worth pointing out that if the Bucks don’t secure a guy like J.J. Redick, and they otherwise deal Monta Ellis (or in the off chance they actually move Brandon Jennings), Beno Udrih could step in and be a nice low-end producer right away. The Mavs have expressed interest and he’d need Darren Collison to head out to carry any real value there, but he’s worth watching and stashing in situations where the wire is bare (think 14-16 team formats until rumors heat up in his favor).
Andrea Bargnani: Once a lock to get dealt, he has played so bad and his injury history has scared everybody off. He could still get dealt, but multiple sources have a deal this summer as being more likely.
Danny Granger: David Aldridge said there was absolutely no chance he gets dealt, while Mike Wells said there was a 20 percent chance. I’m going with DA on this one.
Zach Randolph: Most reports have centered on the lack of interest the Grizzlies have in moving him.
Iman Shumpert: There have been no reports to suggest that he’s on the market.
Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes, and Nick Young: None of these guys are untouchable, but most reports have the Sixers waiting to see what they have in Andrew Bynum before they start making moves.
J.J. Hickson: The Blazers are trying to market him but he has a no trade clause and needs to stay put to retain his Bird Rights, so it sounds like they’re trying to facilitate a deal that the player would like. Nobody is putting much stock in a move, but keep an eye on things as a move out of Portland would likely ding his value.
Spurs on Al Jefferson or Josh Smith: Ric Bucher has lost his touch reporting, but nobody else is running these deals up the flagpole anymore so I’m inclined to believe he’s right about this.
ON AN ISLAND
Chris Sheridan reported that there is a 50/50 shot that Dwight Howard gets dealt to the Nets, but he has missed so many times this year that it’s hard to take him seriously anymore.
C.J. Watson: The Celtics are interested but the Nets don’t want to give him up with Deron Williams’ injury risk.
Rodney Stuckey, Will Bynum, Jason Maxiell, Jonas Jerebko, Charlie Villanueva: Each of these guys has been mentioned, and have reasons the Pistons would want to move them. It’s unclear or doubtful that Brandon Knight’s knee injury will move the needle here, and it’s also worth noting that there have been reports throwing cold water on the Pistons’ desire to make deals.
Eric Gordon: Reports that teams are interested in him have been greatly exaggerated, and a deal is extremely unlikely.
Terrence Jones: He was reportedly available earlier in the week, then Steve Kyler reported that the Rockets moved Marcus Morris so he could get more playing time. He’s not worth an add, but if reports like that start to heat up then he could be worth a speculative add in deeper formats. Remember, Thomas Robinson just joined up and Royce White could eventually see some action.
Gerald Green: Available and would need a very good situation to get owners’ attention.
Marreese Speights: He has failed to gain any traction on the open market, but this is the type of player that often gets moved. His fantasy value is probably best in Cleveland, even if he has slowed his production recently and been stuck with limited minutes.
Ben Gordon: The Nets emphatically denied any interest here, and his recent spat isn’t helping his cause.
Dominique Jones, Roddy Beaubois, Brandan Wright, Shawn Marion, O.J. Mayo: Normally Mayo would be included in a higher profile writeup, but the only thing we’ve heard there is that the Wolves reached out to the Mavs and got shot down. Jones and Beaubois could use a change of scenery but there’s not a lot to see here. Marion is a guy to keep an eye out on and is probably the most likely Mav to get traded today.
Jermaine O’Neal: The Knicks are interested due to their backup big man needs and I’d expect any team needing a big man to get in the mix. The Suns will try to get something in return but could also end up waiving him.
Ronnie Brewer: He’s being shopped but there is nothing to see here.
Eric Maynor: The Raptors are interested in him and the Thunder are shopping him aggressively. He’d need an unlikely, amazing landing spot to land on fantasy radars.
Kendrick Perkins: Beat writer Royce Young said that we can “feel free” to look into Perkins’ absence last night due to a knee injury, and I’d expect the Thunder to explore any options they can find for cheaper, serviceable big men that can actually defend and rebound.
Sebastian Telfair: The Raptors are the front-runners for his services and they’ve been targeting a backup point guard all week. There’s no fantasy value for him there, and it could mean that John Lucas is on the way out (strangely).
DeJuan Blair: There have been competing reports and normally I’d dismiss the ones saying he’s going to stay, since the Spurs have no real use for him and he’s been on the outs there – but David Aldridge said he’s likely to stay put and that carries quite a bit of weight.
Linas Kleiza: Could be moved and there’s not much to see.
Richard Hamilton: It was recently reported by ESPN Chicago that he was off the table, but Gery Woelfel says the Bulls are pushing hard. The latter sounds more realistic, and this action can be watched from the wire.