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Trade Deadline Final Review

Thursday, February 21, 2013



Acquired:  Jeremy Tyler, Dahntay Jones


Heading Out: Anthony Morrow


Not Dealt:  Josh Smith


Fantasy Impacts:  Talk about a whirlwind couple of weeks for Smoove owners, who knew going into the deadline that the best case scenario was for him to stay in Atlanta.  Now there is some concern that he’s not going to re-sign with the team and that it could put the sides in an awkward position on any disputes, but he’s going to get to chuck up all the bad shots he wants and otherwise beast across the box score at the rate he was before.  Tyler is a developmental mess, but if you’re in a massive format you may want to see if the Hawks try to use him given their lack of depth.  Jones could actually see some minutes at the wings, but not enough to matter and he can be left alone on the wire in reasonably sized formats.  It’s also worth noting that Jeff Teague dodged the Monta Ellis bullet in a theoretic Smith to Milwaukee deal. 




Heading Out: Dexter Pittman


Fantasy Impacts: Unless your league counts flagrant fouls issued in South Beach, the Heat are what we thought they were. 




Not Dealt:  Eric Gordon


Fantasy Impacts:  The idea that Gordon could be dealt for anything but an awful return was painful to watch being peddled.  The Hornets will go forward with no changes in fantasy value.  




Not Dealt:  Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson, Raja Bell


Fantasy Impacts:  Clearly the story of the trade deadline was Bell not getting dealt, and when I say that I mean I’m doing everything I can not to throw my computer across the room.  You mean to tell me that you didn’t trade ANY OF THEM?!?  Yes, you can make the argument that you don’t take a bad deal just to do a deal, but at some level you’re just prolonging the inevitable.  Anyway, this isn’t panic central for Derrick Favors, but I would probably cut bait with Enes Kanter if you stashed him in a 12-14 team league.  My guess is that absent a playoff run, that Al Jefferson would be a shutdown risk, but to play devil’s advocate both he and Millsap will be playing for their next deals.  Favors has been a low-end producer in standards, and he will naturally get minutes at the expense of the starters, and it would help if Ty Corbin got his head out of his, um, orange cone hat and stop forcing the four guys into just two buckets.  Marvin Williams is not taking the team anywhere great, and while DeMarre Carroll is a nice player you gotta get your big guns on the court.  This was also bad news for Gordon Hayward, who will naturally be given more responsibilities under management orders, if I’m guessing, but he isn’t going to have that spread your wings moment we were hoping for. 




Not Dealt: Tyreke Evans


Fantasy Impacts:  We broke down the Thomas Robinson deal six ways from Sunday, and outside of the fact that the Maloofs are threatening to for the title of worst owners in the history of pro sports, you can check out that break down.  Sources told us that the Kings were open to moving Evans, but once Jason Jones broke that story the team backed off quickly.  Maybe they were tired from the prior days' worth of giving away players. 




Acquired: Kenyon Martin (signed)


Heading Out: Ronnie Brewer


Not Dealt:  Iman Shumpert


Fantasy Impacts:  I’m treating Martin like a trade deadline acquisition for convenience-sake.  He will add depth but owners should just watch him from the wire even in the deepest of formats.  Ronnie Brewer was a non-factor, and Shumpert was never getting dealt.  Not a lot to see here. 




Not Dealt:  Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol, Steve Blake, Chris Duhon, Devin Ebanks, Darius Morris


Fantasy Impacts:  Each of these guys had their names discussed in trade deadlines, and obviously the latter four players were deadline day deals of little to no consequence that didn’t go through.  Howard was never a real threat to get traded, and Gasol lost his trade appeal with the injury.  The Lakers will proceed forward with what they have, and hopefully for their fans (and fantasy owners) the death of Jerry Buss will be a coalescing moment. 




Acquired: Beno Udrih, Tobias Harris, Doron Lamb, Hakim Warrick


Heading Out: J.J. Redick, Gustavo Ayon, Ishmael Smith, Josh McRoberts


Fantasy Impacts:  The hole left by J.J. Redick stands to get filled nicely by Beno Udrih, but he’ll struggle for consistent minutes and he’ll have to prove himself early and often to touch Redick’s workload.  However, with Jameer Nelson dealing with a strained patella tendon he could be thrust into significant short-term role and it wouldn’t be all that crazy if the Magic knew what they were dealing with in Nelson when they grabbed Udrih.  I’m not saying that is definitely the case, just that I wouldn’t be surprised.  The Magic are also in desperate need of consistent scoring, and Udrih can do that.  I’m calling him worth a speculative add in 12-team formats with plenty of risk, but also some nice upside if injury prone Nelson starts to struggle in the middle of a rebuild. 


As for Harris and Lamb, Harris would be the only one worth any attention right now, and that would be limited to massive formats.  Moe Harkless and Andrew Nicholson have earned the right to play heavy minutes right now, and barring a change in performance I don’t see Harris getting the jump on them anytime soon.  I’d continue to hold both Harkless and Nicholson in most formats.  Warrick will be waived so he’s a non-factor here, and the exit of both Ayon and McRoberts gives owners all of the aforementioned pickups some security, as does the relatively slow return of Al Harrington.   




Acquired: Anthony Morrow


Heading Out: Dahntay Jones


Not Dealt:  Shawn Marion, Dominique Jones, Roddy Beaubois, Brandan Wright


Fantasy Impacts:  No real impacts, though it would be nice to see Morrow get off the bench and hit a few threes.  I won’t be holding my breath, and owners can assess the whole situation as status quo.  We know Marion is a happy man today, too (as are his owners). 




Not Dealt: Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks


Fantasy Impacts:  Talk about much to do about nothing.  Neither player had much of a market and it’s because they’re just not that good in the grand scheme of things.  The Nets head out of the deadline the way they came in. 


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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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