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Trade Deadline Final Review

Thursday, February 21, 2013



Not Dealt:  Timofey Mozgov, Andre Miller


Fantasy Impacts:  Everything stays the same in Denver, though it was interesting to see Mozgov gather the attention he did.  Miller gripes about his playing time all the time, but he’s more valuable to the Nuggets at this stage of his career than he would be to most teams. 




Not Dealt:  Danny Granger, Gerald Green, D.J. Augustin, Tyler Hansbrough


Fantasy Impacts:  None of these guys gathered much interest or had any real chance of being dealt, so one of the league’s most predictable fantasy squads remains exactly that. 




Not Dealt:  Charlie Villanueva, Jason Maxiell, Jonas Jerebko, Will Bynum


Fantasy Impacts:  Like the rest of these teams that didn’t make moves, their fantasy situation remains the same.  Chris Sheridan called Bynum the most likely player to be dealt this year (and called Dwight Howard 50/50 to go to the Nets, among other swings and misses), so it was kind of funny to see him not get his No. 1 prediction right. 




Acquired: Sebastian Telfair


Heading Out: Hamed Haddadi


Not Dealt:  Andrea Bargnani, Alan Anderson, Linas Kleiza


Fantasy Impacts:  Anderson and Kleiza only had mild rumors attached to them, but the Telfair situation nearly piqued my interest as much as Bargnani’s plummeting value.  The Raptors went out and signed John Lucas this summer and seemed pretty happy about it, and the Raps were hell-bent on getting a backup PG during this deadline.  Anyway, it’s not that important as neither of those backup guards will have any fantasy value, and it’s not looking great for Bargnani, either.  Yes, Bargnani could get back on track with the pressure and embarrassment of the trade deadline fading, or his elbow and overall conditioning could get back on track.  Still, the Raptors basically misplayed this hand and went into a lateral spin, ending up with nothing.  I wouldn’t stash Bargs for more than another week, and I’m not exactly falling all over myself to do that.  The larger concern is for guys like Amir Johnson and Jonas Valanciunas, who were about to potentially luck into vats of playing time.  I still think they get all the run they can handle, fouling issues aside (JV), so hang on to both of them and see where this goes, even if JV is not necessarily a must-own player in standards. 




Not Dealt: Omer Asik, Chandler Parsons


Fantasy Impacts:  Asik and Parsons were late entrants to the rumor mill in a theoretic Josh Smith trade, but that talk quickly faded and it’s anybody’s guess if there was a real chance that it had legs.  We covered the Thomas Robinson trade in detail, and the only new news in the last 24 hours was the team’s apparent interest in Terrence Jones, if you’re buying Steve Kyler’s report that is.  The good news is that nothing changed in Houston, where fantasy titles are being won. 




Not Dealt: DeJuan Blair


Fantasy Impacts:  It wasn’t for a lack of trying, but like most teams today the Spurs couldn’t find a taker.  It’s same old, same old in San Antonio. 




Acquired: Hamed Haddadi


Heading Out: Sebastian Telfair


Not Dealt: Marcin Gortat, Jared Dudley, Jermaine O’Neal, Markieff Morris


Fantasy Impacts:  A runner up in the smoke to fire ratio contest, and not in the right way, the only thing they did was remove their backup PG from the equation.  A trade of O’Neal would have helped Gortat, but it’s still possible he gets released to go play for a contender.  Click the link above for the Thomas Robinson trade to get a breakdown of the new developments, and hope if you own Suns players that they continue to run the offense through Goran Dragic




Acquired: Ronnie Brewer, Giorgos Printezis


Not Dealt: Kendrick Perkins


Fantasy Impacts:  Brewer is there to be depth on the bench and that is it.  Printezis has a long ways to go before we’re memorizing how to spell his name.  Perkins’ name was floated a whole bunch but never in a deal that had a chance, but it would be interesting to know if the Thunder finally realize that they’ve got a declining asset.  Either way, no changes in OKC.




Not Dealt:  Luke Ridnour, J.J. Barea, Brandon Roy, Derrick Williams, Nikola Pekovic


Fantasy Impacts: The fact Ridnour didn’t get dealt was high up on the list of surprises, and with Minnesota rattling their sabers so much it was a shock they didn’t do anything at all.  It probably speaks to the cold market more than anything, but this indicates the Wolves are going to try to match a deal on Pekovic this summer.  This was also bad news for owners stashing Alexey Shved, as not only did he not get any relief he’ll have Chase Budinger returning at some point.  I still think he has a shot at value playing amongst injury prone veterans, but he’s not a must-own/stash guy until you get to the 14-16 team range.  Just be ready to move if the Wolves decide it’s time to do the Ricky Rubio/Shved backcourt. 




Acquired: Eric Maynor


Heading Out: Ronnie Price


Not Dealt:  J.J. Hickson


Fantasy Impacts:  I think everybody needs to take a step back and stop showering Maynor with unwavering praise, as he had one good year and hasn’t shown anything since.  He lost his job to Reggie Jackson and it’s possible his knee hasn’t come all the way back, or that his rhythm was impacted.  After that spectacular intro, however, let me say I’ll be watching him pretty closely in his first few games, especially if Wesley Matthews (ankle, elbow) can’t stay on the court.  Matthews is a known warrior, but the Blazers are paper-thin and could use anybody to step up and give them something.  I don’t know if Maynor can be that guy, but like I said, I’ll be watching. 




Heading Out: Charles Jenkins, Jeremy Tyler


Not Dealt:  Klay Thompson


Fantasy Impacts:  I had a hard time listing Thompson as a guy whose future was in question, but with bozos deciding to report an Eric Gordon deal as an actual thing I will begrudgingly do it.  The Warriors made a few deals to get under the cap, and they go into the stretch run with no added reinforcements.  Again, it was probably more the marketplace than anything, but a tough, cheap big down low would have been perfect. 




Acquired: Leandro Barbosa, Jason Collins


Heading Out: Jordan Crawford


Fantasy Impacts:  I dropped Bradley Beal in one league and I want to punch myself, though nobody could have known that Crawford would have put his career into a blender so fast.  Now with Crawford all-the-way gone, Beal is a must-own and must-start player until further notice.  This also improves things for Martell Webster, Trevor Ariza, and even John Wall, as nobody has to worry about Crawford stealing minutes and jacking up ridiculous shots.  And if you haven’t noticed, the Wizards are winning more often, and it’s not all because Wall is back.  Score one for basketball IQ!



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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