Well after the blockbuster deal that went down late on Sunday night, there are mostly just rumors left to talk about on this fine Tuesday morning. The NBA doesn’t get back to work until Thursday, so we’ll have a couple more days' worth of speculating and a smattering of news. Follow me on Twitter by clicking here!
If you missed the DeMarcus Cousins trade talk, there are several in-depth breakdowns about it on Rotoworld. Here are the links:
Trade Breakdown: Pelicans
Trade Breakdown: Kings
More Trade Fallout
Terrence Jones appears likely to be dealt by the Pelicans. He will have trouble finding many minutes if he stays in New Orleans with Anthony Davis and Boogie patrolling the paint. I can’t imagine many places where TJ would see a boost in fantasy value, so his outlook isn’t quite as promising as it was when he was straight up Brow-injury insurance.
Pelicans’ guard Tim Frazier should get a boost after the trade with Tyreke Evans and Langston Galloway out of the picture. E’Twaun Moore is in the same boat and both players could be solid, cheap DFS plays, as well as intriguing season-long league adds.
The Kings are reportedly making Darren Collison, Ben McLemore and Arron Afflalo available at the trade deadline. And really, now that the Kings have been decimated, I’d like to think that any member of the Kings is available in a deal. Ty Lawson’s name, however, hasn’t been mentioned, and he could be a big fantasy factor down the stretch. And Buddy Hield, who is heading to the Kings, could end up being a monster for them. I like the idea of picking him up right now. Willie Cauley-Stein should also see a boost for the Kings, along with Kosta Koufos, as the duo could start at PF and C. The outlook for WCS is higher than that of Koufos, while Anthony Tolliver might also see a boost for the depleted Kings.
Matt Barnes has been waived by the Kings to make room for Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and Buddy Hield. We don’t know where Barnes is going to land, but he’ll surely be picked up and given a role for his new team. But he was really coming on for the Kings, so this news hurts if you’ve been using him lately.
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The Raptors, who recently gained Serge Ibaka and lost Terrence Ross in a trade with the Magic, are said to be looking for more help on the wings. DeMar DeRozan and DeMarre Carroll look like the starters for Toronto, while Norman Powell should see a boost with Ross gone, but we’ll have to see if they make another deal this week. Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari and P.J. Tucker are all possibilities for a move to the Raptors this week. The deadline is Thursday, Feb. 23 at 3 p.m.
Wilson Chandler is also reportedly a potential target of the Clippers, Thunder and Rockets, as well. The Rockets are willing to move K.J. McDaniels’ expiring contract, which would be valuable to some suitors.
Chicago’s Jimmy Butler is not expected to be moved unless “something crazy happens,” and after seeing the Boogie Cousins deal, the possibilities are endless. But I still don’t see the Celtics making a big move for Butler or Paul George.
The Suns are listening to offers on P.J. Tucker, Tyson Chandler and Brandon Knight, although Tucker is the most likely player to be moved of the group. The Raptors, Clippers and Celtics are all in play for PJT, along with others.
The Wolves are said to be interested in the Bucks’ Tony Snell, who has been playing well for Milwaukee. But there’s not much reason to stash Snell at this point, unless you play in a really deep league.
Lou Williams is a hot topic for the Lakers and he has the best chance of getting moved on Thursday. The Wizards may be leading the pack for his services, but playing behind John Wall and Bradley Beal wouldn’t do Lou-Will any fantasy favors. And if Williams goes, it should mean good things for both D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson.
Josh Richardson (foot) should be ready to roll for the Heat on Friday against the Hawks. The emergence of Dion Waiters certainly hurts the outlook of Richardson, but he still might be worth a stash in deeper leagues. But I wouldn’t cut anyone I’m currently relying on to get him.
Avery Bradley (Achilles) and Jaylen Brown (hip) should be good to go for the Celtics on Friday, and Bradley’s return is going to buzzkill Marcus Smart, who has been hot.
Charlotte’s Cody Zeller should be close to returning from his quad injury and it will be interesting to see what happens to Frank Kaminsky when it happens.
Chicago’s Dwyane Wade (illness/wrist) should be back on Friday against the Suns, but nothing is set in stone there yet.
Nuggets Wilson Chandler (illness), Darrell Arthur (knee), Kenneth Faried (ankle), Emmanuel Mudiay (back) and Danilo Gallinari (groin) are all possibilities for Thursday’s game against the Kings, but many of them are also involved in trade rumors. If Mudiay’s out again, look for Jameer Nelson to have a nice game against the new-look Kings. Will Barton will also benefit if some of these guys are out.
Rocket Patrick Beverley’s groin injury isn’t thought to be serious so we’ll see if he’s able to go on Thursday against the Pelicans.
Pacers Thaddeus Young (wrist) and Lavoy Allen (knee) are going to be iffy for Friday against the Grizzlies. Either way, Glenn Robinson III is coming off a confidence-boosting dunk contest win and might be a fun player to use this weekend.
Clipper Chris Paul (thumb) is still targeting a return date of sometime around March 1, which is exactly a week from Wednesday. If you stuck it out with him, it appears the end is near.
Terrence Ross should make his Magic debut on Thursday and I can’t wait to see what his role will be. If he starts for Orlando, he might be worth adding if you need 3-pointers. Aaron Gordon could slide to power forward, leaving the small forward job up to a competition between Ross, Jeff Green and Mario Hezonja.
Sixer Robert Covington’s head injury seems minor and I think he’ll play against the Wizards on Friday. Joel Embiid (knee) says he hopes to play in that one as well, but he’s now missed 11 straight games and 14 of his last 15. We’ll see if he’s ready on Friday.
Blazer Al-Farouq Aminu is dealing with a knee injury and is questionable for Thursday against the Magic. My guess is he’ll play.
Pau Gasol could be back from his broken hand against the Clippers on Friday. If he plays, Dewayne Dedmon will take a hit.
Utah’s Rodney Hood could return from his knee injury on Friday against the Jazz, but hasn’t yet been cleared. We should know more on Thursday.
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