Wednesday gave us two trades, which included a huge boost for an already hot Dario Saric, a ton of trade rumors and a bunch of injury updates. Enjoy, and follow me on Twitter by clicking here.
Sixers send F Ersan Ilyasova to the Hawks for Tiago Splitter and two second-round picks. I don’t see any major impacts on the Hawks side of things, although Ilyasova gives them some needed depth and some Paul Millsap insurance. But on the Philly side of things, this clears the way for Homie Dario Saric to go ballistic the rest of the way. Saric was already on fire, averaging 20.6 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.6 blocks and 2.2 3-pointers over his last five games, and with Ilyasova out of the way, he should at least be that good going forward, as long as his shot is falling. If he’s somehow still available, run, don’t walk.
Nets send Bojan Bogdanovic and Chris McCullough to the Nets for Andrew Nicholson, Marcus Thornton and a lottery-protected 2017 first-round pick. This one’s not nearly as exciting as the other trade that happened last night and the big takeaway is that Bogdanovic just took a big fantasy hit playing behind Otto Porter in Washington. Bogdanovic is droppable now, while a guy like Caris LeVert could really benefit from this move. There are also hints being dropped that LeVert might be moving into the starting lineup, so if there was ever a time to pick him up, that time is now. Also keep an eye on Sean Kilpatrick and Joe Harris, but LeVert, as usual, is the guy I like here.
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A Ricky Rubio for Derrick Rose swap seems like a possibility as the Knicks may covet Rubio, and Tom Thibodeau and the Wolves seem to really like Rose. If it happens, and it probably is a bit of a long shot, their values shouldn’t change dramatically. But a missed game or two while the trade is finalized is always a possibility, if it happens.
Indy’s Paul George says he’d love to finish his career in Indy and the Pacers think they can re-sign him after the new CBA numbers come out. In short, while a ton of teams are calling, I just don’t see him being moved today.
Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope are all names being thrown around in a ton of rumors in Detroit. Jackson feels like a goner to me, although we still don’t know where he’ll land. The Magic, Timberwolves and Pelicans all seem like possibilities for Jackson, but it depends on who else is included in the deal as to what the fantasy impacts would be, obviously. Drummond is available, but the asking price may be too high to get a deal done, and Stan Van Gundy loves KCP, leading me to believe he’s not likely to be moved.
Chicago’s Jimmy Butler skipped Wednesday’s practice, furthering speculation that he’ll be moved. The Celtics still seem like a possible destination, but given that they’re unwilling to part with Jae Crowder, the chances of him going to Boston are looking slim. I don’t think he’ll be moved, but then again, I won’t be surprised if it happens, either.
The Bulls, Celtics, Kings and Pacers are all said to be interested in the Sixers’ Jahlil Okafor. If he were to be traded to the Kings he could make an immediate impact, but I can’t see him making much noise if he goes to the Bulls, Celtics or Pacers. Of course, a lot of other teams are inquiring about him, but where Okafor’s moving to, if anywhere, remains a crapshoot.
Denver’s Wilson Chandler is no longer being tied to the Thunder, leaving the Clippers and Rockets in the lead for his services. He’d likely hold some value in either place, especially if he were to start at small forward for the Clippers, but he’d likely come off the bench in Houston. And for maximum fantasy value, he’s probably best served by stating in Denver.
Center Tyson Chandler’s not expected to be moved by the Suns, in part due to his massive contract, but I still think the Suns will turn the center job over to Alex Len at some point, which differs from what our latest blurb indicates. I still think Len is a decent stash option right now.
Darren Collison was told by Kings’ GM Vlade Divac that he isn’t planning on trading him Thursday. Ty Lawson is due back from a groin injury tonight and if the two are still in Sacramento, a timeshare appears to be inevitable. Both players are probably worth owning, but Collison still has the edge due to his starting status. However, now that the Kings have been shaken up by the DeMarcus Cousins trade, Lawson might be in line for a few more minutes at shooting guard.
Brook Lopez’s trade value is plummeting and the Nets are now simply looking for a “good” first-round pick for him. That isn’t great news for his trade prospects so I’m guessing he’ll be a Net for the rest of the season.
The Rockets are not interested in moving G Patrick Beverley, although his name keeps popping up in rumors. With Lou Williams now in Houston, Beverley’s likely going to take a bit of a fantasy hit. And so is Williams. Someone asked me on Twitter if I’d rather own Lou-Will or Saric, and for me it’s Saric by a country mile.