The trade season is over! Lots of trades went through but I know we didn’t get the blockbuster trades that we all wanted so it’s a shame. However, there were still a number of trades that impacted the fantasy world. The deadline was today so let’s breakdown the trades that happened in the last two days starting with…
Houston Rockets receives: Lou Williams
Los Angels Lakers receives: Corey Brewer and 2017 first-round pick
The Rockets get another explosive scoring option from the bench to go along with sixth man of the year candidate Eric Gordon. Now they have two favourites for the sixth man of the year, they should just give it to them both. Lou Williams was the first primary scoring option with the heaviest usage rate on the Lakers. He’s going to take a hit on his usage rate and will be another three point shooter surround James Harden if they’re on the floor together. In the rare times that Williams is playing without Harden, you’ll see Lou doing his thing like the Lakers but those opportunities will be far fewer. The positive note is that the Rockets are a little thin in the guard position, meaning Lou will play garbage time if Rockets do blow teams out, which is pretty likely. That means chances for Lou to pad his stats. He’s going to get a lot of corner threes and he’s a 55.5 percent shooter from the corner. His value will take a hit but I think he’ll still be a top-100 player. Eric Gordon might also see fewer minutes, which is good because Gordon isn’t the most durable player out there. The Rockets just wants everyone to be healthy when it’s the playoffs and Lou Williams could lower a lot of minutes and usage rate on players like Gordon and Patrick Beverley.
Magic Johnson is wheeling and dealing his first few days in charge of basketball operations. With Williams gone, there’s a big hole to be filled. Specifically, 30.7 usage rate hole should be filled. D’Angelo Russell is obviously a winner as there were times when he was just left on the bench in the second half but now, Luke Walton will have no option to go with the young guns. DLoading is averaging 26.5 minutes per game for the season and he’ll likely see 28-32 minutes per game now. Hopefully, this opportunity will allow him to have a breakout that so many of us is waiting for. Jordan Clarkson should also get a nice bump. He’s going to be the go-to guy in the second unit and lead them in scoring. Clarkson should see a nice increase in shot attempts and assists. Nick Young might also see a little bit more time and shots but he’s not really a go-to type of guy, more of a spot up shooter in this stage of his career.
Atlanta Hawks receive: Ersan Ilyasova
Philadelphia 76ers receive: Tiago Splitter, 2017 second-round pick (Miami’s)
Let’s get to the Hawks first. Ersan is going from a starting role to the backup of Paul Millsap and he has to fight with Mike Muscala for minutes. As long as Millsap is healthy, he probably won’t be seeing significant time on the court to return value. He can be dropped in 14-team leagues now. In terms of the Sixers, Dario Saric is a big winner from this trade. He was playing a combination of small forward and power forward but now he’s going to be the starting four for the team heading forward. He was a beast before the break, averaging 20.6 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 2.2 triples and 1.2 steals in his previous five games. He’s going to grab more rebounds but I don’t think the points are sustainable when Joel Embiid returns. He’s probably no longer in the wire, but go check if anybody’s been snoozing. Meanwhile Tiago Splitter probably won’t play for the Sixers and shouldn’t be owned in any leagues.
Brooklyn Nets receives: Andrew Nicholson, Marcus Thornton and 2017 first-round pick (lottery-protected)
Washington Wizards receives: Bojan Bogdanovic and Chris McCullough
The Nets are willing to take on salary to get some draft picks for this upcoming draft. Even though it’s lottery protected, the Nets will probably get the pick projected to be around the 25th pick. Marcus Thornton will probably play some minutes similar to a Randy Foye role but he won’t see the minutes that Bogdanovic will be seeing. Bojan actually has a 22.4 usage rate on the Nets but since Jeremy Lin is returning, he’s probably going to take a lot of it. In terms of the minutes in the swingman positions, it’ll split to the likes of Sean Kilpatrick, Caris LeVert and Joe Harris. I like LeVert more out of the three but he’s still a rookie. Kenny Atkinson is still hesitant to give him heavy minutes so we’ll see how this plays out. It also hurts that the Nets also made a trade after this that could affect the wing rotation.
Bogdanovic’s value is going to take a big hit. He was a starter on the Nets and should be coming off the bench to be Beal’s backup. He gives the Wizards some much needed depth and size in the guard position. He won’t see 27 minutes per game and should be dropped in all leagues. Meanwhile Chris McCullough will hardly break the rotation unless its garbage time.
Dallas Mavericks receives: Nerlens Noel
Philadelphis 76ers receives: Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut and 2017 first-round pick (1-18 protected)
The Mavericks stole Noel from the Sixers and finally solved their center problem. They finally found an athletic big man who can play defense, block shots and finish off lobs in Noel. Sort of like what Tyson Chandler was when he was on that championship run to pair with Dirk. Noel is younger and has more upside. Don’t forget Noel was a top-3o asset a year ago and he could be a top-50 player in the final third of the season. Owners who have been stashing him are being rewarded for their patience. Noel will slide in to the center position, which will downsize everyone to their natural position. Consequently bumping Seth Curry to the sixth man role. Curry’s value will take a hit because of this but he’s still worth holding on to. Dwight Powell and Salah Mejri will continue to be backups and holds no value in 16-team leagues. Immediately after, Mavericks waived Deron Williams, which means Yogi Ferrell is the point guard of the future and he should be owned in all leagues. This is the reason why Curry will still be a hold because he’s able to play both guard positions.
Meanwhile, Jahlil Okafor didn’t get traded in this deadline when it was touted that he was a candidate to be traded for sure. He’s going to be the backup big for the Sixers and will have some value for when Embiid misses games, such as the next four Sixers games that Embiid will be scheduled to miss. Justin Anderson is a flier that the Sixers took and he slots in as a backup for both swingman positions. He’s a fantasy friendly player and could get triple-one stats with his athleticism. He’s probably going to come off the bench and will be behind guys like Nik Stauskas but he’s better than Timothe Luwawu and Gerald Henderson so he’ll see consistent minutes in the low 20s. Andrew Bogut will be bought out so he plays no part in the Sixers rotation.
Brooklyn Nets receives: K.J. McDaniels
Houston Rockets receives: Cash
The Nets soaked up another contract to hit the minimum salary floor. It’s a good contract as well and they took a flier on another young prospect who has been failing in the NBA. Sean Marks is actually doing a good job with whatever disposal he has on his hands. McDaniels is a similar type of player to Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. He’s going to be athletic and could see some impactful minutes in the rotation. He might be worth a flier in deep leagues such as 16-team leagues or 18-team leagues. Meanwhile, the Rockets cleared up $3 million in cap space for them to sign a free-agent after those buy outs have been official and waivers have been waived.
Chicago Bulls receives: Cameron Payne, Anthony Morrow and Joffrey Lauvergne
Oklahoma City Receives: Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott and 2017 second-round pick
Let’s talk about the Bulls first. They didn’t move Jimmy Butler in the deadline. They didn’t make a move for Okafor. Instead, they sent away their longest tenure Bull and crucial presence in the locker room in Taj Gibson away. They also waived the white flag on McDermott after the Bulls used two first-round picks in 2014 for him. They’re not really signalling a rebuild either. The Butler trade talks will probably resume when draft time comes. For now, I’m not sure if Payne is the point guard going forward but he is the one with most upside compared to the likes of Rondo, MCW and Grant. Rondo is meshing well with the second unit, which means Payne might be the starting point guard for the Bulls soon, which leaves MCW and Grant out of the rotation. Even if Payne is starting, the ball will be in the hands of Butler and Wade most of the time. Payne might be worth a speculative add in 16-team leagues but that’s all I can say for now. Rookie Denzel Valentine will see more consistent minutes in the rotation. Now that McDermott is gone, the Bulls are in dying need of a shooter and Valentine could provide that he’s only a dynasty league guy for now. Bobby Portis is going to be the starting power forward going forward and he was already playing pretty well before the break. He’s going to be in a timeshare with Mirotic but there are going be times when Hoiberg is frustrated with Portis and plays Mirotic the bulk of the minutes instead and vice versa. They’re both 14-team leagues until one of them gets 30 minutes a game.
Taj Gibson is going to be inserted in the starting line up, replacing rookie Domantas Sabonis. He’ll bring a tough, veteran presence to the Thunder’s locker room. Grant and Sabonis is not worth holding on to. Gibson’s arrival could also hurt Kanter’s value too and he’s projected to be playing the game after the All-Star break. Kanter is crucial to OKC’s second unit but even if he’s on a role, Billy Donovan is hesitant to play him a lot of minutes with Steven Adams at the four. Now that Taj Gibson is here, Kanter is strictly a backup for Adams. McDermott is going to be the backup of Andre Roberson and will be needed when the OKC needs some scoring punch and floor stretcher. His role isn’t changing much compared to his situation in Chicago so he’s still a 16-team guy for now.
Phoenix Suns receives: Jared Sullinger, 2017 and 2018 second-round picks
Toronto Raptors receives: P.J Tucker
Sullinger is waived immediately so he’s not going to be playing a part of the Suns’ rotation. Meanwhile, T.J. Warren will see a huge bump in minutes as the Suns are actually pretty thin on the wing. The sole backup for Warren is now Jared Dudley and he’s shifted to a four more often than not.
The Raptors are giving up round draft picks for rentals on Ibaka and Tucker to compete in the East and specifically, the Cavs. Tucker will do a solid job on LeBron James but I’m not sure how many minutes he’ll see on the floor. He’s probably going have a timeshare with Carroll but there are a lot of interesting lineups that Dwane Casey can utilise from. He can even play a Ibaka-Tucker-Carroll-DeRozan-Lowry line up, which I think will be pretty dangerous on the defensive end. Tucker coming into the rotation means Norman Powell will strictly be a DeRozan backup and with DeRozan averaging 35.5 minutes per game, Powell will find it hard to see 20 minutes on the floor. Another loser on this roster is Jonas Valanciunas. JV already sees minutes being taken away when Bebe has a good night. Now that Casey has the option of going small against teams with Ibaka on the floor to give the ultimate spacing for DeRozan to drive, he would definitely do it. He even acquired the Tucker who could play the small ball four perfectly at times and is a defensive nightmare for some teams, Casey would probably do that too. But it’s Casey we’re talking about so we have no idea what he’s going to do.
Obviously, there are some trades that aren’t mentioned here but that’s because in terms of fantasy perspective, they don’t really give much value. Hopefully, this is insightful. Stay tuned for more!