NBA Trade Deadline Fantasy Breakdown.
The NBA trade deadline saw a series of mostly boring and irrelevant trades, but a few have potential fantasy impact. Most interesting were the deals not made. We won’t find out what Rajon Rondo would have done, motivated by returning late-season to a playoff team. Kyle Lowry could have ended up in any one of a number of value-reducing situations. Instead he will be pretty much who he has been so far this season, barring injury.
So what matters?
Steve Blake for salary cap relief – No-one in this trade is very interesting from a fantasy perspective. Blake’s limited value is gone, but the trade sort of matters for owners of Kendall Marshall. Marshall will continue to get minutes, regardless of Nash’s progress or anything other than a total cave-in in performance. He is one of the few players with upside on a talent-thin team. Even coming out of college, Marshall was considered a three point shot away from averages like his current 10.7 points and 9.8 dimes.
Blake is owned in 17 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Don’t expect many minutes behind Stephen Curry.
Marshall is owned in 61 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
Spencer Hawes and a throw-in for Earl Clark and picks – Hawes minutes may decrease with the Cavs, but the usually-injured Anderson Varejao is the only other serviceable Center on the roster. Hawes may still be useful in the deeper leagues where his 3.3 assists and 1.5 3s per help now, but after a hot start he hasn’t shot well.
Evan Turner for Danny Granger – Turner’s value in non-turnovers leagues will flatten out significantly. Not only will he see less minutes in Indy, but the organized and serious Pacers will not indulge Turner’s wacky and ball-dominant tendencies. If you play with TOs, the drop in value will be mitigated.
Those falling all over themselves to grab Granger may be in for disappointment, but he should be on the radar in deep leagues after landing with the terrible 76ers. The simple reason is that he has shown the ability to shoot in the past, and if he shoots near his career .435/.382/.849 instead of .359/.330/.962 and gets minutes, he’ll turn in lines comparable to the 10.5/5.5/3 he has in his 2 heavy-minutes starts this year. He has practically no competition for minutes, and is in a contract year. However, he may just be done.
Granger is owned in 24 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
The other trades include a few players like Marcus Thornton and Gary Neal who either have been useful fantasy players for stretches, or have fooled owners into thinking they might be. Do not be fooled this time.