This week, we’ll go against the normal format and look at the fantasy impact of last week’s significant NBA trades that went down and suggest possible waiver wire acquisitions as a result of said trades. I’ll solely be focusing on those players owned in 60 percent or less of Yahoo! leagues because you all know what you’re getting with a Monta Ellis (chucks galore) or JaVale McGee (on-court comedy) type of player.
Milwaukee Bucks acquire Monta Ellis (100%), Ekpe Udoh (13%) and Kwame Brown (1%) and the Golden State Warriors acquire Andrew Bogut (32%) and Stephen Jackson (54%)
In his last game with the Warriors, Udoh scored 14 points on 7-for-10 shooting, grabbed six rebounds and blocked two shots. I suggested Udoh last time, but will give him a slight downgrade (for now) after this trade because of the stacked rotation at the four and five spots for the Bucks — Ersan Ilyasova, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Drew Gooden and Jon Leuer. However, let’s see what Scott Skiles does because Udoh might be the only legit center they have and he had been playing well before the trade. Both Bogut (injury; likely out for the season) and Brown (being Kwame Brown) are inconsequential at this point. See below for more on Captain Jack.
On the Warriors, expect Klay Thompson (39%) to get more burn. He’s another player I suggested last time because of his instant offense off the bench and ability to hit treys. It’s doubtful Brandon Rush will be able to hold the rookie back. Also, if rumors of Stephen Curry being shut down for the season are true, Nate Robinson (36%) would be a great grab off the wire. In fact, consider doing that now out of pure speculation if you have an open spot or an underperforming player on your squad.
Indiana Pacers acquire Leandro Barbosa (18%) and the Toronto Raptors acquire a second-round pick and cash considerations
Don’t expect too much from Barbosa in a crowded Pacers backcourt, even though Darren Collison has been bad. George Hill will likely take over the starting point guard spot soon, but with A.J. Price (0%) and Dahntay Jones (0%) also looking for minutes, Barbosa won’t get as much burn as he did with the Raptors. However, he’ll likely be the first or second guard off the pine.
The player that benefits most is the Raptors’ Jerryd Bayless (37%), who has been great in the past week (four games, all starts) — 23.3 points, 54.4 FG%, 86.4 FT%, 3.0 3PTM, 8.0 assists and 4.0 boards. Jose Calderon has been out with a sprained ankle and should come back soon to start at some point, but there’s no hurry considering Bayless’ production. However, without Barbosa around to take minutes, Bayless is looking good in continuing to produce.
The Los Angeles Lakers acquire Ramon Sessions (57%) and Christian Eyenga (0%) and the Cleveland Cavaliers acquire Luke Walton (0%), Jason Kapono (0%), Lakers 2012 first round pick and the right to swap the Miami Heat’s 2013 first round pick with the Los Angeles Lakers’
I suggested Sessions a month ago and thought he would be playing with the Lakers in all likelihood. I think everyone saw this coming. In any case, Sessions should start with the departure of Derek Fisher and get some very good minutes. The Lakers offense usually doesn’t call for the point guard to do much, but then again, the previous lead guards for the Lakers didn’t have Sessions’ ability. In four games as a starter this season, Sessions averaged 17.8 points, 45.8 FG%, 100.o FT% (3.0 FTA), 1.3 triples, 11.0 dimes and 2.8 rebounds. Too small a sample size, I know, but in 89 career starts, he averaged 14.8 points, 7.5 assists, 4.0 boards and 1.1 steals. Sessions has the ability and now he’ll get the time. Nothing should be expected from Eyenga, Walton or Kapono.
For the Cavs, Daniel Gibson (8%) should benefit with Sessions gone. He’ll still come off the bench, but should have an uptick in production. In the last week, Gibson averaged 7.4 points, 1.6 3-pointers, 3.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 0.7 steals in 22.5 minutes per. Moving forward, that line should improve on average with more time and playing more consistently.
The New Jersey Nets acquire Gerald Wallace (99%) and the Portland Trail Blazers acquire Mehmet Okur (3%), Shawne Williams (2%) and 2012 first round pick
First of all, I like Billy King, but he’s crazy if he thinks an impact player won’t be in the lottery beyond the first three picks. Especially with the potential draftees this year. Crazy. Anyway, Wallace should produce a bit more while Okur and Williams, both out with injuries, will continue to do what they have been — nothing. The players that could really be affected here is MarShon Brooks (44%), who could see his touches dip, justifiably so, and most definitely Gerald Green (8%). Green averaged 16.8 points, 1.0 triple and 3.2 boards in a little over 26.0 minutes per game the past week, but will see his minutes and production drop. Hopefully, the electricity of his dunks won’t.
The Houston Rockets acquire Marcus Camby (48%) and the Portland Trail Blazers acquire Jonny Flynn (1%), Hasheem Thabeet (1%) and a future second round pick
Camby will likely take some time from Samuel Dalembert, but it won’t be anything more than well-deserved rest, especially with Dalembert doing well in the month of March — 12.0 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. Meanwhile, Camby’s numbers have steadily gone down from month-to-month, but perhaps coming off the bench and not starting could do wonders for him. Flynn probably won’t make a dent in production, but Thabeet could get more of a shot with the Blazers, who will be starting Joel Przybilla (1%) at the five spot. Can the draft bust turn things around? I predict … as much as Greg Oden did.
San Antonio Spurs acquire Stephen Jackson (54%) and the Golden State Warriors acquire Richard Jefferson (37%) and 2012 first round pick
Jackson will definitely do a lot more with the Spurs, but only because he wasn’t doing anything much with the Bucks besides complain and undermine the team. I’m not sure how much Captain Jack has left in tank, but considering he’s back with the Spurs and a winning situation, his play could be inspired. Kawhi Leonard (13%) and Danny Green (9%) owners, if you’re out there, beware. Jefferson will likely come off the bench, but could be a quick sub-in if Dorell Wright (90%) starts off slow during games. However, Jefferson won’t give much other than veteran caginess and 3-pointers. His ownership numbers could likely fall a bit. For the Warriors this trading season, it’s all about pumping up Thompson’s fantasy value.
Washington Wizards acquire Nene Hilario (95%), Brian Cook (0%) and 2015 second round pick; Denver Nuggets acquire JaVale McGee (93%), Ronny Turiaf (1%); Los Angeles Clippers acquire Nick Young (81%)
For the Wizards, it should remain the same old, same old, as this trade probably won’t have much impact for the team. If anything, Jordan Crawford (48%) won’t have to worry about Nick Young being around. And his ownership should go up with the increased playing time Crawford is sure to get. Now that Nene is gone and McGee is likely taking Timofey Mozgov’s (3%) starting center spot, Kenneth Faried (34%) can finally breath a little easier knowing that he’ll continue to start and get his chances. In 10 games since the All-Star break, Faried is averaging 11.6 points, 59.4 FG%, 66.7 FT%, 9.1 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 1.0 blocks in only 23.5 minutes per game. Feel free to pick him up now.
For the Clippers, man, they just get better bringing in Young, a Cali native. His numbers should continue to do well, but Randy Foye (12%) and Mo Williams (71%) could see less time in the rotation. I’d be more worried about Foye as Williams has been very productive since Chauncey Billups (33%) went down to a season-ending injury. And from the last sentence, you can tell that at least 33 percent of Yahoo! fantasy basketball managers aren’t paying attention to their teams anymore.
Number of Team Games in Week 13
Five Games: ATL, GSW
Four Games: BOS, CLE, DAL, DEN, IND, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIL, MIN, NJN, NYK, OKC, PHI, PHO, POR, SAS, TOR, UTA, WAS
Three Games: CHA, CHI, DET, HOU, MIA, NOR, ORL, SAC
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