Fantasy Basketball: Has the Trade Deadline Rocked Your Roster?
The trade deadline is when teams look to make the move that will either get them in the playoffs or get them under the salary cap. For fantasy owners, it can be a nervous time where our stellar performer might be in jeopardy of losing some valuable stats.
As most of you know, the Tyson Chandler to Oklahoma City trade has been rescinded because Chandler has a lingering injury in his big toe.
Let's take a look at the trades that did go through as the deadline has passed.
Chicago trades Andres Nocioni and Drew Gooden to Sacramento and Michael Ruffin to Portland, Portland trades Ike Diogu to Sacramento, Sacramento trades Brad Miller and John Salmons to Chicago
Owners of the former-sleeper John Salmons should be disappointed because there is no foreseeable way he will continue to produce 18.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game on the Bulls.
Salmons was playing 37 minutes per game and you can expect this to drop off into the low 30s, sacrificing statistics. Also, Chicago has more primary ball handlers on their team so Salmons will spend more time spotting up.
Salmons’' value is at its pinnacle, so trade him before your leagues trade deadline.
Brad Miller should fit in well in Chicago if he can overcome his injury troubles. He is a more complete post player than Joakim Noah and Aaron Gray, and I expect him to play 25-30 minutes per game.
When healthy, Miller will be capable of 12 points, eight rebounds, and three assists per game with Chicago. He's not much of a shot blocker but does hit the occasional three and he his a very good free throw shooter.
Don't go out of you way to attain Miller because of injuries, but if he's on your roster he should continue to produce at his career averages.
Both Drew Gooden and Andres Nocioni should provide solid contributions to Sacramento.
When healthy, Gooden is worth owning as he has 10 double-doubles in only 31 games. He will be one of the senior members of the young Kings and you can expect him to play down the stretch of close games, earning close to 30 minutes per night.
Nocioni will come off the bench behind Francisco Garcia, and will battle Donte' Greene and Rashad McCants for playing time.
Currently Nocioni is not worth owning but if his minutes are close to 30 per night then it will give him a chance for increased production. Keep an eye on his production in his first few games as a King.
Minnesota trades Rashad McCants and Calvin Booth to Sacramento, Sacramento trades Shelden Williams and Bobby Brown to Minnesota
Rashad McCants will compete for 20 minutes of playing time per game where he should score 10-12 points per game. This will make his a third-tier fantasy player possibly worth owning depending on your situation.
If Francisco Garcia continues to get injured it will boost his playing time.
Shelden Williams will see an increase in his 10.2 minutes per game but I doubt he will fill-in enough to be worth owning.
New York trades Jerome James, Tim Thomas, and Anthony Roberson to Chicago, Chicago trades Larry Hughes to New York
This would give Larry Hughes a big increase in his fantasy value. Hughes is an upgrade on the wing from Quentin Richardson and he earn more minutes weather he comes off the bench or starts.
Hughes will play around 30 minutes per game, sharing time with Richardson and Nate Robinson. In NY's up-tempo style he should score at least 15 points with 3 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.5 threes per game.
He is a very solid addition to most fantasy rosters.
Tim Thomas' fantasy value has sunk with this trade. His two best career three point percentages were under Mike D'Antoni and now Thomas will be battling for playing time with the much more athletic Tyrus Thomas.
Thomas should be able to grab a chuck of Drew Gooden's minutes, playing just over 20 minutes per night. If you're going to buy one of the Bulls' Thomas’s, go with Tyrus.
New York trades Malik Rose to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City trades Chris Wilcox to New York
After three seasons of 30 minutes per game with the Sonics, the Thunder have reduced Chris Wilcox's playing time to 19 minutes per game this season. That being said, this trade will benefit Wilcox as he is now the third post option in New York.
I expect him to get a five minute boost of playing time, he will come in for David Lee but he can also play along side Lee, Al Harrington, and Wilson Chandler in the post.
Wilcox will see his points jump into the double figures and his rebounds will climb closer to seven per game.
He is worth taking a look at if you need a center eligible player to fill-in for an injured player.
Orlando trades Brian Cook to Houston, Houston trades Rafer Alston to Orlando, Memphis trades Kyle Lowry to Houston
With this deal Rafer Alston will come in and start for Orlando, moving Anthony Johnson back to the bench. Johnson had been getting 30.8 minutes per game as a starter, but that will now be reduced to less than 15 and he is no longer worth owning.
Alston on the other hand is worth owning, he will play close to 30 minutes per game, possibly exceeding that mark. Alston will still get an opportunity to shoot plenty of threes in Orlando's inside-out offense and 12 points, five assists, one steal, and two threes per game should be easily attainable.
Kyle Lowry has been productive this season and he will come off the bench behind Aaron Brooks. Lowry is worth keeping you eye on as he has the ability to pile up assists with limited scoring production.
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