The NBA’s 3:00 p.m. ET trade deadline on Thursday is fast approaching, and we had some trade related lineup shuffling on Wednesday night. The Grizzlies and Warriors each scratched players from the lineup in anticipation of a trade, and multiple trades and transactions went down, one of which featured a subsequent extension with the acquiring team:
Report: The Grizzlies are finalizing a deal to send Andre Iguodala to the Heat — Iguodala, who was shipped from the Warriors to the Grizzlies in the offseason, has been inactive all season for Memphis. Rather than lose Iggy for nothing in the offseason, the Grizz elected to move him to Miami prior to Thursday’s NBA trade deadline, per multiple reports. As part of the deal, Iggy will sign a two-year, $30 million extension with the Heat, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Entering Wednesday’s slate of games, Miami is tied with Boston for the third seed in the East at 34-15. Iggy’s presence will likely take away fantasy value from Miami’s younger wing players, cutting into the minutes of Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson and Kendrick Nunn. Per Wojnarowski, Memphis will get back Justise Winslow as part of the package. Winslow’s been battling injuries this season, but is still considered a high upside prospect. — Julian Edlow
Report: Kings agree to trade Dewayne Dedmon to the Hawks for Jabari Parker, Alex Len — The reported swap will also include a pair of second-round picks heading to Atlanta, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Dedmon will make his return to the Hawks, and is another clear addition to help the Hawks with their rebounding struggles. Clint Capela has already been acquired by Atlanta to share the frontcourt with John Collins, so Dedmon will likely be the third big man in the rotation. Both Parker and Len have been injured recently, but were high draft picks in their respective classes, and provide the Kings with some potential upside. Parker, a former No. 2 overall pick, was playing particularly well earlier in the year when healthy and given the opportunity. — Julian Edlow
Report: Warriors agree to trade Alec Burks, Glenn Robinson III to 76ers — The 76ers will send three second-round picks to the Warriors in exchange, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania. The Warriors hinted that a trade was close after they elected to scratch both Burks and Robinson from Wednesday’s lineup. The trade works well for both sides, as the rebuilding Warriors stock pile some draft picks and the contending 76ers beef up their bench. The 76ers’ bench is one of their biggest weaknesses, as the team ranks third worst in bench scoring per game and has the seventh worst bench shooting percentage. Both Burks and Robinson are good 3-point shooters, each shooting a better-than-average percentage from deep this season, which is important for sharing the court with Ben Simmons, who thrives when the floor is spaced. — Timothy Finnegan
The Grizzlies and SG Dillon Brooks also reportedly agreed to a three-year extension worth $35 million, per Wojnarowski.
NIGHTLY RECAPWednesday’s NBA slate on DraftKings was sizable with nine games, and there were a ton of big fantasy performances. Here’s how DK Live recapped some of Wednesday’s biggest fantasy performances and notable themes on DraftKings Sportsbook. To read all of these recaps in real time, download the DK Live app.
Nikola Jokic posts a historic triple-double in an improbable win over the Jazz — With a lengthy injury report, and bodies missing due to the four-team, 12-player trade the Nuggets were involved in recently, Denver entered this game with just seven active players. It was Denver’s fifth game in seven nights, and second game of a back-to-back, and they somehow claimed a victory in Utah despite closing as double-digit underdogs on DraftKings Sportsbook. Jokic ($9,700; 79.25 DKFP) did everything for his squad, going for 30 points, 21 boards and 10 assists in 40 minutes. Every starter played at least 36 minutes, with two minimum salary bench players providing 42 total minutes of rest. Jamal Murray ($5,900; 4.200 DKFP) also had 31 points. — Julian Edlow
Nikola Jokic with the game on the line. Wow. pic.twitter.com/FGroqH9fNG— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) February 6, 2020
Sticking with it! (📺: @AltitudeTV) pic.twitter.com/AlRdK5t8Eg — Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) February 6, 2020Andre Drummond and Deandre Ayton put up big numbers in head-to-head matchup — The Pistons got the outright victory at home as 3.5-point underdogs against the Suns, 116-108. Drummond ($9,300; 66.75 DKFP) went for 31 points and 19 boards in the win, adding in four helpers and three steals in his 38 minutes. Ayton ($8,300; 55.5 DKFP) put up 26 points, 12 boards and four assists himself in 41 minutes of work. Reggie Jackson ($4,900; 48.25 DKFP) had another big game, as his 25-9-5 line was enough to go for 10X value yet again. Look for the Pistons to continue to offer strong value plays until they’re able to get healthy. — Julian Edlow
DKFP) was a huge reason for this, scoring 32 points with eight rebounds and 10 assists through 38 minutes. He hit a pivotal 3-pointer with just over a minute and a half left, leading to the Raptors scoring six more unanswered points for the 119-118 win. If the Raptors were to earn 13 wins in a row, they’ll have to beat the Pacers once again on Friday. — Steve Buchanan
Jayson Tatum lifts shorthanded Celtics past the Magic — The Celtics remained without Kemba Walker (knee) and Marcus Smart (thigh) on Wednesday, but got a huge boost from Jayson Tatum ($7,900; 62 DKFP), who dropped 33 points and stuffed the stat sheet with eight boards, five dimes, three steals and two blocks. Tatum’s effort helped the Celtics easily cover as 5.5-point favorites at home, with the 116-110 final also putting the game over the closing total. Gordon Hayward ($7,600; 47.25 DKFP) was also a key contributor with a 23-7-7 line, while rookie Grant Williams ($3,700; 29 DKFP) stepped up with a big game in just 22 minutes. Jaylen Brown injured his ankle late in the game, and his status will be worth watching before the Celtics’ next game on Friday. — Julian Edlow
Tatum Island 🏝 pic.twitter.com/BckIitz1Eb — Boston Celtics (@celtics) February 6, 2020Kristaps Porzingis continues fantasy rampage with Luka Doncic (ankle) sidelined — Doncic is one of the league’s most heavily used players, posting an elite 36% usage rate, volume that has now been made available for other Mavericks players to soak up. Porzingis ($8,300; 60.00 DKFP) has strongly capitalized on becoming the focal point of the Dallas offense with Doncic out, posting his third straight game with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds, one of only four players to accomplish that in three consecutive games this season. It was also Porzingis’ third straight game with at least 56 DKFP. Despite Porzingis’ big performance, the Mavericks got clobbered at home by the Grizzlies by 14 points, who entered the game as roughly 5-point underdogs. Also of note, Porzingis suffered a broken nose in the game and will be further evaluated on Thursday. — Timothy Finnegan
And here’s how DK Live recapped Wednesday’s most noteworthy fantasy NHL performances and news:
Pavel Buchnevich responds to his benching with a three-point night in win — On Monday, Buchnevich ($4,100; 33.5 DKFP) was benched for most of the third period in the Rangers’ 5-3 loss to the Stars. Coach David Quinn said after the game that he “didn’t like a lot of his game.” Fresh off those remarks, Buchnevich scored a goal, assisted on two others and took six shots, en route to his highest fantasy performance of the season. With tonight’s points, he now has 11 goals and 20 assists on the season as he continues to march towards a new season-high, which currently sits at 43. We’ll see if he can carry tonight’s momentum into the Rangers’ matchup against the Sabres at home. — Steve Buchanan
A smaller NHL trade also went down, with the Maple Leafs acquiring a backup goaltender. The full details include G Jack Campbell and LW Kyle Clifford going from the Kings to the Leafs in exchange for LW Trevor Moore, Columbus’ third round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft and a conditional third round pick in 2021.
A LOOK AHEADThursday has a five-game NBA slate on DraftKings, and the featured contest is the $400K Thursday Fadeaway, which pays $100k to first place. Set your lineups here: NBA $400K Thursday Fadeaway [$100K to 1st]. Here’s an early look from DK Live at some notable NBA injuries ahead of Thursday’s NBA slate.
Russell Westbrook (ankle) questionable to play Thursday at Lakers — Westbrook ($10,200) missed the Rockets’ most recent game on Tuesday, which created a cascade of opportunities elsewhere on Houston’s roster. James Harden ($12,400), as usual, took on more of an offensive load, creating 17 potential assists on 64 passes, both bumps from his season averages of 14 potential assists created per game on 49 passes per game. Ben McLemore ($4,500) started in place of Westbrook and played a heavy 37 minutes, scoring 26.5 DKFP, both notable improvements from his season averages. Eric Gordon ($5,300) also saw heavy usage, posting a 32% usage rate on the back of 22 field goal attempts, both sizable boosts from his normal volume. Newly acquired Robert Covington is expected to be available to play Thursday, per Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. — Timothy Finnegan
Zion Williamson (toe) upgraded to available to play Thursday at Bulls — Williamson ($7,700) was originally listed on the injury report as questionable to play, but the Pelicans upgraded him to available to play later Wednesday night. Williamson has been incredible for the Pelicans when he’s been the court, averaging 33.93 DKFP in 27 minutes per game. Unfortunately, injuries have limited him to seven games in his rookie season. New Orleans has been extremely cautious with the first overall pick in the draft, so he will have to be at 100% to be allowed to play. In case anything changes from now until tipoff, Derrick Favors ($5,500) would stand to gain the most playing time if Williamson is limited or downgraded. Favors has been solid this season, but his playing time has taken a hit since Williamson came back from his knee injury. — Greg Ehrenberg
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