I thought the NBA Trade Deadline was 3 PM ET? Because at 3 PM, there were only about 2-3 significant trades that had been reported. By 3:03 the whole world collapsed into itself and it quickly became ‘who can sell off their point guards the fastest’. All-Stars were moved, tanking positions were solidified and by the end of it (which still might not even be here yet) you couldn’t help but be left with a headache.
I tried to sort out all the nonsense of the last hour or so and breakdown the daily fantasy implications below. I didn’t include picks or trade exceptions included because that has no real effect on DFS. Instead, I wanted to hash out some of the DFS plays to watch for (or avoid) down the stretch.
Goran Dragic to Miami
Interesting implications here with Dragic no longer being in a ‘Point Guard’ rotation in Phoenix he should see 33+ minutes a night with the Heat. He should also benefit from having a stretch four like Bosh in the mix to spread the ball around to. While Wade and Bosh are still the focal points of the offense, we should also see Dragic’s usage rate go way up down the stretch. In Phoenix he was often sent to the corner in their offense with Eric Bledsoe or Isaiah Thomas handling the ball. Take advantage of Goran while he’s still relatively cheap in Miami. The other implication for the Heat is that they’re now real thin at SF and Luol Deng will see a ton of minutes while James Ennis should get good run as well. D-Wade is going to miss games down the stretch and that should mean good opportunities for Ennis to start and fill-in.
Another intriguing move was Norris Cole to the Pelicans. With Jrue Holiday still sidelined, Tyreke Evans has been taking over the PG position and his usage rate has been through the roof. Does Cole step in and start at the point now that the Pelicans have a remotely viable option besides Evans? If that does happen (and even if Cole doesn’t start we should see him take some of the PG duties from Tyreke) then Evans run of being one of the highest upside plays night-to-night might be over.
As for the other pieces, don’t expect much from the scraps that were thrown into this deal. Justin Hamilton could see minutes if Alex Len is still sidelined, but you’ll have to wait and see how that one plays itself out. Shawne Williams had a decent start to the year but is essentially a deep bench player in New Orleans and Danny Granger/John Salmons are not going to be relevant in Phoenix’s style of play unless an injury pops up.
Enes Kanter, DJ Augustin to OKC – Reggie Jackson to Detroit
Perkins is going to be bought out, but he was the definition of fantasy irrelevant to begin with. The biggest DFS boost here has to go to Reggie Jackson who becomes the lead PG on a team that really doesn’t have much for back-up options. Overall, the Pistons become a much more DFS-friendly team with Jackson getting a minutes and usage boost and Jodie Meeks likely sliding into the starting lineup to replace Kyle Singler. Also worth noting is this deal and the one that sent Datome and Jerebko to Boston leaves the Pistons extremely thin on their bench so look for Meeks/KCP and Jackson to see a ton of minutes.
For the Thunder, it’s hard to imagine the DFS implications being too great here. Kanter will play decent minutes but will still share time with Steven Adams (when healthy). He also is going to be a 4th or 5th option in an offense dominated by two superstar caliber players. He’ll have his moments but will likely remain inconsistent. As for Augustin, he’s going back to a secondary role and his price was crazy inflated after Jennings went out in Detroit. It won’t be long before he is once again irrelevant.
For the Jazz, all you can really say here is that things open up a lot for young stud Rudy Gobert. He’s going to get a ton of minutes alongside Derrick Favors, who also gets to slide back to the power forward position most likely. I love Gobert because he stuffs the stat sheet and in four games with Kanter sidelined this season, Gobert has 142 DK fantasy points (35ish per game).
Brandon Knight to Phoenix, MCW to Milwaukee, Randoms to PHI
The Suns get an all-Kentucky backcourt with Brandon Knight and Eric Bledsoe. This is actually great for both of them as the losses of Dragic and IT2 leave Phoenix with just two point guards on the roster instead of three. Knight should see a role similar to what Dragic had though, which is worrisome because Goran went long stretches of being completely irrelevant in Jeff Hornacek’s offense. Bledsoe shouldn’t see much change but we could see a little more Gerald Green off the bench with the Suns being down a guard.
For the Sixers, not much to say besides ‘who the hell is going to play point guard?’ Seriously though, they let Larry Drew walk and Tony Wroten remains sidelined for the time being so it could be JaKarr Sampson again, who played one game as the starting PG for Philly and was benched at half-time in favor of Larry Drew. Regardless, the best offensive talent on this team is gone and that leaves the Sixers in rough shape (aka they’re going to lose a lot of games by a lot of points). Look for a PG by committee type deal in Philly and the rest of their weapons should pay the fantasy price for that.
For Milwaukee, I’m not really sure what to say except ‘Wow’. On the one hand, re-signing Knight was going to be tough this summer and they now get a trio of guys still locked into rookie contracts. MCW should do fairly well in this offense that Knight had been succeeding so much in, but he still is a relatively poor shooter. He’s a better passer than Knight though and I’d expect that to help the likes of Giannis and Middleton on the wings.
Isaiah Thomas to Boston
Thornton to the Suns is a bit of a throw-away, although if there’s an injury in Phoenix he’s proven he’s a capable scorer and could become DFS-relevant. For the Celtics, well, the backcourt is now even more muddied than it was yesterday. Marcus Smart has been playing big minutes for the C’s, but off-the-ball with Evan Turner serving as the primary ball handler. Avery Bradley has been playing more of a shoot-first wing role. Now, look for Thomas to be the primary ball handler with Smart and Bradley remaining in their roles while Turner should return to the bench. The downside here is this likely takes a little value away from each of them. Thomas’ price is going to be cheap enough out of the gates though that he’s worth considering in his first couple of games in green, assuming he gets the nod to start.
Garnett to Minnesota, Thad Young to Brooklyn
Pretty weird move here as KG returns home for what should be a farewell tour in Minnesota. He won’t play a ton of minutes because he’s old and this is a team looking to develop their youth but it does open up increased minutes for Anthony Bennett. I don’t know who will get the start, but KG should at the very least be a great influence on Bennett who is often overly passive on the court. It also should open up some more minutes for Gorgui Dieng’s development, assuming the Wolves are willing to use him and Pekovic on the floor at the same time. Thad was getting a ton of PT in Minnesota, so the minutes are there to be had but expect KG to take about 20 of them and the other 15 to be spread relatively evenly.
For the Nets, this fills a gap in playing time they desperately needed after the injury to Mirza Teletovic. Thad can play 36 minutes a night and could actually be more involved in Brooklyn’s offense than he was in Minnesota. He won’t be the primary in that offense, but with his style of play he’ll continue to offer decent tournament upside with his usual assumed risk.
Other Random Trades
1) Tayshaun Prince to Pistons, Gigi Datome and Jonas Jerebko to Celtics – Not much to say here but as noted above, the Pistons bench is extremely thin which should reduce some of the frustration of Stan Van-Gundy randomly playing his 2nd unit for 20 minutes at a time. KCP/Meeks are solidified a bit more and Jackson should be really solid while dishing to the trees of Monroe/Drummond inside.
2) Alexey Shved to Knicks – Yawn.
3) KJ McDaniels to Rockets – If Josh Smith, Corey Brewer and Trevor Ariza weren’t already there it would be exciting to watch McDaniels play for an uptempo team. Instead, he’s likely to be buried on the bench unless someone gets hurt.
4) Pablo Prigioni to Rockets – Bigger Yawn.
5) Andre Miller to Kings, Ramon Sessions to Wizards – Backup PG exchanges are really boring.
6) JaVale McGee to Sixers – OH BUDDY. Great for entertainment purposes. Not so great for daily fantasy value purposes.