Seasonal and DFS Fantasy Breakdowns of NBA Trade Deadline Deals
Nearly a Dozen NBA Trade Deadline Deals Made
If you’ve never played Franchise mode on NBA2K18, the Cavaliers delivered a tour de force on how to remodel a team on Thursday as general manager LeBron James Koby Altman overhauled the roster in what will be an all-in bid at Cavaliers-Warriors IV: The Awakening of Cedi Osman. It could also be a buffer in case King James moves his castle either somewhere in Cali or decides living next door to Joel Osteen in Houston’s River Oaks isn’t such a bad idea.
The Cavaliers Clean House at Trade Deadline
The Cavs dominated Thursday’s trade deadline by ridding themselves of Isaiah Thomas and giving Dwyane Wade an opportunity to go home to South Beach and close out his Hall of Fame career. While Cleveland nuked much of its roster, there were a host of other deals that will impact the rest of the Fantasy Basketball season.
The Trade: The Cavaliers send guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Channing Frye and a first-round pick to the Lakers for guard Jordan Clarkson and forward Larry Nance, Jr.
Clarkson’s role in Cleveland is undefined. He could either start at the two or come off the bench. Either way, it’s doubtful Clarkson maintains his career-best 26.9 percent usage rate. I’d consider selling him in Fantasy leagues while also downgrading his DFS value. He’s peaked at the $7,000 range at Fanduel but may struggle to keep his current $6,000 on the site.
Nance will also continue to have limited Fantasy value. For now, it looks like he will stay in his role as an off-the-bench presence and should see a slight bump in minutes (22 per night). He goes to a Cavaliers team with whom his father played with from 1988-94 but won’t provide the impact Pops once did in The Land.
As for Thomas, he was little more than high-end bait for the Lakers, who now have the salary cap space to add two max salaried players this summer. In the meantime, Thomas must use the rest of the season to regain any sort of Fantasy value down the road. He shot 28.8 percent in his last five games with the Cavs while also becoming a divisive figure in the locker room. Thomas will continue at a high usage rate (28.8 percent) until Lonzo Ball returns. With the Lakers fully committed to Ball, Thomas will come off the bench and bide his time in LA until he becomes a free agent. His Fantasy value is at its lowest point, but Thomas could offer a momentary flurry of production if/when he can find his shooting touch. Honestly, Thomas might be a player whose peak value came and went faster than my last two relationships.
The Trade: The Cavaliers trade guard Derrick Rose and guard/forward Jae Crowder to the Jazz for guard George Hill and Rodney Hood. The Kings receive guard Joe Johnson from the Jazz and guard Iman Shumpert from the Cavaliers
Hill’s Fantasy value rises as he goes from being the teacher for rookie DeAaron Fox to starting for a potential Finals squad. While his minutes had lagged of late, Hill is still shooting 46.9 percent from the field and nearly 46 percent from beyond the arc. Owned in 50 percent of CBSSports.com leagues, Hill will receive considerable attention on the waiver wire and will be a value pick in DFS formats as he should have no problem eclipsing his current $4,200 value at DraftKings.
"The Cavaliers have just cleared a path for the Lakers to go after Paul George and LeBron James this summer."
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In the midst of a career year, Hood comes to the Cavs with two games of 40-plus FP production in his last five contests. Averaging 16.8 points per game, I think Hood will find his way into the starting lineup and offer solid Fantasy production for those seeking scoring. He should also be a DFS value with a current salary of $4,900. With a pair of ballhandlers like Hill and James, I wouldn’t be surprised if Hood continues to sneak in a 40 FP game or two down the stretch.
The rest of those involved will have little Fantasy value. Johnson and Rose will be released with both seeking to sign with playoff contenders (Johnson’s name has been linked to the Rockets, while the Timberwolves have shown interest in Rose). Crowder and Shumpert offer no Fantasy value at this point. However, Fox’s value should rise in SacTown now that he won’t have to share minutes with Hill.
The Trade: The Cavaliers trade guard Dwyane Wade to the Heat for conditional second round pick
Give the Cavs credit for doing the right thing and allowing Wade to close out his iconic career back in Miami. There is still some Fantasy value for DWade, who will see significant minutes as the replacement for an injured Dion Waiters. Wade is shooting 45 percent from the field and can still swipe the ball and dish it out. There’s deeper league value here, yet, I’d lay back and see how much is left in the tank before playing Wade in DFS.
As for what the conditional second round requires, rumor has it that the Cavs will receive it if they can win a best of seven series of Red Rover.
Other Trade Deadline Deals
The Trade: The Hawks send forward Luke Babbitt to the Heat for center Okaro White
Babbitt will have deeper league value as a much-needed 3-point specialist for a Miami team ranked 22nd in long range percentage. Babbit knocks the 3-ball down at a 44 percent rate and will see a rise in minutes.
White hasn’t played since a broken foot sidelined him in mid-November. He may never play in the ATL as he is a free agent this summer.
The Trade: The Bulls trade guard Jameer Nelson to the Pistons for center Willie Reid and a 2022 second round pick
There’s little to discuss here. Reid will be cut by the Bulls and Nelson won’t offer enough minutes to be Fantasy-viable. Carry on.
The Trade: The Magic move guard Elfrid Payton to the Suns for 2018 second round pick
Payton is having the best season of his young career and could thrive as the point man for the Suns, who have struggled to get consistent production at the one. He still can’t shoot the 3, but Payton is a 52 percent sniper who is also averaging 6.3 assists and 1.4 steals per game. He gets a chance to impress while Devin Booker and Tyler Ulis remains sidelined with injuries. There’s some sneaky good upside to Payton, who is at $6,900 at Fanduel.
The Trade: The Knicks get guard Emmanuel Mudiay from the Nuggets for guard Devin Harris and 2018 second round pick. The Mavericks receive forward Doug McDermott and future second rounder from the Nuggets
The seventh overall pick in the 2015 draft, Mudiay gets a much-needed change of address and will compete with veteran Jarett Jack and rookie Frank Ntilikina for the starting point guard role. Mudiay bears watching, for while he still is limited as a shooter, he has the ballhandling skills to merit a shot at a larger role. Neither Harris nor McDermott offer much Fantasy value.
The Trade: The Pistons trade forward Brice Johnson to the Grizzlies for forward James Ennis
Little impact here, although Johnson has a 21.50 PER in limited time. At the least, Johnson should be on your radar once we see how he’s used in Memphis.
The Trade: The Trail Blazers trade forward Noah Vonleh and cash considerations to the Bulls for rights to international center Milo Rakovic
Vonleh has crazy athleticism, yet it hasn’t translated as he is now on his third team. He’ll struggle for playing time behind rookie sensation Lauri Markkanen and Bobby Portis.
Rakovic has upside but probably won’t play in the states until at least 2019.
The Trade: The Nets trade forward Dante Cunningham to the Pelicans for guard Rashad Vaughn
Vaughn joins his third team this month, moving from the Bucks for a quick cup of coffee with the Pelicans before finding himself in Brooklyn. He has interesting upside but will have to fight for time with the likes of Caris LeVert, Allen Crabbe and Nik Stauskas. Cunningham is a warm big body who will help the Pelicans cushion the loss of DeMarcus Cousins.
The Trade: The Knicks trade center Willie Hernangomez to the Hornets for forward Johnny O’Bryant and a pair of second-round picks
Impact: Hernangomez merits watching despite serving as the backup to Dwight Howard. He has a 17.17 PER and has shown he can be productive if given the opportunity. O’Bryant has even less Fantasy value; pass.
Jordan Clarkson Photo Credit: AP Photo/John Raoux
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