According to a report from Kurt Helin at ProBasketballTalk, Wilson Chandler may be able to opt out of his Chinese Basketball Association contract and return to the NBA – and the Denver Nuggets – much sooner than expected. That rumor is enough reason to place a waiver claim on Ill Will.
It’s hard to imagine another player of Chandler’s quality becoming available at this point in the season – and he’s available in most Yahoo (11% owned) and ESPN/NBA.com (2.6% owned) leagues. One note of caution, though… for some reason, ESPN classifies Chandler as a “can’t cut” player – despite the fact that he hasn’t played a single game this year. If you do claim him and he is forced to stay in China until the CBA playoffs are over, you might not be able to unload him.
via RotoSynthesis >> More Chinese Imports Arriving Daily.
Following up on some things I wrote in Working the Wire this week…
I thought the Clippers would have a hard time finding a way to sign JR Smith, but it seems I was a little too optimistic. Based on conversations with one NBA cap guru, I thought the Clips’ only real chance to land Smith would be to work a sign-and-trade with the Nuggets. But cap expert Larry Coon has since noted that the new CBA forbids any sign-and-trade deals after the start of the season… so the “Smith for Ryan Gomes” deal I suggested is pretty much out.
Smith has reportedly drawn interest from the Clippers, Knicks, Lakers, Bulls and Thunder. A decision could come soon; his team was just eliminated from playoff contention.
Wilson Chandler has suggested that he intends to sign with Denver when freed from his obligations in the Chinese league. Aaron Brooks’ status is less certain; his likeliest destination is still Phoenix, but the Suns are deep at the point and owner Robert Sarver has a reputation for being cost-conscious. Or cheap – whichever you prefer.
via RotoSynthesis >> Re-working the Wire.
Just posted to Rotowire – this week’s fantasy NBA waiver recommendations. To the surprise of no one, I led with Jeremy Lin:
Now, I don’t want to be accused of irrational Knick-fan exuberance here… the “MVP” chants at Madison Square Garden last night were a little much. And I don’t think Lin compares with other top point guards in terms of talent alone. But he’s got a quick first step, excels in the pick-and-roll game, and is very good at finding teammates cutting to the basket. That makes him an excellent fit for Mike D’Antoni’s offense. And as a bonus, he’s better-than-advertised on the defensive end.Lin is a must-add in just about any fantasy format, but you’ll have to act fast. He’s taken in 46 percent of Yahoo leagues and 48 percent in ESPN/NBA – but he was close to zero before the weekend.
via Working the Wire: Knicks Find a Point in the Oddest Place – RotoWire.com.
Also in this week’s column – the Billups/Gallinari injuries and how the Nuggets and Clippers could help each other, and this week’s waiver picks.
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