The deals made at this year’s trade deadline featured about as much star power as this year’s dunk contest.
After weeks of guessing where big names like Paul Pierce, Dwight Howard, Rajon Rondo, Pau Gasol, Josh Smith, and Kevin Garnett might land … of imagining new homes for quality pros like Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson … the deadline came and went with an absolute whimper.
Let’s break ‘em down.
Kings traded Thomas Robinson, Francisco Garcia, and Tyler Honeycutt to Houston for Patrick Patterson, Cole Aldrich, and Toney Douglas
Sure, the Kings got a floor-spacing four that runs the floor well in Patterson, and he probably makes more sense in a frontcourt with DeMarcus Cousins than a low-post, back-to-the-basket guy like Thomas Robinson. But let’s be real … this trade saves the Kings a couple million dollars in the short term, and by the time Robinson starts making them look stupid for giving up on the 5th overall pick in last year’s draft, Joe and Gavin Maloof and Geoff Petrie will be long gone.
Pick up Patterson (25% owned) if you feel comfortable assuming the Kings will use a rotation that makes any sense at all.
via Waiver Wire: Trade Deadline Waiver Targets – RotoWire.com.
Breaking down the fantasy implications of the coaching change in Sacramento, Golden State’s acquisition of Nate Robinson and more fantasy notes – just posted on Rotowire’s Rotosynthesis blog.
Westhpal needed to go, that was fairly obvious to anyone that’s watched a Kings game this season. But they wasted far too much time letting that situation play out, which has been cited as one reason Sam Dalembert was unwilling to return to Sacramento. Then Westphal trashed DeMarcus Cousins to the media, creating the league-wide impression that ol’ Boogie – who came out of Kentucky with the reputation of being an immature head-case – was up to his old tricks. Now they’ve got to repair their relationship with an excellent young big and break in a new coach.
via RotoSynthesis >> Fantasy Basketball Notes: The Mess in Sacramento and More.
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Let’s say you’re one of many fantasy owners left without a center due to DeMarcus Cousins’ temper tantrum. (And as an aside, wouldn’t it be awesome if the box scores listed Cousins as DNP – knucklehead or something similar?)
Don’t fret. There are productive fantasy center options popping up every day, in the least likely places. The D-League, for example. One time D-League defensive player of the year Greg Stiemsma stepped into the Celtics’ starting lineup on Monday, in place of an injured Jermaine O’Neal, and racked up 13 points, seven boards, two blocks and two assists in just 21 minutes against the Wizards. With O’Neal’s injury history, one could make a pretty compelling case that Stiemsma will log a lot of minutes in that spot, and possibly take the starting job before too long. On that potential alone, he should probably be owned in more than, uh, zero percent of all Yahoo! leagues and 1.1 percent on ESPN.
Another surprisingly-productive big man – New York’s Josh Harrellson – arrived as a largely unheralded second-round pick out of Kentucky. But when Amar’e Stoudemire went down with an ankle injury, Harrellson got an opportunity and, against the Kings on New Year’s Eve posted his first career double-double in his first career start 14 points, 12 boards, 4-8 3pt. A three-point shooter on the offensive end and a banger on defense, Harrellson could emerge as a poor man’s Troy Murphy as the season progresses. And though he won’t be in the starting lineup for long – Stoudemire should be back this week – there will be plenty of minutes available in New York’s frontcourt; both Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler have extensive injury histories.
Dallas’ Ian Mahinmi is also worth a look in some leagues, as it seems Rick Carlisle is splitting playing time between him and Brendan Haywood more or less evenly this season. Mahinmi has logged 20 or more minutes in four straight games and just missed a double-double 10 points, 9 boards against Oklahoma City on Monday.
Full article and this week’s waiver recommendations here: Working the Wire: NBA Waiver Recommendations – RotoWire.com.
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