Thursday, February 23rd at 3pm EST marks the NBA trade deadline. If you recall trade deadline day one year ago, you know A LOT can happen as teams shake up their rosters, and, in turn, shake up the fantasy value of many players. There is only a short window of time to grab a guy who benefits from a trade, so make sure you get to him before a fellow league owner does. First, let’s take a look at the fantasy implications of the Boogie trade.
DeMarcus Cousins (New Orleans) trending down: he’s going to see production decrease playing alongside Anthony Davis. Unfortunately for Cousins owners, there really isn’t anything you can do about it now except ride it out and hope for the best.
New Orleans guards trending up: Tim Frazier and E’Twaun Moore should both see increased minutes. With only three guards left on the roster, it’s expected the Pelicans make another move to add some depth, but assuming it’s not a big name player, Moore and Frazier stand to benefit from this trade. Moore should contribute 1-2 threes per game and score in double-figures, while Frazier will reclaim some of his early-season value when he averaged 13 points and eight assists.
Willie Cauley-Stein (Sacramento) trending up: with the departure of Cousins, Cauley-Stein and Kosta Koufos are the lone big men on the roster. I don’t believe Cauley-Stein is a great player, but with the minutes he should see, he can make an impact in points, rebounds, and FG% for a fantasy squad looking to improve those numbers.
Tyreke Evans (Sacramento) trending up: the seventh year guard has had a roller coaster last few years due to injuries, but finds himself in great position to lead the team in points and assists over the next 25 games. Last season prior to the injury, Evans posted 15.2 points, 6.6 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.3 three-pointers. Man, would it be nice to see him have similar success back on his original team in Sacramento.
Other Trade Speculation and Potential Impact
Carmelo Anthony – this one comes as no surprise, as trade rumors about Melo have surfaced for some time now. Depending on who or what the Knicks get in return, Anthony leaving New York could open up 10-20 field goal attempts per game. Kyle O’Quinn and Lance Thomas are the favorites to replace his minutes, with O’Quinn holding the best chance for fantasy relevancy. Players like Courtney Lee or Brandon Jennings may see more production on offense to boost their fantasy stock, as well.
Jimmy Butler – we’ve heard that Butler “isn’t going anywhere”, but we saw how that worked out for Cousins and the Kings. The Celtics are reportedly interested in Butler, and it seems likely that draft picks or young talent would be headed to Chicago in return. Butler’s presence on the C’s would limit the fantasy value of Marcus Smart, Jae Crowder, and Avery Bradley (when he returns from injury), while opening up lots of room for growth for players in Chicago. Doug McDermott would become a must own in nearly every league.
Lou Williams – word is out that the Wizards are interested in Lou Williams. One of the best bench players, Williams would add some depth to one of the worst bench squads in the NBA. This trade makes a lot of sense for both organizations and is a fine destination for Williams. If this happens, his draft stock remains steady, as he should see plenty of time and scoring opportunities off the bench. John Wall and Lou Will could make a fun combo to watch on the floor.
Stay on top of all the trade news as players like Jahlil Okafor, P.J. Tucker, Nikola Mirotic, and more have been talked about as possible trade pieces. We’ll be sure to recap every trade and highlight the fantasy implications of each.
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