Welcome to the Daily Dribble where we serve up the latest Fantasy Basketball news and insight so you can make BBQ chicken of your competition. We’ll focus on Daily Fantasy Site (DFS) play, but we will sprinkle in some weekly, season long, and/or dynasty/keeper league insight that should help shape your decision making going forward, as well.
Thursday, February 20th
Only three games tonight, two which could be must see TV, but the talk of the day is the Trade Deadline. Teams have until 3pm ET today to complete trades and some have already done some wheeling and dealing:
And to end with some fireworks, the 76ers have sent Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen as part of a package to Pacers for Danny Granger.
The Clippers have traded Antawn Jamison to the Atlanta Hawks.
Analysis: While this may come across as one of the more non-sexy moves of the day, it may actually be a deal that is one of the more fantasy notable (in deeper leagues) as Jamison could see some run on a Hawks team whose frontcourt is decimated with injuries. The move helps the Clippers save two million in luxury tax (what they have received in return has yet to have been disclosed).
Spurs trade Nando De Colo to the Raptors for Austin Daye.
Analysis: With the emergence of the Aussie Patty Mills and solid play from Cory Joseph, Nando De Colo became expendable and the Spurs could use some depth at small forward even though Kawhi Leonard (finger) is expected to return to action Friday in Phoenix against the Suns.
Denver has traded Jordan Hamilton to Houston for Aaron Brooks, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Analysis: Hamilton was originally rumored to be headed to the Knicks for Beno Udrih, but instead is headed to Houston to backup Chandler Parsons. Aaron Brooks, who was averaging just eight minutes per game in the month of February with Rockets, should see some more daylight with the Nuggets who are without Nate Robinson for the rest of the season and are still waiting for Ty Lawson to return from a fractured rib, but probably not enough minutes to warrant a pickup in any format.
Bobcats acquire Luke Ridnour and Gary Neal Bucks get Ramon Sessions and Jeff Adrien.
Wizards acquire Andre Miller, 76ers Eric Maynor and two more second-draft picks, and the Nuggets get Jan Vesley.
Some Warrior fans may be disappointed if they show up Saturday
Spencer Hawes The Cavaliers have acquired 76ers center Spencer Hawes in exchange for two second round draft picks in this year's upcoming draft and the enigma that is Earl Clark.
Analysis: Hawes is averaging 13 points (45 FG%), 8.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.3 blocks in 31 minutes per game this season, but is arguably one of the worst defensive centers in the league and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season. Hawes’ production should remain relatively similar to what he was putting up while with the 76ers, but if/when Anderson Varejao returns he could cut into some of Hawes rebounding potential.
Steve Blake Lakers traded Steve Blake to the Warriors for Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks.
Analysis: Blake was averaging a career-high 33 minutes per game with Lakers and now may find it hard to find three minutes per game with his new team, so feel free to drop him in all formats, granted he will see more than three minutes, but likely not enough to make him fantasy relevant in any format.
Marcus Thornton The Kings traded Marcus Thornton to the Nets in exchange for Jason Terry and Reggie Evans.
Analysis: The move does not change the fantasy value much for any of the three players. Both Thornton and Terry may get a few more minutes with their new team, but not enough to increase their fantasy stock enough to warrant rostering them. If anything, the acquisition of Thornton may take a few minutes away from Shaun Livingston, so that is something to keep an eye on if you own Livingston.
Roger Mason Jr. The Kings have agreed to acquire Roger Mason Jr. from Miami. Analysis: The Heat have sent Mason Jr. and cash to the Kings in exchange for a protected second-round pick in order to open up a roster spot. The Heat have not indicated who will fill that spot, which may mean they are not done wheeling and dealing. The Kings are expected to waive Mason Jr.
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