The hype-to-impact ratio at yesterday’s NBA trade deadline was skewed very heavily in favor of hype. Lots of deals were made with an eye on the salary cap, luxury tax and bottom line, though just a few will have any on-court repercussions this season. And the deals that do have fantasy implications will probably hurt the players involved more than help them.
Start with Steve Blake. Just last week, Blake (21% owned) was one of the recommended pick-ups in this column, as one of very few relatively healthy players in the Lakers’ backcourt. But now he’s headed to Golden State, where he’ll serve primarily as backup to Stephen Curry. Blake will retain some fantasy value. A versatile veteran, he’ll likely log some minutes as Curry’s backup and some in the backcourt alongside Curry. But that role probably doesn’t earn him as many minutes as he was seeing in Los Angeles. With Blake in Oakland, the “healthiest/most productive Lakers guard” title goes to Kendall Marshall (60%), who bec
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