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NBA Barometer: The Second Half

Jerry Donabedian

Jerry Donabedian

Jerry Donabedian writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

Last week's trade deadline didn't exactly fill fantasy owners with joy, as most of the key pieces involved—namely Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes and Steve Blake—moved from major roles on cellar-dwelling teams to lesser roles on contenders.

Turner, who was the biggest deadline acquisition in regular basketball terms, is predictably averaging just 23 minutes per game off the bench in his two contests with the Pacers. As expected, his value has cratered with the move away from Philadelphia, where he averaged 34.9 minutes per game for the league's fastest-paced team.

Hawes has been spared the same fate as Turner thus far, averaging 30.5 minutes, 14.3 points, nine boards, two treys and 1.3 blocks in four games for the Cavaliers, while Anderson Varejao (back) has been sidelined with an injury. Unfortunately for Hawes' owners, Varejao seems to be making progress and may be back within the next few games. The Brazilian's return, whenever it happens, will cut into Hawes' pla

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