The trade deadline improved the fantasy value of few players. Last night’s games were equally unimpressive.
If you kept expectations low for this season’s trade deadline, you weren’t disappointed. If you expected fireworks on scale with last season’s trade deadline, you want a refund. Markieff Morris was the biggest name to move, and Jeff Green found a new home working for a former coach. Now we wait for buyout season to change roles for players like Joe Johnson, David Lee, and P.J. Tucker.
The Mavericks, Knicks, and Heat played their final game before the All-Star break. All three will have nine days off before their next game. The Pelicans are the only team to play two games the rest of the week, and they’ve potentially lost one of their key contributors for the rest of the season.
We’re four days from the All-Star break and 11 days away from the trade deadline. Now’s your last call to stash players before next Thursday seals the fate of many teams. It also means we’re going to see some funky lineups as players with the slightest injury take the next two games off. Try not to fall prey to outstanding stat lines because there’s too much unknown that will transpire over the fortnight. Case in point: Chris Kaman was accumulating a bunch of stats two years ago when Pau Gasol dealt with vertigo prior to the trade deadline. Some people felt the need to roster Kaman should Gasol get traded, but it never panned out and Kaman reverted back to a reserve with limited appeal.