This article is part of our NBA Waiver Wire series.
The trade deadline is now mere days away – to the hour, it is almost exactly 10 days from the publication of this article. There were seven trades between New Year's Day and the T-Minus-10 mark last season. This season, there hasn't been a trade since December 7. We may be heading for a quiet deadline, but even so, there is absolutely no chance that zero trades are finalized before the deadline. Even in quiet years, some trades happen that make a big impact on the waiver wire.
And let's not forget – an absence of trades has fantasy takeaways, too. For example, if the Suns do not trade away one of their big men (Greg Monroe, Tyson Chandler, Alex Len, Dragan Bender or Marquese Chriss), then Chandler and Len become immediate drop candidates, while Monroe's fantasy trade value falls below his current production levels. Borderline players like Mario Chalmers or Dillon Brooks gain appeal if the deadline passes and the Grizzlies haven't acquired a new point guard.
The trade deadline is a major event in the fantasy season, so this week features an expanded "speculative adds" section. These are players whose value could jump, depending on what happens at next week's deadline. At this point in the season, maximizing the value added during the trade deadline is far more important than 10 days worth of streaming players.
As always, players must be owned in less than two-thirds of CBS leagues.