This article is part of our NBA Waiver Wire series.
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A slew of injuries and more early action on the buyout market are the top stories on the Week 15 waiver wire. This is especially true in the Western Conference, where two contenders just lost key pieces. Lonzo Ball (ankle), who finally started living up to his lofty preseason expectations over the past few weeks, is now out for four-to-six weeks. Meanwhile, the Rockets with be without Clint Capela (thumb), for a similar period.
The trade deadline is now less than three weeks away, so managers with an extra roster spot may want to consider investing in a player whose value could go up in the case of a trade. However, be careful not to overuse this strategy – there are far more trade rumors than actual trades. Furthermore, even if we accurately anticipate which player will be traded, the team's return package can alter who the big Fantasy winners and losers are. For example, say someone picked up Mario Hezonja due to the expectation that the Knicks would trade Noah Vonleh. Even if a Vonleh trade occurs, if the Knicks bring back a power forward, Hezonja could remain a secondary bench piece.
The only players I'd recommend adding in anticipation of the trade deadline would be members of the Lakers, Knicks, or Bulls – if you have a preferred player on one of those rosters,