NBA Trade Deadline Recap and Updated ROS Rankings

Given the amount of access that NBA fans have to players and reporters because of social media in 2015, it’s rare that we’re blown away or caught off guard by anything. It’s also rare that our expectations are exceeded, but the 2015 NBA trade deadline did just that. It shocked and surprised us all.

There were 12 trades involving 38 players. It was real, and it was FANtastic!

Here’s a rundown of all of the moves that were made, their fantasy implications, and the RotoWire rest-of-season rankings for eight-category rotisserie leagues, which have been updated to reflect the deadline moves.


To MIA: Goran Dragic, Zoran Dragic

To NOP: Norris Cole, Justin Hamilton, Shawne Williams

To PHX: Danny Granger, John Salmons, 2 1st round picks

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Pat Reilly might really be an illuminati or a witch or some sort of inhuman force designed to build great basketball teams. Thats \my only explanation for the fact that in the span of eight months he has recovered from losing the best player on the planet by creating a lineup that, when healthy, looks like this: Dragic, Wade, Deng, Bosh (get well soon!), and Hassan Whiteside.  Like everyone else, I’m hoping Bosh recovers completely from  the blood clot found in his lung.

Fantasy Implications

Goran Dragic (ranked 43rd before the deadline and 34th after the deadline): It’s worrisome that Dragic is moving from the Suns (the second fastest team) to the Heat (the slowest team in the league), but Dragic’s splits when he is the primary ball handler should give fantasy owners a lot of optimism.

Last season, Dragic averaged 22.1 points, 6.9 assists, and 3.7 rebounds per 36 minutes when Bledsoe was off the court and just 18.2 points, 4.4 assists, and 2.4 rebounds per 36 minutes when Bledsoe was on the court. If Dragic can approach something close to that level of production in Miami, then his rest-of-season ranking of 34th overall will be too low.



To MIL: Michael Carter-Williams, Tyler Ennis, Miles Plumlee

To PHI: LAL pick (protected)

To PHX: Brandon Knight, Kendall Marshall

This was the trade that put the deadline over the top – the trade that no one saw coming and that was completed (mostly) for basketball reasons (as opposed to salary cap reasons). The most surprising part for me was that the Bucks essentially chose Carter-Williams over Goran Dragic when deciding who to take back in the trade for Knight. In the end, it was a bold move by all three teams, and there’s a very good chance that in a couple of years one of these teams will look like a genius and another will look foolish. I just have no idea which team will be which. Did I mention how great this trade deadline was?

Fantasy Implications

Michael Carter-Williams (24th to 66th): MCW’s move from the 76ers (who play at the seventh fastest pace) to the Bucks (who play at the 15th fastest pace) seems to be bad news for his fantasy value all the way around. Coach Jason Kidd runs a deeper rotation than coach Brett Brown does in Philly, meaningless minutes for MCW, and MCW is no longer the unquestioned number one option on his team, which should decrease his opportunity to fill the box score when he’s on the court. It’s possible that his shooting percentages improve as he’s surrounded by a full compliment of legitimate NBA teammates for the first time in his career, but this trade is bad news for his value in the other fantasy categories.

Brandon Knight (23rd to 23rd): Knight’s fantasy value should remain largely unchanged. The increase in fantasy value for Knight brought about by the Suns’ fast pace of play (second in the league) will be counterbalanced by the fact that Knight will be sharing the ball-handling duties with Eric Bledsoe.



To BOS: Isaiah Thomas

To PHX: Marcus Thornton, CLE pick

Considering some of the negative things we’ve heard recently about Thomas’ inability to mesh with teammates, not to mention the challenges that his size creates on the defensive end, I was surprised that it cost the Celtics a first-round pick to acquire the dynamic guard, particularly when it seemed like part of the reason they moved Rondo was to give the point guard reigns to Marcus Smart. However, Danny Angie rarely makes a bad move, so I’m intrigued to see how Thomas is integrated into the Celtics’ rotation.

Fantasy Implications

Marcus Smart (63rd to 59th): While Smart’s ranking and projection didn’t change much, my confidence that he’ll be able to perform at this level has moved from “sure thing” to “I’m uneasy now”. There is a real chance that Thomas could limit Smart’s offensive production and possibly cut into his playing time.

Isaiah Thomas (83rd to 68th): Thomas will likely play at least as much in Boston (23-25 mpg) as he did in Phoenix’s more crowded backcourt, and he will be the best offensive weapon for the Celtics when he’s on the court.



To DET: Reggie Jackson

To OKC: D.J. Augustin, Enes Kanter, Steve Novak, Kyle Singler

To UTA: Grant Jerrett, Kendrick Perkins, OKC pick (protected), 2nd round pick

The Pistons got Reggie Jackson for D.J. Augustine and Kyle Singler? The Pacers reportedly had serious interest in Jackson, but their bid fell short. What were they offering? A bag of basketballs and a day old doughnuts? I don’t mean to disparage Augustine and Singler, they are fine players, but I certainly don’t think they are capable of doing something like this in the NBA playoffs:

This move left me wondering if Thunder GM Sam Presti has lost a little on his fastball.

Fantasy Implications

Enes Kanter (109th to 138th): The Thunder’s frontcourt now features Serge Ibaka, Steven Adams, Nick Collison, Mitch McGary, and Kanter. Unless Kanter proves to be more effective than McGary, Collison, AND Adams, I think Kanter actually sees less playing time in Oklahoma City than he did in Utah, probably close to 24 mpg.

Reggie Jackson (161st to 82nd): While you can debate whether Jackson is a star-caliber player (most advanced metrics suggest “no”), there is little debate about his fantasy value for the rest of this season. During 13 starts this season, he averaged 20.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 7.8 assists. While it’s true that he put up those numbers in just under 39 mpg, and Van Gundy rarely plays his guards over 30 mpg, if you were smart enough to pick him up before the deadline, you made an excellent move. Enjoy the ride.

Rudy Gobert (67th to 28th): It’s kind of crazy that the Jazz are giving their starting center job to a player that played less than 10 mpg last season and who played in the Summer League this past summer, but given Rudy’s production earlier this season, it’s easy to see why they made the move. Gobert has averaged 12 rebounds and 3.6 blocks per 36 minutes this season, and now that he has a starting job secured, he may approach that level of production over the next 30 games. If so, then his current ranking of 28th will be too low. I’m fascinated to see where Gobert and Whiteside go in fantasy drafts next season.



To BKN: Thaddeus Young

To MIN: Kevin Garnett

I always like it when the all-time greats get a chance to finish their careers on their terms. I was kind of hoping to see Garnett make an impact in the playoffs, but Garnet held all of the power here (he had a no-trade clause), so this is presumably what he wanted. It was a nice move by the Nets to pick up Young in the process without giving any of their precious few future assets.

Fantasy Implications

Thaddeus Young (29th to 63rd): Young was playing 38.4 mpg so far in February on the Timberwolves, a mark he’s unlikely to hit in Brooklyn’s crowded frontcourt. I’d expect him to be closer to 30 mpg for the rest of the season.

Gorgui Dieng/Anthony Bennett/Adreian Payne/Garnett: Presumably, one or more of these players will fill the void Young left in the rotation. Dieng is worth owning in all leagues and is up to 70th overall in our rankings. The other three are speculative adds until we see how the rotation shakes out.



To BOS: Luigi Datome, Jonas Jerebko

To DET: Tayshaun Prince

This trade is a nostalgic homecoming for Prince, but I think the Pistons are much more interested in Prince’s on-court production than nostalgia as they look for help to make a playoff push. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Prince, and Caron Butler take most of the small forward minutes in Detroit down the stretch.

Fantasy Implications

Tayshaun Prince (289th to 258th): Prince isn’t relevant in standard leagues but could have value in deep leagues if he gets the playing time. He’s shooting a career-best 49% from three-point range.



To HOU: Pablo Prigioni

To NYK: Alexey Shved, 2 2nd round picks

I was surprised the Knicks made a move and didn’t do enough to get under the Luxury Tax Threshold (they were only over by about $2 million). Otherwise, there’s not much to see here from a fantasy perspective.


Trade 8 

To HOU: K.J. McDaniels

To PHI: Isaiah Canaan, 2nd round pick

As one of the few people who still believe McDaniels should have been a top-10 pick in last year’s draft, I’m disappointed to see him go to a deep team that is much more interested in preparing to make a playoff push than developing young players. Through just a few months in the league, he’s already blocked a shot so hard that he gave someone a concussion! What’s not to like?

Isaiah Canaan (Not Ranked to 214th): Perhaps no player’s value changed more at the deadline than Canaan’s did. Canaan has only played in 25 games this season, but Sam Hinke and Brett Brown seem very committed to playing Canaan and are optimistic about what he can bring to the table:

As we often mention, minutes is the most important stat in fantasy basketball, and Canaan should see plenty given the state of the 76ers’ roster. While our projections don’t love Canaan, extrapolating a roleplayer’s production on a playoff team to his production as a starter on a poor team isn’t an exact science. (For example, my personal projections suggest he’s a top-100 player). Considering Philadelphia’s lack of talent and their fast pace of play, I think Canaan is a must-own in all leagues, and he should shoot up these rankings fairly quickly.

K.J. McDaniels (156th to 251st): Considering the crowded wing position in Houston and the team’s emphasis on preparing for the playoffs, it’s hard to see how McDaniels sees enough playing time to be relevant in standard leagues this season.



To DEN: 

To PHI: JaVale McGee, OKC pick (protected)

It always interesting to see how much a first-round pick costs in the NBA, in part because the price changes so frequently. For example, in the recent past, the Jazz bought what became the Rudy Gobert pick from Denver for $3M and also got two first-round picks for renting out over $25M+ of salary cap space to the Warriors before they signed Andre Iguodala. During this offseason, Milwaukee got a first for taking on Jared Dudley’s $8.5M salary, and Boston got a first and Tyler Zeller for taking Marcus Thornton’s $8.6M contract. This is the first time Hinke has bought a first-round pick using only cap space, and it cost him. Hinkie had to take McGee’s $11.5M contract this season and $12M contract next season, but it’s no big deal considering the 76ers were, and still are, below the NBA’s salary floor.

Fantasy Implications

While it seems like McGee will get a shot to make an impression in Philadelphia, it also seems like Hinke was primarily after the draft pick, and not McGee, in this trade:

I would stay away from McGee (and his potential for blocks) until you see him on the court for an extended period of time, even in deep leagues.



To SAC: Andre Miller

To WAS: Ramon Sessions

Although Andre Miller has never played for the Kings prior to this move, this trade also felt like a coming home of sorts as Miller reunited with his soul mate George Karl. It’s highly unlikely that either of these players have any standard-league value over the rest of this season.



To DEN: Will Barton, Victor Claver, Thomas Robinson, POR pick (protected), 2nd round pick

To POR: Arron Afflalo, Alonzo Gee

A Blazers-Nuggets trade was rumored to be in the works for the majority of the season, with the only intrigue here being which Nuggets player would end up in Portland: Wilson Chandler or Arron Afflalo. I’m skeptical that Afflalo will be an appreciable improvement over the Blazers’ current bench options – he’s a poor defender by any metric and is shooting under 34% from three this season, but Neil Olshey has done such an excellent job of team building, earning him the benefit of doubt here.

Fantasy Implications

Arron Afflalo (125th to 167th): Afflalo will come off of the bench in Portland, which means his minutes will likely dip from the 32 mpg he saw in Denver to 24-26 mpg in Portland. As a result, he’s droppable in standard leagues.

Nicolas Batum (38th to 54th): Batum has been playing the majority of this season with an injured wrist, and it’s entirely possible that Afflalo’s biggest contribution to the Blazers will come by allowing Batum to rest and get healthy for the post season. If so, Batum’s playing time, and fantasy value, will likely decrease as a result of this trade.

Danilo Gallinari (186th to 124th): Gallinari is now the starting shooting guard for the Nuggets, which should bump his playing time and fantasy production to a level that’s ownable in deep leagues and is at least interesting in standard leagues (that is unless he gets hurt again).


Rest-of-Season Rankings

These rankings are based on the rest-of-season RotoWire projections, which were updated to reflect all of the trade deadline moves. For custom rankings you can go here.

After Deadline Player Name Team Pos Before Deadline
1 Stephen Curry GSW G 1
2 James Harden HOU G 2
3 DeMarcus Cousins SAC C 3
4 Russell Westbrook OKC G 5
5 Kevin Durant OKC F 4
6 Anthony Davis NOP F 6
7 Damian Lillard POR G 7
8 Chris Paul LAC G 8
9 John Wall WAS G 10
10 LeBron James CLE F 9
11 Klay Thompson GSW G 11
12 Draymond Green GSW F 12
13 Kyle Lowry TOR G 13
14 Gordon Hayward UTA F 14
15 Paul Millsap ATL F 15
16 DeAndre Jordan LAC C 16
17 Rudy Gay SAC F 17
18 Jeff Teague ATL G 19
19 Chris Bosh MIA F 18
20 Ty Lawson DEN G 21
21 Derrick Favors UTA F 28
22 LaMarcus Aldridge POR F 20
23 Brandon Knight PHO G 23
24 Marc Gasol MEM C 22
25 Darren Collison SAC G 26
26 Serge Ibaka OKC F 27
27 Wesley Matthews POR G 25
28 Rudy Gobert UTA C 67
29 Eric Bledsoe PHO G 30
30 Trevor Ariza HOU F 32
31 Kawhi Leonard SAS F 33
32 Ricky Rubio MIN G 35
33 Victor Oladipo ORL G 34
34 Goran Dragic MIA G 43
35 Hassan Whiteside MIA C 31
36 Jimmy Butler CHI G 36
37 Kyrie Irving CLE G 39
38 Monta Ellis DAL G 41
39 Jarrett Jack BKN G 37
40 Andre Drummond DET C 40
41 Markieff Morris PHO F 44
42 Greg Monroe DET C 42
43 Al Jefferson CHA C 46
44 Josh Smith HOU F 47
45 Tim Duncan SAS F 45
46 Khris Middleton MIL F 48
47 Mike Conley MEM G 50
48 Kyle Korver ATL G 53
49 G. Antetokounmpo MIL F 52
50 Robert Covington PHI F 55
51 Andrew Wiggins MIN F 54
52 Pau Gasol CHI F 51
53 Tyreke Evans NOP G 49
54 Nicolas Batum POR F 38
55 Blake Griffin LAC F 57
56 Chandler Parsons DAL F 58
57 Joe Johnson BKN G 56
58 Al Horford ATL C 59
59 Marcus Smart BOS G 63
60 Danny Green SAS G 60
61 Kevin Love CLE F 62
62 Nerlens Noel PHI C 61
63 Thaddeus Young BKN F 29
64 Zach Randolph MEM F 64
65 DeMar DeRozan TOR G 66
66 M. Carter-Williams MIL G 24
67 Mason Plumlee BKN C 74
68 Isaiah Thomas BOS G 83
69 Derrick Rose CHI G 69
70 Gorgui Dieng MIN C 99
71 Dirk Nowitzki DAL F 68
72 Joakim Noah CHI C 70
73 Nikola Vucevic ORL C 72
74 Rajon Rondo DAL G 73
75 Jamal Crawford LAC G 76
76 Kenneth Faried DEN F 85
77 Deron Williams BKN G 79
78 Kevin Martin MIN G 80
79 Luol Deng MIA F 78
80 Roy Hibbert IND C 75
81 David West IND F 81
82 Reggie Jackson DET G 161
83 P.J. Tucker PHO F 82
84 Jason Smith NYK F 86
85 Robin Lopez POR C 84
86 DeMarre Carroll ATL F 89
87 Mario Chalmers MIA G 65
88 J.R. Smith CLE G 91
89 Tobias Harris ORL F 90
90 Jeff Green MEM F 93
91 Ryan Anderson NOP F 94
92 Paul Pierce WAS F 96
93 Ben McLemore SAC G 97
94 Elfrid Payton ORL G 98
95 Jae Crowder BOS F 104
96 Tyson Chandler DAL C 95
97 Trey Burke UTA G 101
98 Manu Ginobili SAS G 102
99 Patrick Beverley HOU G 100
100 Kemba Walker CHA G 87
101 Amir Johnson TOR F 103
102 Jose Calderon NYK G 105
103 Jared Dudley MIL G 106
104 Patrick Patterson TOR F 108
105 Brook Lopez BKN C 88
106 Dwyane Wade MIA G 111
107 Jusuf Nurkic DEN C 128
108 O.J. Mayo MIL G 113
109 Jeremy Lin LAL G 115
110 Jonas Valanciunas TOR C 112
111 Matt Barnes LAC F 116
112 J.J. Redick LAC G 118
113 Bradley Beal WAS G 119
114 Eric Gordon NOP G 114
115 Evan Turner BOS F 120
116 Tony Parker SAS G 122
117 Jordan Clarkson LAL G 124
118 Cody Zeller CHA F 123
119 Corey Brewer HOU F 110
120 Marcin Gortat WAS C 121
121 Donatas Motiejunas HOU F 126
122 Jrue Holiday NOP G 117
123 K. Caldwell-Pope DET G 149
124 Danilo Gallinari DEN F 186
125 Spencer Hawes LAC C 127
126 George Hill IND G 129
127 Avery Bradley BOS G 130
128 Louis Williams TOR G 131
129 Brandon Bass BOS F 151
130 Greivis Vasquez TOR G 134
131 Andre Iguodala GSW G 133
132 Wayne Ellington LAL G 132
133 Dante Exum UTA G 135
134 Courtney Lee MEM G 136
135 Wilson Chandler DEN F 137
136 John Henson MIL F 107
137 Lance Stephenson CHA G 139
138 Enes Kanter OKC C 109
139 Andrew Bogut GSW C 138
140 Harrison Barnes GSW F 142
141 Carlos Boozer LAL F 140
142 Tony Allen MEM G 146
143 C.J. Miles IND G 147
144 Taj Gibson CHI F 143
145 Omer Asik NOP C 141
146 Jordan Hill LAL F 144
147 Dion Waiters OKC G 148
148 Timofey Mozgov CLE C 145
149 Wesley Johnson LAL F 150
150 Alan Anderson BKN G 152
151 Langston Galloway NYK G 154
152 Mo Williams CHA G 159
153 Solomon Hill IND F 157
154 Jodie Meeks DET G 164
155 M. Kidd-Gilchrist CHA F 155
156 Nene Hilario WAS F 158
157 Tim Hardaway NYK G 160
158 Gerald Henderson CHA G 162
159 Marcus Morris PHO F 166
160 Marvin Williams CHA F 163
161 Ed Davis LAL F 165
162 Hollis Thompson PHI F 168
163 Tristan Thompson CLE F 167
164 Rodney Stuckey IND G 169
165 Tyler Zeller BOS C 189
166 Nikola Pekovic MIN C 173
167 Arron Afflalo POR G 125
168 L. Mbah a Moute PHI F 170
169 Jared Sullinger BOS F 71
170 Mike Dunleavy CHI F 171
171 Jerryd Bayless MIL G 176
172 C.J. Watson IND G 172
173 Randy Foye DEN G 238
174 Dwight Howard HOU C 174
175 James Johnson TOR F 175
176 Boris Diaw SAS F 177
177 Evan Fournier ORL G 181
178 Alex Len PHO C 178
179 Kosta Koufos MEM C 180
180 Bojan Bogdanovic BKN F 182
181 Darrell Arthur DEN F 209
182 Terrence Ross TOR F 183
183 Steven Adams OKC C 184
184 Nick Young LAL G 188
185 Devin Harris DAL G 192
186 Kelly Olynyk BOS F 92
187 Iman Shumpert CLE G 191
188 Trevor Booker UTA F 262
189 Jason Thompson SAC F 190
190 Luis Scola IND F 193
191 David Lee GSW F 194
192 Kyle O’Quinn ORL C 195
193 Mike Scott ATL F 197
194 Joe Ingles UTA F 198
195 Kris Humphries WAS F 196
196 Zaza Pachulia MIL C 185
197 Terrence Jones HOU F 179
198 Derrick Williams SAC F 199
199 Marreese Speights GSW F 200
200 Shane Larkin NYK G 202
201 Kirk Hinrich CHI G 205
202 Dennis Schroder ATL G 206
203 Ryan Kelly LAL F 203
204 Kent Bazemore ATL G 207
205 Marco Belinelli SAS G 208
206 Louis Amundson NYK F 204
207 Gerald Green PHO G 210
208 J.J. Hickson DEN F 220
209 Paul George IND F 211
210 J.J. Barea DAL G 216
211 Elijah Millsap UTA F 215
212 Anthony Tolliver DET F 218
213 Kevin Seraphin WAS C 217
214 Isaiah Canaan PHI G NR
215 Tiago Splitter SAS C 221
216 Anthony Bennett MIN F 258
217 Aaron Gordon ORL F 223
218 Chris Andersen MIA C 222
219 Jason Terry HOU G 212
220 Andre Roberson OKC G 201
221 Chris Kaman POR C 225
222 Brandan Wright PHO F 226
223 Bismack Biyombo CHA F 224
224 Channing Frye ORL F 227
225 Jerami Grant PHI F 229
226 Caron Butler DET F 265
227 Kevin Garnett MIN F 219
228 James Ennis MIA F 254
229 Shabazz Napier MIA G 228
230 Garrett Temple WAS G 230
231 Miles Plumlee MIL C 277
232 Shabazz Muhammad MIN G 253
233 Al-Farouq Aminu DAL F 232
234 Austin Rivers LAC G 233
235 Patty Mills SAS G 235
236 Otto Porter WAS F 234
237 Beno Udrih MEM G 236
238 Jakarr Sampson PHI F 240
239 Nikola Mirotic CHI F 239
240 Gary Harris DEN G NR
241 Leandro Barbosa GSW G 241
242 Dante Cunningham NOP F 237
243 Shaun Livingston GSW G 243
244 Henry Sims PHI C 242
245 Jameer Nelson DEN G 245
246 Ersan Ilyasova MIL F 244
247 Lance Thomas NYK F 246
248 D.J. Augustin OKC G 77
249 Aaron Brooks CHI G 248
250 Ian Mahinmi IND C 247
251 K.J. McDaniels HOU F 156
252 Vince Carter MEM G 250
253 Norris Cole NOP G 187
254 Omri Casspi SAC F 252
255 Aron Baynes SAS C 251
256 Matthew Dellavedova CLE G 255
257 Kyle Singler OKC F 153
258 Tayshaun Prince DET F 289
259 Steve Blake POR G 214
260 Mitch McGary OKC C 259
261 Zach LaVine MIN G 260
262 Pero Antic ATL C 261
263 Quincy Pondexter NOP F 249
264 Joey Dorsey HOU F 256
265 Charlie Villanueva DAL F 267
266 Rasual Butler WAS F 263
267 Nick Collison OKC F 264
268 Damjan Rudez IND F 266
269 Adreian Payne MIN F NR
270 Carl Landry SAC F 270
271 Nick Calathes MEM G 271
272 Richard Jefferson DAL F 273
273 Jon Leuer MEM F 274
274 Robert Sacre LAL C 275
275 Rodney Hood UTA F 290
276 Kostas Papanikolaou HOU F 272
277 Jason Maxiell CHA F 276
278 Marcus Thornton PHO G 231
279 Thabo Sefolosha ATL G 279
280 Tarik Black LAL F 281
281 Cory Joseph SAS G 283
282 John Lucas DET G 285
283 Ray McCallum SAC G 286
284 Brian Roberts CHA G 291
285 P.J. Hairston CHA G 287
286 Danny Granger PHO F 268
287 Quincy Acy NYK F 292
288 Anthony Morrow OKC G 213
289 Alexey Shved NYK G NR
290 Andre Miller SAC G 298
291 Larry Drew PHI G 296
292 Tyler Johnson MIA G 288
293 Cole Aldrich NYK C 297
294 Jonas Jerebko BOS F 282
295 Matt Bonner SAS F 299
296 Shawn Marion CLE F 300
297 James Young BOS F NR
298 Amar’e Stoudemire DAL F 280
299 Willie Green ORL G NR
300 JaVale McGee PHI C 295