This was one of the most enjoyable and exciting NBA trade deadlines in memory, as we saw superstars are shipped out of town (Carmelo Anthony, Deron Williams) and contenders like Boston and Oklahoma City make bold moves. There’s plenty to dissect, so let’s get started. As usual, Backup Plans provides Fantasy analysis and advice alongside the latest depth charts for each team.
All depth charts and statistics are based on information through Friday, Feb. 25.
PG – Kirk Hinrich, Jeff Teague
SG – Joe Johnson, Jamal Crawford
SF – Marvin Williams, Damien Wilkins
PF – Josh Smith, Josh Powell
C – Al Horford, Zaza Pachulia, Hilton Armstrong
The Hawks made a nice step towards shoring up at least the No. 5 seed in the East by bringing in Hinrich from Washington for Mike Bibby, Jordan Crawford and Maurice Evans. Hinrich is worth grabbing in Fantasy leagues to see if he can put up decent numbers. Teague should get a little more run down the stretch, but the trade doesn’t affect the value of the other Hawks much at all.
PG – Rajon Rondo, Delonte West
SG – Ray Allen, Von Wafer
SF – Paul Pierce, Jeff Green
PF – Kevin Garnett, Glen Davis
C – Nenad Krstic, Shaquille O’Neal (injured), Jermaine O’Neal (injured)
The Celtics surprised everyone by trading away Kendrick Perkins at the deadline, a move that unquestionably makes them weaker up front. The C’s should be a sleeker team with Green able to play both forward positions. We’ll also see Garnett at center a lot, even when Shaq comes back from an injury in the next few weeks. Boston isn’t done dealing here and will pursue many bought-out players. Troy Murphy is one name being thrown around the most. The Celtics could still use another backup guard as Nate Robinson was traded to Oklahoma City in the Perkins deal.
PG – D.J. Augustin, Shaun Livingston
SG – Gerald Henderson, Matt Carroll, Morris Peterson
SF – Stephen Jackson, Dominic McGuire
PF – Boris Diaw, Eduardo Najera, Dante Cunningham, Tyrus Thomas (injured)
C – Kwame Brown, Joel Przybilla, Sean Marks
Charlotte has spent the last year completely gutting its roster in several cost-cutting moves. Is Michael Jordan’s return far off? Kidding aside, this is a very different squad than the playoff team that earned a No. 7 seed last year. Gerald Wallace was shipped to Portland for Przybilla, Cunningham, Marks and picks. Nazr Mohammed is now on Oklahoma City after a trade that brought the Bobcats Peterson and D.J. White. This roster is a mess right now, but what we do know is that Henderson will get all the minutes he can handle and is worth a pickup. Przybilla has a chance to start over Brown, but the two will probably just cancel each other out.
PG – Derrick Rose, C.J. Watson
SG – Keith Bogans, Ronnie Brewer
SF – Luol Deng, Kyle Korver
PF – Carlos Boozer, Taj Gibson
C – Joakim Noah, Omer Asik, Kurt Thomas
The Bulls were surprisingly quiet at the deadline; perhaps because they made one of the best additions of the week just getting Noah back from injury.
PG – Ramon Sessions, Baron Davis (injured)
SG – Anthony Parker, Daniel Gibson, Manny Harris
SF – Christian Eyenga, Alonzo Gee
PF – Antawn Jamison, Samardo Samuels, Luke Harangody
C – J.J. Hickson, Semih Erden, Anderson Varejao (injured)
Trying to imagine Baron Davis on the Cavaliers is one of the more surreal visions after this hectic trade deadline. Davis claims he’ll give it his all for the Cavs, but he has to overcome a knee injury that currently has him sidelined. He could play this weekend, but Sessions has been very good as the starting point guard. Baron could easily come off the bench. Cleveland picked up role players Harangody and Erden from Boston for a second-round pick, and released backup forward Leon Powe.
PG – Jason Kidd, Jose Juan Barea
SG – Rodrigue Beaubois, Jason Terry, DeShawn Stevenson
SF – Peja Stojakovic, Shawn Marion, Caron Butler (injured)
PF – Dirk Nowitzki, Brian Cardinal
C – Tyson Chandler, Brendan Haywood
The Mavs elected not to make any trades at the deadline. The main change in the rotation here is Beaubois’ addition to the starting lineup, where he will stick for as long as it works. He is worth adding in most Fantasy leagues. Stojakovic is averaging 10.9 points and 1.9 threes in seven games as a Maverick.
PG – Ty Lawson, Raymond Felton
SG – Arron Afflalo, J.R. Smith
SF – Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler
PF – Kenyon Martin, Al Harrington
C – Nene Hilario, Chris Andersen, Timofey Mozgov
I have a sinking feeling that Denver is going to become the latest headache spot for Fantasy owners. Not only are the Nuggets two-deep at nearly every position, but it will be hard to predict who is going to shine each night. Martin is still not playing back-to-backs and will disrupt things when he’s out there. Lawson won’t be tremendous with Felton around, and Felton himself will be way worse than he was with the Knicks. Chandler’s value is also probably tied to that night’s matchups and how effective Martin and Andersen are. Long story short: there are just too many toys for George Karl to play with, and he looks intent on using most of them.
PG – Tracy McGrady, Will Bynum
SG – Rodney Stuckey, Ben Gordon, Richard Hamilton
SF – Tayshaun Prince, Austin Daye, DaJuan Summers
PF – Greg Monroe, Charlie Villanueva, Jason Maxiell
C – Ben Wallace, Chris Wilcox
Of all the surprising events of the last week, the mini-mutiny in Detroit staged on Friday is the biggest head-slapper. Apparently most, if not all of the Pistons are fed up with head coach John Kuester, and seven players missed the team shootaround for various reasons. Whether they were legitimate or not is up in the air, but after Detroit played just six players on Friday in a loss to Philadelphia, the only thing we know is that we have a huge mess on our hands. Kuester could be gone soon, and should be if Joe Dumars wants to win back his players. That this happened the day after the trade deadline is fitting in that Dumars is now stuck with the absolute disaster he’s created. For Fantasy owners, the only thing to do right now is stay on your toes.
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
PG – Stephen Curry, Acie Law
SG – Monta Ellis, Reggie Williams
SF – Dorell Wright, Vladimir Radmanovic
PF – David Lee, Louis Amundson
C – Andris Biedrins, Ekpe Udoh
The Warriors traded Dan Gadzuric and Brandan Wright to the Nets for Troy Murphy, but all indications are that Murphy will be bought out of his contract. The values of the Warriors remain the same as they were before the deadline.
PG – Kyle Lowry, Goran Dragic
SG – Kevin Martin, Courtney Lee
SF – Chase Budinger, Terrence Williams
PF – Luis Scola, Jordan Hill, Patrick Patterson
C – Chuck Hayes, Brad Miller, Hasheem Thabeet
Houston traded Shane Battier to Memphis for Thabeet, and also grabbed Dragic and a pick from Phoenix for Aaron Brooks. The winners? Lowry and Budinger. Lowry should have already been owned in most leagues. Budinger is now a must-add as well. It will be interesting to see if Hayes can somehow hold off yet another big body in the frontcourt and retain some semblance of Fantasy value.
PG – Darren Collison, A.J. Price
SG – Brandon Rush, Dahntay Jones, Mike Dunleavy (injured)
SF – Danny Granger, Paul George
PF – Josh McRoberts, Tyler Hansbrough
C – Roy Hibbert, Jeff Foster
The Pacers tried to be players at the deadline but were unable to complete a trade for O.J. Mayo at the last minute. McRoberts was the man going to Memphis, but instead he’s back in the starting power forward spot. Some things are different, however. Dunleavy is out 6-8 weeks after surgery on his broken left thumb. Rush is now starting at shooting guard and is worth adding in deep leagues, as is George.
LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
PG – Eric Bledsoe, Mo Williams (injured)
SG – Randy Foye, Rasual Butler, Eric Gordon (injured)
SF – Ryan Gomes, Al-Farouq Aminu, Jamario Moon
PF – Blake Griffin, Brian Cook
C – DeAndre Jordan, Chris Kaman
The Clippers traded Baron Davis and a first-round pick to Cleveland for Williams and Moon, a deal made more to shed Baron’s contract than anything else. But Williams gives L.A. an intriguing backcourt option. It would be surprising if Mo didn’t jump-start his terrible season by playing with Griffin and Co. He needs to overcome an ankle injury, however, and may not play until next week. Bledsoe will have some value as well, auditioning for point guard of the future. The other thing to watch is the Jordan-Kaman timeshare. Kaman is finally playing and will, at the very least, relegate Jordan to an even split in minutes at center eventually. You can drop Jordan if there are better options on the waiver wire.
LOS ANGELES LAKERS
PG – Derek Fisher, Steve Blake
SG – Kobe Bryant, Shannon Brown
SF – Ron Artest, Luke Walton, Matt Barnes (injured)
PF – Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom
C – Andrew Bynum, Derrick Caracter
The Lakers kept their team intact at the deadline, more because no one would go near Artest and his expensive, lengthy contract than confidence that the team is primed for another championship run. The Lakers appear vulnerable, but as long as they have Kobe and the healthy twin towers of Gasol and Bynum, they will be there in the end.
PG – Mike Conley, Greivis Vasquez, Jason Williams
SG – Sam Young, Xavier Henry, O.J. Mayo
SF – Shane Battier, Tony Allen, Rudy Gay (injured)
PF – Zach Randolph, Darrell Arthur
C – Marc Gasol, Hamed Haddadi
Every time it appears Tony Allen is going to be a Fantasy factor, something derails him. This time it is Battier coming over from Houston. Both Allen and Young will take a hit with this move, and both needed guaranteed big minutes to be owned in shallow leagues. Let things play out here and see if one emerges. Gay (shoulder) is out another month or so and may not return at all.
PG – Mario Chalmers, Eddie House, Carlos Arroyo
SG – Dwyane Wade, Mike Miller (injured)
SF – LeBron James, James Jones
PF – Chris Bosh, Juwan Howard, Udonis Haslem (injured)
C – Erick Dampier, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Joel Anthony
Miller (head/ear) should return to action soon. Dampier has started at center recently, but that’s nothing to get excited about. There are rumors that the Heat could sign Troy Murphy if he is bought out by Golden State.
PG – Brandon Jennings, Keyon Dooling, Earl Boykins
SG – John Salmons, Chris Douglas-Roberts
SF – Carlos Delfino, Corey Maggette
PF – Ersan Ilyasova, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute
C – Andrew Bogut, Jon Brockman, Drew Gooden (injured)
Maggette is nursing a back injury, and Delfino has leapfrogged him into the starting lineup. Watch this situation. My gut feeling says Delfino will hold value, but there is always the one game a week where Maggette goes off. Meanwhile, Mbah a Moute has been starting while Ilyasova’s been battling an eye injury. Ilyasova returned Feb. 23 and played just 12 minutes off the bench, but he should regain his role shortly. Bogut will have further elbow surgery after the season and could shut it down if the Bucks continue to flounder in the standings.
PG – Luke Ridnour, Jonny Flynn
SG – Wesley Johnson, Wayne Ellington
SF – Michael Beasley, Martell Webster (injured)
PF – Kevin Love, Anthony Tolliver, Anthony Randolph
C – Darko Milicic, Nikola Pekovic
Minnesota jettisoned Corey Brewer and brought in the raw Randolph, an interesting move that should free up playing time for Johnson at shooting guard. Randolph is stuck behind Love and Beasley, so his minutes will be limited. Webster is suffering from a back injury and is day-to-day.
NEW JERSEY NETS
PG – Deron Williams, Jordan Farmar
SG – Sasha Vujacic, Anthony Morrow
SF – Damion James, Travis Outlaw, Quinton Ross
PF – Kris Humphries
C – Brook Lopez, Johan Petro
You have to hand it to Mikhael Prokhorov – he fired a major salvo with the Williams acquisition. For whatever reason, Avery Johnson has decided to celebrate the move by placing middling swingmen Vujacic and James in the starting lineup. That’ll make Deron re-sign! Humphries should grab plenty of rebounds now that Derrick Favors and Troy Murphy are out of his hair. Lopez will enjoy playing with Williams, and Morrow went off for 25 points Friday in what his owners sure hope is a sign of good things to come.
NEW ORLEANS HORNETS
PG – Chris Paul, Jarrett Jack
SG – Willie Green, Marco Belinelli
SF – Trevor Ariza, Quincy Pondexter
PF – David West, Carl Landry, Jason Smith
C – Emeka Okafor, Aaron Gray
The Hornets traded Marcus Thornton for Landry at the deadline. After missing 10 games with an oblique strain, Okafor returned to the starting lineup on Friday. West missed the game due to a death in the family. Smith started but played just 19 minutes to Landry’s 27. When West is playing, neither guy should have much Fantasy value.
NEW YORK KNICKS
PG – Chauncey Billups, Toney Douglas
SG – Landry Fields, Bill Walker, Corey Brewer
SF – Carmelo Anthony, Shawne Williams
PF – Amar’e Stoudemire, Renaldo Balkman
C – Ronny Turiaf, Shelden Williams
It’s hard to fault Knick fans for being excited about getting Anthony, but the price was steep. This is an entirely different team, and it will take time to mesh and will definitely miss the things that Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler brought to the table. There are less Fantasy options here now, and if Fields loses rebounds to Anthony, his value takes a hit as well. Jared Jeffries is a likely signee after Houston bought him out.
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER
PG – Russell Westbrook, Eric Maynor, Nate Robinson
SG – Thabo Sefolosha, James Harden, Daequan Cook
SF – Kevin Durant
PF – Serge Ibaka, Nick Collison
C – Kendrick Perkins (injured), Nazr Mohammed, Cole Aldrich
Wow. Oklahoma City was a snake in the grass amid all the hoopla, shocking the league with the pickup of Perkins and Nate Robinson for Jeff Green, and then snatching Mohammed from Charlotte at the last minute for Mo Peterson and D.J. White. The Thunder has an imposing defensive front line now, for sure. Ibaka is one of the deadline’s biggest winners, as he should start getting major minutes up front. Perkins has to prove he is healthy, and right now he isn’t (sprained knee). Harden gets a boost with the departure of Green and the fact that Perkins isn’t an offensive threat.
PG – Jameer Nelson, Gilbert Arenas
SG – Jason Richardson, J.J. Redick
SF – Hedo Turkoglu, Earl Clark
PF – Brandon Bass, Ryan Anderson
C – Dwight Howard
Bass is now staring with Anderson’s value dwindling on the bench. Great. This Magic rotation has been a headache all year, and surprisingly Orlando stayed put at the deadline. Expect more of the same with the fluctuating values of everyone here not named Dwight Howard.
PG – Jrue Holiday, Louis Williams
SG – Jodie Meeks, Evan Turner
SF – Andre Iguodala, Jason Kapono
PF – Elton Brand, Thaddeus Young
C – Spencer Hawes, Marreese Speights
Philadelphia was quiet around the trade deadline. Rumor has it the Sixers will buy out Kapono, who will likely sign with a contending team. He isn’t a necessary piece here.
PG – Steve Nash, Aaron Brooks
SG – Vince Carter, Mickael Pietrus
SF – Grant Hill, Jared Dudley
PF – Channing Frye, Hakim Warrick
C – Robin Lopez, Marcin Gortat
Brooks is now the backup point guard after he was acquired for Goran Dragic and a first-round pick. I don’t see Brooks offering much Fantasy value on Phoenix unless Nash is hurt.
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
PG – Andre Miller, Patrick Mills
SG – Wesley Matthews, Rudy Fernandez
SF – Nicolas Batum, Brandon Roy
PF – Gerald Wallace, Luke Babbitt
C – LaMarcus Aldridge, Marcus Camby (injured)
The Blazers are a very interesting team to keep tabs on going forward, as Portland added Wallace via trade and have Roy coming off the bench. Even with Camby out, there is a bit of a logjam at the ‘2’, ‘3’ and ‘4’ positions. Wallace has yet to play for Portland, but he should get plenty of minutes wherever they can fit him. Once Camby returns, Batum could be the odd man out, and certainly, with everyone healthy Fernandez will find it harder to make an impact. The value of a few players is hurt here, including Wallace, but the best thing to do with all of your Blazers is give it a few games to see how they all mesh.
PG – Beno Udrih, Pooh Jeter
SG – Jermaine Taylor, Marcus Thornton, Tyreke Evans (injured)
SF – Omri Casspi, Donte Greene, Francisco Garcia (injured)
PF – Jason Thompson, Darnell Jackson
C – DeMarcus Cousins, Samuel Dalembert
Sacramento shipped Carl Landry to New Orleans for Thornton, and Fantasy owners are hoping that Thornton is revitalized in his new environs, especially with Evans out for another three weeks or so due to a foot injury. Standing in the way of a total Thornton resurgence is Taylor, who has been filling in nicely. The two could cancel each other out or at least take turns producing from game-to-game until Evans comes back. Udrih and Thompson are the big Fantasy winners here.
SAN ANTONIO SPURS
PG – Tony Parker, George Hill
SG – Manu Ginobili, Gary Neal
SF – Richard Jefferson, Steve Novak
PF – Tim Duncan, Matt Bonner
C – DeJuan Blair, Antonio McDyess
The ho-hum Spurs didn’t make any moves. Boring. Also: 48-10. They’re fine. Not much to report here other than Neal sat Friday with mild concussive symptoms. He should be okay going forward.
PG – Jose Calderon, Jerryd Bayless
SG – DeMar DeRozan, Leandro Barbosa
SF – James Johnson, Sonny Weems
PF – Amir Johnson, Ed Davis, Reggie Evans (injured)
C – Andrea Bargnani, Alexis Ajinca
Toronto acquired James Johnson and immediately inserted him into their starting lineup. This is intriguing, but Johnson is actually a pretty limited Fantasy player. He’s only worth adding in deep leagues at this point but should be monitored.
PG – Devin Harris, Earl Watson
SG – Raja Bell, Gordon Hayward
SF – Andrei Kirilenko, C.J. Miles
PF – Paul Millsap, Derrick Favors
C – Al Jefferson, Francisco Elson, Mehmet Okur (injured)
Utah had a rather uneventful deadline… wait, what? Oh yeah. The Jazz traded star point guard Deron Williams out of nowhere and has now lost Williams and Jerry Sloan in the span of weeks. From a rotation standpoint, Harris should move into the starting lineup shortly (he came off the bench behind Watson Friday but had 14 points, seven boards and five assists in 29 minutes) and provide nice Fantasy value. Jefferson and Millsap are both playing well and should continue doing so. A Raja Bell buyout wouldn’t be shocking, and that would make Miles a must-own player.
PG – John Wall, Mike Bibby
SG – Nick Young, Josh Howard, Jordan Crawford
SF – Rashard Lewis, Maurice Evans, Al Thornton (injured)
PF – Andray Blatche (injured), Yi Jianlian, Kevin Seraphin
C – JaVale McGee, Trevor Booker
The Wizards traded Kirk Hinrich for Bibby, Evans and Crawford. None of the three will crack the Washington rotation any time soon, meaning Josh Howard has some value all of a sudden. Howard started and played 36 minutes on Friday, and should get around 25-30 minutes going forward thanks to a limited Lewis (knee). Blatche also missed Friday’s game with a sprained hip. He’s day-to-day.
Jeff Andriesse is a Fantasy NBA writer for RotoExperts.com. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss strategy, or just to talk some hoops. Follow him on Twitter at @JeffAndriesse.