It was a ridiculous trade deadline this year, one that will be analyzed for a while with ramifications still ramificating and stuff. We haven’t seen where all the bought out players will sign, nor have we even seen every traded player suit up for their new team. Folks have analyzed each deal extensively, so for this post I’m just going to concentrate on players who weren’t traded and whose values are rising based on last week’s upheavals.
TRADE DEADLINE WINNERS
Kris Humphries (PF, NJN) – Humphries is going to put up a lot of double-doubles the rest of the way, as I don’t see Brandan Wright making inroads into the rotation. Should be owned in all leagues.
Chase Budinger (SF, HOU) – A no-brainer pickup now that Shane Battier is gone. Budinger has had one great game and one bad game, and that might continue for a while. He’s very talented, though, and he’ll at least help you in three-pointers.
Gerald Henderson (SG, CHA) – With Gerald Wallace in Portland, Stephen Jackson shifts to small forward and Henderson is the team’s new ‘2’. He probably won’t make a huge impact in shallow leagues but is definitely worth a speculative add right now. Perhaps he can become a poor man’s DeMar DeRozan.
James Harden (SG, OKC) – Harden can’t help but pick up more playing time with Jeff Green traded away. He’s good for threes, steals and great percentages for a shooting guard. His teammate Serge Ibaka is another huge winner, but he’s still not a complete guarantee to receive the big minutes we all want him to play. If Ibaka played 35 minutes a game he’d be ridiculous. For now, we’ll have settle for really good.
Anthony Parker (SG, CLE) – The Cavs are running out of warm bodies, as Antawn Jamison is out for 5-7 weeks (and possibly the year) with a broken finger. Parker was rumored to be shipped to a contender but instead should be thrust into a major role at the swing positions. Christian Eyenga could also make a resurgence, and is worth monitoring in deep leagues along with Samardo Samuels.
Wesley Johnson (SG/SF, MIN) – Corey Brewer was traded, you’d like to think because the Wolves want to give Johnson all the minutes he can handle down the stretch. Martell Webster and Wayne Ellington stand in his way, not to mention Kurt Rambis, so he is no guarantee to take off. But he automatically gets some more value with Brewer’s departure.
Willie Green (SG, NOR) – Green has been starting at shooting guard lately in New Orleans, and the Hornets trading Marcus Thornton helps Green immensely. Unfortunately Green isn’t very good, and Marco Bellinelli could split time with him evenly or out-play him some nights. Green has a big opportunity here, and fantasy owners are watching.
Jason Thompson (PF, SAC) – The Kings swapped Carl Landry for Thornton, opening up some playing time along the front line. DeMarcus Cousins and Sam Dalembert are in line for big minutes, but neither inspires the most confidence. Thompson has a real chance to be something good here, if injures and/or Paul Westphal doesn’t screw it up. Pick him up and hope for the best.
Josh Howard (SF, WAS) – Howard’s got a chance to grab some fleeting value with Rashard Lewis gimpy and limited, and Kirk Hinrich traded out of town. Deep leagues only for now.
SO WHAT ELSE IS NEW?
Mike Bibby to the Heat looks done. I wouldn’t pick him up, however, unless it was a deep league (where he’s probably already owned)… Marcus Thornton went off on Monday night against the Clippers, dropping 29 points. As long as Tyreke Evans is out, Thornton has a chance to do this regularly. Jermaine Taylor is still starting, but Thornton’s the guy to own here… Mo Williams started for the Clippers in his debut on Monday and played 36 minutes, pushing Eric Bledsoe to the bench and into fantasy oblivion. Chris Kaman is making a move to regain his starting spot from DeAndre Jordan, who is hanging on to a time-share by the skin of his teeth… Meanwhile in Clipperland, Eric Gordon could return as soon as Wednesday, meaning Randy Foye‘s hot streak will end… Gerald Wallace could start in Portland, which would push Nic Batum to the bench… The Jazz are running and gunning under new coach Ty Corbin, great news for Al Jefferson (27.0 PPG, 11.2 RPG since Deron Williams trade), Paul Millsap and Devin Harris… Josh Smith tweaked his knee on Monday and is day-to-day… Tony Parker‘s out 2-4 weeks with a bum ankle, meaning George Hill should be a fantasy stud in his absence… Danilo Gallinari is out 7-10 days with a fractured big toe. Ouch. Wilson Chandler and J.R. Smith come into focus for at least a little while in Denver… Are you sitting down? Brook Lopez had 10 rebounds Monday night.
Jeff Andriesse was unable to force a trade to the New York Times last week and thus will remain at Damn Lies & Statistics, where he writes I’ll Be Damned every Tuesday during the season. According to sources, the Times would love to sign Andriesse to a long-term deal in the offseason for “half the news stand price”.