Waiver Worthy: Examining The Wire After The Trade Deadline

by Ray Kuhn

Now that the trading deadline has past, the speculation associated with it has past as well.  This impacts not only the players that were traded, but those that were not.  Rumors were swirling around some players that ended up not being moved which does change their value going forward.  The players traded with see both positive and negative spikes in performance.  Let’s take a look at some players whose value has changed since Thursday’s deadline.

  • Ben Gordon, Charlotte Bobcats, 36.9%.  Acquiring Gordon has not worked out like the Bobcats thought it would.  They offered Gordon to the Nets in exchange for Kris Humphries and were rebuffed.  This is despite the fact that Humphries has fallen out of favor in Brooklyn.  That goes to show how far Gordon’s value has dropped.  Perhaps if he were traded to the Nets, his playing time would increase and being on a better team would lead to an increase in points scored.  Instead Gordon stays in Charlotte and his playing time has been falling to less than 20 minutes a game.  For the rest of the season, I can see Gordon remaining on the bench as the Bobcats give younger players a chance therefore decreasing his value for the rest of this season.  He may have the name recognition, but stay away. 
  • Jordan Crawford, Boston Celtics, 24.7%.  The move to Boston should work out well for Crawford.  Crawford is what Gordon has the potential to be, a scorer.  I don’t think the Celtics would have traded for him if they didn’t see a role for him.  The absence of Rajon Rondo definitely leaves an opening in the backcourt, and now that Crawford is surrounded by veteran talent, he could be a valuable pickup for the rest of the season.  He got off to a good start on Friday scoring 10 points in only 15 minutes.  If he keeps that up (he shot 44.4% from the field) then his role is sure to increase.  Crawford is worth an addition as he does have the potential and can make a shot from behind the arc.
  • Carlos Delfino, Houston Rockets, 23.8%.  While it may be a little unconventional, Delfino is now starting for the Rockets at power forward after the trades they made.  The Rockets play an up tempo game and it could prove to agree with Delfino’s value.  He has the opportunity now, and as long as the Rockets keep on winning, there is no reason why it should not continue.  At power forward, he will be able to exploit matchups against bigger, slower opponents.  Friday night he made 6 3-pointers against the Nets and should even see an increase to the 2.7 he is averaging each game now that his playing time has increased.  This may be a temporary spike, but while it is lasting, there is no reason not to exploit it.
  • Patrick Patterson, Sacramento Kings, 14.2%.  Patterson was a solid contributor in Houston, but it seems that the trade to Sacramento will have a negative impact.  Instead of playing 30 minutes a game as a starter for the Rockets, Patterson will now back up Jason Thompson.  For the season he was only averaging 11.6 points and 4.7 rebounds playing starter’s minutes, so the decrease in playing time will likely cause his numbers to falter even more.  Additionally he is now losing the up tempo offense led by Jeremy Lin and James Harden.  I think Patterson still could have some value, but right now I would stay away.
  • Kenyon Martin, New York Knicks, 0%.  Martin certainly has the name recognition but he has not played at all this year.  He is also joining a team in flux in the Knicks.  It will take him a little bit to get going and he is joining a crowded front court.  I can’t see him playing more than 15 or so minutes and is scoring output will be minimal.  Martin will contribute some rebounds and blocks, but not much else.  Also it is possible that production might not come right away, so unless you are in a deep league with a lot of bench spots, I would leave the speculation to someone else.

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