by Will Overton
This was one of the quietest and most underwhelming trade deadlines I can remember. The best player to get moved was arguably Evan Turner. There were a lot of factors that went into this quiet trade deadline, but a big part was no one wants to let go of their draft picks right now.
Still, even with the quieter deadline there was still fantasy impact made. Most moves make some kind of an impact. The thing is that it’s not always the guys who get traded that gain or lose value, a lot of times it’s the guys who were left behind on their former teams.
When someone leaves, someone else has to fill the gap and that guy gets an automatic fantasy bump, at least until we see whether he can hold his own or not.
Here are three guys I think gained value and three guys I think lost value this week with the trade deadline.
Aaron Brooks – PG, Denver Nuggets: While Aaron Brooks had his moments in Houston he never really got a consistent chance to shine on the court. He was always behind Jeremy Lin and Patrick Beverley and so he only got his chance when one of those guys were hurt. Brooks is really the only true backup point guard on the Nuggets now and with Ty Lawson banged up he has a chance to make an immediate impact.
Brooks is looking for a new contract next season and so he wants to show off a bit these last couple months. Brooks can be a lights out shooter from downtown and if he gets a chance to run the point some he’ll get 3 – 4 assists per game down the stretch too. Brooks could be a nice plug and play guy down the stretch to boost your threes.
Byron Mullens – PF/C, Philadelphia 76ers: Mullens is going to have to compete with Arnett Moutrie for playing time, but after this trade deadline the cupboard is bare for Pholadelphia’s big men. I like Moutrie as well and I think Moutrie might be the better player. However, I think Mullens might be the better fantasy player. The Sixers not only need to fill a void in the frontcourt, but also a void for scoring with Evan Turner gone. Mullens won’t get blocks like other big men, but he will get a decent amount of rebounds just by default. He’ll also a nice amount of three pointers and probably score anywhere from 12 – 14 PPG. Mullens isn’t a great player, but he can be a surprisingly nice fantasy player.
Kent Bazemore – PG, Los Angeles Lakers: This might have a little something to do with how much I like Kent Bazemore, which is a lot. Still, he was going nowhere in Golden State without injuries, but he has a chance to show off a bit in LA, even though their backcourt is crowded. In his first game he got 33 minutes and made it count with 15 PTS, 4 ASTS, 2 STLS, 2 3PTS. If he’s putting up numbers the Lakers will make room for him. Bazemore is still raw, but he has so much upside in my opinion. I would definitely take a run at him in dynasty leagues.
Evan Turner – SG/SF, Indiana Pacers: This one seems obvious to me. Turner has gone from the star of the show in Philadelphia to a bench role in Indiana. Turner won’t be playing 35 MPG anymore and he won’t score 17 PPG. Turner is going to help the Pacers, but he isn’t going to help fantasy owners nearly as much anymore. I wouldn’t drop him until we see him for a couple weeks and see what role he will have, but expect a big dropoff. Turner’s presence could also have a negative impact on Lance Stephenson who could lose a few minutes to him.
Spencer Hawes – C, Cleveland Cavaliers: Maybe you are sensing a theme here. Guys going from prominent roles in Philly to backup roles in other places. Hawes was a top 15 center in fantasy basketball. A legitimate multi-category contributor. Hawes will still get playing time in Cleveland, but he needs Anderson Varejao to stay on the sidelines for a while to really make an impact. Obviously hold on to him now with Varejao out, but when Andy comes back you’re going to have to monitor his playing time closely.
Shaun Livingston – PG/SG, Brooklyn Nets: Livingston has been getting a lot of minutes playing both backup point guard and also logging a lot of minutes at shooting guard. Even though Jadon Terry left town in comes Marcus Thornton. Livingston isn’t likely to play 30 MPG as he has been doing lately. Thornton is a really nice piece for the Nets and while Livingston is tall, Thornton is much more of a natural shooting guard than Livingston. If you own Livingston, you can probably drop him now.