With all the trades swung in the past week, and in particular on Thursday, everyone is trying to figure out who made the grade, and which team came out on top with the best deal.
There’s a time and place for predicting what happens for the NBA season and playoffs from here on out, but what about in the Fantasy realm?
With a lot of new faces in new places, let’s get crackin’ on which guys we can kindly ignore and leave on the waiver wire, and which guys we might want to stash away, or better yet, pick-up immediately.
Here’s a look at each player that was involved in a trade on Thursday:
Note: Player, position, new team, and current fantasy grade.
Ronnie Brewer, G/F, Memphis Grizzlies (D+)
Brewer was sent to Memphis for a “protected” first-round pick, and will be strapped to a back-up role, leaving his fantasy status in doubt. He has no chance of seeing the starting lineup with the Grizzlies like he did with the Jazz. Feel out his situation for the next week, but he’s likely going to be a waiver wire candidate.
His loss could be Kyle Korver‘s gain, however, as the sharp-shooter appears to be on his way back to full health, and could see a steady rise in minutes with Brewer gone.
Tracy McGrady, G/F, New York Knicks (C+)
There’s mixed reviews on whether or not McGrady can be a fantasy stud again, along with questions on whether or not he will.
McGrady will undoubtedly be given every chance to succeed in a high-octane offense, and with Nate Robinson being shipped off to Boston, minutes will definitely be available.
If McGrady starts at any time, he could quickly hold solid value, so go out and grab him if he’s still available.
Sergio Rodriguez, PG, New York Knicks (D)
Chris Duhon isn’t Mike D’Antoni’s guy, and neither was Nate Robinson (traded) so it’s not completely unrealistic to think Rodriguez will get a crack at the starting reigns eventually.
Hold back on picking him up just yet, but keep him on your radar and eye his minutes.
Jordan Hill, PF, Houston Rockets (D+)
Hill wasn’t seeing much time in New York, but a change of scenery and Houston’s need for a big guy to step up could mean a boost in value.
We’re not buying Hill’s hype just yet, but if the minutes are there, the production could follow.
Kevin Martin, SG, Houston Rockets (B+)
Martin could potentially challenge either Shane Battier or Trevor Ariza for a starting spot, and if that happens, it’s likely Ariza shifts over and Battier hits the bench.
However, even if he comes off the bench, Martin should still hold elite value. He’s a volume scorer, and he should still get 12-15 shots per game, at a minimum. Houston got him to give themselves a boost in their shooting and penetration ability, not to let him sit.
He’s a 20+ point scorer, and there’s no real reason to think his production should take a significant hit.
The addition of Martin could affect the minutes and production of rookie Chase Budinger, as well.
Jarred Jeffries, G/F, Houston Rockets (D-)
There’s no telling how Jeffries will be used in Houston, but he is a very versatile player and a solid defender, so he could still earn some solid minutes.
Hilton Armstrong, F/C, Houston Rockets (D+)
Armstrong was wasting away in Sacramento, but could see some increased minutes with Houston’s loss of Carl Landry and Joey Dorsey. With just Luis Scola and Chuck Hayes as the big guys down low for Houston, Armstrong could be called upon.
Joey Dorsey, PF, Sacramento Kings (F)
Dorsey is an energy guy who wasn’t getting many minutes in Houston, so there’s little chance he gets the heads up over Jon Brockman, who is already a solid energy guy for the Kings.
Larry Hughes, G/F, Sacramento Kings (C-)
Hughes wasn’t shooting great percentages and currently is injured, but he was scoring just under 10 points per game, and is walking into a situation where Sacramento is losing a ton of points with the departure of Kevin Martin.
Once Hughes gets healthy, there’s a decent chance he could hold some value.
Ronald “Flip” Murray, SG, Chicago Bulls (C-)
Murray is a reliable scorer who should get decent minutes off the bench for Chicago, especially if they intend on making a strong playoff push.
Acie Law, PG, Chicago Bulls (F)
Law wasn’t getting any minutes in Charlotte, and that doesn’t figure to change in Chicago.
Tyrus Thomas, F, Charlotte Bobcats (C+)
Thomas has a ton of potential and could be in for a boost in value in Charlotte, where he’ll likely be the team’s 6th man. He should still be owned in all leagues. Besides, if anyone is going to help Thomas realize his potential on both ends of the floor, it’ll be Larry Brown.
Antawn Jamison, F, Cleveland Cavaliers (B-)
From a trade stand-point, landing Jamison is an A+ for the Cavaliers, but from a fantasy stand-point, there’s no realistic way that Jamison’s numbers don’t take a hit.
Think back to his lone season in Dallas. Jamison should still average around 15 points and eight rebounds per game, but he won’t be nearly as valuable as he was as the number one guy in Washington.
Jamison’s departure from Washington opens the door for extra success out of Randy Foye and Mike Miller, while we already saw what an expanded role will mean for Andray Blatche.
John Salmons, G/F, Milwaukee Bucks (B-)
Salmons fills a big need for the Bucks, as they’ve been struggling at shooting guard ever since Michael Redd went down. Salmons has the ability to score close to 20 points per game, but getting anywhere around 15 will make him a real-life and fantasy success.
Royal Ivery, PG, Milwaukee Bucks (F)
Ivey has never gotten consistent minutes anywhere, and this is his second try with Milwaukee. He doesn’t hold any fantasy value.
Primoz Brezec, C, Milwaukee Bucks (F)
Brezec is just a filler piece in one of Milwaukee’s trades, and is just some depth behind Andrew Bogut, who will continue to see almost all the minutes at center.
Drew Gooden, F/C, Los Angeles Clippers (D+)
Gooden is still a quality bench player, and could see 15+ minutes off the bench (if not more), but it’s hard to tell what the Clippers are going to do.
Until we know for sure, bank on L.A. letting Craig Smith and DeAndre Jordan soak up most of the minutes in the post.
Francisco Elson, F/C, Philadelphia 76ers (F)
Elson is a solid body off the bench, but holds zero fantasy value.
Jodie Meeks, SG, Philadelphia 76ers (D)
Meeks could have some solid potential for next season, but it’s too late in the game to expect any serious action out of him this year.
Theo Ratliff, C, Charlotte Bobcats (F)
Ratliff is getting up there in age and was brought over from San Antonio to battle for playing time with a lot of competition at center. The Bobcats just got stronger inside, but he’s not likely to gain any value from the trade.
Hakim Warrick, F, Chicago Bulls (C+)
Tyrus Thomas is gone and Joakim Noah is still hurt, so Warrick could hold some decent value for the short-term until Noah gets back. He probably has minimal value off the bench for the stretch-run, though.
Joe Alexander, F, Chicago Bulls
It’ll be interesting to see if the Bulls actually activate Alexander and see what he’s got, or if they decide to just let him rot in the D-League. He has good athleticism and shooting ability, and with Tyrus Thomas and John Salmons gone, it’s not impossible for him to get time off the bench.
Darko Milicic, C, Minnesota Timberwolves (D+)
Milicic is said to actually be getting some decent minutes in Minnesota once he gets up to speed, especially with Kevin Love rotating in with Al Jefferson, instead of the two studs playing together. Milicic still doesn’t figure to see enough action to make it worth adding him, though.
Eddie House, G, New York Knicks (D+)
House will need some time to carve out a definite role, but he’s a great shooter and energy guy, and should thrive in D’Antoni’s system, even though it’ll be off the bench. Wait to see what happens with all of the new additions before grabbing House in deep leagues.