Fantasy Lab: Trade deadline likely to alter fantasy hoops landscape
In case you haven't heard, this summer is going to be epic. At the very minimum, three of the NBA's best players are going to be unrestricted free agents and that has teams clamoring to clear sap space while simultaneously creating a favorable environment to woo these superstars. That means NBA GMs are going to be extraordinarily busy before the Feb. 18 trade deadline, which is just over two weeks away. And when NBA GMs start making moves, fantasy GMs quickly follow.
Some teams will be buyers, other sellers. A few will stand pat, but most will be involved in serious trade discussions with gigantic fantasy playoff implications. With each NBA trade, at least one player's value is altered and the ripple effects can be felt across a bevy of players on both teams. To help prepare you with what to expect this trade season, the Fantasy Lab is going to review the NBA teams with the most logical -- and rumored -- trade scenarios. From this, you can figure out if you should be buying, selling or looking to acquire certain players. It might even be worth your while to make some speculative adds in the deeper leagues if you're in a comfortable position.
Some may want to sell Millsap because Boozer should be coming back relatively soon and don't believe a trade is in the works. Others might want to take this gamble and hope a trade goes through or see the injury becomes a lasting concern. Either way, the point you should glean here is some backups will become not just valuable fantasy contributors, but bona fide studs if the right trade is made.
Despite the injuries at PG to
Everyone and their mothers are talking about the Suns dealing
Talk about a snake-bitten season. With the team's terrible record and
Few teams appear more likely to sell players this year than the Sixers. GM
There's been a lot of talk from other teams about dealing for a struggling
The league's worst kept secret over the past two years has been New York's desire to land LeBron James and another mega free agent or two this summer. To do that, they've had to shed salary and won't do anything to jeopardize that. So while they are in dire need of a legitimate point guard, they probably won't be making a move to land one during the season. What they'll try to do is dump more salary, specifically
No matter what you've heard,
Going nowhere fast, the Pacers are actively trying to move veterans
The Spurs are always contenders with
With Chris Paul headed for knee surgery, the Hornets should become instant sellers as they figure to disintegrate from the tight race in the West without their leader. If they can find anyone willing to take on the $29 million
As it stands now, pretty much every top player on the Rockets was a fantasy steal this year: