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Winners, losers from NBA deals


It was a fabulous bazaar at this NBA trading deadline and it began with the megastar Carmelo Anthony landing in the capital of glamour basketball. It continued with the bizarre, as in why in the world did a title contender in Boston act like a small-market club in dealing its glue guy, Kendrick Perkins?

We already dealt with the 'Melo deal in depth, but here are the winners and losers from the other biggest deals:

Utah gets:Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, Dan Gadzuric, Brandan Wright and two first-round picks

New Jersey gets:Deron Williams

Golden State gets: Troy Murphy

The Nets miss out on 'Melo, but they get the next biggest star to change hands at the deadline. Trading the picks seemed to be a bit excessive, though, especially for a lottery team. Murphy goes to the Warriors to make this a three-team deal.

Fantasy winner: Williams loses some supporting cast, but he becomes a one-man monster with the Nets. He will be their everything and help bring Brook Lopez to a new level. Harris was solid and Favors had potential, but Williams is a difference-maker. He should be his best yet and move up the board of the top-five point guards in the NBA behind Derrick Rose.

Fantasy loser: Murphy is going to be bought out and become a role player for a top contender. That means limited minutes or fantasy viability.

Oklahoma City gets: Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson

Boston gets:Jeff Green, Nenad Krstic and a 2012 first-round pick

The Celtics prepared for life without Perkins early, because they apparently weren't going to afford the offseason free agent. This deal nets them a reserve forward, a part-time center but far less than what the glue Perkins had provided them when he was healthy.

Fantasy winner: Jermaine and Shaquille O'Neal, we suppose. The Celtics are putting a lot of trust in two injured, past-their-prime centers to team with Krstic to get the job done for the Big Four in the low post. Neither is healthy, nor can they be considered real trustworthy fantasy options.

Fantasy loser: Green isn't going to get starter's minutes unless the Celtics move Kevin Garnett over to center for the majority of the time. This trade was so strange, that might be the only justification for it. Green is a solid young player, but he is going to be a sixth man now otherwise.

New Orleans gets:Carl Landry

Sacramento gets:Marcus Thornton

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The Kings give up on Landry, who looked capable of being a solid starter but wound up performing better as a reserve. Thornton was having a down second season with the Hornets, but it will be giving a great opportunity with the rebuilding Kings.

Fantasy winner: Thornton can be a strong scoring guard, as evidenced by his 14.5 points per game as a rookie as season game. His numbers should get back up to that point again and his ownership should rise over 50 percent. It has doubled to 32 percent already.

Fantasy loser: Landry no longer will have the chance to be the starter he looked he could be and will be a big man off the bench behind David West and Emeka Okafor. That makes him relatively useless now in standard fantasy leagues, if you even owned him anymore anyway.

Charlotte gets: Joel Przybilla, Dante Cunningham, Sean Marks and two first-round picks

Portland gets:Gerald Wallace

The Bobcats were capable of making the playoffs, but getting stomped in Round 1 against the Celtics, Heat or Bulls wasn't as intriguing as rebuilding, apparently. The Blazers picked up a legit small forward in Wallace, who is arguably the best rebounder at the three position and fits perfectly with their gritty defensive M.O.

Fantasy winner:Gerald Henderson is the most-added player right now after Bobcats coach Paul Silas said he will be asked to play over 30 minutes per game now. The 23-year old can double his season averages and prove useful off your waiver wire immediately. He is owned in over one-quarter of leagues, but that number could climb up to 50 percent if he can play the 15-point, six-rebound performer he has looked like in recent weeks.

Fantasy loser:Nicolas Batum should lose some minutes at small forward, but he shouldn't drift too far off his current levels, since Wallace can play power forward when LaMarcus Aldridge is at center.

Atlanta gets:Kirk Hinrich and Hilton Armstrong

Washington gets:Jordan Crawford, Mike Bibby and Maurice Evans

Another contender has decided to make a significant change at a critical position here. It is a more subtle move than the Perkins deal, but Hinrich is heady and a younger distributor who will be asked to run the show for a playoff club.

Fantasy winner: Hinrich gets a contender's supporting cast in Altanta and he comes out of John Wall's shadow with the Wizards. It makes him a strong addition in all rotisserie leagues at least. He should get a healthy boost in head-to-head formats, too, as he sets everything up offensive for the Hawks.

Fantasy loser: Bibby will no longer be a starter as much as a veteran mentor for Wall with the Wizards now. His name used to matter in fantasy but this deal clinches it that it shouldn't anymore.

L.A. Clippers get:Mo Williams and Jamario Moon

Cleveland gets: Baron Davis

Davis was a lost cause with the Clippers and this deal probably won't do much for him either. The Cavs are as lost of a cause as there is in the NBA.

Fantasy winner:Ramon Sessions becomes the unquestioned starting point guard for the rebuilding Cavs and it should help keep him a factor in rotisserie formats. Williams will also get a nice boost getting to feed the hungry horse in Blake Griffin along with Eric Bledsoe and Randy Foye.

Fantasy loser: Davis didn't like his situation in L.A. How's it feel to be headed to Cleveland in the middle of winter? Ouch.

Memphis gets:Shane Battier and Ishmael Smith

Houston gets:Hasheem Thabeet, DeMarre Carroll and a first-round pick

The Grizzlies give up on the once well-regard Thabeet and pick up a veteran hammer in Battier.

Fantasy winner: Thabeet gets a fresh start and could become far more of a factor than he would up being in Memphis. He should get more minutes but only slightly more fantasy intrigue initially, just because he used to be a project worth working on.

Fantasy loser: Battier isn't really a factor in most fantasy leagues, but he figures to be a part-timer in Memphis that is there more for his dirty work and veteran presence.

Phoenix gets:Aaron Brooks

Houston gets:Goran Dragic

The Suns pick up a potential starting point guard to replace Steve Nash with the out-of-favor Brooks, but neither player is going to change much in fantasy down the stretch this season.

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