February 7, 2019, 7:23 pm
Hey Hoop Ballers! Welcome back to another edition of Deep League Digging – my weekly column scouring the darkest reaches of the fantasy NBA landscape in search of diamonds in the rough for deep league owners.
Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes – what a day. Nothing quite as earth-shattering as Anthony Davis for the entire Lakers roster, but still plenty of interesting moves with deep league implications to sort through. Since this is deep league digging, we will be focusing on impacts to players that are rostered in roughly 20 percent of leagues or less.
More than anything, this trade probably hurts Bullock the most. It is hard to see him commanding close to the amount of playing time on the Lakers that he saw while in Detroit. He moves from a solid standard-league streaming candidate to more of a 16-team 3-point streaming option.
Mykhailiuk was barely cracking the rotation in LA, and that will probably remain the case in Detroit. Still, with Bullock and Stanley Johnson out of the way in Detroit, he is worth a speculative add in 20-team leagues and deeper on the chance that he earns a consistent 15-20 minutes per night off the bench with the Pistons.
Boban struggles to see consistent minutes just about anywhere he lands due to his limitations. Feel free to take a flier in all deep leagues in the hope that trend is reversed, but don’t drop anyone of value for Boban.
Mike Scott’s value will probably remain largely unchanged. It is hard to see him earning much more than the roughly 15-20 minutes per night that he was already seeing with the Clippers. He is fine to have as an end-of-bench sort of guy in 20-team leagues and deeper, but he is more of a lower-end 3-point streamer in anything shallower.
Jonah Bolden (20-team speculative add, shallower-league blocks streamer), Furkan Korkmaz (30-team speculative add, shallower-league threes streamer) and Zhaire Smith (30-team speculative add, shallower-league lottery ticket) looked like strong adds at the start of the day but remain essentially super-deep-league lottery tickets after James Ennis and Jonathon Simmons came over.
Shamet is worth a speculative flier in all deep leagues if you need threes and have room on your roster, but there are probably better guys to take a shot on in 16-team leagues. This Clippers team is clearly hitting the reset button, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see Shamet in a larger 25-30 minute role down the stretch if they want to see what they have in the rookie sharpshooter.
Wilson Chandler was already starting in Philly, and could move into the starting three role with the Clippers if he is healthy. In 26 minutes per night on the season, Chandler was already a fringe 16-team guy with more appeal in roto formats than head-to-head. There is little reason to think that changes much after this trade.
Mike Muscala will probably struggle to find more minutes than he did with the Sixers. It is hard to see Muscala having much value outside of 3-point streaming in leagues shallower than 20-teams.
Ivica Zubac is a big winner here with the potential to start now that Marcin Gortat has been released. He is probably not around on many deep-league wires, but make sure that he lands on your roster if he happens to be available.
This trade doesn’t move the needle much for anyone sitting around on deep-league wires on the Wizards side of things. Jordan McRae is still worth a flier in 16-team leagues if you need boom-or-bust type scoring production, while Sam Dekker is worth keeping an eye on in 16-team leagues but at moment is not a must-roster guy outside of 30-team leagues.
On the Bulls side of things, Cristiano Felicio comes out a winner, but is still only worth a look in 18-team leagues and deeper due to his sub-par per-minute production. Chandler Hutchison can probably stay on the wire in 16-team leagues even when he is back to playing with Porter in the picture, but is worth a speculative add in deeper formats as he should still see decent minutes down the stretch.
Morris is still suffering from a neck/back injury, and could wind up being a buyout candidate or out of the rotation entirely. More on the Pelicans below underneath the Mirotic trade.
The same can probably be said for Wesley Johnson.
On the Dallas side, this move opens up even more touches for Dwight Powell (must-add in all deep leagues), Maxi Kleber (must-add in all deep leagues) and Dorian Finney-Smith (strong 14-team add, must-roster in anything deeper). Justin Jackson will probably see more minutes and is worth a flier in 20-team leagues and deeper, but just doesn’t do enough to warrant 16-team consideration. Ryan Broekhoff (30-team flier) could see a few more minutes.
On the Kings side of things, it is hard to see any players seeing a significant bump in value. Nemanja Bjelica is probably cooked and can be dropped in 16-team leagues. This also puts a damper on Harry Giles’ appeal as a lottery ticket in 16-team formats.
Rockets/Cavaliers/Kings: Iman Shumpert, Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin (Stauskas and Baldwin traded to the Pacers and waived) to the Rockets; Alec Burks to the Kings; Brandon Knight, Marquese Chriss and a first-round pick to the Cavaliers
Shumpert is a winner in this one and could step into a 28-30 minute role with the Rockets. He is worth rostering if you need a low-efficiency 3-and-D player at the end of your bench. Burks’ value likely takes a hit and you can probably move on from him outside of 20-team leagues and deeper.
Brandon Knight (flier in 18-team leagues and deeper) is worth a speculative add in the hope that he sees steady minutes off the bench with the Cavaliers, but he hasn’t done much even when mid-20s minutes are there. Feel free to take a flier on Chriss in 20-team leagues and deeper, but I’m skeptical that he gets enough run to be on the radar in 16-team leagues.
Johnson is worth a flier in 16-team leagues if he happens to be on the wire, but this mostly will dampen the appeal of Elie Okobo (hold in 30-team leagues) and De’Anthony Melton (hold in 18-team leagues if you held on through injury). Dion Waiters (16-team flier) should see more minutes, but don’t expect top-150 production.
Pistons/Bucks: Stanley Johnson for Thon Maker
Johnson was moved again by the Bucks, more on that below.
Thon Maker has the chance to jump Zaza Paculia on the depth chart and is worth a speculative add in 20-team leagues and deeper.
Richardson got waived, so nothing to see here.
Rockets/Sixers: James Ennis for swap rights to a second-round pick
Beyond limiting the appeal of other Sixers bench wings, this trade also hurts Ennis’ appeal outside of 20-team leagues and deeper. Feel free to drop him in shallower formats for a higher-upside speculative add.
With Mirotic the likely 6th man moving forward, a bevy of Bucks bench players stand to take a hit. D.J. Wilson had been playing well enough to warrant a look in 18-team leagues and deeper, but he is probably worth rostering in 24-team leagues and deeper.
Kenrich Williams is a must-roster player in 16-team leagues, and could be the first man off the bench coming in for Julius Randle. He won’t likely keep up the top-100 production from the last week, but top-175 numbers are not a stretch in a 25-30 minute role. Cheick Diallo probably won’t see the floor much with Davis staying in town and Okafor playing so well, but feel free to make a speculative add in 20-team leagues and deeper if he happens to be available. He will have value here and there when Davis sits, but it is hard to imagine the Pelicans blatantly shutting Davis down for the rest of the season. Johnson remains a solid steals streamer in 16-team leagues, but can be left on the wire outside of 18-team leagues and deeper.
Looking at the Raptors side of this first, Norman Powell (speculative 16-team add) and O.G. Anunoby (speculative 20-team add) should see a few extra minutes off the bench with Valanciunas, Wright and Miles out of the picture.
The Grizzlies side of this, however is where things get really interesting. First thing’s first, words cannot express my disappointment that our deep-league hero, Delon Wright, is not getting fully unleashed with Conley staying put. With that said, he still is a must-add player in all deep leagues with Shelvin Mack out of the picture. Even in 20-25 minutes a night, Wright can be valuable in even standard leagues. Add Ivan Rabb to the list of must-add players as he likely becomes the first big off the bench with JaMychal Green and Marc Gasol out of the picture. Expect a top-150 campaign from him moving forward.
Garrett Temple takes a big hit and can be dropped outside of 24-team leagues and deeper. Green is worth holding as an end of bench guy in 16-team formats as the Clippers don’t have much in the way of bigs following their series of deadline moves. However, he isn’t someone to pursue aggressively as his value likely stays about the same or slightly declines.
Shelvin Mack takes the ultimate hit and can probably be dropped even in 30-team leagues after getting waived.
Sixers/Magic: Markelle Fultz for Jonathon Simmons, a first-round pick and a 2019 second-round pick
It is hard to say what kind of role Fultz sees moving forward. The Magic still have D.J. Augustin on board and seem to want to stay competitive given their lack of action at the deadline. He still is without a timetable to return to action, but feel free to burn a lottery ticket type add in 18-team leagues in the event that he sees the floor and a change of scenery unlocks some value. Don’t be afraid to move on quickly though if it appears that the Magic are taking things slow with Fultz.
Celtics/Hawks: Jabari Bird for cash
Nothing to see here. Bird will be waived
Raptors/Nets: Greg Monroe for second-round pick
May 20, 2019, 9:52 amRyan Saunders - Team - Minnesota Timberwolves
The Timberwolves and Ryan Saunders have agreed on a multi-year deal to be the head coach.
Saunders has been an assistant with the Timberwolves since 2014 and was named the interim head coach for Tom Thibodeau after his firing last season. Saunders had a record of 17-25 as head coach, but has been quickly building a reputation of being a player's coach.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
May 20, 2019, 9:41 amGianluca Pascucci - Team - Minnesota Timberwolves
The Timberwolves have hired Gianluca Pascucci to be their assistant GM.
Pascucci was the director of global scouting for the Nets and has developed a relationship with Timberwolves’ president Gersson Rosas while they were in Houston.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
May 19, 2019, 11:44 pmFred VanVleet - G - Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet needed stitches to close up a gash under his left eye that he sustained in Sunday's Game 3.
VanVleet ended up going 1-for-11 from the field in 31 minutes, ending up in a major role with Kyle Lowry fouling out with six minutes left in the fourth quarter. He continues to have a terrible offensive postseason, though he did manage to hang tough on the defensive end for the most part. If FVV can get his shot sorted out it would help the Raptors immensely, but him playing this much is not a desirable outcome no matter what.
Source: Josh Lewenberg on Twitter
May 19, 2019, 10:45 pmKawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors
Kawhi Leonard led the Raptors with 36 points on 11-of-25 shooting in a game-high 52 minutes of action in a double overtime win over the Bucks in Game 3.
Leonard scored eight points in the second overtime to finish off the win. The Raptors have now made this a competitive series and have a chance to tie it up at two games in Game 4. Leonard shot 2-of-4 from 3-point territory and added nine rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block to the box score. He will continue to perform well, but the fate of the Raptors rests on the remainder of the team to continuously provide him with support on both ends of the floor.
May 19, 2019, 10:41 pmPascal Siakam - F - Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam had a solid stat line on Sunday, with 25 points and 11 rebounds on 9-of-18 shooting in 51 minutes of action in a double overtime win over the Bucks in Game 3.
As expected, Siakam bounced back from his underwhelming Game 2 performance with an absolute gem in Game 3. Siakam is proving that he is a force to be reckoned with in this league as he is not shying away from the game's biggest stage. He added one assist, three steals, one block and three 3-pointers to the stat sheet. The Raptors brought the series within one game and have a chance to even up the series on Tuesday night.
May 19, 2019, 10:37 pmMarc Gasol - C - Toronto Raptors
Marc Gasol put up 16 points with 12 rebounds and five blocks in a Game 3 win over the Bucks in double overtime on Sunday.
He added seven assists and one steal to the box score in his 45 minutes of action. He shot 5-of-10 from the field and 4-of-8 from beyond the arc. This was Gasol's first good game of the series and the Raptors won, so it is safe to say that he can be considered an X-factor for them. The Raptors have a chance to even up the series in Game 4 on Tuesday night.
May 19, 2019, 10:33 pmKyle Lowry - G - Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry put up 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting with four rebounds and five assists before fouling out in the fourth quarter in a Game 3 win over the Bucks on Sunday.
The Raptors brought the series within one game and Lowry's solid play in regulation helped them pull out the win. Fred VanVleet, who had three points on 1-of-11 shooting, filled in for Lowry in the overtimes and ultimately played well enough for the Raptors to win. Although Lowry receives extensive criticism for his lackluster playoff performances, he is an integral part of the Raptors' team success.
May 19, 2019, 10:29 pmNorman Powell - F/G - Toronto Raptors
Norman Powell put up a playoff-high 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting in 30 minutes of action before fouling out in a 118-112 double overtime win in Game 3 on Sunday.
There were some rumors prior to the game that Powell would get an increased role for Game 3, and this turned out to be true as he played 30 minutes before the game even reached the first overtime. He thrived in his increased opportunity and was hitting some key shots down the stretch. He added four rebounds, three assists, three 3-pointers and one steal to the box score.
May 19, 2019, 10:24 pmBrook Lopez - C - Milwaukee Bucks
Brook Lopez had a solid performance in Game 3 on Sunday as he put up 16 points and six rebounds on 5-of-10 shooting in a loss to the Raptors in double overtime.
Lopez has shown up for the Bucks in this series, but he was not able to lead them to a win like he did in Game 1. He added one assist, two steals and three triples to the box score. Lopez has played Marc Gasol very tough in this series, which has forced the Raptors to consider lineup changes. The play of Lopez should not go unnoticed in the overall spectrum of why the Bucks are as good as they are.
May 19, 2019, 10:22 pmAndre Iguodala - G/F - Golden State Warriors
The MRI on Andre Iguodala's left calf came back negative, but the swingman is considered questionable for Monday's Game 4 vs. the Blazers.
Iguodala headed to the locker room in the first quarter of Game 3 and had the training staff check on it. If he's unable to give it a go for Game 4, the Warriors will have to dig deep into their bench and find some production from the likes of Kevon Looney or Jonas Jerebko.