The trade deadline was a bit of a dud but there is plenty to talk about. Let’s go team-by-team in quick hits and look at the trades, injuries and position battles. If you’re looking for every deal and rumor from Thursday, my live trade blog has it all. And you can follow me on Twitter by clicking here. I’m off to answer a ton of Twitter questions after this column is posted, although a lot of my responses come in the form of direct tweets, so make sure you’re following me on the account you used to ask the question.
Atlanta – Remember in the movie The Jerk when Navin (Steve Martin) got so fired up about the new phone book arriving and finding his name in it? I liked to envision him yelling “Kirk Hinrich is here, Kirk Hinrich is here!” on Thursday. The team that was talking about blowing it up turned out to be the team to pull off the least exciting move of the day. If you’re still holding Dennis Schroder, I’m cool with it. But you just have to look at his first-half numbers to figure out what you’ve got. Oh, and Tiago Splitter (hip) is done for the season.
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Brooklyn – No meaningful injuries to speak of and Thaddeus Young, whose name was kicked around Twitter all day, is still starting for the Nets.
Charlotte – The Hornets picked up Courtney Lee on Tuesday and he’s going to create a three-headed logjam at SG with the Jeremy’s (Lin and Lamb), while Al Jefferson is due back tonight! Spencer Hawes is out for a couple and Marvin Williams (neck) is iffy, giving Cody Zeller some new life despite the return of Big Al. Frank Kaminsky could also do something tonight if Marvin sits. Additionally, Lee isn’t expected to play tonight due to his physical not being completed in time.
Chicago – The Bulls swapped Hinrich for Justin Holiday, but otherwise kept the team intact. Taj Gibson was back last night and had seven points and eight boards, and Derrick Rose played well again with 28 points and seven boards. Mike Dunleavy and E’Twaun Moore started, but combined for just 10 points on 2-of-16 shooting. Ouch. Bobby Portis got loose for 13 points and 10 boards and is probably worth grabbing again after getting 26 minutes in the loss to Cleveland. Joakim Noah (shoulder) is done for the season.
Cleveland – The Cavs beat the Bulls last night after chilling on deadline day. Well, they did add Channing Frye and shipped Anderson Varejao to the Blazers, who promptly cut him. Frye probably won’t do much in fantasy, but was a nice add in reality for the hopeful Eastern champs. LeBron James, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson all went off, as James just missed a triple-double and Love and Thompson double-doubled in the win. James looked refreshed and spry last night.
Denver – The Nuggets sent Randy Foye to the Thunder for G D.J. Augustin and F Steve Novak, but they will try to buyout Novak. DJA is going to backup Emmanuel Mudiay at PG with Jameer Nelson (wrist) hurting. Kenneth Faried stayed put, there’s still a logjam at center, and the departure of Foye could help Will Barton and Gary Harris some.
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Detroit – The Pistons sent Joel Anthony and a protected first-round pick to the Rockets for Marcus Thornton. With Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Stanley Johnson around it should be more of the same for Thornton – wild inconsistency. They acquired Tobias Harris on Tuesday, sending Ersan Ilyasova and Brandon Jennings to the Magic, which turned out to be one of the bigger trades of the week. Harris will come off the bench behind Anthony Tolliver for his first three games, but should quickly move into the starting five by the end of next week. KCP has been out with a groin injury but is expected to play tonight.
Golden State – No moves and the only injury of note is to Festus Ezeli (knee). The song remains the same in Oakland and there’s nothing left to do but sit back and see if they can break the Bulls' record of 72 wins.
Houston – Ty Lawson, Terrence Jones and Dwight Howard are all still Rockets, Marcus Thornton and Donatas Motiejunas are in Detroit, and Jason Terry may have been the big winner with Thornton gone. And when I say big winner, I mean a guy who might see a few more meaningless minutes. The Rockets are still a mess and Jones won’t play on Friday while dealing with his concussion.
Indiana – The Pacers did nothing on Thursday and Paul George will be looking to stay hot against the Thunder on Friday after his 41-point feast at the All-Star Game. Jordan Hill is questionable with a finger injury and Ian Mahinmi is probable after taking a shot to the face last week.
LA Clippers – The Clippers made a big move by sending Lance Stephenson to the Grizzlies for Jeff Green, who should step into the small forward job for the Clippers, while also helping to fill in for Blake Griffin (hand, suspension). I don’t think Green lost much fantasy appeal, but he will probably cool off while he learns to play with his new team. The Clips crushed the Kawhi-less Spurs last night behind a big game from Chris Paul, and a little help from Paul Pierce, DeAndre Jordan, J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford. They also plan to sign Alex Stephenson soon. He leads the D-League in rebounding.
LA Lakers – The Lakers didn’t make a move and are healthy with Larry Nance expected back on Friday. Julius Randle’s the man now, but Nance could slow his roll slightly upon returning. The Lakers tried to move Roy Hibbert but are not expected to buy him out, despite his struggles.
Memphis – The Grizzlies lost Jeff Green, which should give both Zach Randolph and Matt Barnes a boost (I think Barnes will start), while Tony Allen gets a boost with Courtney Lee now in Charlotte. They also added Lance Stephenson, who should help fill the void left by Lee and Green, but still shouldn’t make much of a fantasy dent. Center Brandan Wright (knee) is due back on Friday, should fill in for Marc Gasol (foot) and is a very hot fantasy pickup right now. I know we mentioned Mario Chalmers in the trade blurb when Lee was moved, but I think he's still Conley's back up and that Allen is the main beneficiary in Lee's absence.
Miami – The Heat sent G Brian Roberts to the Blazers and now have a couple open roster spots. Chris Bosh remains the story in Miami and we’re still waiting to hear if or when he’ll play again this season. Hassan Whiteside, along with Bosh, will sit out on Friday due to a suspension, which should mean plenty of Amare Stoudemire, Udonis Haslem and Justise Winslow against the Hawks tonight.
Milwaukee – The Bucks didn’t make any moves so you can expect O.J. Mayo to continue to start at PG. Jerryd Bayless is dealing with a knee injury and will have an MRI, which should mean good news for Michael Carter-Williams, who somehow is still a Buck.
Minnesota – Ricky Rubio’s name was all over Twitter yesterday but the Wolves stood pat. Kevin Martin (questionable) and Nikola Pekovic (doubtful) remain iffy for going forward, along with Kevin Garnett (leg) and Nemanja Bjelica (foot).
New Orleans – The Pelicans pulled off the first trade of the day by acquiring Jarnell Stokes from the Heat (woo hoo!). They’ll have to cut a player in order to sign Bryce Dejean-Jones and Stokes is a possible candidate. BDJ should be signed soon and should split time with Eric Gordon (finger) at shooting guard, once Gordon is back in the next couple weeks. Ryan Anderson was on the block but stayed in New Orleans.
New York – The Knicks had hoped to move PG Jose Calderon but didn’t get it done and I think Langston Galloway should be held as Calderon continues to stumble. Carmelo Anthony wants to finish out the season, but I’m worried that he may start sitting once the playoffs are finally out of reach.
Oklahoma City – The Thunder added SG Randy Foye from the Nuggets and he could easily start for them. But just like in Charlotte, there are a lot of mouths to feed there with Dion Waiters, Andre Roberson (knee) and Anthony Morrow, so I doubt Foye blows up. He looks like nothing more than a stash, but if he plays well, he could get a lot more minutes than Waiters and become valuable at some point.
Orlando – The Magic added G Brandon Jennings and F Ersan Ilyasova on Tuesday and tried to move G Shabazz Napier on Thursday, to no avail. With Tobias Harris now in Detroit, Aaron Gordon should be fully cleared for takeoff, while Evan Fournier looks like the starting SF from here on in.
Philadelphia – The Sixers were quiet on Thursday but did pick up C Joel Anthony via the Pistons (no value). Nik Stauskas might be the Sixers’ starting shooting guard the rest of the way, making him worth a look, while Jerami Grant is an interesting player to use any time Nerlens Noel is out. Noel missed his last game and All-Star Weekend with a sore knee, but sounds like he’s good to go tonight vs. the Pelicans.
Phoenix – Ding, dong the wicked Markieff Morris is a Wizard! The Suns got Kris Humphries, DeJuan Blair and a protected first-round pick for the disgruntled twin. Markieff’s going to be mad when he finds out Marcus still plays for the Pistons. Both Mirza Teletovic and Jon Leuer are going to benefit from the loss of Markieff, and I like Teletovic a little more right now. Brandon Knight wasn’t traded, but still isn’t ready to practice leaving Archie Goodwin and Devin Booker safe in the short term. I’m still not convinced Knight will ruin Goodwin, but it’s possible. And if starting SF P.J. Tucker is still available in your league, you should probably pick him up. Forget about Humps and Blair for now.
Portland – The Blazers picked up PG Brian Roberts from the Heat and he’ll likely back up Damian Lillard, and they cut Anderson Varejao, who they acquired in the Channing Frye deal. It was an otherwise quiet day in Portland. Moe Harkless is an interesting player to watch right now after starting at PF last week, while Meyers Leonard could get hot off the bench at any time.
Sacramento – Ben McLemore, surprisingly, wasn’t moved and the Kings stayed put on Thursday. B-Mac is probable tonight with a wrist injury and Marco Belinelli and Omri Casspi are both questionable with dental work issues. The Kings tried their hardest to get Pau Gasol for B-Mac and Kosta Koufos, but couldn’t get the Bulls to bite.
San Antonio – Kawhi Leonard missed Thursday’s game with a calf injury and it wasn’t announced until after 9:30 p.m., sticking many of us with him in our lineups. He also doesn’t sound likely to play on Friday against the Lakers, so skip him in DFS. The Spurs were quiet on Thursday and looked sluggish without their superstar in a blowout loss to the Clippers. They should have better luck on Friday. Tim Duncan was terrible last night and Danny Green hit just 2-of-9 shots for four points. I still don’t miss him, even though he’s been playing much better lately, especially with Manu Ginobili out another month after his testicular injury.
Toronto – The Raptors tried hard to trade Patrick Patterson and a pick for a power forward, but couldn’t get a deal done. They would have been scary good had they landed a player like Kenneth Faried or Thaddeus Young. DeMarre Carroll (knee) and James Johnson (ankle) are still out, so Terrence Ross should continue to see heavy minutes for the Raptors.
Utah – The Jazz fell to the Wizards on Thursday night but still got decent lines from Derrick Favors, Gordon Hayward, Rudy Gobert (double-double) and Rodney Hood. The Jazz acquired Hawks’ third-string point guard Shelvin Mack on Thursday, and Mack might be worth a deep-league stash in case he overtakes Raul Neto, who hit 1-of-5 shots for two points last night. Trey Burke is still with the Jazz, but they tried hard to swap him for Houston’s Ty Lawson yesterday. Burke hit 1-of-8 shots for two points in the loss.
Washington – The Wizards added Markieff Morris, sending Kris Humphries and DeJuan Blair to the Suns. Morris should start over Nene before too long and should be held in all fantasy leagues. Marcin Gortat and John Wall double-doubled in the win and Bradley Beal had 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting in 24 minutes. He’s either going to see limited minutes off the bench this week, or sit out an upcoming game, so be wary of him in DFS.