Scrolling back through my live blog from today, here are some things we learned:
*D’Angelo Russell (Minnesota) and Andrew Wiggins (Golden State) are moving sideways — both geographically, and in terms of their fantasy values — with at least a chance to trend up in their new homes;
*Andre Drummond was staying put as of mid-morning, then for unknown reasons went to the worst team in the Eastern Conference (the Cavs). Cleveland got him for next to nothing, so I expect Drummond — who’s playing for a contract — to try to put up some monster numbers down the stretch. Meanwhile, per-36-minute monster Christian Wood could be set to take flight, and Tristan Thompson (who is still in Cleveland) is a drop candidate with the arrival of Drummond.
*The Heat-Grizzlies trade — check that, the Heat-Grizzlies-Timberwolves trade — includes a bunch of not-that-interesting players, but could mean good news for De’Anthony Melton, a guy I’d be looking to add wherever available just in case Memphis does indeed up his minutes. I was optimistic about what this trade meant for Brandon Clarke, until Gorgui Dieng went to Memphis. Now I’m not so sure. And by that I mean angry.
*Marcus Morris is headed from New York to the L.A. Clippers, and his career-best numbers are inevitably going to take a significant hit. Personally, I’m okay with dropping Morris if you can find an intriguing free agent on your wire. There’s no way he can get close to the same volume in L.A., and I think his stats from Boston last year (13.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 0.6 spg, 1.9 3s, top-120 in 9-category leagues) are probably his new ceiling, with the distinct possibility that he ends up lower than that. This is one of those cases of a really good real-life move that's just a complete gut punch in fantasy.
*In the same deal, Moe Harkless (per-36 minutes: 1.5 spg, 0.9 bpg, 0.9 3s) is headed to the Knicks, and should be on watch lists at the very least.
*With Isaiah Thomas going to the Clippers as well, Ish Smith becomes the starting PG in Washington, and his new backup Shabazz Napier remains just one spot away from a pretty stout role. As for Ish, when Thomas missed five games back in early December, Smith averaged 15.0 ppg, 5.8 apg, 0.8 spg and 1.6 3s, so there's at least a little bit of intrigue here. Also, when I said "Isaiah Thomas going to the Clippers", I meant "The Clippers will not be keeping" him (per David Aldridge).
IS IT OVER?
My Twitter timeline is currently filled with beat reporters saying Team X is done. No more moves before deadline, so it's starting to feel like there isn't going to be any late news flying across the wire. That won't stop me from checking Twitter for the next two hours straight, so if anything interesting happens, I'll post it here...
ISAIAH TO CLIPS, Ish Smith RISING
Woj reports that this Clippers-Knicks deal is now a three-teamer, with Isaiah Thomas also headed to L.A. This means Shabazz Napier, ruthlessly written off by me some 22 minutes ago, is now back on the radar — at least on the fringes of it — in Washington. However, Ish Smith is still slated to start ahead of him, with David Aldridge tweeting that Napier will be the "primary backup", so for now I'd prioritize Ish.
We are now past the 3pm ET deadline, but could still get some news of trades coming in...
James Ennis STEALS THE DEADLINE
LESS THAN 10 MINUTES TO GO
The 3pm ET deadline approacheth quickly. Is there one more monster that's about to drop? This is where someone, somewhere is reminding us that there could be some trades that come in after the 3pm deadline, which is important to remember. Also, my phone just started going off with a bunch of alerts, so I need to go see if a trade just happened while I was writing this...
Another one —> from Candace Buckner of the Washington Post:
Wizards get: Shabazz Napier
Nuggets get: Jordan McRae
These are two players who could have intriguing value in the right situation, but are not currently in the right situation. I'm leaving both on the waiver wire for now.
You thought the Miami-Memphis trade was complete? It's never complete. Woj reports that Minnesota has just jumped into this thing, with Gorgui Dieng now headed to Memphis for James Johnson. I'm not sure this is wonderful news for the aforementioned Brandon Clarke, as Dieng is way more likely to earn minutes than Johnson. Now I'm getting angry. Need another trade to make me forget that this happened.
NOW THIS IS HAPPENING: Andre Drummond TO CLE
Cavs get: Andre Drummond
First of all — Christian Wood. His per-36-minute numbers currently sit at 21.0 ppg, 10.7 rpg, 0.9 spg, 1.7 bpg and 1.3 3s, and he has a chance to be a runaway winner of this deadline assuming Dwane Casey cooperates with his playing time.
Meanwhile, you have to think that this is going to lead to another move from the Cavs when it comes to Kevin Love or Tristan Thompson. And Drummond probably makes a lateral move here, and maybe even gets a slight upgrade as Cleveland is going to want to give him as much run as possible while both sides try to evaluate whether it's a fit moving forward.
SHAMS: Marcus Morris HEADED TO L.A. (CLIPS)
Morris takes a hit here with the move to L.A., but he could potentially salvage something in the ballpark of what he did with the Celtics last season, when he averaged 13.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 0.6 spg and 1.9 3s and was a top-120 player in 9-category leagues. Even that though is probably a bit optimistic, given the Clippers' depth. Ultimately, I hate to say it, but I think Morris is potentially droppable if there are good free agents on your fantasy league's waiver wire.
Meanwhile, I wouldn't sprint to add Harkless everywhere, but in a deeper league he's certainly worth a gander for the reasons I outlined somewhere below (steals, blocks, 3s).
If you were holding out hope that the Knicks might get Kyle Kuzma from the Lakers for Marcus Morris, it's not happening, according to Shams Charania. At the moment it's sounding more like the Clippers are going to be the L.A. team to land Morris and his 43.9 percent 3-point shooting.
56 minutes to go... and it's almost eerily quiet...
CLIPPERS TRYING TO LAND Marcus Morris
This would obviously completely maul Morris' fantasy value, but it would be intriguing to see Harkless (still just 26 years old) get a chance to be more of a focal point on a horrendous team. His per-36-minute numbers this year haven't been much in terms of points (8.7) or boards (6.3), but it does include a very Harkless-esque 1.5 spg, 0.9 bpg and 0.9 3s.
YOU WANT MADNESS?? Here it is: The Blazers have traded Skal Labissiere to the Hawks.
Let's just let that sink in for a second.
Okay, I've settled myself. The reality is, Labissiere is still young and in theory a prospect (23 years old), but he's been out with a knee injury and shouldn't get many chances in a Hawks front court that now includes John Collins, Clint Capela and Dewayne Dedmon. Carry on.
Speaking of the Rockets, the aforementioned Jonathan Feigen just tweeted that they are "still on the clock with roster spots open." Time to drill a double espresso to fuel myself for the stretch run that is this day (aka the next 90 minutes). I'm expecting madness. Nothing more, nothing less.
Here's a smaller one (also via Woj):
Rockets get: Bruno Caboclo
Grizzlies get: Jordan Bell
I'll admit, I'm at least a little bit intrigued by the possibility of Caboclo (currently sidelined with a knee injury, but practicing) joining Mike D'Antoni's system. Over the final couple weeks of last season, he had a nine-game stretch of 14.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.3 apg, 0.6 spg, 1.4 bpg and 2.6 3s. Could Houston have plans to try out Caboclo as a small-ball center once he's healthy? I think it's fair to say that crazier things have happened, given that it's the Rockets.
With that said, I haven't felt compelled to run and add Caboclo in any of my leagues, but it's fun to see his name at least getting closer to being back on the radar.
D'ANGELO TO MINNESOTA, WIGGINS TO WARRIORS
And... deadline day is officially underway. Woj reports:
As far as the fantasy fallout is concerned, I'm not sure there's a ton of impact here for Russell and Wiggins. They are both primary scorers going from one horrible team to the other. If anything, Wiggins could get a slight lift from a change of scenery, while Russell and the previously angry Karl-Anthony Towns could both get a lift from this as well (especially in terms of dodging shutdowns) as Minnesota tries to evaluate how their new-look roster fits together.
Meanwhile, with Spellman gone, it certainly looks like Marquese Chriss is going to get every opportunity to thrive down the stretch. Knowing what we know about Chriss, that doesn't mean that he will, but I'd certainly be looking to add him. He's 18 percent rostered in Yahoo leagues, and has put up 11.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 0.8 spg and 2.0 bpg in his last six games — all starts.
The Hawks have traded for (and will waive) Derrick Walton Jr., acquired from the Clippers. Meanwhile, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that ATL "may not be done" making moves. We have two hours to go until the 3pm deadline and for what it's worth, it was around this time of day last year that things got a lot more hectic.
COULD THE ROCKETS (OR SOMEONE ELSE) LAND Christian Wood?
According to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, the Rockets have "made inquiries" about Christian Wood. He would be a wildly exciting fit as a small-ball center in Houston if this were to go down. However, Feigen adds that he's "Not sure that one can come together", which I wish I hadn't read. With Andre Drummond likely to stay in Detroit, we'll continue to hope up to the 3pm deadline that someone lands Wood and gives him a more consistent opportunity.
Full details of the Miami-Memphis trade, per Woj:
Given that it's still unclear when Winslow will return from his back injury, I'm just as intrigued as I was about De'Anthony Melton and Brandon Clarke in the last update I wrote. Maybe the Grizzlies will end up giving minutes to Waiters and Johnson — after all, they were giving minutes to Hill — but until I see otherwise, I'd take a chance on Melton and see what his playing time looks like in the near future.
Crowder Headed to Miami; Is it Melton Time?
It's being reported that Dion Waiters is headed to Memphis, and the arrival of Justise Winslow could complicate things as well, but you can tentatively label me intrigued as this pertains to De'Anthony Melton. Crowder has missed four games since the start of January. Melton has played in three of those, putting up 10.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 3.7 apg, 0.7 spg, 0.7 bpg and 0.7 3s. He's only 6 percent rostered in Yahoo leagues. Personally, I'm adding him anywhere I have an obviously open roster spot.
This could also open up more run for Brandon Clarke, so this is potentially fun news all around for those who have been waiting on Memphis to lean more on (the law firm of) Melton and Clarke.
Here's something to think about: Dewayne Dedmon. Really, I never actually stop thinking about Dewayne Dedmon, but here's what's currently on my mind: The Hawks, as you probably know, just reacquired the big man — not long after they landed Clint Capela.
Capela, it's been reported, could remain out "until after the All-Star break." Enter Dedmon, who would take over as the starting center in Capela's absence, and was a top-50 player in 9-category fantasy leagues last season behind 10.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.1 spg, 1.1 bpg and 1.3 3s. He's currently rostered in 34 percent of Yahoo leagues, but has likely been dropped in a bunch recently after missing a game last weekend with the flu, and landing in a long-term backup role in Atlanta. Go add him if you need a short-term center.
It's pretty quiet out there right now, so I thought I'd take a brief moment to look at the fallout from the deal that sent Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III to Philly for three second-round picks. For starters, I thought that Damion Lee (18 percent rostered in Yahoo leagues) was worth adding in fantasy leagues before this news, but that's even more the case now. Yes, Lee was bad on Wednesday, but the Warriors lost by 41 without Burks and Robinson, so we shouldn't put much stock in that box score. The more important point is that Lee is set up to play a ton the rest of the way, and had 18 and 19 points in his previous two games, respectively. Go add that man to your squad.
Beyond that, it's really bleak. I just spent 10 minutes trying to make a case for Jordan Poole or Jacob Evans, and I just can't see it. The best I can say is that in a super-deep league, I would at least have Poole on your radar. He had 16 points, four dimes, three steals and a 3-pointer on 6-of-14 shooting in that blowout loss, and can put up numbers if he fixes his shooting issues. A very major if which I will now ponder while eating a very early lunch. More to come soon.
DRUMMOND LIKELY STAYING PUT
It's been looking this way for a minute now, but Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports that "there's an increased likelihood" that Andre Drummond will stay in Detroit. The Pistons are currently four games out of the final playoff spot in the East, and it would certainly help if they stayed delusional about their playoff chances for a while longer. There's also the well-known fact that Drummond has a player option for next season, so he has plenty to gain by staying on the court and putting up stats. After putting up 31 points on Wednesday — his second-highest total of the season — he's at 20.6 ppg and 16.6 rpg in seven games since returning from his mouth injury.
Quick update from Minnesota: Karl-Anthony Towns — who is presumably going nowhere at this deadline — is angry. Like, Chris Farley hidden camera coffee crystals angry. Here are his choice words, from Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic:
"I've been losing for a long time. I'm not trying to do that s*%t anymore. So every possession means a lot. You obviously see my patience running low with a lot of things. There's no excuses. We gotta get it done."
I watched the Timberwolves game against the Hawks pretty much in its entirety on Wednesday night, and the ATL announcers were actively calling out Minnesota's effort.
As for KAT's fantasy outlook, in re-reading that quote he sounds more like a guy who wants to fight through it than shut things down, but with the Wolves having lost 13 in a row — and cratering toward Warriors-level doldrums at 15-35 — there is definitely some rising shutdown risk here. However, if you can't get something in the range of a legit top-10 fantasy player back for him though, I still wouldn't panic yet.
One guy who is apparently going nowhere today is Bogdan Bogdanovic, who according to James Ham will stay in SAC past the deadline. Bogdanovic has been starting lately, and putting up decent numbers (15.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 0.5 spg and 2.7 3s on 50.8 percent shooting in his last six games — all starts), so this is should be a good development for his fantasy value, and for the Kings' plan to inexplicably bring franchise cornerstone Buddy Hield off the bench.
Some bombshell news from this morning: The Hawks have waived Nene.
Maybe more importantly, with the possibility of Danilo Gallinari getting traded to Miami, I've been thinking about what that means for the OKC rotation. One name to keep in mind is Darius Bazley. In the two games that Gallinari missed in January, Bazley averaged 12.0 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 1.0 bpg and 0.5 3s in 30 minutes a game. On a per-36-minute basis this season, he's at 9.4 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 0.8 spg, 1.4 bpg and 1.2 3s, so there may be something here — at least in deeper leagues. And yes, I'm filling time right now.
Speaking of which, if you want to hit the wayback machine for a minute, here is last year's live blog, starring Nik Stauskas.
DEADLINE DAY (or if you prefer, Dedmon Day)
Hello and welcome to the 2020 Rotoworld NBA Trade Deadline Live Blog, where I’ll be posting updates and analysis up to and beyond 3pm ET, at which point we can all take a deep breath and survey the rubble.
I’m mildly concerned that this is going to be a case where the preview is way better than the movie itself, which is to say that it’s going to be hard to top the four-team, 12-player deal that netted the Hawks Clint Capela and the Rockets Robert Covington. Or of course the Hawks-Kings blockbuster involving Dewayne Dedmon, Jabari Parker, Alex Len and a couple of second-round picks.
Nevertheless, I’ll be here all day to frantically update everything that does and doesn’t happen. Thanks to our "RotoRefresh" Live Blog technology — all you have to do is periodically hit “CTRL + R” on your internet browser — you can follow along here all day, and of course on our player news page.
I’m looking forward to a great day. Or an average one. Either way, I’ll be here.