Fantasy Basketball: Trade Deadline Ramifications

The NBA's trade deadline isn't usually exciting, but it looked like this year would go down as one of the most boring in recent memory until a last-minute trade involving Evan Turner and Danny Granger woke everyone up. We'll take a closer look at the five most important deadline deals and how they'll effect your fantasy team going forward.

Fantasy Basketball: Trade Deadline Ramifications


Pacers trade Danny Granger to 76ers forEvan Turner and Lavoy Allen

Evan Turner was in the midst of a break-out year (of sorts) in Philadelphia, but he's been shipped to Indiana where he will have a much smaller role. As a 76er, Turner was seeing over 30 minutes per game, but as a Pacer he might have to settle for around 20 minutes per contest. If his minutes are indeed slashed, Turner would lose most his fantasy value and become a fringe-roster type of player. Granger's contract could very well be bought out, so we won't get a better gauge on his fantasy value until he signs with a new team.

Nets trade Jason Terry, Reggie Evans to Kings for Marcus Thornton

The Nets have had issues at the shooting guard spot all season and opted to address it by acquiring Marcus Thornton at the trade deadline. Shaun Livingston is currently starting for the Nets at shooting guard, but Thornton will have plenty of opportunities for minutes. I wouldn't be shocked if Thornton ended up being the Nets new starting shooting guard, which would place him squarely on the fantasy radar. Evans and Terry weren't fantasy relevant in Brooklyn, so don't expect them to suddenly have value on their new team.

Clippers trade Byron Mullens to 76ers for 2nd round pick

The Clippers didn't value Mullens' services too highly, but it seems as if he's legitimately important to the Sixers' future plans. Philadelphia's General Manger, Sam Hinkie, is reportedly a fan of Mullens, which makes sense considering his skill-set. Mullens is a stretch 4 who can bang threes from anywhere on the court, and he'll fit in well in Spencer Hawes' old role. Hawes was averaging 13 points and 8.5 rebounds per game as a 76er, numbers that Mullens should be able to approach if he wins the starting job.

Lakers trade Steve Blake to Warriors for Kent Bazemore and Marshon Brooks

While the Warriors are probably thrilled to add Steve Blake to their bench, his fantasy owners are far less enthusiastic. Blake was holding down a steady starting gig with the Lakers, and was rewarding his owners with some fantastic assist numbers. Blake was averaging 9 points, 7 assists and two three-pointers per game as a member of the Lakers, but he won't even come close to those numbers as a reserve for the Warriors. 

76ers trade Spencer Hawes to Cavaliers for Earl Clark and Henry Sims

The 76ers are going nowhere, so it's no surprise at all that they were one of the most active team's at the trade deadline. The team simply has no incentive to win, so moving guys like Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes for peanuts makes perfect sense as they angle for the best possible draft pick. Unfortunately, the Sixers' tanking efforts are going to derail what has been a great season from Hawes.

The 6th-year veteran currently ranks fifth among fantasy centers in ESPN standard leagues, and has enjoyed the best season of his career. Hawes' numbers won't plummet in Cleveland, but they certainly won't be as high as they were in Philadelphia. It's not time to drop him from your fantasy squad, but pay attention to his minutes and shot attempts as he transitions to a new, more complete team.

Max Yavel

Max Yavel

Max Yavel is a freelance sports journalist based in Gainesville, Florida. In addition to being entirely too enthused about fantasy football, he enjoys wearing shorts during winter, popping his polo collar and being a player but not crushing a lot.