Now in Milwaukee, J.J. Redick should quickly become the Bucks' first guard off the bench.
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This year's trading deadline has come and gone and it was fairly busy with 12 trades, including a few notable ones. We take a look at the top 5 that have the most significant fantasy impact.
The Milwaukee Bucks acquired combo guard J.J. Redick, power forward / center Gustavo Ayon
, and point guard Ish Smith from the Orlando Magic for point guard Beno Udrih, forward Tobias Harris, and combo guard Doron Lamb.
FANTASY IMPACT: Redick should quickly become the Bucks' first guard off the bench and help the Bucks make the playoffs. His numbers shouldn't change too much (since he had a similar role in Orlando) but a small downgrade fantasy-wise is needed here, since he won't likely see as many shots playing with Ellis and Jennings. Ayon will have a hard time breaking into the stacked Bucks frontcourt (so should be a fantasy afterthought), but monitor Smith's role (as he takes some of the minutes left by Udrih and Lamb). For the Magic, Udrih should see a bump up in playing time (and is now a solid sleeper), while both Harris and Lamb have an uphill climb down the stretch for bigger roles.
The Houston Rockets acquired power forward Thomas Robinson, guard-forward Francisco Garcia, and guard-forward Tyler Honeycutt from the Sacramento Kings for power forward Patrick Patterson, center Cole Aldrich, and combo guard Toney Douglas.
FANTASY IMPACT: It will be interesting to see what the Rockets do at power forward the rest of this season, since Robinson didn't look quite ready to be a starter for the Kings (although Houston's top two power forwards--Patterson and Morris--are now gone). Carlos Delfino
started for Houston at the 4-spot in a 'small-ball' type of lineup this week, and it won't be surprising if the team sticks with him there the rest of the way while gradually working Robinson into bigger minutes. Garcia should become a regular Rockets backup at both shooting guard and small forward (so his value should stay about the same), while Honeycutt is probably still stuck with limited (if any) minutes. Meanwhile, Douglas leaving Houston probably ensures that guard Patrick Beverley
plays regularly off the bench. For the Kings, Patterson gets a fantasy downgrade since he's probably not a starter anymore (playing behind Jason Thompson
), and Douglas is in an equally tough new spot (since the Kings already have a glut of guards). Aldrich should play about as much in Sacto as he did in Houston, which is not very much.
The Boston Celtics acquired combo guard Jordan Crawford from the Washington Wizards for combo guard Leandro Barbosa and center Jason Collins.
FANTASY IMPACT: Crawford improves in fantasy value here, since he should at least get back to playing fairly regularly and should push the inconsistent Courtney Lee
for minutes backing up both guard spots for the celtics. Crawford's arrival may also let Lee play more small forward (since the team recently signed Terrence Williams
and Jason Terry
is still around). For the Wizards, this ensures big minutes for Beal down the stretch, and may give a little boost to Garrett Temple
. Collins' departure should mean more playing time for veteran big man Chris Wilcox
, but he isn't likely to be a fantasy factor for Washington.
The Dallas Mavericks acquired shooting guard / forward Anthony Morrow from the Atlanta Hawks for shooting guard / forward Dahntay Jones.
FANTASY IMPACT: Morrow has a chance to re-energize himself and his career in Dallas, presuming he can find a role quickly in the Mavericks' muddled rotation. If he does, expect some of Dallas' younger role players (such as Jae Crowder
) to see fewer minutes going forward. While Jones should bring leadership and depth to Atlanta's reserve unit, he won't likely produce much even if he sees more opportunities.
The Philadelphia 76ers acquired point guard Charles Jenkins from the Golden State Warriors for cash and a protected future second-round draft pick.
FANTASY IMPACT: Jenkins may take over as the Sixers' third guard if he can play up to his intriguing potential, meaning Ivey and perhaps Jeremy Pargo
will suffer fantasy-wise. The move obviously doesn't affect Golden State players much in fantasy formats, since Jenkins wasn't playing much at all for the Warriors.