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2020 Fantasy Basketball Transaction Tracker

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With the NBA season no less than two weeks away we are tracking all of the big offseason trades and signings. The 2020 Fantasy Basketball Transaction Tracker is the best spot to know how players in new and sometimes old places will affect your Fantasy team.

Below I discuss in detail the biggest trades and how they impact the player and the team around them.

We will also look at the fantasy implications of big Free Agent signings.

If you want to check out our full rankings of each player go check it out to know exactly where your sleepers rank.

2020 Fantasy Basketball Transaction Tracker

Trades

Chris Paul traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Phoenix Suns

Future Hall of Famer and one of, if not, the best true point guards in the game heads to the Valley of the Sun. Ricky Rubio, Kelly Oubre, and 2022 first round pick were sent to OKC in return.

Last year the Suns were tied for eighth in points per possession. Expect that number to climb the rankings with Paul running the show.

Devin Booker was already playing at an All-Star level last year and now will be on the receiving end of passes from CP3.

I expect to see a huge rise in production from Deandre Ayton. Most centers take a huge leap between their second and their third years in the Association. Expect Ayton to play plenty of pick and roll with both Booker and Paul.

Russell Westbrook traded from the Houston Rockets to the Washington Wizards for John Wall

This is the trade that the whole world saw coming. Clearly, once Westbrook and Harden became ball-dominant superstars the glory days of the 2013 Oklahoma City Thunder were in the rearview mirror. (does this make Kevin Durant the glue guy?)

Westbrook and Bradley Beal are now arguably the most fearsome duo in the East. These two could work because Beal doesn’t need to dominte the ball to be effective.

Sleeper Alert – If you are looking for a guy on this team to really see an uptick in points and rebounds, say hello to Rui Hachimura! (Update, Hachimura will miss the first three weeks of the season)

John Wall was one of the best fantasy basketball point guards…back in the 2016-17 season.  This was the last time Wall played a full year (about 78 games) and he averaged a double-double.

That was four years ago and he is now on a team where the cornerstone player wants out. If James Harden is traded for picks and young players, expect Wall to get a major fantasy boost. He will now be the best player on a not so good team. Oh, and DeMarcus Cousins is in town too, trying to revive his career as well!

Also, I think Rachel Nichols posted a great tweet explaining the Westbrook-Wall trade through interpretive dance, enjoy.

Seth Curry traded from the Dallas Mavericks to the Philadelphia 76ers

Let’s play a game, between Steph and Seth who ranks higher in NBA history for 3pt shooting percentage? If you guessed Steph you would be wrong!

Seth Curry only trails Steve Kerr in this category.

Why did Dallas trade away one of the best 3pt shooters ever? Well, here are three reasons why:

  • You suck at defense (18th ranked Defense)
  • A few other guys who can already shoot the three-ball (Luka and Kristaps)
  • You draft some good three-point shooters (Josh Green  and Tyrell Terry)

In exchange for Curry, the Mavs got a great perimeter defensive player in Josh Richardson.

Curry’s move to Philly could not be better for his fantasy value. He is now the teams go to 3pt shooter. This is a perfect situation for Curry because now he will be able to spread the floor for Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid to do their thing.

You also have one of the best coaches in the Association in Doc Rivers (who happens to be Curry’s Father in Law).

The internet stays undefeated…

Milwaukee Bucks acquire Jrue Holiday from the New Orleans Pelicans

Jrue Holiday is one of the best all-around point guards in the National Basketball Association. I said it, because it is true. He doesn’t get the same fanfare as Kyrie Irving or even Kemba Walker, but he is a stat sheet stuffer. Last year he averaged 19.1 points, 6.7 assists, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.8 steals.

Now he is on a team with an NBA Superstar in Giannis Antetokoumpo and a true shooter in Khris Middleton. Great players like Giannis, make the players around them better. Be honest with yourself, do you really think Middleton would be just as good on the Knicks?

Milwaukee had to trade Eric Bledsoe and George Hill (plus a handful of draft picks) to bring Holiday to town.

Steven Adams traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to New Orleans Pelicans

The Thunder continue to do their thing, flipping players and accruing assets. While this is a great move for the Pelicans to get a true big man to do all the dirty work, this might not bode well for Adams and his fantasy value.

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It will be very interesting to see how Adams and Zion Williamson share the paint on offense and who wins the rebound battle night in and night out.

Enes Kanter traded from the Boston Celtics to the Portland Trail Blazers

Signings

Giannis Antetokumpo signs the richest contract in NBA history (5 Yr/ $228 Million)

Not much to see here. Only the biggest contract ever for a player in NBA history and all I got to say is, he earned it.

He is the top player on my Fantasy Basketball Rankings.

Lebron James re-signs with the Los Angeles Lakers (2YR/$85Million)

This came as no surprise that LBJ re-signed with the Lakers. The interesting tidbit about this deal was that it was only for two years. Many people may question the reasoning of why the greatest player (and in my opinion athlete) on the planet would only sign a two-year deal. Well, I got two words for you on why he did it, his son.

That’s right, can you imagine LBJ and Bronny on the same team? It would be epic for casual and die-hard fans.

With LBJ and Anthony Davis (more on that below) two of the top 10 Fantasy players, the Lakers should continue to dominate in the West.

Anthony Davis signs Super Max deal with Los Angeles Lakers (5YR/$127 Million)

What is Batman without his Robin? What is Peanut Butter without Jelly? Who is Harry without Sally?

It’s the same with Anthony Davis and LeBron James. They compliment each other in so many ways that it is the best duo in the NBA and will arguably go down as one of the best duos of all time.

Davis’ Fantasy upside stays strong as he will be an everything power forward and should be taken within the first three picks of Fantasy Basketball drafts.

Paul George signs Super Max deal with Los Angeles Clippers (4YR/$190 Million)

Paul George signing an extension with the Clippers was a good move for both sides. It ensures that a true superstar will be on the Clippers for the foreseeable future and is also entices Kawhi Leonard to not jump ship after the disappointment that was Playoff P in the Bubble.

I couldn’t have said it better myself. However, I believe that getting out of the bubble and signing the max extension will put George’s mind at ease. He has the potential to be a steal in Fantasy drafts this season, at the backend of the second round.

Brandon Ingram signs with New Orleans Pelicans (5YR/$158 Million)

Ingram, who was the centerpiece in the Anthony Davis trade, has found a home in New Orleans. Last year he was rewarded as the Most Improved Player. This is a great launching point for many stars to take the next step to super-stardom.

With Jrue Holiday now in Philly, Ingram is the clear cut leader and best player on this team. Yes, including Zion.

Last year Brandon averaged career highs in points, assists and rebounds. This year I expect those numbers to continue to improve which should keep him as a top 40 Fantasy player all season long.

Gordon Hayward signs with the Charlotte Hornets (4YR/ $120 Million)

Wow, this came as a surprise to almost everyone. After going back and forth and even extending the deadline with the Celtics to make a decision, Hayward declined his player option (which everyone thought he should have accepted) and signed with Charlotte.

If Hayward had exercised his player option he would have made $34.2 million to stay with the Celtics for 20′-21′ season.

Even though this is less money year over year Hayward is the true winner because he has regressed significantly over the last two or three years (some to no fault of his own).

I guess it is assumed Hayward is the top scoring option, with LaMelo Ball running the offense. The Hornets drafted Ball with the 3rd overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. Terry Rozier will lead the second unit.

Fred VanVleet signs the highest contract ever with Toronto/Tampa Bay Raptors for an undrafted player ( 4YR/$85 Million)

VanVleet has exceeded expectations in Toronto (for this season, Tampa Bay) and he was rewarded handsomely with an 85 million dollar contract.

The Raptors lack serious depth at the guard positions and VanVleet will continue to see plenty of minutes alongside Kyle Lowry.

His points, steals, assists, and rebounds were all career highs last year.

Montrezl Harrell signs with Los Angeles Lakers (2 YR/$19 Million)

In one of the most surprising moves of the offseason, Montrezl Harrell, the reigning six man of the year, leaves the Clippers to join the Lakers. I guess the saying is true “if you can’t beat em, join em!”

This is an interesting move for Harrell. Hopefully, he continues to come off the bench and doesn’t play too many minutes with both LeBron James and Anthony Davis on the floor. Leave those minutes to Marc Gasol!

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About Josh Mantel

Love to mix Fantasy Sports and Pop Culture together in a unique blend that will keep everyone who reads satisfied. Follow me on Twitter @MantelJosh

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