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Fantasy Basketball 2018-19 NBA Trade Deadline Analysis

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The NBA trade deadline is now in the back of our memory, and Anthony Davis is still a New Orleans Pelican. A week ago it appeared to be a foregone conclusion that Davis would team up with LeBron in LA. Obviously, the Pelicans were not ready to give up their star, even though the Lakers offered their young stars, veterans, and multiple picks.

As it is every year, trades tend to have the ability to shake up fantasy production. Previously suppressed players may thrive in new environments, as we saw with Victor Oladipo last season. Others who were productive on their previous teams may fail to find their way in a new situation.

Although the ultimate Davis to LA blockbuster failed to become reality, there were still a number of significant trades that took place.

Here’s a look at the trades from this week that can shake up fantasy production:

Fantasy Basketball 2018-19 NBA Trade Deadline Analysis

Gasol Headed North

Raptors receive: Marc Gasol

Grizzlies receive: Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, CJ Miles, 2024 second round pick

Gasol, 34, is not the same all-star/DPOY he once was. Nevertheless, he still remains a productive and versatile upgrade to Valanciunas in Toronto. The Raptors appear to be going all-in on their championship contender status in the east.

But looking at a fantasy perspective, the biggest winner here is Jonas Valanciounas. The now-former Raptors center is now set to immediately replace Gasol’s minutes and production in Memphis. Although he has been out since December, Valanciounas has been one of the more productive big men in the league on a 36-minute basis.

 Sixers Grab Another Star

76ers receive: Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic, Mike Scott

Clippers receive: Landry Shamet, Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala (later traded to LA Lakers), 2020 first round pick, 2021 first round pick (via Miami), 2021 second round pick, 2023 second round pick

This is good news 76ers fans, but unfortunate for Tobias Harris owners. Harris was averaging a career-high 20.9 PPG on 60.5 percent shooting, making him a top 25 fantasy player. Sadly, this will not remain the case.

In a Sixers lineup featuring Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, and Jimmy Butler, Harris appears to be almost an afterthought. This is a great move on the 76ers part, but it will be nearly impossible for Harris to maintain his current production in this lineup.

Philly also traded the first pick from the 2017 NBA Draft, Markelle Fultz, to the Orlando Magic.

Kings Stock Up for Postseason Contention

Kings receive: Harrison Barnes

Mavericks receive: Zach Randolph, Justin Jackson

The Kings are showing they were serious about making the playoffs this season, as adding Barnes could be enough to get them there.

Harrison Barnes is now joining a young and talented core of De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, Marvin Bagley, and Bogdan Bogdanovic. Barnes is bound to go straight into the starting lineup and replace Nemanja Bjelica.

Currently averaging 17.7 PPG and 4.2 RPG this season, it will be interesting to see what production Barnes can have in a team full of talented youngsters. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Barnes have similar numbers as he had in Dallas.

Otto Porter Jr. Finally Out of D.C.

Bulls receive: Otto Porter

Wizards receive: Bobby Portis, Jabari Parker, 2023 second round pick

It appeared that Porter was going to remain in DC, but now he is headed off to the lowly Chicago Bulls. Porter, will be joining a young starting core of Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen, and Wendell Carter Jr.

Porter is poised to be the new starting small forward, and will surely play a major role on the team moving forward.  This is also a great opportunity for both Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis, moving into roles on an injury-tattered Washington Wizards squad. Despite his struggles this season, Parker has been impressive of late, shooting 60.9% over the past nine games. Now being on a team without John Wall or Otto Porter Jr., Parker will play a major role throughout the rest of the season.

The same goes for Bobby Portis, who will immediately have an important role in the rotation.

Bucks Add a 3-Point Shooter

Pelicans receive: Stanley Johnson, Jason Smith, future picks

Bucks receive: Nikola Mirotic

One of the Bucks offensive downfalls has been their lack of three-point shooters. With Mirotic, Milwaukee is getting one of the best in the league.

Though Mirotic is in a more crowded lineup than in New Orleans, with names like Giannis Antetokounmpo, Eric Bledsoe, and Khris Middleton, his fantasy production should remain steady. Mirotic owners should keep an eye on his production initially, but the Bucks will likely use him to his strengths.


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