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Trade Deadline Stashes

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Hello and welcome back to the NBA Roundtable! With the trade deadline exactly two weeks away on Feb. 8, I thought it would be a good idea for the Rotoworld hoops crew to discuss some high-upside players to stash with the deadline in mind. Tommy Beer will start things off for this week…



Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer)


* Willy Hernangomez:

The Knicks want to move at least one of their four centers, and the most likely candidates to get traded are Kyle O’Quinn and Hernangomez. If he either Willy or O’Quinn gets dealt, Hernangomez will benefit. If he gets traded to a new team, he’ll see far more playing time than he has at the end of the Knicks bench. And if O’Quinn gets moved, then Willy will inherit the backup center spot for the Knicks. 


* Deyonta Davis

It’s unlikely that the Grizzlies will pull the trigger on a Marc Gasol deal, but if they do, Davis stands to be a big beneficiary. He’d probably have to split minutes with Brandan Wright (assuming Wright can get/stay healthy), but Davis has shown he can post solid numbers when given an opportunity. 


* Frank Mason:

Mason is currently sidelined due to a foot injury but should be back around the All-Star break. Assuming George Hill gets dealt, there will be minutes available in the Kings backcourt. Mason exceeded expectations over the first few months of his rookie season, averaging 14.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 5.6 assists per-36 minutes.  


* Montrezl Harrell

Over the last two weeks, Harrell has shown what type of numbers he can post with DeAndre Jordan out of the picture. Harrell is averaging 15.5 points (on 62.8 percent shooting) and 6.1 rebounds over the Clippers last eight games. If the Clippers trade Jordan, and don’t bring a center back in the deal, Harrell will have an opportunity to continue feasting in the second half of the season. 


* Bobby Portis

If Bobby’s buddy Nikola Mirotic is moved, Portis should soak up plenty of additional minutes. Portis has been a bit inconsistent this season but is still averaging career-highs in points, rebounds and assists.


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Jonas Nader (@JonasNader)


I love the Willy Hernangomez pick, Tommy. For whatever reason, Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek isn’t his biggest fan, but you can’t argue with his production when he does play. The Knicks would love to move Kyle O’Quinn or Joakim Noah, and now that they are sliding in the standings it’s time to see what the Spaniard can do in extended minutes. After the All-Star break last season, he put up 11.5 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 0.8 steals with good percentages in 24.2 minutes. ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED! 


Greg Monroe- The Suns will be shopping Monroe and Tyson Chandler pretty aggressively at the deadline, but even if they fail to move Monroe, the good news is that he will likely be bought out. Despite rarely playing over the past month, the Suns dusted him off for their last two games with Chandler resting and Alex Len (ankle) banged up and Monroe responded in a big way, averaging 17.5 points, 12.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.5 blocks and 1.5 steals in that span. He might be a traffic cone on defense, but Monroe would be a really nice addition to a playoff-bound team and he would give any offense a boost, especially since the pace of the game slows down in the postseason. 


Deyonta Davis- I’m also on the Davis bandwagon. Blocks is the most valuable category in fantasy basketball in my opinion and that’s what Davis is all about. Marc Gasol already has one foot out the door based on some of his comments this season, and I’m not worried at all about Brandan Wright being a threat. With 9.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per 36 minutes, I could definitely see myself stashing him if we get wind of a Gasol trade. 


Nerlens Noel- We’ve already seen Noel linked to a trade with the Lakers, and after calling him their “Tyson Chandler starter kit” last season, the Mavericks seem to be done with Noel and he's apparently done with them -- you don't eat a hot dog at halftime if you think you're going to have your name called. He has career per-36 minute averages of 13.0 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.1 steals and 2.0 blocks, so he’ll be a regular on my fantasy rosters over the next couple weeks with the deadline looming. 


Bam Adebayo- This one is a bit of a long-shot. Hassan Whiteside has been benched in the fourth quarter several times this season, but even though he’s playing well when he is on the court, moving that contract would be extremely difficult for the Heat. If they do decide to move on, Adebayo has the potential to be a fantasy stud and he has shown an ability to play both frontcourt positions well with his improving shooting range.



Jared Johnson (@JaredJ831)


Greg Monroe -- He's going to get bought out or traded and he's shown that he's incredibly capable of producing top-tier value when given the minutes. Might as well pick him up now to see if he can find his way into a more favorable situation after the deadline.


Nerlens Noel -- Gotta love those per-36 numbers Jonas pointed out. He just needs to get minutes, and it would make sense for Dallas to try and flip him considering there's essentially no way he'll be re-upping with them this summer in order to watch more games from the bench.


Bobby Portis -- As long as the Bulls don't bring back another big upon trading Nikola Mirotic, Portis should be able to see his minutes at around 25 a night in Chicago. He's got double-double potential with some triples when he's earning meaningful minutes, so he's certainly worth stashing.


De'Aaron Fox -- It sounds like George Hill already has one foot out the door, so Fox shouldn't have much trouble earning minutes in the mid-30s to close out the year. As with most rookies, turnovers and up-and-down shooting percentages will weigh down his value a bit, and he's not all that consistent with the defensive stats, but Fox should be able to do enough with the points, dimes and triples to warrant ownership in most leagues.



Ryan Knaus (@Knaus_RW)


I'm very optimistic about Bobby Portis' role once the Bulls inevitably trade Nikola Mirotic and/or Robin Lopez, and there's already a surge of fantasy interest in stashing Willy Hernangomez -- if you want to own him after the deadline, you can't wait much longer. I'll mix it up with some new names:


Malik Monk (and Jeremy Lamb) - The Hornets have a bloated payroll and a 19-27 record, leaving them No. 11 in the East and 5.0 games out of the playoff picture. Even if Kemba Walker ultimately stays put, they should be motivated to unload some of their bigger contracts -- that includes Nicolas Batum, Marvin Williams and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, all of whom are owed substantially more than Kemba. Lamb is owned in 49% of Yahoo leagues, which is obviously way too low. The rookie Monk is shooting 34.3% this season and has a ton to prove, but he'll get a lot of burn late in the season if Charlotte blows up the team.


Cristiano Felicio - Deep League Alert. The 25-year-old big man is absurdly foul-prone and nothing guarantees his role this season, but if Chicago does unload Nikola Mirotic or Robin Lopez without getting back a center, they'll be thin in the middle. “Cris obviously played early for us, and he struggled,’’ coach Fred Hoiberg said in early January, explaining why Felicio was sent to the G League. “Now it’s about continuing to keep his timing and stay in shape as much as he can ... It’s about when he does get his opportunity, taking advantage of it, which there will be time for Cris this year. There’s no doubt about it." The last part of that quote is the key.


Alex Len - With 18% ownership in Yahoo leagues, far fewer people have faith in him than Greg Monroe (46% owned). He sat out Wednesday's game with an ankle injury and has been maddeningly inconsistent as a result of the Suns' logjam at center, but that's likely to clear in the next few weeks. Greg Monroe is a glaring trade option and Tyson Chandler will be shut down soon enough. 



Mike Gallagher (@MikeSGallagher)


Some good guys above. I’ll add some deeper stashes.


Khem Birch - The Magic are bad and all bets are off on who they decide to keep. Birch has shown he has some upside with his play this month, averaging 1.2 blocks per game in just 12.3 minutes. Mario Hezonja could also be an interesting stash if Evan Fournier is dealt.


Alan Williams- Hey, the Suns are probably going to be shopping their veteran bigs and don’t forget about what Big Sauce did last year. After the break last year, he averaged 11.4 points, 9.1 boards, 0.8 block and 0.8 steals in 22.6 minutes per game. If you have an empty IR spot in a deep league, he could be a no-cost stash.


Seth Curry - Hey, we don’t know if he’s even going to play, but the Mavs could deal Wesley Matthews for a first-round pick. Dennis Smith Jr. also talked about how he thought he and Curry would be a good fit together, so maybe we actually see it this season.

Steve Alexander (@Docktora)


Dejounte Murray - If you didn't grab him on Tuesday night, it's probably too late. But as I told my buddy Brian on Wednesday, I'd rather own him than D'Angelo Russell. And that makes me sad. 


Skal Labissiere - He's showing signs and the Kings have thrown in the towel and will play the kids. Atlanta, please take notice. 


John Collins - I've been beating the drum on him all year, saying that the Hawks eventually have to let him play, and I'm sticking with it. 


Frank Ntilikina - The disappointment just keeps coming, but once the Knicks playoff dreams are finally crushed for good, Ntilikina has to be given the keys, right?


Yogi Ferrell - I'm starting to think we may never see Seth Curry again and the other guys, outside of my man DSJ, are getting up there in years. 


Marquese Chriss - His injury has ruined him and he's been dropped everywhere. And it doesn't help that we don't even really know what's wrong with him. But IF he ever comes back and can get healthy, he'll go right back to becoming a hot pickup again 


Jordan Bell - Once the Warriors clinch everything they can, guys like Durant and Draymond might start sitting regularly, and then it's time to cue Bell. 


Kobi Simmons - The Grizzlies are a sinking ship, yet they still try to compete like they're going to be a good playoff team. At some point the reality will sink in that it's all over and Simmons will be set free. Mike Gallagher's been waiting for it all year and I'm going to take his word for it and jump on the 'free Kobi' bandwagon.

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