Posted on: June 27, 2008 10:52 am
Edited on: June 27, 2008 10:54 am

While you (I) were (was) sleeping...

Woke up this morning to find out that the Grizzlies and Timberwolves pulled off a blockbuster.

As you probably already know, the deal went as follows:

Memphis gets:

Minnesota gets:

From a purely Fantasy hoops perspective, this deal is great for a few players:

O.J. Mayo: He'll start right away in Memphis (not that he wouldn't have in Minnesota) and will play off the ball with Mike Conley running the point, which will allow him to be more of a scorer at the NBA level. As a rookie, he should average 13-15 points.

Al Jefferson:
He gets a running mate in Love that will eventually allow him to move back to his more natural power forward role. Love can hold his own in the paint offensively, which will limit the amount of double teams Jefferson will have to face. Look at what Amare Stoudemire was able to do after he moved back to power forward last season.

Darko Milicic:
Having Love around in Memphis was going to cost him his starting job. Not only did he shake Love in this deal, but he also doesn't have to deal with defensive specialist Jason Collins taking his minutes anymore. He'll head into the season penciled in as the starting job and will be able to continue being a mediocre No. 2 Fantasy center. But boy will he block a lot of shots!

Antoine Walker: He was an afterthought in Minnesota last season and didn't play a lick in the second half of the season. He gets out of that situation, which was the only chance he'd have to revive any sort of Fantasy value. In Memphis, he'll provide much-needed scoring and outside shooting that the team lost when it traded away Mike Miller.

The trade will also have a negative affect on the Fantasy value of these players:

Rashad McCants: Miller will start at shooting guard, which means McCants gets pushed to the bench. He doesn't rebound and doesn't get a lot of assists, so losing playing time will affect his only real asset to Fantasy owners -- his scoring.

Ryan Gomes:
He loses his starting job with Love in town and will not be getting nearly enough run off the bench to be useful in Fantasy. He's a great rebounder and a solid scorer, but his upside will mean nothing if he doesn't get the minutes.

Category: NBA
Posted on: June 26, 2008 7:55 pm

Way to go Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves

After all the smoke screens the Miami Heat put up about possibly trading their pick or their "secret" workout of O.J. Mayo, the Heat did exactly what they were supposed to do and took the best player available and perhaps the best overall player in the draft, Michael Beasley of Kansas State. The Timberwolves followed by taking Mayo.

Sure, now the Heat have themselves three capable starting power forwards and no point guards, but they also have three very flexible players. Shawn Marion and Beasley can both create matchup problems at small forward because they are that good with the ball on the wings and Udonis Haslem can possibly play some at the five. The Heat will figure something out, but they now have a much richer roster.

As far as their point guard situation goes, the Heat have some options on the free agent market. Jamaal Tinsley probably doesn't make anybody particularly excited in Miami, but he'd fit in well in Miami as a solid distributor who would provide a link between Wade in the back court and Marion and Beasley up front with some decent scoring ability of his own.

Minnesota will now likely look to move Randy Foye from point guard to shooting guard, with Mayo running the point. He'll be starting right out of the box and will be a candidate for around seven assists and some decent scoring. With Mayo, Foye and Al Jefferson as their core, the Timberwolves should start to see some real results in the next two years.
Category: NBA
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