NBA trade deadline tracker: Which deals affect fantasy basketball the most? (2024)

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As the NBA trade deadline approaches, teams are scrambling to make last-minute deals to strengthen their rosters for the rest of the season. Last year saw high-profile players like Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving change teams, and fans eagerly anticipate a similar flurry of activity this year.

Some teams want to improve their lineups, while others want to shed salary to avoid the tax aprons or acquire draft picks for future preparations. While this year's deadline may not be as shocking as last year's, expect some noteworthy transactions that will undoubtedly impact fantasy managers after February 8.

Keeping up with all the news can be overwhelming, but don't worry — we've got you covered with everything you need to know about the fantasy implications of this year's trade deadline.

Most impactful deals for fantasy

The Indiana Pacers sent Buddy Hield to the Philadelphia 76ers for Marcus Morris, Furkan Korkmaz and three second-round picks

  • The biggest news of the day is that Buddy Hield is finally out of his committee, joining a Sixers squad in dire need of another threat on the perimeter and scorer with Joel Embiid sidelined for a while. Hield will start, so if you held him, this is good for his fantasy stock

  • Kelly Oubre’s stock is likely dwindling, with De’Anthony Melton nearing a return and Buddy Hield coming in. I’d still hold for now, but don’t be surprised if production falls a bit

  • Bennedict Mathurin and Aaron Nesmith are winners, as they’ll take over most of Buddy’s minutes at shooting guard and small forward. Both players are under 60% rostered in Yahoo leagues, so if you see them on waivers, they’re worth adding. Though, I prefer Nesmith over Mathurin

The Washington Wizards sent Daniel Gafford to the Dallas Mavericks for Richaun Holmes and draft compensation

  • Gafford was on tank-watch with the Wizards, so now we’ll see him play meaningful minutes as a lob threat and rim protector with Luka Dončić and Kyrie Irving. He’s never been a 30-plus-minute player, so entering a potential timeshare doesn’t diminish his value for fantasy basketball. It wouldn't surprise me if he starts ahead of Lively going forward.

  • Dereck Lively’s stock is down a bit, but I’d still hold because there’s a chance that both big men can co-exist in 20+ minutes a night. Lively is currently on IR with a broken nose, but his return is imminent

  • The real winner here is Marvin Bagley III. The Wizards' frontcourt depth was already limited, so he's about to see an uptick in minutes. He's worth stashing because he’ll be the better fantasy player than Richaun Holmes for the rest of the season.

  • Holmes is a short-term addition if Bagley's back injury keeps him out of the lineup.

The Detroit Pistons trade Bojan Bogdanović and Alec Burks to the New York Knicks for Quentin Grimes, Malachi Flynn, Evan Fournier, Ryan Arcidiacono and two second-round picks

  • Can I get an Amen for Ausar Thompson’s return to fantasy hoops? Isaiah Stewart is out and Bogdanovic was traded to the Knicks, leaving a vacancy at power forward. It's the rookie’s time to shine — in the short term, at least

  • The Knicks are going for it, clearing the deck this season for most of their young draft picks over the past several years — RJ Barrett, Immanuel Quickley, Obi Toppin and now Quentin Grimes

  • I expect Bojan Bogdanović to hold value for as long as Julius Randle is out. Precious Achiuwa’s minutes likely take a hit as a result

  • Grimes is a 3 & D guy who could have a bigger opportunity in Detroit. But the Pistons just traded for Simone Fontecchio (more on that later), and we know how finicky Monty Williams can be with his rotations, so he’s more of a wait-and-see than a pickup, mainly because he’s on IR with a knee injury right now.

  • I don’t expect Burks to contribute much now that he’s in New York

Trades that will impact players outside the top 100

The Charlotte Hornets traded P.J. Washington Jr. to the Dallas Mavericks for Grant Williams, Seth Curry and a first-round pick

  • The Mavs are winning the deadline, acquiring another frontcourt player who can help them win now

  • Washington is going from a losing franchise to one where they’ll need his shooting and defense. He’ll sustain averaging 14 points with six boards with 1.5 stocks as a starter for the Mavs and could be even better

  • Williams landing with Charlotte is a wait-and-see because, while the Hornets' frontcourt looks bleak, he hasn’t been a productive fantasy player this year

The Brooklyn Nets sent Spencer Dinwiddie to the Toronto Raptors for Dennis Schröder and Thaddeus Young

  • Dinwiddie, who will likely come off the bench behind Immanuel Quickley, needed a change of scenery. I’m not entirely writing him off because he’s been productive for fantasy in a bench role before, but this year has been rough for him

  • Schröder was benched in Toronto, but he’s still producing enough to hold in fantasy. Brooklyn still has Dennis Smith Jr. and Ben Simmons, so if we’re being honest, Schröder is the most reliable of the three options.

Intriguing moves that offer opportunities for young players

Utah Jazz traded Simone Fontecchio to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Kevin Knox and a second-round pick

  • I like the Pistons' long-term approach to acquiring Fontecchio. It didn’t cost much, and Detroit desperately needed another perimeter shooter. He’ll be in the rotation right away as the Pistons have removed a lot of their wing depth (Bogdanović, Burks, Kevin Knox, and Joe Harris), so he's on my watchlist and has streaming potential in deep leagues

The Utah Jazz sent C Kelly Olynyk and G Ochai Agbaji to the Toronto Raptors for Kira Lewis, Otto Porter and a 2024 first-round pick

  • Watch out for Taylor Hendricks. The signals of trading Fontecchio and Agbaji show that they’re opening up more time for the rookie who’s been playing well in the G-League

  • I don’t expect much fantasy output from this trade. However, Kelly Olynyk’s unselfish play will fit Toronto’s system well. Agbaji is bench depth

Memphis Grizzlies trade Xavier Tillman Sr. to the Boston Celtics for Lamar Stevens and two second-round picks

  • GG Jackson's brought a ton of offense for the Grizzlies lately, sporting a 21% usage in limited minutes this season. I think the 19-year-old’s role grows with more minutes available in the frontcourt now that Tillman is gone. Don’t sleep on his defense, too; he's a promising shot blocker. I've added him to my watchlist

  • The Celtics' acquisition of Xavier Tillman Sr. was a solid move. Although it was a better real-life basketball move, I don’t expect Tillman to do much unless Kristaps Porziņģis or Al Horford get injured

  • Santi Aldama is well-positioned to take over the center minutes for Memphis. He hasn't proven to stay healthy, but if he can, there's streaming appeal

The Oklahoma City Thunder sent G Tre Mann, F Davis Bertans, G Vasilije Micic and draft compensation to the Charlotte Hornets for F Gordan Hayward

  • I’m intrigued by Tre Mann’s potential in Charlotte — especially with LaMelo Ball still out. He’s on my watchlist. Even in limited minutes, he’s always carried around a 20% usage rate, and when given the chance to start, he posted 15/4/3 in his career

  • Gordon Hayward is a nice haul for the Thunder. When healthy, he is a solid fantasy player. I’m not rushing to add him, as there is a clear pecking order for this squad, but I like the move for the Thunder as they contend out West

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Trades with no fantasy impact

Detroit Pistons sent Monte Morris to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Shake Milton, Troy Brown and a second-round pick

  • One less body for Marcus Sasser and Jaden Ivey to compete within Detroit. Morris gives the Wolves a more competent play-maker off the bench, but there is no fantasy impact here

Other deals that have no fantasy impact

  • Milwaukee Bucks traded for Patrick Beverley, sending Cameron Payne and a 2027 second-round pick to the Philadelphia 76ers

  • The Phoenix Suns traded three second-round picks to the Brooklyn Nets for SG/SF Royce O'Neale

  • The Memphis Grizzlies traded C Steven Adams to the Houston Rockets for Victor Oladipo and three second-round picks

  • The Detroit Pistons waived PG/SG Killian Hayes and SF Danuel House Jr.

NBA trade deadline tracker: Which deals affect fantasy basketball the most? (2024)


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