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Trade Analyzer before the deadline

Trade Analyzer before the deadline

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The NBA trade deadline is firmly in our rearview mirror, but the fantastic managers were able to continue to do business on Yahoo. However, with the Yahoo trade deadline set for March 3, time is running out to make improvements to your team.

With that in mind, let’s discuss some players to try and trade while highlighting some to potentially trade.

Players to trade

Julius Randle, New York Knicks

The Knicks’ last two games were against the Heat and Sixers, who both rank in the league’s top 10 in defensive rating. They did a good job limiting Randle, who shot a combined 6-for-18 from the field. The good news was that he had at least eight rebounds and seven assists in both games.

Randle has been a disappointment this season as he shot just 41.5% from the field, including 30.1% from behind the arc. Given that and his struggles in the last two games, his fantastic managers might be looking to move him.

If you can absorb his percentage, he’s averaging 19.6 points, 10.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game, so he can definitely help in a variety of areas. Also working in his favor is that the Knicks will be busy on the stretch. They will play no less than three games a week, with three four-game weeks remaining.

Kyle KuzmaWashington Wizards

Like Randle, the timing should benefit Kuzma over time. The Wizards will be busy, finishing the season with four straight four-game weeks. They’ve already had five two-game weeks, so it will be time for them to catch up in terms of the schedule.

With Bradley Beal (wrist) for the season and Kristaps Porzingis (knee) Having yet to make his Wizards debut, Kuzma has been a fantastic freak. Over the past eight games, he has provided 22.8 points, 10.0 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 2.8 three-pointers per game. If Porzingis plays again this season, he’ll likely get plenty of rest days, given the Wizards’ remaining busy schedule and lack of playoff ambitions. Kuzma has the potential to be a long term league winner.

Trading for Kyle Kuzma in fantasy could be a league-winning move. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

Josh Hart, Portland Trail Blazers

Hart is one of the last men standing on the Blazers. Other than Anfernee Simons, there really isn’t anyone left on the roster to challenge him for any meaningful shot attempts. As the Blazers continue to drop in the standings, don’t expect Damien Lillard (abdomen) to play again this season. It could be the same for Jusuf Nurkic (foot), which is already out until at least mid-March.

Since joining Portland, Hart has had 19.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.2 three-pointers in five games, while shooting 54.0 % ground. Although this level of efficiency is likely to be difficult to sustain, its increased use should remain stable. It could mean a fantastic gold medal with the Blazers ending the season with four straight four-game weeks.

Bogdan Bogdanovic, Atlanta Hawks

Over the final five weeks of the regular season, the Hawks will play four games in one week four times. This makes them a prime team to target. One player who stands out is Bogdanovic, who moved to a bench role after starting the season as a starter.

Coming off the bench seems to suit Bogdanovic. In 15 games since transferring to that role, he has provided 17.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.5 steals, and 3.1 three-pointers per game. He also shot 48.5% from the field during that streak, which is more in line with his mark from last season when he shot 47.3%.

Players to trade

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Oklahoma City Thunder

The Thunder are one of the teams most likely to rest players on the stretch to improve their draft positioning. Josh Giddey (hip) and Luguentz Dort (shoulder) have been sidelined recently, and neither look set to return. Gilgeous-Alexander dominated with this pair, posting at least 32 points and five assists in three consecutive games after the break.

As good as Gilgeous-Alexander has been, it stands to reason that he will also receive minimum rest days. It might even be closed completely at some point like it was last season. Any small injury could give the Thunder an excuse to sideline him.

The time has come to take advantage of him. If you could trade him for Randle or Kuzma, consider closing the deal.

Kyrie Irving/Ben Simmons, Brooklyn Nets

The situation surrounding the Nets is a mess. While New York City is days away from repealing its vaccination mandate, there is still a restriction in place that prevents Irving from playing home games. That could change at any time, but if you’re relying on Irving in your fantasy league, you also run the risk that the private sector mandate won’t be updated until after the regular season ends.

Simmons is not yet ready to make his debut for the Nets as he is currently struggling with an earlier issue. He has already been ruled out until March 10, the date of their game against the Sixers in Philadelphia. Even if Simmons returns immediately after this game, he could be on a minutes restriction for a while.

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If you can find someone interested in Simmons, making a trade might be a good idea. Frankly, fielding Hart or Bogdanovic is much more appealing right now. Irving should result in a better return since he is at least healthy, but it will take a business partner willing to roll the dice.

Fred VanVleet, Toronto Raptors

VanVleet has averaged a career-high 38 minutes per game this season, and it could catch up with him. He’s been struggling with knee pain lately, which has caused him to miss four of the Raptors’ last eight games. The Raptors still have 21 games to play, including three straight sets. Rest days could be on the horizon, which makes VanVleet a risky option despite his garish numbers for the season.

Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics

Smart’s numbers aren’t obvious, but he’s been a fantastically valuable option as he can contribute in so many different areas. Although he averaged a mediocre 11.8 points per game, he provided 3.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.5 three-pointers per game. He even shot 41.4% from the field, breaking a streak of two consecutive seasons in which he shot less than 40%.

That being said, the calendar is not favorable to his fantasy value for the rest of the season. The Celtics are the only team in the league with just one four-game week left. Since he doesn’t really excel in any area outside of flying, Smart’s limited opportunities to contribute could make him an ideal candidate to shop before the fancy deadline.