RDT NBA Schedule Analysis – Week 18

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Updated: February 10, 2019

For the first time in recent memory, the trade deadline has passed BEFORE the All Star game. This has positive and negative implications. The positive is that the focus will now be on the events and game itself at all-star weekend. The negative is we won’t see another awesome moment like this where Boogie Cousins found out he was being traded to the Pelicans whilst doing a press conference at the All-Star game IN NEW ORLEANS. This is one of my favourite pieces of NBA video.

So let’s recap the last 48 hours before the trade deadline passed. For the purpose of this article, we will look a the players only changing teams, not the future draft picks that were also included in the trades.

Philadelphia receive Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott. Clippers receive Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala, Landry Shamet. Whatever value Toby Harris had as an RDT player is gone now that he is sharing the court with Simmons, Embiid and Butler. The rest are irrelevant.

Lakers receive Reggie Bullock. Pistons receive Svi Mykhailiuk. 10 additional RDT points to anyone who can correctly pronounce Svi’s surname.

Philadephia receive Malachi Richardson from Toronto. Cool name. No relevance.

Suns receive Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington. Heat receive Ryan Anderson. Ellington has subsequently been waived and is looking to sign with the Pistons.

Pelicans receive Markieff Morris. Wizards receive Wes Johnson. Wizards did this one to avoid paying tax on Morris’ higher contract. Also, they are going full tank mode (see next trade)

Chicago receive Otto Porter. Wizards receive Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis. With John Wall out for the rest of this season (and likely most of next season) and Otto Porter now being moved on, the Wiz are looking like they will struggle for the next couple of years. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Beal develop a magical season ending injury with a few weeks left to go in the season.

Blazers receive Skal Labissiere. Kings receive Caleb Swanigan. Who??

Kings receive Harrison Barnes. Mavs receive Justin Jackson and Zach Randolph. Randolph hasn’t played all season, so this was a trade to get his expiring contract only. Barnes should fit in nicely in the King’s rotation, but is still not an RDT option.

Rockets receive Iman Shumpert, Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin IV. Kings receive Alec Burks. Cavs receive Brandon Knight, Marquese Chriss.

Nets receive Greg Monroe from Raptors. Making room for the acquisition of Marc Gasol.

Hawks receive Jabari Bird from Celtics. This would have been more interesting if the Celtics had traded a bloke named Bird 30 years ago.

Hawks receive Sheldon Mack. Griz receive Tyler Dorsey.

Lakers receive Mike Muscala. Clippers receive Michael Beasley, Ivica Zubac. This one is interesting. Both Beasley and Zubac have been playing regular minutes for the injury hit Lakers. What this two for one trade does is open up a roster slot for the Lakers to sign a player who has been bought out by their previous team. Carmelo Anthony maybe…… (If this happens, Anthony will have been on the roster for Oklahoma, Atlanta, Houston, Chicago and LA Lakers in the last 12 months. Is that a record?)

Grizzlies receive Avery Bradley. Clippers receive Garrett Temple and JaMychal Green. Bradley has not lived up to his hype from his time at the Pistons. Maybe a new home will help him find his groove.

Sixers receive James Ennis from Houston. Joins up with fellow Aussies (well, he did play one season for the Perth Wildcats) Simmons and Bolden.

Indiana receive Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin IV from Houston.

Magic receive Markelle Fultz. Sixers receive Jonathon Simmons. I wonder if the sunshine in Orlando will magically fix his shoulder?

Pistons receive Thon Maker. Bucks receive Nikola Mirotic. Pelicans receive Jason Smith and Stanley Johnson. Along with Marc Gasol, Mirotic is the most relevant player that has moved. Whilst he has gone to a better team, his fantasy output and minutes will likely reduce slightly.

Raptors receive Marc Gasol. Griz receive Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright and CJ Miles. Gasol moves to the great white north to join Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors. He has been unhappy in Memphis for a while, but has still managed to post good (if inconsistent) fantasy numbers. Watch his role for the next week or so, but he could be a good option towards the back end of the season.



Schedule Breakdown

Just a reminder that Week 18 of RDT NBA is spread out over two calender weeks. You can read about this in more detail in this article.

8 Game Teams

It would almost be quicker to list teams that do NOT have 8 games over the next 2 weeks of RDT NBA. There should be plenty of trade options for you out of these teams.

New York, Atlanta, Brooklyn, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Golden State, Houston, Indiana, LA Clippers, Memphis, New Orleans, Miami, Milwaukee, Minnesota, Oklahoma City, Orlando and Portland.

With this amount of teams, if you don’t have EVERY player in your team playing 8 games, you are going to go backwards in ranking.

Oh Captain, My Captain!

With the All-Star weekend in the middle, it’s unlikely anyone will be rested due to back to back games. That being said, the Pelicans have said that Anthony Davis will likely not play in back to back games, and will be playing a few less minutes as they try to keep him injury free so that they can trade him in the off-season. So with AD out, once again the captain choice falls to one player……

Keeler’s Captain Choice – James Harden (Hou)

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