We’re in a hectic time of the NBA season as we are approaching the trade deadline and have had a number of devastating injuries over the past few days. Of course, DeMarcus Cousins is the most notable name with John Wall following right behind him. Malcolm Brogdon, though not on their level, is also out 6-8 weeks.
On a more positive note, Jabari Parker successfully returned to the floor Friday night, and Greg Monroe may have found himself some playing time in Boston. Finally, Nikola Mirotic finally got his wish and was dealt out of Chicago.
We’ll dive into some of those consequences of these injuries and trades below.
Nikola Mirotic Trade
The much-anticipated Nikola Mirotic trade finally went down, and he is now penciled in to make his Pelicans debut on Saturday against the Timberwolves. The loss of DeMarcus Cousins opens up a role for Mirotic, so whether he starts immediately or not, he should still see an extra few minutes at a minimum from his season average of 25 minutes this season. He has shot much better from the field this season, and there is little reason to expect that to end now. He is already relatively highly owned, but he is an option well worth owning in all league formats to provide some scoring punch as he should be a key piece in the Pelicans push to remain in the playoff picture.
Meanwhile, the free Bobby Portis movement is back in full effect in Chicago. In his last game, without Mirotic and Lauri Markkanen in the lineup, Portis played 28 minutes. He shot terribly from the field, but did manage to post solid defensive stats with a block, steal, and 10 boards. With Robin Lopez seeing a decreasing role and also a trade candidate, Portis should have the opportunity to show what he can do to close the season.
John Wall could very well be out for the remainder of the fantasy basketball season and will certainly be out for the remainder of any regular season fantasy action. The Wizards have potential fill-ins at point guard in Tomas Satoransky and Tim Frazier, but Satoransky has clearly established himself as the superior fantasy asset. Though he hasn’t lit it up from a scoring perspective, he has delivered full stat-lines.
In the three games since Wall’s injury,Satoransky has scored in double figures twice and recorded five assists twice, hauled in at least three rebounds in each game, and recorded multiple steals twice. Though none of those things are spectacular, they add up to a well-rounded fantasy option that should be in for safe minutes for the remainder of the fantasy season.
With the Grizzlies playing it safe with Tyreke Evans prior to the trade deadline and their injury report consistently full, minutes have opened up for a few Grizzlies guards. On Wednesday, Wayne Selden popped for a big game, on Wednesday but crashed back to earth on Thursday. While Andrew Harrison hasn’t had a showcase type game, he has increased his role with Evans and others out of the lineup.
For example, over his past five games he has averaged 28 minutes and 9.2 field goal attempts, 6 minutes and nearly field goal attempts more than his season averages respectively.Though his field goal percentage leaves something to desire, Harrison should produce consistent counting stats in the near certain absence of Tyreke Evans and Mike Conley for the remainder of the season.
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