Fantasy 30: NBA trade rumors galore

You can count Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry amongst the players who may be traded by Thursday's deadline. Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

Trade rumors galore. That says it all this week with the NBA's trade deadline looming on Thursday.

Here's a look at more on that and the most fantasy-relevant news and notes for all 30 teams around the league:

Atlanta Hawks: According to this story by Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer, the Thunder, 76ers and Trail Blazers have all shown interest in Taurean Prince. Injuries have limited the 3-and-D forward to 32 games this season, and his production hasn't been great during his past 10 games -- 11.0 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 1.3 APG. It's difficult to imagine Prince improving those numbers if he's dealt to any of the playoff-caliber teams mentioned above.

Boston Celtics: When Marcus Smart is swiping more than 2.0 steals per game, it's easier to live with his inconsistent shooting and single-digit scoring nights. The problem lately is that while the latter has remained true, the steals haven't been as frequent. In fact, after Smart averaged 2.6 SPG in 14 games during the month of December, that number fell to 1.5 SPG in 14 games in January.

Brooklyn Nets: Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said Tuesday that Allen Crabbe is available for Wednesday's game against the Nuggets after he and Caris LeVert had a full practice with the Long Island Nets Tuesday morning. No decision has been made for when LeVert will be back, but it sounds like he's getting close. LeVert dislocated his right foot in Minnesota on Nov. 12, and at the time, he was averaging 18.4 PPG, 4.3 RPG and 3.7 APG.

Charlotte Hornets: Tony Parker left Tuesday's game with a back issue, and the 36-year-old has been ruled out for Wednesday's game in Dallas. That will leave more opportunity for Devonte' Graham and Malik Monk against the Mavericks. Parker, who at age 36, is in his 18th NBA season, has averaged 9.6 PPG and 3.8 APG in 46 games in 2018-19.

Chicago Bulls: The more Zach LaVine increases his frequency getting to the free throw line, up to a career-high 5.7 FTA this season, the more weight his stellar shooting carries. It helps, too, that he's also shooting a career-high 86.6 percent at the stripe in this, his fifth, NBA season. This can go overlooked, but if you're looking to improve your free throw percentage category, LaVine is one player to go after.

Cleveland Cavaliers: The injury-riddled Cavs put out a starting lineup of Deng Adel, David Nwaba, Ante Zizic, Collin Sexton and Alec Burks on Tuesday night, as Cedi Osman missed the game due to a sprained ankle and Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson both remain out. This is an opportunity to find value in players like Sexton and Burks, as well as Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson, who the team is counting on to play extended minutes and provide the scoring on this depleted roster.

Dallas Mavericks: It's sure fun to watch this Luka Doncic guy, isn't it. The rookie sensation doesn't appear to be slowing down any time soon, having averaged 29.5 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 7.3 APG and 3.0 3PG while shooting 50.0 percent during his past four games. If he can stay healthy the rest of the way, Doncic is going to lead a lot of fantasy teams to the championship this season, and he should be a top-20 pick in fantasy drafts next season, regardless of the format.

Denver Nuggets: According to this tweet from Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press, Nuggets two-guard Gary Harris could be available via trade if teams are interested. "When you look at (the) cap sheet, you understand why he might be available when you see the way Malik Beasley is coming on," Ellis tweeted. Beasley has played 23.5 MPG in 53 games this season, while the oft-injured Harris has played in just 32 games.

Detroit Pistons: By dealing Reggie Bullock to the Lakers, the Pistons shipped out their top 3-point threat on the roster. And trading Stanley Johnson to Milwaukee further depleted the team's 3-point options. So who is left to shoot from long range? Aside from the obvious option, Blake Griffin, the Pistons will likely need to rely on more perimeter shooting from Reggie Jackson, Langston Galloway and Luke Kennard. The problem with that is none of the three are shooting better than 35.2 percent from 3-point range this season.

Golden State Warriors: Stephen Curry continues to do it all on the court, but two areas are a little alarming for someone considered to be one of the top-five fantasy players is the drop in steals and assists. In fact, his 1.1 SPG and 5.3 APG are both career lows and steep drops from where he was just last season in those categories (1.6 SPG, 6.1 APG). Curry quietly turns 31 next month, and this is a trend to watch closely the rest of this season and beyond.

Houston Rockets: Clint Capela (thumb) rejoined the Rockets on Saturday for the first time since undergoing surgery on Jan. 17, and indicated that he's targeting the first game after the All-Star break (Feb. 21 at the Lakers) for his return. Kenneth Faried has filled in nicely in Capela's absence, averaging a healthy 16.5 PPG and 10.1 RPG while shooting 61.4 percent, but with only four games remaining before the All-Star break, time is likely running out for Faried as a big-time fantasy contributor this season.

Indiana Pacers: With Victor Oladipo out for the season, Myles Turner has turned up his scoring during the past week. Still at just 13.4 PPG this season, Turner put up scoring performances of 27, 14, 15 and 22 dating back to last Thursday, which is a positive sign for one of the game's elite shot-blockers.

LA Clippers: The Clippers dealing Harris is a clear indication that they don't see themselves as contenders this season, which makes it likely that other veterans such as Lou Williams and Danilo Gallinari could be shipped by Thursday as well. O'Connor notes: "If the Clippers miss the postseason, they will keep their top-14 protected first-round pick that's owed to the Celtics (and it would become top-14 protected in 2020)."

Los Angeles Lakers: The Lakers added a piece late Wednesday by acquiring Bullock from the Pistons, sending rookie shooting guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and a 2021 second-round pick back to Detroit in the deal. At 27, Bullock is having the best season of his career and adds much-needed 3-point shooting to a Lakers team that could look a lot different if it's able to work out a deal for Pelicans star Anthony Davis before Thursday's trade deadline. If the Lakers don't work out a deal, though, this move likely hurts Bullock, as he could become lost in the shuffle while battling for minutes with Brandon Ingram and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

Memphis Grizzlies: It was reported Tuesday by Shams Charania of The Athletic that "Memphis is in strong talks to move franchise star Marc Gasol to Charlotte," but other reports have Gasol linked to Toronto as well. In any case, there's a decent chance the Grizzlies move their long-time center before Thursday's deadline, and such a deal has a chance to negatively impact Gasol's fantasy value. Keep a close eye on this if you have Gasol on your team.

Miami Heat: Don't look now, but Hassan Whiteside has double-doubles in four of his past five games and is back on track after going through a rough stretch for much of January. Whiteside made 11 of 12 shots in route to 28 points, 11 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 blocks in a win over Portland on Tuesday, and remarkably, he's shot at least 60 percent during 10 of his past 11 games.

Milwaukee Bucks: The Thon Maker experiment is over in Milwaukee, as the Bucks dealt the No. 10 overall pick from 2016 to Detroit on Wednesday in exchange for Stanley Johnson, the No. 8 overall pick in 2015. Maker never averaged more than 16.7 MPG in parts of three seasons with the Bucks and was limited to 11.7 MPG in 35 games this season. The trade can only help his fantasy value. Johnson gives Milwaukee another defensive-minded swingman, and he'll likely share minutes on his new team with Tony Snell.

Minnesota Timberwolves: Jerryd Bayless' fantasy value will plummet as soon as Jeff Teague returns to the lineup, but his ability to distribute the ball is making him a coveted player right now. During the past five games, the veteran has dished out 8.2 APG to go with 13.8 PPG and 2.4 3PG. Meanwhile, Teague has missed the past seven games with a foot injury. Get Bayless in your lineup while you can.

New Orleans Pelicans: Anthony Davis remains unavailable despite being medically cleared to play. He won't play Wednesday in Chicago. Meanwhile, Julius Randle (ankle) is questionable after missing the past five games and Nikola Mirotic is doubtful, expected to be out until after the All-Star break. Thursday is an enormous day for this Pelicans franchise, and depending on what it decides to do, many of the players involved in the deals -- and those who remain on the Pelicans -- will see their fantasy values altered.

New York Knicks: If the Knicks end up waiving Wesley Matthews, there will be plenty of suitors for the veteran 3-and-D swingman. "The Raptors, Rockets, Warriors and 76ers are expected to pursue Matthews if he becomes available," per O'Connor of The Ringer. Matthews has averaged at least 2.0 3PG during each of the past eight seasons -- yes, that can help some team out there.

Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook recorded his seventh straight triple-double in Tuesday's win over the Magic, and it was the fourth game in a row that he recorded at least 14 assists. The issue with Westbrook this season is that while the points, rebounds and assists continue to be there, the efficiency is gone (41.7 percent) and the 3-pointers have dwindled (1.1 3PG). If you have him on your team in a roto league, you have to plan your roster construction carefully to accommodate.

Orlando Magic: Mo Bamba was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his lower left leg on Tuesday and will miss extended time, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Without the promising rookie big man in the lineup, the Magic will likely need to rely on more minutes from All-Star center Nikola Vucevic and emerging second-year power forward Jonathan Isaac, with Khem Birch seeing an uptick in minutes off the bench.

Philadelphia 76ers: Bringing in Tobias Harris in a deal with the Clippers on Tuesday night, the 76ers are as loaded with talent as they've been in decades, but that may not be a good thing as far as fantasy is concerned. Harris had a career-high 23.1 usage rate with the Clippers this season, taking 15.5 shot per game, and his addition likely leads to fewer shot attempts and lower PPG for Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Jimmy Butler and JJ Redick.

Phoenix Suns: Nothing official, but there are some rumblings that T.J. Warren could be included in an Anthony Davis deal with the Lakers if the Suns choose to go after Lonzo Ball. O'Connor writes: "... there are also rumblings that the Suns could emerge as a third team for Ball -- much to his father's delight -- possibly with Warren and a young player going to the Pelicans." The deal would give the Suns the point guard they desperately need, and it'd free up Ball to play a bigger role than the one he has had playing alongside LeBron James this season

Portland Trail Blazers: Newly acquired shooting guard Rodney Hood is expected to make his Blazers debut on Thursday against the Spurs. The addition of Hood will likely limit the upside of Jake Layman, the rare bouncy 3-point threat who has busted out lately by scoring at least 20 points during two of his past four games. However, if Layman continues to play well or Hood fails to impress, it wouldn't be surprising if Layman still gets the bulk of the minutes off the bench.

Sacramento Kings: Marvin Bagley III went for a career-high 24 points in the win over the Spurs on Tuesday and has put up double-doubles in three straight games. It's clear that with additional minutes, Bagley is a fantasy force as a scorer, rebounder and shot-blocker, and an efficient one at that; the 6-foot-11 rookie is shooting 51.9 percent this season. He continues to trend up.

San Antonio Spurs: Emerging point guard Derrick White is dealing with plantar fasciitis in his right foot, an injury that held him out of Monday's loss to Sacramento. White is expected to miss at least three more games, which means more minutes for Bryn Forbes and Patty Mills as the Spurs continue their long road trip this week with stops in Golden State, Portland and Utah.

Toronto Raptors: According to Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated, the Raptors called Memphis offering Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas for Mike Conley and Marc Gasol. Such a deal, as much of a longshot as it may be, would conceivably open up more minutes for Valanciunas in Memphis, and Lowry's production likely wouldn't change much. Conley and Gasol would have to share the ball more in Toronto, though, with Kawhi Leonard being the leading star on the roster. Something to keep in mind if this trade rumor gains steam.

Utah Jazz: The Jazz and Pistons are the two teams rumored to be strongly going after Memphis point guard Mike Conley, but Vince Ellis reports that the talks with Detroit have broken down. That leaves Utah as the front-runners. According to this story in the Salt Lake Tribune, the Jazz made an offer last week involving Ricky Rubio and their 2019 first-round pick for Conley, and ESPN's Zach Lowe reports that Derrick Favors could also be included in the deal.

Washington Wizards: We know what Bradley Beal does when John Wall isn't on the court -- he becomes a top-20 type of fantasy talent -- and that is the biggest takeaway following the news Tuesday that Wall ruptured his Achilles in a fall at home and will be out at least until the All-Star break in 2020. The Wizards don't currently have another point guard under contract for 2019-20, and Beal should be selected no later than the second round in fantasy drafts next season.