Going into the weekend, we had the NBA trade deadline that usually ends up being a shell game of bad contracts and stiffs. No one would blame you if you looked away to make some late-afternoon nachos and and come back to Sportscenter to yell “what the hell just happened?” Indeed. What did happen? It seems that Dragic was the fuse to the whole powder keg and the rest of the league got covered in guts. From there it was a mad dash to the grocery store in a blizzard for some teams, forgoing the essentials and heading straight for the items that make you glad you have sweatpants.
If you needed anymore proof of how valuable Lebron James is, look no further than the Heat trade. Without Lebron, Miami has been struggling and needed to do something to make the bottom rung of the eastern conference playoff tree – Getting Dragic makes the Heat a better team but barely more than the 7th seed in the East, and he leaves to be a free-agent at the end of they year. Meanwhile, the Cavs are playing the best ‘ball’ in the NBA right now and they’re currently 2 games out from the 2nd seed. When last season they could only manage 33 total wins and missed the ‘offs.
So below, ‘The Man in the Iron Mask’ breaks down what the orgiastic trading all meant:
- Goran and Zoran Dragic to the Heat
- Danny Granger, Justin Hamilton and 2 1st round picks to the Suns
- Shawne Williams to the Pelicans
Improves the team to keep the hope alive to make the playoffs, however without Bosh it became more difficult – This team is looking like the 76ers next year.
- Enes Kanter, Steve Novak (Jazz) and Kyle Singler, D.J. Augustin (Pistons)
- Reggie Jackson to Pistons
- Kendrick Perkins, 1st round pick (Thunder), 2nd round pick (Pistons) to Jazz
So no one liked Reggie Jackson and he seems really excited to be away from Durant/Westbrook/Brooks etc, and Thunder fans can rejoice to no longer suffering thru Perkins’ issues at the end of close games. Perkins is likely to be released by Utah and I bet he signs with Cleveland to add more beef. For OKC, meh.
- Brandon Knight (Bucks) and Marcus Thornton (Celtics<LSU>) to the Suns
- Michael Carter-Williams (Sixers), Miles Plumlee, and Tyler Ennis (Suns) to the Bucks
- Lakers’ top 5 protected 1st round pick to the Sixers
- Isaiah Thomas to the Celtics
- Isaiah Canaan, 2nd round draft pick to the Sixers
The Suns go from Thomas, Dragic and Bledsoe, to; Bledsoe, Knight and Salmons – not sure I understand it and too make things worse, they gave up their Lakers’ top 5 pick…Isaiah Thomas signed a long term contract to play with Phoenix and now has to wake up and play in Boston, just to be told where he can ‘pahk his cah’.
There is more stuff that happened, but does anyone really care at this point about where Norris Cole went and why? Currently, the Sixers seem inclined to build a team with 5 centers, 0 point guards and a dumptruck of draft picks, (each season, like another Transformers movie). As for the Nuggets, it seems their plan is to build a roster of clones of the same guy – all to dump salary, and get trade exceptions that they will never use. Why did they keep Ty Lawson anyway? Ty doesn’t seem to fit their new basketball blueprint. Let’s also not forget KG the Angry Ent, gets to go back to Minnesota for a guy the T’Wolves traded players and a 1st round pick to get last year, Thaddeus Young.
Speaking of Minnesota…word is they have an angry professional athlete that feels disrespected by the fans in the Great White North and wants to be traded. This is the same guy who lost another son to child abuse and the same guy who whooped a child of his so bad that he had lacerations on his testicles. He wants you to acknowledge his greatness – acknowledge, he says, what he has done for the local NFL team. How dare he be treated in this manner, and he deserves to be allowed to go play for Dallas. A team that he had already tampered with before the season – before he beat his son – after he was indicted for child abuse – after he was allowed to make millions of dollars anyway – and now his adolescent feelings are hurt because he has not been blessed with the proper amount of love and respect – Maybe he should try that shoe on for his son, see how it fits.
Speaking of Dallas…Rumors swirl about a video that portrays Dez Bryant doing something bad. No one knows what it is, nor has anyone seen it. The Cowboys could have set this matchbook on fire themselves because they are tired of babysitting him – but then why offer him an extension if it so bad? I’m sure that the NFL has already and promptly reviewed the video as they would never repeat the same mistakes again and again and again and again (we get it). As for Bryant, it could be someone he pulled away from the money-teat that is now blackmailing him. From Dez’s explanation you cannot tell if there is a video – not a video – ashamed of it – not ashamed of it – ordering a pizza – it’s incoherent and being that it is 2015, the video will surface and it will be another blessing for Hizzoner.
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) February 20, 2015
When the Karmic wheel of justice spins on your previous life of envious whining and gutter-slutting – you become reborn a Red Sox fan. Still not content. Still constantly worried about what the Jones’ are doing. Still whining. You wanted Kung Fu Panda, you need Kung Fu Panda and all you can do is throw your hands up in disgust at his weight – the same weight he has won more rings than you this millennium. His nickname is appropriate because of his nimble-cat-like-kung-fu-ability at the hot corner and is a better hitter than your one-time, wound up, over-rated-walk-artist Youkilis – #MoreTalent. You love Ortiz and he has rarely been able to play the only position at 1st – ever – BECAUSE of his weight (or PED’s). You loved Manny who was fat and LAZY (and used PED’s – theme?).
Pablo Sandoval can hit any pitch – likes to hit any pitch – can hit the high fastball – is a switch hitter – and more importantly, won’t bitch about the shift like Ortiz, because he can hit to the opposite field. So relax you insufferable, miserable “expletives”; the faux-season has yet to start before the real season does. Panda is a man that plays the pinnacle of his profession at a switch hitting 270lbs – who would begrudge a brute an indulgence or two? The War is over, you have defeated your enemy and in turn become what you most reviled – the Yankees. Need proof? Word is you just signed Yoan Moncada and gave the 19yr old, 2nd baseman a $31.5m bonus. Pedroia plays 2nd!
Say what you will about Chris Bosh – you might say you remembered him as an All-Star before Lebron. You might say he was the third-wheel and forgotten man on the Heat after ‘the decision’. But now what do you say when a 30yr old basketball player, who now has blood clots in his lungs and will not play the rest of the season? Remember Jerome Kersey? He died this week at 52, during routine knee surgery – a blood clot traveled from his calf to his lungs and stopped his breathing. Bosh is the second player to miss the rest of the season after Nets F Mirza Teletovic also was found to have blood clots in his lungs. Both are expected to recover, but…
The probability of 2 players out of 450 having the same health issues either signals a trend or a lingering coincidence. Do road-trips to Dallas and then Portland on successive nights contribute to the cause or do we chalk it up to February’s cruelty? Beyond sports as a metaphor for life – when the world appears in chaos and nature herself feels assaulted, the rhythm of the seasons keep us in tune. Autumn gives us the premonition of Winter’s icy grip, forced to relent the coming of longer days, with the renewal of a perpetual Spring.
So, ‘The Man in the Iron Mask’ – is going to give us the ‘Must-Haves‘, the ‘Sleepers‘ and those that might find themselves on the trainers table for your FanDuel NBA delights each night. We will post these for you everyday by 1p MST – so check back in the afternoon. On Friday’s DiRT, his insight tripled our investment. Here are today’s plays:
- (PG) Chris Paul – No Blake and with #HackADeAndre means CP3 has to step up and win games for this team. He averages 40 points per game on Fan Duel and is playing a Memphis team who is giving up 41.8 to the PG position over the last 5 games. Look for a 40 spot or more from him tonight.
- (SG) DeMar DeRozan – He averages 29.2 Fan Duel points per game and their opponent tonight, New Orleans is without Anthony Davis and is #3 in giving up 39.7 Fan Duel points per game to the SG position.
- (SF) James Johnson – Since being inserted into the starting lineup for the Raptors he is averaging 15 points, 4 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.8 blocks. He had a breakout game over the weekend finishing with 47 Fan Duel points in their last contest and he is a bargain at $4,500. Normally a sleeper, tonight he is a must have playing against the Davis-less Pelicans.
- (PF) Zach Randolph – Mr. Consistency for the Grizz and playing against the Clips without Blake and giving up 45.9 Fan Duel points per game over their last 5. Look for Zebo to have a solid 20 and 10 performance late tonight, giving you the comeback win.
- (C) Rudy Gobert – Let’s be honest, unless you are willing to play DeAndre Jordan there aren’t many options for tonight. Gobert is cheap, coming in at $5,700 and now has the starting lineup to himself with Kanter being traded to OKC. DiRT Canon Analyzer shows Gobert with 19 points, 14 rebounds and 3 blocks tonight for a 41.8 Fan Duel night.
- (PG) Deron Williams – Face it until Jack is back for the Nets and as long as they keep playing the bottom feeders of the league, he will be a consistent 30 spot on your Fan Duel lineup. He might even go for 50 like he did last Friday, #CalledIt. The Nuggets are pathetic and giving up the 2nd most Fan Duel points to the PG position, look for a solid night value at $5,700.
- (SG) Kevin Martin – He is creeping up into the must have list on a nightly basis and really for today if you don’t play DeRozan and Martin together it’s because you have Harden.
- (SF) Jeff Green – Playing against the Clippers, who are giving up a league leading 43.5 Fan Duel points per game to the SF position over the last 5. He is a solid 25 spot nightly with a great match-up tonight. Spend the $4,900 on him, so you can get some other marque players.
- (PF) Josh Smith – He is averaging 28.4 Fan Duel Points per game since coming over to Houston. Howard is still out and the T-Wolves are giving up the 4th most Fan Duel points to the PF position. A slightly higher spend of $6,300 for the sleeper category, but a solid selection.
- (C) – It’s a crap shoot out there tonight, Brook Lopez might show up against the terrible Nuggets; however, it might be Mason Plumlee, or the recently added Thaddeus Young who now holds down the paint for the Nets. Jordan or Gobert will be the solids tonight so spend wisely.
Notable Injuries or Training Table guys
- Anthony Davis will be sidelined for 1 – 2 weeks, look for the “big’s” going against New Orleans to have big nights over the next couple of weeks.
- Kevin Durant, another foot surgery, who knows when he will be back. Play Westbrook every night until he gets back and compliment him with Serge and Kanter and your Fan Duel lineup begins at 110pts.
- Michael Carter Williams is still out with a toe injury so look for Bayless to continue is strong play.
“Among the men who fought on Iwo Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue.”
– Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, US Navy
- You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind each blade of grass.
- I fear all we have done is awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.