The February 20 NBA Trade Deadline is something worth keeping an eye on for Fantasy Basketball owners as deadline deals can impact your team in both a positive and negative fashion.
Perhaps there is no team that could impact fantasy owners more than the Philadelphia 76ers, who are the team that could potentially do the most to impact fantasy playoffs.
Hawes could help a contender in a big way down the stretch.
According to Sam Amico of Fox Sports, the interest in Hawes is “especially high”, and that it looks like teams in the Western Conference are “particularly” interested. One team he could really help is the Dallas Mavericks.
If he is dealt, Hawes fantasy impact should still be the same as he should still see over 30 minutes per night and I don’t envision too much off a drop in the 13.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks he is averaging currently. In fact on a better team the rebounding numbers could come up some. Hawes is having the best season of his NBA career and I would expect that to continue.
As for Turner, the Sixers are reportedly trying to move the swingman. The problem with that, however, is that it takes two to tango and right now it seems teams are not willing to part with much to land the former No. 2 overall pick.
Turner is being linked to the Detroit Pistons according to Basketball Insiders, but unlike Hawes I would proceed with caution. He would fit in well with Brandon Jennings and others and wouldn’t need plays drawn for him, yet could still score consistently. But depending on the potential situation he could land in, I could see a drop in numbers.
I highly doubt he would get the 35 minutes per night he is getting now, which means the 17.4 points and 6.0 rebounds per game are likely to go down some. He’s also not a good three-point shooter (28.7 percent), so that also helps lower his fantasy value more if he is traded.
Young is a guy I like a lot, but he is also worth keeping an eye on as he could end up with a contender in a bench role. If he does, which I don’t envision, you could see a drop in the 33.4 minutes, 17.1 points and 6.2 rebounds he is averaging.
I would be shocked if some or all of them are not traded for draft picks or expiring contracts prior to the deadline.
However even if all three are moved, which is doubtful, they won’t hurt your teams too much.
However every time a player is traded it opens up the door for another player to step in, which is the real key to watching the Sixers at the deadline.
The problem with bad teams is that they are usually very thin on talent and the Sixers are no exception.
However there are a couple of potential options worth keeping an eye on over the course of the next nine days that could help your team down the stretch.
The most notable one is Tony Wroten.
Wroten is averaging 13.0 points, 3.3 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 24 minutes per game. And with Michael Carter-Williams nursing a sore shoulder, he is a guy that could see a spike in production. Wroten can play both guard spots and if Turner is moved he is likely to get more minutes. While he is a brutal three-point shooter (23.5 percent), Wroten is a guy that can help fantasy teams down the stretch.
He’s owned in only five percent of ESPN leagues so I would grab him and stash him in deep leagues.
If Hawes is dealt, I would look at Lavoy Allen. He’s averaging 5.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in 24 minutes but those numbers could approach double digits if he is going to get 30 minutes per night.
Finally, if Young is moved I would look to stash Arnett Moultrie in deep leagues. He has no value now but he is a young guy who can score and rebound and has only been back for two games now returning from injury. The Sixers would be wise to give him a long look if they do move Young and he is a guy with the talent to produce double-doubles if given the opportunity.
Sometimes you have to get creative at the trade deadline and the situation in Philadelphia could present an opportunity to do exactly that.