With the NBA Trade Deadline less than a few hours away, some more deals could still get done, but the biggest trade of the day involved the Cleveland Cavaliers acquiring Spencer Hawes from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Earl Clark, Henry Sims and two second round draft picks.
Hawes’ fantasy owners can’t be overly upset, as there were plenty of other teams interested where his fantasy value might have taken a larger hit, but he’ll still lose a lot of value in Cleveland.
Hawes is having a career season, averaging 13.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, and 1.5 3-pointers. Unfortunately, there will a few obstacles for Hawes and his fantasy owners in Cleveland.
The system in Philly was definitely more conducive to scoring, where the Sixers ranked No. 1 in pace (102.5), compared to Cleveland’s plodding offense under coach Mike Brown. That is not the only thing that will affect Hawes’ fantasy value, though.
Hawes left a team that featured one true frontcourt presence — himself. With the Cavs he’ll be vying for minutes with talented players like Anderson Varejao and Tristan Thompson. Tyler Zeller is also there, but it is assumed he will be traded after the acquisition of Hawes.
Varejao is nursing back and knee injuries of late, missing the Cavs’ last four games — and seven of their last 11 — meaning Hawes will have some time in the middle to himself. When Varejao returns, though, the situation could get a little muddled, but of course Varejao has never been a beacon of health, so there’s still hope for Hawes’ playing regular minutes down the stretch.
Allen will start and has produced well on a limited basis this season, scoring 9.9 points and pulling down 10.4 rebounds per 36 minutes. He’ll get all the run he can handle and is worth a look in deeper fantasy leagues, simply because the Sixers have no one else to play down there.
Another player worth considering is Arnett Moultrie.
A first round pick by the Miami Heat in the 2012 Draft, Moultrie is an energetic, hustle-type player who showed some promise late last season with the Sixers. Over the final three games last year, Moultrie averaged 11.0 points and 7.7 boards. He’s still very raw and has been in coach Brett Brown’s doghouse all season, but Brown has no choice now and must let him play.
Both Moultrie and Allen are available in 100 percent of ESPN.com fantasy basketball leagues.