2014 NBA Free Agency: Analyzing Moves and Their Fantasy Impact

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LeBron James has made his decision and Carmelo Anthony won’t be far behind. While James returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers was a big surprise to some, the fact that teams are suddenly knocking out deals shouldn’t be.

They held the league hostage to get free agency started, and now we’re really starting to see some fireworks.

Let’s take a look at some fantasy basketball implications of some potential pending moves, as well as a few that have already happened:

Apr 30, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons (25) reacts to making a three-pointer during the third quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers in game five of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

Chandler Parsons to the Mavericks?

Parsons will suddenly make more money than Dirk Nowitzki, which is probably a little embarrassing.  That said, Parsons is actually quite underrated. Monta Ellis and Dirk will still run the show in Dallas if this restricted free agency signing goes down, but Parsons should still see an increased role from what we’ve seen in Houston. After all, Nowitzki and Ellis don’t shoot nearly as much as James Harden and Dwight Howard combined. Parsons still has solid mid-round value either way, but fantasy owners will prefer him in Dallas this year.

Chris Bosh was clearly a potential big ticket in Houston if LeBron jetted. However, even with that happening, Bosh has reportedly decided to stick in Miami with Dwyane Wade and try to salvage what they can together. That gives both Wade and Bosh mammoth fantasy value again, although Wade is a big injury risk thanks to his balky knees.

With Bosh no longer in the plans for the Rockets, they’ll now have to make the decision to let Dallas snatch Parsons up, or to match the offer.  Stay tuned.

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