Best retirements since wild NBA trade deadline

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The NBA trade deadline is almost always a very entertaining time for those who follow the league and play fantasy basketball. Still, this was perhaps the wildest trade deadline in NBA history, or at least in recent memory. As promised in last week’s article, this week’s waiver wire article aims to transcend commercial chaos. Without further ado, here are a handful of players for you to consider after a busy week of maneuvering and maneuvering. As usual, a list of recently recommended players is included at the end.

Tim Hardaway Jr., SG/SF, Dallas Mavericks (47% drafted)

Following the acquisition of Kyrie Irving, the Mavericks will rely heavily on Hardaway, who is averaging 19.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.0 3-pointers and 3.3 assists in 35.0 minutes over the past three games. Dorian Finney-Smith has been Dallas’ most versatile defender, capable of holding more positions, and while Josh Green (29% drafted) and Reggie Bullock (10% drafted) lead more defensively than Hardaway and should see an increase of fantasy value also, neither have the perimeter scoring potential that Hardaway offers. Those in deeper leagues where Hardaway has long been away from the waiver wire, or those in need of some defensive edge, may consider adding Green or Bullock instead.

Before the new year, Williams had already leapfrogged Nick Richards for the backup center gig behind Mason Plumlee, who was traded to the Clippers before the trade deadline. Boasting 36-minute averages of 18.2 points (64.8% FG, 73.5% FT), 13.4 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 1.9 steals in 25 appearances, it’s no surprise the rookie saw his roster percentage increase so rapidly (+29% Last Day ). If Williams is still available in your league, add him immediately. If he’s already been picked up, keep an eye on him in case he struggles in upcoming matchups against title-contending Celtics and Nuggets, leading someone to hastily drop him.

Whether or not he’s been slotted into a starting role – and it looks like he will be – Williams is arguably the biggest trade deadline winner from a fantasy perspective.

In the aftermath of Jakob Poeltl’s return to Toronto, Collins should earn the most minutes in center going forward this season. Though somewhat prone to turnover (1.9 TOV), Collins is having the best campaign of his career, with high career averages in scoring (9.5 PPG), assists (2.5 APG) and percentage of field goals (53.8% FG). All told, his 36-minute averages of 16.8 points, 10.1 boards, 4.3 dimes, 1.2 blocks and 1.0 triples over 44 appearances this season explain his significant roster percentage increase ( + 17% in the last day). As with Williams, Collins is an addition in all formats. Grab it now before it’s too late.

Diallo isn’t averaging a career high in any counting statistic, but he’s maintaining a scorching field goal percentage (57.6% FG) this season. There’s no guarantee Diallo will be the Piston who sees the most significant increase in playing time following the trade of starting forward Saddiq Bey, but if he is, his averages per 36 minutes of 18.0 points, 7 .2 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.0 steals suggest he could be a valuable contributor in most formats. Those in deeper leagues could do far worse than picking up a flyer on a player like Diallo, who has thrived in a smaller role and may be on the verge of earning far more minutes.

Horton-Tucker was out of the rotation for four straight games before the multi-team trade that sent Malik Beasley and Jarred Vanderbilt to the Lakers and Mike Conley to the Timberwolves. However, during Wednesday’s matchup against Minnesota, Horton-Tucker had 15 points, six dimes, a board and a block in 24 minutes. He has always been more comfortable with the ball in his hands than operating away from the action. While Collin Sexton turns out to be the lead perimeter playmaker, Horton-Tucker could get a fair number of reps on the ball from now on. Also, in terms of production per minute, Horton-Tucker is having his best season yet, with career 36-point averages of 16.4 points, 5.7 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in 42 appearances. .

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