Fantasy Fallout: NBA Depth Charts and Free Agency

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The NBA lockout has left us with a 16-day period between the opening of camps and free agency (Dec 9) and the start of the regular season (Dec 25). Depth charts are going to change quickly and often, and fantasy owners will have to react accordingly. A lot will happen in a short time and we'll be updating this page as details emerge with changes and reactions, as well as links to fallout and speculation. Note that some inconsequential deals will be reflected without analysis. Check back often and add your comments and/or questions below.

Last updated: Thu Dec 22, 6:43pm PT - latest updates include the fallout from Brook Lopez's foot injury and Chuck Hayes' medical clearance

East: ATL | BOS | CHA | CHI | CLE | DET | IND | MIA | MIL | NJN | NYK | ORL | PHI | TOR | WAS
West: DAL | DEN | GSW | HOU | LAC | LAL | MEM | MIN | NOR | OKC | PHO | POR | SAC | SAS | UTA

RFA = restricted free agent
UFA = unrestricted free agent
(player) = drafted/rookie for 2011-12

Atlanta Hawks

PG: Jeff Teague, Jannero Pargo, Kirk Hinrich +
SG: Joe Johnson, Tracy McGrady, Willie Green, Jerry Stackhouse
SF: Marvin Williams, Vladimir Radmanovic, Pape Sy
PF: Josh Smith, (Keith Benson)
C: Al Horford, Zaza Pachulia, Jason Collins

UFA: Josh Powell, Hilton Armstrong, Etan Thomas

[Signed Tracy McGrady - T-Mac inherits the soon-departed Crawford's role, but the completely different skill-set should mean more a bit more usage for Johnson, Smith, and Horford. T-Mac himself could settle in as a standard-league bench/fringe option if he holds down around 25 minutes per night. Buser]

[Other moves: signed Jerry Stackhouse, Vladimir Radmanovic, Jason Collins, Willie Green]

Boston Celtics

PG: Rajon Rondo, Keyon Dooling, Avery Bradley
SG: Ray Allen, Marquis Daniels, (E'Twaun Moore)
SF: Paul Pierce, Sasha Pavlovic
PF: Kevin Garnett, Brandon Bass, (JaJuan Johnson)
C: Jermaine O'Neal, Chris Wilcox, Greg Stiemsma

UFA: Carlos Arroyo, Chris Johnson, Jeff Green +

[Acquired Brandon Bass - Bass is a nice fit behind KG and should see around 30 minutes per game, given the team's lack of depth. Extrapolate Bass' numbers from last season to 30 minutes and you get 12.9 points, 6.4 boards, and 0.8 blocks, tied to excellent percentages. You could do a lot worse when it comes to late-round FC options. Buser]

[Other moves: acquired Keyon Dooling; Marquis Daniels, Chris Wilcox, Sasha Pavlovic, Greg Stiemsma]

Charlotte Bobcats

PG: D.J. Augustin, (Kemba Walker)
SG: Gerald Henderson, Matt Carroll, Reggie Williams +
SF: Corey Maggette, Dante Cunningham (RFA), Derrick Brown
PF: Tyrus Thomas, D.J. White, Eduardo Najera +
C: Boris Diaw, Bismack Biyombo, Melvin Ely, DeSagana Diop, Byron Mullens

UFA: Joel Przybilla, Morris Peterson

[Signed Reggie Williams - I was pulling for Williams to end up with a starting gig somewhere, but he at least figures to see very regular minutes behind Gerald Henderson and Corey Maggette, and neither of those players has a sterling record when it comes to staying healthy. This is a good signing for the Bobcats, who need offense anywhere and any way they can get it. UPDATE - Williams needs knee surgery and will miss 6-8 weeks. Buser]

[Other moves: signed Derrick Brown, Eduardo Najera, Melvin Ely; acquired Byron Mullens]

Chicago Bulls

PG: Derrick Rose, C.J. Watson
SG: Richard Hamilton, Ronnie Brewer
SF: Luol Deng, Kyle Korver, (Jimmy Butler)
PF: Carlos Boozer, Taj Gibson, Brian Scalabrine
C: Joakim Noah, Omer Asik

UFA: Keith Bogans, John Lucas

[Signed Richard Hamilton - Rip is a reasonable facsimile of the type of guard that the Bulls have needed alongside Derrick Rose, although the 33-year-old has seen his fantasy impact dwindle in recent years. He's made just 42% of his field goals over the past two seasons and provides very few useful numbers past some scoring and FT% help. There's a decent chance we'll see Rip shoot more threes with the Bulls, but he'll also sit regularly to allow Ronnie Brewer to play some defense and figures to stay fringey for fantasy purposes overall. Buser]

[Other moves: signed Brian Scalabrine, waived Keith Bogans]

Cleveland Cavaliers

PG: (Kyrie Irving), Ramon Sessions
SG: Anthony Parker, Daniel Gibson
SF: Omri Casspi, Alonzo Gee, Christian Eyenga
PF: Antawn Jamison, (Tristan Thompson), Samardo Samuels, Luke Harangody
C: Anderson Varejao, Semih Erden, Ryan Hollins

UFA: Leon Powe, Manny Harris, Joey Graham, Jawad Williams

[Signed Anthony Parker - All this does is cloud the potential for Daniel Gibson to actually do some things for fantasy owners. Parker was a starter in 65 of his 72 games last season, while Gibson started 15 of his 67 games. Buser]

[Waived Baron Davis - The Kyrie Irving era gets started immediately - technically it would have anyway, given Davis' back injury. Now we're locked in and the Cavs will look to consistently push the tempo with Irving, and he's got the ability to put up very solid fantasy numbers when it comes to scoring, FT%, threes, assists, and steals. You never have guarantees with rookies, but you can argue that Irving now belongs in the Rd7-8 draft range (current ADP 103.6). And don't forget Ramon Sessions on draft day, particulary in deep leagues - he needed only 26 minutes to average 13.3 points and 5.2 assists in 10-11 and we could see Irving and Sessions share the court at times. Buser]

[Other moves: waived Manny Harris]

Dallas Mavericks

PG: Jason Kidd, Delonte West, Rodrigue Beaubois
SG: Vince Carter, Jason Terry, Dominique Jones
SF: Shawn Marion, Brian Cardinal
PF: Dirk Nowitzki, Lamar Odom, Brandan Wright, Sean Williams
C: Brendan Haywood, Ian Mahinmi

UFA: Drew Neitzel

[Lost Caron Butler - Marion is looking at a lot of minutes between the two forward spots as it stands. Brewer will also have a shot to join the team's regular rotation - his defense and finishing ability are good fits. Buser]

[Lost Tyson Chandler - Brandan Haywood will reprise his role as the Mavs' starting center. He played very little behind Chandler last season but averaged 9.1 points on 56-percent shooting, 9.3 boards, and 2.1 blocks in 31 minutes during the 2009-10 season. Target him late for big man stats. Buser]

[Acquired Lamar Odom - Odom will have a familiar role with the defending champs as first big off the bench, and he'll be utilized as the matchup dictates. He'll give Dirk a rest at PF, shift to SF on occasion, and also match up with some unconventional centers when the situation is right. What Odom won't have in Dallas is the familiar upside of 30-plus starts that came when Andrew Bynum missed chunks of the season. Bump him down a bit on your draft board for that reason - in 47 games as a sub in 2010-11, Odom averaged 13 points, 1 three, 7.5 boards, and 2.7 assists in 29 minutes. This move also takes a bit of the shine off of Corey Brewer for deep-league purposes. Buser]

[Signed Vince Carter - If there's one thing we know about VC, it's that he sometimes needs everything to be just right for the numbers to come. It's hard to think of a better team setup than Dallas, so it's safe to upgrade Carter at least a bit from where you had him generally pegged as a free agent. No, I'm not going overboard here, but at worst he figures to be a solid late-round source of threes with steady minutes between SG and SF for the Mavs. Buser]

[Other moves: signed Delonte West, Brandan Wright, Brian Cardinal, Sean Williams]

Denver Nuggets

PG: Ty Lawson, Andre Miller
SG: Arron Afflalo, Rudy Fernandez
SF: Danilo Gallinari, Corey Brewer, (Jordan Hamilton)
PF: Nene Hilario, Al Harrington, (Kenneth Faried), Michael Ruffin
C: Timofey Mozgov, Chris Andersen, Kosta Koufos


[Acquired Rudy Fernandez and Corey Brewer - The Mavs had too much depth on the wings and the Nuggets desperately needed some. There's a chance that Fernandez works his way out of the NBA and back to his native Spain, but otherwise both he and Brewer should be second-unit regulars as the Nuggets' depth chart currently stands, albeit without significant upside. Buser]

[Re-signed Nene Hilario - This really seemed like the best fit from the start. He'll be a huge part of the rebuit Nuggets moving forward and the No.1 wish for fanasy owners should be a career-high in minutes played (31 minutes per game in 10-11). He'll slide to PF as George Karl and the Nuggets want to get Timofey Mozgov involved. The minutes behind the two starters will be worth monitoring. Buser]

[Other moves: signed Michael Ruffin]

Detroit Pistons

PG: Rodney Stuckey, (Brandon Knight), Will Bynum
SG: Ben Gordon, Damien Wilkins
SF: Tayshaun Prince, Austin Daye
PF: Charlie Villanueva, Jonas Jerebko, Jason Maxiell
C: Greg Monroe, Ben Wallace, (Vernon Macklin)

UFA: DaJuan Summers, Terrico White

[Re-signed Tayshaun Prince - Joe Dumars proves that loyalty isn't always a good thing. Unless a surprise trade emerges - Kaman was the obvious choice until the Clips signed Butler - then we're stuck watching promising youngsters Daye and Jerebko fight for minutes behind the marginally-impactful veteran. This one is a real head-scratcher. Buser]

[Bought out Richard Hamilton - The Pistons finally parted ways with Rip, a step forward after taking two steps back to re-sign Prince. Ben Gordon's prospects suddenly looks a lot brighter and he's now in the conversation for Rd9-10, but Rodney Stuckey is also likely to spend time at SG this coming season. Stuckey finished 2010-11 in strong fashion (splits) and could surprise fantasy owners, provided he can get and stay on the same page with Lawrence Frank. Keep an eye on Brandon Knight in camp - he's a skilled offensive player and should have an opportunity for minutes, but his FG% and AST:TO could be real problem areas. Buser]

[Other moves: signed Jonas Jerebko (RFA), Damien Wilkins]

Golden State Warriors

PG: Stephen Curry, (Charles Jenkins), Ishmael Smith
SG: Monta Ellis, (Klay Thompson), Brandon Rush
SF: Dorell Wright, Dominic McGuire
PF: David Lee, Ekpe Udoh
C: Kwame Brown, Andris Biedrins, (Jeremy Tyler)

UFA: Al Thornton, Acie Law, Charlie Bell

[Other moves: signed Kwame Brown, Dominic McGuire, Ishmael Smith; renounced Reggie Williams (RFA); waived Charlie Bell; traded Louis Amundson for Brandon Rush]

Houston Rockets

PG: Kyle Lowry, Goran Dragic, Jonny Flynn, Jeremy Lin
SG: Kevin Martin, Courtney Lee, Jermaine Taylor
SF: Chase Budinger, Terrence Williams, (Chandler Parsons)
PF: Luis Scola, Patrick Patterson, (Marcus Morris), Jeff Adrien
C: Samuel Dalembert, Jordan Hill, Hasheem Thabeet

UFA: DeMarre Carroll

[Signed Samuel Dalembert - The somewhat obvious move once the Rockets fell out of contention for Nene. Dalembert should approach 30 minutes for the Rockets as their "true" center, which would put his line right around 10/10/2. Feel free to grab him a round or two before his current ADP (128.8), particuarly if centers are getting thin in your draft. Buser]

[Other moves: signed Jermaine Taylor, Jeremy Lin, Jeff Adrien]

Indiana Pacers

PG: Darren Collison, A.J. Price, Lance Stephenson
SG: Paul George, George Hill
SF: Danny Granger, Dahntay Jones
PF: David West, Tyler Hansbrough, Louis Amundson, Jeff Pendergraph, Matt Rogers
C: Roy Hibbert, Jeff Foster

UFA: Solomon Jones

[Signed David West - West is a good fit for the Pacers and should help them improve their offensive efficiency, an area where the team really struggled in 2010-11. Keep West just inside your top 50, with a downgrade from his "usual" Rd3 standing because he's coming off ACL surgery and joining a new system that doesn't also feature Chris Paul. This should be a wash for where you've pegged Danny Granger's numbers - think a decrease in usage but an increase in quality of looks. Darren Collison certainly won't be hurt by the reunion with his former teammate, as West's mid-rage game is about as good as it gets at the PF position. Roy Hibbert figures to lose touches to West, so you have to hope he makes gains in boards and blocks if he's one of your draft targets. Buser]

[Other moves: signed Jeff Foster, Jeff Pendergraph, Matt Rogers; waived James Posey; traded Brandon Rush for Louis Amundson]

Los Angeles Clippers

PG: Chris Paul, Mo Williams, Eric Bledsoe +
SG: Chauncey Billups, Randy Foye, (Travis Leslie)
SF: Caron Butler, Ryan Gomes
PF: Blake Griffin, (Trey Thompkins), Brian Cook
C: DeAndre Jordan, Reggie Evans

UFA: Jamario Moon, Ike Diogu

[Signed Caron Butler - The ideal scenario here is that everyone gets familiar quickly and Butler eventually comes in around his career-highs in STL% and AST%. If the latter doesn't, then he's taking usage away from Griffin and Gordon, which isn't good for anyone. Butler is tough and smart and fills the team's last need position, however, so I'm certainly not going to call this a bad fit as it stands. The Clips will have a truly imposing (and more complementary) starting five once they are able to purge Kaman from the roster. Buser]

[Signed DeAndre Jordan - The Clips aren't going to pay Jordan $10 million this season to sit on the bench, so draft with confidence and know that Chris Kaman will play out the final season of his contract as a reserve if a suitable trade partner can't be found. Jordan is going to rebound, block shots, and lead the league in FG% if he shoots enough to qualify, but fantasy owners must account for his career mark of 41% (!) from the foul line. Buser]

[Signed Chauncey Billups - Billups joins one of the league's upwardly-mobile teams and gets to bask in the glow of the California sun while collecting his hefty paycheck, so there are worse fates. Obviously Mo Williams gets squashed here, even if Billups comes off the bench, and a timeshare at PG isn't going to help either player. As for the rest of the roster, nothing but good things can come from having so much quality PG play on one roster. Of course, a Chris Paul trade is still looming, right? Buser]

[Acquired Chris Paul - Detailed breakdown here]

[Other moves: signed Reggie Evans]

Los Angeles Lakers

PG: Derek Fisher, Steve Blake, (Darius Morris)
SG: Kobe Bryant, Jason Kapono, (Andrew Goudelock)
SF: Matt Barnes, Metta World Peace, Devin Ebanks, Luke Walton
PF: Pau Gasol, Josh McRoberts, Troy Murphy, (Ater Majok), Derrick Caracter +
C: Andrew Bynum

UFA: Trey Johnson, Theo Ratliff, Joe Smith

[Signed Josh McRoberts - An obvious downgrade from Odom here, but McBob has a broad skill-set that is tailor-made for Odom's old role. A power forward with three-point range, solid boards, steals and blocks, and a good assist-to-turnover ratio - does that sound familiar? McBob should be on deeper league rosters immediately and watched in general. Odom averaged 28 minutes in 47 games as a reserve in 10-11 (37 minutes in 35 starts). Buser]

[Signed Troy Murphy - Murphy is fourth big on the depth chart and will at least see regular minutes to start the season, while Bynum serves his five-game suspension. Murphy averaged 14.6 points on 47% FG, 1.8 thress (38%), and 10.2 boards two seasons ago and then totaled just 466 minutes in 10-11, so it's something of a toss-up as to how well he'll perform. Deep-leaguers should certainly give him a look and watch the early box scores to see how Murph and McBob compare. One of them is going to end up with regular rotation spot. Buser]

[Other moves: signed Jason Kapono]

Memphis Grizzlies

PG: Mike Conley, Greivis Vasquez, (Josh Selby)
SG: Tony Allen, O.J. Mayo, Jeremy Pargo, Xavier Henry
SF: Rudy Gay, Sam Young
PF: Zach Randolph, Mikki Moore, Darrell Arthur +
C: Marc Gasol, Hamed Haddadi

UFA: Jason Williams

[Other moves: signed Marc Gasol (RFA), Jeremy Pargo, Mikki Moore; waived Ishmael Smith]

Miami Heat

PG: Mario Chalmers, (Norris Cole), Eddie House
SG: Dwyane Wade, James Jones
SF: LeBron James, Shane Battier, Mike Miller
PF: Chris Bosh, Udonis Haslem, Juwan Howard
C: Joel Anthony, Dexter Pittman, Eddy Curry

UFA: Erick Dampier

[Signed Shane Battier - A phenomenal "real-life" signing with a bit less fantasy impact. Battier's ultra-efficent game is ideal alongside Miami's trio, and he should be good for his normal production in 25-30 minutes per game. Draft him late in roto leagues and target him heavily if you are employing a punt- points strategy in h2h. The signing also means that Mike Miller will struggle for minutes when healthy, and the Heat may now opt against bringing Mario Chalmers back, which would then put rookie Norris Cole (solid college numbers here) in line for regular-ish minutes. Buser]

[Signed Eddy Curry - Curry scored at a good clip when he attempted a lot of shots as recently as five seasons ago. The fact that he did nothing - or nothing else, depending on how you look at it - to help his teams win basketball games, even at his best, means that he'll be relegated to garbage minutes throughout the season. But this is a no-risk move for the Heat and may eventually breathe new life into The Eddy Curry Line. Buser]

[Re-signed Mario Chalmers - Chalmers did average 1.3 threes and 1.1 steals in his 28 starts last season (26 minutes), but that wasn't not enough to offset 7.4 points and 2.8 assists. Chalmers will remain largely inconsequential here. Buser]

[Other moves: signed James Jones, Juwan Howard]

Milwaukee Bucks

PG: Brandon Jennings, Beno Udrih, Shaun Livingston
SG: Stephen Jackson, Mike Dunleavy, Darington Hobson
SF: Carlos Delfino, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, (Tobias Harris)
PF: Drew Gooden, Ersan Ilyasova, (Jon Leuer)
C: Andrew Bogut, Larry Sanders, Jon Brockman

UFA: Michael Redd, Earl Boykins

[Signed Mike Dunleavy - Dunleavy will play behind S-Jax and Delfino on the wing and his fantasy impact will remain limited for at least as long as both of those players remain healthy. Buser]

[Other moves: traded Keyon Dooling; signed Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (RFA), Darington Hobson]

Minnesota Timberwolves

PG: (Ricky Rubio), J.J. Barea, Luke Ridnour
SG: Wes Johnson, Wayne Ellington, (Malcolm Lee), Martell Webster +
SF: Michael Beasley, (Derrick Williams)
PF: Kevin Love, Anthony Tolliver, Anthony Randolph
C: Darko Milicic, Nikola Pekovic, Brad Miller

UFA: Robert Vaden

[Signed J.J. Barea - The assumption for now is that Barea will move ahead of Luke Ridnour as the primary backup to Ricky Rubio, and there are technically minutes available behind Wes Johnson at SG. If Barea isn't in the team's plans at both guard spots, then the signing makes even less sense than it does on face value alone. Barea is looking like at least a late flyer, while Ridnour loses much of his late-round appeal as a result of the move. Buser]

New Jersey Nets

PG: Deron Williams, Jordan Farmar
SG: Anthony Morrow, (Marshon Brooks), DeShawn Stevenson
SF: Damion James, Ime Udoka
PF: Kris Humphries, Shawne Williams, Shelden Williams
C: Mehmet Okur, Johan Petro, (Jordan Williams), Brook Lopez +

UFA: Sasha Vujacic, Sundiata Gaines, Dan Gadzuric, Quinton Ross, Stephen Graham, Mario West, Ben Uzoh

[Waived Travis Outlaw and signed Shawne Williams - The Nets scrub Outlaw from their books and add the sneaky-good Williams to the roster. Williams can play either forward spot and his per-36s in 10-11 included 2.3 threes, 6.5 boards, 1.1 steals, and 1.4 blocks, so keep him in mind as a late flyer while we wait to see how big his scope of opportunity remains. Buser]

[Re-signed Kris Humphries - Hump re-signs for one year after a tepid response from other teams in the free agent market. He finished second in the league in rebounding rate in 10-11, the major reasons for Lopez's decline in the statistic, and both players are set up to approximate those same numbers. And of course, both will benefit significantly on offense from a full season with Deron Williams. Target Hump for FG%, boards, and occasional block-plus-steals just inside the top 100. Buser]

[Lost Brook Lopez to injury, traded for Mehmet Okur - The Nets traded for Okur to fill in for Brook Lopez, who is out indefinitely with a stress fracture in his right foot. Timelines for this injury can vary from six weeks to three months, depending on the severity and rate of healing, so we have to hope for a better idea of his specific timeline following Dec 23 surgery. He's likely lost for a good portion of the season in any case, but hold until we have some more clarity here. Okur steps right in to plenty of playing time, which is good for fantasy purposes, but we'll have to see how he much he can handle after totaling just 168 minutes in 10-11 (Achilles). Okur also has a long history of back problems, so for now just take your free center from the wire and don't complain if he can't stay healthy. Lopez's injury also locks in Kris Humphries as the rock of the Nets frontcourt, so target him wherever you can. He's going to stay massive on the glass and should inherit many inside baskets that would have otherwise gone to Lopez - the majority of Okur's field goal attempts come from the perimeter. All of the Nets' other starters will also see a few more touches as a result of the loss of Lopez. Deep-leaguers should take a look at Shawne Williams, who should now play regularly at both forward spots and can be a sneaky-good source of combined threes, steals, and blocks. Buser]

[Other moves: signed Shelden Williams, Ime Udoka, DeShawn Stevenson, waived Stephen Graham]

New Orleans Hornets

PG: Jarrett Jack
SG: Eric Gordon, Marco Belinelli
SF: Trevor Ariza, Al-Farouq Aminu, Quincy Pondexter
PF: Carl Landry, Jason Smith
C: Emeka Okafor, Chris Kaman

UFA: Marcus Banks, David Andersen, D.J. Mbenga

[Lost David West - The Hornets have a gaping hole in their starting lineup where their second-best player used to be and are desperate for depth everywhere but PG. Of course, this all hinges on a possible CP3 trade, so we'll just have to continue to sit and wait. Buser]

[Traded Chris Paul - Detailed breakdown here]

[Signed Carl Landry - Landry adds much-needed depth and is not without some offensive talent. We have yet to see how the rotation will work out, but it's not out of the realm of possibility that Okafor moves to PF and Landry comes off the bench. Don't go overboard with expectations for Landry in any case - his career per-30 minute averages include 14.5 points, 6.2 boards, 0.9 assists, 0.6 steals, and 0.6 blocks. Buser]

[Other moves: signed Jason Smith, waived David Andersen]

New York Knicks

PG: Toney Douglas, Mike Bibby, Baron Davis +
SG: Landry Fields, (Iman Shumpert), Bill Walker
SF: Carmelo Anthony, Renaldo Balkman
PF: Amar'e Stoudemire, Jared Jeffries, Steve Novak
C: Tyson Chandler, Jerome Jordan, (Josh Harrellson)

UFA: Kelenna Azubuike

[Waived Chauncey Billups and signed Tyson Chandler - The Knicks decided that Douglas and Chandler as starters gave them a better chance to win games than Billups and Ronny Turiaf (traded to Washington) and made the moves to get it done. Chandler was brought to the team to play defense and free Amar'e from having to do so. A double-double is almost certainly in order, but don't count on a repeat of his 65% FG now that he's no longer teammates with an elite passer. The real winner here is Douglas, who will look to build on his late-season success from 10-11 (final 24 games: 29 minutes, 14.3 points, 2.7 threes, 4.8 assists, 1.1 turnovers). Douglas will run with the first unit even if Mike Bibby is signed and will be among the league's leaders in 3PM - he immediately can be argued ahead of players like Jason Terry and Jameer Nelson. But make no mistake, the offense as a whole will run through Melo and Amar'e and both are locked in for massive seasons. Billups was utterly stunned by the entire turn of events and could retire if he doesn't end up in a very favorable situation, so stay tuned. Also stay tuned for the Knicks to add depth at FC - whoever is brought on board will immediately have a spot in the regular rotation. Buser]

[Signed Mike Bibby - Toney Douglas is significantly better than Bibby at this point of his career, so I don't see this signing as anything more than cheap, veteran depth. Bibby can hit an open three with some regularity, but he's ineffectual on offense otherwise and one of the league's biggest defensive liabilities at any position. Buser]

[Signed Baron Davis - The Knicks have big plans on paper for a healthy Davis, but there is real mystery surrounding his back and when he'll be able to return to game action. There has been speculation that his injury was exaggerated so that the Cavs would cut him and no teams under the cap would claim him. That's a completely reasonable scenario, but all signs point to his missing at least a month due to a bulging disk. Once he is declared fit, he'll need practices to get his conditioning back and acclimate to his teammates. And what if Toney Douglas starts the season in fantastic fashion and the Knicks are off to a strong start around him? That's not an outlandish scenario in the least. Does D'Antoni simply interject Davis into the starting lineup at that point? There are clearly more questions than answers right now. I've downgraded Douglas a bit but not much, given that he'll start for at least a portion of the season, and in any scenario Davis isn't going to be ready for starter's minutes any time soon. All things considered, I'm in no hurry to roster Davis in any of my leagues. Buser]

[Other moves: signed Jared Jeffries, Jerome Jordan, Steve Novak]

Oklahoma City Thunder

PG: Russell Westbrook, Eric Maynor, Royal Ivey, Nate Robinson
SG: Thabo Sefolosha, James Harden, (Reggie Jackson)
SF: Kevin Durant, Daequan Cook, Lazar Hayward
PF: Serge Ibaka, Nick Collison
C: Kendrick Perkins, Nazr Mohammed, Cole Aldrich


[Other moves: signed Daequan Cook (RFA), acquired Lazar Hayward, traded Byron Mullens]

Orlando Magic

PG: Jameer Nelson, Chris Duhon
SG: Jason Richardson, J.J. Redick, Von Wafer
SF: Hedo Turkoglu, Earl Clark, Quentin Richardson, (DeAndre Liggins)
PF: Ryan Anderson, Glen Davis, (Justin Harper)
C: Dwight Howard [trade?] Daniel Orton

UFA: Gilbert Arenas (amnesty), Malik Allen

[Acquired Glen Davis - Davis certainly isn't in line for more minutes (30) or production (11.7 points, 45% FG, 5.5 boards) than he saw last season, and Anderson is a better fit as a starter alongside Howard in the team's current build. Davis may be taken ahead of Anderson in your draft, but you should know that Anderson did much more for fantasy teams in 2010-11 (10.6 points, 43% FG, 2.1 threes, 5.6 boards) in much less time (22 minutes). Buser]

[Signed Jason Richardson - Keep J-Rich where you had him on your draft board, in that Rd6-7 range. Move J.J. Redick down if you were thinking that he'd end up as the starter for a minute there. Buser]

[Other moves: waived Gilbert Arenas; signed Von Wafer, Earl Clark]

Philadelphia 76ers

PG: Jrue Holiday, Louis Williams
SG: Jodie Meeks, Evan Turner
SF: Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young, Andres Nocioni [amnesty?]
PF: Elton Brand, Marreese Speights, Craig Brackins, (Lavoy Allen)
C: Spencer Hawes, (Nikola Vucevic), Tony Battie

UFA: Darius Songaila

[Other moves: signed Thaddeus Young (RFA), Spencer Hawes (RFA), Tony Battie]

Phoenix Suns

PG: Steve Nash, Ronnie Price, Sebastian Telfair
SG: Jared Dudley, Shannon Brown
SF: Grant Hill, Josh Childress
PF: Channing Frye, (Markieff Morris), Hakim Warrick
C: Marcin Gortat, Robin Lopez, Garret Siler

UFA: Zabian Dowdell

[Signed Shannon Brown - This looks like bad news for Dudley at first glance, but he played more minutes at SF than any other position in 10 -11 and likely starts there, ahead of Childress. Brown lacks polish but is a superb athlete and could be an excellent late source of steals-plus-threes if he settles in as the Suns' starting SG. Buser]

[Re-signed Grant Hill - Hill turned down (better) offers elsewhere to return to the Suns and cloud the picture at shooting guard, as he'll most certainly retain his starting SF gig. Dudley's ideal position is SF but the Suns may choose to start him over Brown as the incumbant. Hill will top out at 30 minutes per game once again, but this does mean that neither Dudley nor Brown are going to be looking at true starter's minutes in any scenario that doesn't involve a major injury. Hill is a last-round glue guy for roto or efficient h2h teams, Dudley is now "just" a late-round pick for threes and steals, and Brown is a fringe option in standard leagues. Note: the previously announced Pietrus trade has been withdrawn due to the results of his physical, and he was subsequently waived. Buser]

[Other moves: signed Sebastian Telfair, Ronnie Price, waived Mickael Pietrus]

Portland Trail Blazers

PG: Raymond Felton, (Nolan Smith), Armon Johnson
SG: Wesley Matthews, Jamal Crawford, Elliot Williams, (Jon Diebler)
SF: Gerald Wallace, Nicolas Batum, Luke Babbitt, (Tanguy Ngombo)
PF: LaMarcus Aldridge, Craig Smith
C: Marcus Camby, Kurt Thomas, Greg Oden +

UFA: Earl Barron

[Brandon Roy retired - A real shame for basektball fans in general, as Roy was one of the good ones in just about every sense of the word. The fantasy repercussions are guarantees of minutes for Matthews (71.1 ADP) and Batum (109.2 ADP), and both look like excellent investments at the current price, Batum in particular. Buser]

[Signed Jamal Crawford - Crawford will provide the Blazers' second unit with experience and offensive assertiveness, and he should be able to approximate the 30-minute role he had in Atlanta. I don't see the signing as a reason to downgrade Wesley Matthews - this team had bodies at guard but nobody you could be comfortable with in a substantial role entering the season. Now it's looking like a three-man rotation of Felton, Matthews, and Crawford. Buser]

[Other moves: signed Kurt Thomas, Craig Smith]

Sacramento Kings

PG: Tyreke Evans, (Jimmer Fredette), (Isaiah Thomas)
SG: Marcus Thornton, Francisco Garcia
SF: John Salmons, Travis Outlaw, Donte Greene, (Tyler Honeycutt)
PF: Chuck Hayes, J.J. Hickson, Jason Thompson
C: DeMarcus Cousins, Hassan Whiteside

UFA: Pooh Jeter, Luther Head, Darnell Jackson

[Chuck Hayes update - So... the Kings have signed Hayes again after a second medical opinion cleared him of any serious heart issues. He's back in as the team's starting power forward, which means his underrated production puts him back in the top 100, and it's great news for the development of DeMarcus Cousins, who gets to see how a true professional conducts himself on both ends of the court. In 63 starts last season (30 minutes), Hayes averaged 8.6 points on 54% FG, 8.7 boards, 3.1 assists, 1.2 steals, and 0.7 blocks. Drop Hickson back down a few pegs on your draft sheet, as he's back to the bench, and move Jason Thompson to the waiver wire. Buser]

[Other moves: signed Marcus Thornton (RFA), Travis Outlaw]

San Antonio Spurs

PG: Tony Parker, T.J. Ford, (Cory Joseph)
SG: Manu Ginobili, Gary Neal, James Anderson
SF: Richard Jefferson, (Kawhi Leonard)
PF: Tim Duncan, Matt Bonner
C: DeJuan Blair, Tiago Splitter

UFA: Da'Sean Butler, Danny Green, Chris Quinn, Gani Lawal

[Other moves: signed T.J. Ford, lost Antonio McDyess (retirement)]

Toronto Raptors

PG: Jose Calderon [amnesty?], Jerryd Bayless, Anthony Carter
SG: DeMar DeRozan, Leandro Barbosa, Rasual Butler
SF: James Johnson, Linas Kleiza, Gary Forbes
PF: Andrea Bargnani, Amir Johnson
C: Ed Davis, Aaron Gray, Solomon Alabi, Jamaal Magloire

UFA: Joey Dorsey, Julian Wright, Alexis Ajinca

[Note: the previously announced Mickael Pietrus trade was cancelled after he essentially failed his physical examination. Buser]

[Other moves: signed Rasual Butler, Gary Forbes, Aaron Gray, Jamaal Magloire, Anthony Carter]

Utah Jazz

PG: Devin Harris, Earl Watson, Jamaal Tinsley
SG: C.J. Miles, (Alec Burks), Raja Bell
SF: Gordon Hayward, Josh Howard, Jeremy Evans, Trey Gilder
PF: Paul Millsap, Derrick Favors
C: Al Jefferson, (Enes Kanter)

UFA: Andrei Kirilenko, Kyrylo Fesenko, Francisco Elson, Keith McLeod

[Traded Mehmet Okur - This gives some much-welcomed clarity to the Jazz frontcourt, with the pecking order at center now clearly being Al Jeff and Enes Kanter. Paul Millsap and Derrick Favors will compete for playing time at power forward, but that should be alleviated by Millsap's ability to play small forward in certain matchups, while Favors can slide to center. Favors gets a nice bump here, while Kanter should be on deep league Watch Lists. Buser]

[Other moves: signed Earl Watson, Jamaal Tinsley, Trey Gilder, Josh Howard]

Washington Wizards

PG: John Wall, (Shelvin Mack)
SG: Nick Young, Jordan Crawford, Roger Mason
SF: Rashard Lewis [amnesty?], Maurice Evans, (Jan Vesely), (Chris Singleton)
PF: Andray Blatche, Trevor Booker, Kevin Seraphin
C: JaVale McGee, Ronny Turiaf, Hamady N'Diaye

UFA: Yi Jianlian, Othyus Jeffers, Cartier Martin, Larry Owens

[Other moves: acquired Ronny Turiaf, waived Larry Owens]

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