Now that the NBA trade deadline is behind us, we'll soon start seeing the same deadline pass in fantasy leagues. Default league managers have just over a week remaining until the March 6 deadline, so there is precious little time remaining to make some team assessments and attempts at negotiations. While you can still make add/drops down the stretch, clearly the best way to significantly alter your team's makeup is by making a trade. Don't hesitate to go big-time like the Mavs or Cavs did at the deadline, but also don't underestimate the impact that even the most low-key of deals can have on your team moving forward.
WEEKEND UPDATE: Need-to-know info from the past few days
• Gerald Wallace was unconscious for about 13 minutes and suffered amnesia after taking an elbow from Mikki Moore on Friday. He was diagnosed with a grade 3 concussion, the most serious kind, and is expected to miss at least two weeks as he recovers, according to the Charlotte Observer. What's just as troubling is that this is Wallace's fourth concussion in four seasons with the Bobcats. According to the Associated Press, he's been dealing with post-concussion symptoms over the past few days – headaches, drowsiness, and soreness in his neck and jaw – and he'll meet with a neurologist later this week. Fantasy owners should plan on the initial two-week timeframe proving to be conservative, as G-Wall's long-term health is going to take precedent here. Just don't make any hasty moves until news emerges from his meetings with doctors later in the week. Jared Dudley will start for Wallace, but he's not likely to warrant fantasy consideration – in his nine starts on the season, he's averaged 6.8 points on 41 percent shooting, 5.4 boards, and 0.6 steals in 28 minutes. Jason Richardson and Nazr Mohammed should see their roles increase in the interim, as well.
• Brandon Roy's MRI on Sunday revealed an aggravated right ankle sprain and he's listed as day-to-day, according to The Oregonian. He left Sunday's game early and he's been playing with pain for the past few weeks, so it shouldn't come as a huge shock that he's likely to miss at least the next two games. "I'd say I've been playing at about 70-75 percent since it happened," said Roy. He's expected to meet with team doctors today to discuss a plan of action, so we should have a more specific timetable over the next few days. "I don't think I'll have to shut it down for the rest of the season, but maybe the next couple of games," added Roy. "The way it felt [Sunday], I can't see it going away by the next game." Travis Outlaw should see a boost in fantasy impact while Roy sits – he scored 24 points on Sunday and has averaged 23 points on 51 percent shooting, 1 three, and 1 steal over the past four games.
Other Injury Updates: Caron Butler won't play Monday and his prospects for a return within the next few games are not looking good. Wizards coach Eddie Jordan has asked Butler to back off his rehabbing and simply try to let his strained left hip flexor heal before attempting to practice again, according to The Washington Post. He's now sat out eight straight games and 11 of the past 13 because of the injury … You can scratch "Gilbert Arenas' return" off of March 2 on your calendar. After tentatively setting Sunday as his target date, Arenas still does not know when he'll be able to fully participate in practices, let alone return to a game. "I just have to wait and see," said Arenas. "Right now, it's just about getting back into shape so that when I do go out there, I can help the team" … Jermaine O'Neal remains on an indefinite timetable, but said over the weekend that he "hopes" to return to practice "soon" and would like to return to the lineup "at some point" this season … Mike Miller had an MRI on his ailing back over the weekend. "They found something in there that was hitting a nerve, but it's nothing serious," said Miller. He's listed as day-to-day and is a likely candidate to sit out on Tuesday … Chris Kaman is doubtful for Monday, according to the Los Angeles Times, after missing Saturday night's game with a sore lower back … Stephen Jackson says that his sprained ankle is about 90 percent and he expects to play Tuesday, according to the Contra Costa Times … According to the Indianapolis Star, Jamaal Tinsley was expected to return from his knee injury last week but has yet to even return to practice … Andrew Bynum has been running in a pool with positive reports, but he remains about a month away in a best-case scenario … Elton Brand has been going through non-contact drills without incident, but he has yet to rejoin a full practice, according to the Los Angeles Times. He's still at least a couple of weeks away.
Lineup changes/position battles: Dorell Wright isn't expected to miss any time after losing two teeth on Sunday, but he is expected to be replaced in the starting lineup by Udonis Haslem on Tuesday, according to the Sun-Sentinel, with Shawn Marion sliding to SF. Look for Mark Blount's minutes to dip just a bit with Haslem's return, as well … Randy Foye has officially returned to the Timberwolves' starting five, joining Sebastian Telfair in the backcourt. Rashad McCants may have made his last start of the season, barring a Foye injury, but Marko Jaric could step back in if Telfair struggles … Devin Brown will remain the Cavs' starting SG for the foreseeable future – in his 780 career starts, he's averaged 10.7 points, 1.1 threes, 3.6 rebounds, and 0.7 steals in 28 minutes.
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Tyrus Thomas (F – Chicago); Joakim Noah (FC – Chicago)
Thomas and Noah will be given every opportunity to succeed in the wake of the Ben Wallace trade. They will now share the backcourt minutes with Drew Gooden, and all three players are likely to average around 30 minutes down the stretch. Over the past four games, Thomas has averaged 14 points on 50 percent shooting, 8.8 boards, 3.8 assists, 1.3 steals, and 3 blocks in 31 minutes per game. Noah has averaged 9.2 points on 48 percent shooting, 8 boards, 1.2 steals, and 0.4 blocks in 30 minutes during his five starts. Thomas clearly has more upside, but don't underestimate Noah's ability to put up reasonable C2 numbers.
Delonte West (G – Cleveland)
West is the new starting PG for the Cavs, and he's got a very good chance to match his career numbers in the starting five. They include 12.2 points, 1.1 threes, 3.7 boards, 4.6 assists, 1.2 steals, and 0.6 blocks in 131 games. He's made just six of 24 shots in two games since joining the Cavs, but he's also totaled 13 assists and four steals in two games.
Nate Robinson (G – New York)
Robinson's shot has been off, but he's back in the starting five and contributing in a number of categories. Over the past four games, all starts, he's averaged 12.3 points on 36 percent shooting, 1.3 threes, 5.8 boards, 4 assists, and 1.3 steals in 36 minutes per game. Once the shots start falling with a bit more regularity, that line will look that much better.
Hakim Warrick (F – Memphis)
Warrick deserves a look from fantasy owners who need a boost in scoring and field goal percentage. He's averaged 20.8 points on 55 percent shooting and 8.7 rebounds in 37 minutes over the past six games. He's clearly looking at 30-plus minutes moving forward, even if a healthy Mike Miller and a productive Juan Carlos Navarro would keep him below his recent level of playing time. It's doubtful that he'll keep putting up 20 every game, but his career averages (as a starter) of 15 points on 51 percent shooting and 6.7 boards are within reach.
Marcus Williams (G – New Jersey)
You've got a very small window in which to extract maximum impact from Williams. Devin Harris is still at least a week away, so you'll get numbers for at least three more games. In his past four starts, he's averaged 12.3 points on 49 percent shooting, 1.8 threes, 4.3 boards, 6.5 assists, 3.5 turnovers, and 1 steal in 33 minutes per game.
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Lamar Odom (F – LA Lakers) Pau Gasol's arrival has proven to be a boon for Odom. In ten games alongside Pau, Odom has averaged 15.6 points on 63 percent shooting, 0.7 threes, 12.3 boards, 4.4 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.8 blocks. And there was much rejoicing.
Rashard Lewis (F – Orlando) Lewis appears to have adjusted to his Orlando teammates, and he's back to his familiar, hyper-efficient ways. Over the past 11 games, he's averaged 17.6 points on 47 percent shooting, 2.9 threes, 4.8 boards, 2.9 assists, 1.5 steals, and 0.7 blocks.
Vince Carter (GF – New Jersey) Fantasy owners are hoping that the Jason Kidd trade will serve as a catalyst for VC in the seasons' second half. Over the past six games, he's averaged 22.2 points on 48 percent shooting, 1.2 threes, 7 boards, 6.7 assists, and 2 steals.
J.R. Smith (G – Denver) Smith has been raining shots from downtown lately, and he'll have fantasy value for as long as they continue to fall. Over the past six games, he's averaged 22 points on 50 percent shooting and 5.2 threes (on 10.5 attempts) in 24 minutes per game.
Thabo Sefolosha (GF – Chicago) Sefolosha put up a good line as a starter, 12.3 points on 47 percent shooting, 0.4 threes, 6.1 boards, 1.5 steals, and 0.7 blocks, but he figures to be the biggest loser in terms of playing time with Larry Hughes coming aboard and Ben Gordon and Luol Deng getting healthy.
Morris Peterson (GF – New Orleans) This is a bit of a preemptive move, but Bonzi Wells figures to replace Mo-Pete in the starting lineup in very short order. It's not just because of his offensive struggles, although they've been substantial (8.4 points on 40 percent shooting) – he's also failed to make much of an impact on defense, and Wells is a significant upgrade over Jannero Pargo in that regard.
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Things remain tight at the top, with a few teams also staying above the muddle mess in the middle. It certainly is going to be interesting down the stretch. This week's transactions included a Peja Stojakovic for David West swap – players who were added or dropped included Antonio Daniels, Andray Blatche, Linas Kleiza, Tim Thomas, Wally Szczerbiak, Luis Scola, and Mark Blount, among others.