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Looking ahead at key numbers for the second half
|by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com|
|(1/26/15) At the Fantasy Basketball Today blog, Chris Towers took a look at some key numbers for a number of Fantasy relevant players for the second half of the season. Click over to see his second half over/under lines for Brandon Knight, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Danny Green, DeMarcus Cousins, James Harden, Jimmy Butler, Joe Johnson, Kemba Walker, Kyle Korver, Lance Stephenson, Pau Gasol, Stephen Curry and Trevor Ariza.
Report: Hornets, Nets discussing Lance Stephenson, Joe Johnson trade
|by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com|
|(1/25/15) The Hornets and Nets have reportedly re-opened trade talks with the focus on guards Joe Johnson and Lance Stephenson, according to Yahoo Sports NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski.
Brooklyn and Charlotte are looking at a larger deal which would include Stephenson, Gerald Henderson and Marvin Williams.
Johnson has recently dealt with tendinitis in his knee and ankle and is due to make $24.9 million next season.
If you own Lance Stephenson, you're stuck
|by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com|
|(1/16/15) It's easy to understand why Fantasy owners are so frustrated with Lance Stephenson. He spent the first two months of the season bricking every shot he took, and then missed 14 games recovering from a groin injury amid a swirl of trade rumors, the latest of which would have had the Hornets dumping him for little in return. At this point, what do you have to gain from having him on your roster?
Quite a bit, actually, even if he hasn't given any evidence of that so far this season. Stephenson was a borderline top-75 Fantasy option in Rotisserie leagues a year ago, and made it into the top-20 among guards in raw Fantasy scoring as well. Say what you will about what Stephenson has done in Charlotte -- and there isn't much positive to say -- but his upside is clear if you can step back a bit. If you have held on to him for this long, what sense is there in dumping him now, when he might just be able to turn things around.
Stephenson has struggled with his shot all season long, making just 8 of 53 3-point attempts, and is shooting just 44.0 percent on 2-pointers as well. He was a 49.1 percent shooter from the field and made 86 3-pointers a year ago, so you probably want to bet on him regressing a bit. The fact of the matter is, nobody is going to give you anything worthwhile for Stephenson, and you probably won't find anyone with the kind of upside he showed in 2013 on waivers, so you might be stuck.
Reports: Nets are holding up three-way trade with Hornets, Thunder
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(1/16/15) The Nets have stalled trade talks with the Hornets and Thunder because they're trying to change some of the players in the deal, reports Chris Broussard of ESPN. Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer called the three-way deal "dead," at least for now.
It was previously reported that the Nets were looking to send center Brook Lopez to the Thunder. Hornets shooting guard Lance Stephenson would have gone to the Nets and Thunder shooting guard Jeremy Lamb and Nets point guard Jarrett Jack would have been Charlotte-bound.
|Picking up Lance Stephenson early in the year might have been one of the best free-agent decisions you could have made in Fantasy last season. His production peaked between Weeks 7 and 9, when he averaged 38 Fantasy points per game over that 21-day span. As the Pacers declined after the All-Star Break, so too did Stephenson's numbers, but he was still useful to the end. This year, he'll be on another slow, defensive-minded team in Charlotte, but there's a good chance he'll be even more of a focal point on offense. He'll replace Josh McRoberts as the Hornets' unorthodox distributor and won't have Paul George to concede shots to on the wing. Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson will still command touches, but, if anything, Stephenson has shown a knack for being useful even when the game plan has nothing to do with him. He's still a risk, but he'll be worth an early-to-mid round pick this year because of his upside and opportunity.
(Updated 8/27/14) |
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