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Courtside Seat: 2012 trade deadline recap

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The 2012 NBA trade deadline will likely be remembered more for who didn't get dealt rather than the players who actually switched teams. Many of the superstars rumored to be traded -- Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol, Rajon Rondo, Steve Nash, etc. -- are still in their same cities.

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But we still had plenty of drama.

The biggest trade was a three-team deal involving Nene going from Denver to Washington, JaVale McGee moving from Washington to Denver and Nick Young leaving the Wizards for the Clippers. The Fantasy value for Nene and McGee won't change much, but Young is another story.

Stephen Jackson was traded again, this time from Golden State to San Antonio for Richard Jefferson, which happened just days after he was traded from Milwaukee to the Warriors. Does anyone want this guy, including Fantasy owners?

And Portland unloaded two starters by trading Marcus Camby to Houston and Gerald Wallace to New Jersey while also firing coach Nate McMillan. It is officially rebuilding time for the Trail Blazers.

It was a busy day and Fantasy owners will likely benefit and suffer from many of the moves. With that in mind, we're here to help with five winners and losers following the end of the trade deadline.

Winners

Ramon Sessions, point guard, Lakers
Sessions was traded from Cleveland to the Lakers along with Christian Eyenga for Jason Kapono and Luke Walton. He escapes his reserve role behind standout rookie Kyrie Irving and should start for the Lakers, who helped him by trading Derek Fisher to Houston. Sessions will be the No. 4 option at best for the Lakers behind Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum and Gasol, but the increased playing time should help his value in all formats.

Gerald Wallace, small forward, Nets
Wallace was traded from Portland to New Jersey for Mehmet Okur, Shawne Williams and a draft pick. Fantasy owners should be excited because Wallace has the chance to turn around a down campaign. He is averaging almost 2.0 points and 1.5 rebounds less than he did last season and he thrived the last time he was in the Eastern Conference with Charlotte. The Nets need scoring and Wallace will play well with new point guard Deron Williams.

Jordan Crawford, shooting guard, Wizards
With Young going to the Clippers, Crawford now has the starting shooting guard spot all to himself. Crawford has started the last seven games for the Wizards, during which time he is averaging 14.9 points per game on 37 percent shooting from the field. And most of those games were shared with Young, so now his production should rise. This move is a big win for Crawford owners.

Klay Thompson, shooting guard, Warriors
With Monta Ellis being traded from Golden State to Milwaukee, Thompson is now the starting shooting guard for the Warriors. And with Stephen Curry (foot) out, he is being asked to do a lot of scoring, which has been great for his Fantasy value. In two games since Ellis was traded, Thompson is averaging 20.0 points and 4.5 assists. He should only improve, especially with Jackson now out of the way with his trade to San Antonio, so add him if he's available.

Chris Kaman, center, Hornets
Kaman was almost guaranteed to be traded but he remains with the Hornets. There is still a chance he could receive a buyout but since he's still in New Orleans he can remain a focal point on offense. He has four double-doubles in his past six games with 10 blocks over that span and Kaman should remain a starter in all leagues, especially with Emeka Okafor still dealing with a knee injury.

Losers

Monta Ellis, shooting guard, Bucks
Ellis is not going to regress dramatically going from the Warriors to the Bucks, but he likely won't be as productive with his new team. Sharing a backcourt with Brandon Jennings could be dicey since Jennings has a quicker trigger than Curry and the Bucks just don't score at the same pace as the Warriors. Ellis will remain a must-start option in all leagues but his value has declined following this trade.

Marcus Camby, center, Rockets
Camby already was a shell of the player he used to be and he has just four games with double digits in points on the season. Now he goes to Houston where he will split time with Samuel Dalembert. Camby will still rebound and block shots, so owners in category-based leagues should be all right if Camby was a starter. But in most formats you can likely cut Camby since he is not going to help you.

Stephen Jackson, shooting guard, Spurs
Jackson started out as a winner with his first trade when he was dealt to Golden State from Milwaukee as part of the Ellis trade for Andrew Bogut. But going to San Antonio won't be much of an upgrade from when he was actually playing for the Bucks. Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili will dominate the offense, and Jackson will have to find his role. He might have some decent scoring nights, but consistency will remain an issue.

Raymond Felton, point guard, Trail Blazers
Felton was one of the players expected to be dealt by the trade deadline, but not only does he remain in Portland, so does Jamal Crawford. That means this shared point guard situation will continue, and both players will suffer. On top of that, Portland also added Jonny Flynn as part of the Camby trade, and he may get a few minutes of action if the Trail Blazers want to evaluate his talent. Felton will continue to be a reserve guard in most Fantasy leagues.

Nick Young, shooting guard, Clippers
Young was a decent Fantasy option with the Wizards even as he shared playing time with Jordan Crawford. He was averaging 17.4 points in his past five games with 11 3-points over that span, but now he will join a crowded backcourt with Randy Foye and Mo Williams. Chris Paul isn't going to the bench much, so Young will have to find his role in limited minutes. His scoring will likely suffer, which means his Fantasy value will decline.

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Harden, Howard set playoff highs in Rockets' win over Mavericks
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9:34 am ET) Rockets guard James Harden and center Dwight Howard both set career playoff highs to lead Houston to a 130-128 victory over Dallas and a 3-0 series lead in the opening round of the playoffs.

"James was great tonight," coach Kevin McHale said, per the Houston Chronicle. "What can you say? I've seen it a lot this year. The guy has played fantastic. A big game when we needed him to play well. He did. He stepped up."

Harden led the charge offensively, scoring a career playoff high 42 points and dishing our a team-high nine assists, while Howard dominated the boards, grabbing a postseason best and a franchise record 26 rebounds. He outrebounded the rest of his teammates 26-20. Harden's previous career playoff high was 37 against the Trail Blazers last year. Howard's previous best in rebounds was 24 in 2009, when he led the Magic to the NBA Finals.

"Dwight was unreal. He got every rebound and was just a beast down there," McHale told reporters after the game, per the Chronicle.


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(12:01 am ET) Mavericks guard Devin Harris was able to play 21 minutes off the bench Friday against the Rockets, despite a painful toe injury

“I think everybody’s sore at this point,” Harris said, per The Dallas Morning News. “It’s a battle out there. I felt like we played hard enough to win, we just didn’t execute well enough to win.

“It (his foot) is good enough. I was a little limited out there, but I was able to get where I needed to go.”

Harris has 10 points on 3 of 8 shooting. He also went 4 of 5 from the free-throw line, while adding one rebound and two assists in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinal matchup vs. Houston.


Mavs guard Raymond Felton (hamstring) expects to play Game 4
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Mavericks guards Raymond Felton made his first playoff start Friday against the Rockets for the first time since May 18, 2013 for the Knicks. However, he would last just 13 minutes Friday due to a hamstring injury.

Felton said he tweaked his right hamstring in the first quarter of the Western Conference Quarterfinal matchup and was only able to play four minutes after halftime.

“It was really tight in the third quarter,” Felton said, per The Dallas Morning News. “I’ll be out there (in Game 4), no matter what. They’ll have to cut my leg off for me not to play.”

Felton missed all three shots he took Friday and finished with no points. He had one assist and four rebounds.


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(4/24/2015) Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (shin) was in the starting lineup for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Wizards. Lowry missed the final five minutes of a Game 2 loss due to a shin contusion.

Lowry has not done well offensively through the first two playoff games. He is averaging just 6.5 points and shooting 25 percent (5 for 20) from the field. He is averaging 4.0 assists and 5.0 rebounds.


Warriors F James McAdoo out, C David Lee in for Game 4
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(4/24/2015) Two Warriors have received quite different statuses for their Game 4 battle Saturday in New Orleans.

Small forward James McAdoo (flu) has been downgraded from questionable to out. But center David Lee (back) has been removed from the injury report.

The former received some playing time down the stretch in the regular season. Lee played more significantly, but has yet to get into a playoff game.


Status of F Nikola Mirotic for Game 4 remains uncertain
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(4/24/2015) The bruised left knee of Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic is improving, but the team remains unsure of his status for Game 4 of their playoff series against Milwaukee, The Associated Press has reported.

Mirotic might not be available until at least a likely second-round battle against Cleveland. The Bulls can complete a sweep of the Bucks on Saturday.

Tom Thibodeau said it was a good sign that Mirotic has been shooting, but admitted that he was doing no running. "We don't want to jump ahead," Thibodeau said. "If he's ready to play, he plays; if he's not ready to play, he'll sit. It's that simple."


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Mirotic played 35 minutes combined in the first two games before going down.


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(4/24/2015) The Trail Blazers have announced that center Chris Kaman (ankle sprain) has been listed as questionable while guard Arron Afflalo (right shoulder sprain) has been deemed probable for Game 3 of their playoff series Saturday against Memphis. 

Afflalo has yet to appear in the series while Kaman racked up seven points and six rebounds in 14 minutes in Game 1 before his absence in Game 2.


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(4/24/2015) Ankle and shoulder ailments have Bulls forward Taj Gibson hurting, but he's not about to limit himself in the playoffs. He was given a cortisone shot in his shoulder last week, but an injury to teammate and fellow forward Nikola Mirotic has forced him into extra playing time.

"It's tough," he told the Chicago Tribune. "But you still have to go out there and do your best."

Gibson snagged eight rebounds in the fourth quarter in the double-overtime defeat of Milwaukee in Game 3 that placed the Bulls on the verge of a sweep.

"I was just determined," an exhausted Gibson said. "It's the playoffs. You can't worry about injuries right now. I'm just trying to be there for my teammates any way I can."


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Parker has been greatly stifled so far in the series. He's averaging just 5.5 points per game and shooting 23 percent from the field.


 
 
 
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