Fantasy Impact of Bulls-Kings Trade
Winners: Andres Nocioni escapes the crowded Bulls stock of 2′s and 3′s that includes Ben Gordon, Luol Deng, and Kirk Hinrich. He played just 24.1 minutes for the Bulls. John Salmons played 37.4 for the Kings so Nocioni should see a bump in minutes. Drew Gooden was in Chicago’s crowded frontcourt with Tyrus Thomas and Joakim Noah. Thomas should benefit by playing alongside Brad Miller, who’s one of the best passing big men in the NBA.
Even: Brad Miller gets to at least compete for a playoff spot. He’ll get his minutes and his touches. He’s not going to wow you any more, but he’ll be average around a low double-double for the Bulls.
Losers: John Salmons days of 18.3 points per game are over. With Derrick Rose, Gordon, and Deng, there just won’t be enough shots going around. It’s a lot easier to rack up stats on a bad team. Joakim Noah has been playing decent of late, but Miller’s arrival could limit Noah’s minutes. Ben Gordon, Kirk Hinrich, and Thabo Sefolosha will also see a dip in their playing time with Salmons’ arrival.