The Suns dealt Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu, and Earl Clark to the Nets in exchange for Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat, and Mickael Pietrus, along with a first round pick.
From a fantasy perspective the big winners are Vince Carter and Marcin Gortat. Vince Carter from the sense that he’ll now be playing alongside Steve Nash, who has historically made just about every teammate better. Gortat gets that same bump, but also should get more playing time, something he lacked playing behind Dwight Howard.
The big loser in the deal has to be Jason Richardson. He was the primary scoring option in Phoenix, and will now have to go to an offense that runs through Dwight Howard. Plus, if the rumored deal of Rashard Lewis for Gilbert Arenas goes through, J-Rich will have even fewer so attempts.
Hedo Turkoglu returns to Orlando where he played exceptionally well before leaving for Toronto. Perhaps the return will restore his fantasy value, but he is a wildcard in this deal.
Mickael Pietrus will have the occasional solid game, like all Phoenix wing players tend to, but he won’t be a consistent option. Earl Clark likely won’t see an increase in value either.

ESPN is reporting that the Cavs and Suns have agreed on a trade that send Shaq to the Cavs for Ben Wallace, Sasha Pavlovic, a second round pick in today’s NBA Draft, and some cash. 

The move is somewhat of a Band-Aid for the Cavs.  Sure Shaq helps, but I’m not sure he’s enough to put them over the top.  Odds are both Wallace and Pavlocic will never play a minute for the Suns as they are strong buyout candidates.


Which Phoenix Suns Small Forward would you rather own?  Judging by ESPN numbers, Hill is the guy as he is owned in 53.4% of their leagues as opposed to 9.5% for Barnes.  Those numbers are way different than in Yahoo leagues, where they both are on 52% of the rosters.  Let’s take a look at their numbers on the year.

Barnes – 11.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks, 2.2 threes, .463 FG%, .649 FT%, 1.9 turnovers
Hill – 9.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.6 blocks, 0.4 threes, .513 FG%, .785 FT%, 1.7 turnovers

The numbers are fairly close with Barnes having an edge in points, rebounds, and threes whild Hill has an edge on defense, shooting percentages, and turnovers.  So what is it that ESPN owners know that Yahoo owners are missing?    Let’s take a look at how they performed over the past month.

Barnes – 11.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.3 blocks, 2.0 threes, .453 FG%, .636 FT%, 1.8 turnovers
Hill – 13.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.5 blocks, 0.8 threes, .631 FG%, .913 FT%, 1.6 turnovers

As you can see Hill took over the scoring lead, narrowed the rebounding gap, and widened the steals and shooting percentage gaps. 

In the last two weeks it’s even worse for Barnes:
24.3 minutes, 7.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.3 threes, .353 FG%

while it’s better yet for Hill:
35.0 minutes, 13.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 steals, 0.3 blocks, .600 FG&, .909 FT%

When you break down the numbers it’s easy to see while Hill’s stock has been on the rise and Barnes on the decline.  If you’re a Barnes owner and Hill is available, it might be the time to start thinking about a switch.

Phoenix shook things up by sending Boris Diaw and Raja Bell to Charlotte for Jason Richardson.  (Jared Dudley and Sean Singletary  were also involved, but they aren’t big factors.  Let’s take a look at the guys who are.

J-Rich – This is pretty much a lateral move for Richardson.  Obviously, he’s moved on to a better team, but his fantasy value probably doesn’t change much.  With Shaq, Amare, and Nash the Suns already had plenty of options.  There are a lot of mouths to feed, but Nash is quite capable of keeping everyone satiated.

Steve Nash - Nash’s scoring will take a small hit, but his assists should go up. 

Robin Lopez - With Diaw gone, Lopez will probably see a small boost in minutes and, in turn, production.

Leonardo Barbosa/Grant Hill/Matt Barnes - With Richardson on board, all three will probably see a small dip in production.

Boris Diaw - Perhaps the player that gains the most in this deal.  He no longer has to share the frontcourt with Shaq and Amare.  He should see a nice boost in minutes as he compliments Emeka Okafor.

Gerald Wallace - Wallace will likely be called upon to fill the basket a little more. 

D.J. Augustin - The Bobcats rookie could see a small increase in minutes and production.  They may play him alongside Raymond Felton a little more.

Raja Bell - Raja’s defense should sit well with Larry Brown, which means he could eventually get similar playing time that he was getting in Phoenix.  I don’t see much change in his production.

Adam Morrison - Dudley averaged 21 minutes per game for Charlotte, so his depature should lead to an increase for Morrison.

Sean May - May can’t go too far down from his current production, since it’s almost non-existant.  He probably gets less playing time once Diaw gets acclimated to Brown’s system.

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