Finally! The first deal of the 2022/23 NBA season took place on Monday. The Los Angeles Lakers sent the Washington Wizards three second-round picks in exchange for a four-year pro contract. Rui Hachimura. The swap has sparked excitement in the NBA community as fans and analysts wonder what moves will be made during the trading season. Will teams be content with swapping picks to increase their depth, or will a famous player be relocated to shake up the fantasy landscape?
Only time will tell, but one thing is for sure: the drama of the NBA never stops, and there are likely many more changes to come. As much as I’d like to say that I know what’s going to happen, I don’t, but I’m happy to develop a script that’s great for fantasy purposes.
Eric Gordon traded from Houston Rockets
The Rockets have a ton of talent, but their leadership is undeniable. The fact is that Alperen Sengun was actually competing with Bruno Fernando for minutes earlier in the season it was a joke. And for some reason, Eric Gordon is averaging about 30 minutes a night this year playing for the worst-recorded team in the NBA.
Do not misunderstand me; The presence of a veteran in the dressing room is priceless, especially next to young players. And it also makes sense to give him enough minutes to add value to the market, but the Rockets haven’t competed in a while, and that’s was it’s time to move on.
The problem with Gordon’s move is that, according to Sportzshala Sports NBA insider Jake Fisher, the Rockets want a first-round pick in exchange for the 34-year-old 15-year-old pro. While it may seem a little rich, he has a coveted contract that could be retired after this season. Plus, he’s not washed out – he’s still a knockout three-point shooter and a decent perimeter defender. So the Rockets can either sign him to a long-term contract or send him to pack.
One solution is cheaper than the other, and given the depth of the Rockets’ roster, a trade would be the best scenario, as long as their rebuild doesn’t go around luring in new ones. James Harden return to H-city.
Gordon is ranked 241st this season and is featured in 14% of Sportzshala leagues through Tuesday. At best, he throws darts and a random stream – and he bans a player that would be a must-have and viable asset right now in 9-cat formats.
I want to see Gordon traded to NBA rookie and Summer League phenom. Tari Eason, can finally demonstrate its potential. i prefer it K.J. Martin because Eason has a higher fantasy ceiling and all the ingredients to be a great fantasy player.
Here are his numbers in the 36 games through Sunday: 15.4 points, 10.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.5 triples, 2.0 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.8 assists on 43/79/ 38 splits. Eason could easily have made it into the top 50 if he showed those numbers in the 9 category leagues. He is stubborn on defense but also ranks second on the team in second chance points despite only playing 18 minutes per game, making routine fussy games like this one:
And what’s frustrating about this situation is that HC Rockets Steven Silas would rather lean on Gordon (who has done more than enough to prove himself) than give a promising young player a significant amount of minutes (if not injured). It is surprising that even with Jabari Smith Jr. and Kevin Porter Jr. in yesterday’s competition, Eason didn’t play for 30 minutes. But he had one of the best games of the year when he nearly hit a five-share double-double in 26 minutes. The kid is a beast.
And it’s even more ridiculous that in the whole season he did not play more than 30 minutes in the game! Despite Steven Silas’ maddening coaching decisions, he at least acknowledged Eason’s influence in Monday’s victory over the Timberwolves:
And maybe I was too hasty in assuming that the Gordon deal would be a direct benefit to Eason – as mentioned earlier, C. J. Martin’s role will also rise.
This season, Martin has spent 83% of his playing time in San Francisco, the most on the team since Gordon. However, Eason registered 7% of his minutes in SF, so Eason was still able to eat regardless of Martin gaining extra minutes. And who knows, Martin is also on a team-friendly deal, so maybe he could be a bargaining chip. Although, if Eason’s upside could be seen on Monday, fantasy managers would have to hide Eason (19% of Sportzshala leagues) right now before the deal potentially goes down.
My point is that Eason has the potential to win the league. should Eric Gordon will be drawn until February 9th.