Lost password?

Don't have an account?
Join the Best Live Fantasy Chat Community!


Receive free daily analysis


Already have an account? Log In


Forgot Password


Articles & Tools
Import Your Leagues
Daily Stats & Leaders
All Pitcher Matchups
Compare Any Players
Pickups & Streamers
Rookies & Call-Ups
News and Alerts

Fantasy Winners and Losers of the 2021 NBA Trade Deadline

On Thursday, the NBA had one of it's most eventful trade deadlines in recent memory, even though the rumored Kyle Lowry trade never materialized.

Lots of trades did happen, though. The Magic blew everything up. Victor Oladipo wound up as a member of the Heat. A seemingly endless series of small deals happened.

So, now that we've had almost a day to reflect on things, how do these deals impact the fantasy basketball landscape? Let's look at the winners and losers of the trade deadline.

Featured Promo: Get any full-season NBA Premium Pass for 50% off. Win big with our exclusive DFS lineup tools, matchup rating projections, powerful Research Station, Lineup Optimizer, daily DFS lineup picks/cheat sheets and more! Sign Up Now!


Fantasy Basketball Trade Deadline Winners

Wendell Carter Jr. (C, Orlando Magic)

In Chicago, Wendell Carter Jr. was averaging a career-low 24.8 minutes per game and had lost his starting role. In Orlando, Carter has a clear path to 30-plus minutes as long as his body can stand up to that level of play. He replaces Nikola Vucevic, who averaged 34.1 minutes. Carter might not be a full 10-minute rise in playing time, but increased touches could see him approach 15 points per game, as well as the 9.4 rebounds he averaged last season.

R.J. Hampton (G/F, Orlando Magic)

The rookie was averaging 9.3 minutes per game for the Nuggets this season. But on a Magic team that is, uhh, really lacking depth right now, Hampton could wind up seeing 20-plus minutes pretty quickly. If he can start to find his shot, his potential volume mixed with the talent that the young wing has could make him a deep-league target. At the very least, he's suddenly a strong player to target in dynasty.

Gary Trent Jr. (G/F, Toronto Raptors)

In Portland, Trent was going to see reduced usage with the Blazers approaching full strength. In Toronto, Trent could start over DeAndre' Bemby at the three and be a key scoring threat for the 18-26 Raptors. He'd be in a better position had the Raptors moved Kyle Lowry, but he still seems like someone who'll be in a solid fantasy place going forward.

Austin Rivers (G, Oklahoma City Thunder)

Considering Rivers last played on February 13th and last played double-digit minutes on February 7th, just the possibility he sniffs playing time in OKC makes him a winner by default. Doesn't mean you need to go rush out and add Rivers or anything, but if the Thunder decide to give the veteran guard some run, he can give you 13 points and multiple threes per game.

Rajon Rondo (G, Los Angeles Clippers)

Rondo heads to Los Angeles in a deal that sent Lou Williams to the Hawks. Rondo's passing and defense will get him into the Clippers rotation and makes him a fantasy winner, as he should wind up playing more than 14.5 minutes per game. Expect a huge bump in Rondo's 3.5 assists per game that he's averaged so far this season.

Terrence Ross (G, Orlando Magic)

Three of the top four scorers in points per game for the Magic were traded on Thursday. The other guy? Terrence Ross, who is averaging 16 points per game and suddenly might be Orlando's No. 1 scorer. I'd expect his efficiency to drop, but at the same time, Ross should see an increase in scoring as the ball will be in his hands more often.

Kevin Porter Jr. (G, Houston Rockets)

Trading Victor Oladipo opens things up for Kevin Porter Jr. to get consistent minutes once he's back from a quad injury. As a starter, Porter is averaging 36.8 minutes per game, with 21.3 points, 7.5 assists, and 1.5 steals per contest. The Rockets are bad and seem to officially be waving the white flag, which should mean prospects like Porter get some serious run the rest of the way.


Fantasy Basketball Trade Deadline Losers

Nikola Vucevic (C, Chicago Bulls)

Vucevic finds himself on a team where he won't be asked to do as much. Averaging 24.5 points and 11.8 rebounds per game this year, Vucevic has been the one real positive in Orlando, but Chicago has Zach LaVine to take some of Vucevic's usage. He'll still have a strong rest-of-season, but expect his 30 percent usage rate to drop.

JaMychal Green (F, Denver Nuggets)

Green's already seen his role reduced over the last month. Now, the arrival of Aaron Gordon will push Green even further down the rotation. He had some fringe value still before this deal, but now I'd just stay away from him.

Victor Oladipo (G, Miami Heat)

Hard one to figure out here, but Oladipo had a usage rate of 29.9 in his 20 games with Houston vs. a 26.8 usage rate in his first nine games in Indiana. On a Heat team that also has Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo, Oladipo looks like he'll be settling into more of a role-player role. Reduced minutes will help keep the two-time All-Star healthy, but also will lead to lower stats.

Kendrick Nunn (G, Miami Heat)

Remember when Nunn opened the year out of the rotation? The Oladipo trade could be the thing that sends Nunn out of the starting unit and back to playing under 20 minutes per game. He probably won't fall all the way out of the rotation, but he's the player who feels most impacted by the Oladipo trade.

Kelly Olynyk (C, Houston Rockets)

Olynyk started 38 games in Miami this year, but now he'll be in Houston, where Christian Wood is already entrenched at the five. Houston's a team lacking in depth...at every spot except center, where they have Wood and where Justin Patton has been giving them some surprisingly decent minutes.

Delon Wright (G, Sacramento Kings)

Never good for a guard to go to a team that already has their starters set in two high-upside young guys like De'Aaron Fox and Tyrese Haliburton. The Kings also brought in Terence Davis on Thursday, further complicating this backcourt. Wright started 31 games in Detroit, but I'd expect a drop in minutes from the 29.2 he averaged this year to the 21.5 he averaged in Dallas last season. The hit he'll take in scoring and assists almost makes it tough to keep rostering him.

Daniel Theis (C, Chicago Bulls)

Another player who goes from a starting role to a bench role. After starting 37 games and averaging 24.5 minutes per game this year for the Celtics, Theis was a surprise trade on Thursday. He'll bring some solid rebounding to the Bulls, but they also traded for Nikola Vucevic and already have Lauri Markkanen and Thaddeus Young up front, plus Patrick Williams can size up to play the four as well.

JaVale McGee (C, Denver Nuggets)

McGee averaged just 15.2 minutes per game for Cleveland and now heads to a Nuggets team that already has a fully formed frontcourt AND just added Aaron Gordon. McGee's an insurance piece for the Nuggets and has no fantasy value.

Lauri Markkanen (F/C, Chicago Bulls)

And finally, Lauri Markkanen. He's averaging 30 minutes per game, with 17.7 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 2.8 threes per contest. But the addition of Nikola Vucevic means one of two things for Markkanen: it could mean nothing, as Vucevic's touches will come at the expense of the traded Wendell Carter Jr. and reduced minutes for Thaddeus Young, or it could mean bad things, as Vucevic will command some high usage and Markkanen will cede minutes and touches to the All-Star center. Either way, there's not really a positive here for Markkanen.

Download Our Free News & Alerts Mobile App

Like what you see? Download our updated fantasy basketball mobile app for iPhone and Android with 24x7 player news, injury alerts, lineup notifications & DFS articles. All free!

More Fantasy Basketball Analysis


Articles & Tools
Import Your Leagues
Daily Stats & Leaders
All Pitcher Matchups
Compare Any Players
Pickups & Streamers
Rookies & Call-Ups
News and Alerts


Jack Suwinski11 mins ago

Absent From Sunday's Lineup
Jon Berti23 mins ago

Getting A Day Off Sunday
Zach Neto30 mins ago

Off On Sunday
Hunter Renfroe37 mins ago

Getting A Rest Sunday
Kyle Tucker51 mins ago

Not Playing Sunday
Dinelson Lamet57 mins ago

Likely Starting Wednesday
Max Muncy1 hour ago

Left Early With A Hamstring Cramp
Jeff McNeil1 hour ago

Not In The Lineup On Sunday Against Colorado
Jesse Winker2 hours ago

Scratched With Neck Discomfort
Juan Soto2 hours ago

Scratched With Back Tightness On Sunday
Kyle Tucker2 hours ago

Scratched From Sunday's Lineup
Matt Moore2 hours ago

Lands On The 15-Day Injured List
Brenton Doyle2 hours ago

Still Absent From The Lineup On Sunday
Esteury Ruiz2 hours ago

Sitting Out On Sunday
New York Jets2 hours ago

Quinnen Williams, Jets May Be Nearing A Deal
Josh Donaldson2 hours ago

Could See Another Rehab Game On Tuesday
Anthony Santander2 hours ago

Back In The Lineup On Sunday
Jimmy Garoppolo2 hours ago

Contract Has Waiver Included
Max Muncy2 hours ago

Leaves Game Early Sunday
Jose Trevino3 hours ago

Could Return Tuesday
Giancarlo Stanton3 hours ago

Could Begin Rehab Assignment Tuesday
Xander Bogaerts3 hours ago

Back In Sunday's Lineup
Carlos Rodón3 hours ago

Carlos Rodon To Throw Bullpen On Monday
Jonathan Marchessault4 hours ago

Posts Two Assists Saturday Night
Thomas Harley4 hours ago

Tallies Two Assists In Game 6 Win
Ty Dellandrea4 hours ago

Keeps Dallas Alive With Late Goals
Duncan Robinson4 hours ago

Has 13 Points In Game 6 Against Boston
Max Strus5 hours ago

Scores 10 Points In Game 6 Loss
Chase Elliott5 hours ago

Believes He’s Got A Good Shot To Win Coca-Cola 600
Alex Bowman5 hours ago

Facing Uphill Battle In Coca-Cola 600 Return
Ryan Preece5 hours ago

Hopeful To Start Putting Pieces Together For Good Runs
Gabe Vincent5 hours ago

Returns With 15 Points
Bam Adebayo5 hours ago

Posts Sixth Postseason Double-Double
Corey Lajoie5 hours ago

Looking To Continue Career-Best Season At Charlotte
NASCAR5 hours ago

Bubba Wallace Hoping For First-Ever Top 10 Finish At Charlotte
Caleb Martin5 hours ago

Produces Impressive Double-Double In Game 6
AJ Allmendinger5 hours ago

A DFS Sleeper Pick For The Coca-Cola 600
Jimmie Johnson5 hours ago

Doesn't Feel Prepared For Coca-Cola 600
Jimmy Butler5 hours ago

Flirts With Triple-Double Saturday
Zane Smith5 hours ago

Hoping To Learn & Get Better At Charlotte
Todd Gilliland5 hours ago

Facing Significant Equipment Downgrade At Charlotte
John Collins13 hours ago

Still Available
Marcus Smart13 hours ago

Has Solid Showing In Game 6
Jaylen Brown13 hours ago

Has 26 Points In Win Over Miami
Robert Williams14 hours ago

III Finishes With 10 Points Saturday
Derrick White14 hours ago

Forces A Game 7
Jayson Tatum14 hours ago

Scores 31 Points In Game 6
DeAndre Hopkins17 hours ago

Bills, Chiefs Had "Substantive" Talks About Trading For DeAndre Hopkins
Travis Etienne Jr.18 hours ago

Working On "Fine-Tuning" Skills
Arizona Cardinals18 hours ago

Budda Baker Will Be At Training Camp
Austin Dillon19 hours ago

Could Be Place Differential King At Charlotte
Erik Jones19 hours ago

Could Be Good Early At Charlotte
Daniel Suarez19 hours ago

Has Upside At Coca-Cola 600
Aric Almirola19 hours ago

Stuck In Middle Of The Pack For Charlotte
Chase Briscoe19 hours ago

Tries To Turn Back Clock At Charlotte
Ty Gibbs19 hours ago

Could Provide DFS Value At Charlotte
Joey Logano19 hours ago

Tries To Bounce Back From Charlotte Mishap
Martin Truex Jr19 hours ago

. Wants To Turn Back Clock At Charlotte
Justin Haley19 hours ago

Might Have Challenge At Charlotte
Tyler Reddick19 hours ago

Aims To Move Up At Charlotte
Ross Chastain22 hours ago

Looking For A Win At Charlotte
Harrison Burton22 hours ago

On The Hot Seat For Results
Jerome Kapp1 day ago

Jets Sign Jerome Kapp
San Francisco 49ers1 day ago

Dre Greenlaw Recovering From Finger Surgery
Chris Moore1 day ago

Willing To Play Any Role
Gary Brightwell1 day ago

Could Be Buried On Depth Chart
Dallas Cowboys1 day ago

Terence Steele Limited At OTAs
Marquise Brown1 day ago

Becomes Cardinals' No. 1 Receiver
Deshaun Watson1 day ago

Jordan Akins Eager To Work With Deshaun Watson Again
Deshaun Watson1 day ago

Elijah Moore Building Chemistry With Deshaun Watson
Gabe Vincent2 days ago

Questionable On Saturday
Tyler Herro2 days ago

Remains Out For Game 6
Bam Adebayo2 days ago

Good To Go For Game 6
Malcolm Brogdon2 days ago

Questionable For Game 6
DeAndre Hopkins2 days ago

Bills "Lurking" As A Favorite To Land DeAndre Hopkins
Davante Adams2 days ago

Josh McDaniels Has No Issues With Davante Adams Venting
Tampa Bay Buccaneers2 days ago

Bucs Expect Devin White At Minicamp
Darren Waller2 days ago

Enjoying Time In New York
Dalvin Cook2 days ago

Now Considering A Pay Cut?
DeAndre Hopkins2 days ago

Chiefs A Potential Landing Spot For DeAndre Hopkins?
Detroit Pistons2 days ago

Detroit Brings Kevin Ollie And Charles Lee In For Second Interviews
Atlanta Hawks2 days ago

Hawks Hire Igor Kokoskov As Lead Assistant Coach
Joel Embiid2 days ago

Still Considered Untouchable
D'Angelo Russell2 days ago

Lakers Won't Pursue The Max For D'Angelo Russell
Fred VanVleet2 days ago

Raptors Unsure If They Want To Re-Sign Fred VanVleet
Tyler Allgeier2 days ago

Not Concerned About Usage
Hendon Hooker2 days ago

Preparing Himself Mentally
Jack Eichel2 days ago

Keeps The Assists Coming
William Karlsson2 days ago

Matches Vegas Record With Eighth Postseason Goal
Miro Heiskanen2 days ago

Delivers Two Power-Play Assists
Jason Robertson3 days ago

Scores Two Goals In Game 4 Victory
Joe Pavelski3 days ago

Scores Overtime Winner In Game 4
Jake Oettinger3 days ago

The Confirmed Starter For Game 4
Evgenii Dadonov3 days ago

Will Be Out Of The Lineup For Dallas
Adin Hill3 days ago

Will Mind The Vegas Crease In Game 4
Jamie Benn3 days ago

Suspended For Two Games
Sergei Bobrovsky3 days ago

Remains Sharp In Series-Clincher
Aleksander Barkov3 days ago

Hands Out Two Assists In Game 4 Victory
Matthew Tkachuk4 days ago

Late Goal Sends Panthers To Stanley Cup Final
Michael Block4 days ago

A Fade At Charles Schwab
Emiliano Grillo4 days ago

Looks To Regain Form
Viktor Hovland4 days ago

Teeing It Up After Close Call At PGA Championship
PGA4 days ago

J.T. Poston Tough To Include In Fantasy Lineups
Beau Hossler4 days ago

Worth Fantasy Consideration Heading To Colonial
Billy Horschel4 days ago

Inconsistency Makes Him A Tough Choice
Ryan Fox4 days ago

An Intriguing Pick For Fantasy Lineups
Alex Smalley4 days ago

A Risky Option For Fantasy Lineups
Christiaan Bezuidenhout4 days ago

To Bounce Back After Missed Cut
Brendon Todd4 days ago

A Risky Fantasy Play At Colonial
PGA4 days ago

Byeong Hun An's Impressive Play Makes Him Strong Fantasy Option
PGA4 days ago

K.H. Lee Looks To Continue Playing Well
Tom Hoge4 days ago

A Viable Fantasy Option At Colonial
PGA4 days ago

Cameron Davis Playing Well Heading To Colonial
Max Homa4 days ago

A Reliable Fantasy Option At Colonial
Will Gordon4 days ago

A Solid Option In Texas
Cameron Champ4 days ago

Worth A Look At Colonial
Stephan Jaeger4 days ago

A Solid Sleeper At Colonial
Sam Stevens4 days ago

Worth A Shot At Charles Schwab
Ryan Palmer4 days ago

Is It Safe To Start Ryan Palmer In Texas?
Maverick McNealy4 days ago

In A Major Slump
Aleksander Barkov5 days ago

Expected To Play In Game 4
Mark Stone5 days ago

Jamie Benn Ejected For Cross-Checking Mark Stone In Game 3
Ivan Barbashev5 days ago

Collects Three Points In Game 3 Victory
Adin Hill5 days ago

Posts First Career Playoff Shutout In Game 3
Sergei Bobrovsky6 days ago

Posts First Career Playoff Shutout In Game 3
Aleksander Barkov6 days ago

Suffers Lower-Body Injury In Game 3