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
Draft Rankings
Draft Simulator
Enter League Settings
Player Comparisons
Rookies & Call-Ups
24x7 News and Alerts

Winners from the 2022-23 NBA Offseason Trades - Part 1

fantasy basketball offseason trades free agents NBA sleepers

The NBA offseason has turned into a matter of days--hours, if you push it--when it comes to player movement. Tampering present or not, the truth is that franchises lose no time in inking their new acquisitions to healthy deals, wheeling and dealing rookies and draft picks left and right, and pulling off trades with other teams around the nation. That's why entering September, pretty much all the dust has already settled leading up to next season.

That was mostly the case earlier this summer when it came to actual free-agent moves. It definitely wasn't the case with trades, as only one true blockbuster (Rudy Gobert from Utah to Minnesota) qualifies as the Kevin Durant and Donovan Mitchell trade sweepstakes have stayed alive for weeks and months on end with varying results.

With virtually all free agents already signed and rookies knowing where they'll start their careers, I will cover some of the trades that took place in the past few weeks to declare fantasy winners and losers involved in them. Let's take a look at some players who changed teams via trade who should find their stock rising up this season.

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!


2022-23 Fantasy NBA Preview: Fantasy Winners from Offseason Trades

Kevin Durant, SF/PF - Brooklyn Nets
Kyrie Irving, PG - Brooklyn Nets
Ben Simmons, PG/SF - Brooklyn Nets

This is blatant cheating, but this is also the most consequential no-trade in NBA history. In case you're not aware, the Nets and Kevin Durant agreed to--at least for now--extend their relationship ahead of next season, making KD's trade request a thing of the past. This means that all of Durant, earlier-extended Kyrie Irving, and a healthy Ben Simmons will all share the floor in Brooklyn next year unless something unexpected (at this moment) happens and some or all of those pieces get actually traded away.

Starting with the worst of the three players highlighted here (and that's hard to say, believe me), Ben Simmons is a winner for me entering 2023. I know that won't probably be the consensus opinion out there, and that's a very valid and reasonable way of thinking about it.

At the end of the day, Simmons will be sharing the floor with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving and even though that is going to help him rack up numbers while getting freed from some defensive attention, it will also take tons of chances for him to get fantasy points (remember, Simmons is definitely not a spot-up shooter or anything of the like).

Even though Ben won't be able to take on a bona fide no. 1 role and franchise-leading duties with KD and Kyrie staying, I have to assume he will still thrive as he already did in Philly playing next to another mammoth--of another ilk, though--in Joel Embiid.

Simmons sat out last year after passing a ball instead of dumping a layup in the 2021 playoffs when he was still a Sixer. Simmons wasn't even close to his best version the last time we saw him, posting an average of 36.6 FPPG in 2021 compared to his prior best of 42.1 as a sophomore in 2019 at just 22 years of age. That was also a season in which Embiid was the only true star in Philadelphia. Something similar might be around the corner for Simmons depending on how Brooklyn works the rotation.

This is all confabulations, though, as Simmons has to make it back to the court first. He should have no trouble doing so come tip-off day, but we'll see. Simmons can do it all from scoring 14+ PPG to dropping 8+ APG to grabbing 7+ RPG.

More interesting are the cases of Durant and Irving, although also less open to wild thoughts. They are coming out as winners of this no-trade mostly because they will stay where they've been (and thrived) for a while now. That's it, that's the blurb.

Kevin Durant is coming off a top-22 season in DKFP even though he played just 55 games. Last year was the second-best season in his career in terms of FPPG posting up 51.7 DKFP per game. Only once had Durant reached 50+ FPPG (age-25 season in OKC) before, and he did it last year with an average line nearing 30-7-6-1-1 shooting 20+ FGA a pop and hitting 91% of the 7+ FTA he shot every game. Insane in the brain.

Kyrie Irving, pretty much like KD, is coming off virtually his second-best season ever. The per-game average of 46.1 fell only 0.2 and 1.3 FPPG short of his prior best seasons. Yes, he only played 29 games with a lot of stuff going on around him, but Irving's talents are going nowhere and neither is Irving himself. The line: 27-4-6-1 with only 2.5 TOPG (for a career-lowest 9.8 TOV%).

A lot of ink has been poured on the Nets' present, future, and whatnot, but one and only one thing is clear: until and unless there is news regarding an actual written-on-paper trade, Brooklyn should be considered a legitimate (if not the true no. 1) title contender entering the 2022-23 season. No team boasts such a loaded unit as the one comprised of Kyrie-Simmons-KD, and there's just no arguing against that.

Christian Wood, PF/C - Dallas Mavericks
JaVale McGee, C - Dallas Mavericks

The Mavs pulled off one of the better trades of the offseason in acquiring Wood from Houston in exchange for, basically and given later trades happening in the league, peanuts. Dallas gave away a bunch of players, yes, but none of them was expected to move the needle for them in the slightest way, let alone as much as Wood will supposedly do starting next season.

Dallas' addition of veteran big JaVale McGee must also be included in this column as he's another clear winner, as is the whole Mavs staff for bringing in this couple of biggies.

We have yet to see how the depth chart ends looking, but some beat reporters are handing JVM the starting nod at the center spot. That might be a bit of a stretch though, with the pairing of Wood at the five and Dorian Finney-Smith at the four looking like the most probable starting unit.

Anyway, McGee has proved of late to be a fantastic veteran presence on the court – though he's been limited to some 15-to-17 MPG in the last three seasons and still can do it at great levels – just ask the 2021 NBA Finals-bound Phoenix. McGee has strung seven seasons at above-average FP/min efficiency and has averaged 1.25 FP/min in the last two seasons (league average at 0.90) while putting up 18, 17+, and 20+ FPPG in the 2020-2022 span.

Wood is hardly an unknown player these days. He was a few years back, but not after his explosion in Detroit back in 2020. In his two years in Houston as the go-to center (108 of 109 games started playing 31+ MPG), Wood went on to average 1.22 FP/min and 38+ FPPG. He's coming off his best fantasy season ever after finishing as a top-seven C and top-34 player overall, no position filters applied.

Wood fell a hair short of averaging a double-double in 2021 but did so last year with averages of 18 PPG, 10+ RPG, 2+ APG, 1 BPG, and nearly one steal a pop too. He can stretch the floor (39% three-point shooting on 4.9 3PA per game) and will be part of a much stronger team than Houston offered him. Win-win for all parties involved in this couple of deals.

Malcolm Brogdon, PG/SG - Boston Celtics

No matter the angle you look at it from, there is probably not a bigger winner than Brogdon this offseason when it comes to guards changing teams. Brogdon probably knew something was coming because he's been in the rumor mill for a year as the odd-man-out in Indiana as the Pacers embarked on a true rebuild the minute they flipped Domantas Sabonis for Tyrese Haliburton – if not earlier.

It's finally Boston who moved some (few) pieces to land Brogdon and bolster an already Finals-level roster. It feels like Brogdon has been around forever and that he should be retiring, but he'll play next season at age 30 and he's still in his prime.

Brogdon's last three seasons finished with very similar results – on a per-game basis that is, as he's missed ample time in all of those only playing 54, 56, and lastly 36 (ugh) games in the past three years. He's a steady 34-to-38 FPPG performer, can play a lot of minutes (32+ MPG) and even if he gets to play a slightly lesser role in Boston, (Marcus Smart is the PG1 and insiders think the Celtics will keep Jaylen Brown at the SG1 position) he should still be good to put up something close to 18-4-5 easily over the year.

The turnovers are a bit high (2+ SPG in three straight seasons) but that doesn't kill his upside all things considered. Massive improvement in terms of the environment and the players he'll share the floor with whether that is as part of the starting or the second unit.

More Fantasy Basketball Analysis

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!


Articles & Tools
Import Your Leagues
Draft Rankings
Draft Simulator
Enter League Settings
Player Comparisons
Rookies & Call-Ups
24x7 News and Alerts


Mike Moustakas6 mins ago

Making Season Debut
Bam Adebayo8 mins ago

Won't Suit Up Versus Dallas
Kyle Lewis9 mins ago

To Leadoff On Saturday
Robbie Ray15 mins ago

Placed On Injured List
Kevin Harvick60 mins ago

Should Contend For Win At Richmond
Christopher Bell1 hour ago

Looking To Continue “Young Gun” Winning Ways
Ryan Blaney1 hour ago

Can Ryan Blaney Get His First Ever Top 5 Finish At Richmond, His Worst Track?
Brett Wisely1 hour ago

Optioned To Sacramento
Alex Bowman1 hour ago

Points Leader Alex Bowman Will Start From 1st At Richmond on Sunday
Chase Briscoe1 hour ago

A Strong Sleeper Option At Richmond
Joey Bart1 hour ago

Won't Play On Saturday
Austin Dillon2 hours ago

Needs A Strong Run At Richmond This Weekend
Mychal Givens2 hours ago

To Throw Next Week
Michael McDowell2 hours ago

Could Surprise At Richmond Despite Poor Track Record
Martin Truex Jr2 hours ago

. Seeking First Top 5 of the Season at Richmond
Chris Buescher2 hours ago

A Sleeper At Richmond This Weekend
Aric Almirola2 hours ago

Looking To Give Season A Boost At One Of His Best Tracks
Mitch Haniger2 hours ago

To Be Re-Evaluated Next Weekend
Logan Webb2 hours ago

Next Start Moved Up
Darrynton Evans3 hours ago

Signs With The Colts
Alex Lyon3 hours ago

Gets The Nod Saturday
Luis Severino3 hours ago

Started Throwing On Friday
Rachaad White3 hours ago

Projected To Be A Three-Down Back
Jake Oettinger3 hours ago

Confirmed Starter Against Colorado
Sean Murphy3 hours ago

Getting The Day Off On Saturday
Brock Purdy3 hours ago

Rehab Going Well For Brock Purdy
Alex Stalock3 hours ago

Tends Twine Saturday Against Devils
Starling Marte3 hours ago

Taking A Seat On Saturday
Whit Merrifield3 hours ago

Not In The Lineup On Saturday
Ivan Prosvetov3 hours ago

Set To Start Against San Jose
Luis Urías3 hours ago

Luis Urias To Miss Six To Eight Weeks
Marc-Andre Fleury4 hours ago

Protects The Crease Versus Vegas
Lars Nootbaar4 hours ago

Absent From Lineup On Saturday
Matthew Liberatore5 hours ago

Throws Five Scoreless Innings For Memphis
Joey Wiemer5 hours ago

Hitting Ninth In MLB Debut
Patrick Wisdom5 hours ago

Nick Madrigal In, Patrick Wisdom Out Saturday
Donovan Mitchell5 hours ago

Goes For 40-Plus Points Again
Julio Rodríguez5 hours ago

Julio Rodriguez Hits Two Doubles In Loss Friday
Lars Nootbaar5 hours ago

On The Bench Saturday
Jalen Brunson5 hours ago

Has A Career Night With 48 Points
Garrett Whitlock6 hours ago

Gives Up A Run In Rehab Outing
Joey Votto6 hours ago

Heads Out On Rehab Assignment
Mikal Bridges6 hours ago

Drops 42 Points On Atlanta
Talen Horton-Tucker6 hours ago

Has Another Productive Outing
Paolo Banchero6 hours ago

Shines Against Washington
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander6 hours ago

Piles Up 39 Points Friday
Anthony Davis6 hours ago

Battles Through Injury For A Big Double-Double
Jonathan Toews6 hours ago

Returns To Action Saturday
Tyler Toffoli6 hours ago

Nets Two Goals Against Vancouver
Clayton Keller7 hours ago

Keeps Point Streak Going Friday
Jason Robertson7 hours ago

Sets New Stars Scoring Record
Adam Fox7 hours ago

Continues Hot Spell With A Goal
Casey Mittelstadt7 hours ago

Hands Out Two Assists
Tee Higgins16 hours ago

Not Concerned About Contract Situation
Jeff Skinner16 hours ago

Scores Game-Winning Goal In Overtime
Devon Levi16 hours ago

Earns Victory In NHL Debut
Seattle Seahawks21 hours ago

Ryan Neal Becomes Free Agent
Pharaoh Brown21 hours ago

Joins Colts
Darrynton Evans21 hours ago

To Meet With Colts
Laquon Treadwell21 hours ago

Working Out For Cowboys
Zach Collins21 hours ago

Out Against Golden State
De'Andre Hunter21 hours ago

Out With A Knee Injury On Friday
Obi Toppin21 hours ago

Will Start Against The Cavs
Jarrett Allen22 hours ago

Downgraded To Out On Friday
Portland Trail Blazers1 day ago

LaMarcus Aldridge Officially Retires From The NBA
Jamal Murray1 day ago

Considered Questionable Against Phoenix
Nikola Jokic1 day ago

Could Miss His Second Consecutive Game
Kenyon Martin1 day ago

Jr. Uncertain To Play Against Detroit
Tobias Harris1 day ago

Could Miss Friday's Game Against Toronto
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander1 day ago

Upgraded To Questionable On Friday
Al Horford1 day ago

Uncertain To Suit Up On Friday
Jaylen Brown1 day ago

Tagged As Questionable With Lower-Back Pain
Jayson Tatum1 day ago

Listed As Questionable Against Utah
Trayveon Williams1 day ago

Bengals Have High Hopes For Trayveon Williams
Joe Burrow1 day ago

Bengals Begin Extension Discussions With Joe Burrow
Mac Jones1 day ago

Bill Belichick Still Non-Committal On Mac Jones
Sammy Blais1 day ago

Extends Point Streak To Six Games
Cam Talbot1 day ago

Makes A Winning Return
Matthew Beniers1 day ago

Logs Two Points Against Anaheim
Stuart Skinner1 day ago

Grabs A 43-Save Shutout
Tristan Jarry1 day ago

Records His Second Shutout
Matthew Tkachuk1 day ago

Rolls To Four Points Versus Montreal
T.J. Oshie1 day ago

Exits With An Upper-Body Injury
Mikey Anderson1 day ago

Injured On First Shift Thursday
Baltimore Ravens2 days ago

Ravens Have Been Active In Receiver Market
Baker Mayfield2 days ago

Kyle Trask To Compete In Training Camp
Courtland Sutton2 days ago

Broncos Could Still Trade Jerry Jeudy, Courtland Sutton
DeAndre Hopkins2 days ago

To Stay With Cardinals?
Odell Beckham Jr.2 days ago

Jets The Most Likely Landing Spot For Odell Beckham Jr.
Carolina Panthers2 days ago

Panthers Not Settled On One QB For No. 1 Pick
Lamar Jackson2 days ago

Not Seeking Fully Guaranteed Deal
Nathan Peterman2 days ago

Re-Signs With Bears
Dre Miller2 days ago

Kendre Miller Ahead Of Schedule
Buffalo Bills2 days ago

Bills Re-Sign Jordan Phillips
Brendon Todd3 days ago

Has Success At TPC San Antonio
Ben Martin3 days ago

Has Value At TPC San Antonio
Nick Taylor3 days ago

A Boom-Or-Bust Option At Valero
Taylor Pendrith3 days ago

A Sleeper Option At TPC San Antonio
Chris Kirk3 days ago

A Good Option At The Valero Texas Open
Matt Kuchar3 days ago

Loves Playing TPC San Antonio
Will Gordon3 days ago

Offers A Wild-Card Option At Valero
Cam Davis3 days ago

Can Keep His Current Form At TPC San Antonio
Mark Hubbard4 days ago

A Low-Risk Value Option At Valero
Tyler Duncan4 days ago

Start Tyler Duncan At TPC San Antonio
Emiliano Grillo4 days ago

Not Recommended At Valero
Patrick Rodgers4 days ago

Don't Give Patrick Rodgers A Shot At Valero
Adam Schenk4 days ago

Wants To Keep Momentum Rolling At Valero
Ryan Moore4 days ago

Cannot Get Past The Cut Lately
Stephan Jaeger4 days ago

Could Warm Things Up At Valero
Si Woo Kim4 days ago

A Possible Contender At Valero
Taylor Montgomery4 days ago

Attempting To Find Weekend Consistency
Corey Conners4 days ago

Trying To Recreate A Little Magic
Thomas Detry4 days ago

Continues To Impress In Rookie Season
Aaron Rai4 days ago

Brings Positive Momentum To Valero Texas Open
Akshay Bhatia4 days ago

Looks To Stay Hot In Texas
Todd Gilliland5 days ago

Impressive At COTA
Ty Gibbs5 days ago

Finds His Footing At COTA
Chris Buescher5 days ago

Continues To Shine On Road Courses
NASCAR5 days ago

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Finishes Seventh
Austin Cindric5 days ago

Has A Solid Day
Marlon Vera5 days ago

Has Four-Fight Winning Streak Snapped
Cory Sandhagen5 days ago

Dominates Striking Department
Yana Santos5 days ago

Dominated In Decision Loss
Holly Holm5 days ago

Dominates In Co-Main Event
Austin Lingo5 days ago

Suffers Submission Loss
Nate Landwehr5 days ago

Shines With Second-Round Submission Win
Andrea Lee5 days ago

Suffers Defeat In Close Matchup Saturday
Maycee Barber5 days ago

Takes Close Matchup On Saturday
Chidi Njokuani5 days ago

Takes Close Loss In Split-Decision Showing
Albert Duraev5 days ago

Holds Off Opponent In Tight Split Decision
William Byron5 days ago

Rounds Out Top Five At COTA
Ross Chastain5 days ago

Caught Up To Fourth At COTA On Sunday
Alex Bowman5 days ago

Brings Home Third Place Finish At COTA
Kyle Busch5 days ago

Scrambles Up To Second At Austin
Tyler Reddick5 days ago

Dominates And Wins At COTA