This is a pivotal juncture in the season to get ahead on moving players from squads that are losing playoff momentum. It’s a case-by-case basis, hence why below you’ll see the motivation to sell Jaren Jackson Jr. but eagerness to buy Jonathan Kuminga. However, at the end of the day, having guys who will contribute during the fantasy basketball playoffs is paramount, so that is a factor in mind throughout this article.
Trade away Jaren Jackson Jr., Memphis Grizzlies:
With Desmond Bane out for an extended period due to an ankle injury, Memphis is heading into a youth movement. While Jackson’s performance has been solid in a tough season, the upcoming changes in team dynamics and reduced workload make him a sell candidate.
Despite averaging 21.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.5 steals, and 2.3 blocks in his last six games, the potential drop in team morale and offensive efficiency limits his fantasy playoff impact. Look for a trade that brings in two high-floor assets or quality role players, possibly adding Evan Mobley.
Trade for Brandon Ingram, New Orleans Pelicans:
Ingram’s recent stats show a temporary dip in three-point shooting, but playing alongside a healthy Zion Williamson affects his floor spacing. Despite concerns, Ingram remains a crucial part of the Pelicans’ offense, with a usage rate in the 96th percentile among wings.
His talent and consistency make him a buy target, and his recent return from Achilles soreness suggests he’s not on a strict monitoring protocol. Ingram’s offensive contributions, especially in pick-and-roll situations, indicate better days ahead.
Trade for Jonathan Kuminga, Golden State Warriors:
Kuminga’s recent performance, including three consecutive games with 20-plus points, positions him as a valuable fantasy asset. Despite trade rumors and availability in 53% of Yahoo leagues, Kuminga’s consistency and potential for extended playing time make him a strong buy.
While his current peak may not be the ideal buying point, his floor on a nightly basis adds to his fantasy value. Consider acquiring Kuminga for his rest-of-season potential, with a preference for waiting until a slight cooldown in his production.
Trade away Tre Jones, San Antonio Spurs:
Jones has shown glimpses of strong performances, including a recent 30-point outing, but his overall ceiling is capped by the presence of other guards in the rotation. Blake Wesley and Jeremy Sochan’s involvement, along with Jones’ limitations in shooting, suggest a selling opportunity.
Despite his impressive floor general skills, Jones is at a strong sell point, and San Antonio’s interest in developing other backcourt pieces further supports this decision. Expect Jones to level out around his last year’s averages.
Trade away Norman Powell, Los Angeles Clippers:
Powell’s consistent scoring for the Clippers hides the fact that he offers little outside of points and threes. While he has been a reliable scorer, his recent shooting percentages are unsustainable, making him a sell candidate.
Considering his scoring-dependent production, trading Powell for a more well-rounded asset or packaging him for a larger piece would be a strategic move in fantasy basketball leagues.