Immediate Trades to Make in Fantasy Basketball Week 4
By Larry Rupp
The 2021-22 NBA season is now in full swing and that means it's time for fantasy managers to take a deeper look at their roster. Of course, it's never too early to start making some trades.
Here are the best buy-low, sell-high candidates to target in trades this week.
Fantasy Basketball Trade Targets
1. Buy: Desmond Bane, SG/SF, Memphis Grizzlies
Desmond Bane is a bit of a forgotten name on this Memphis Grizzlies squad given the popularity of players like Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. The second-year pro out of TCU has been balling out, though. Bane is averaging 16.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists through the first nine games of the season, which tops all of the marks he posted during his rookie year. More importantly, Bane is being trusted by this coaching staff at a higher level. His minutes played average stood at 22.3 last season, but has been bumped up to 29.0 so far this year. He has become a legitimate second option to Morant and his versatile scoring abilities makes him a player to target in trade negotiations.
2. Sell: Al Horford, C, Boston Celtics
It's been a resurgence for Al Horford as a part of the Boston Celtics this season. He is averaging a career-high 2.6 blocks per game and is pulling down 9.6 boards a night, which is his highest mark since the 2012 season. That is what makes him a perfect sell high candidate. Horford is in the middle of a hot streak, but it won't last forever. His usage rate of 19.7 ranks fifth among Celtics players and he is shooting a career-low 43.8% from the field. While the 35-year-old is making his mark in the paint, Horford is struggling to shoot from outside the perimeter. Trading him to buy low on a younger player with higher upside would be a smart move.
3. Buy: Josh Giddey, SG, Oklahoma City Thunder
It's always hard to trust rookies in fantasy basketball, yet Josh Giddey finds himself in a very beneficial situation. The Oklahoma City Thunder do not have much to play for this season and that means Giddey should have a lot of opportunities to grow as a professional. The Australian is playing just under 30 minutes per night and making an impact across all categories. In fact, Giddey is averaging 10.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game. He is all over the court and his shooting efficiency is bound to come around once he acclimates to playing at the NBA level. Trading for him now would be the best option given his value is only set to rise moving forward.
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