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Fantasy Impact of NBA Free Agent Moves Thus Far

Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Free agency has gone on for ten days now, and even though many teams and players are waiting for Lebron and Melo, before they make their signings, but there's still a lot of moves that have been made already. Every move has a fantasy impact, including resignings, but in order to keep this post under 3,000 words, because I don't have time to write that, and none of you guys have the patience to read that, so I will only discuss signings with other teams, and their fantasy impact. The order in which I'm listing them is based on Tom Ziller's free agent rankings. Lebron James signing will be given it's own article cause of how significant it is.

Channing Frye (Orlando Magic): On the Magic, Frye will likely be able to benefit from the bad team, stat padding effect, though likely not as much as expected, because of the Magic's abundance of big men. The Suns will also be able to benefit from him leaving, because they currently have 33 million dollars cap space, though it will likely be used to overpay Eric Bledsoe.

Shaun Livingston (Golden State Warriors): Last season, Livingston averaged 8.3 points, and 3.2 assists and rebounds, in 26 minutes per game. Livingston was signed to back up Steph Curry, and will likely get the 22 minutes a game that newly signed Trailblazer, Steve Blake. Unless there's an injury, don't expect Livingston to have any fantasy impact.

Spencer Hawes (Los Angeles Clippers): The Clippers had serious a serious lack of big man depth last year, depending on a combination of Ryan Hollins, Glen Davis, Antwan Jamison, and Byron Mullens, to back up DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin. He's probably not getting 30 minutes a game again, as Griffin and Jordan averaged 36 and 35 minutes respectively, but he will still be able to provide some threes, 1.6 a game last year, from the power forward spot, and rebounds, 8.3 a game last year.

Darren Collison (Sacramento Kings): Isaiah Thomas is the one really impacted by this move, because it's forcing him out of Sacramento. During his 254 career games as a starter, the role he will play in Sacraemnto, Collison has averaged 13.6 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 5.8 assists, in 32.7 minutes. He'll probably be equally relevant as he was last year, when his ESPN ownership percentage was 56.2%.

CJ Miles (Indiana Pacers): Within eight hours of Chris Broussard reporting that the Pacers were at "impasse" with Lance Stephenson, the great Woj in the twitter reported that they had signed CJ Miles, which many assumed meant that Lance isn't returning to Indiana. Miles' season ended on February 19th, when he sprained his ankle, but averaged 18.4 points, and 3 threes per 36 minutes last year, so if he can get Stephenson's 35 minutes a game, it could be a breakout year for the veteran, 27 year-old.

Jodie Meeks (Detroit Pistons): One of two "Lakers effect" i'll mention in this piece of writing, Meeks had a breakout year for the fast pace, second in the league, tanking Lakers, averaging 15.7 points, 2.1 threes, and 1.4 steals, in 33.2 minutes per game, but his stats were highly inflated from playing with the team with a pace of 101 possessions, as opposed to Van Gundy's Magic teams, which routinely were in the league's bottom half in pace, one thing Meeks is guaranteed to do, is get minutes.

Jordan Farmar (Los Angeles Clippers): Lakers effect is out here making teams think it's 2012. With Collison gone, Farmar is the new back up to CP3. Farmar averaged 10.1 points and 4.9 assists, so if he can somehow get some playing time, he'll provide assists, but like most of the rest of the players left on this list, he's likely irrelevant.

Thabo Sefelosha (Atlanta Hawks): 6.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists, does this sound like a fantasy relevant player to you? Me neither, and neither did ESPN owners, .6 ownership.

Josh McRoberts: In 30 minutes a game last year, McRoberts averaged 8.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 4.3 assists, with a usage rate of 13.7, but with the Heat, he has the potential to do much more. Now that the Big Three are gone, I expect McBob to have a big role in the offense, and I think will make a great late round sleeper.

Steve Blake (Portland TrailBlazers): Damian Lillard plays 36 minutes a game, that doesn't leave very many minutes for Steve Blake, but it's not like he can do much. Blake is oft injured, and averaged only 9.1 points and 7.4 assists per 36 minutes. This means nothing fantasy wise.

Danny Granger (Miami Heat): We probably aren't getting eighteen points and five rebounds, that he gave before the injuries, but he will, along with Josh McRoberts, be some of the only offense on the roster, so if he's healthy, he might be able to give some production.

Other signings with no impact at all: Chris Kaman (Trailblazers) Willie Green (Magic), Ben Gordon (Magic), James Johnson (Raptors)

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