Early watch list in new hoops season

Updated: October 30, 2007, 3:51 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
These real-life NBA trades are kind of ridiculous. I'm not talking about the endless, incessant Kobe Bryant rumors (just deal him already!), but these minor deals that keep showing up. David Wesley got sent from New Orleans to New Jersey for two players, and any minute now he'll be relegated to the New Unemployed Line when the Nets cut him. The players he was dealt for have already been cut. Also, some of the guys in the big Ricky Davis-to-Miami deal don't have jobs, or won't soon. Imagine a fantasy trade in which both owners just cut the players right away. What's the point?

Well, in the NBA the point is salary cap relief and roster space. In fantasy we want players and their stats. If we want to dump a salary, well, we just cut the guy or trade for a better salary. There's always someone buying.

What does this have to do with fantasy? We're certainly not recommending you own David Wesley or Wayne Simien, but the Lakers' Bryant is clearly and annoyingly on the trade block, and in order to make any deal with him, we're likely to see players included into deals just because their salaries match up.