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Waiver Watch: The Right Team

Ten games into his tenure in Toronto, D.J. Augustin was released. His departure was necessary for the Raptors to complete a franchise altering trade, sending Rudy Gay to the Kings. Two days after his release, the Bulls signed him to fill the void left by Derrick Rose.

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Waiver Watch: Cherishing Predictability

Nearly three times in every four games, Detroit center Andre Drummond finishes with a double-double. Only Kevin Love has totaled more than the 41 double-doubles Drummond has totaled this season and only two players, Love and DeAndre Jordan, are averaging more than the 12.8 rebounds the second year center is posting.

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Waiver Watch: The Replacement Starters

Sacramento has become a revolving door for point guards. The franchise hasn’t posted consecutive seasons with the same point guard on opening night since Mike Bibby seven years ago. There was little reason to think Isaiah Thomas, the final player selected in the 2011 NBA Draft, would ever become the floor general the franchise truly needed. 

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Waiver Watch: A Fresh Start

Fifty games were enough for the Pistons to part ways with first year coach Maurice Cheeks. Detroit has become a revolving door, as the replacement for Cheeks will be the fifth different coach for the franchise since 2008.

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Waiver Watch: Team Contributors

Kevin Durant’s MVP caliber play has helped propel the Thunder to the best record in the NBA with Russell Westbrook recovering from a third knee surgery in seven months. A career-year from Serge Ibaka certainly has helped as well. 

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Waiver Watch: Looking for Versatility

The Clippers needed more from Blake Griffin than to punish defenders at the rim. Opponents began to dare Griffin to take mid-range jumpers instead taking the risk of becoming infamous on YouTube. This year, defenders need to chase Griffin anywhere he spots up on the floor.

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Wizards Provide Plenty of Fantasy Options

Fantasy junkies have certainly been paying attention to the goings-ons of top 100-150 or so players. Tip from D.C.: pay more attention to Bradley Beal. No, I’m not nominating the second-year player as a sleeper, per se, but he’s currently being drafted much lower than he should be.

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Grizzlies Seeking a Scoring Threat

The Grizzlies willingly play at the slowest pace in the NBA. By limiting its possessions, Memphis has become one of the dominant teams in the Western Conference, winning 65 percent of its games  over the past two seasons.

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Landry Can Solidify Any Roster

It took Carl Landry six seasons in the league, but he appears to finally have found a home. By signing a four-year $26 million deal to return Sacramento, the 29-year-old no longer has to be a basketball nomad. A solid rebounder and potent scorer, Landry is a viable bench performer for any fantasy team.

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Henson Has Plenty of Upside

The Bucks limited the time John Henson saw on the floor during his rookie season, but his exceptional play won’t have him on the bench much this year. Despite playing just 13.1 minutes per game, Henson, and his incredible 7-foot-6 wingspan showed plenty of promise to earn a spot on any fantasy roster. 

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