Ricky Davis to Miami
Posted by Erik on October 25, 2007
Well it’s been quite sometime since I’ve posted, and for that I apologize. I’ve been rather busy. Anyway, on with the discussion.
Ricky Davis and Mark Blount are headed east to the Miami Heat in exchange for Antoine Walker, Michael Doleac, Wayne Simien and a conditional 1st round pick (Read More). This comes as no surprise as the Wolves have long expressed that they wanted they were vending Ricky this season. This strengthens their commitment to go with the “youth movement” (through Wayne Simien) in their bid to rebuild their post-KG franchise. The heavily depleted Miami Heat seemed like the ideal customer for Davis who will be the expected 3rd scoring option for them after Shaq and Dwayne Wade.
I think Miami got the better end of the deal, simply because they’re the more desperate party in the deal. The wolves don’t really need or want Walker – in the end who does? They will make use of his contract expiration for future acquisitions.
This improves Ricky Davis’ Fantasy Value by a decent margin. He’s now on a team that wants him to play quality minutes and his willing to run the break with him or Wade as more than decent finishers. His early season production will get slightly bloated while Flash is still recovering from last year’s injuries. I’m sure his fantasy owners, will appreciate that. – bloated production’s always sweet!
On the other end, this slightly bumps up the Theo Ratliff‘s (who? – former shotblocking stud who got lost in the abyss of injuries for a couple of years who appears to be relatively healthy now) minutes and expected production. This is due to the departure of Mark Blount, the only real predator to Theo’s minutes in Minnesota this season. He IS a blocking specialist, potentially at 2+ BPG, but don’t expect much more – well maybe 5.5+ RPG. If you’re playing in a deep league, he’s worth taking a look at for his blocks contributions.