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by Jon Loomer

League Office | Next Vote Begins January 1! | Public View

You may remember a couple weeks back that Allen Redmon, the new guy in the PFC, caused a stir when he was hired as the replacement GM for the New York Knicks. He was involved in two deals that were highly scrutinized, prompting some to request a veto. Let's revisit the deal that caused the greatest commotion now.

New York sends Peja Stojakovic, David West and Hilton Armstrong to Memphis.
Memphis sends Nate Robinson, Etan Thomas and Mike Dunleavy to the Knicks.

Since this deal was made three weeks ago, the players Memphis acquired played a total of 91 minutes, scoring 31 points with 16 rebounds, no assists, three steals and three blocks. You may notice these stats are the totals posted by Hilton Armstrong during that time. On the flip side, the players acquired by the Knicks have accumulated 541 minutes with 226 points, 112 rebounds, 41 assists, 15 steals and 13 blocks.

Peja Stojakovic and David West have both since gone under the knife and are expected to be out for up to two months a piece. As we know with injuries, that could mean the rest of the season. Memphis has since dropped Hilton Armstrong. Luckily for Memphis, they were able to trade away West for Rafer Alston prior to the surgery announcement. Otherwise, he had given up three players for essentially nothing.

Granted, Etan Thomas is hurt and Nate Robinson has been suspended for six games (and the Knicks inevitably dealt both Robinson and Dunleavy), but the truth remains: This was a fair deal. The Knicks needed bodies and the Grizzlies were willing to take on the risk of two injured players. It partially worked out for the Knicks and partially backfired for the Grizzlies, although they lost little and were able to mitigate the damages. In the end, we have no true losers.

More support for why you need to be very careful when making that decision to veto a deal.

Divisional Madness

The PFC divisional structure mirrors the NBA format. The problem, however, is that the schedule can't follow suit since we are using weekly match-ups. Although a divisional heavy schedule would be ideal, it simply was not possible given the low number of match-ups. Some models were considered, but ultimately we stuck with a schedule that was independent of the divisional format.

The result? Divisional madness. The Southwest Division is dominant, having a first to last discrepancy of 10 games even though they have the best team in the league in Portland. On the flip side is the Pacific Division. The Sacramento Kings "lead" this group with a 24-30-2 record. First to last are separated by seven games here, but the Northwest and Atlantic Divisions are separated by 23 games top-to-bottom each.

In the end, this means that a team with a losing record has both the chance of being fired as well as making the playoffs and winning this thing. In head-to-head action, we all know that anything can happen once you get into the post season. Someone in the Pacific Division will have an easy ride.

Up Against the Wall

The clock continues to tick, and we find ourselves a week and a half from the end of the December. What does that mean? Someone else needs to go.

Since the last full week of December ends on December 31, members of the PFC have a little more time to prove themselves -- or lose their safe perch with a winning record. Records for the first month are thrown out the window. As is the case in our world, what have you done for me lately? Those with a losing record during the month of December (including the last partial week of November) will be up for a public vote. The public will decide which GM should be fired and replaced by the top GM in the franchise's corresponding D-League.

Three full weeks are in the books. Say what you will about Head-to-Head being luck -- that it is all about match-ups and number of games. Maybe some teams have more bad luck than others, but we have a large group of teams that have both a losing record during December as well as overall. Following are those teams:

Current YTD
Team W L T W L T
New York Knicks* 4 11 1 8 39 1
Chicago Bulls 6 16 2 16 29 3
Seattle SuperSonics 8 16 0 17 31 0
Golden State Warriors 8 15 1 19 27 2
Los Angeles Lakers 8 15 1 19 26 3
Los Angeles Clippers 8 14 2 16 32 0
New Jersey Nets 9 12 3 21 23 4
Orlando Magic 10 12 2 19 26 3
Indiana Pacers 10 12 2 20 27 1
Sacramento Kings 11 12 1 20 26 2
Memphis Grizzlies 11 12 1 21 27 0
* First week of period doesn't count against Knicks since team was inherited mid-week.

As it stands, then, our pool of potential firees is largely unchanged. However, there are currently seven teams that have a losing record during the month of December but are winning overall. If voting began today, they would be included in the group of GM's facing the firing squad.

Current YTD
Team W L T W L T
New Orleans/OK Hornets 6 18 0 26 21 1
Toronto Raptors 9 14 1 25 23 0
San Antonio Spurs 10 14 0 27 18 3
Denver Nuggets 9 12 3 25 22 1
Utah Jazz 10 13 1 26 21 1
Miami Heat 10 13 1 34 12 2
Minnesota Timberwolves 11 12 1 26 20 2

Some teams -- only three -- have made some tweaks and find themselves breathing much more easily these days. Following are the teams that had losing records last month but have rebounded with winning records during the past three weeks:

Current YTD
Team W L T W L T
Charlotte Bobcats 13 11 0 23 25 0
Phoenix Suns 13 10 1 15 32 1
Milwaukee Bucks 15 9 0 22 25 1

League Moves

These guys never sleep. As long as there is waiver money to be spent, there is a revolving door on the waiver wire. Several moves this past week, some more significant than others:

Chicago Bulls add Vladimir Radmanovic for $23, drop Lawrence Roberts
Waiver Wire Money Remaining: $56
Quite the roll of the dice by the Bulls here, and it has worked out in their favor. With Odom down, Radmanovic has received more time and posted a nasty 27 point night on the 17th. Roberts was expendable, and this proved to be a very savvy move.

Cleveland Cavaliers add Reggie Evans for $3, drop Theo Ratliff
Waiver Wire Money Remaining: $64
Ratliff is worthless these days, and although the suspensions in Denver may not mean much for the improvement of Evans' value, he's worth the $3 gamble.

Philadelphia 76ers add Ronald Murray for $1, drop David Wesley
Waiver Wire Money Remaining: $10
Wesley isn't playing, Murray is -- though very little. It's a buck. The countdown on Philly's waiver money continues. Luckily for them, injuries have not been a problem for this squad -- although the deactivation of Iverson doesn't help.

Miami Heat add Jannero Pargo for $5, drop Jason Kapono
Miami Heat add Keyon Dooling for $5, drop Gary Payton
Waiver Wire Money Remaining: $85
Nice adds by the Heat, upgrading their roster in both instances. Pargo is a player putting up numbers of standard league consideration, and Dooling will get increased burn as long as Jameer Nelson is out. It's amazing that after this $10 spending spree, the first place Heat have only spent $15 on the season. Smart spending.

New York Knicks add Johan Petro for $9, drop Antonio McDyess
New York Knicks add Rasual Butler for $19, drop Dorell Wright
Waiver Wire Money Remaining: $40
Petro is very up-and-down, and I'm not convinced he's a $9 advantage over McDyess. He does have center eligibility, which McDyess lacks. Butler is a must-add in all leagues these days, and based on recent reports he'll be getting significant time for up to two more months. Not sure the "Wright" player was dropped, but still a good add. Running low on cash, but a quality move.

Phoenix Suns add Trevor Ariza for $7, drop Rodney Carney
Waiver Wire Money Remaining: $68
I like Ariza, especially considering the day-to-day uncertainty of Grant Hill, but I would have held onto Rodney Carney a week longer to wait for this Iverson business to shake out. It's disappointing that he hasn't played more with Iverson out of the lineup, but he has also been battling an illness.

Sacramento Kings add Tony Allen for $18, drop Rajon Rondo
Waiver Wire Money Remaining: $61
Big week from Allen, so he's worth a shot. Rondo is barely getting a sniff these days. Tough to keep inactivity on your two-man bench.

There have also been a couple of deals during the past week. What else is new?

Toronto Raptors send Jamaal Magloire to Utah
Utah Jazz send Paul Millsap to Toronto

I'll take the upside of Millsap, but Magloire is a center who has put up steady numbers of late.

New York Knicks send Nate Robinson and Mike Dunleavy to Indiana
Indiana Pacers send Daniel Gibson and Kurt Thomas to New York

Not thrilled with this move for the Knicks, although he's proven us wrong in the past. Dunleavy appears to be the best player in the deal, and Thomas and Gibson have been inconsistent contributors. Good that he dealt Robinson before he went on the shelf, but I still like this deal for the Pacers.

Los Angeles Lakers send Rafer Alston to Memphis
Memphis Grizzlies send David West to L.A. Lakers

Wow. Nice move by the Grizzlies prior to the announcement that West was going under the knife. West for Alston was fair when West was healthy. Although hindsight is 20/20, till a questionable move by the Lakers considering West's status was clearly in doubt.

Happy Holidays and Stuff

Enjoy yourself. Since the Commish has the power to do whatever he wants (including talking about himself in the third person), the Commish is going to take a vacation. No Commish notes until January. We will be providing you with overviews of the teams on the chopping block, but otherwise no fun and games. The fun and games are reserved for my vacation. Until next time...

Injuries have forced Butler into the spotlight.
(Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty Images)

PFC Quick Facts
The PFC is a global fantasy basketball competition with 30 of the world's best players vying for the title.
More than 9,000 people worldwide applied for the opportunity to compete.
Each participant is the fantasy general manager for an NBA team. Each GM picked a franchise player from their assigned team and built their roster - with players from any other NBA team - from there.
Every general manager has selected eight players for their fantasy squad.
Participants run the risk of losing their spot in the competition should they underperform. The public votes who will lose their job, and another top applicant will take over as a new GM.
For more in-depth information on the PFC, read here.

Overall Records

Eastern Conference

Detroit Pistons 35 18 3
Cleveland Cavaliers 33 22 1
Milwaukee Bucks 28 27 1
Indiana Pacers 25 29 2
Chicago Bulls 18 35 3

Boston Celtics 33 21 2
New Jersey Nets 23 28 5
Toronto Raptors 26 29 1
Philadelphia 76ers 22 32 2
New York Knicks 10 44 2

Miami Heat 35 19 2
Atlanta Hawks 35 20 1
Washington Wizards 33 23 0
Charlotte Bobcats 27 29 0
Orlando Magic 23 30 3

Western Conference

Portland Trailblazers 42 13 1
Denver Nuggets 30 23 3
Utah Jazz 29 26 1
Minnesota Timberwolves 27 27 2
Seattle SuperSonics 20 36 0

Sacramento Kings 24 30 2
Golden State Warriors 23 31 2
Los Angeles Lakers 21 32 3
Phoenix Suns 20 35 1
Los Angeles Clippers 17 37 2

Dallas Mavericks 37 18 1
Houston Rockets 34 21 1
San Antonio Spurs 30 23 3
Memphis Grizzlies 27 28 1
New Orleans/OK Hornets 27 28 1