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With the recent trade sending Pau Gasol to the Los Angeles Lakers, the fantasy value on two Western Conference teams has changed significantly. Here's a look at the ramifications:

Paul Gasol, F (LAL): After playing for a perennial loser, Pau Gasol should be reinvigorated playing for what is now an NBA Championship threat. Gasol will have protection in the frontcourt when Andrew Bynum returns and with Rony Turiaf coming off the bench, which means he won't have to take such a beating anymore. Quite frankly, I don't expect his stats to change significantly. He's around a lot of scorers, so I don't expect his points to increase, but he'll be a focal point, so they won't go down. His rebounding numbers will probably stay similar and he'll probably feel less pressure on defense, which means his blocks should stay consistent. One category where he stands to gain is assists. After all, he is playing with Kobe Bryant in a triangle offense now.

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Hakim Warrick, F (MEM): Hakim "The Dream" Warrick is an interesting prospect and is one of the players that will gain minutes now that Gasol is in La-La Land. I'm not quite sure what Warrick can do for you. In extended time last March and April, Warrick provided double-digit scoring and nearly 7.5 rebounds per game. He doesn't block shots a whole lot and doesn't provide steals or threes. He is lanky, which means he should be able to block shots, but he hasn't shown it so far in his early career. But as mentioned, he is young. This is his second NBA season. Warrick's last game line (14 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST, 2 BLK, 1 3-PT) shows that he might have more to him than we've seen. If he plays like that, he's a waiver-wire steal. If he's only good for points and rebounds, leave him on the waiver wire.

Juan Carlos Navarro, G (MEM): Don Juan Carlos Navarro will probably have a steady dose of minutes down the stretch of the season now that Gasol is gone and Navarro is a consistent starter. In 15 games as a starter, Navarro has provided 15.3 PPG, 2.8 3PG, 4.3 RPG, 3.3 APG and 0.9 SPG. This is the guy to pick up immediately. He's proven to be a solid fantasy contributor when he's had consistent minutes this season. To date, he hasn't had steady minutes but he will now that Gasol is gone.

Darko Milicic, F (MEM): Darko Milicic has lacked confidence this season, due in part to inconsistent playing time. With Gasol gone, Milicic should get all the minutes he can handle as Memphis' main big in the frontcourt. Don't forget, Stromile Swift was also shipped off, which means Milicic won't have to share with anyone. In two games since the trade, Milicic has played at least 35 minutes, averaged 13.0 PPG, 14 RPG, 3.5 BPG and 1.0 APG. Get him now.

Kyle Lowry, PG (MEM): Kyle Lowry has been a valuable fantasy player with Mike Conley Jr. out but he didn't appear to have much value long-term since Conley took over the starting reigns. But with Memphis planning to run a lot more, his value should bump up. Keep in mind that guys like Warrick, Rudy Gay and Mike Miller will have to play bigger than normal (playing more forward positions than backcourt) since the Grizzlies will be short on frontcourt positions. Like the Phoenix Suns, guards should see lots of time. Maybe Lowry plays a Leandro Barbosa-type role as a valuable -- and often-used -- sixth man. Keep an eye on him.

Javaris Crittenton, PG (MEM): Didn't get much time in LA -- not sure what kind of minutes he'll see in Memphis. With Lowry and Conley ahead of him, he's not worth owning right now.

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