Mark Trumbo is heating up and worthy of a pickup in your fantasy league.

Typically, Eric Karabell provides fantasy baseball managers with his weekly blog entry to identify undervalued players who could potentially be available in your league(s). Once again, I’ve been tasked with taking over his tour around the waiver wire — albeit with a bit of an extra focus on points formats.
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Matt Duffy, Tampa Bay Rays (30.2 percent): I realize that Jake Bauers and his .945 OPS since getting called up from the minors on June 7 is Brett Favre Jersey more exciting of a player, but why nobody seems to have noticed that Duffy is sixth in the AL in batting average (.317) is beyond me.

Derek Dietrich, Miami Marlins (36 percent): Dietrich is hitting .368 in June, with 5 home runs and 11 RBIs. He’s had multiple-hit games in 10 of his 19 starts since the turn of the calendar page. Trade talk has begun to buzz around the versatile fielder, with a rumored move to Milwaukee starting to pick up some steam.

Sending back Ball or Ingram alone probably wouldn’t get a deal done with the Spurs. Since Deng must be included in this version of a deal, the Lakers are going to need to add more value. That could mean parting with All-Rookie first-team pick Kyle Kuzma, whose ability to create shots is less valuable on a team with three superstars.

Let’s say the Spurs are willing to do Ball, Deng and Kuzma for Leonard, pivoting to a younger roster built around the two second-year players plus point guard Dejounte Murray. As I outlined in our roundup of Leonard trade possibilities, the two teams could make that trade now by including the Orlando Magic (or another team with cap space or a trade exception of sufficient Patrick McCaw Jersey size) to take on Joffrey Lauvergne’s salary for matching purposes.

Assuming the cap comes in as projected at $101 million and both James and George sign for the full max, making the trade outlined here for Leonard would leave the Lakers with just six players under contract: their new big three, Ingram, 3-and-D wing Josh Hart and this year’s first-round pick via the Cleveland Cavaliers (No. 25 overall). The Lakers also have the 47th overall pick in the second round.

Much like a year ago, Durant declined to opt in for the second year of his deal, allowing him to work on a more lucrative contract once the signing period begins Saturday night.

Durant only had to inform the Warriors if he planned to opt in, and the team had long been prepared for this move — merely a procedural decision — knowing his plans for months.