According to Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders, the Suns are interested in Mindaugas Kuzminskas.
The rookie forward has been a nice surprise for the Knicks, so New York isn't going to just give him away -- he's on a reasonable contract valued at $2.95 million in 2017-18 and $3.68 million in 2018-19. The Suns are possibly going to deal P.J. Tucker at the deadline, so a potential move to the Suns for Kuzminskas could be good for his fantasy value. Nothing is imminent and there are better stashes at the moment.
According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, the Bulls have "shown no inclination" to include a first-round pick in a potential deal for Jahlil Okafor.
This goes to show how much value Okafor has around the league. We've heard reports that the Bulls are offering Nikola Mirotic for Okafor, but that's probably not going to cut it for Philly. Okafor will be one of the most popular names in the rumor mill today so this won't be the last thing you hear about him leading up to the deadline.
According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Taj Gibson has emerged as a trade target for the Thunder.
The 31-year-old PF is playing on a $8.95 million expiring contract, and with the Bulls considering a rebuild, his name has been in the rumor mill for a while. You would think that Gibson would get a short-term boost in OKC with Enes Kanter (arm) on the shelf, but the big man went through a non-contact practice on Wednesday and is said to be nearing a return. A trade would likely hurt Gibson's value, but Bobby Portis would instantly become relevant since coach Fred Hoiberg said that he is officially ahead of Nikola Mirotic on the depth chart.
The Heat have been shopping Wayne Ellington and Josh McRoberts as a package, according to Chris Mannix of The Vertical.
Mannix notes that the Heat "appear interested in moving contracts." Ellington has a non-guaranteed $6.3 million salary next season, while McRoberts has a $6.0 million player option. There are zero teams linked to this 'package', for good reason, and we're not reading much into it with the deadline less than 24 hours away.
Justise Winslow (right shoulder) began "very light rehab" during the All-Star break, but he's still expected to miss the rest of the season.
"I think [Winslow] may be arguably the most excited guy in the gym right now," coach Erik Spoelstra said. "Patience will be his word. He has to really be methodical in the next step of his recovery." Winslow is 20 years old, and the Heat have no reason to rush his return despite their recent push toward playoff contention. He's not worth owning in re-draft leagues.
Josh Richardson (sprained left foot) is expected to make his return vs. the Hawks on Friday.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra hinted that J-Rich will earn minutes at PG, SG and SF when he returns. "Nothing can be set in concrete with this team," Spoelstra said. "He’s been doing some level of contact now for two weeks ... The team has been able to adjust to guys in and out of the rotation." Richardson missed Miami's past 19 games and owners should temper expectations immediately after the break, but he's in a position to succeed and is a very intriguing pickup in standard leagues.
Paul George said on Wednesday that he would "love to" finish his career with the Pacers, adding that he expects to remain in Indiana through the trade deadline.
"I'm committed here," George said. "Myself and the front office, we've had great talks." Indiana's resident All-Star also said that he was "focused on turning around this team in the second half." The Pacers hold the No. 6 seed in the East, but they went into the All-Star break with a 4-6 record in their past 10 games. PG's owners shouldn't make any preemptive moves based on vague trade chatter.
Nets coach Kenny Atkinson prefers to play Rondae Hollis-Jefferson at power forward, but won't rule him out as a small forward.
"If we need minutes at the three, if there's a situation, he could definitely do it," Atkinson said. The takeaway here is that Brooklyn won't be shy about finding him playing time in the season's final weeks, and RHJ is trending up with the Nets focused almost exclusively on player development. Feel free to grab him if you're targeting guys with rest-of-season upside.