Joakim Noah (left hamstring) was not able to practice on Wednesday.
Noah has already been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Cavs, so it's not at all surprising to see him sit out Wednesday's practice, as it looks like he could be dealing with another lengthy absence after tweaking the injury just before the break. Willy Hernangomez will be drawing the start on Thursday night, and Kyle O'Quinn will have the opportunity for some extended minutes with the second unit.
Courtney Lee (illness) and Joakim Noah (hamstring) did not practice on Wednesday.
Head coach Jeff Hornacek said that Lee has been too ill to be able to fly in to New York to rejoin the team, but he's still expecting him to be available for Thursday's matchup with the Cavs. Noah, tweaked his hamstring just before the break and has already been ruled out for Thursday's game, so this isn't at all surprising. In the off-chance that Lee can't give it a go on Thursday, Justin Holiday and Brandon Jennings would likely pickup most of his minutes. Stay tuned.
The Rockets have reportedly expressed interest in Iman Shumpert.
Cleveland has made it clear that Shumpert can be had for the right price, and with Houston reportedly shopping for a guy in the $10-12 million salary range, Shumpert fits the bill. It's unclear what Houston would need to give up in order to make this deal a reality, but with Cleveland looking for another playmaker, perhaps the Rockets could put together a package featuring Tyler Ennis and some other guys to get a deal done. Shumpert would lose all his value in Houston.
Joel Embiid (knee) practiced in full on Wednesday, but he's not yet been cleared by the 76ers medical staff and is being listed as doubtful for the 76ers' next two games.
Embiid being able to scrimmage is obviously a positive, but the fact the Philly is listing him as doubtful after having the entire All-Star break to rest up is a bit concerning. Embiid is dealing with a minor tear to his meniscus, and while it's not something that's expected to require surgery, the 76ers will be taking an extremely cautious approach with their franchise cornerstone. For what it's worth, head coach Brett Brown said Embiid looked "fluid" and "moved well" on Wednesday.
The Celtics are reportedly unwilling to include Jae Crowder in the Jimmy Butler trade talks.
"That's I think the main sticking point there is that he just does not want to give up Jae Crowder in the deal," David Aldridge said. "And that's the guy that Chicago's insisting on right now in any package for Jimmy Butler." The Celtics appear reluctant to include anything of any real value in the Butler trade, which is what makes a deadline deal for Butler seem unlikely. Crowder is on the books through 2020 for a bargain discount of just $28.2 million, so it's understandable why Boston is reluctant to part ways with their defensive stalwart.
Lamar Patterson's second 10-day contract with the Hawks has expired, so he's headed back to the D-League.
Patterson wasn't able to snag a rest of season deal with the Hawks, so now he'll try and find another 10-day contract with another team. He belongs on the waiver wire in all formats.
Chris McCullough has been sent down for yet another D-League stint.
It's possible McCullough could emerge with some value if Brook Lopez is dealt at the deadline, but currently, his fantasy value is non-existent.
Andre Drummond is reportedly unlikely to be traded on deadline day.
Drummond's name has popped up in the rumor mill as the deadline approaches, but Stan Van Gundy maintains he hasn't had any meaningful conversations with any other opposing GMs on the trade front regarding a Drummond deal, so it seems unlikely that the Pistons will send him away during the first year of his five-year, max deal.