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The Blazers are still looking to trade away Festus Ezeli (knee) on Thursday, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

On top of the fact that Ezeli hasn't played a minute this year, the Blazers added another young center in Jusuf Nurkic. The Blazers signed him to a two-year, $16 million deal last summer, so it's not the worst deal out there.
Feb 23 - 11:20 AM

Elfrid Payton is expected to start on Thursday vs. the Blazers.

CJ Watson (Achilles tendon strain) is out, so Payton could be looking at 30+ minutes tonight. The Magic are expected to be sellers at the deadline, so Payton could be a big winner if the Magic are able to move some pieces. He's averaging 11.6 points, 3.4 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 0.5 steals in February, so he's a low-end pickup until he heats up.
Feb 23 - 11:16 AM

C.J. Watson (Achilles) will not play against the Blazers on Thursday.

The means Elfrid Payton is expected to start tonight with D.J. Augustin likely to back him up. Although, the Magic could be making a move with DJA's name popping up in rumors. Watson is 32 years old and could need some time to recover from this strained Achilles.
Feb 23 - 11:14 AM

According to Royce Young of ESPN, the Thunder are interested in Doug McDermott.

In case you missed it, the Thunder are also interested in Taj Gibson. McDermott's price won't be low, as he's a career 39.8 percent shooter from beyond the arc and is still on his rookie-scale deal. If McDermott is moved to OKC, it's certainly possible that he could get a bump in value depending on the pieces involved. No deal is imminent right now.
Feb 23 - 11:12 AM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Spurs

Pau Gasol (hand) remains hopeful he will play on Friday against the Clippers.

This has been the story all along for the Spurs, who sit comfortably in the No. 2 spot in the Western Conference. Additionally, the Spurs have been extremely quiet on trade front. They actually haven't made a draft day deal since trading away of Nando De Polo for Austin Daye in 2014 (hat tip to San Antonio Express-News). Gasol's return will take minutes from Dewayne Dedmon, Davis Bertans and David Lee.
Feb 23 - 11:08 AM

League executives expect Arron Afflalo to be moved prior to the deadline according to ESPN's Chris Haynes.

The Kings are clearly tanking so they can keep their top-10 protected lottery pick that they owe to Chicago. Afflalo's owed a non-guaranteed $12.5 million next season, so his expiring contract shouldn't be too hard to move. The Kings will be lucky to get a second-round pick in return.
Feb 23 - 11:01 AM

The Raptors have pursued Wilson Chandler in a trade, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com.

The Raptors want a bigger forward or a shooter, so Chandler clearly fits the bill. They're going for it this year and really just need one more guy in their rotation to replace Terrence Ross. Chandler would take a big hit in fantasy with a trade while Norman Powell also takes a hit if the Raptors add a forward. Plus, don't forget Masai Ujiri was a former GM in Denver.
Feb 23 - 10:57 AM

Courtney Lee (illness) is still not feeling well on Thursday.

The good news is he was at shootaround and got shots up. He did not practice on Wednesday and should be considered questionable for tonight against the Cavs. If he can't go, we should see more Justin Holiday while Brandon Jennings will be next to Derrick Rose more often. Of course, the Knicks could be making a trade today.
Feb 23 - 10:54 AM
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