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Jusuf Nurkic could move into the starting lineup on Thursday vs. the Magic.

He had a strong debut with 13 points, seven rebounds, one assist, three steals and one block in 21 minutes, shooting 5-of-5 from the field. Coach Terry Stotts previously said that Nurk Alert would have to earn the starting gig, so it would be great for his value if he moved into the first unit after just one game. He's trending up in a hurry and is worth adding in standard leagues if you're OK with sub-par shooting percentages and a high turnover rate. If Nurk starts, Meyers Leonard will return to the bench.
Feb 23 - 12:09 PM

Omer Asik (illness) was not at practice on Thursday.

Asik is not likely to be in the rotation anyway.
Feb 23 - 12:08 PM

The Kings are "holding firm" on their asking price of a first-round pick for Darren Collison, according to NBA.com's David Aldridge.

On Wednesday, general manager Vlade Divac told Collison he won't be traded. The sense around the league is Collison will be traded, but we'll see who softens their stance. If Collison is gone, the Kings will likely sign a 10-day guy to back up Ty Lawson.
Feb 23 - 12:06 PM

Nene could start against the Pelicans on Thursday in order to match up with DeMarcus Cousins.

Coach Mike D'Antoni has done this in the past, so this isn't a surprise. Even if Nene draws the start over Capela, he's not a great streaming option outside of very deep leagues. Capela should still get the bulk of the center minutes and this move will hopefully keep him out of foul trouble.
Feb 23 - 12:03 PM

Andrew Bogut has been traded to the 76ers in the Nerlens Noel deal on Thursday.

If Philly can't flip Bogut, he is likely to be bought out by the 76ers and will be pursued by the contenders this weekend. Bogut has only played in four games since Jan. 9 and will likely be managed for the rest of the season. Expect the Cavs to try to sign him to put him behind Tristan Thompson.
Feb 23 - 11:56 AM

Justin Anderson has been traded to the 76ers.

The Mavericks are sending Anderson and a first-round pick to Philly in exchange for Nerlens Noel. Anderson couldn't have landed in a better situation, as the 76ers are very thin on talent on the wings other than Robert Covington. Anderson has per-36 minute averages of 16.7 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.8 blocks and 1.9 triples, so he has intriguing upside. He's worth a pickup in standard leagues to see how this plays out.
Feb 23 - 11:52 AM

The 76ers are sending Nerlens Noel to Dallas for Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut and a first-round draft pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

And we're off. The 76ers have been trying to deal Jahlil Okafor at a steep discount, but they still can't get anything done. The Dallas pick is protected from 1-18 in the June draft, so it almost certainly won't be this season. The Mavs have liked Noel for a while and will try to get an extension done with him. He should be their center of the future in a slower pace. In Philly, Richaun Holmes could be the backup behind Joel Embiid, assuming Okafor is traded.
Feb 23 - 11:49 AM

The Celtics have improved their offer for Paul George, but still haven't met Indiana's asking price.

The Celtics are now willing to include their 2017 first-round pick (via Brooklyn) which will likely be a top-3 selection. It sounds like the two teams are in advanced discussions, but Indiana's asking price is understandably very high. We'll have an update shortly.
Feb 23 - 11:45 AM
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