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.
The Pistons are reportedly "welcoming offers" for Andre Drummond and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.
The report goes on to state that Detroit has been most aggressive in trade talks involving Reggie Jackson, whereas they have "not discouraged offers from interested teams" for Drummond and KCP. Stan Van Gundy has proven to be an opportunistic trade-maker, and the Pistons could make a move before the deadline, but right now there aren't any clear fantasy adds.
Rodney Hood (knee) practiced on Wednesday but he's unsure whether he'll be ready for Friday's game vs. the Bucks.
Hood said that his "goal" is to play Friday but he's unsure if that's practical. Players are almost always overly optimistic, which hints that Hood will miss more time after the break. He's been a shaky fantasy option while averaging 28.6 minutes per game this season, and he's struggled to stay healthy, so there isn't much incentive to own him through the deadline in 12-team leagues.
Thon Maker will continue to start at center for the Bucks, according to coach Jason Kidd.
Milwaukee seems to be fully embracing the stretch-five idea after struggling to develop an effective center rotation with John Henson, Greg Monroe, and the recently-traded Miles Plumlee. In seven starts this season, Maker is averaging 7.3 points, 1.3 triples, 3.7 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.6 blocks.
Dwyane Wade (bruised right wrist) intends to play vs. the Suns on Friday.
Fantasy owners can expect Wade to play, but it never hurts to keep an eye on the injury report. Wade said that his wrist feels "a lot better" but will still be sore, suggesting that he's not 100 percent recovered. His fantasy value is safe as long as he's healthy, and it should only improve if the Bulls part ways with Jimmy Butler before Thursday's deadline.
Tyreke Evans (knee) said that he will remain on a minute-limit with the Kings, but he's not sure if the restriction will continue until the end of the season.
Evans said he'd play "about 27" minutes per game, after being traded to the Kings as part of the DeMarcus Cousins deal. Health has been the biggest impediment to his value throughout his NBA career, and during his first season in New Orleans he carved out late-round value in just 28.1 minutes per game. He's a decent stash in the hopes that he stays healthy and the Kings opt to play him substantial minutes in a contract year.
The Nets are expected to waive G Marcus Thornton.
Thornton was part of the deal that brought Bojan Bogdanovic to the Wizards on Wednesday. He was never expected to have a significant role on a young, rebuilding team, and this report confirms that fantasy owners can ignore him.