The Pacers are reportedly gauging the trade market for Paul George.
The Pacers could go in one of two directions at the deadline, bring in talent to appease PG-13, or send him away and queue a rebuild centered around Myles Turner. George will likely opt-out of his contract following the 2017-18 season, making him an unrestricted free agent in 2018, so teams may be reluctant to make a deal for him without a promise that he'll re-sign at the new location. For what it's worth, George has said he'd be interested in re-signing with the Pacers as a free agent or going back to his hometown of Los Angeles (with the Lakers), so it'll be interesting to see how this plays out.
Beno Udrih (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday.
This is the first blurb we've had on Udrih since Detroit claimed him off waivers back in October, which tells you just about all you need to know of his non-existent fantasy value.
Al-Farouq Aminu (knee) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Magic.
This is not a good sign at all after Aminu had all of the All-Star break to rest up, and for now, we'll be considering him doubtful for Sunday's game against the Raptors as well. With both Evan Turner (hand) and Aminu out of commission on Thursday night, Noah Vonleh or Meyers Leonard could draw the start at power forward, and Moe Harkless should be able to flirt with minutes in the 30s.
76ers head coach said he'd like to see Ben Simmons take the court this season.
Simmons was limited to individual work during Wednesday's practice, and he's scheduled to have another CT scan on Thursday. While Brown would like to see what he's got in the No. 1 overall pick, the 76ers are running out of time, and considering he's yet to go through any 5-on-5 work we can go ahead and assume he'll miss both games this weekend. The talent is there, but at this point, Simmons just isn't a great standard league stash.
Derrick Rose sat out the scrimmage portion of Wednesday's practice.
There's no injury to report here, so this is just going to add more fuel to the fire on the Rose trade speculation. The Knicks are reportedly actively shopping Rose, and he's received some interest around the league, with Tom Thibodeau being one of his more noted advocates. Rose hasn't been anything more than a late-round guy this season, and that's unlikely to change based on his jersey. His assist-to-turnover ratio is embarrassing, and he brings very little defensive stats to the table.
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.