The Hornets are reportedly "aggressively pursuing" Lou Williams.
The Hornets are lacking a real scoring punch off the bench, so it'll be interesting to see if Magic Johnson's first trade as the Lakers' President of Basketball Operations ends up being with a team owned by Michael Jordan. Williams wouldn't have much trouble finding quality minutes in Charlotte, so his value would be relatively safe there. On the Lakers side of things, Jordan Clarkson and D'Angelo Russell would benefit most if Sweet Lou gets traded.
The Pelicans are not expected to deal Jrue Holiday at the deadline, according to sources of Justin Verrier.
The Pelicans already made their major move, and the only thing that the front office has spoken about regarding Holiday this season is how they're committed to re-signing him as an unrestricted free agent this offseason, so it would be shocking to see them send him away in a deadline deal. Holiday's usage will likely be taking a hit with both Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins on the roster, but the positive is he's way less likely to be shut down with New Orleans trying to get that No. 8 spot out West.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has reportedly received a lot of interest around the league.
KCP is one of Stan Van Gundy's favorites, so it's unlikely that another team out there will be able to match the asking price. Reggie Jackson or Andre Drummond could be moved, though.
Teams pursuing Bojan Bogdanovic have reportedly been ramping up their offers, and it's getting to the point where Brooklyn will be choosing the best deal available.
Thus far we've only heard that the Wizards were interested in acquiring Bogdanovic, but Woj is reporting that multiple teams have been involved. It seems likely that Bogdanovic will be dealt at the deadline, and his value would likely take a bit of a hit playing outside of Brooklyn. A Bogdanovic departure could clear the way for Rondae Hollis-Jefferson to flirt with minutes in the 30s, so he's someone to consider stashing away in deep leagues ahead of the deadline.
Magic Johnson acknowledged that a majority of the trade calls that have come in have centered around Lou Williams.
"If you're gonna get him it's gonna take a lot to get him," Johnson said in regards to Williams. Sweet Lou is on a very cap friendly deal, with just $7 million owed to him next season, so he's one of the more likely guys to go at the deadline if the Lakers do manage to pull off a trade. So far he's been linked to the Jazz and the Wizards and there are sure a few more teams to add their names to the mix as we approach the deadline. A Williams departure would benefit D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson the most.
Magic Johnson said he'd like to see Ivica Zubac get more minutes during the final few months of the NBA season.
"I think he has really established himself as a quality backup center and I would like to see him get even more minutes," said Johnson. Head coach Luke Walton has already hinted that he'll make a better effort to give Zubac some extended run as the NBA season comes to a close, so he makes for a fine stash for anyone in need of a big that can really rack up the swats.
Joel Bolomboy has been recalled from the D-League.
Bolomboy is a negligible part of the rotation in Utah and he belongs on the waive wire in all leagues.
Longtime agent Rob Pelinka has reportedly emerged as a front-runner to become the Lakers' next GM.
Pelinka represented Kobe Bryant during his time in the league, and he has also represented guys like James Harden, Andre Iguodala and Andre Drummond to name a few. That being said, Pelinka is the president and CEO of Landmark Sports Agency, and for the Lakers to bring him on as their new GM he'd need to divest from his agency which is not a process that can happen overnight. As for the trade front with Magic in charge, he said he's already been in contact with five GMs and that he'll be handling the Lakers trade inquiries as the trade deadline approaches.