There have been no "substantial talks" between the Celtics and Pacers on Paul George, according to Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe.
The earlier report from The Vertical said the Pacers are looking at George's value in the trade market. In other words, George wants to stay in Indiana, but the Pacers haven't quite put enough pieces around him on the current roster. He could have interest in joining the Lakers in two seasons, but PG-13 has maintained that winning is his top priority. Additionally, the PG-13 reports could lower the price on Jimmy Butler now with two stars possibly being on selling teams.
There is "very little interest" on Tyson Chandler at the deadline, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.
The 34-year-old Chandler still has two years and $30.6 million left on his deal after this season. Back when the Suns signed him in July of 2015, part of their reasoning may have been to lure LaMarcus Aldridge to sign. Obviously that hasn't worked out with the Suns sitting at the No. 2 spot in the lottery. For now, Alex Len and Alan Williams aren't the best stashes.
Josh Richardson (foot) has been cleared to play on Friday against the Hawks.
He's been out since Jan. 6 and was in a walking boot last month, but Richardson has been doing some practicing since at least Feb. 3. He was on a roll to close his 2016 with 20.3 points per game in his final three December games, but the emergence of Dion Waiters could limit him. He's still someone worthy of a pickup on most leagues to see what happens.
Hawks general manager Wes Wilcox said re-signing Paul Millsap this summer is "absolutely" a priority.
Adrian Wojnarowski added the Hawks are "very focused" on being buyers at the deadline. Millsap hasn't quite busted out following a monster 2015-16, but there is still time for him to reward those fantasy owners who took him early.
Omer Asik (illness) is doubtful to play against the Rockets on Thursday.
He's not in the rotation anyway. The Pelicans would love to shed Asik's contract.
Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical believes the Magic will be active at the deadline.
The Magic tried to be cool and go bigger while the rest of the NBA went smaller, but it clearly didn't work and they had to sell Serge Ibaka at a discount. Now, they have to hit the reset button and may look to sell off some players. Besides guys like Jeff Green and D.J. Augustin, we haven't seen too many rumored names on the block. Still, this team could make some surprising moves.
Marcus Thornton was traded to the Nets on Wednesday.
We've seen throw-in Marcus Thornton get some late run on his new team and that is possible for the Nets. Although, he's a buyout candidate with his expiring 2016-17 salary at $1.3 million. There's no need to add him unless you're extremely desperate in a very, very deep league.
The Nets acquired Andrew Nicholson in the Bojan Bogdanovic trade on Wednesday.
He might actually be getting some minutes. He has three years left on his deal, so this is not an expiring move and the Nets are actually taking on some long-term money. The Nets really like floor-spacing fours and Nicholson does take a lot of jumpers. Although, he's made just 29.5 percent on jumpers this year and they could certainly use the stretch provision if they don't like what they see. He's only worth a look in super deep leagues just because the Nets may unload more players.