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The Sixers will hire Brett Brown to be their next head coach, according to Sports Illustrated.

It will be a four-year deal for Brown. All the signs have been pointing to Brown being the guy and it seemed like just a matter of time. The team has interviewed him multiple times and the Spurs, his former team, expected him to take the job. He'll take over a team that has a complete mess with a serious lack of backcourt depth and no real reliable scoring option. The Sixers are likely to be one of the worst teams in the NBA this season.
Mon, Aug 12, 2013 10:28:00 AM

Chris Paul (thumb) has been cleared to play and could play Thursday against the Warriors.

It would appear he's almost certainly going to beat his target of early March. Coach Doc Rivers said Paul looked good in practice, but the team has yet to decide for sure on CP3's status in the "Cool Story, Glen" game to start the second half. CP3's return means Jamal Crawford, Raymond Felton and Austin Rivers will all be taking massive hits and are drop candidates. Blake Griffin has also busted loose as a passer with 7.8 assists per game over his last five, so that stat will be dropping, as well.
Feb 22 - 3:05 PM

Coach Mike Malone said Jameer Nelson will be the starting point guard going forward.

With the Nuggets going for the eighth seed, this move makes a lot of sense. Since taking over as the starter last month due to some injuries to Mudiay, Nelson has gone 7-7, averaging 11.0 points, 3.5 boards, 6.3 assists, 1.6 turnovers, 1.7 treys and 0.5 steals in 30.7 minutes per game. That has given him low-end value in standard leagues and is also a fair expectation going forward. Plus, he's been hot lately, so he should be owned in most formats.
Feb 22 - 3:01 PM

Thabo Sefolosha (groin) may be able to return to the court for Friday's game against the Heat.

Sefolosha was spotted getting up some 3s after going through a full practice on Wednesday and given that he's been out since Jan. 27 with this groin injury, he has to be getting very close to a return. Sefolosha has value as a steals specialist as Atlanta's starting small forward, but a trade at the deadline would likely crush his value. Until he's actually playing games, he can remain on the wire in most leagues.
Feb 22 - 1:45 PM

The Rockets are reportedly uninterested in trading away Patrick Beverley at the deadline.

Beverley has reportedly received interest from the Cavs, Knicks and Bulls, but with Beverley also happy in Houston it would be shocking to see a trade go down. Beverley has been a top-50 guy this season, although his value could take a slight hit, as his minutes are likely to be reduced with Lou Williams now on the roster.
Feb 22 - 1:35 PM

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.
Feb 22 - 1:29 PM

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.
Feb 22 - 1:13 PM

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.
Feb 22 - 12:48 PM

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. However, Cleveland reportedly wants Patrick Beverley to make this deal work, and with Houston uninterested in sending away Beverley (who is a perfect fit next to James Harden), it doesn't seem likely that these two teams will be able to strike a deal.
Feb 22 - 12:42 PM

Joel Embiid (knee) practiced in full on Wednesday, but he's not yet been cleared by the 76ers medical staff and is being listed as doubtful for the 76ers' next two games.

Embiid being able to scrimmage is obviously a positive, but the fact the Philly is listing him as doubtful after having the entire All-Star break to rest up is a bit concerning. Embiid is dealing with a minor tear to his meniscus, and while it's not something that's expected to require surgery, the 76ers will be taking an extremely cautious approach with their franchise cornerstone. For what it's worth, head coach Brett Brown said Embiid looked "fluid" and "moved well" on Wednesday.
Feb 22 - 12:18 PM

The Celtics are reportedly unwilling to include Jae Crowder in the Jimmy Butler trade talks.

"That's I think the main sticking point there is that he just does not want to give up Jae Crowder in the deal," David Aldridge said. "And that's the guy that Chicago's insisting on right now in any package for Jimmy Butler." The Celtics appear reluctant to include anything of any real value in the Butler trade, which is what makes a deadline deal for Butler seem unlikely. Crowder is on the books through 2020 for a bargain discount of just $28.2 million, so it's understandable why Boston is reluctant to part ways with their defensive stalwart.
Source: Mass Live
Feb 22 - 11:56 AM

Andre Drummond is reportedly unlikely to be traded on deadline day.

Drummond's name has popped up in the rumor mill as the deadline approaches, but Stan Van Gundy maintains he hasn't had any meaningful conversations with any other opposing GMs on the trade front regarding a Drummond deal, so it seems unlikely that the Pistons will send him away during the first year of his five-year, max deal.
Feb 22 - 11:18 AM




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