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Eric Gordon (ankle) looked healthy in his first preseason game on Thursday with 21 points, one board, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes.

It's a great start for Gordon and this is what New Orleans had in mind when they gave him max money a couple summers ago. His talent has never been an issue, but his ankles and knees haven't been able to make it through an NBA season recently. If you fancy yourself a gambler, Gordon might be your guy in the second half of drafts.
Thu, Oct 17, 2013 11:18:00 PM

K.J. McDaniels has been traded to the Brooklyn Nets.

This was a straight salary dump for Houston, while the Nets are acquiring an intriguing young swingman who can hit 3-pointers and block shots. This is a great landing spot for McDaniels and he should be able to crack the rotation with Bojan Bogdanovic out of the picture, but he will likely come off the bench behind Caris LeVert and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson on the wings. Just keep an eye on him.
Feb 23 - 2:31 PM

Coach Doc Rivers said Chris Paul (thumb) is "out most likely" for Thursday against the Warriors.

He is technically listed as out in the game notes, but there is a chance he will play. The Clippers start their second half on a back-to-back set, so he may have a chance to play against the Spurs. For tonight, Austin Rivers and Raymond Felton will handle the ball more while a lot of action will go through Blake Griffin.
Feb 23 - 2:21 PM

According to Frank Isola of the NY Daily News, the Thunder are nearing a deal to acquire Doug McDermott.

The proposed deal would likely include Andre Roberson and Cameron Payne from the Thunder, so McDermott could potentially be the starting small forward in OKC. If you have a roster spot and need 3-pointers, McDermott is now firmly on the radar as a pickup. He's averaging 1.3 triples in 24.5 minutes per game for the Bulls.
Feb 23 - 2:10 PM

Enes Kanter says his arm feels "pretty good" and when asked if he might play on Friday night, he said "it's a secret."

If Kanter really is in play for tomorrow night against the Lakers it means he recovered very quickly from his broken arm and returned a bit ahead of schedule. While feeling "pretty good" is a step in the right direction, we still don't know if Kanter has a realistic shot at playing on Friday. But it sure seems like a possibility. Watch for more updates on his status coming Friday afternoon.
Feb 23 - 1:58 PM

Avery Bradley (Achilles) went through part of practice on Thursday as planned.

He's only played in one game since Jan. 6, but he said he felt good after the limited practice. Coach Brad Stevens didn't even know if Bradley would travel for Friday's game vs. the Raptors, so that's a concern considering Bradley was initially targeting that game for his return. We could have another update soon, but Marcus Smart will continue to benefit if he's out.
Feb 23 - 12:48 PM

Joel Embiid (left knee) is expected to miss the Sixers' next four games, following the recommendation of the team's doctors.

Embiid went through a full practice on Thursday but the Sixers are being extremely cautious, as expected. If he returned after four games he could play on March 3rd, but there are no guarantees -- it's worth noting that that game is the first of a back-to-back set. Embiid did say he had some swelling on Thursday morning, which obviously isn't good, but for now it sounds like Philly is just playing it safe. His owners just have to hold him in the hopes of a return in early March.
Feb 23 - 12:25 PM

Jusuf Nurkic could move into the starting lineup on Thursday vs. the Magic.

He had a strong debut with 13 points, seven rebounds, one assist, three steals and one block in 21 minutes, shooting 5-of-5 from the field. Coach Terry Stotts previously said that Nurk Alert would have to earn the starting gig, so it would be great for his value if he moved into the first unit after just one game. He's trending up in a hurry and is worth adding in standard leagues if you're OK with sub-par shooting percentages and a high turnover rate. If Nurk starts, Meyers Leonard will return to the bench.
Feb 23 - 12:09 PM

Andrew Bogut has been traded to the 76ers in the Nerlens Noel deal on Thursday.

If Philly can't flip Bogut, he is likely to be bought out by the 76ers and will be pursued by the contenders this weekend. Bogut has only played in four games since Jan. 9 and will likely be managed for the rest of the season. Expect the Cavs to try to sign him to put him behind Tristan Thompson.
Feb 23 - 11:56 AM

The 76ers are sending Nerlens Noel to Dallas for Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut and a first-round draft pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

And we're off. The 76ers have been trying to deal Jahlil Okafor at a steep discount, but they still can't get anything done. The Dallas pick is protected from 1-18 in the June draft, so it almost certainly won't be this season. The Mavs have liked Noel for a while and will try to get an extension done with him. He should be their center of the future in a slower pace. In Philly, Richaun Holmes could be the backup behind Joel Embiid, assuming Okafor is traded.
Feb 23 - 11:49 AM

The Celtics have improved their offer for Paul George, but still haven't met Indiana's asking price.

The Celtics are now willing to include their 2017 first-round pick (via Brooklyn) which will likely be a top-3 selection. It sounds like the two teams are in advanced discussions, but Indiana's asking price is understandably very high. We'll have an update shortly.
Feb 23 - 11:45 AM

C.J. Watson (Achilles) will not play against the Blazers on Thursday.

The means Elfrid Payton is expected to start tonight with D.J. Augustin likely to back him up. Although, the Magic could be making a move with DJA's name popping up in rumors. Watson is 32 years old and could need some time to recover from this strained Achilles.
Feb 23 - 11:14 AM




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