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The Heat signed G/F Shannon Brown on a one-year, $1.3 million deal.

It sounds like a guaranteed deal and he should make the team. Miami has some serious concerns on the wing with the oft-injured trio of Dwyane Wade, Danny Granger and Luol Deng expected to lead the way. Brown will compete with Shawne Williams, Reggie Williams and rookie James Ennis for playing time. He's not worth drafting in almost any format.
Wed, Aug 27, 2014 04:11:00 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

According to Royce Young of ESPN, the Thunder are interested in Doug McDermott.

In case you missed it, the Thunder are also interested in Taj Gibson. McDermott's price won't be low, as he's a career 39.8 percent shooter from beyond the arc and is still on his rookie-scale deal. If McDermott is moved to OKC, it's certainly possible that he could get a bump in value depending on the pieces involved. No deal is imminent right now.
Feb 23 - 11:12 AM

Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today is hearing that Reggie Jackson likely won't go anywhere at the deadline.

The Pistons have a high asking price, yet Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported on Wednesday night that a lot of teams don't view Jackson as a starter. Unless the rumors ramp up, Ish Smith is losing some stash appeal with a Jackson trade looking unlikely. According to Chris Mannix of The Vertical, the Pistons will continue to aggressively shop him and they are looking for a first-round pick, a young player or an expiring contract.
Feb 23 - 10:33 AM




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