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Date: Team: Pos:
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

The Suns have reportedly received inquiries regarding the availability of P.J. Tucker from the Raptors, Celtics, Wizards, Clippers, Hawks and Jazz.

Tucker is very likely to be moved at the deadline, and in terms of fantasy value, Los Angeles and Atlanta look like the best potential destinations as he would assuredly lose value with any of the other aforementioned teams. T.J. Warren could see a nice boost in value if the Suns don't bring back another wing, so he's someone to consider stashing away ahead of the trade deadline.

The Heat announced on Tuesday that they have recalled Okaro White from their D-League affiliate.

The Heat sent White down this past weekend so he could participate in the D-League All-Star Game. White has minimal fantasy value. He has appeared in 14 games for Miami this season and is averaging 4.2 points and 2.5 rebounds in 16.2 minutes. He can be left on waiver wires.
Source: NBA.com
Feb 21 - 1:41 PM

The Lakers have named Earvin "Magic" Johnson President of Basketball Operations.

The team also announced that GM Mitch Kupchak has been relieved of his duties and that Jim Buss will no longer hold his role as Lakers Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations. It's obviously a major shakeup within the Lakers organization. The press release quotes Jeanie Buss as declaring: "Our search for a new General Manager to work with Earvin and Coach Luke Walton is well underway and we hope to announce a new General Manager in short order."
Source: NBA.com
Feb 21 - 1:26 PM

The Nets have lowered their asking price on Brook Lopez and are now willing to accept a first and second-round pick, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

The Nets were initially demanding two first-round picks in exchange for their best player. However, after seeing how little the Kings got in return for DeMarcus Cousins, it appears they have been forced to re-access Lopez's market value. If Lopez were to get traded, his usage rate would likely decline, as he is the focal point of the Nets offense, but a new team would likely play him more than Brooklyn does. Ultimately, we would have to wait and see where he might end up before attempting to predicting his future fantasy value.
Feb 21 - 1:01 PM

Indiana is pursuing Jahlil Okafor prior to Thursday's trade deadline, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.

At this point, it seems as though more than half the league has been attached to a Jahlil Okafor rumor. Chris Hayes of ESPN had previously reported that the Pacers would be willing to trade their 2017 first-round pick in the right deal if it meant improving its roster, which would ultimately increase their chances of re-signing Paul George. However, a pick in the mid-teens seems like an awfully small return for Sixers to accept for Okafor, who was selected with the third overall pick in the 2015 draft.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 21 - 12:58 PM

The Mavs and Celtics are expected to discuss a deal that would send Andrew Bogut to Boston in exchange for one of the Celtics first-round picks, according to Mike Fisher of Scout.com.

This rumor has not been confirmed by any other national outlets, so it's unknown how accurate it is. The report states that such a trade is dependant on Boston first making another, larger move. The deal with Dallas would purportedly center around Bogut and his expiring contract in exchange for Tyler Zeller and one of Boston's less valuable future first-round picks.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 21 - 12:45 PM

If Langston Galloway is waived by the Kings, the Cavs would "love to have him," according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

There have been conflicting reports as to whether Sacramento intends to waive the recently-acquired Galloway. Adrian Wojnarowski initially reported that Galloway would be waived, but Kings GM Vlade Divac said on Monday that the Kings did not have any plans to release him. Galloway is unlikely to have much fantasy value, whether he stays in Sacramento or ends up in Cleveland.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 21 - 11:53 AM

Basketball Insiders is reporting that the Pelicans are willing to offer Jrue Holiday a "max or near max deal" when he hits free agency this summer.

Holiday has played extremely well this season, especially of late. Over the Pels last 13 games, Holiday is averaging 21.8 points, 8.4 assists, 5.2 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 2.0 treys, while shooting 55.6 percent from the floor and 42.6 percent from 3-point territory. Heading into this season, it was unknown what kind of salary Holiday would be able to demand when he hit free agency, but his strong play may force New Orleans' hand, especially after they just committed to a "win now" approach by trading for DeMarcus Cousins.
Feb 21 - 11:34 AM

The Salt Lake Tribune is reporting that the Suns have expressed interest in potentially trading for Derrick Favors.

Favors has had a disappointing season due largely to a nagging knee injury he has been battling since training camp. He is averaging just 9.2 points (while shooting 46.9 percent from the floor and 63.5 percent from the free throw line) and 6.1 rebounds in the 40 games he has appeared in. Still, when healthy, he has shown star potential and he's locked into an affordable contract through 2018. According to the report, "Utah has been willing to listen" to offers for Favors.
Feb 21 - 10:57 AM

The Pacers continue to reject any calls about Paul George, according to Zach Lowe of ESPN.

Per Lowe, Indiana is banking on the new CBA increasing their odds to retain PG13. George is under contract for at least one more season after this. Furthermore, the Pacers will be able to pay him far more than any other team even if he doesn't sign an extension and ultimately becomes an unrestricted free agent in July of 2018.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 21 - 10:16 AM

Some members of the Utah Jazz front office have expressed interest in trading for Lou Williams, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.

The Lakers are in the early stages of a rebuild, so flipping the 30-year old Williams for a draft pick certainly makes sense. Earlier this week it was reported by multiple outlets that the Wizards had discussions with the Lakers regarding Williams. L.A. surely hopes a bidding war drives up the asking price. If Lou Will does get dealt, D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson would see a boost in playing time and fantasy value over the final two months of the season.
Feb 21 - 10:02 AM

The Pelicans are looking to add a guard and will host Mario Chalmers, Quinn Cook, Reggie Williams and Hollis Thompson for a tryout this week.

After trading away Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, and Langston Galloway in the DeMarcus Cousins deal, the Pelicans roster is a bit unbalanced. Thus, they are looking to add depth to their backcourt. Chalmers recently auditioned for the Cavs but did not sign with Cleveland. He has plenty of NBA experience but is still working his way back from a torn Achilles injury that he suffered last March.
Feb 21 - 9:51 AM

According to the New York Porst, the Nets are not "actively shopping" Brook Lopez, as they have found other teams are unwilling to meet their asking price.

Brooklyn was willing to trade Lopez if they got two first-round picks in return. However, with DeMarcus Cousins netting relatively little in return for Sacramento, Brooklyn saw that the market had been set. In addition, New Orleans was one of the teams that the Nets were discussing a deal with. Also, the Nets don't own the rights to their first-round pick this year or next, so they have no motivation to dump Lopez simply to secure a higher draft pick. It now seems likely Lopez will remain with the Nets past the trade deadline.
Feb 21 - 9:34 AM

Basketball Insiders is reporting that Chris Paul and the Clippers have already "verbally agreed" to signing a new, long-term contract this summer.

CP3 has a player option of $24.3 million for the 2017-18 season. He is expected to opt out this summer and then sign a new, five-year deal worth north of $200 million. Paul turns 32 in May, so inking to him to a massive, long-term contract is somewhat risky, as he will be making over $30 million annually during his age-35 and age-36 seasons. However, he is still playing at a very high level and his game is not overly dependent on athleticism, so he will likely age better than other comparable point guards.
Feb 21 - 9:24 AM

According to Ian Begley of ESPN, the Wolves have inquired about the availability of Derrick Rose.

The Wolves are "among several teams" to reach out to the Knicks regarding a potential Rose deal, but it's not clear what Minnesota is offering. Rose will be a free agent this summer, so the Knicks will have to keep their asking price down. Rose played seven seasons under coach Tom Thibodeau, so he should be able to hit the ground running if he was moved to Minnesota. However, unless Ricky Rubio is part of the proposed deal, Rose would lose a lot of fantasy value on the Wolves.
Source: ESPN
Feb 20 - 10:40 PM



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