The Hawks recalled Walter Tavares from the D-League on Friday.
Even with the latest injury to Tiago Splitter (hip), Tavares still isn't in the rotation. Unless Al Horford is moved at the deadline, Tavares' role isn't about to change.
According to Dan Woike of the Orange County Register, the Clippers are worried about Chris Paul's workload.
The Clippers have been devastated by injuries to Blake Griffin (hand) and Austin Rivers (hand), so Paul has taken on a heavy workload to keep them near the top of the Western Conference. He averaged 38.8 minutes per game over his last five outings, so don't be surprised if coach Doc Rivers stays true to his word and gives him a maintenance day or two down the stretch. Regardless, his owners shouldn't be concerned and he can be treated as a top-5 guard moving forward.
Amid rumors of a possible trade, Carmelo Anthony said on Friday that he hopes to play with another star.
"I think everybody always kind of dreams and hopes that they can play with another great player, another star player," Anthony said. "It’s a star players’ league. I think that’s what we all talk about every time we get together." There was a report on Friday that linked Anthony to the Cavaliers in a three-team trade that would send Kevin Love to Boston, but those talks never made it out of the preliminary stage. Anthony has a no-trade clause and there hasn't been a real indication that he wants to leave New York.
According to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Hawks are not actively shopping Al Horford.
Vivlamore added than anything the Hawks are doing right now is simply exploratory, which falls in line with previous reports that suggested that Atlanta would "listen" to offers. If the Hawks ultimately decide that they don't want to give him a max deal this summer, then that would give them a reason to go ahead with a trade. For now, nothing is imminent for the All-Star big man.
Nothing is happening with Kevin Love (shoulder) and a trade to the Celtics.
There will definitely be rumors around Love heading into the deadline because of how playoff teams attack him in pick-and-roll. Love's shoulder injury seems like it's minor, so he should be ready to roll next week.
Zach LaVine was named MVP of the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge during a 157-154 win over Team World on Friday, scoring 30 points with seven rebounds, four assists and two 3-pointers.
He had a little preview for his big show tomorrow night when he defends his crown for the Slam Dunk Contest. D'Angelo Russell (22), Devin Booker (23) and Jordan Clarkson (25) were all over 20 points for Team USA. LaVine is growing more as a shooting guard and should play minutes close to 30 going forward.
Kristaps Porzingis scored 30 points in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge with five rebounds four assists, one block and five 3-pointers in 28 minutes.
He was the crowd's favorite non-Canadian player. Team World got 30 points out of Emmanuel Mudiay and 29 from Andrew Wiggins. Porzingis has a decent chance to be an All-Star next year, especially with the fan voting.
Nikola Mirotic (hematoma) has started to work out.
He posted a video of working on his left leg with a cable and weights. Mirotic getting some work in is a good sign and maybe he can make it back this month.