Ron Baker will remain in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Celtics, with Courtney Lee coming off the bench.
Ron "Burgundy" Baker had a solid outing in his previous start, posting 12 points, four triples, three boards, one assist and two steals in his 22 minutes of floor time, so he's on the radar as a potential deep league streamer. Lee was a no-show in 21 minutes off the bench, scoring just seven points to go with one 3-pointer and not much else, so he's a cut candidate with the demotion to the second unit.
Updating a previous report, Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) will not play Wednesday vs. the Celtics.
He's still dealing with soreness in his left Achilles, so the Knicks will continue to take an extremely cautious approach with their franchise big man. Joakim Noah (ankle) did not participate during shootaround and is looking doubtful, so we could see a lot of Kyle O'Quinn and Willy Hernangomez operating at the five-spot today, with Mindaugas Kusminskas earning another start at the four sans Porzingis.
The 76ers will reportedly "take a hard look" at Jrue Holiday during free agency this offseason.
Holiday will be an unrestricted free agent when the offseason hits, and Holiday will be one of the more attractive point guards on the market, and he also makes sense in Philly's system as he could work off the ball next to Ben Simmons. We still have a long way to go until free agency, so this is just something to file away for later.
Joakim Noah (sore left ankle) did not go through shootaround and he is questionable to play Wednesday vs. the Celtics.
Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) is also questionable to play, and if neither guy is able to give it a go, Kyle O'Quinn and Willy Hernangomez would likely pick up most of the five-man minutes in New York. O'Quinn is about as hit-or-miss as they come, and as a starter this season he owns averages of 8.5 points, 8.8 boards and 0.8 blocks per game, so he's basically just a streamer if he gets the start. Stay tuned.
Kristaps Porzingis (sore left Achilles) and Joakim Noah (sore left ankle) are questionable to play Wednesday vs. Boston.
Jeff Hornacek hinted on Tuesday that he was considering starting Porzingis at center for Wednesday's game, so it could be easier to justify making that move if Noah is forced to the sidelines today. Noah wasn't able to go through shootaround, so he seems a bit closer to doubtful, while Porzingis did participate. We likely won't get another update until Porzingis goes through his pregame routine, but if both guys are out, Kyle O'Quinn could draw the start at center.
The Cavs are unlikely to make any additional trades, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.
"When the Cavs open the cabinet, they have nothing to give. I'd be stunned if they made a trade of consequence," said Windhorst. "The trade for [Kyle] Korver was a miracle. It almost caused a mutiny in the Hawks organization. That's it. The Cavs have made their moves." The Cavs will be paying $54 million in luxury taxes this season, so they're pretty limited in what they can do, although the buyout market could present another opportunity to add a piece such as Andrew Bogut (hamstring).
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (left shoulder) is questionable to play Wednesday vs. Atlanta.
KCP wasn't able to practice on Tuesday, so he feels a lot closer to doubtful for tonight's game. Reggie Bullock got the call to enter the starting five on Sunday with Caldwell-Pope on the sidelines, but he didn't do much in 29 minutes of action, while Stanley Johnson produced a nice low-end line in 34 minutes off the bench. If KCP is out again, Johnson and Bullock will continue to split his minutes, with Johnson being the more attractive target.
Jon Leuer (knee) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) are being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Hawks.
Leuer was able to practice on Tuesday, while KCP was not, so Leuer likely has a much better chance of returning to the court on Wednesday. If he is able to get back out there it'll be interesting to see if he's immediately re-inserted back into the starting five, or if Stan Van Gundy eases him back into things after spending four games on the sidelines. Either way, Stanley Johnson's minutes will likely take a slight hit with Leuer back in the fold. Stay tuned.