The Knicks are reportedly preparing a trade package for Kyle Lowry that would send Raymond Felton, Metta World Peace and a 2018 first-round draft pick to the Raptors.
The Raptors, however, continue to gauge their options with an "ever-growing list of teams," and the "most direct competition" is coming from the Nets. The Knicks are reportedly hesitant to include a first-round pick, but without it the Raptors may be demanding both Tim Hardway Jr. and Iman Shumpert. Lowry has a reasonable $6.2 million deal which expires this summer and he's been playing well all year, which puts Toronto GM Masai Ujiri in the driver's seat as talks continue.
Andre Iguodala (hamstring) said on Thursday that he'll be back "really soon," but he doesn't have a firm return date.
For what it's worth, Warriors beat writer Rusty Simmons speculates that Iguodala is still "at least a week away" from playing. Golden State plays on Friday and Sunday, then kicks off a three-game week with a matchup vs. the visiting Pelicans on Tuesday.
Steve Nash is returning to Vancouver to rehab the nerve-root irritation which has caused his chronic back and hamstring pain.
He will not travel with L.A. on their upcoming four-game road trip and remains out indefinitely. A speedy return would be ideal now that Steve Blake (elbow) has been ruled out for at least six weeks, but it would be unwise to gamble on Nash's return date in fantasy leagues.
Danny Granger (calf) will not make his season debut on Friday.
Granger somewhat rashly suggested that he'd be ready to go Friday, but he backed away from that idea after Thursday's practice. "I don’t like where I’m at with my timing and my rhythm and obviously my conditioning," he said. Paul George is playing like an MVP and Lance Stephenson has found a comfort zone at SG, leaving Granger to scrap for reserve minutes whenever he's healthy enough to play.
Steven Adams (sprained ankle) is "walking fine," according to Scott Brooks, but he remains questionable to play on Friday.
Whether or not he plays on Friday, this should be interpreted as good news for the Thunder. Kendrick Perkins appears locked into the starting C spot, but that hasn't prevented Adams from averaging a solid 4.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in just 16 minutes off the bench.
Steve Blake will miss a minimum of six weeks with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
Blake was playing through the injury, which is a testament to his toughness, but further testing revealed the torn UCL. His absence, combined with injuries to Steve Nash (nerves) and Jordan Farmar (hamstring), leaves the Lakers completely barren at PG. Don't be surprised if L.A. signs a PG in the coming days, and we expect more ball-handling duties for Kobe Bryant and the Lakers' platoon of swingmen.
Updating a previous report, Ty Lawson (hamstring) practiced fully on Thursday and coach Brian Shaw expects him to play in Friday's game vs. the Jazz.
Andre Miller has been an uninspiring fill-in at PG during Lawson's absence, with Nate Robinson and Evan Fournier picking up more minutes off the bench, but all three guards will resume their usual roles once Lawson is back in action.
The Raptors and Knicks are reportedly "trying to construct a deal" that would send Kyle Lowry to New York.
Toronto is focused on the future and Lowry's expiring contract makes him a likely trade chip, while the Knicks are desperate for help at PG with Raymond Felton (hamstring) out 2-3 weeks. There aren't any details to report and it sounds as though the talks are in early stages.