The NBA has reportedly suspended Blake Griffin (hand) for four games without pay for punching a member of the Clippers' staff.
That means that Blake will be required to miss four games once he's cleared to return to the court, which will be towards the end of March. As previously stated, those fighting for a playoff spot in leagues without an IR-slot need to consider cutting Griffin. Wes Johnson has been putting up mid-round value in Blake's absence, with averages of 9.5 points, 2.0 three-pointers, 2.1 steals and 1.1 blocks per game, so he's worth a look in most leagues.
The Cavs are reportedly unlikely to trade away Kevin Love at the deadline.
Cleveland management would reportedly like to see how Love fits into the Cavs' new system before making a major change, so while he could be dealt during the offseason, a trade at the deadline seems like an unlikely scenario for Love. He's been a third-round guy on the year with averages of 15.8 points, 10.4 boards, 2.4 assists, 2.1 three-pointers and 1.9 turnovers per game.
The Pacers have reportedly reached out to the Hawks regarding a potential Jeff Teague, George Hill trade.
Teague's value could take a hit in Indiana as he'd be fighting for touches with Paul George and Monta Ellis on offense, so this wouldn't be an ideal landing spot for Jeff. The trade rumors have been swirling around Atlanta's Big Three, and it seems likely that at least one of the core players for the Hawks is dealt at the deadline. The Magic, Jazz and Knicks have also expressed interest in Teague, so Dennis Schroder needs to be stashed in most leagues at this point.
Myles Turner said that he wants to shoot around 80-90 percent at the free throw line.
Turner shot 83.9 percent from the charity stripe during his one-and-done season in Texas, but is currently shooting just 63.8 percent from the line in his introductory NBA season. The sky is the limit for Turner who has been producing averages of 13.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 swats per game since being inserted into the starting lineup, which has been good enough for eighth-round value in standard leagues. He's a must-own player in all leagues.
Pau Gasol has been named Jimmy Butler's (knee) replacement for the All-Star game.
While you could argue guys like Kyrie Irving and Kemba Walker were deserving of an All-Star bid, it's hard to argue against Pau. He's having another elite season with averages of 17.0 points, 10.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.0 blocks per game.
Anthony Brown sprained his right ankle during Tuesday's practice and is being listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Cavs.
With Kobe Bryant (shoulder) probable to play on Wednesday, Brown wouldn't be a major part of the rotation anyway. Leave him on the wire.
Tiago Splitter (hip) is reportedly contemplating surgery.
Splitter will be held out through the All-Star break, and whatever the course of treatment he decides, Tiago is set to spend an extended amount of time on the sidelines. Mike Scott and Mike Muscala will pick up some extra minutes in his absence, but none of these guys can be considered viable options in standard leagues.
The Hawks are reportedly considering trading away their core players of Al Horford, Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague at the trade deadline.
The Hawks haven't been able to recapture the magic from last year's 60-win season, and it's clear that while they're a playoff team, they are no championship contender. Horford is in a contract year, and Atlanta may not be willing to sign him to a max-deal this offseason. The Magic, Celtics and Nuggets have reportedly expressed interest in acquiring Horford, and Atlanta is also listening to offers on Teague and Millsap.