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

    Advice: 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:57 am
  • IND continues to reject any calls about PG13
    The Pacers continue to reject any calls about Paul George, according to Zach Lowe of ESPN.

    Advice: 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:16 am
  • BOS not expected to trade for Blake Griffin
    The Celtics have reportedly "talked intermittently" with the Clippers about Blake Griffin, but a deal "is extremely unlikely."

    Advice: Griffin is set to hit free agency this summer, so the Celtics aren't going to throw away assets at the deadline when they can simply pursue him during the offseason if they still have cap space. The Pacers aren't returning Boston's calls about Paul George, so it sounds like Jimmy Butler remains their primary target with the deadline looming. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:31 pm
  • Clippers still hoping to land Carmelo Anthony
    According to Zach Lowe of ESPN, the Clippers are "still kicking the tires on everything" including their pursuit of Carmelo Anthony.

    Advice: Melo has reiterated his desire to remain in New York time and time again, and Phil Jackson's tactics to drive him out of the city has only hardened his resolve to stay put. Anthony still holds all the power with his no-trade clause, so the chances of him agreeing to a deal appear to be very slim. The Clippers won't give up any of their core four guys in Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and J.J. Redick, so Austin Rivers and Jamal Crawford would likely be the guys to go if this "pipedream" becomes a reality for LAC. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:27 pm
  • Timberwolves interested in Tony Snell?
    The Wolves reportedly have a "tepid interest" in acquiring Tony Snell at the deadline.

    Advice: Wolves head coach Tom Thibodeau coached Snell when he was in Chicago and it's no secret that Minnesota could use some help on the wings with Zach LaVine (knee) out for the season and Lance Stephenson's 10-day contract off the books. It's not crazy to think that Snell could start on the Wolves next to Andrew Wiggins, but this report is firmly in the rumor stage and Snell doesn't have much upside anyways. He's not worth stashing right now. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:54 pm
  • P.J. Tucker the 'most likely' to be moved?
    Zach Lowe of ESPN is reporting that P.J. Tucker is the "most likely" to be traded by the Suns at the deadline.

    Advice: Phoenix is taking calls on "most" of their veterans and that surely includes Tyson Chandler and Brandon Knight, but Tucker will likely draw the most interest because of his cheap expiring contract. Previous reports have indicated that the Suns are holding out for a first-round pick, but that seems a bit ambitious. The Raptors, Clippers and Celtics have all been linked to Tucker in recent days, but a trade would shatter his fantasy value and open the door for T.J. Warren to have a consistent role with minutes in the 30s. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:50 pm
  • K.J. McDaniels could be on the move?
    The Rockets may move K.J. McDaniels prior to the deadline according to Zach Lowe of ESPN.

    Advice: McDaniels isn't in the rotation right now and the Rockets are chasing a "win-now move," so his contract is expendable. He would likely be a "sweetener" in a larger deal, so there's no reason to stash the athletic wing. Nothing is imminent on the trade front for Houston, though they were recently linked to Denver's Wilson Chandler. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:44 pm
  • Jimmy Butler feels he'll remain in Chicago
    Jimmy Butler feels that he'll remain in Chicago past the trade deadline, unless "something crazy happens."

    Advice: While the Bulls have taken numerous calls on Butler as the deadline approaches, they reportedly haven't been the ones making the calls, so while they will entertain offers it doesn't sound like they're actively shopping the up-and-coming All-Star. The Celtics do have the assets to offer "something crazy," but word out of Boston is that they aren't interested in parting ways with Brooklyn's 2017 draft pick just yet, so a blockbuster deal between Boston and Chicago seems unlikely. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:50 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins deal finalized on Monday
    The trade sending DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to the Pelicans in exchange for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and some draft picks was finalized on Monday.

    Advice: "It was time for a change and I decided this was the best direction for the organization, said Vlade Divac. "Winning begins with culture and character matters." Divac went on to half-heartedly thank Cousins for his time in Sacramento and tried to justify the trade by hyping up the draft picks, but the line about "culture" and "character matters" is a pretty obvious shot at Boogie. Both Cousins and Anthony Davis will be sacrificing some touches as they learn to play together, but both of them should still be able to fill up the stat sheet. For what it's worth, Divac also said he had a better offer a couple days ago, so there's that. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:37 pm
  • Kings waive Matt Barnes
    With the DeMarcus Cousins trade finalized, the Kings waived Matt Barnes on Monday.

    Advice: The Kings just don't have room on their roster after bringing in Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and Buddy Hield, so Barnes is the odd man out here. He shouldn't have any trouble finding a contract with a contender, but Barnes is unlikely to land in a situation where he'll provide much fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:27 pm
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  • Richardson says he's ready to make an impact
    Josh Richardson (foot) said he's "excited" to get back to the court and "make an impact" for his team after the All-Star break.

    Advice: "I feel like I can get a lot of growth done still. There’s still a lot of time left," said Richardson. "I think I’ve grown a lot, but I’d like to do a lot more on the court." The Heat will resume practice on Wednesday, but all indications are that Richardson will be in uniform for Miami's first game after the break, Friday vs. Atlanta. Rodney McGruder figures to return to the bench once Richardson is fully up to speed, and guys like Dion Waiters and Tyler Johnson could be losing some touches on offense. Richardson makes sense as a speculative add if you've got someone to cut. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:17 pm
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  • Report: Dallas not looking to unload veterans
    The Mavs reportedly still believe that they can compete for the No. 8 spot out West, and they are not looking to have a "fire sale" on their veterans on deadline day.

    Advice: This doesn't mean that Deron Williams, Wesley Matthews and Andrew Bogut are guaranteed to be wearing Mavericks jerseys after the deadline, but it doesn't seem like Dallas is in any rush to expedite their rebuild. They're currently only three games out of the eighth seed, and with this potentially being Dirk's final season, Mark Cuban probably isn't super eager to start tanking for Ping Pong balls. It'll be interesting to see if the Mavs make any deadline day moves. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:55 am
  • Rockets interested in Wilson Chandler?
    According to ESPN's Chris Haynes, the Rockets are another team to keep an eye on in pursuit of Wilson Chandler.

    Advice: In case you missed it, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported on Sunday that the Clippers and Thunder are going to make a push for Chandler at the deadline. There were some rumors going around in early February that Chandler was unhappy with his role in Denver, so he could be available for the right price. A move to Houston wouldn't be ideal for Chandler's fantasy value because they are set at SF and PF with Trevor Ariza and Ryan Anderson, but it would give them a solid second unit that already includes Eric Gordon and Sam Dekker. This report is firmly in the rumor stage. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:56 am
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    Wilson Chandler Den - SG,SF,PF
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  • Willie Cauley-Stein looking at more run?
    Willie Cauley-Stein is looking at a bump in minutes in Sacramento.

    Advice: DeMarcus Cousins and his 34.4 minutes per game are gone and the Kings didn't bring back a center in their deal with New Orleans, so WCS is a candidate for a much larger role. Coach Dave Joerger has been hesitant to use the second-year center for most of the season, but now he doesn't really have a choice. WCS has per-36 minute averages of 16.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.3 blocks, so feel free to take a flier on him if you need a big. Just keep in mind that he's a career 63.3 percent shooter from the line. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:17 am
  • Report: Arron Afflalo is available
    Arron Afflalo is available in trade talks as we approach the Feb. 23 deadline.

    Advice: The Kings are in rebuild mode after moving on from DeMarcus Cousins, so it seems like a no-brainer for them to shop the veteran SG. Afflalo's contract for the 2017-18 season isn't guaranteed, so any team that has interest in acquiring him will likely view him as a one-season rental. To be clear, there's no reason to stash Afflalo in most formats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:52 am
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  • Terrence Jones available after Cousins deal?
    The Pelicans are reportedly looking to trade Terrence Jones in the wake of Sunday's deal that brought DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans.

    Advice: The desire for a trade is a "mutual decision" between the team and Jones' representatives, and it makes sense now that frontcourt minutes are scarce. The sheer uncertainty of his situation makes it difficult to own him, but Jones' fantasy value could spike if he's dealt an ideal role -- he's a luxury hold until the deadline passes. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:33 pm
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  • Omri Casspi heads to Pelicans in Cousins deal
    Omri Casspi will reportedly be traded to the Pelicans as part of Sunday's deal centered around DeMarcus Cousins.

    Advice: Casspi, who has been dealing with a calf injury since mid-January, has been targeting a return soon after the All-Star break. Assuming he's healthy, he should vie for minutes with guys like Dante Cunningham, Solomon Hill and Terrence Jones. The Kings' frontcourt minutes will be swallowed up by Cousins and Anthony Davis, so it's hard to trust Casspi or any other forward on the roster. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:04 pm
    Injured
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo makes 14-of-17 shots
    Giannis Antetokounmpo made 14-of-17 shots to finish Sunday's All-Star game with 30 points, six rebounds, three steals, one assist and one block.

    Advice: In his first All-Star game, the Bucks' star led his team in scoring despite playing just 23 minutes and sitting out down the stretch. He hammered down a put-back dunk over Stephen Curry that will make highlight reels, and generally feasted in a game with zero defense. The Bucks are one game behind Detroit for the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference, and Giannis' production is more important than ever with Jabari Parker (ACL surgery) out for the season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:22 pm
  • LeBron James tops All-Star scoring records
    LeBron James scored 23 points during the East's All-Star game loss on Sunday, making 10-of-17 shots with three rebounds in just 19 minutes of action.

    Advice: In the process, LeBron became the first player to score at least 300 points in All-Star games during their career. LBJ also passed Kobe Bryant for the most made field goals in All-Star history, and the 32-year-old is sure to pad his totals before his career ends. The East and West combined to score 374 points tonight, a new record, as nobody on the court even attempted to play defense. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:15 pm
  • Dragan Bender targeting mid-March
    Suns GM Ryan McDonough said Dragan Bender's (ankle) rehab is going well.

    Advice: "We don’t want to put a hard date on it, but I do think at some point – whether that’s mid-to-late March or April – that he’ll come back and play," McDonough said. "The surgery went well. His rehab up to this point has gone well. He’s off crutches. I believe he’s out of a walking boot already so it’s been a very smooth process." The Suns are expected to be sellers at the deadline, but it doesn't sound like the rookie will return in time to help fantasy owners this season. He's a nice stash in dynasty but he belongs on the wire in all re-draft leagues. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:03 am
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