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Jimmy Butler not expecting Bulls to trade him

Chicago Bulls guard/forward Jimmy Butler feels that he'll remain in Chicago past the trade deadline, unless "something crazy happens."

What It Means:

The Bulls have been fielding calls for Butler, but they don't appear to be too eager to deal their All-Star ahead of Thursday's trade deadline. If "something crazy" were to happen, it would likely involve the Boston Celtics and their coveted possession of the Brooklyn Nets' 2017 draft pick.

Butler is averaging career-highs in points (24.5), rebounds (6.3) and assists (5.0) per game this season, and he currently ranks sixth in the NBA with an 11.6 nERD. His .589 true shooting percentage is also a career-best.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Houston may be interested in Denver's Wilson Chandler

The Houston Rockets have reportedly shown interest in Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler, per Chris Haynes of ESPN.

What It Means:

The Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder have both also shown interest in Chandler, and it's looking unlikely that he will still be wearing a Nuggets' uniform when the trade deadline passes.

Chandler is averaging career-highs in both points (15.6) and rebounds (6.7) to go with 2.1 assists in 30.9 minutes per game this season. Despite those solid numbers, he ranks only 377th in the NBA with a -1.8 nERD -- the fourth-lowest mark among Nuggets players.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Sacramento also making Darren Collison and Ben McLemore available for trade

Sacramento Kings guards Darren Collison, Ben McLemore and Arron Afflalo are all available for trade as the deadline approaches, per Chris Mannix of The Vertical.

What It Means:

This news comes after the Kings traded away DeMarcus Cousins last night, and it looks like they're ready to blow things up completely and look to build for the future. Collison is by far the biggest name on this list, and with the 29-year-old playing on the last year of his contract, the Kings have little incentive to keep him around right now. If Collison does get traded, look for Ty Lawson to play a big role for the remainder of the season.

Collison is averaging 13.7 points, 2.1 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.1 steals in 30.9 minutes of action this season. His -0.5 nERD ranks eighth among Kings players and 258th in the NBA on the year.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook goes off in the All-Star game

Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook went 16-of-26 from the field, racking up 41 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds and 1 steal in only 20 minutes of action in Sunday's All-Star game.

What It Means:

Even in a game that is all about gaudy offensive numbers, with the West scoring a 192-182 win, Westbrook's production stood out. He came up just shy of taking home his third All-Star game MVP award though, losing it to Anthony Davis, who scored a record-setting 52 points.

That production looked a lot like what we've come to expect from Westbrook in usual games this year, as he is averaging a league-leading 31.1 points to go with 10.5 rebounds and 10.1 assists per game. His 8.4 nERD leads Thunder players and ranks 12th in the NBA.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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New Orleans acquires DeMarcus Cousins from the Kings

Sacramento Kings forward/center DeMarcus Cousins has been traded to the New Orleans Pelicans, per Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

What It Means:

The Pelicans are expected to give up Tyreke Evans, Buddy Hield, Langston Galloway, a future first-round pick and a second-round pick in the deal, which puts Cousins next to Anthony Davis in what is now an All-Star frontcourt in New Orleans. Look for Cousins to see his usage rate to decline, though he will likely see an uptick in efficiency with a better team around him.

Cousins has had a terrific season so far, averaging 27.8 points, 10.7 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.4 steals and a 1.3 blocks per game, while his 5.4 nERD ranks 23rd in the NBA. After the trade, our models project the Pelicans for a shade over two additional wins on the season, while it also boosts their chances of making the playoffs by about 10 percent.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Pelicans are making Buddy Hield available in trade talks

The New Orleans Pelicans have reportedly made shooting guard Buddy Hield available in trade talks.

What It Means:

The sixth pick in the 2016 NBA Draft would only be dealt as the Pelicans search for another star to pair with Anthony Davis. Without much assets beyond Hield, Jrue Holiday, and draft picks, it seems unlikely New Orleans will be able to swing a high profile trade before Thursday.

The Hield has struggled his rookie season, averaging 8.6 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 1.6 three-pointers per game while shooting 39.2% from the floor and 36.9% from three. His -4.3 nERD rating ranks him 449th out of 463 NBA players.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Kings are once again considering trading DeMarcus Cousins

The Sacramento Kings have reportedly been "engaging" in trade talks regarding forward/center DeMarcus Cousins.

What It Means:

Here we go again. After it looked like Cousins has going to sign a long-term extension with Sacramento, the team has gone back to shopping their big man around the league. While the exact nature of the conversations the team is having is not clear, but it seems to be in both parties best interest for Cousins to get a fresh start elsewhere.

Cousins is averaging 27.8 points, 10.7 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.3 blocks per game this year while posting a 5.4 nERD rating, the 23rd best mark out of 463 NBA players.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Nets' Bojan Bogdanovic has caught the eye of the Wizards

The Washington Wizards have some interest in Brooklyn Nets guard/forward Bojan Bogdanovic, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

What It Means:

The Nets are looking to acquire picks to help speed up their rebuild, and the Wizards have confirmed they are willing to part with a future first-round pick to shore up their bench, making Bogdanovic a logical target. The sharpshooting veteran would likely become the Wizards sixth man, backing up Otto Porter and Bradley Beal, limiting his fantasy value.

Bogdanovic has started all but one game for the Nets this season, averaging 14.2 points per game on 44.0% shooting from the floor. His -3.4 nERD rating ranks him 435th out of 463 NBA players.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Celtics interested in acquiring P.J. Tucker from the Suns

The Boston Celtics have reportedly expressed "deep interest" in acquiring Phoenix Suns guard/forward P.J. Tucker.

What It Means:

Tucker has been a name mentioned in a lot of rumors as we head into the trade deadline as the veteran swingman does not fit into the young Suns'' long-term plans. He would provide depth immediately to any contending team he landed on but would take a hit in fantasy due to a likely reduction in minutes. He would become the seventh or eighth man in the Celtics deep rotation.

Tucker is averaging 7.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 1.5 steals in 28.6 minutes per game for Phoenix. He owns a -1.9 nERD rating, ranking him 383rd out of 463 NBA players.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis takes home the Skills Challenge title

New York Knicks forward/center Kristaps Porzingis won the Skills Challenge on Saturday night.

What It Means:

Porzingis bested Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward in the final round to become the first Knicks player and second consecutive big man to win the event. The second-year pro also racked up 24 points in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, giving him one successful All-Star weekend. Porzingis heads into the second half fully healthy and ready to give the Knicks one last playoff push.

Porzingis is averaging 18.3 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, and 1.9 three-pointers per game with a 0.5 nERD rating, ranking him 111th out of 463 NBA players.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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