The Los Angeles Lakers (19-39) acquired sophomore point guard Tyler Ennis from the Houston Rockets (40-18) during the closing minutes of Thursday's NBA Trade Deadline. The Rockets are expected to waive Brazilian guard Marcelo Huertas, who was offloaded by L.A. to make the trade work.
The Golden State Warriors (47-9) will host the Los Angeles Clippers (35-21) in a nationally-televised game at the Oracle Arena on Thursday. The teams would take the court barely hours after the NBA Trade Deadline (3 p.m. ET, 7 a.m. Friday AEDT) besides returning to action for the first time since the All-Star break.
The Indiana Pacers have been gauging offers for superstar forward Paul George from Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics ahead of Thursday's NBA Trade Deadline (3 p.m. ET, 7 a.m. Friday AEDT). After back-and-forth negations, neither team is willing to match Indiana's high price tag, per reports.
The Golden State Warriors (47-9) are not expected to make any changes to their roster ahead of Thursday's NBA Trade Deadline, contrary to earlier reports that they would be shopping for a rim protector. A few hours after the 3:00 p.m. ET (7:00 a.m. AEDT) cut off period for trades, the Warriors will kick off the post All-Star break portion of the season against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Oracle Area.
The Chicago Bulls (28-29) and Philadelphia 76ers (21-35) have continued to hold talks on a potential Jahlil Okafor trade, per fresh reports. The Bulls are trying to acquire the second-year big man ahead of Thursday's NBA Trade Deadline.
India will host Australia in the first of four Test matches at the MCA Stadium in Pune, Maharashtra, starting Thursday. The home team, currently ranked the No. 1 team in the ICC Test Rankings, begin the series as the overwhelming favourites against an inexperienced Australian squad led by captain Steven Smith.
The Boston Celtics (37-20) are not willing to include forward Jae Crowder in the package to pull off the potential Jimmy Butler trade, according to fresh reports. The Chicago Bulls (28-29), however, are adamant that Crowder be included as part of the deal that would send Butler to Boston ahead of Thursday's NBA Trade Deadline.
The Indiana Pacers (29-28) are testing the trade market for Paul George due to the superstar's reluctance to make a long-term commitment to the organisation, per fresh reports. While the Pacers aren't openly shopping the four-time All-Star, they are listening to offers, with the Los Angeles Lakers (19-38) emerging as a favourable destination.
The Utah Jazz (35-22) are shopping seventh-year power forward Derrick Favors ahead of Thursday's NBA Trade Deadline, per reports. Besides calling teams about Favors, they are listening to offers for the former Georgia Tech standout and have reportedly drawn interest from the Phoenix Suns (18-39).
Los Angeles Clippers superstars, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, are expected to sign five-year extensions upon becoming unrestricted free agents this summer, per reports. Earlier reports suggested that the duo might bolt from L.A. if the Clippers front office decide to blow up the squad in the wake of another potential playoff exit.