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The Lakers have been a bit more forthcoming about Thursdayís trade deadline. Kupchak does not consider anyone on this roster untouchable, which was the way the organization viewed Kobe Bryant for most of his 20-year NBA career. Still, Kupchak has acknowledged a reluctance to break up the teamís young core, both because of its talent and long-term potential. Several reports said the Lakers and Sacramento Kings ended discussions about a potential trade involving All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins on Sunday after the Lakers refused to include rookie forward Brandon Ingram. OC Register
If the Lakers do make a deal, the most likely candidates to leave are two of their more productive offensive players: veteran guards Lou Williams, 30, and Nick Young, 31. Their play and relatively salary cap-friendly contracts could yield the most value from playoff contenders, while freeing up opportunities for the rest of a young roster to close out the 2016-17 season. OC Register
The Timberwolves are among several teams that have talked to New York about acquiring point guard Derrick Rose before Thursdayís trade deadline, ESPN.com reported Monday night. Rose played for Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau in Chicago for five seasons, and his contract with this seasonís $21.3 million salary expires this summer. Minneapolis Star Tribune
The Wolvesí most likely trade piece in any deal before Thursdayís 2 p.m. Central deadline is point guard Ricky Rubio, whose agents tried to orchestrate a trade to New York when Rubio was drafted fifth overall in June 2009. Minneapolis Star Tribune
Rose, a free agent this summer, played for seven seasons under current Timberwolves and ex-Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. ESPN.com
It is unclear what Minnesota would offer in a potential trade for Rose. Sources say the Timberwolves are motivated to trade veteran point guard Ricky Rubio, as team president and coach Thibodeau sees rookie Kris Dunn as the point guard of the future for Minnesota. ESPN.com
Anything is possible until the trade deadline passes, but it appears unlikely that the Knicks will find a deal that will prompt them to move Anthony by Thursday, or that he would approve it even if they did. If Anthony isnít traded, the final 25 games still could be the last of his Knicks career. The Knicks are expected to try to move him in the offseason, when they will have more time for a deal to come together. If the Cavaliers donít win the title or the Clippers have another early playoff exit, they might be more driven to trade for Anthony. Plus heíll have more time to think about it and discuss it with his family. NY Newsday
Knicks owner James Dolan said he will honor Phil Jacksonís five-year contract, but the reclusive team president can opt out after this season. He could return to Playa del Rey with a tarnished legacy for what heís done and hasnít done as an executive. First and foremost, the Knicks havenít won under Jackson. He also has alienated his best player, has given prospective free agents pause about joining the Knicks and hasnít provided any confidence or message to the fan base. Jackson hasnít discussed the status of his team since Sept. 23. NY Newsday
With the Nets reportedly fielding calls and gauging interest in Brook Lopez as Thursdayís trade deadline approaches, what does Sundayís DeMarcus Cousins deal do for Lopezís value or Brooklynís odds of trading him? It sure doesnít help. Not one bit. NY Post
The Nets arenít actively shopping Lopez the way the Knicks have Carmelo Anthony. The asking price was two first-round draft picks, but as soon as Cousins entered the market, that became less likely. NY Post
Add Isaiah Thomas to the list of critics who are unimpressed with the package the Kings received in return for DeMarcus Cousins. Moments after the All-Star Game, the Kings traded Cousins to the Pelicans Sunday night. New Orleans sent over Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, a 2017 first-round pick and a 2017 second-rounder to Sacramento. Itís a weak return, considering Cousins is arguably a Top 10 player in the league. The three-time All-Star has recorded 34 double-doubles in 55 contests this season. WEEI
And while many Sixers fans are rightfully jumping for joy today about the pick swap the Sixers have with the Kings in the 2017 draft, let's not forget about the 2019 pick. Because no matter what happens with pick swaps, the Sixers own the Kings' unprotected 2019 first-round pick, which could legitimately be first overall given Sacramento's direction. CSN Philly
For example, the Celtics could trade one of their own first-round picks and put a protection on it to ensure they donít get burned if that selection won the lottery. They could place that protection because it was their own pick. Previously, if you acquired a draft pick via trade, you couldnít place a new protection on it if you traded it to another team. NESN
New York always has been viewed as an ideal fit for star players, players like [Carmelo] Anthony, who have a hefty portfolio of business dealings. While time may heal all wounds, except certain knee injuries, it also has changed the approach to business. Anthony has a slew of New York-based deals, but there was an overwhelming consensus among a group of sports marketing experts on the impact a move from the Knicks would have on Anthonyís brand: none. NY Post
Appearing on NBA TV's Open Court, Joel Embiid opened up about how he reaggravated the fracture in his foot that cost him the 2015-16 season. "I didn't know how to deal with patience," Embiid said on the roundtable discussion. "I just wanted to do stuff, that's why I think I needed a second surgery, because after my first one, I just wanted to play basketball again. I just wanted to be on the court and I pushed through what I wasn't supposed to." CSN Philly
If you think 6'11" Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo is a problem in the NBA, you ain't seen nothing yet ... 'cause Giannis says his 15-year-old brother, Alex, is gonna be even better. We got BOTH Antetokounmpo brothers in New Orleans for the All-Star game and asked the older version flat-out ... is young Alex -- who's currently a high school player -- gonna be better? TMZ Sports
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