[Wojnarowski] For Cavaliers and Bucks, there was an urgency to a get deal done by 6 PM ET today. Now the players in the deal are eligible to be aggregated on the Feb. 7 trade deadline. Essentially, they can combine these players with other contracts to move before the deadline.
[Wojnarowski] Milwaukee will save $18M in salary in the 2019-20 season with the trade, which allows them flexibility to continue to upgrade roster. Cavaliers continue show a willingness to take on money to gather draft picks.
[Turner] Lakers have no interest in acquiring Carmelo Anthony, per sources. Sources said people want to attach players to Lakers now. Sources said Melo people called Lakers a while back and that LeBron hasn’t talked to Lakers prez Magic Johnson/Rob Pelinka about getting Melo.
[Charania] Sources on @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: The Houston Rockets and two-way player Gary Clark have agreed to a three-year NBA contract. Clark has emerged as a key rotation player for the Rockets.
[Charania] The Philadelphia 76ers held a free-agent workout this week with veteran guards Arron Afflalo, Brandon Rush and Sean Kilpatrick, along with G League Delaware’s Haywood Highsmith, per league sources on @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium.
[Charania] Sources on @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: With 76ers support, Markelle Fultz will work with former Lakers' renowned physical therapist Judy Seto. Seto has worked with Kobe Bryant -- as well as 76ers GM Elton Brand -- during their playing careers.
[Wojnarowski] Raymond Brothers: “People were saying it was a mental problem and it is not. There’s no way you’re the No. 1 pick in the world and all of a sudden you aren’t able to consistently raise your arms to shoot ..." Something is physically wrong. Now we have the answer to that problem.”
[Charania] Markelle Fultz has traveled comprehensively for specialist visits and trips in past two weeks, from Philadelphia to New York to St. Louis and back, from home in Maryland to Los Angeles. Bottom line in whatever outcome: The former No. 1 pick needs to get right in body and mind.
[Wojnarowski] The Sixers are calling Fultz out "indefinitely" but there's optimism that he can return within an approximate range of three to six weeks, league sources tell ESPN. Timetable will depend upon success of rehab to ease symptoms and pain tolerance.
[Wojnarowski] Agent Raymond Brothers: “Markelle (Fultz) has been diagnosed with Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, (TOS), a physical injury. TOS affects nerves between the neck and shoulder resulting in abnormal functional movement and range of motion, thus severely shoot a basketball...”
[Wojnarowski] The organization continues to express support to Fultz as he completes his shoulder consultations in the coming days --- and teammates are increasingly concerned about his overall well-being.
[Wojnarowski] Washington Wizards center Dwight Howard will likely need a surgical procedure to provide relief from a gluteal injury that has frequently sidelined him this season, league sources tell ESPN.
[Wojnarowski] The Milwaukee Bucks are waiving guard Jodie Meeks, whose NBA-mandated suspension ends on Saturday night, league sources told ESPN. Bucks will waive Meeks after game with Spurs, which will keep roster at 15 players.
[Charania] Sources on @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: Joakim Noah and the Memphis Grizzlies are expected to meet late next week and come to terms on a deal — in what has been a nearly two month-long courtship.
[Amick] Markelle Fultz is having a wrist issue examined next week and would prefer a move to a new team, sources tell @JaredWeissNBA, @DerekBodnerNBA and I. @ShamsCharania and @DavidAldridgeDC also contributed to a new report, now on @TheAthleticNBA
[Haynes] Golden State forward Kevin Durant will be fined $25,000 for telling a heckling fan to “watch the fucking game and shut the fuck up” during Sunday’s loss to Dallas, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
[Wojnarowski] Story filed to ESPN: The Wizards fined All-Star John Wall for unloading a verbal barrage onto coach Scott Brooks in a recent practice. After Wall and his teammates had been challenged to raise intensity in that session, Wall fired back with "F--- you," to Brooks. Story soon.
[Charania] Sources on @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: The Washington Wizards had a volatile practice within recent days, with verbal altercations among players and an exasperated Bradley Beal saying toward team officials: "I've been dealing with this for seven years."
[Wojnarowski] For now, Anthony will remain on the Rockets roster, but will not rejoin the team, sources said. Anthony’s wisest course of action could be exercising patience and allowing changes in league rosters – through trades, injuries, team needs --- to create more playing options for him.
[Wojnarowski] Carmelo Anthony’s brief stop with the Houston Rockets is over, league sources tell ESPN. Anthony will part ways with team, although there are no immediate plans to place 10-time All-Star on waivers. Team announcement is expected before Rockets play Golden State tonight.
[Wojnarowski] Portland Trail Blazers guard Seth Curry's return will be day-to-day based on pain tolerance and movement in his right knee, league sources tell ESPN. He underwent an MRI on Wednesday, which was negative. He banged knees in loss to Lakers on Tuesday night.
[Charania] Sources on @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard is expected to play tonight against the Lakers in Los Angeles. He’s rehabbed his knee this week. Lillard has led Blazers to a 10-3 start.
[Charania] Sources: In midst of verbal exchange on court late in Monday's game, Draymond Green challenged Kevin Durant about Durant's impending free agency. As teammates came at Green about his turnover, he responded. This has been a simmering issue for the Warriors today.
[Stein] The Rockets have denied they are waiving Carmelo Anthony, but two sources close to the situation say Anthony has been informed that his brief time with the team will soon be ending. Anthony has been listed as "out" for Houston's game tonight against Indiana due to illness
[Charania] Sources on @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: The Houston Rockets and Carmelo Anthony are seriously weighing his roster situation. Sides ruled him out tonight in San Antonio due to "illness" — after he practiced fully with team Friday, league sources said.
[Wojnarowski] While Carmelo Anthony is absent with an illness tonight against the Spurs, the Rockets and Anthony are discussing his role and how they might still be able to proceed together for the rest of the season, league sources tell ESPN. Talks are fluid.
[Wojnarowski] Another tough blow for 1-10 Cleveland: Point guard George Hill will miss two weeks with a sprained right shoulder, league sources tell ESPN. First-round pick Collin Sexton will continue to get the opportunity to start.
[Wojnarowski] Utah's Donovan Mitchell on way to the locker room with a leg injury in Denver. He the floor, rolled in pain and called for the trainer. He was unable to put weight on leg. Nuggets pulling away in fourth, 86-77.
[Wojnarowski] Suns and Chandler have had a mutual agreement on a buyout on his $13M-plus expiring deal for some time now, but Chandler needed a landing spot. Chandler found it with Lakers, who need size, and as @espn_macmahon says, will welcome his locker room presence.
[Turner] Sources close to Magic said he was stern with Luke Walton during the meeting more about not having a system in place than the wins and losses. Magic wants to see Luke have the Lakers run an offense that he has yet to see. Sources said that maybe the meeting opened Luke’s eyes.