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Big questions, lots of answers before NBA trade deadline

Zach Lowe has the latest trade talk surrounding Jimmy Butler, Paul George, Blake Griffin, Lou Williams and more.

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Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Guards that the Pelicans will work out this week include Mario Chalmers, Quinn Cook, Reggie Williams and Hollis Thompson, per league sources

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

New Orleans has a full roster at present but ESPN sources say the Pels will audition some guards this week to possibly join them soon (1/2)

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Some members of the Utah Jazz front office have expressed interest recently in Lakers guard Lou Williams, ESPN sources say. Many around the league believe Williams is likely to be dealt before Thursday's trade deadline. Some teams who have talked to the Lakers about Williams believe Los Angeles is seeking a first-round pick in any Williams swap.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Langston Galloway, a Baton Rouge, La. native, issued the following goodbye message on his Instagram account, @langgalloway10, the night his trade from the Pelicans to the Kings became official:

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Cleveland didn't find deal that made sense. They still hold TPE of similar value to Varejao's exception that was created from Korver deal.

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Cleveland will allow $4.4 million Anderson Varejao trade exception expire, league sources tell ESPN. Had by end of today to use it.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Mark Cuban tells ESPN that Dallas is willing to take on contracts in advance of Thursday's trade deadline if draft compensation is attached.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Timberwolves have reached out to the Knicks recently to discuss potential trades for New York point guard Derrick Rose, sources told ESPN. Rose, a free agent this summer, played for seven seasons under current Timberwolves and ex-Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. It is unclear what Minnesota would offer in a potential trade for Rose.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Isaiah Thomas has Celtics Nation on high alert after tweeting an eyes-wide-open emoji. The last time he did that: Right before the Celtics signed Al Horford in July.

ESPN Stats and Information  

LeBron James averaged 37.5 minutes per game prior to the All-Star Break, which ranks 2nd in the NBA. The 32-year-old James is the oldest player to rank in the top 25 in minutes per game. The Cavaliers need his minutes though- they outscore opponents by 7.8 points per 100 possessions with James on the court and are outscored by 4.4 points per 100 with James off the court.