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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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Kings called out for Boogie blockbuster (1:17)
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Michael Smith not a fan of Kings' trade of Cousins (1:46)
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Trading Cousins is a 'culture change' (3:36)
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Did the Pelicans win the trade with Cousins? (2:23)
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Don't anticipate a KD-Russ reunion (1:34)
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Irving knows Cavs' season is 'far from perfect' (3:19)
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Calipari certain both Cousins and Davis want to win (2:26)
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How good can the Pelicans be with Cousins? (1:09)
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Hodges glad athletes are using platform for activism (4:32)
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Will Westbrook continue to give KD icy treatment? (2:04)
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Westbrook has fun with reporters asking about Durant (1:04)
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Westbrook and Durant warm up on opposite ends of the court (0:23)
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Davis happy to win ASG MVP in front of home fans (2:34)

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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.

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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.

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The 76ers are an unintended beneficiary of the Kings' trade of DeMarcus Cousins. They can swap first-round picks with the Kings as the result of a 2015 trade. The 76ers are currently 2 1/2 games behind the Kings in the standings. The 76ers also own the Lakers' first-round pick, though it is protected if it is in the top three.

Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh

Got a new Russell Westbrook video airing on SportsCenter here in a few minutes. Will be posted tomorrow am on the Interwebs.

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Over the last 4 seasons, 23 of the 24 teams in 1st place at the All-Star Break finished the season in 1st place. Only team that didn't was the Hawks, last season. (Via Elias Sports Bureau)