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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Joakim Noah is out for Thursday's game against the Cavs. Jeff Hornacek said Noah tweaked a hamstring injury during a practice prior to the All-Star break. Willy Hernangomez will start in his place against Cleveland.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Washington has shown interest in Minnesota's Shabazz Muhammad, according to league sources, as the Wiz continue to search for bench upgrades

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Lou Williams has 21 games with at least 25 points off the bench over the last 3 seasons, nine more than Ryan Anderson, who ranks 2nd with 12.

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Newest Rockets guard Lou Williams has made 122 3-pointers this season, 17th in the NBA. The Rockets now have 5 players ranked in the top 20 of 3-pointers made.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks' Derrick Rose says he's heard about reports of Minnesota's interest in him but he's not distracted by the possibility of being traded. Says he's going "with the flow" at this point.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks are getting back to the basics as they prepare for the second half:

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Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh

Points per 36 minutes this season 1. Russ 2. Isaiah 3. Boogie 4. Embiid 5. Harden 6. Kawhi 7. DeRozan 8. LOU WILLIAMS

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony's absence from practice is excused. Players who participated in the All Star game can miss today's practice.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony (excused), Courtney Lee (illness) and Joakim Noah (left hamstring) did not practice today, the Knicks say.

Chad Ford @chadfordinsider

I've dealt w/ Rob Pelinka a lot covering the draft. Very smart. Excellent talent evaluator. His clients love him. Good hire for Lakers.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets guard Eric Gordon said his agent Rob Pelinka will become the GM of the Lakers. Team officials have not confirmed the move.

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said the Pelicans move to add DeMarcus Cousins to the roster was "interesting."

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Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

DeMarcus Cousins will wear No. 0 with the Pelicans.

Ramona Shelburne @ramonashelburne

Pelinka has begun informing his clients of possibility of him being Lakers GM, per sources. He's widely expected to be announced soon.

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The Lakers committed $186 million to 4-year deals for Luol Deng, Timofey Mozgov and Jordan Clarkson this past offseason. All three have below average PERs, with Clarkson best at 13.3 (NBA average is 15.0).