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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dealing Andrew Bogut and/or Deron Williams wouldn't pull the plug on the Mavs fighting for the West's final playoff berth. Dallas recently proved it could win without the two veterans. Williams missed all of the Mavs' 5-2 stretch that included wins over the Spurs, Cavaliers and Jazz. Yogi Ferrell averaged 15.3 points, 4.6 assists and 2.0 steals as the starting point guard during that span, which started after the rookie joined the Mavs on a 10-day deal. Bogut played only eight minutes during that stretch before a hamstring strain sidelined him for eight straight games. Salah Mejri took advantage of the increased playing time during Bogut's absence. Mejri has averaged 5.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 14.1 minutes in February, when he has a net rating of plus-13.3. "We were able to win some games without those guys, as you said," coach Rick Carlisle said. "If it turns out they're not here, they're not here and this is what we've got. If there are trades, there's a chance there's going to be some players coming back that can help us. Look, we'll see. We'll know by 2 o'clock (CT) tomorrow and we'll go from there."

Jovan Buha ESPN Editor 

Lakers head coach Luke Walton agrees with new president of basketball operations Magic Johnson that he would like to retain all of the Lakers' young core, but he's hesitant to use the word "untouchable" in case the right deal comes along (Walton used Steph Curry hypothetically being put on the trade market as an example).

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Brian Windhorst @WindhorstESPN

Hawks are sending Tiago Splitter and a second round pick to Philly for Ersan Ilyasova. The teams will also swap 2nd rounders, sources said

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

I don't know if this has anything to do with Minnesota's trade talks with the Knicks for Derrick Rose, but it will fuel conspiracy theories: Ricky Rubio started following Kristaps Porzingis on Instagram recently. Also, Knicks rookie Willy Hernangomez bacatipned with Rubio, a friend of his, over the All-Star break.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs PG J.J. Barea (calf) practiced but will miss at least next 3 games. "There's a possibility we'll only have 12 players," Rick Carlisle said, pending possible trades of Andrew Bogut and Deron Williams.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Deron Williams and Andrew Bogut were held out of Mavs practice. "With the trade deadline tomorrow, you can read a lot into that," coach Rick Carlisle said. "That's about all I'm going to say about that."

Jovan Buha ESPN Editor 

Lakers head coach Luke Walton said new president of basketball operations Magic Johnson met with the team before practice today to introduce himself and give them a brief message.

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Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN Sources: Utah, Cleveland engaged on trade over weekend that included Shelvin Mack, Jordan McRae, etc. Talks have since stalled out.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Discussions surrounding a potential trade of Derrick Rose continued between the Knicks and the Timberwolves on Wednesday, according to a source. It is unclear what, specifically, Minnesota would offer the Knicks in a potential swap for Rose. Although according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, the Timberwolves are motivated to move Ricky Rubio because team president and coach Tom Thibodeau sees rookie Kris Dunn as the franchise's point guard of the future.

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Adding Bojan Bogdanovic from the Nets could bolster the Wizards' bench. The Wizards average 23.4 points per game from bench players, second-fewest in the NBA to the Timberwolves' 22.1.