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Marc J. Spears The Undefeated 

DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis putting up shots at Pelicans practice.

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets guard Patrick Beverley has been the subject of trade rumors with the deadline approaching on Thursday afternoon. Cleveland, New York and Chicago have expressed interest in Beverley. A Rockets source said the plan is not to trade Beverley. "At the end of the day I understand this is a business, I enjoy my time here with Houston," Beverley said before Rockets practice on Wednesday in New Orleans. "If anything does happen I'll be fortunate and be happy to play back home (Chicago) and be happy to help an organization like the Knicks or an organization like the Cavs if something does happen. But my loyalty is to Houston right now, and until that changes that's where my loyalty will stay."

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

DeMarcus Cousins said he and Anthony Davis had talked about recruiting each other the last time they played. Said AD: "I was never going to Sacramento. I was either going to win that battle or [nothing]."

Jovan Buha ESPN Editor 

Doc Rivers says Chris Paul (torn left thumb ligament) has been medically cleared to play and could return tomorrow night against the Warriors, depending on how Paul feels. Paul's initial timetable to return was six to eight weeks, meaning a return tomorrow would be early (just after the five-week mark).

Jovan Buha ESPN Editor 

Kevin Garnett and Clippers assistant coach Sam Cassell are playing 1-on-1 before practice. Garnett hit a jumper over Cassell and yelled, "I want a 10-day!"

Andrew Han ESPN Writer 

Kevin Garnett talking trash as Mike Woodson takes on Sam Cassell one on one.

Jovan Buha ESPN Editor 

DeAndre Jordan shooting with Kevin Garnett today before Clippers practice.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony on Knicks management: "Those guys understand and know how I'm feeling, what's on my mind, and what I would like to see happen." Anthony has said in the past that he's dedicated to New York and said Wednesday that he doesn't feel the need to keep talking about his devotion to the Knicks and the city.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose sat out the final portion of a scrimmage today but he participated in all of practice prior to that, per the Knicks.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony said he was feeling relaxed as the trade deadline approached: "If something is going to happen it's going to happen. I haven't heard anything as of right now, so that's not something that I'm concerned about."

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Houston covets Iman Shumpert, but the Cavs want Patrick Beverley. And @calvinwatkins reports that Houston doesn't want to surrender Beverley

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Our own @calvinwatkins reports that the Cavaliers, along with New York and Chicago, are pursuing Beverley, who wants to stay in Houston.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

According to a source, several teams have expressed interest in Rockets guard Patrick Beverley. Chicago, New York and Cleveland are the main suitors. Rockets front office and coaches value what Beverley brings to the team and that's being noticed by others. Beverley, according to a source, has a desire to remain with the Rockets.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

More on the Houston/Cleveland trade talks: The Cavs want Rockets G Patrick Beverley in an Iman Shumpert deal, according to league sources.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony says he still hasn't heard from Knicks management about any possible trades and reiterates that he expects to be with the team for their first game after the deadline.

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Statement from former Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak, who was fired Tuesday: "I would like to thank the Buss family for 36 incredible years. In particular, I would like to acknowledge Dr. Buss who brought me here as a player in 1981. I also want to thank every Laker player, coach and staff member with whom I have worked and who supported me through the good times and the very few not so good times. I am most disappointed that I won't have the opportunity to continue to work with Luke [Walton] and watch this young and talented team grow and eventually win in the Laker tradition. Finally, my best wishes to Earvin Johnson and the Laker organization going forward."