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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."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Brandon Jennings said he took a break from social media over the past few days, in part, because of some crazy responses from Knicks fans. (I'm thinking of doing the same.)

ESPN Stats and Information  

The Lakers have selected four players in the first round over the last three drafts -- Larry Nance, Julius Randle, D'Angelo Russell, Brandon Ingram -- but none of those players rank in the top 100 in PER this season.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek said yesterday that Courtney Lee was too ill to fly to NY in time for Tuesday's practice but he's expected to play Thursday.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Joakim Noah (hamstring) and Courtney Lee (illness) did not practice today. Carmelo Anthony is practicing today.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Houston expressed interest in acquiring Cleveland's Iman Shumpert in advance of Thursday's NBA trade deadline, according to league sources.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Cousins and Casspi are officially Pelicans:

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked how competitive he is, Cousins says "About 17 technicals worth."

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

DeMarcus Cousins called the pairing with Anthony Davis "Fire and Ice."

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Cousins says "the dishonesty" from Sacramento was the toughest part of the trade.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

With DeMarcus Cousins now in tow, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said "We're going to try to make it work quickly." Pelicans are 2.5 games back of the Nuggets for the eighth seed in the West.