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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

James Harden said he was pleased his agent Rob Pelinka will become the GM of the Lakers. Harden didn't say what he'll do in regards of finding a new agent. "I'm happy for him," Harden said. "I told him he's worked extremely hard and if he got an opportunity to be a GM with the Los Angeles Lakers, take it. I'll figure out what I do next. It's an opportunity of a lifetime and I'm happy for him." Pelinka also represented Rockets teammates Trevor Ariza and Eric Gordon.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said he will play Pat Beverley, Eric Gordon and newly acquired guard Lou Williams at the same time with the second unit. Beverley can guard some small forwards if need be, depending on the size of the player. But scoring is the key in this Rockets trade for Williams. "To be able to compete with the top teams you got to continue to score throughout the game," D'Antoni said. "We can't think ok we can shut them down, the Golden States, the San Antonios the Clevelands, whoever, we'll shut them down. Those guys aren't getting shutdown you got to be able to score until you can make some strategic (defensive) stops we have that ability even now."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose isn't the only player to draw interest from opposing teams looking to make a trade. Kyle O'Quinn and Brandon Jennings both being asked about in recent days, sources say. O'Quinn has played well this season and is on a team-friendly contract. Jennings is in the final year of his contract and has proved durable this season after missing nearly 12 months with an Achilles injury.

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.