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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Carlisle: "If I was to handicap the possibility of moving Dirk [Nowitzki] to 4 and Harrison [Barnes] to 3, I'd put it below 50 percent. I wouldn't totally rule it out. We have to see." Carlisle declined to comment specifically about Nerlens Noel until the deal becomes official, but the question was essentially about whether a starting spot would be open for the Mavs' new addition.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

With no second trade looming for Andrew Bogut, league sources say Bogut and the Sixers will immediately begin contract buyout discussions.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

The Sixers do not expect to find a trade for Andrew Bogut before the 3 PM deadline, league sources say

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens as deadline approaches: "I've been [back in Boston] since Monday. I don't anticipate much change. I haven't ever anticipated much change. I don't think that, when you're in a position where you're playing at a pretty good level, you should anticipate much change. But certainly there could be small things. There may not be. At the end of the day my job is to try focus on the 15 guys who are here."

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

For OKC to acquire both McDermott and Gibson, sources say it would likely take Cameron Payne, Joffrey Lauvergne and draft compensation.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Sources tell @ChrisBHaynes and me that it's been conveyed to Denver that Paul George would be highly unlikely to commit there long term.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Denver today made a "monster" offer to Indiana for Paul George, league sources tell @ChrisBHaynes and me, but the talks gained no traction.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Sources tell @RoyceYoung and me that the Thunder have explored the prospect of a trade in which they acquire both D. McDermott and T. Gibson

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

ESPN sources say OKC has interest in Doug McDermott as well as Taj Gibson. Sources say the Bulls, meanwhile, have interest in Cameron Payne.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

With an hour to go before the trade deadline, ESPN sources tell @royceyoung and me that the Bulls and Thunder remain in active trade talks

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

One holdup in the Minnesota talks for Derrick Rose has been that the Knicks hadn't budged on their insistence that a second piece be added to the deal in a return for Ricky Rubio - a player or a draft pick, according to a source. With one hour to go, it will be interesting to see if the Knicks lower their demands or if Minnesota acquiesces.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Eric Gordon was booed by the New Orleans fans last weekend while competing in the three-point contest and now he's back for a regular season game tonight with the Rockets. Will the fans boo again Thursday night? "I always expect different, it is what it is," Gordon said. "I'm here to win tonight and that's all that matters." Gordon spent five injury-filled seasons with New Orleans averaging 15.3 points per game. "It's fun, they have a good culture here and they're starting to love basketball a little bit more," Gordon said of the city. "It's definitely going to be a exciting game tonight with (DeMarcus) Cousins here and I expect a good crowd." Gordon isn't the only Rockets making a return to New Orleans. Ryan Anderson, who spent four seasons with New Orleans, will start at power forward for the Rockets tonight.

ESPN Stats and Information  

DeMarcus Cousins will make his debut with the Pelicans tonight. Cousins averaged 21.1 PPG and 10.8 RPG in 470 career games with the Kings. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he's the only man in NBA history to play at least 400 games for one franchise, average 20/10 (points/rebounds) for that team, but never play in a postseason game.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas on if he'd be excited to land a talent like Jimmy Butler or Paul George at the deadline: "For sure. Those are All-Star-type players — superstars — and they change an organization. Like I've always said, I will roll with the guys I got in this locker room until something changes. I always mean that."