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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.

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."