One of the teams most eager to move its first-rounder along for immediate help is the Pelicans, who have won two straight games as they’ve gotten Elfrid Payton and Nikola Mirotic back from injury but are still desperate for small forward help. A source told SN that the Pels made a pitch for small forward Kelly Oubre before Washington traded him to Phoenix, and New Orleans has continued to look for a starting-quality wing. The Pelicans have shown interest in Orlando small forward Terrence Ross, who has had a career year, but is a free agent this summer and uncertain to re-sign with the Magic.
January 17, 2019 | 6:43 pm EST Update
Fred Katz: Brad Beal on if it’s easier to play without John Wall: “No it’s not. It’s a lot harder.” “Me playing well or not is not based off of John. It’s not. The fact of the matter is, we don’t have John, so what am I supposed to do?” Beal called it “nonesense” he’s better w/o Wall.
Tim Bontemps: Wilson Chandler says he’s good to go for tonight’s game against the Pacers. He was a game-time decision with an upper respiratory issue.
Adam Johnson: The @nazsuns will become the Northern Arizona Rodeo Clowns for one night only on Saturday. A look at their uniforms.
January 17, 2019 | 6:01 pm EST Update
David Hardisty: Chris Paul on his rehab: “I’m doing well. Progressing, trying to get back on the court as soon as possible, continue to listen to my body. As soon as I’m able, I will be out there.” Does he have any idea when he will return? “Nope.”