- The 76ers appear to be prioritizing another big man ahead of the Feb. 9 trade deadline, per Kyle Neubeck of Philly Voice.
- More specifically, it appears as if the Sixers would like to find a backup center to Joel Embiid, Neubeck added.
- One option may be waiting on the buyout market, as opposed to a trade, Neubeck added. Veteran centers such as DeMarcus Cousins and Hassan Whiteside are also currently available.
- Names most likely available in trades for the Sixers, per Neubeck: forwards Furkan Korkmaz and Danuel House Jr., and shooting guard Jaden Springer.
- As we relayed here, guard/forward Matisse Thybulle is drawing interest from at least the Warriors and Kings. Neubeck wrote that the Sixers could move Thybulle if they are seeking “a higher-end deal.”
- The Knicks have shown some trade interest in Pistons small forward Saddiq Bey, as we relayed here, and are said to suddenly have become aggressive in looking for upgrades.
- Sources told Hoops Wire that New York is closely monitoring the Hornets, who are believed to be the biggest potential sellers ahead of the deadline. Guard/forward Kelly Oubre, out with an injury, was among the players mentioned as being on their radar.
- The Knicks also recently checked in with the Raptors on the availability of forward OG Anunoby, per Ian Begley of SNY.tv. New York may be willing to offer multiple first-round picks in such a deal.
- The Heat remain involved in the hunt for Suns forward Jae Crowder, who has yet to play this season and has been heavily linked to the Bucks. But the Heat are still very interested, per sources.
- So far, though, talks between the Heat and Suns are mostly at a standstill, as Phoenix does not seem interested in talking back the contract of Miami forward Duncan Robinson, per Barry Jackson and Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald.
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