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Doug McDermott Headshot

McDermott, Taj Gibson, and a 2018 second-round pick have been traded from the Bulls to the Thunder in exchange for Cameron Payne, Anthony Morrow, and Joffrey Lauvergne, Royce Young of ESPN reports.

McDermott was a target of the Thunder to provide some outside shooting touch from the forward position. The third-year small forward is averaging 10.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.0 assist, and 24.5 minutes per game this season, all career highs. However, his 37 percent mark from beyond the arc is lower than the 43 percent he hit last year. McDermott will likely take over as the team's top backup behind starting small forward Andre Roberson and could see time at shooting guard behind Victor Oladipo as well.
3:40 pm (EST)
Riley Barber Headshot

Barber was recalled from AHL Hershey on Thursday.

This marks Barber's first recall of the season and it comes in the wake of Andre Burakovsky (hand) being placed on injured reserve. Barber has played only 18 games for Hershey this season, in which he's netted seven goals and added four assists. He also put up a respectable 55 points in the minors last season, so he'll be one to watch if and when he draws into his first career NHL game.
3:35 pm (EST)
Anthony Morrow Headshot

Morrow has been traded to the Bulls along with Cameron Payne and Joffrey Lauvergne in exchange for Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Morrow was part of a package that was centered around Cameron Payne, but he should still provide some value for Chicago, especially with Doug McDermott now in Oklahoma City. That being said, Morrow is struggling this season, averaging only 5.8 points per game and shooting a lousy 29.4-percent from three, which is uncharacteristic given his 41.7-percent career average. Nevertheless, he should have an opportunity to work himself into the Bulls' rotation, especially if he can improve his three-point stroke.
3:30 pm (EST)
Andre Burakovsky Headshot

Burakovsky (hand) was placed on injured reserve Thursday.

The up-and-coming winger avoids a long-term IR designation -- which would require that he misses 10 games and 24 calendar days -- but he's still expected to be out until mid-March. Washington has filled his roster spot with Thursday's call-up of Riley Barber from AHL Hershey, but he has yet to make his NHL and thus isn't a viable fantasy option.
3:28 pm (EST)
Jordan Weal Headshot

Weal (upper body) said he will be a game-time decision for Saturday's outdoor game in Pittsburgh, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Weal added that he has been "feeling better every day" while recovering from this ailment that has kept him out of action for the past two games. The Saskatchewan native isn't a fantasy commodity just yet but he has potential to become one, especially considering that the Flyers seem to be willing to trust him on the power play.
3:26 pm (EST)
Joffrey Lauvergne Headshot

Lauvergne, Cameron Payne and Anthony Morrow have been traded from the Thunder to the Bulls in exchange for Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick, Royce Young of reports.

Lauvergne had a tough time finding minutes in Oklahoma City and his move to Chicago doesn't necessarily bring with it a huge jump in playing time. The Bulls currently have Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis in line to see the bulk of the workload at power forward, although Lauvergne could carve out a solid bench role if he can make a quick transition to his new team. Lauvergne's situation will be one to monitor, but it's not a situation to jump on immediately.
3:25 pm (EST)
Taj Gibson Headshot

Gibson was traded to Oklahoma City on Thursday, Royce Young of ESPN reports.

Gibson will leave the only team for which he's played since entering the NBA and will be joined in Oklahoma City by Doug McDermott. In exchange, the Thunder will send back Cameron Payne, Anthony Morrow and Joffrey Lauvergne. The 31-year-old Gibson, a staple in the Chicago frontcourt for several years, is averaging 11.6 points and 7.0 rebounds in 27.3 minutes per game this season, starting all 55 games in which he's appeared. It's unclear if he'll unseat rookie Domantas Sabonis in the Thunder's starting five, but even if he doesn't, Gibson would likely see significant minutes as the first big man off the bench. At this point, it's unclear if the veteran will receive team clearance in time to take the floor Friday against the Lakers.
3:25 pm (EST)
Cameron Payne Headshot

Payne was traded to Chicago on Thursday as part of a multi-player deal, Royce Young of ESPN reports.

Anthony Morrow and Joffrey Lauvergne will join Payne in Chicago, while the Bulls send the Thunder a package including Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick. A lottery selection in 2015, Payne showed promise as a rookie but has struggled this season since returning from a broken foot. In 20 games, Payne averaged 5.3 points and 2.0 assists while shooting just 33.1 percent from the floor and 30.8 percent from three. Still, Chicago views Payne as having higher upside than its current crop of underwhelming point guards, and it's likely Payne will step into a more significant role with his new team. At this point, it's unclear when Payne will debut, but the Bulls play both Friday (vs. Phoenix) and Saturday (at Cleveland).
3:18 pm (EST)
Jared Sullinger Headshot

Sullinger and two second-round picks will be sent from the Raptors to the Suns in exchange for P.J. Tucker, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.

Sullinger missed the first two and a half months of the season after undergoing surgery to address a fractured right foot, but even when at full strength, he failed to garner a regular spot in the Raptors' rotation. With the Raptors trading for Serge Ibaka, that made Sullinger even more expendable, so he'll now head to Phoenix. Sullinger will still be relegated to a bench role with the Suns behind Marquese Chriss, so there likely won't be a huge bump in value despite the change in scenery.
3:18 pm (EST)
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