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Corey Brewer Headshot

Brewer will see limited action in Friday's game against the Thunder, Mike Trudell of Lakers.com reports.

Brewer was traded to the Lakers on Tuesday and has only had one full practice with the team. Coach Luke Walton said that Brewer was looking good in practice but it will take some time to integrate him into the team. Look for Brewer to see a small role on Friday before seeing his minutes increased going forward.
5:50 pm (EST)
Elfrid Payton Headshot

Payton will start at point guard for Thursday's matchup with the Trail Blazers, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.

C.J. Watson has started the last four games at point guard for the Magic, but he's sitting out with Achilles injury, which allows Payton to rejoin the top unit. Payton is no stranger to the starting five, as he's logged 34 starts in the 54 games he's played this season, so it should be a relatively painless transition. Look for Payton to receive the bulk of the point guard workload Thursday, with D.J. Augustin acting as his backup.
5:40 pm (EST)
Jeff Green Headshot

Green will come off the bench for Thursday's game against the Trail Blazers, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Green was temporarily thrust into the starting lineup following the Serge Ibaka trade, but with Terrence Ross, who the Magic acquired in return for Ibaka, now available and in the starting lineup, the Magic will send Green back to the bench. That likely means a drop in minutes for the 30-year-old veteran, but he'll still be in line to serve as the first forward off the bench behind both Ross and Aaron Gordon, so he should still play a decent role off the bench.
5:33 pm (EST)
Terrence Ross Headshot

Ross will start at small forward for Thursday's game against the Trail Blazers, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Ross and a first-round pick were traded to the Magic in exchange for Serge Ibaka just prior to the All-Star break, but Ross was unable to make his debut, which has now been set for Thursday. He'll jump right into the starting lineup and should see a decent uptick in minutes from the 22.4 he averaged in Toronto. Ross could be looking at a 30-plus minute role with his new team, although we should get a better understanding of his workload after he plays a few games. Jeff Green will head to the bench in the corresponding move and could see a decreased role.
5:29 pm (EST)
Deron Williams Headshot

Williams was waived by the Mavericks on Thursday, Marc J. Spears of ESPN reports.

Williams release was rumored to be in the works as soon as the trade deadline passed on Thursday. Dallas will be turning over the point guard duties to rookie Yogi Ferrell and Williams will be free to join any team if he clears waivers. Williams release will likely lead to some extra minutes for Devin Harris as well.
5:20 pm (EST)
Thabo Sefolosha Headshot

Sefolosha (groin) is no longer listed on the Hawks' injury report, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

It was reported on Wednesday that Sefolosha expected to take the court Friday, so this is merely a confirmation of what we already knew. Sefolosha did mention that he's not at 100 percent and that he's still dealing with some soreness, so the Hawks could opt to limit his minutes in his first game back. Tim Hardaway has performed well in place of Sefolosha and it remains to be seen if coach Mike Budenholzer will stick with the younger Hardaway, or return to Sefolosha as a starter on Friday.
5:18 pm (EST)
Jeff Locke Headshot

Locke (biceps) threw 15-20 light tosses from 60 feet on Thursday, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.

It was the first time the southpaw threw in three days, as he's been resting and dealing with biceps tendinitis. Although the club believes the ailment isn't too serious, Locke seems content taking things slow. "It's a lot better," Locke said, "but we're not going to say, 'Live BP tomorrow.' We're going to take the next step, whatever that is." When he returns, he'll look to compete for a rotation spot to open the season.
5:02 pm (EST)
Zack Cozart Headshot

Cozart (knee) won't be in the lineup Friday when the Reds begin spring training games. Instead, he'll likely start Monday or Tuesday next week. This isn't because there are problems with his knee, however. "He's fine. He could play tomorrow," manager Bryan Price said on Thursday. "They want to do some baserunning stuff with him to make sure his legs are conditioned coming off the DL at the end of the year. There's no reason he couldn't play. But why rush it with the length of Spring Training?"

Cozart confirmed that his knee is fine and that he's just working on getting his timing back. "There are no issues with me, we're just going to take it slow these first couple of games," Cozart said. "It was weird yesterday, we were doing that 27 outs [drill] and hitting and running out of the box, and having some game action on the field. It's just a whole different thing on your body. I'm ready for it. I told Bryan, physically, I feel great. I'm ready. We play a lot of games. I don't need to play 30 games or whatever we've got. I'll get my timing down."
5:02 pm (EST)
Enes Kanter Headshot

Kanter (forearm) is expected to play in Friday's game against the Lakers, David Aldridge of NBA.com reports.

Kanter was upgraded to a full-contact participant in Thursday's practice and came out of it without any setbacks, so the Thunder feel good about his chances for taking the court Friday. That said, even if he's cleared, there's a chance the Thunder opt to limit his playing time after an extended absence of just over four weeks. While Kanter is expected to be available, fantasy owners will still want to check in after the team's morning shootaround Friday to make sure he's officially cleared.
5:01 pm (EST)
Thomas Vanek Headshot

Vanek is "certain to be dealt as a rental" by next Wednesday's trade deadline, MLive.com reports.

With GM Ken Holland in an unfamiliar position of knowing that the Wings are likely to miss the playoffs for the first time in 26 seasons, Vanek is one of the leading candidates to move on from Detroit, and he qualifies as a rental player since he'll be an unrestricted free agent this summer. Vanek went from being bought out by the Wild in the offseason to establishing himself as the most productive scoring option on the Wings -- he has 15 goals in 47 games. It'll be interesting to see who would come to the Motor City in a Vanek deal; based on how this season has played out, a power-play defenseman should rank near the top of the team's wish list.
4:58 pm (EST)
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