Devin Booker spent the weekend checking all of the final hurdles in his recovery from a left groin injury, playing five-on-five in practice in Boston and dunking during pregame warmups in Detroit. The Suns are anticipating Booker's first action since Christmas Day on Tuesday night when they visit a somewhat revamped version of the Brooklyn Nets. "I'm looking forward to it a lot; I'm excited," Booker said after the Suns finished practicing in New York. Booker is listed as probable and is expected to be on a minutes restriction in his first game since re-injuring his left groin in a 128-125 overtime loss at Denver on Dec. 25.
Everyone around the Nets may be worried about how Kevin Durant is viewing the trade of Kyrie Irving, but one person is not. Nets head coach Jacque Vaughn said he wasn't concerned about Durant's commitment to the organization after the latest drama that had engulfed Brooklyn.
The NBA's 3 p.m. Thursday trade deadline is nearing and a significant move has already been made around the league. The Nets traded All-Star starter Kyrie Irving and veteran forward Markieff Morris to the Dallas Mavericks just two days after Irving requested a trade out of Brooklyn for Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, a 2029 first-round pick and a pair of second-round picks. The Orlando Magic (22-32), who've turned their season around by going 17-13 in their last 30 games after starting 5-19, aren't expected to make organization-altering moves ahead of the deadline.