The Kings are “starved” for Kansas forward Josh Jackson, according to The Vertical’s Chris Mannix. The vibe I get from chatting with league sources is there’s a distinct possibility that the Kings would look to move up ahead of Phoenix (no. 4) for Jackson, possibly using the no. 5 and no. 10 picks, but they’d need more back than just the no. 3 pick. If I were the Kings, I’d want Crowder, who is locked into a cheap deal through 2020, or Smart, who the Kings were targeting in the 2014 draft. It’s doubtful the Celtics would be willing to cough up either player, but they need to trim salary to have maximum cap space. The Kings have good reason to ask for a nice player in return.
February 18, 2018 | 9:59 pm EST Update
Marc J. Spears: To start the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, Anthony Davis is wearing injured New Orleans Pelicans teammate DeMarcus Cousins’ All-Star jersey. Davis will wear his familiar No. 23 jersey later in the game.
Ben Golliver: East and West combined for an ASG quarter record 101 first-quarter points in 2017. Team LeBron and Team Steph combined for 73 first-quarter points in 2018, fewest in first quarter since 2013 (57).
Ramona Shelburne: Jimmy Butler is the only All Star who hasn’t played yet. He says he’s fine, so this is just a rest thing. He told D’Antoni not to worry about playing time or getting him into the rotations.