Shams Charania: First pick in the 2021 NBA All-Star Game Draft by LeBron James: Giannis Antetokounmpo, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Team LeBron vs. Team Kevin Durant draft airs on TNT tonight at 8 pm ET.
Marc Stein: Indiana's Domantas Sabonis will replace Brooklyn's Kevin Durant as an East All-Star, sources say, but a decision has not yet been made on how to handle the East captaincy now that Durant is not playing.
Eric Walden: LeBron, by virtue of being the top vote-getter, got the first pick, and of course selected his Lakers teammate, Anthony Davis. Giannis comes back with Joel Embiid.
Eric Walden: Donovan Mitchell, on if he plans to watch the All-Star Draft: “Oh, that’s tomorrow? Ummm ... yeah. Definitely. ... I hate to say it and I don’t mean to sound ungrateful, but I really forget (I’m an All-Star) because I’m just really worried about what’s coming up (with the Jazz).”
Eric Walden: Donovan Mitchell, on whether he’d rather play for Team LeBron or Team Giannis: “I’d rather just play with Rudy. I don’t mean to sound corny when I say it, but seriously, I think it’d be cool for us to enjoy that moment together.”
Marc J. Spears: Captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo will draft the #NBA All-Star Game rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference. They will draft without regard for a player’s conference or position. TNT reveals the team rosters on Feb. 6.
Malika Andrews: Giannis said he found out he was named an All Star captain for the second time from the coaching staff. He said his approach is the same as last year: pick guys that will play hard. “And obviously, pick my teammates Khris (Middleton) and Bledsoe when they make the All Star team.”
Mike Trudell: LeBron on All-Star Draft: "I knew who I was going with my 1st and 2nd pick, cause (Giannis had) already stated he was going Steph, so I knew I was going w/KD and Ky. I got shuffled a little bit after he picked Embiid; I had to kind of change my thing around, but I like my team."
Ryan Ward: BREAKING: LeBron James trades Russell Westbrook to Team Giannis in exchange for Ben Simmons. #TeamLeBron #AllStarDraft
Michael De Leon: TEAM LEBRON Durant-Irving - Leonard - Harden Davis - Thompson - Lillard - Westbrook - Aldridge - Towns - Beal - Wade
Selecting first in that round will be James, Wade's championship Miami Heat teammate in 2012 and '13. Suffice it to say, Wade is not exactly on pins and needles. "He better pick me," Wade said as the Heat turned their attention to Saturday night's game against the Indiana Pacers at AmericanAirlines Arena. "I'm not even going to play. He better pick me. I'm not going to play this game."
Ben Golliver: Doc Rivers on All-Star draft & Lou Williams 2018 snub: “Last year they were cowards & this year they’re doing it live so we know who gets picked. Next step is coaches reveal their vote. I have too many coaches saying they voted for my guy; if that was true then he’d be on team.”
Marc J. Spears: The NBA says the 2019 NBA All-Star Draft will be televised by TNT on Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. ET. The team rosters will be revealed during a NBA All-Star Draft Show.
The National Basketball Association and the N.B.A. Players Association have agreed to televise the draft in which two captains will select their squads for the 2019 All-Star Game in Charlotte, according to two people familiar with the plans.
A firm date for the televised draft has not yet been established, but Jan. 30 or Jan. 31 have emerged as two potential targets for a TNT broadcast, according to the people, who were not authorized to discuss the plans publicly. The schedule availability of the two captains, once they are identified through fan balloting, is among the variables needed to lock in the broadcast specifics.
April 17, 2021 | 1:45 am EDT Update
The pool of teams that will have the salary-cap space to make a run at Markkanen is limited, but multiple executives and scouts anticipate the San Antonio Spurs will make a strong offer this summer. Without LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio has a need for a stretch big with Markkanen’s size and skill set.
Warriors star Stephen Curry will be entering a contract year in 2021/22 if he doesn’t reach an extension agreement in the offseason with the team. However, he doesn’t sound like someone eager to test free agency. Asked by ESPN’s Rachel Nichols (video link) how much of a priority it is to spend his entire career in Golden State, Curry affirmed that’s his plan. “It’s always been a priority,” Curry said. “When you look at guys like Dirk (Nowitzki), Kobe (Bryant), that I played against and have heard them talk about what that’s meant, they don’t speak on it lightly. There’s a reverence for that club.
“You never know what can happen, obviously, but I feel like that’s always been something that would mean so much to me. You want to stay competitive, you want to stay in that fight where you’re winning championships. If I can accomplish both, that’s the ultimate goal.”
Convincing Zach LaVine the Bulls are building a playoff contender is important when you consider the 26-year-old’s “big focus” coming into the season was to get Chicago into the playoffs. That’s why rival executives anticipate the Bulls will try to lock up LaVine with a contract extension (he will make $19.5 million this season and next) but know he’ll likely let his deal lapse, become an unrestricted free agent and sign what will be a more lucrative multiyear max pact.
“That’s why them getting Vooch was a really big deal,” an Eastern Conference executive said. “Players want to get paid, just like we all do. But they also want to win, and guys like Zach have been around the block long enough to know they can’t win in this league by themselves. LeBron’s the best to do it, and he couldn’t win it all by himself. Even he needed help.” The exec added, “Them getting Vooch sent a clear message to Zach that yes, Chicago is serious about trying to put together a winner here and now.”
The patience has paid off to a relative degree, as now the Wizards are in position to possibly make the playoffs. Beal feels like he has been somewhat vindicated by the experience. “It speaks volumes. It’s always tough because when my name was buzzing, that’s all I heard early in the year is ‘trade Beal, trade Beal.’ It wasn’t anything other than that,” Beal said. “So, me knowing who I am and just sticking through it, that’s a testament to what we did as a team this year.”
Ian Begley: On The Putback this week: Dennis Schroder among PGs on NYK radar for 2021 free agency; he reportedly turned down a 4-yr, $80M-plus extension from LAL.
Brunson, who scored 15 points with seven assists and five rebounds in a win over the Knicks on April 2, has a non-guaranteed year left on his pact. The Mavericks, whom the Knicks visit on Friday night, could let Brunson become a restricted free agent and match any offer this summer. Or they could let him become an unrestricted free agent in 2022. The guard is the son of former Knick Rick Brunson. The Knicks have had their eye on Jalen Brunson, whose father was one of Thibodeau’s assistant coaches with the Bulls and Timberwolves.