• REPORTS: Kings Trade Cousins to Pelicans

    Sacramento has agreed to trade DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans, league source tells The Vertical.




    Sources: Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Michael Scotto of kBaBasketball and Marc Stein of ESPN

  • LeBron on Curry and The Warriors: ‘There is no rivalry’

    The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors have met in the NBA Finals the past two seasons, and LeBron James and Stephen Curry are two of the biggest names in the NBA.

    James is a four-time MVP. Curry has won the past two MVP awards, and last year he was the league's first unanimous choice. But despite the similarities and the classic Finals clashes, James doesn't view Curry as a rival of his. "I don't have a rivalry with Steph Curry," James said after Saturday's All-Star practice session. "There's no way you can say, 'Let's talk about rivalries,' and you say, 'Bird and Magic. Carolina, Duke. Ohio State, Michigan,' and then say 'LeBron and Steph.'

    Source: Chris Haynes of ESPN
  • Anthony Davis Breaks All-Star Scoring Record, Wins MVP

    Pelicans star Anthony Davis openly proclaimed ahead of Sunday's All-Star Game that he was going after the MVP award, and he didn't make his master plan on how to do so much of a secret.

    "Coach [Alvin] Gentry already told me every time I catch it to put it up," said Davis upon being selected to his fourth straight spot on the Western Conference team. Davis took an All-Star record 39 shots and scored 52 points to lead the West over the East at the 66th All-Star Game, 192-182 -- the highest-scoring game in league history. The 23-year-old's point total smashed the previous record of 42, set by Wilt Chamberlain in 1962.

    Source: Justin Verrier of ESPN
  • Glen Robinson III Crowned All-Star Slam Dunk Champion

    Glenn Robinson III of the Indiana Pacers is the All-Star slam dunk champion.

    Robinson beat Derrick Jones Jr. of the Phoenix Suns in the final round of the competition Saturday night. He clinched the win with a perfect score of 50 on the final dunk of the night, going over three people for a reverse dunk and nearly touching his head on the rim in the process. Robinson and Jones embraced when it was over, and Robinson went over to shake hands with judges.

    Source: ESPN
  • Eric Gordon of Houston Wins Three-Point Contest

    After drawing boos when he was introduced from the New Orleans crowd -- which remembers his excitement to leave the Pelicans for the Houston Rockets in free agency last summer --  Eric Gordon turned them into cheers as the champion. Gordon's 25-point first round was the best any player recorded all night, and though he missed several opportunities to close out Kyrie Irving in the Finals, Gordon clinched the shootoff early, winning 21-18 and getting an ovation from fans.

    Source: Kevin Pelton of ESPN
  • Knicks’ Porzingis Takes Home Skills Challenge Trophy

    Kristaps Porzingis became the second big man to win the Skills Challenge in as many years since the NBA went to the current bracket format pitting a big man against a guard in the final. Throughout all three rounds, Porzingis showcased strong ballhandling and passing. Oddly enough, the 3-point shot was the only thing to trip Porzingis up. When he made his first attempt in the final, that earned Porzingis the trophy.

    Source: Kevin Pelton of ESPN
  • Carmelo Anthony See’s All-Star Weekend as “Therapy”

    All-Star Carmelo Anthony sees this weekend in New Orleans as "therapy" and a "break" from the drama surrounding himself and the Knicks organization.

    Speaking with reporters Saturday, Anthony seemed generally torn about his future with the Knicks, who have talked to at least three teams in recent weeks about potential trades involving their star.

    Source: Ian Begley of ESPN
  • Jamal Murray Leads Team World to Win, Win’s MVP

    Jamal Murray scored 36 points and Buddy Hield, a New Orleans Pelicans rookie, added 28 to the delight of the locals as the World squad beat the U.S. 150-141 on Friday night in the Rising Stars Challenge.

    The game featuring top rookies and second-year pros is the main event on the first night of NBA All-Star weekend. Murray, a Canadian and Denver Nuggets rookie out of Kentucky, went 9 of 14 on 3-pointers and was voted the game's MVP.

    Source: The Associated Press on ESPN
  • Sources: Pacers Make 2017 First-Round Pick Available

    In an attempt to secure help for All-Star forward Paul George, the Indiana Pacers have made their 2017 first-round pick available in a trade, league sources said.

    In what is considered to be a deep draft, the Pacers are hoping that such an asset would translate to the addition of either an established wing or established frontline player, according to sources.

    Source: Chris Haynes of ESPN
  • Sources: Pistons, Magic Discussing Deal for Reggie Jackson

    The Detroit Pistons have discussed a trade with the Orlando Magic that would send point guard Reggie Jackson to the Magic in exchange for a package headlined by D.J. Augustin and Jeff Green, according to league sources.

    While it's not yet clear whether these talks will progress past the discussion phase, sources told ESPN.com that the Pistons have continued to gauge the market for Jackson in advance of Thursday's trade deadline.

    Source: Marc Stein of ESPN
  • DeMarcus Cousins Intends to Sign Extension With Kings

    DeMarcus Cousins says he intends to sign an extension with the Kings this summer, because he wants his "legacy to end in Sacramento" and his "jersey to be in the rafters in Sacramento."

    In an interview with SportsCenter on Thursday, the All-Star center said he considered Sacramento to be his home after seven years in the NBA.

    "I'm very happy," Cousins said. "It's where I want to be."

    Source: Ramona Shelburne of ESPN
  • Wizards’ Beal Questions All-Star Snub: ‘I don’t understand’

    A day after the NBA selected New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony as an injury replacement for the upcoming All-Star Game, several people have questioned the decision — including the player who was arguably the biggest snub, Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal.

    “I’ll never say a player doesn’t deserve to be on the all-star team. For one, Carmelo is a great player. Hell, he’s been one of the best offensive threats in the league for years now, and I’m taking absolutely nothing away from him. But the process of it does not make sense. If they reward winning, then I don’t understand how the decision was made,” Beal said Thursday morning. “It was kind of weird to me.”

    Source: Candace Buckner of The Washington Post
  • Multiple Teams See Derrick Rose as Potential Trade Target?

    Multiple teams view (Derrick) Rose as a potential trade target, according to league sources.

    It would be surprising if the Knicks didn't get calls about Rose as the deadline approaches. He has struggled on defense and hasn't distributed the ball well, but he has shown that he's again one of the best lane penetrators in the NBA.

    Source: Ian Begley of ESPN
  • Thomas Says Celtics Lost to Bulls on ‘a horrible call’

    The Boston Celtics say a win was stolen from them Thursday night when a foul was called on the Chicago Bulls' last-second shot.

    Jimmy Butler was the beneficiary after his jumper hit the rim and the clock expired, and he stepped up and made both free throws, giving the Bulls a 104-103 win.

    "We won this game," Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas said. "We had it won. A great defensive stop by Marcus Smart and the referee called a horrible call. That was bad."

    Source: Nick Friedell of ESPN
  • Kerr Mum on Playing Westbrook, Durant Together

    Golden State coach Steve Kerr isn't ready to reveal whether he plans to play Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook alongside Kevin Durant and the Warriors' other three All-Stars in Sunday's NBA All-Star Game.

    "I've definitely considered it," Kerr told ESPN Radio on Thursday.

    "So we've got to figure out the minutes, and I have thought about it, and I'm not going to share it with you here today."

    Source: Marc Stein of ESPN
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