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NBA Announces NBA All-Star Game Starters, February 19th, New Orleans

Jimmy Butler, Anthony Davis & DeMar DeRozan named All-Star starters for 1st time as NBA officially names ASW starting lineups:

Via NBA dot com:

East Starters: DeMar DeRozan, Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jimmy Butler
West Starters: Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, James Harden

Russell Westbrook might be the most dynamic player in the NBA this season, scoring a league-best 30.6 points and averaging a triple-double through his first 44 games. But unless an injury occurs, Westbrook will not be a starter in the 2017 NBA All-Star Game.

The starting lineups were revealed Thursday for the 66th NBA All-Star Game, which will be played Sunday, Feb. 19, in New Orleans at the Smoothie King Center. And apparently Westbrook’s first-half performance wasn’t impressive enough to crack the Western Conference’s top five.

Then again, the West’s starting guards each have a pretty good case for inclusion. Golden State’s reigning two-time MVP Stephen Curry will make his fourth All-Star appearance. Alongside Curry will be Houston’s James Harden, who is second in the NBA in points (28.9) and first in assists (11.6) in his role as point guard for the Rockets.

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NBA: James Harden Traded To Houston Rockets; Thunder Core Part Ways

Unable to reach a new extension w/ James Harden, OKC Thunder trade Harden to Houston for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb & Picks: 

Via John Hollinger of ESPN Insider:

I gotta admit, I hadn’t seen this endgame coming.

I thought if the Oklahoma City Thunder couldn’t agree to a below-market extension with James Harden, they’d do one of three things:

(1) They’d re-sign him for the max after the season and amnesty Kendrick Perkins, or (2) They’d re-sign him for the max after the season and trade Russell Westbrook, or (3) They’d sign-and-trade him after the season.

Why that? Because all those avenues had the benefit of giving the Thunder another year of contending for a title with their star trio of Harden, Westbrook and Kevin Durant.

Instead, they opted to pull the plug now. Oklahoma City traded Harden to Houston Saturday night, along with Cole Aldrich, Daequan Cook and Lazar Hayward, in return for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, two first-round picks. Read the rest of this entry