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NBA All-Star Open Thread

An open thread for an odd year of festivities.

NBA All-Star is today, with all events being crammed into just a few hours. There will be the Skills Challenge and 3-Point Contest, with the Dunk Contest being held at halftime of the All-Star Game itself. Festivities begin around 3:30 PT.

It may be an interesting evening as the game will happen without Joel Embiid or Ben Simmons, who have been ruled out due to Covid contact tracing.

Use this as an open thread to discuss all the day’s events.

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March 7, 2021 3:09 pm

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March 7, 2021 4:17 pm

I would be behind this as long as the picks are heading this way.

Sacramento Kings interested in trading for Kevin Love

Last edited 1 month ago by NorCalKingsFan
March 7, 2021 6:14 pm
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March 7, 2021 6:28 pm
Reply to  NorCalKingsFan

It would have to be one hell of an offer, but sure. Give me a couple extremely-to-not-protected 1sts and maybe a young player and they’ve got my attention. The Kings could either just send expiring filler back (Joseph, Bjelica, Parker) or you could do a much bigger deal and get crazy with something like Love + Okoro + 2021 1st + 2023 1st for Barnes + Bagley + Bjelica

March 8, 2021 9:47 am

Has to be something like this with $70 million in dead salary coming back. If the front office places any value on Kevin Love, we’ve gotten Vlade’d again.

Last edited 1 month ago by Carl
March 8, 2021 9:57 am
Reply to  Carl

Oh yeah, any actual positive value provided on the court should be seen as an shocking and unexpected bonus.

March 7, 2021 9:07 pm
Reply to  NorCalKingsFan

Straight up for Bagley sounds good to me.

March 7, 2021 10:27 pm
Reply to  NorCalKingsFan

You would still need to send 30 million in salary. Buddy BJelly Cojo at a minimum

March 7, 2021 10:41 pm
Reply to  CoreyBrewersD

According to the ESPN trade machine and, the $26MM+ of Joseph, Bjelica and Parker is enough to make it work.

March 8, 2021 8:50 am
Reply to  NorCalKingsFan

Someone remind me to ask in the chainmail how buyouts work from a cap perspective. I know you basically negotiate with the player on how much money they’ll actually get paid if they agree to a buyout, but does that amount impact the actual salary cap for the remaining guaranteed years? It seems like it does, but I’m too dumb to figure it out.

Also, imagine how nice it would be if the owners were rich enough to eat this salary simply to get extra assets? That would be more fun than having an owner that can’t afford a G League team (or fire a coach).

March 7, 2021 5:21 pm

Damn. Lebron with 17 all star appearances. It feels like just yesterday he dropped 20 5 5 on us in his first NBA game. Time flies. Luka already on his 2nd appearance but that’s neither here nor there.

March 7, 2021 8:11 pm
Reply to  reydarly

2nd appearance of looking like the worst player on the floor too. Not something you’d expect from an MVP candidate. He’s a product of high usage.

March 7, 2021 9:12 pm
Reply to  GFunkClassic

How’d Bagley look in the All-Star game today?

Thanks though.

Best part of the imminent Bagley trade?

Not having to deal with Bagley supporters anymore.

March 8, 2021 4:56 am
Reply to  GFunkClassic

He’s a product of high usage.

That’s such lazy analysis. I’ve seen you do better.

March 8, 2021 8:23 am
Reply to  Otis

C’mon, you know it has nothing to do with good faith analysis.

Last edited 1 month ago by BestHyperboleEver
March 7, 2021 9:15 pm
Reply to  reydarly

It’s always going to be here and there … the 2018 draft was the worst mistake in Kings history.

March 7, 2021 6:14 pm

Curry and Dame should shoot from half court every time.

March 7, 2021 6:33 pm

Curry should get MVP. He’s made this game fun and is just insane with his range. Give it to the young(old) man!!

March 7, 2021 7:09 pm
Reply to  Dirkula

Yes after he gave a allyop to Paul on that dunk.

March 7, 2021 7:38 pm

They should all come out in the 4th quarter wearing 😷 🎭

March 7, 2021 7:51 pm


March 7, 2021 7:56 pm

Bang! Dame!

March 7, 2021 9:14 pm
Reply to  Bkroo96

Turns out Thomas Robinson was not the better pick.

We’re really good at that.

March 8, 2021 8:24 am

It’s way too soon to say that definitively.

March 7, 2021 9:10 pm

Off the top of my head, and there could be more but I’m a lazy bastard and won’t look it up, other than LeBron, Kyrie, Harden, Tatum and Zion, I’m pretty sure we could have drafted any other guy on either All-Star team.

Kings Scouting Department – They’re Fantastic!

March 8, 2021 7:19 am

Nah, could have had Tatum too 😂. Fox is good though don’t get me wrong.

We won the third pick in that draft and lost it due to a pick swap with Philly and they traded the pick to the Celtics. That one was a bit of a slow burn. We won 2 top 3 picks in a row and blew them due to the ineptitude in the front office. Vlade was saying he knew something concerning no one else did about Luka. It turned out to be nothing considering Dallas has no problems with him.

March 7, 2021 10:25 pm

came on to see if we traded or fired anyone. Looked at trade rumors Sac Kings, I see that Love trade…no mention of picks, along with more stupid trades and shitty logic. The rest of the league thinks we will trade value for cap relief, no picks or young players back. Don’t see how we have given them a reason to think otherwise, hope that changes soon.

March 8, 2021 9:45 am


I guess the Kings won.

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