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NBA All-Star Game 2017: Lots of NBA players didn't vote for LeBron or Durant for All-Star Game

NBA All-Star Game 2017: Lots of NBA players didn't vote for LeBron or Durant for All-Star Game

For the first time in NBA history, current players were allowed to cast their votes for the all-star game, and their votes accounted for 25 percent of the total vote.

You would think that just about every player in the league would mark LeBron James or Kevin Durant's name on their 2017 NBA All-Star Game ballot, as both are former MVPs still in their prime. But incredibly out of the 324 players who voted, 128 players didn't vote for James, and 154 players didn't vote for Durant. 

They both ended up making it, but Thunder star Russell Westbrook was beaten out for a spot in the Western Conference starting lineup by guards Steph Curry from the Golden State Warriors and James Harden of the Houston Rockets. The West starting lineup is rounded out by Warriors forward Durant, Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard and Pelicans forward Anthony Davis. 

Westbrook being left out of the starting lineup caused plenty of reaction from fellow athletes: 

Here's to hoping that Westbrook goes off for a triple-double in the all-star game off the bench to stick it to those who didn't think he should be a starter. 

[RELATED: Wall hopeful about being all-star for fourth time]

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Wizards plan to introduce Dwight Howard Monday

Wizards plan to introduce Dwight Howard Monday

Wizards team president Ernie Grunfeld has stayed relatively busy this summer crafting his new-look lineup for the 2018-19 season. 

One of the team's key additions, Dwight Howard, is set to be introduced as a member of the Wizards on Monday. 

NBC Sports Washington will air the introductory press conference live at 1 p.m. while also streaming it online.  

Ernie Grunfeld and head coach Scott Brooks are both expected to be in attendance. 

The 32-year-old big man is coming off a 2017-18 season with the Charlotte Hornets in which he averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. 

Since leaving the Orlando Magic after eight seasons in 2011, Howard has played for four different teams in the last six years. 

Howard is an eight-time all-star and a three-time defensive player of the year. 

 

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks in three-team deal, but not likely to stay

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks in three-team deal, but not likely to stay

The stage has been set for Carmelo Anthony to hit free agency, as the 10-time All-Star was traded to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday in a three-team deal, one that will lead to a subsequent buyout of his contract. ESPN first reported the news and noted that the Rockets are the favorites to sign him.

The full deal sends Dennis Schroder from the Hawks to the Thunder in exchange for Anthony and a protected first-round pick, and sends Mike Muscala from Atlanta to Philly. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will go to the Thunder from Philly and Justin Anderson will go from the Sixers to the Hawks.

That's a complicated deal, but it ultimately frees Anthony up to choose a new team. He was set to make $27.9 million from the Thunder next season, but the Hawks are footing the bill to let him walk.

Anthony's skills have declined now that he's 34 years old. Last season, he averaged 16.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting, way down from the 22.4 points he averaged the season before with the Knicks.

Still, Anthony could help a team looking for a scoring punch and the Rockets would like some more help in their quest to take down the Warriors. If he signs there, he will join friend Chris Paul and the 2017-18 MVP, James Harden. 

Houston has been the logical landing spot for Anthony ever since news broke that the Thunder were looking for a way out of his contract. If he doesn't go there, perhaps the Lakers would make sense. LeBron James is going to need a lot more help than the roster he currently has around him to make some noise in the crowded Western Conference.

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