In a game that will feature burgeoning stars in the NBA, one of the Wizards breakout stars did not make the cut.
The NBA announced the rosters for the Rising Stars Challenge and Thomas Bryant was not one of those selected.
It's not too surprising that the 6-11 Bryant did not make it onto the U.S. roster. When cross-comparing Bryant to those selected, he is going up against several former college All-Americans and guys that are well ingrained into their respective team's identity. Quite frankly the U.S. team is loaded and holds several future All-Stars on it.
Taking nothing away from Bryant, he also worked himself into the Wizards culture. Bryant has started in 34 straight games for Washington after not playing in 10 of the team's first 15.
He quickly became the only option for the Wizards at the center position with Dwight Howard out indefinitely and Ian Mahinmi consistently dealing with injury. And at only 21-years-old, Bryant has been a workhorse.
On the season Bryant is averaging 9.4 points and 5.7 rebounds in his sophomore year in the league. This was his final year to be selected in the Rising Stars competition.
Rookie Troy Brown Jr. was the only other regular contributor for the Wizards that was eligible to be selected to the roster.
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LeBron James has begun assembling his team to take on the Monstars in Space Jam 2, and as you'd expect, the roster is full of star power.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis, and Klay Thompson are expected to have key roles, along with WNBA players Diana Taurasi and Nneka Ogwumike. Several other NBA and WNBA players, including Nneka's sister Chiney Ogwumike, are expected to appear in the movie.
Fittingly, Davis will be teaming up with James in real life too, after the Lakers acquired the All-Star big man from the Pelicans.
Space Jam 2 is scheduled to hit theaters on July 16, 2021. The movie will be produced by Black Panther and Creed director Ryan Coogler, while Terence Nance will direct.
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A person with knowledge of the decision says the Memphis Grizzlies have traded veteran point guard Mike Conley, who has played the most games in franchise history, to the Utah Jazz.
The person says the Grizzlies swapped Conley for Jae Crowder, Kyle Korver and Grayson Allen. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because neither Memphis nor Utah has announced the trade.
ESPN.com first reported the deal, which it says also includes Utah's No. 23 pick overall in Thursday night's draft.
Conley was the final piece of the core that led the Grizzlies to seven consecutive playoff berths, including the 2013 Western Conference Finals. Zach Randolph and Tony Allen left in 2017 as free agents, and Memphis traded Marc Gasol to Toronto in February, splitting up a duo that had been the NBA's longest-tenured teammates. Gasol went on to help the Raptors win their first NBA title.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski has since confirmed that Memphis will also be receiving a 2020 protected first-round pick, which will either convey as a late-lottery pick in 2020 and 2021 or become a lightly-protected pick from 2022-2024.
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