Domantas Sabonis Named All-Star Injury Replacement For Kevin Durant

Domantas Sabonis Named All-Star Injury Replacement For Kevin Durant

Domantas Sabonis has been named by Adam Silver to replace injured Kevin Durant in the 2021 NBA All-Star Game.

In his fifth NBA season and fourth with the Pacers, Sabonis was named an NBA All-Star for the second consecutive season. Sabonis previously participated in his first NBA All-Star Game in 2020, and NBA All-Star Weekend in 2017 and 2018 as part of the Rising Stars Challenge.

Sabonis set a Pacers franchise record by opening the season with 16 consecutive double-doubles. He ranks second in the NBA this season overall with 24 double-doubles. Sabonis has posted three triple-doubles on the year and is now the franchise's leader in career triple-doubles with seven.

Read more: https://basketball.realgm.com/wiretap/261656/Domantas-Sabonis-Named-All-Star-Injury-Replacement-For-Kevin-Durant

Lakers Sign Damian Jones To 10-Day Contract

Lakers Sign Damian Jones To 10-Day Contract

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed center Damian Jones to a 10-day contract.

Jones has played in 118 career games (49 starts) for Golden State, Atlanta and Phoenix, with averages of 4.3 points (.657 FG%) and 2.8 rebounds in 13.3 minutes. Last season with Atlanta, Jones notched 5.6 points (.680 FG%) and 3.7 rebounds. In 14 games for Phoenix this year, he tallied 1.6 points and 1.3 rebounds per game.

Read more: https://basketball.realgm.com/wiretap/261652/Lakers-Sign-Damian-Jones-To-10-Day-Contract

Kyrie Irving On Leadership Growth: 'It's Not On Me To Lead The Group By Myself'

Kyrie Irving On Leadership Growth: 'It's Not On Me To Lead The Group By Myself'

Kyrie Irving discussed his growth as a leader on the Brooklyn Nets this season, adding that he had learned from his previous experiences with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics.

"You gotta be able to galvanize the group, even when it's low and even when it's high. It's the balance of leadership. There isn't one leader. And I've had to accept that too, it's not on me to lead the group by myself, and be the hero that everybody wants," said Irving on Thursday.

The Nets currently have an eight-game win streak, with Irving averaging 27.4 points on the season.

Irving added that he now takes accountability for past failures of leadership.

"I'm grateful to be in this position to be able to set a better example now than I did then. And I take accountability for not necessarily stepping up to the plate or stepping up the responsibility for my own actions. I had a lot to do with success and failures of the teams I was on. I take my role very serious in terms of that, and I've been able to learn lessons from that to give to other. That's been the most beautiful part, is just to learn."

Read more: https://basketball.realgm.com/wiretap/261650/Kyrie-Irving-On-Leadership-Growth-Its-Not-On-Me-To-Lead-The-Group-By-Myself

Kyle Lowry's Agent Denies Sixers Trade Rumors

Kyle Lowry's Agent Denies Sixers Trade Rumors

Kyle Lowry's agent Mark Bartelstein denied reports that his client was looking for a trade to the Philadelphia 76ers.

"That's just not true...I got on the phone with Masai (Ujiri, Raptors president) and Bobby (Webster, Raptors GM) and let them know that [report] certainly wasn't coming from us," said Bartelstein on Sirius XM NBA Radio (h/t Pro Basketball Talk).

There were reports from earlier in the day linking Lowry to the Sixers, Heat, and Clippers.

Lowry is also reportedly looking for a two-year deal worth $60 million in free agency.

Read more: https://basketball.realgm.com/wiretap/261649/Kyle-Lowrys-Agent-Denies-Sixers-Trade-Rumors

Rockets, Cavaliers, Thunder Considered NBA's Only True Sellers Entering Deadline Period

Rockets, Cavaliers, Thunder Considered NBA's Only True Sellers Entering Deadline Period

With the NBA expanding its playoff format and a crowd of teams right around .500, there are only a limited number of teams that will look to sell pieces ahead of the trade deadline.

"They're selling," said Tim MacMahon regarding the Houston Rockets. "They're definitely selling."

"The only teams that are truly selling are Houston, Cleveland and Oklahoma City," interjected Tim MacMahon. "Everybody else is ether not going either way, like probably a team like Detroit, or trying to make the playoffs."

The Cavaliers are aggressively shopping Andre Drummond, while the Rockets could make Victor Oladipo available. The Thunder, meanwhile, have traded away a number of their veterans over the past few months as they begin a full rebuild.

Read more: https://basketball.realgm.com/wiretap/261648/Rockets-Cavaliers-Thunder-Considered-NBAs-Only-True-Sellers-Entering-Deadline-Period

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