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  • Matt Barnes SF | SAC

    Matt Barnes: Expected to be waived by Sacramento

    Barnes is expected to be waived by the Kings, Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports.

    With the Kings taking back three players (Tyreke Evans, Buddy Hield and Langston Galloway) and trading away two (DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi) is a blockbuster trade Sunday, Sacramento needed to drop a player from their roster to facilitate the new additions. The decision to get rid of Barnes is a surprising one, given the team's lack of depth at forward along with the fact that he had been in the midst of his best run of production on the season. The 36-year-old Barnes, who is averaging 10.9 points (on 45.6% shooting), 9.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.6 three-pointers in 31.6 minutes per game over eight February appearances, could attract interest from contending clubs looking for veteran depth on the wing.

  • Johnny O'Bryant: Second 10-day deal expires

    O'Bryant's second 10-day contract with the Nuggets expired Friday, Chris Reichert of The Step Back reports.

    Rather than signing O'Bryant for the rest of the season, the Nuggets elected to let the forward head back to the D-League ranks. O'Bryant, who suited up for the Northern Arizona Suns in the D-League All-Star Game, could get another look from an NBA team in the final two months of the season.

  • Kyrie Irving PG | CLE

    Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving: Posts 22 points, 14 dimes in All-Star Game

    Irving tallied 22 points (8-12 FG, 6-8 3Pt), 14 assists, seven rebounds and three steals across 22 minutes in the Eastern Conference's 192-182 loss to the Western Conference in Sunday's All-Star Game.

    In a game where defense was essentially optional, Irving was able to have his way throughout the evening, leading the Eastern Conference in both assists and boards. The point guard is averaging a career-best 24.4 points per game on the season and doesn't figure to see his scoring take much of a hit after the break, especially with Kevin Love (knee) likely out until late March or early April.

  • Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo: Leads Eastern Conference with 30 points Sunday

    Antetokounmpo submitted 30 points (14-17 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, three steals, one assist and one block across 23 minutes in the Eastern Conference's 192-182 loss to the Western Conference in Sunday's All-Star Game.

    The up-tempo, dunk-happy nature of the exhibition game played to the strengths of Antetokounmpo, whose speed and length made him a go-to finisher on fast breaks. It was an excellent All-Star debut for the 22-year-old, who will now turn his focus back to aiding the Bucks to a playoff berth. He's averaging career highs across the board this season with 23.4 points, 8.6 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.8 steals in 35.4 minutes per game.

  • Kevin Durant SF | GS

    Warriors' Kevin Durant: Notches triple-double in All-Star Game

    Durant posted 21 points (9-16 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 10 rebounds, 10 assists and two steals across 27 minutes in the Western Conference's 192-182 win over the Eastern Conference in Sunday's NBA All-Star Game.

    Durant didn't let his deteriorating off-court relationship with former teammate Russell Westbrook affect his performance in the exhibition, as the pair connected on an alley-oop dunk in the first quarter. The Warriors forward would go on to fill up the stat sheet, but he never had a serious case for MVP honors with Anthony Davis scoring a All-Star Game record 52 points.

  • Thunder's Russell Westbrook: Posts 41 points in Western Conference win

    Westbrook tallied 41 points (16-26 FG, 7-13 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven assists, five rebounds and one steal across 20 minutes in the Western Conference's 192-182 win over the Eastern Conference on Sunday.

    Much was made prior to the All-Star Game about the frosty relationship between Kevin Durant and Westbrook, but the former teammates didn't let any friction between them affect their on-court performance. Westbrook, who was seeking his third straight All-Star Game MVP, would have normally had a worthy case for those honors, but Anthony Davis' 52-point outing ended Westbrook's bid.

  • Pelicans' Anthony Davis: Claims All-Star MVP honors in New Orleans

    Davis scored 52 points (26-39 FG, 0-4 3Pt), 10 rebounds and two steals across 32 minutes to lead the Western Conference All-Stars to a 192-182 win over the Eastern Conference on Sunday.

    Davis put on a show while playing on his home floor at the Smoothie King Center, establishing new All-Star Game records with 39 shot attempts and 52 points, the latter of which broke Wilt Chamberlain's previous record of 42 points, established in 1962. Perhaps the biggest news of the night for Davis occurred away from the court, as the Pelicans acquired fellow Western Conference All-Star DeMarcus Cousins from the Kings to bolster the frontline. While Davis' career-best numbers (27.7 points, 11.9 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 2.2 assists per game) figure to take a hit with another high-usage player joining the frontcourt, the addition of Cousins should at least improve the Pelicans' chances of claiming a playoff spot.

  • Tyreke Evans PG | NO

    Pelicans' Tyreke Evans: Swingman dealt to Kings in huge trade

    Evans is part of an agreed upon five-player deal sending the swingman from the Pelicans to the Kings, sources said Sunday, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports.

    Evans has been struggling from the perimeter in New Orleans, so perhaps a change of scenery will do him some good. It is the second tour of duty for Evans in Sacto, as he spent his first four NBA seasons there, including a career-high 20.1 points in his rookie season of 2009-10. With Rudy Gay (Achilles) done for the season and DeMarcus Cousins going to New Orleans, Evans has a good chance of being one of the team's primary scoring options with a huge bump in fantasy appeal in the process.

  • Buddy Hield SG | NO

    Kings' Buddy Hield: Headed to Sacramento in trade deal

    Hield will be traded to Sacramento along with Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, and a future first and second-round draft pick in exchange for Demarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports.

    Hield will head to Sacramento and join the Kings' backcourt in what is one of the biggest blockbuster deals in recent memory. The loss of Cousins means the Kings could yet again be in rebuilding mode, with the team now lacking a certified impact player. Hield joins a crowded Sacramento frontcourt that already comprises of Arron Afflalo, Ben McLemore, Garrett Temple, Ty Lawson and Darren Collison, so it will be interesting to see how he is utilized, especially with Evans and Galloway also joining the Kings' ranks. The rookie guard is currently averaging 8.6 points and 2.9 rebounds on the season.

  • Pelicans' Langston Galloway: Headed to California's capital city

    Galloway was part of an agreed upon five-player trade which sends the shooting guard from the Pelicans to the Kings, sources said Sunday, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports.

    Galloway had carved out a nice role for himself recently in New Orleans with Tyreke Evans (ankle) on the shelf and E'Twaun Moore (personal) sidelined. He will go with Evans and rookie Buddy Hield to Sacramento where he is likely to battle Arron Afflalo and Ben McLemore for playing time. This deal doesn't do a lot to help Galloway's fantasy appeal.