Zach LaVine won the MVP in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night.
Before trying to defend his dunk title, from last year, on Saturday, the Minnesota PG played in the Rising Stars Challenge with fellow Freshman and Sophomores in the league. He posted a 30 point seven rebound performance in the defense-less game that ended 157-154 in favor of the U.S. team. LaVine makes the second straight T'wolves player to win the award with Andrew Wiggins winning it last year. LaVine will now turn his attention to winning the dunk title once again in the Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday night. Analysis: Matt Selz
Walter Tavares was recalled from the D-League.
With the Hawks still without Tiago Splitter, they have been dressing 7'3" Walter Tavares for depth. Tavares has been averaging 9.8 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in only 21 minutes per game in the D-League. It appears the Atlanta sent Tavares down to get him extra repetitions and he is now back with the team after All Star Weekend is finished. Analysis: Greg Jewett
C.J. McCollum will replace Chris Bosh in the Three-Point Contest on Saturday.
For a second consecutive year, C.J. McCollum is shooting just under 40 percent from three-point range for the Trail Blazers. After Chris Bosh withdrew from the All Star Game with a strained calf, C.J. McCollum will take his place in the three-point shooting contest. McCollum has made 125 out of 319 attempts this year and was disappointed not to be in the contest from the start. With this opportunity, he can prove he belonged in the competition all along. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Update: Chris Bosh is dealing with a strained calf.
Nobody knew why Bosh was sitting out of the all-star game, but now we know he's dealing with a strained calf. He obviously sees the bigger picture and wants to prepare himself for the second half of the season more than playing in a pickup game. Bosh should be well rested when the all-star breaks comes to an end. Analysis: James Grande
Al Horford will replace Chris Bosh in the All-Star game.
If someone went down and couldn't play in the game, it was likely either Al Horford or Kemba Walker got the bid they both deserved. With Bosh, a forward, missing the game, Horford, also a forward/center, got his spot. Horford's averaging 15.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game for the Hawks this season. Analysis: James Grande
Jimmy Butler (knee) said he expects to work out on the bike and start rehab soon.
Since injuring his knee, Butler hasn't done much of anything. He hopes he can begin to rehab soon and get back to the team ASAP. The Bulls, who were already reeling with Butler in the lineup, seem lost without their star player. There isn't any sort of timetable for his return, so we're just going to have to play it by ear. Butler obviously won't participate in this year's all-star game because of his injury, which is unfortunate because of how great he has become. Analysis: James Grande
Kevin Durant said he was shocked the Knicks fired Derek Fisher. He thought Fisher was doing a great job.
So in other words, the Knicks lost their only shot at acquiring the free agent to be. Fisher played with Durant for three seasons in OKC and they even made the NBA Finals together during one of those seasons. All that good stuff aside, what was Durant watching? Fisher didn't do much of anything right. Matter of fact, he couldn't even keep his head down off the court either getting in an altercation with Matt Barnes over Barnes' ex-wife. FIsher didn't win and didn't keep a low profile. Head coaching positions are a "what are you doing for me now" type of job. If you aren't producing, you're more than likely getting the boot. Analysis: James Grande
The Rockets are surprised by the lack of strong offers for Dwight Howard.
The Rockets might be surprised, but this should not be that difficult to understand. Potential suitors for Howard are almost certainly concerned over the price tag that could come along with a player that simply cannot be trusted to stay healthy on a consistent basis and has a track record of off-the-court conflicts. When healthy, Howard still has the ability to produce in the paint as well as, if not better, than any other player in the NBA. However, he is making above $22M this season and has a player option of better than $23M for 2016-17. Analysis: Nate Miller
Jordan Hamilton is finalizing a contract with the D-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
The former 2011 first-round pick (26th overall) has been a bust since landing in the NBA and had just one moderately decent season split between Denver and Houston back in 2013-14. The Vipers are an affiliate of the Rockets, so while he won't join their roster, they'll definitely get a better look at him than most of the other teams around the league. His chances of returning to the NBA are somewhat slim, but if he can prove to be a reliable depth player, he just might find himself with a 10-day contract at some point. Analysis: Howard Bender