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Bradley Beal has given every indication he doesn’t want the Wizards to trade him.

But that won’t necessarily stop the Knicks, who are getting increasingly desperate in their star search.

Last year, New York hired William Wesley – better known as World Wide Wes – as Executive Vice President, Senior Basketball Advisor. As his nickname suggests, Wesley is well-connected throughout the basketball world.

Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News:

ESPN radio host Michael Kay, who works for the station that broadcasts Knicks games, cited a “very good source” while dropping the news on his show last week.

“The Knicks have World Wide Wes on their side,” Kay said. “And he’s been in the ear of some of Beal’s people and he’s kind of nudging them that this might be a time to push for a trade.”

If true, this is textbook tampering.

The NBA’s tampering enforcement leaves plenty to be desired. But a team executive trying to convince another team’s player to a request a trade? That’s exactly what nearly everyone wants prohibited.

Is this true, though?

An experienced journalist like Kay seems to believe it. That counts for something.

But Wesley holds mythical status that draws intrigue. People love to spread juicy rumors like this – accurate or not.

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The Utah Jazz own the best record in the NBA at the All-Star break, but their two participants were selected last when sides were divvied up for the league’s midseason showcase event Sunday night in Atlanta.

Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert were the final two names on the draft board and were the last picks selected by captains Kevin Durant and LeBron James, respectively.

“I just want to say something. There is no slander to the Utah Jazz,” James said on TNT’s selection show Thursday night. “You guys got to understand, just like in video games growing up, we never played with Utah.

“Even as great as Karl Malone and John Stockton was, we would never have picked those guys in video games. Never.”

The Jazz (27-9) lead the Phoenix Suns by 2.5 games and James’ Lakers by 3.5 games in the Western Conference at the break. Mitchell is averaging 24.7 points and 5.4 assists per game, while Gobert is averaging 14.2 points and 13.1 rebounds.

Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert on March 1, 2021NBAE via Getty Images

Durant, who won’t be playing Sunday due to a hamstring injury, selected both of his Brooklyn teammates, Kyrie Irving and James Harden and Knicks forward Julius Randle. Among James’ selections were reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, Stephen Curry and longtime pal Chris Paul.

Team Durant:

Starters: Irving, Joel Embiid, Kawhi Leonard, Bradley Beal, Jayson Tatum.

Reserves: Harden, Mitchell, Randle, Devin Booker, Zion Williamson, Zach LaVine, Nikola Vucevic.

Team LeBron:

Starters: James, Antetokounmpo, Curry, Luka Doncic, Nikola Jokic.

Reserves: Gobert, Paul, Damain Lillard, Ben Simmons, Jaylen Brown, Paul George, Domantas Sabonis.

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