CLEVELAND — Goran Dragic can’t finalize that All-Star break vacation just yet.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver picked Pistons center Andre Drummond on Tuesday to replace injured Wizards guard John Wall on Team LeBron in the Feb. 18 All-Star Game. But playing in the All-Star Game is still a possibility for Dragic.
Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love broke his left hand Tuesday night against the Detroit Pistons. He’s expected to miss six to eight weeks and now Silver will have to choose a replacement for Love, which opens the door for Dragic to get his chance.
News broke early Tuesday that Wall could miss up to two months because of a knee procedure, opening up an Eastern Conference All-Star Spot. But by Tuesday evening, the announcement was made that Drummond would fill the void.
Silver opted for Drummond over Miami’s Dragic and Hassan Whiteside, Charlotte’s Kemba Walker and Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons. The Heat remain as the the only team among the top eight in the Eastern Conference without an All-Star.
In fact, the top 10 teams in the East and the top seven teams in the West have an All-Star. The Heat, which own the East’s fourth-best record at 29-21, will not be represented.
The NBA said Drummond received the most voting points from NBA head coaches among Eastern Conference players who were not originally selected as reserves. Drummond is averaging 14.7 points and a league-leading 15.1 rebounds to go with a career-high 3.8 assists this season.
Dragic, 31, has never been an All-Star in his 10-year career. He’s averaging 17.0 points, 4.8 assists and 4.1 rebounds this season.
ESPN reported last week that guard Wayne Ellington will represent the Heat in the Feb. 17 3-point contest during All-Star weekend in Los Angeles.