The Los Angeles Clippers' options for dealing Eric Bledsoe should they reverse course and decide to part with their prized young point guard appear to be increasing before Thursday's NBA trade deadline.

Sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.com late Saturday there is a level of mutual interest between the Clippers and Utah Jazz in exploring a deal that would feature Bledsoe as the headliner in a trade package for Jazz forward Paul Millsap.

Although two sources with knowledge of the Clippers' thinking insisted during All-Star Weekend that Bledsoe would not be moved in coming days and strongly predicted L.A. would stand pat, two other sources indicated the Clippers and Jazz will at least discuss the feasibility of a trade headlined by Bledsoe and Millsap before the deadline.

Charity game: Former Warriors great Chris Mullin and current Warriors rookie Harrison Barnes were among past and present NBA stars and WNBA players who joined a dozen Special Olympics athletes in a charity game Sunday in Houston.

Dikembe Mutombo and Detlef Schrempf also were among the former players, and Portland guard and Oakland native Damian Lillard and Denver forward Kenneth Faried were among the current ones who participated in the second NBA Cares Special Olympics Unity Sports game as part of All-Star Weekend. WNBA stars Candice Wiggins (ex-Stanford), Ruth Riley, Nicole Powell and Ticha Penicheiro also played.


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Jordan at 50: Michael Jordan turned 50 on Sunday, giving this year's All-Stars a chance to reflect on his illustrious career and how much he still means to the sport.

In a weekend filled with the NBA's greatest players, Jordan was the topic no one could stop talking about. Though he hasn't played since the 2002-03 season, Jordan's influence still permeates the league and its players.

"Every kid that wanted to play basketball, that could play, that couldn't play, you tried to emulate Michael Jordan," Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade said. "That's why there will never be another one of him. He the first of his kind. Everything he did was groundbreaking. He did it with so much flare and so much pizazz that even today people are still trying to be like Mike."

Jordan won six titles and five MVP awards during a career spent mostly with the Bulls.

Slam dunk: When Jordan edged Dominique Wilkins to win the 1988 slam dunk contest, many people thought Wilkins would have been the champion if the event had been anywhere but Chicago.

Did Jordan?

"We talk about it all the time," Wilkins said. "Mike and I are such great friends, great competitors, and he said, 'Hey, if it was any other arena, it could have turned out different.' "

Wilkins was one of the NBA's great dunkers, helping make the slam dunk contest the marquee event of All-Star weekend for many years. But his losses to Jordan and teammate Spud Webb were probably more famous than his victories -- even if Wilkins wasn't too sure he actually lost some of them.

"I did it five times. Won it four, got credit for two," he said with a laugh.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.