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Space Jam 2 Cast Odds: Chris Paul, Anthony Davis & Dwyane Wade Heavily Favored to Have a Credited Role

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Can LeBron James recruit any NBA stars to join him in Space Jam 2? Photo by Richard Giles (flickr) [CC License].
  • LeBron James is having a tough time recruiting players for Space Jam 2
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo, Steph Curry, and James Harden have all declined
  • Chris Paul should be a good bet to join the cast

LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony were on-hand for Dwyane Wade’s last game in the NBA on Wednesday night. That’s sparked the conversation as to whether or not the good friends will be in Space Jam 2 along with LeBron James. Sportsbooks have posted a prop on the subject, so let’s take a closer look.

Space Jam 2 Cast Odds

Player Space Jam 2 Cast Odds
Chris Paul -200
Anthony Davis -150
Dwyane Wade -120
Carmelo Anthony +150
Kyrie Irving +200
Ben Simmons +400
Joel Embiid +700
James Jones +15000
JR Smith +2000
Giannis Antetokounmpo +2500
Kevin Durant +2500
Steph Curry +5000
James Harden +5000

*Odds taken 04/11/19

James Having Trouble Recruiting for Space Jam 2

Of course, the key to the Lakers’ offseason will be James’ ability to recruit free agents to come and play with him in Los Angeles. However, given how the season turned out for the Lakers, he might have problems attracting the high-profile stars like Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard.

But an even more bizarre story has come out as ESPN has reported that several stars have also turned down joining LeBron James in Space Jam 2. Giannis Antetokounmpo has passed on the opportunity as the Greek Freak doesn’t want to miss two weeks of private workouts.

According to ESPN, the concern for stars is that if they join him in the movie, it puts pressure on joining him in Los Angeles. Antetokounmpo is just one of several stars who have already declined, including Steph Curry, James Harden and Kevin Durant.

Antetokounmpo, Steph Curry, James Harden, and Kevin Durant have all declined an invitation to join the cast of Space Jam 2.

Those four are still included on the list of betting odds, but you should absolutely pass. They will not be in the movie. Curry and Harden are out due to contracts with Nike’s rivals, Under Armour and Adidas. Durant is out because he’s said he’s pursuing other Hollywood projects.

What About His Buddies?

Of course, James was aiming for star power first and foremost. Antetokounmpo, Harden, Curry, and Durant might be the biggest stars in the game right now, so it makes sense from a ticket sales perspective that he’d want to get those big names there.

However, he has an array of B-list basketball celebrities that can join. That would include a slew of his friends like Paul, Wade, Anthony and Anthony Davis, who James is trying to recruit to Los Angeles.

Paul makes the most sense of the crop as they are good friends and he’s still a sizable star in the game. He’s not what he used to be, but he’s still a very good player. He’s all but a lock to be in the movie.

Wade is also a good bet at -120. Yes, he’s retiring but his star power is having a moment right now. As he’s done the retirement circuit, his popularity has grown. That includes a couple of impressive performances to end the season, including a 30-point game and a triple-double.

Davis is a bit of a wild card and one that I’d avoid. Yes, James has tried to recruit him to Los Angeles but it hasn’t worked out yet. He’s coming off his worst season as a pro. Maybe he suits up in a villain’s role but I’d pass at this point. His focus should be basketball first and foremost; not movies.

Anthony Davis’ focus should be basketball first and foremost; not movies.

As for Carmelo Anthony, his star has faded over the last couple of years. Maybe he lands a role because he’s still a recognizable name and a good friend of James, but he wouldn’t be doing the movie many favors. Nobody is going to buy a ticket just because he’s in the cast. Because of that, I’ll pass on his odds.

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