Stephen Curry Won't Participate in 2018 3-Point Shootout, Klay Thompson Will

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 24, 2018

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, right, shoots against Denver Nuggets' Nikola Jokic (15) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. Golden State won, 124-114. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry will not participate in the NBA's three-point shootout at All-Star Weekend on Feb. 17, according to The Athletic's Anthony Slater.

It marks the second straight season in which Curry has opted not to partake in the All-Star Saturday showcase.

However, the two-time MVP told ESPN.com's Chris Haynes he's not retired from the event and hinted that he could participate in the 2019 festivities back in his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Even without Curry, the Warriors will have a representative in the three-point contest.

According to Slater, Klay Thompson—who was named an All-Star reserve on Tuesdayhas accepted an invite to his fourth straight shootout.

Curry and Thompson both own a three-point shootout title. Curry won his in 2015 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, while Thompson came out on top in 2016 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Washington Wizards shooting guard and All-Star reserve Bradley Beal will also be included in this year's field, according to the Washington Post's Candace Buckner. Beal rejected the same invitation a season ago after he was left off the Eastern Conference All-Star roster.

Phoenix Suns shooting guard Devin Booker will head to Los Angeles to participate in the evening's penultimate event as well, per ESPN.com's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Houston Rockets shooting guard Eric Gordon defeated Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving to capture last year's three-point hardware.

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