Captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo will pick from the pool of All-Star starters in the first round, All-Star reserves in the second round and then Wade and Nowitzki in the third round.
Wade said. "I've had 12 chances at it. For the commissioner to create that opportunity for Dirk and myself, it's cool. I appreciate it more getting in this way, so I'll be there."
Nowitzki, the leading scorer in NBA history among foreign-born players, has suited up this year for a record 21st season with one franchise, the Dallas Mavericks. Unlike Wade, Nowitzki has not publicly stated whether this is his final season.
"We've been competing together for a long, long time," Nowitzki said of Wade while appearing on ESPN's The Lowe Post podcast with Zach Lowe. "I think this is special for both of us."
Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell will make his All-Star debut after he was named as the replacement for injured Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo, NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced Friday.
Russell, who is averaging a career-high 19.6 points and 6.4 assists this season, is the Nets' first All-Star selection since the 2013-14 season, when Joe Johnson represented the team.
Rudy Gobert still is waiting to make his first All-Star team, and this year's snub reduced the Utah Jazz center to tears Friday.
Addressing the media for the first time since it was revealed he wasn't named an All-Star, Gobert ended his availability abruptly by covering his face and walking away in tears.