LeBron James trades Russell Westbrook to Giannis Antetokounmpo for Ben Simmons

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry

But the Pelicans kept Davis as the trade deadline passed, so for now, their time as teammates will be limited to All-Star weekend and James pounced at the chance to grab him with the second pick of the reserve round.

Giannis's comment garnered some laughs from LeBron as well as the National Basketball Association on TNT cast of Shaq, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Ernie Johnson.

Antetokounmpo asked James, "Isn't that tampering?"

LeBron James forms a formidable looking crew for the 2019 All-Star Game. James got the first pick among the pool of starters by nature of being the league's leading vote-getter, while Antetokounmpo got the first pick once it time to pick reserves. Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, the other captain, picked Warriors guard Stephen Curry, Philadelphia 76ers post player Joel Embiid, Oklahoma City Thunder swingman Paul George and Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker as his other starters. That outcome was "definitely on objective", Antetokounmpo said.

Khris Middleton, Nikola Jokic, Ben Simmons, Blake Griffin, D'Angelo Russell, Nikola Vucevic and Kyle Lowry made up the reserves. James took Davis, Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard, Russell Westbrook, LaMarcus Aldridge, Karl-Anthony Towns and Bradley Beal. Thompson reportedly may have interest in signing with the Lakers this summer should matters with the Golden State Warriors go a bit wayward. I think it's going to be random.

Antetokounmpo originally drafted Simmons before James proposed swapping him for Westbrook.

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Given that James had the first pick of that round, it was a foregone conclusion that he would select Wade, his close friend and former championship-winning Miami teammate.

Antetokounmpo added Dirk Nowitzki as his special selection.

"I know Ben Simmons is your guy so I'll do it", Antetokounmpo said. "I'm just kidding. I'm going with my buddy Dwyane Wade".

"I didn't have to lobby for it", Wade said. TNT aired the draft Thursday evening but pre-recorded it that morning while trade news was still flying ahead of the 3 p.m. ET deadline.

James is the hero on Thursday.

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