LeBron James picks Kevin Durant first for All-Star Game

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LeBron James picks Kevin Durant first for All-Star Game

That would be Khris Middleton, his Bucks teammate who was selected for his first All-Star game.

The Lakers this week were in repeated talks with the Pelicans, and at one point offered what felt like the entire Lakers roster outside of James for the star, along with multiple draft picks. After he did, the Lakers star said he was "very sure" he wanted to make Davis his teammate.

Antetokounmpo keyed in on adding more size between his selections of five-time All-Star Blake Griffin of the Detroit Pistons and Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic, another first-time All-Star. Antetokounmpo followed with another Golden State player in Curry before James went with the Celtics' Kyrie Irving, who won a title in Cleveland with James.

That left the third round and the decision between the two special additions to the game by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver - those being Miami's Dwyane Wade and Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki. James pulled a fast one on fans, pretending to select Nowitzki before eventually going with his longtime friend. Barkley, while sitting in the studio, had the ideal way for Antetokounmpo to make a trade for Davis.

The 2019 NBA All-Star Game will be played on February 17. "It doesn't change anything".

As the pair laughed over James' conundrum of playing against his protégé, the spirit of the National Basketball Association trade deadline took over, with James proposing a trade to send Russell Westbrook to Team Giannis in exchange for Simmons.

Antetokounmpo was pretty happy with his slick move: "I'm playing mind games", he jokingly said.

TNT's Charles Barkley used the Westbrook-Simmons swap to joke that Antetokounmpo should trade "everybody on his bench for Anthony Davis". Now, we have to see the reactions of Westbrook and Embiid about this epic draft day trade.

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