LeBron James trades Russell Westbrook to Giannis Antetokounmpo for Ben Simmons

LeBron James trades Russell Westbrook to Giannis Antetokounmpo for Ben Simmons

LeBron James trades Russell Westbrook to Giannis Antetokounmpo for Ben Simmons

On a day that came and went without the Pelicans sending Anthony Davis to the Lakers or anywhere else by the NBA's trade deadline, LeBron James still managed to team up with the New Orleans big man. James, though, had to settle for selecting Davis in Thursday's National Basketball Association all-star draft before making a joke about "tampering". With the final two picks, Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade, James will get first dibs. What's more, LeBron seems to be using this All-Star game to "tamper" a bit more considering the players he chose for his squad are all eligible (excluding AD) for free agency at the end of the season.

"I might pick Steph because he picked me first past year, so I've got to return the favour", Antetokounmpo said after Milwaukee's 113-94 victory over Brooklyn.

This year's trade deadline has come and gone and the Bucks were one of many teams that worked the phones as they completed a three-team deal between the Detroit Pistons and New Orleans Pelicans that reportedly netted them veteran forward Nikola Mirotic late Thursday morning/early afternoon. Last year wasn't televised, but fortunately, this year was, after James himself said it should be.

Davis told the Pelicans he wanted a trade, and James has made it clear that he'd love to play with him.

James then added close friend Dwyane Wade with the NBA's "special selection" in the draft, which was televised this year for the first time.

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The All-Star game is on February 17, Sunday, at the Spectrum Center.

With the first pick of the draft, James drafted Durant (again).

"Kevin Durant", Antetokounmpo said.

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.

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