LeBron James finally has Anthony Davis as a teammate. 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.
LaMarcus Aldridge will be reunited with his old Spurs teammate Kawhi Leonard at the 2019 NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte.
"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.
While attempting to trade most of a team can, and has, caused some issues within the Lakers' locker room leading up to the trade deadline, at least James has found some humor in their efforts to make the blockbuster trade. The league fined Davis $50,000 last month following a revelation made by his agent that Davis wanted to be traded away from the Pelicans to "a team that allows him the chance to win consistently and compete for a championship". While James added some suspense at first, he ended up taking his long-time peer and former teammate in Wade, leaving Giannis with Nowitzki.
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Nowitzki and Wade were selected to the All-Star team as special additoins by National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver. "I'm going with my buddy, Dwyane Wade". LeBron proposed Russell Westbrook for his Klutch Sports cohort Ben Simmons, with the added humor that Russ and Joel Embiid will be teammates on the Greek Freak's team.
Another intriguing layer came when Klay Thompson was drafted to Team LeBron.
Prior to the draft, Antetokounmpo said that he planned on pairing Westbrook and Embiid together on his roster to help simmer their on-court rivalry, but he wasn't done there.
Antetokounmpo said he took George for one reason: "He had a huge dunk on me", Antetokounmpo said, tipping his cap to the slam that the Thunder star threw down last month.