The Los Angles Lakers couldn’t get a deal done for Anthony Davis before the trade deadline. Lakers star Lebron James made up for it by drafting Davis to his All-Star squad on Thursday.
Giannis had the first pic of the second round and decided to pick up his teammate Kris Middleton. James seized the opportunity to draft Anthony Davis.
Host Erine Johnson asked James if he was sure that he wanted Davis as his teammate. James responded with a smirk, “I’m very sure.”
“Isn’t that tampering?” Antetokounmpo asked with a smile, provoking laughter from James and the “NBA on TNT” hosts who were commenting on the draft.
“Tampering rules do not apply on All-Star Weekend,” James replied with a chuckle.
The NBA paid tribute to a pair of legendary players, adding the Heat’s Dwyane Wade and the Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki as “special team roster additions” and setting up a final draft round comprising just those two.
James had the first pick of that round, selected Wade, his close friend
“Everyone in the world knows who I’m going with. I’m going with Dirk — I’m just kidding,” he said with a hearty guffaw. “I’m going with my buddy, Dwyane Wade.”
Team Giannis: Gianis Antetokounmpo, Steph Curry, Joel Embiid, Paul George, Kemba Walker; Khris Middleton, Nikola Jokic, Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin, D’Angelo Russell, Nikola Vucevic, Kyle Lowry; Dirk Nowitzki
Team LeBron: LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, James Harden; Anthony Davis, Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard, Ben Simmons, LaMarcus Aldridge, Karl-Anthony Towns, Bradley Beal; Dwyane Wade