James' Los Angeles Lakers were unable to swing a deal for Davis, but James drafted the New Orleans Pelicans star on Thursday when he and fellow captain Antetokounmpo sat down to choose their teams for the February 17 All-Star Game. Since it was that time of year, James said would give Antetokounmpo Westbrook for Ben Simmons, another All-Star reserve. With the final two picks, Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade, James will get first dibs. 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".
LeBron responded, smiling, "Tampering rules do not apply on All-Star Weekend".
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. Last year, the actual draft was done in secret, and announced at a later date.
"Everyone in the world knows who I'm going with".
Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) greets Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) before an National Basketball Association game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
"Kevin Durant", Antetokounmpo said.