Anthony Davis, left, and LeBron James share a moment in a Pelicans-Lakers game in December.
LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo picked their All-Star Game teams Thursday in a televised draft on TNT. The picks will invariably fuel speculation heading into the offseason and Davis will still seek a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans, and Irving is on track to become an unrestricted free agent.
LaMarcus Aldridge will be reunited with his old Spurs teammate Kawhi Leonard at the 2019 NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte.
James chose Kevin Durant with the No. 1 overall pick, as he did previous year in the All-Star draft, to be one of his starters.
"Kevin Durant", Antetokounmpo said.
Giannis's team features other starters Paul George, Joel Embiid, Kemba Walker and Stephen Curry; the reserves are Khris Middleton, Nikola Jokic, Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin, D'Angelo Russell, Nikola Vucevic, Kyle Lowry and Dirk Nowitzky. The NBA signed off on the trade.
The NBA found a clever way to get around that while paying tribute to a pair of legends about to leave the stage, 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 pulled a fast one on fans, pretending to select Nowitzki before eventually going with his longtime friend.
Aldridge had said before Thursday's all-star draft he would not watch the selection show and was not concerned with where he was picked.
With the first pick of the draft, James drafted Durant (again).