The other all-star team captain who was participating in the draft, Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Bucks, actually was first to make humorous reference to the Lakers' fervent but fruitless pursuit of Davis.
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LeBron responded, smiling, "Tampering rules do not apply on All-Star Weekend".
After the draft, James traded Westbrook for Simmons, a fellow Klutch Sports client, so Lillard will team up with both James and Simmons, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, James Harden, Davis, Thompson, Aldridge, Towns, Beal and Dwyane Wade, who was a "special selection" along with Dirk Nowitzki, with the remainder of the players making up Antetokounmpo's team. Trade rumors about Davis joining LeBron James in Los Angeles circulated right up until the deadline.
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"Isn't that tampering?" Antetokounmpo asked.
TNT's Charles Barkley used the Westbrook-Simmons swap to joke that Antetokounmpo should trade "everybody on his bench for Anthony Davis".
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.
Here are the final all-star rosters, listed in order of how they were drafted (note that the captains alternated picks in each round and that, before the trade, Simmons was taken four spots ahead of Westbrook).