But on Thursday, James selected Westbrook to his team.
For his first pick from among the reserves, Antetokounmpo picked his long-standing running mate and first-time All-Star, Khris Middleton. Then with his first pick amongst the reserve pool, James opted for Davis.
For the second straight year, the National Basketball Association held a draft to determine the rosters for the All-Star Game and this year the league used the third round of the draft to let the captains pick from "special roster additions" Wade and Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki.
LaMarcus Aldridge will be reunited with his old Spurs teammate Kawhi Leonard at the 2019 NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte. James was the No. 1 overall selection by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2003 National Basketball Association draft and Miami took Wade with the No. 5 pick in the same draft. "I'm going with Dirk", James said during the prerecorded draft before bursting out into laughter.
During the Lakers' shootaround on Thursday morning at the TD Garden and ahead of their game against the Celtics, James addressed the activity of the trade deadline rumor mill.
If you're having a hard time following all the comings and goings surrounding the Milwaukee Bucks over the last 48 hours or so, I don't blame you.
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Meanwhile, Taylor, who is also nominated in the Best Pop Vocal Album category, is also thought to be giving the Grammys a miss. Instead, producers reportedly offered the New Zealand singer a spot in a Tom Petty tribute, which she declined.
Then, to spite James, Antetokounmpo picked Ben Simmons.
After the teams were created, James and Antetokounmpo made a trade, with James sending the Thunder's Russell Westbrook to the other side in exchange for the 76ers' Ben Simmons.
James managed to make a trade, convincing Antetokounmpo to swap Westbrook for Simmons - and give the Bucks' star the chance to have Westbrook and Embiid together, as he said he wanted.
"I didn't have to lobby for it", Wade said. Instead, the player nicknamed "The Greek Freak" wound up with a notable amount of worldwide players on his roster, including Embiid, Nowitzki, the Nuggets' Nikola Jokic and the Magic's Nikola Vucevic.