LeBron James explains why East teams made big trades

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Responded James, as both players laughed: "Tampering rules do not apply on All-Star weekend", a thinly veiled reference to the reaction James got when he listed Davis as one of many players he would like the chance to play with.

Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard, Russell Westbrook, LaMarcus Aldridge, Karl-Anthony Towns and Bradley Beal completed the squad.

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This year's trade deadline has come and gone and the Bucks were one of many teams that worked the phones as they completed a three-team deal between the Detroit Pistons and New Orleans Pelicans that reportedly netted them veteran forward Nikola Mirotic late Thursday morning/early afternoon.

The significance of LeBron selecting Davis was not lost on Giannis Antetokounmpo-the captain of the other All-Star team.

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"Everything else for me is just icing on the cake".

After Antetokounmpo took Middleton with the first pick in the reserve round, he selected Nikola Jokic, Ben Simmons, Blake Griffin, D'Angelo Russell, Nikola Vucevic and Kyle Lowry.

Simmons and Westbrook were then traded, before LeBron picked his close friend Dwyane Wade in the third and final round, while Antetokounmpo selected Dirk Nowitzki. 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.

It was the second year of the captain's-choice format.

Charles Barkley also poked fun at LeBron, suggesting that if Antetokounmpo really wanted Davis on his All-Star team he could follow the Lakers' example. James and Curry were the captains past year, but the order of their picks were not revealed or aired.