LeBron trades Westbrook to Team Giannis for Ben Simmons

In December, shortly after James said it would be "amazing" and "incredible" to have Davis as a teammate on the Lakers, the National Basketball Association issued a memo to all teams reminding them of its rules on tampering and the consequences for violating them.

"Everyone in the world knows who I'm going with".

That proposal didn't go down, but James and Antetokounmpo did swing a trade.

The Los Angeles Lakers failed to land Anthony Davis before the trade deadline, but LeBron James ensured he will play alongside the New Orleans Pelicans star at least once this season.

The very first pick of the draft was the Warriors' Kevin Durant and James confirmed to TNT's Ernie Johnson that it was the second year in a row he'd kicked off the proceedings with that selection.

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.

LeBron James opted for Golden State star Kevin Durant with the 1st pick of the All-Star draft on Thursday, February 7 (Friday, February 8, Philippine time).

Antetokounmpo said he hasn't made a list of who he wants when they make their selections tomorrow, because James could get the players he wants first.

"You took my guy".

Beal added at the time, though, "Y'all can pick me last, man. It doesn't change anything".

Then, to spite James, Antetokounmpo picked Ben Simmons. Antetokounmpo drafted Ben Simmons, much to James' dismay, but they agreed to work out a trade after the draft was complete.

"I'm going to enjoy it", Wade said. "I have no idea, but he's always in his feelings". "The best way to do it is for Giannis to trade everybody on his bench for Anthony Davis", Barkley said during the draft, which was televised by TNT.

Antetokounmpo selected two centers, Orlando Magic's Nikola Vucevic and Denver Nuggets' Nikola Jokic alongside Detroit Pistons forward Nikola Jokic.

With a smile on his face, Antetokounmpo obliged and sealed the deal to send Simmons to Team LeBron, while the 76ers point guard was at home riding the rollercoaster of events.