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Trade rumors about Davis joining LeBron James in Los Angeles circulated right up until the deadline.

The most notable moment from the night came when James selected Davis, who was involved in trade talks to join James on the Lakers prior to Thursday's trade deadline. TNT's Ernie Johnson asked LeBron if he'd like to have AD as his teammate and LeBron said he definitely would.

"Isn't that tampering?" Antetokounmpo asked.

That would be Khris Middleton, his Bucks teammate who was selected for his first All-Star game.

The starter's for Wade's team, which was drafted by James: Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving, Toronto Raptors wing Kawhi Leonard, Houston Rockets guard James Harden and James.

Note: Westbrook traded from Team LeBron for Simmons after draft.

Russell Westbrook and Joel Embiid have a budding rivalry going on, so Giannis said before the draft he wanted to have Russ and Joel on his team so he could play the role of peacemaker.

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Prior to the draft, Antetokounmpo said that he planned on pairing Westbrook and Embiid together on his roster to help simmer their on-court rivalry, but he wasn't done there. James took Davis, Golden State's Klay Thompson, Portland's Damian Lillard, Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook, San Antonio's LaMarcus Aldridge, Minnesota's Karl-Anthony Towns and Washington's Bradley Beal. I think it's going to be random.

TNT's Charles Barkley used the Westbrook-Simmons swap to joke that Antetokounmpo should trade "everybody on his bench for Anthony Davis". James took Wade, his former Miami and Cleveland teammate and longtime close friend.

Antetokounmpo added Dirk Nowitzki as his special selection.

"Now I have to go into shuffle mode now". The decision gave Giannis the opportunity to have some fun with the news surrounding the Lakers and AD by accusing LeBron of tampering by taking Davis on his squad.

"I'm going to enjoy it", Wade said.

James is the hero on Thursday.