LeBron James makes retirement claim hours before Lakers trade deadline

Elena Summers
February 9, 2019

"I know Ben Simmons is your guy so I'll do it", Antetokounmpo said. In his final season in the NBA, Wade will get to play in his final All-Star Game, though, thanks to commissioner Adam Silver's special invitation Friday for the three-time champion guard and Nowitzki, a former champion in his own right.

The Lakers have been at the forefront of trade rumors during their pursuit of Pelicans star Anthony Davis.

For his reserves, Antetokounpo picked teammate Kris Middleton, Nikola Jokic, Ben Simmons, Blake Griffin, D'Angelo Russell, Nikola Vucevic, Kyle Lowry and Nowitzki went to his team after James passed on him.

Antetokounmpo replied that he was "playing mind games" with James, but the all-star ultimately most fazed by Simmons's selection and subsequent trade was Philadelphia's Joel Embiid, who had been picked fourth overall by Antetokounmpo and took to social media to react to the turn of events.

Klay Thompson, who received his fifth All-Star nod this season, was selected in the second pick of the second round, joining Warriors teammate Durant on Team James. That decision to televise this year's draft between James and Giannis Antetokounmpo did not disappoint. "Every time I take a hit, I'm able to nudge it off and keep going", he said.

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

"I'm going to enjoy it", Wade said. But the Milwaukee Bucks star did say Monday where he thinks he'll start building his team.

James chose Kevin Durant with the No. 1 overall pick, as he did past year in the All-Star draft, to be one of his starters.

LaMarcus Aldridge will be reunited with his old Spurs teammate Kawhi Leonard at the 2019 NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte.

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.

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