LeBron James explains why East teams made big trades


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

The first televised draft included a lot of thinking and joking between captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo, as well as an All-Star first: a draft day trade!

With the final pick of the first round, Team Antetokounmpo took Kemba Walker to fill out his starting five.

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

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. "So, everything else for me is just like icing on the cake".

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After Thursday's practice in Sacramento, Wade said "it's only right" he's on Team LeBron. "But I want to try to pick first-year guys, first-year All-Star guys, and, of course, Khris".

The two's friendship traces back further than just when they finally united in South Florida. James took Wade, his former Miami and Cleveland teammate and longtime close friend. In 2004, they played for the bronze medal-winning United States Olympic team, then reunited again in 2008 to win gold in Athens.

The Greek Freak first picked Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry, returning the favor Curry paid to him past year when he served as captain. James uncomfortably explains that "tampering rules [do] not apply on All-Star Weekend", which doesn't sound right. This was second time in the two years of the draft system that James picked Durant with his first pick.

Then came deciding which legends would go where with both Dirk Nowitzki and Dwayne Wade being late adds by National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver.

"F-- no", Westbrook replied, while Embiid said of his nemesis, "I don't know why he was mad. But there's nothing I'm chasing or feel like I need to end my career on".