LeBron James claims he had no ulterior motive with eyebrow-raising NBA All-Star draft – Yahoo Sports

With his first three picks, James took Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Kawhi Leonard, all in line to be free agents this offseason. With his first reserve pick, he took Anthony Davis, a player for whom the Lakers were ready to trade their entire young core plus a little more.’ data-reactid=”17″>With his first three picks, James took Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Kawhi Leonard, all in line to be free agents this offseason. With his first reserve pick, he took Anthony Davis, a player for whom the Lakers were ready to trade their entire young core plus a little more.

LeBron James’ very interesting All-Star roster

If James wants to use All-Star weekend as a way to privately speak to the Lakers’ offseason targets and pitch them on the team, he certainly has the roster to do it. Even James’ draft opponent Giannis Antetokounmpo jokingly called out the AD pick as “tampering.”

Why LeBron James took KD, Kyrie and Kawhi

entire All-NBA first team from last season, and that doesn’t even include two of his first three picks in Leonard and Irving.’ data-reactid=”26″>To be fair, the strength of James’ roster reinforces his point quite well. By most accounts, James smoked Antetokounmpo in the draft. His roster includes the entire All-NBA first team from last season, and that doesn’t even include two of his first three picks in Leonard and Irving.

NBA TV analysts went so far as to speculate the Greek Freak tanked the draft so he could win MVP.


You really don’t need a special reason to want Kevin Durant on your basketball team. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

they share the same agent.’ data-reactid=”40″>For all the tampering talk, it important we remember that this is LeBron James. If he wanted to talk to a prospective Laker, he could find an easier and a lot less public way than drafting them for the NBA All-Star game. Davis in particular would be quite easy as they share the same agent.

If anything, James’ team was probably less about tampering and more of a joke about tampering. But most importantly, it’s hard to argue it’s not a really good All-Star roster.