NBA All-Star Draft: Giannis Jokes With LeBron, ‘Isn't That Tampering?'

LeBron James and Giannis Antetekounmpo just made their picks for the All-Star Game.

There were LeBron's first three selections:

1) Kevin Durant
2) Kyrie Irving
3) Kawhi Leonard

Notice a pattern? Well, all three of those guys are slated to become unrestricted free agents in July and LeBron needs some help in LaLa Land. Recruiting season is clearly in full swing!

LeBron could have made it 4-for-4 with soon-to-be free-agent Kemba Walker, but he went with James Harden for the final selection in his starting five.

Giannis did the world a favor by taking Milwaukee teammate Khris Middleton first among the reserves, because this enabled LeBron to pick Anthony Davis.

TNT's Ernie Johnson immediately asked The King, "You sure you want him to be your teammate?"

"I'm very sure of that," LeBron answered.

"Isn't that tampering?" Giannis joked. 

The Greek Freak for the win!

"Tampering rules do not apply at All-Star Weekend," LeBron joked.

Great stuff.

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Giannis then took Nikola Jokic and LeBron chose Klay Thompson, who just happens to be slated to become a free agent in July. Gee -- didn't see that one coming!

LeBron and the Lakers are hoping the Warriors don't offer Klay the max, but it appears Joe Lacob and company are going to give the five-time All-Star the most amount of dollars possible.

The draft was legitimately fun and it was a great decision by the NBA to put it on TV.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

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