NBA All-Star draft: Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson playing against Steph Curry


NBA All-Star draft: Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson playing against Steph Curry

The trade deadline came and went, but that wasn't the only drama in the NBA landscape Thursday afternoon.

No, the All-Star teams had to be decided. Playground style.

Team LeBron and Team Giannis alternated picks in the All-Star Draft on Thursday, with James picking first among the starters, and Antetokounmpo picking first among the reserves. James also had the first pick among the special team roster additions, Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki and Miami's Dwyane Wade.

Kevin Durant and Steph Curry are teammates on the Warriors, but after being the first two picks of the draft, they'll be on opposite sides at the 2019 All-Star Game in Charlotte. Durant was the first overall selection by James, while Anteokounmpo took Curry with his first pick, returning the favor from last year.

Klay Thompson was the fourth player selected among the reserves, ending up on Team LeBron with Durant.

[RELATED: Warriors Outsiders pick All-Star rosters for LeBron, Giannis]

Following the conclusion of the draft, James and Antetokounmpo engaged in the first-ever All-Star Draft trade, exchanging Ben Simmons for Russell Westbrook.

Full team rosters are listed below:

Team LeBron:

LeBron James*
Kevin Durant*
Kyrie Irving*
Kawhi Leonard*
James Harden*
Anthony Davis
Klay Thompson
Damian Lillard
Ben Simmons
LaMarcus Aldridge
Karl-Anthony Towns
Bradley Beal
Dwyane Wade

Team Giannis:

Giannis Antetokounmpo*
Steph Curry*
Joel Embiid*
Paul George*
Kemba Walker*
Khris Middleton
Nikola Jokic
Russell Westbrook
Blake Griffin
D'Angelo Russell
Nikola Vucevic
Kyle Lowry
Dirk Nowitzki

*Denotes starter

Chris Paul refutes multiple reports he demanded Rockets trade him


Chris Paul refutes multiple reports he demanded Rockets trade him

The rumors started eight days ago. All-Star point guard Chris Paul "wants out" of Houston, Stephen A. Smith reported.

Since then, there have multiple reports of chaos within the Rockets organization, one that even stated Paul's relationship with NBA MVP James Harden is 'unsalvageable.'

But on Sunday, Paul tried to put all those rumors to bed.

“I never asked for a trade,” Paul told The Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen. “I never demanded a trade.”

Trading Paul would be difficult for Rockets general manager Daryl Morey. Paul still is owed more than $124 million over the next three seasons, and finding a team that can take on that kind of salary for an aging point guard would be tough.

As for the reported rift with Harden, Paul claimed he's not unhappy in his current situtation.

“I’ll be in Houston,” Paul told Feigen. “I’m happy about that. I’m very happy about that. I’m good.”

[RELATED; Morey shoots down CP3 trade request rumor]

The Rockets gave the Warriors a good battle in each of the last two postseasons. With Golden State nursing its wounds during the 2019-20 season, this might be Houston's chance to pounce and get to the NBA Finals.

We'll find out over the next few weeks if Paul is telling the truth or if the whispers of his unhappiness actually were true.

NBA rumors: Kawhi Leonard 'seriously considering re-signing' with Raptors


NBA rumors: Kawhi Leonard 'seriously considering re-signing' with Raptors

The Kawhi Leonard-Toronto Raptors marriage might not be a one-year fling after all.

Yahoo's Chris Haynes reported Sunday that the 2019 NBA Finals MVP will decline his $21.3 million player option for the 2019-20 season, but that Leonard is "seriously considering re-signing with the Raptors."

Most experts have been predicting that Leonard will bolt Toronto for one of the Los Angeles teams. But Haynes' reporting changes things a bit.

Haynes also reported that rival front-office executives view the Raptors as the favorites to land Leonard.

The Raptors can offer Leonard a five-year, $190 million contract, according to Haynes.

[RELATED: Curry vows to not let Warriors' run end]

While the Warriors likely aren't in the mood for any Kawhi-related news, considering he just ended their bid for a three-peat, they have to be excited at the thought of Leonard not joining the Pacific Division.

Leonard put on a dominating performance against the Warriors in the NBA Finals, as he averaged 28.5 points and 9.8 rebounds over the six games.