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Giannis Antetokounmpo says he’d pick LeBron James first in All-Star draft ‘so we can have a good relationship for the free agency’

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MILWAUKEE, WI - OCTOBER 20: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks works against LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during a game at the Bradley Center on October 20, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

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Giannis Antetokounmpo, not LeBron James, surprisingly led Eastern Conference players in All-Star voting.

That puts Antetokounmpo in line to serve as a captain under the new format.

If his lead holds, whom would he pick first?

Stephen Watson of WISN:


If my teammates are available, I’m going with my teammate. But if not, I’ve got to go with LeBron James – best player in the world – so we can have a good relationship for the free agency. You never know. He might come play here.

No other Bucks will make the All-Star team. I also think LeBron will overtake him for the Eastern Conference voting lead, but Antetokounmpo is in contention. (So is Kyrie Irving.)

The real takeaway, though: Antetokounmpo wants to team up with another star in free agency. Maybe LeBron will sign with Milwaukee next summer. Also, maybe they’re both #FutureLakers.