Kevin Durant doesn’t select James Harden from the All-Star draft. Happy Nets ‘have guys who want this’ in trade

Before becoming a captain for the NBA's All-Star Game draft on Thursday night, Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin DurantAccording to him, he was “happy that we have guys who want this” in blockbuster trades like the one that saw. James HardenVisit the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Ben Simmons.

Durant made it clear that he did not want Harden on his All-Star Team, and he declined to take him with any of his reserve round selections. This was much to the delight of the other captain. LeBron JamesAs well as the TNT panel that referred the matter.

Durant took each of the seven reserve round selections. Devin Booker, Karl-Anthony Towns, Zach LaVine, Dejounte Murray, Khris Middleton, LaMelo BallAnd Rudy Gobert.

James' second selection in the reserve round meant that he was left with the final player on board. With his second-to last selection, James took the initiative of Charles Barkley and made it official. Fred VanVleetDurant is left with the option of Gobert or Harden as his final choice.

Durant laughed as the whole panel laughed with him. Durant stated that he was going value size and defense, two things not very popular in the All-Star Game, to take Gobert. James then chose Harden by default.

This all happened just hours after the Nets completed an incredible deal that saw Harden, forward, and many other players. Paul MillsapSimmons can be exchanged for a trip to Philadelphia Seth Curry, Andre DrummondTwo first-round picks and one second, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Durant, who was being asked about the deal in his first public remarks about it, said that he was excited for the team. “Looking forward finishing the season with this new group of players. We have to speed-track it in order to get to know each other better, but I'm very excited about the playoffs.

Durant was asked how the Nets would adjust after losing Harden and adding Simmons. Durant said that Brooklyn's versatility made it possible.

Durant replied, “That's good question.” “I feel like our players are versatile so we need to figure it all out and figure what works for us. But I'm happy that we have guys who want to be a part of this.”

Durant also selected Harden's reserve teammate. Joel EmbiidDurant's injury substitute, Jayson Tatum; Ja Morant; Trae YoungAnd Andrew Wiggins.

Durant expressed excitement about his final All Star team, saying that he wanted to give James his first loss in his hometown of Cleveland. “I think we have a diverse group that can pretty much do anything, so I'm excited about it.”

He also made sure he had another dig in at Harden.

“This size will really help me when I've got LeBron or Giannis out there. So great picks towards the end of the draft.”

James, on the other hand, was left with a final list of starters Giannis Antetokounmpo, Stephen Curry, DeMar DeRozanAnd Nikola JokicIn addition to himself, and his reserves Luka Doncic, Darius Garland, Chris Paul, Jimmy Butler, Donovan MitchellVanVleet, Harden

James expressed his admiration for his team by saying, “I like my team.” James said, “We have size, quickness, shooting, and guys who work hard.”

Ernie Johnson asked Durant after the show if he was interested in trading. James responded that he wasn't done trading.

James laughed more, and then he added a smile to indicate that Garland was not allowed.

James stated, “I have left Cleveland twice.” James stated, “I have to have some muscle to get back there with me.”

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