Kevin Durant avoids to select James Harden

Kevin Durant said he was "glad we acquired guys who want to be part of this" when James Harden was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers for Ben Simmons.

Not only did Durant not want Harden on his All-Star team, but he also passed on him with each of his seven reserve round picks, much to the amusement of the other captain, LeBron James.

Durant picked, in order, Devin Booker, Karl-Anthony Towns, Zach LaVine, Dejounte Murray, Khris Middleton, LaMelo Balland. Gobert.

Durant could choose between Gobert and Harden, while James chose Fred VanVleet.

And when Durant said he'd pick Gobert for his size and defence not exactly trendy in an All-Star Game James took Harden by default.

A few hours earlier, Philadelphia had acquired Harden, Paul Millsap, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond, and two first-round picks from Brooklyn.

"I'm excited for our team," Durant said when asked about the move. "I'm excited to conclude the season with this fresh collection of players.

We have to get acquainted to each other quickly because the playoffs are coming up, but I'm excited."

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