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LeBron James says All-Star Game selections about competing, not recruiting

PHILADELPHIA -- LeBron James knows that his All-Star draft was perceived as a preemptive recruiting measure for all of the players with flexible contract situations that he targeted, but claims the motivation behind his picks was simply fielding the best team possible.

"I think that's a great conversation," the Los Angeles Lakers superstar said after practice Saturday, a couple days removed from Thursday's draft. "Everyone kind of gets up for fantasy basketball talk. Guys that are restricted free agents, that are free agents, I don't know, (guys that have) player options. That's all part of the speculation that continues to drive our sport.