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Report: Warriors sit Burks and Robinson as trade talks heat up

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The Warriors will almost surely trade a wing. It’s just a matter of who, when, and where.

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The Golden State Warriors are reportedly sitting Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson for tonight’s game against the Brooklyn Nets, as trade talks heat up surrounding both players.

Marc Stein of The New York Times first reported the news.

Burks and Robinson - two valuable veteran wings - have been on the trading block for a while, and it’s been widely assumed that the Warriors will deal one, if not both.

So far we’ve yet to hear any specific trade rumors involving them, but it’s safe to say many teams are interested. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Warriors are “mulling several trade options” for Burks, which shouldn’t come as any surprise.

This is the Warriors final game before the trade deadline, which occurs at 12:00 p.m. PT on Thursday, February 6.

It’s not uncommon for teams to rest trade chips this time of year. Sitting Burks and Robinson accomplishes two things: It keeps the players from suffering an injury that could prevent a trade, and it allows them to rest as they deal with swirling rumors that threaten to drastically shake up their professional life.

I’m guessing neither Burks nor Robinson has too much interest in playing basketball as their future hangs in the balance, so it’s a win-win for everyone.

In all likelihood, one or both of them will be playing for new teams by the time the weekend rolls around. We’ll just have to wait and see who those teams are, and what the Warriors get in exchange.

UPDATE: Anthony Slater reports that the Warriors are very close to deals for both players.