I think there is some thought of acquiring a true center to change the way they play. Now, of course, the way they’ve played has helped them to four championships, mostly without a true center. Curry has been at his best when the Warriors play small and don’t stick a lumbering big man in his way. But the group they’ve got now is both too small and too stagnant, which is not a good combination. A strong big man who can score on the post might be a nice wrinkle.
Dejounte Murray emerging as perhaps the most likely All-Star-caliber talent to be moved | Yahoo Sports
With Siakam, several teams continue to value Toronto’s lanky playmaker. Sacramento, Indiana, Detroit and Dallas mark four suitors NBA executives keep listing as active buyers that have explored avenues to land Siakam. But for any interested party, like when Murray’s Hawks pursued Siakam this past summer, or even the struggling Golden State Warriors, who’ve discussed Siakam internally, sources said, any front office acquiring Siakam has to significantly weigh the clear messaging from Siakam’s side of this equation. He holds a direct path to unrestricted free agency this summer, and Siakam can simply walk to the highest bidder on the open market just as his former teammate Fred VanVleet did for Houston in June. Siakam’s group, according to league sources, does feel confident similar top-dollar offers will be available as the 29-year-old has rounded into All-Star form within a Toronto offense that’s featuring Scottie Barnes. Siakam doesn’t appear to have any interest in the two-year extension he could sign after being dealt this season compared to the maximum, long-term contract he plans to command as a free agent, sources said.
Silver spoke to the media Thursday before the Cleveland Cavaliers-Brooklyn Nets game in Paris, France and he was asked about the talk he had with Green. The commissioner didn’t deny the claim that he convinced Green not to retire.
“In terms of Draymond, at the time we were having those conversations, certainly from my standpoint, they’re private,” Silver said. “That’s his right, if he chooses to make them public. There was certainly no agreement that we had that everything was private, but I’ll leave it to him to comment on what we discussed.
“I would be speaking up if he were saying something that wasn’t consistent with our discussions. I would just conclude by saying I’m pleased he’s close to being back. And my sense is that he used his time away from the floor very productively.”
"Are we supposed to lose sleep over it?"— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) January 11, 2024
Klay on the Warriors getting booed at home in back-to-back games pic.twitter.com/hSZ1GAeswZ
Even during the horrid start during Morant’s 25-game suspension, the Grizzlies were confident (per other team’s executives) that they would still be a postseason factor, even if that meant getting in through the play-in tournament. But now, that dream appears to be over.
And with Bane’s extension kicking in July 1 (starting at $34 million in 2024-25), the small-market Grizzlies are facing big-time financial hurdles. Will a team that has avoided paying luxury taxes jump full-on into the apron-level penalties?
Those competing executives don’t think so; Memphis should expect some phone calls in the coming days and weeks ahead of the February 8 trade deadline.
Among a number of reasons for the expansion of the event, including the programming for television rights partners, the NBA and teams are hopeful that the hours between Wednesday night’s first round and Thursday’s second round will give teams more time to make trades and plan out strategies for the second night.
“Results from these analyses do not suggest that missing games for rest or load management — or having longer breaks between game participation — reduces future in-season injury risk,” the report said, in bold type, in its summary.
“In addition, injury rates were not found to be higher during or immediately following periods of a dense schedule.”
The report said that remained true even when factoring in things like player age, minutes played and injury history.
LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo lead their respective conferences in the second fan returns of #NBAAllStar Voting presented by AT&T.— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) January 11, 2024
Fans account for 50% of the vote to decide All-Star starters. NBA players and a media panel account for 25% each.
Next fan update: 1/18. pic.twitter.com/0K23OtQRmY
In case you missed it at Golden State of Mind:
The Wiggins and Kuminga pairing has been so bad that even Steve Kerr has publicly denounced it, calling the two “redundant.” Personally, that feels like a bit of a copout (I support copouts from coaches though, if it means not trashing their players to the media). With the exception of centers and deeply flawed players, redundancy is only a bad thing on the basketball court if the players aren’t good. Kuminga has removed stagnancy from his offensive game, and turned into a dynamic and versatile defender; no one should be negatively redundant with JK’s skillset. Kuminga’s inefficient three-point shot this year keeps him from being a dynamic pairing with fellow players who aren’t weapons from deep, but the Warriors have done just fine when the youngster is paired with a limited outside weapon in Payton, or non-shooters in Kevon Looney and Trayce Jackson-Davis, the latter of which has been one of their best two-man lineups this year.
So when Kerr calls the pairing “redundant,” it really seems to be a quiet admission that Wiggins is simply not playing well ... and that looks even worse when sharing the court with someone showing all the signs of taking his job.
It’s a tough blow for the Warriors and for Moody. While the bulk of the team played horribly on Wednesday, Moody was one of the lone bright spots. He came off the bench to score 21 points and was one of the few players interested in playing defense, and his contributions were good enough that he was inserted into the starting lineup for the second half. He seemed likely to start on Friday if healthy, and in his last two games — after spending four games out of the rotation — has tallied 42 points on 15-for-27 shooting (including 8-for-14 from deep), with just one turnover and four fouls. The Warriors have been outscored by nine points when Moody has been on the court during those two games ... and they’ve been outscored by 42 points when he’s been on the bench.
A tweet to end the week:
A snapshot of 30's 3-Point records:— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) January 12, 2024
☔️ Most Regular-Season threes in a career
☔️ Most Playoff threes in a career
☔️ Most Finals threes in a career
☔️ Most Regular-Season threes in a season
☔️ Most games with 10+ threes
☔️ Most seasons with 200+ threes
☔️ Most threes in an… pic.twitter.com/wbpadJq3IT