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Knicks, Lakers Interested In Trading For David Lee

Jul 2, 2015 2:06 PM

The New York Knicks have had discussions about trading for the contract of David Lee.

The Knicks are first exploring their options in free agency, but could deal for Lee if cap space remains.

The Golden State Warriors need to unload Lee's contract to save on the luxury tax and will have to attach assets for the trade.

Lee's contract expires after the 15-16 season.

ESPN's Ramona Shelburne also reports the Los Angeles Lakers will have interest in trading for Lee if they are unable to sign their top free agent targets. The Lakers acquired an additional first round pick in 2015 for taking on the contract of Jeremy Lin.

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Tags: David Lee, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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David West Interested In Spurs, Warriors

Jul 2, 2015 10:55 AM

David West has serious interest in playing for the San Antonio Spurs or Golden State Warriors.

West declined his player option for the 15-16 season with the Indiana Pacers at $12.2 million.

West would have to take a veteran's minimum deal to play with the Warriors ($1.49 million annually) and would likely take a significant pay cut to play for the Spurs. 

West wants to compete for a championship after the Pacers took a step back in 14-15.

"At this point in my career, it's all about winning," West said. "And again, I don't want to be in a position where we're just fighting to make the playoffs, I want to be in a spot where we can legitimately taste the finals."

Sam Amick/USA Today

Tags: David West, Golden State Warriors, Indiana Pacers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Draymond Green, Warriors Agree Upon Five-Year, $82M Deal

Jul 1, 2015 10:55 PM

Draymond Green and the Golden State Warriors have agreed upon a five-year, $82 million contract. The deal reportedly contains no options for either party, per ESPN's Zach Lowe.

Green was a second round pick in 2012 and has since emerged as one of the NBA's best two-way power forwards.

Green's value increased steadily over the 14-15 season and he finished second in Defensive Player of the Year voting.

The Warriors and Green broke off contract talks earlier on the first day of free agency.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Draymond Green Breaks Off Contract Talks With Warriors

Jul 1, 2015 3:19 PM

Draymond Green and the Golden State Warriors have for now broken off contract talks.

The Warriors met with Green and agent B.J. Armstrong in Los Angeles after 12:01 a.m. ET on Tuesday when NBA free agents could first begin negotiating with teams.

Green is now open to meetings with other franchises immediately.

The Warriors can still match any offer sheet Green signs because he is a restricted free agent.

 

Green's home state Detroit Pistons, the Atlanta Hawks and the Houston Rockets have shown interest in him.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Draymond Green, Atlanta Hawks, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Marco Belinelli To Receive Interest From Warriors, Hornets

Jun 30, 2015 4:52 PM

The Golden State Warriors and Charlotte Hornets are expected to pursue Marco Belinelli.

Belinelli was drafted by the Warriors in 2007.

The Hornet can offer the mid-level exception to Belinelli. 

Marc J. Spears, Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Marco Belinelli, Charlotte Hornets, Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Stephen Curry Passes LeBron As NBA's Most Popular Jersey

Jun 30, 2015 3:41 PM

Stephen Curry has passed LeBron James for the most popular jersey in the NBA.

The league based the rankings on overall sales on NBAStore.com from April through June.

James, who held the top spot at the end of the regular season, dropped to second. Chicago's Derrick Rose is third and Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving is fourth.

Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Matthew Dellavedova (No. 14) made their debuts on the list. The Lakers' Kobe Bryant was sixth, followed by Houston's James Harden, Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, San Antonio's Tim Duncan, Chris Paul of the Clippers, Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard of the Spurs, and Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook.

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Tags: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, NBA

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Warriors Exercise $3.8M Option On Marreese Speights

Jun 29, 2015 4:47 PM

The Golden State Warriors have exercised their $3.8 million team option on the contract of Marreese Speights for the 15-16 season.

Speights played minutes at both power forward and center this past season.

Speights averaged 10.4 points per game in 76 regular season appearances.

Diamond Leung/San Jose Mercury News

Tags: Marreese Speights, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Draymond Green Open To Face-To-Face Visits; Pistons, Rockets, Hawks Expected To Show Interest

Jun 29, 2015 12:44 AM

Draymond Green said he would do his due diligence with all suitors when free agency arrives Wednesday and is open to face-to-face team visits with serious free agent opportunities.

Along with the Golden State Warriors and Detroit Pistons, the Atlanta Hawks and Houston Rockets are also expected to be among the teams interested in Green, according to a source.

"The one thing I've been taught is to go into this thing with no expectations," Green said. "When you do, that's when it gets frustrating. That's when it gets stressful. I just want to have fun and enjoy this process.

"So I'm not going in there with no expectations for this or expectations for that. That would take away the enjoyment. And that's what I want, I want to enjoy this."

Green arrived in Los Angeles on Sunday to meet with his agent, B.J. Armstrong.

"When [Armstrong] talks I just start laughing at him," Green said. "To hear my name mentioned like that [financially], to hear that type of stuff, it brings me back to moments like when I grew up in Saginaw, Michigan where my mom made about $14,000-$15,000 per year. It's surreal. It's like a joke and I can't believe it.

"At some point I will believe it. But it's like, 'Wow.' Who would have imagined this? You have these big goals. You hope this and hope that. You want to believe it, but it seems so far-fetched. To be in this moment, this position, it's like, 'Wow.' "

When asked about his time with the Warriors, Green said, "It was fun. I built relationships that will last a lifetime. They're a first-class organization. I had a great experience, but that probably won't change."

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Draymond Green, Atlanta Hawks, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Warriors Won't Trade Two First Rounders To Unload David Lee

Jun 23, 2015 4:31 PM

The Golden State Warriors are attempting to trade away David Lee this offseason to save on the luxury tax.

Lee is due $15.5 million in the final season of his contract in 15-16.

The Warriors are prepared to trade away a first round pick to unload Lee, but teams seem to want more assets given his low value and what that level of cap space would be worth in free agency.

The Warriors already owe one future first round pick to the Utah Jazz as part of the Andre Iguodala maneuvering in 2013.

Sources say the Warriors won't sacrifice two draft picks to trade Lee.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Tags: David Lee, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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NBA Issued Memo On No Longer Giving 'We'll Match Any Offer' Comment On RFAs

Jun 19, 2015 4:00 PM

The NBA issued a memo to all teams in November that the National Basketball Players Association has officially taken the position that the well-worn "we'll match any offer" reflex strategy and its corresponding intent to discourage interest in a particular RFA is a circumvention of the salary cap.

While the NBA itself doesn't agree with the NBPA's view, league officials see enough potential merit in the union's stance to advise those who persist with match-any-offer chatter that they could be opening themselves up to legal action.

Sources say that agents Rich Paul and Mark Termini of Klutch Sports urged the NBPA to challenge the way teams have historically dropped loud hints about their matching plans in an attempt to chill the market for restricted free agents. Tristan Thompson is represented by Paul and Termini and will be a restricted free agent.

Bob Myers was recently asked about the impending restricted free agency of Draymond Green.

"I can't comment, per league rules, on that specific question," Myers said when pressed about Green.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Tristan Thompson, Draymond Green, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dunc'd On Basketball Pod: June 19th (Offseason Previews: Warriors, Bulls, Grizzlies)
Nate Duncan and Daniel Leroux recap the day's NBA news and preview the offseason ahead for the Warriors, Bulls and Grizzlies.

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