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Draymond Green Dared Kevin Durant To Leave Warriors In 2019

Nov 17, 2018 2:26 PM

Sources say Draymond Green dared Kevin Durant to leave the Golden State Warriors in free agency in 2019, which led to his suspension.

“We don’t need you. We won without you. Leave,” sources say Green said to Durant.

Durant can become a free agent in 2019 just before the Warriors move to san Francisco.

The Warriors desperately want to re-sign Durant.

Sources say there was a point in the argument when Durant cringed and that it went from basketball to personal.

Sources close to Green say he took exception to Durant’s criticism because he felt his desire to win was being questioned.

Rival teams and players are trying to gather more information on the morale of the Warriors.


Chris Haynes/Yahoo! Sports

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

Kevin Durant Has No Interest In Trade From Warriors

Nov 16, 2018 2:39 PM

Kevin Durant has shown no interest in being traded by the Golden State Warriors.

Because Durant is on a one-plus-one contract, he would have to approve any trade.

The Warriors similarly have no interest in a trade.

“We’ve got a three-peat upon us,” said a source about a potential trade.

Durant can be a free agent in 2019 and his desires remain one of the NBA's most heavily speculated topics.

Sam Amick/The Athletic

Tags: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Source: Only Draymond Green Is Bothered By Kevin Durant's Free Agency Situation

Nov 16, 2018 8:46 AM

The Kevin Durant-Draymond Green situation isn't about Durant's free agency as much as it is about Green's vocal attitude toward it, according to sources. While there could be others in the locker room who don't like how Durant has approached his free agency situation, no one has chosen to express their views like Green.

“No one cares except for Draymond,” said one source.

Green and Durant were spotted walking into the Toyota Center for shootaround together and generally appeared to be back to normal with their interactions.

“It’s very special,” Green told The Athletic about the prospect of a three-peat“And no, it won’t be perfect. Not one championship we’ve won has been perfect. Ain’t no season perfect. It won’t be perfect, and that’s just the nature of the beast. But it’s a special thing to be on a run and to win three in a row, four out of five championships, which I think hasn’t been done since the ’60s. That’s a special thing, and we’re focused on making that happen.”

“We’re banged up a little bit physically, and right now we’re banged up spiritually,” Steve Kerr said after Golden State's blowout loss to Houston. “There’s no getting around that. So we’ve got to fill up our cup, and get our spirit back and get our energy back. And we’re going to. It’s a long season. This is a tough stretch we’re dealing with. I know our guys.

“Draymond (no points, five rebounds, five assists and five turnovers) may not have had his best night tonight — in fact, he played pretty poorly, (but) I liked his approach. He was genuine out there. He was competing. Nothing went his way, but I like where he’s heading. And now the rest of the team, we’ve got to all lift our spirits up and get back on the saddle.”

Sam Amick/The Athletic

Tags: Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Josh Richardson Leads East In On/Off Net Rating

Nov 16, 2018 2:43 PM

Josh Richardson has an on/off net rating differential of +20.3 this season, which ranks first in the Eastern Conference amongst rotation players. The Heat have a net rating of +6.7 with Richardson on the floor and -13.6 without him.

Richardson was on the table in trade discussions between the Miami Heat and Minnesota Timberwolves. The Heat pulled him after the Wolves rejected a trade offer.

Richardson is on a four-year, $42 million contract.

Christian Hernandez/Five Reasons Sports Network

Tags: Josh Richardson, Miami Heat, NBA

Kelly Oubre Jr. Signs Off The Court Deal With Converse

Nov 16, 2018 12:00 PM

Kelly Oubre Jr. has signed a multi-year footwear and apparel deal with Converse.

The shoe deal will be the first of its kind in the NBA, with Oubre expected to wear Nike basketball sneakers on court, while headlining its Nike Inc. subsidiary brand Converse casually.

"Every game since my rookie year, I came in and just always wanted to look nice and always wanted to outdo myself," said Oubre. "[Style isn't] about anybody else, it's about how you feel in what you're wearing."

Oubre's shoe deal with Adidas ended on Oct. 1.

"It's a different vibration when it comes to someone who is trying to reinvent themselves in something that they started," said Oubre. "It's not necessarily someone trying to come in and disrupt the game, or someone trying to step onto the scene as newcomers again. [Converse] started this, and it's cool to be a part of something with the exclusivity to work with this company, start a partnership and a foundation."

Nick DePaula/ESPN

Tags: Kelly Oubre, Jr., Washington Wizards, NBA

Nuggets Hire Sue Bird As Basketball Operation Associate

Nov 16, 2018 3:49 PM

The Denver Nuggets have hired Sue Bird to their front office staff as Basketball Operation Associate

“We are very excited to have Sue join our organization,” said Tim Connelly. “Her resume certainly speaks for itself and as a still active player she will offer an extremely unique perspective.”

Bird recently wrapped up her 16th season in the WNBA which saw her earn her 11th All-Star bid and third WNBA Championship, all with the Seattle Storm. The New York native attended the University of Connecticut where she won two National Championships before being selected first overall by Seattle in the 2002 WNBA Draft. Bird was named to the WNBA All-Decade team in 2006, has been All-WNBA First Team five times and All-WNBA Second Team three times and currently ranks first in the WNBA in career games (508), first in career minutes played (16,173), first in assists (2,831), third in points (6,154), third in made three-pointers (855) and fifth in steals (652). 

“I’m really excited to join the Denver Nuggets organization. I’m thankful for the opportunity and look forward to learning from some of the best,” said Bird.

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Tags: Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

John Henson Likely Out 12 Weeks With Torn Ligament In Wrist

Nov 16, 2018 12:52 PM

John Henson will likely be out for a minimum of 12 weeks with a torn ligament in his left wrist.

The timetable puts Henson out until after the All-Star break.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Tags: John Henson, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Injury

Dunc'd On: Fultz Trade Value & Ideas; Big News Catchup; Should Rockets Have Offered More for Butler?

Nov 16, 2018 12:09 AM

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Draymond Green: I Am Never Going To Change Who I Am

Nov 15, 2018 9:50 PM

Draymond Green offered a lengthy statement about Monday's incident with Kevin Durant and subsequent suspension from the Golden State Warriors.

"Kevin and I spoke. We're moving forward," Green said. "I think there's no secret that I am an emotional player. I wear my emotions on my sleeve. I play with that same emotion. Sometimes it gets the best of me and it doesn't work to my favor.

"I am going to live with that. Because it works in my favor to the good, as my résumé speaks, and this team's résumé speaks, more so than it doesn't. So I am never going to change who I am. I am going to approach the game the same way that I always do. And like I said, we will continue to move forward."

Green believes the Warriors will be stronger following the incident.

"I have read a lot about how, 'Is this the end of the run?' or 'Is it over?' or 'Did I ruin it?' or 'Did I force Kevin to leave?'" Green said. "You know, at the end of the day, as I've said before, whatever Kevin decides to do, whatever Klay [Thompson] decides to do, whatever who decides to do, we had great years together and I support everybody wholeheartedly, 100 percent. Because as a man, as a human being, you got the right to do what you want with your life. So I will never question that."

Green tried to also push the narrative back toward basketball.

"What you must know is nobody in this organization, from a player -- not myself, not Kevin, not anybody else -- is going to beat us," Green said. "So if you one of them other 29 teams in this league, you got to beat us. We're not going to beat us. We're going to continue to do what we do.

"I am sorry if that ruins everybody's stories. I know everybody got a job to do. I apologize for ruining y'all's stories if it did. But if this only makes Kevin, myself and the rest of my teammates stronger, that's what it's going to do. You think you saw something before? Good luck with us now. We're not going to crumble off of an argument. We are going to move forward. So that's all I have got to say. Anybody want to talk basketball, I am here. If not, it's been real."

Nick Friedell/ESPN

Tags: Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors, NBA

Rockets Part Ways With Carmelo Anthony

Nov 15, 2018 6:56 PM

The Houston Rockets have announced they have parted ways with Carmelo Anthony.

While Anthony won't be waived at this time, the Rockets will continue working on a resolution.

Anthony was signed by the Rockets to the veteran's minimum this offseason.

“After much internal discussion, the Rockets will be parting ways with Carmelo Anthony and we are working toward a resolution,” said Daryl Morey. “Carmelo had a tremendous approach during his time with the Rockets and accepted every role head coach Mike D’Antoni gave him. The fit we envisioned when Carmelo chose to sign with the Rockets has not materialized, therefore we thought it was best to move on as any other outcome would have been unfair to him.”

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Pau Gasol Won't Consider Retirement Until 2020 At Earliest
Pau Gasol only has $6.7 million in guaranteed salary for 19-20.

Jabari Young/The Athletic

Glen Taylor Still Has Faith In Tom Thibodeau
Glen Taylor felt Minnesota "wasted some time" trying to convince Jimmy Butler to reconsider.

Jace Frederick/Pioneer Press

Draymond Green To Appeal Suspension With Help From NBPA
Draymond Green forfeited his $120,000 game check due to Golden State's decision.

Marc J. Spears/The Undefeated

Chris Paul: We Didn't Win, We Can't Have A Hangover
Some around the Rockets have suggested the team is suffering from a sort of hangover.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Karl-Anthony Towns Hoping To Bring Fun Atmosphere Back To Wolves
With Jimmy Butler traded by the Wolves, Karl-Anthony Towns has returned to cracking jokes postgame.

Malika Andrews/ESPN

Rajon Rondo Out Four Weeks With Broken Hand
Rajon Rondo suffered a broken right hand when his hand hit the floor.

Mirjam Swanson/Orange County Register

Dunc'd On: Draymond vs. KD; Butler's First Game in Philly; Around the League; NOP/MIN

RealGM Radio: Ben Golliver on Warriors Drama and Butler Trade
Host Danny Leroux and Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated break down the Warriors drama and Jimmy Butler trade.

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76ers Move Markelle Fultz To Bench Role
Brett Brown will start Jimmy Butler alongside Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, J.J. Redick and Wilson Chandler.

Tim Bontemps/ESPN

Draymond Green Didn't Fully Receive Answers From Myers, Kerr On Reason For Suspension
The Warriors wanted Draymond Green to cool off following Monday's incident and before the start a road trip to Texas.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Stephen Curry Out 10 More Days But Will Travel With Warriors On Texas Road Trip
The presence of Stephen Curry could help ease tensions between Draymond Green and Kevin Durant.


Blazers, Pelicans, Lakers, Heat, 76ers Could Have Interest In Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony is expected to leave the Rockets.

Kevin O'Connor/The Ringer (via Silver Screen & Roll)

Kevin Durant Terse With Media When Asked About Draymond Green
Kevin Durant was asked if he expects to hash out his situation with Draymond Green.

Anthony Slater/The Athletic

Elton Brand: Acquisition Of Jimmy Butler Doesn't Change 76ers' View Of Markelle Fultz
The arrival of Jimmy Butler will likely impact the role of Markelle Fultz.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Draymond Green Accused Kevin Durant Of Making Season About His Free Agency
Kevin Durant's teammates are all prepared for him to leave and they're not on board for another tour of begging him to stay.

Marcus Thompson II/The Athletic

Dunc'd On: 15 in 60 Part 2 (Western Conference 11.14.18)
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux wrap up this week's Western Conference 15 in 60.

Rockets Pursued Frank Vogel For Assistant Coach Job
Frank Vogel was a target before Jeff Bzdelik was convinced to return.

Marc Stein/New York Times

76ers Remain Interested In Trading For Kyle Korver
Kyle Korver is in the second season of a three-year, $22 million deal.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Fred Hoiberg, Ryan Saunders Could Be Targets For Wolves If Tom Thibodeau Isn't Retained
Glen Taylor is known to be very fond of Fred Hoiberg as a potential coaching candidate.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Kevin Durant Confronted By Draymond Green About Free Agency
Kevin Durant will be a free agent in 2019 and his status with the Warriors remains uncertain.

Shams Charania/The Athletic