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The Oubre news is welcome but I can't get past this quote from Lacob:

@DrewShiller

Joe Lacob to Tim Kawakami on James Wiseman: "He was my No. 1 forever basically. I think he's a once in a decade kind of guy. Other than Embiid, I don't know that there's another center prospect that's come along in the last decade that you would put in the same category."

Does this not concern anyone else that it seems like they made the pick because Lacob really wanted him? When the owner feels this strongly, how can you tell him no? The easiest way to maintain job security is to agree with him because if you overrule him and Wiseman pans out, you are definitely fired.

Jerry West was bold enough to put his foot down rejecting that Love/Klay trade Lacob wanted, and fortunately for West he was pretty immediately vindicated. But that is not easy to do, and West basically threatened to quit. A lot of these other guys don't have the credibility to have that leverage (except Kerr).

Perhaps Wiseman pans out, but the process I'm gathering from these articles and quotes does not bode well for the future imo.

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Nov 20, 2020Liked by punk basketball

Klay injury is such a gut punch in a year that has been crappy all around. I have been super sad since yesterday. Putting aside championship, dynasty, et al, just watching Klay being Klay on and off court brought joy to life.

As a player I hope he comes back the same peak Klay he was in 2019 but more importantly, he comes back with same ’je ne sais quoi' spirit - for his and our sake.

Onwards we go...

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Nov 20, 2020Liked by punk basketball

I dont see Wiseman contributing much this year. I think he's very raw. I know that goes against what most pundits believe in that he can immediately contribute, but expecting the man to play in this system with 69 minutes of competitive basketball behind his belt over the course of a year plus is just way too much to expect.

He may get the Damian Jones treatment to start but I fully expect Chriss to come in around that 7 min mark with Looney (if still here) to start the 2nd quarter and Draymond closing most halves. The injury couldn't have come at a worst time timing wise as it relates to the draft because I really feel the Warriors could have traded back with say Atlanta, picked up Dedmon and used their pick on someone like Halliburton or Vassell. I get they had Wiseman as their top.pick BUT a bonafide SG draft pick plus Dedmon could have solidified the rotation around Klays injury.

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Could we see Paschall slide over to shooting guard, especially with what currently looks like a log jam in the 4/5 spot? We don't know how his 3 pointer has progressed this year so he won't give the spacing Klay provides (or the defense) but he is a better passer, a better handle and a great mid range game. EP would absolutely overpower most guards trying to keep him from going to the hoop.

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Some more on the Oubre move:

@AlbertNahmad

IDK where OKC's team salary is, but Oubre trade could open another option… They can S&T Gallinari 1st, then take Horford into cap room after... How much $ they could take back in S&T and fit Horford depends on where they are now. (It wouldn't save other over-cap exceptions tho.)

Basically, OKC salary is tough to figure out because they have so much up in the air. Regardless, it's pretty clear that taking Oubre off the books (maybe without sending a player back) would help the Thunder with some other stuff.

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Nov 19, 2020Liked by punk basketball

I've been trying to think of trade targets that could help keep us afloat in the playoff hunt. Here's my picks:

*George Hill (NOP). I'm not sure the Pels even need him with Lonzo & now Kira Lewis who they will want to develop. I think they just got him as trade filler and he could be had with the TPE.

*Malik Beasley (MIN). Pros: Certified Warriors killer and decent shooter. Probably doesn't want to be in Minnesota and they just drafted Edwards at the same position. Cons: seems like a head case & has legal issues.

*Joe Harris (BKN). Great shooter, great fit. Dubs could sneak in on a 3 way with the Nets & Rockets if they end up trading Harden or Westbrook. Maybe the Rockets could value the cap space from our TPE if they go full rebuild.

*Oladipo (IND). Pacers need to rebuild. Put that TPE to work Joe!

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Nov 19, 2020Liked by punk basketball

Don't you think a little too much of a coincidence that in the very moment Klay's news come out, Bogdanovic cancels the trade with Bucks (that was said as done). Isn't it possible that Bogdan wants to stay in California, and doesn't care for a 25mln contract when he can get 17 from TPE? After all until now he got only 9mln from the Kings. Or is TPE unavailable for FAs?

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gross, but.... I dunno, maybe??

This is the problem, the guys in our price range are flawed. In some cases badly.

@MarcJSpears

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Rockets guard Austin Rivers has decided to opt out of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent, a source told @TheUndefeated.

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Nov 19, 2020Liked by punk basketball

So this is it? Has the Warriors dynasty ended? Seems like they should rebuild before contending for the championship again in the next few years. Right now, the chances of them reaching the NBA Finals is gonna be very tough without Klay.

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Nov 19, 2020Liked by punk basketball

Sad too. Feel for Klay. Love the underdog angle. Let’s get Gallinari or Oubre and go for it anyway. Steph’s still in his prime, don’t waste it.

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Nov 19, 2020Liked by punk basketball

The Warriors are in a crisis. Klay probably has to be put in the "bad contract" category now in terms of league perception, and they already have Wiggins and Draymond there. Is Lacob going to trade Draymond even though they need him if they have any hope of winning a championship again? Is Lacob going to package the Wolves pick to get rid of Wiggins for financial relief? Is Lacob really going to pay this much for a team that can't contend and keep everyone and wait for Klay to get back?

This happened right before free agency, so all those guys who verbally agreed to play with the Warriors because they were a championship contender might back out now. The TPE will be tougher to use if they can't package their own 2021 pick with it (and they shouldn't, they are another Curry injury away from it being really valuable). They might be able to get someone on a bad contract like Eric Gordon but is Lacob really going to do that?

I also don't really have confidence that the front office is being led by smart basketball minds executing a coherent vision. I get the sense that Wiseman was more of a reactionary pick to the events of the bubble than anything.

I still plan to enjoy this upcoming season because last season proved that we only have so many games with Curry in a Warriors jersey left, and we should cherish all of them. They should be able to contend for the playoffs with good health for the remaining players, and that's what I want. But the championship window might have just shut, and the Lacob dominated front office doesn't give me much confidence for the future.

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@JDJohnDickinson

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#Warriors options to fill out roster:

— $17.2M trade exception (exp 11/23)

— $5.7M tax payer mid-level exception

— $9.3M disabled player exception

All would have extreme luxury tax implications & Joe Lacob would have to decide if each level of spending would be worth it.

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I keep saying it. Fire celebrini. The priority now should be to keep other players healthy. Joe lacob would be a fool if he doesnt protect his real assets which are the players. Celebrini cant keep them healthy.

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Nov 19, 2020Liked by punk basketball

Ugh, confirmed achilles tear out for the year :(

Adrian Wojnarowski

@wojespn

Based on the type of tear, Thompson has been told to expect that he will make a full recovery, a source tells ESPN.

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Nov 19, 2020Liked by punk basketball

Could the $17M Iggy trade exception plus the $9M disabled player exception allow us to sign a star 3-and-D wing? Or multiple starting caliber players? Who's available this year?

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Nov 19, 2020Liked by punk basketball

Always keep hope alive.

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