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Acquiring Lopez -- & losing Ellis -- seems questionable

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Acquiring Lopez -- & losing Ellis -- seems questionable

The Warriors are said to be interested in acquiring NewJersey center Brook Lopez in a multi-team deal that would include Monta Ellis.The New York Post reported there would be other teams in the deal, and, ofcourse, there would have to be other players involved, too.After all, Lopez makes 3.1 million and Ellis makes 11million.Without getting into who all else might be included in thisdeal, lets stick to those two guys: Lopez and Ellis.
Its no secret the Warriors would love to acquire a center,and Lopez qualifies. Hes 7-feet tall and weighs 260 pounds.The problem with Lopez, however, is his skill set doesntnecessarily fit the Warriors even though he is a center. While Lopez canscore some with his back to the basket, he also likes to work in the mid-postarea and facing up.The Warriors already have a player who does that: David Lee.What the Warriors need most on offense, anyway is a low-post scorer capableof drawing a double-team.In time, Lopez could get there, but hes not there yet. Imjust not sure the Warriors would be a better team with Lopez but without Ellis.Not to mention, Lopez is a restricted free agent at the end of the season, soyoure going to have to pay him at least Ellis-type money.The other thing about Lopez that is problematic is hisinability to rebound. Lopez averaged just six rebounds per game last season,while playing 35-plus minutes per game. That is a shockingly low number for aplayer of his size.If anything, the Warriors need additional toughness on theinterior, and thats not something Lopez will give them.Im not saying the Warriors shouldnt be looking atpotential trades involving Ellis or any of his teammates, for that matter Im just saying that Lopez would seem to be a little bit of a curious fit forGolden State.Particularly if it took giving up your best player toacquire him.

Draymond Green reveals new Warriors banners, puts Noah Vonleh on blast

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Draymond Green reveals new Warriors banners, puts Noah Vonleh on blast

The Warriors' practice facility in San Francisco has a new look and Draymond Green is clearly a fan of one part.

On Saturday, Green posted a video to his Instagram story showing new banners of a montage to the team's 2016-17 championship run. One player who won't like the new images so much though is Blazers forward Noah Vonleh. 

Among the pictures in one of the banners is Green meeting Vonleh at the rim and rejecting him in Game 1 during Round 1 in the 2017 NBA Playoffs. In the video, Green says, "Alright Noah, watch out now," while laughing.

Because it never gets old, here's the video of the huge block. 

Kevin Durant has a little advice for heckling college student: 'Get a...'

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Kevin Durant has a little advice for heckling college student: 'Get a...'

The barbs won't stop.

Even after Kevin Durant won an NBA title with the Warriors, fans won't let him forget that he left the Thunder to join the best team in the NBA.

On Saturday, a fan from New Zealand wondered if Durant was set to join his college team, which, according to him, started its season 7-0.

Durant clapped back, offering advice for the young man.

The fan wasn't done.

"What do we have to do? Be the most dominant team in the league and beat you the year before? Or do you want us to blow a 3-1 lead?" Twitter user Morgan Tiare wrote back.

Durant got the last word.

The NBA Finals MVP is clearly having fun responding to Twitter trolls this offseason.