OAKLAND -- In the free agent market, the Warriors have been linked almost exclusively to big men like Tyson Chandler and DeAndre Jordan.
Incumbent center Andris Biedrins said at Fridays season opening practice that he doesnt blame the Warriors for trying to replace him.
The last two years have been horrible for me, Biedrins said.
Hes had plenty of injuries recently, but Biedrins thinks the biggest injury was to his confidence. He says he no longer has that problem after summer working out in his native Latvia. It was a summer in which he says he got completely healthy and put on 15 pounds of muscle in the process.
Coach Mark Jackson says he has confidence in Biedrens.
I believe in him, Jackson said. "I think he can definitely get back to where he was."
Biedrins says he knows his coach has his back as long as I rebound and block shots.
The Washington Wizards' long-term future is now a lot clearer, as superstar point guard John Wall agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth $170 million. David Aldridge first reported the news.
Wall, 26, re-ups with the Wizards through the 2022-23 season. By the time it expires he will be 32 years old, meaning the Wizards have locked him up for the majority if not all of his prime.
Wall was able to earn the dollar amount he did in part because of his selection to third team All-NBA for the 2016-17 season. Under the recently installed collective bargaining agreement, honors like All-NBA and Defensive Player of the Year allow players to earn more money on contract extensions.
The Wizards drafted Wall first overall in 2010 out of the University of Kentucky. In his seven NBA seasons since, Wall has blossomed into one of the NBA's best players with career averages of 18.8 points, 9.2 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game. He has been an All-Star in each of the past four seasons and is a one-time All-Defensive team selection.
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On Friday afternoon, news broke that Kyrie Irving reportedly requested a trade from the Cavs.
Shortly thereafter, a Twitter account with over 296,000 followers tweeted the following:
[RATTO: Kyrie Irving needs to be traded to one place, and one place only]
A little over an hour later, Kevin Love responded:
On Tuesday night, Irving told Sports Illustrated the Cavs are "in a very peculiar place."
In the weeks between Cleveland's Game 5 loss to the Warriors and the start of free agency, Love was reportedly on the trading block.
The Cavs and GM David Griffin "mutually" parted ways three days before the NBA Draft.
Cleveland is finally finalizing a deal with assistant GM Coby Altman to become the permanent general manager, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
LeBron James can opt out and become a free agent next summer, and there is already speculation about where he may go.
Man. The last six weeks in Cleveland have been wild...
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller