Chris Paul to W's? Unrealistic

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Chris Paul to W's? Unrealistic

Over the course of the past few days, there have beenreports saying the Warriors have interest in New Orleans point guard Chris Pauland that the Hornets like Golden State point guard Stephen Curry.Both of those things may be true, but lets be clear: Thenotion of the Warriors acquiring Paul is unrealistic for tworeasons.First, it is unlikely the Warriors would trade for Paul particularly if its for Curry without Paul agreeing to an extension thatwould keep him in Golden State beyond this season.And Paul is not going to sign an extension. He made it clearrecently hes going to test the free agent market next summer. So, unless theWarriors want to flirt with disaster which would be letting go of Currylong-term for 66 games with Paul, its tough to see the move happening.Reason No. 2 is just as important. The Warriors have nofirst-round picks to give up for Paul or any other player they hope toacquire in a trade. Not for a while anyway. Bottom line is the Warriors cannotmake a trade that involves a first-round pick until 2016.Thats right. 2016.The reason for that stems from the acquisition of MarcusWilliams a few years back from New Jersey, involving a conditional first-roundselection. That pick has subsequently been traded to Utah, but it still affectsthe Warriors.Because the pick is top-7 protected in 2012 and 2013 andtop-six protected in 2014, the Warriors cant dangle any first-round pick until2016.NBA teams are prevented from trading first-round picks inconsecutive years. So without the Warriors knowing when that pick willeventually be conveyed, they cant trade a first-round pick.The fact that they dont have a pick to trade for Paul is akiller because the Hornets and any team thinking of trading a star player -- aregoing to likely want at least one pick, and perhaps multiple picks, to rebuildwith.

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

OAKLAND -- Even though Draymond Green still would like to win the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award, winning a championship with the Warriors has quenched much of thirst for the honor.

“I don’t really care that much anymore,” Green said after participating in the JaVale McGee Celebrity softball game Saturday at the Oakland Coliseum benefitting the Jug Life Foundation, promoting a healthy lifestyle around water consumption.

“I cared before,” Green added. “But we won the NBA championship now. I don’t care about what happened in the regular season any more at this point. I think I would have cared if I found out in Round 1 or Round 2 (of the playoffs).

“But at this point . . . I don’t even care any more.”

This is in marked contrast to what Green expressed early in the regular season, when he acknowledged the DPOY award is the only individual award he actively cared to win.

As recently as two months ago, in discussing his defensive performance in a season during which he made numerous memorable plays, including some game-saving defensive stands, Green let his words speak on his behalf.

“It is the best defensive season I’ve had, because I’ve continued to grow,” he said at the end of the regular season. “When I look at the last couple years, I think each year I got better defensively. And I think this year I’ve gotten better. So I do think it’s my best season, defensively -- but just not numbers-wise. The numbers are up a little bit more. But I actually feel better about what I’ve done on the defensive end than I have in any other year.”

Winning a championship apparently has an impact on the significance of individual awards.

A finalist for the award for which he finished second in each of the past two seasons, Green said Saturday that his plan is to leave for New York on Sunday and be in attendance when the awards are presented Monday night.

The other finalists for the award are Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, who won it the last two seasons.

All three players will be among those at Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York for the inaugural telecast of the NBA Awards on TNT.

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Kevin Durant didn't forget about the taunts.

In February, when Durant returned to Oklahoma City for the first time as a member of the Warriors, Thunder fans heckled him with t-shirts featuring cupcakes, a reference to Durant being soft for joining the 73-win Warriors.

On Saturday, the cupcake graphic made a return with one slight change.

Durant, playing in JaVale McGee's JugLife Celebrity Softball game at the Oakland Coliseum on Saturday, showed up to the stadium wearing a cupcake hat. But instead of a cheery on top, a championship ring was superimposed on top of the cupcake.

So Durant, an NBA champion, got the last laugh.