With the Warriors faltering at 11-17, it seems like alogical time to start thinking about the rest of the season and what the teamwants to accomplish.Problem is, there might be some disagreement within theWarriors organization of which direction to go in.Over the weekend, Warriors general manager Larry Riley wastalking to Bay Area News Group, and was asked at what point does the franchisebegin thinking about the future and perhaps start giving more playing time tothe young players.Said Riley: Thatll be a decision we will make pretty soonhere, probably in the next week or so. But we have a little more time to lookat things.Riley obviously had one eye on the schedule when he madethat statement. After Mondays game against the Los Angeles Clippers, theWarriors play six consecutive road games, and they dont fare particularly wellaway from Oracle Arena.But its obvious that owner Joe Lacob and coach Mark Jacksondont necessarily share that sentiment or at least arent on Rileys timetable.Of course, both Lacob and Jackson predicted that this team would make theplayoffs so it stands to reason they want to hang in there with veterans aslong as possible to try to push for the postseason.On Monday at shootaround, Jackson was asked at what point hewould consider going young.Said Jackson, after a long pause: Probably predraftcamp.After another pause, a reporter retorted: You mean afterthe season?Exactly, Jackson replied.Jackson was asked again before the Warriors-Clippers game on Monday night about Riley's comments on looking to perhaps play the young guys soon."I got no time for that," Jackson responded.Jackson went on to add that Riley's job -- and any front office member's job -- is to look to the future and try to make the team better down the road. In other words, Jackson certainly isnt there yet when itcomes to giving more playing time to the young players -- and it doesnt soundlike he has any plans on getting there soon.
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:
Hi @KevinLove, how are things— InsideHoops.com NBA (@InsideHoops) July 21, 2017
A little over an hour later, Kevin Love responded:
Life is amazing. No complaints. Things are a little peculiar. But no complaints. Now go kick some rocks 🙌🏼 https://t.co/Tz62YyGeYt— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) July 21, 2017
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