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Monta-less Warriors blow out Kings 115-89

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Monta-less Warriors blow out Kings 115-89

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Warriors 115, Kings 89
SACRAMENTO -- Well, for one night the Warriors made do without Monta Ellis and Ekpe Udoh.About an hour before tip-off with the Sacramento Kings, the Warriors traded Ellis and Udoh, two of the teams starters, to the Milwaukee Bucks in a deal for Andrew Bogut.Despite playing without those two starters, the Warriors still handled the Sacramento Kings at Power Balance Pavilion on Tuesday night.Warriors coach Mark Jackson started Nate Robinson and Klay Thompson in the backcourt, and they helped Golden State win its third game in a row.Starting point guard Stephen Curry sat out because of a strained tendon in his right foot.The game was tight for a half, but then Golden State established control in the third quarter. Thompson struggled from the field early missing 10 of his first 12 shots, but rebounded and contributed to the win.Robinson, getting his first start as a Warrior, had 17 points.The Warriors placed six players in double figures.

Kevin Durant likes tweet about player loyalty to NBA franchises

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Kevin Durant likes tweet about player loyalty to NBA franchises

Isaiah Thomas is revered in Boston.

But on Tuesday, the Celtics traded him (along with Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a 2018 draft pick) to the Cavaliers.

The deal took NBA Twitter by storm.

One such tweet:

Why does this matter?

Well, Kevin Durant "liked" it.

Durant took a lot of heat (quite the understatement) for leaving the Thunder to sign with the Warriors.

In fact, people are still very bitter.

At any point while he was under contract with Oklahoma City, the Thunder could have traded Durant if they felt it was the best move for the franchise (unlikely, but that's not the point).

Yet the Finals MVP was viewed as a "traitor" in the eyes of many because he chose a new path that was the best move for him.

He was a free agent and earned the right to take control of his future.

As for Thomas...

Back on April 15, his sister, Chyna, tragically passed away in a car accident.

Somehow, he managed to play the very next day in Game 1 of the Celtics' opening round series against the Bulls.

After Game 4, Thomas praised the franchise.

"[The Celtics have] been really important. I mean, they've been everything. This organization is the best organization there is, from the people who work in the Garden to the players, the coaches, everybody who's a part of the Celtics. They've been supportive. The whole world has, really, so I can't say enough about that."

On May 2 (what would have been Chyna's 23rd birthday) Thomas delivered an epic performance in Boston's Game 2 win over the Wizards in the East semis -- 53 points, including 20 in the fourth quarter and nine in overtime.

But in the end, this is professional sports and the Celtics made a decision that they believe is best for the franchise...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Report: Cavs called Warriors to discuss Klay Thompson

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Report: Cavs called Warriors to discuss Klay Thompson

On Tuesday, the Cavs shipped Kyrie Irving to the Celtics.

That happened because on July 7, the point guard requested a trade.

As he looked for a partner, new Cavs GM Koby Altman called the Warriors to discuss Klay Thompson's availability, according to ESPN's Marc Spears.

More specifically -- as Spears writes -- Altman called the "uninterested Warriors."

Remember when the Pacers contacted Golden State when they were shopping Paul George?

Klay has two more years on his contract before he is scheduled for unrestricted free agency in July 2019.

He will make $17,826,150 next season and $18,988,725 in 2018-19.

Perhaps teams are thinking that Warriors ownership will look to trade Klay to avoid paying massive luxury tax bills in the future.

[RELATED: Durant rationalizes paycut: 'My money ... I can do what the hell I want with it']

Who knows what will happen over the next two years, but based on what Klay has said recently, he doesn't sound like a guy who wants to leave the Bay Area.

“It’s so much more to being part of a team and being part of something special,” he told Marcus Thompson during the championship parade in June. “You can build a legacy … The thing with basketball these days, there’s a lot of individuality with stats, numbers, who’s the greatest, he’s a better player than him, he put up this many points.

"But Steve (Kerr) helped me a lot with that. He said nobody is going to remember how many points you put up. They are going to remember how many championships you win. This right here is what it’s about."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller