Report: Paul-Warriors still possible

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Report: Paul-Warriors still possible

Chris Paul has made it clear he wants out of New Orleans, and he has been linked loosely to the Warriors ever since the Hornets said they were interested in point guard Stephen Curry.

Despite being a part of the conversation, the Warriors were never the frontrunner to land Paul.

First, Paul was traded to the Lakers. After the NBA nixed that deal, speculation swirled that the top point guard was headed to the other Los Angles team -- the Clippers.

Now, the New York Post is reporting that the Warriors are one of only a few teams -- including the Boston Celtics -- still in the running for the man they call CP3.

STEINMETZ: Warriors not alone in pursuit of Paul

The report indicates the Hornets would require three players from Golden State in exchange for the face of their franchise -- Monta Ellis, Andris Biedrins and Klay Thompson.

The timing of the report is interesting, it comes at basically the same time Warriors head coach Mark Jackson gave the rookie a vote of confidence, saying "Thompson will play right away."

NEWS: Jackson says, "Klay is ready today"

Paul's contract earns him 16.36 million for the 2011-12 season. He has a player option for 2012-13 worth 17.78 million.

Ellis is slated to earn 11 million in each of the next two seasons, with an 11 million player option for the 2013-14 season. Biedrins' contract mirrors Ellis', though is it worth 9 million per season.

How do you feel about the trade rumor? Would you let go of those three pieces to land Paul? Is your answer to that question contingent on Paul's willingness to sign an extension with Golden State?

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.