Steinmetz: Reasons for Monta-for-Iguodala rumors


Steinmetz: Reasons for Monta-for-Iguodala rumors


Oh, and the middle of all this coaching madness comes a report that the Warriors and 76ers are talking about a Monta Ellis-for-Andre Iguodala swap.ESPN reported on Monday that both teams "have discussed" the trade possibility but that nothing is imminent. The report did not specify when the discussions took place.It is likely the Warriors and Philly talked trade during the season, particularly at the time of the trading deadline in February. It is unknown whether the talks have been revisited in recent days, though.
Ellis and Iguodala have been linked before -- and for a couple of legitimate reasons. One, their salaries match up, which means that no other players would need to be included in such a deal.Two, the Warriors would seem to be in need of Iguodala's defense and passing ability while the 76ers probably wouldn't mind a little more scoring.There's also little doubt that the Warriors bringing aboard Jerry West as an executive board member further fuels speculation. West is on record as saying he believes you have to make bold moves to be successful and the most obvious outcome of that would be to break up the backcourt of Ellis and Stephen Curry.With owner Joe Lacob showing he's not afraid to make bold moves, and with West in place to perhaps try to pull them off, expect plenty more Warriors' names to be out there when it comes to trade possibilities.

Steph Curry makes fun of 'China Klay' -- 'I had to do it'

Steph Curry makes fun of 'China Klay' -- 'I had to do it'

Steph Curry could not help himself.

The two-time NBA champion is currently in China, and just before wrapping up a clinic, he couldn't pass up on the opportunity to make fun of Klay Thompson.

Enjoy the video below:

Remember a month ago when Klay was in China and failed at his attempt (or attempts) to complete a 180 degree dunk?

Of course you do.

"I had to do it. I had to do it," Curry told all of the fans in attendance.

Is that an inside joke?

"Yeah, hashtag China Klay," Curry answered.

Any last words, Mr. Curry?

"Thank you for your support. It means a lot to me that I know I have a lot of fans here ... it means so much to me, to Seth (Curry). All year long we think about you guys, so thanks very much for inviting us. 

"And we're gonna have another great year."

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

Steve Kerr: 'I'd like to see JaVale back' with Warriors

Steve Kerr: 'I'd like to see JaVale back' with Warriors

Though the Warriors haven’t decided who will nab their 15th and final roster spot, when they will fill it -- if at all -- the head coach is willing to offer his opinion.

Steve Kerr is lining up with a vocal segment of Warriors fans who would like another season of JaVale McGee.

“I’d like to see JaVale back, and we’ll see how that shakes out,” Kerr told over the weekend.

After the Warriors went through last summer with one open roster spot, McGee signed a non-guaranteed contract in September. The 7-foot center not only won the job in training camp but also became a solid contributor off the bench.

McGee played in 77 games (10 starts), averaging 6.1 points, on 65.2-percent shooting, and 3.2 rebounds. The 29-year-old averaged 9.6 minutes per game.

While that was enough to resuscitate McGee’s career, his attempt to capitalize on free agency has thus far come up empty. Though his representatives have met with several teams, McGee remains on the market.

“We’d love to have him back,” Kerr said. “If he doesn’t come back, then I think we would be patient and explore our options.

“But we feel great about what we have heading into the season.”

The Warriors have made it clear that if they decide to add a 15th player, it would be with a minimum-salary contract.