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There's danger in a deal to keep this year's pick

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There's danger in a deal to keep this year's pick

As long as theres all this interest as it pertains to theWarriors draft pick and whether theyll get to keep it or not, heres ascenario Id be worried about if Im a Warriors fan.A couple of weeks ago, owner Joe Lacob said that there was avery good chance that the Warriors would be able to keep their 2012first-round draft pick.Thats the one, of course, that will go to Utah if it is theNo. 8 pick or worse. Clearly the Warriors are working on a deal with the Jazzthat would ensure Golden State gets to keep its pick this year even if itturns out to be No. 8 or worse.STEINMETZ: Will the Warriors' draft pick be worth all this?
Who knows what the exact details would be? But it wouldclearly involve the Warriors lessening or removing protections on a future pickthat eventually goes to the Jazz.Thats dangerous territory, though, at least from thisvantage point.Lets say for example that the Warriors make such a dealwith Utah, and the Warriors get to keep their pick this year. And lets saythey get a pick in the Nos. 4 through 9 range, and get an immediate rotationplayer.OK, but chances are the 2013 pick with less restrictions(or maybe even none at all) could go to the Jazz. So, then what if you dontturn it around next season? What if Stephen Curry andor Andrew Bogut struggleto get healthy?What if youre not a playoff team next season? Or what if,allowing for the possibility, youre worse?Bottom line is youd be giving up the safety net of havingyour own pick in the event that happens. Yes, its possible to think that theWarriors could be a playoff team next year and that losing the 2013 pick wontmatter.But you have to be prepared if thats not the case.

Cavs owner trolls Pacers over Paul George trade

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Cavs owner trolls Pacers over Paul George trade

On Wednesday afternoon, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert introduced Koby Altman as the franchise's new GM.

During the press conference, a reporter asked about Paul George.

After Altman declined to talk about specifics of a reported deal that nearly landed George in Cleveland, Gilbert chimed in.

[SHILLER: Cavs owner Dan Gilbert wants to talk to Adam Silver: 'Little bit unusual...']

"I will say that Indiana could have done better than they did."

Shots fired at Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard!

Over the weekend, ESPN reported the following:

On the afternoon of June 30, the sides thought they had a deal. On a conference call between the teams, everyone tentatively agreed. George to the Cavs, Love to the Nuggets, Harris and other pieces to the Pacers, sources said.

Plans were put in place for a call to be arranged between George and Gilbert, an important step before the trade would become final, sources said. The front office began making other plans to complement George as free agency was about to begin.

But then Pritchard, who had been on the conference call when the deal was tentatively agreed to, sent the message that his team was backing out, sources said. There was no deal.

In the end, the Pacers shocked the basketball world by trading George to Oklahoma City for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis.

Clearly, Mr. Gilbert is still upset with Mr. Pritchard...

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

Cavs owner Dan Gilbert wants to talk to Adam Silver: 'Little bit unusual...'

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Cavs owner Dan Gilbert wants to talk to Adam Silver: 'Little bit unusual...'

On Monday morning, Adam Silver voiced his feelings about the situation in Cleveland as it relates to the drama surrounding Kyrie Irving and LeBron James.

"I feel bad for whatever is going on in Cleveland, and I have no first-hand information. But I assume where there's smoke, there's fire," Silver said on The Rich Eisen Show.

"Brian Windhorst has sort of been cataloguing LeBron's career for a long time, and he usually has very accurate insights from that team."

On Wednesday afternoon, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert was asked about Silver's comments.

"I have that on my list -- my to-do list -- actually to talk to him about that," Gilbert said at the introductory press conference for new GM Koby Altman. "Which I will.

"He was just being empathetic with stuff that he's reading, but I agree that's a little bit unusual.

"He's a great commissioner by the way. I think he's doing an unbelievable job. I mean killing it. Like an A plus. Print that, too (laughter). Please."

Kyrie reportedly wants out of Cleveland and doesn't want to play with LeBron anymore.

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