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Warriors focus: Draymond Green

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Warriors focus: Draymond Green

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the fifth installment in a seven-part series that spotlights the seven new Warriors.
Part 1: Harrison BarnesPart 2: Kent Bazemore
Part 3: Andrew Bogut
Part 4: Festus Ezeli

The Warriors have made plenty of changes since the end of the 2011-12 season. They will likely have four first-year players on their roster come the start of the season, and they also acquired veterans Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry.Center Andrew Bogut came to the Warriors in March, but hes a newcomer, too, if you factor in that he still hasnt played a game for the team yet. With training camp set to begin in early October, lets begin our player-by-player analysis of the Warriors new players.Draymond Green, 6-foot-7, 230 pounds, small forwardpower forward.If theres one thing you continue to hear about forward Draymond Green its that hes smart and knows how to play. Yes, he fits the description of the classic tweener, but the Warriors certainly believe hell figure out a way to find a niche in the NBA.Make no mistake, if Green is playing power forward, hell be an undersized four. And if he finds himself playing small forward, well, then, hes going to be challenged athletically and in the quickness department.
But what Green does have is length, and that will give him the opportunity to combat some of the deficiencies hes likely to face navigating those two positions.Green anticipates well, he can pass and he fully understands how to play team defense the result of having played under Tom Izzo at Michigan State for four seasons. Those are the kinds of little things that make it possible for Green to get playing time -- though a close look at the Warriors roster indicates it wont be easy.For every positive, there seems to be a negative when it comes to Green, but you would expect as much from a player drafted in the second round. Hes not an elite athlete, doesnt have what you would call a great body, and isnt yet a consistent shooter.Still, the Warriors clearly believe the positives outweigh the negatives and theyre hoping that down the road Green turns into a contributor. How do we know the Warriors believe that?Well, because the Warriors gave Green a guaranteed contract for two seasons and a partial guarantee for Year No. 3. That doesnt happen to every second-round selection, thats for sure.Green is an OK mid-range shooter, and he seems to have the ability to be a 3-point threat down the road. More important, he plays with consistent energy right now, and he has shown a knack for rebounding the ball.Its nothing short of impressive that Green left Michigan State as the schools all-time leading rebounder, and averaged 10.6 rebounds his senior season for the Spartans.He might not be able to duplicate those numbers at the NBA level, but by the same token those kinds of numbers indicate that Green has very good anticipation, a nose for the ball and some good hands, too.One look at the lay of the land, though, and its tough to see Green getting minutes. Hes No. 3 on the depth chart at power forward behind David Lee and Carl Landry, so theres little to no playing time there.And its not like there are an abundance of minutes at small forward not with rookie Harrison Barnes, re-signed Brandon Rush and veteran Richard Jefferson all in the mix there.Then again, were still talking about a player who was drafted in the second round and doesnt have a definitive position. So, its less about whether Green is going to get playing time and more a question of whether he can play in the league.

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