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Warriors notebook: Tyler acquisition a stunner

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Warriors notebook: Tyler acquisition a stunner

June 23, 2011

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OAKLAND -- Well, the selection of Klay Thompson by the Warriors wasn't much of a surprise. But acquiring the rights to center Jeremy Tyler was.The Warriors, with the help of owner Joe Lacob's wallet, acquired Tyler from the Charlotte Bobcats, who had selected him at No. 39. The Warriors paid 2 million for those rights."This is the kind of aggressive move we're pleased to be able to make," Warriors executive vice president Larry Riley said. "That's a credit to ownership. We're trying to improve this team in any way we can. It will be a developmental process. I don't know how quickly he'll be able to perform in the NBA. But he's an NBA talent. There will be an onus on him to go to work."Tyler's story is among the most fascinating of any of the draftees. He averaged 28.7 points and 12 rebounds as junior at San Diego High in California, and committed to the University of Louisville. But he elected to skip his senior season and instead play professionally in Israel.
He played just 10 games in the Israeli League and then left the team for personal reasons. The last team he played for was the Tokyo Apache in the Basketball Japan League for the 2010-11 season."He is a person of size both height and bulk," Riley said. "He's played a limited amount of basketball in terms of the professional game but he's young."Monta talk: Warriors executive vice president Larry Riley was at the podium for about two minutes after the team picked Klay Thompson before the inevitable question was asked.NEWS: Warriors take Klay Thompson with No. 11 pick
Did the selection of Thompson, a big shooting guard, mean that Monta Ellis was more likely to be traded?Said Riley: "This in no way affects the motivation to trade any player."Well, that settles that -- for about the next few hours anyway or until the next Monta Ellis trade rumor surfaces.Jenkins at No. 44: The Warriors selected Hofstra shooting guard Charles Jenkins with the No. 44 pick -- no doubt in large part because one of the Warriors scouts, Speedy Claxton, also played at Hofstra and was quite familiar with him.Claxton played for the Warriors during the 2003-04 season and part of the 2004-05 season before he was traded to the New Orleans Hornets. He has been a scout for the Warriors for the past two seasons, working primarily on the East Coast.Jenkins broke Claxton's scoring records at Hofstra. Jenkins is a combo guard who can score from the perimeter and get to the rim. He shot 42 percent from 3-point range last season as a senior.

Report: Dwyane Wade, Bulls expected to agree on buyout

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Report: Dwyane Wade, Bulls expected to agree on buyout

It appears that the Dwyane Wade era in Chicago won't last much longer.

The 2006 NBA Finals MVP and the Bulls are expected to reach terms on a buyout agreement within the next few months, according to ESPN's Nick Friedell.

In July 2016, Wade signed a two-year deal worth $47 million -- with a $23.8 million player option in Year 2.

In late June, he exercised the option.

If a buyout happens, Wade would become a free agent.

He is very close with LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony reportedly wants to be traded to Houston.

The Warriors open the season against the Rockets on Oct. 17.

Wade's status will be a story worth watching.

The 12-time All-Star will turn 36 years old in January.

Kevin Durant responds to tweet saying Cavs should trade LeBron

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Kevin Durant responds to tweet saying Cavs should trade LeBron

Kevin Durant was recently playing some pickup ball with LeBron James (see video below).

And on Wednesday afternoon, he reacted to a fan's opinion on what the Cavs should do with LeBron.

LeBron took his talents to South Beach in July 2010, and the Cavs landed the No. 1 overall pick in 2011 (Kyrie Irving), 2013 (Anthony Bennett) and 2014 (Andrew Wiggins).

Durant should have also mentioned that LeBron has a no-trade clause and that Dan Gilbert can't trade LeBron even if he wants to.

[RELATED: The report about LeBron's future with Cavs is reportedly '100 percent false']

Also, why would LeBron waive his no-trade clause and agree to be shipped to a team that is going to have to relinquish many assets just to get LeBron?

He can simply play this season out and then determine his future next summer.

The only question that needs to be answered at this point is: Will the Cavs actually trade Kyrie Irving or will they hold out and hope for a reconciliation?

Enjoy the video...

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