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Warriors, Rockets exchange tweets about NBA Opening Night matchup

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Warriors, Rockets exchange tweets about NBA Opening Night matchup

The date is set. The Warriors will open the defense of their NBA title on Oct. 17 against the Houston Rockets.

They will also get their championship rings that night.

And the new-look Rockets are ready.

Less than 15 minutes after the Warriors posted a video of puppies playing with the Larry O'Brien trophy and asking 'So, who's ready for Opening Night?" the Rockets responded.

'See you then," Houston's Twitter feed responded Thursday afternoon.

'Should be fun," quipped the Warriors.

Now that's a real war of words...

Report: Cavs, Celtics engaged in trade talks for Kyrie Irving

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Report: Cavs, Celtics engaged in trade talks for Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving to the Celtics?

Boston and Cleveland are engaged in active trade discussions, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania.

Kyrie requested a trade back in early July.

He has two more years on his contract -- $18,868,625 next season and $20,099,188 in 2018-19 -- with a $21,329,750 player option in 2019-20.

Thomas will make about $6.26 million next year and will be an unrestricted free agent next summer.

The Celtics were the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference last season, and the Cavs were the No. 2 seed.

Cleveland dispatched Boston in five games in the East Finals.

Thomas was sidelined for Games 3, 4 and 5 because of a hip injury.

The two teams face off on Opening Night on Oct. 17...

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

Rookie class gives Warriors big man Jordan Bell a lot of respect

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Rookie class gives Warriors big man Jordan Bell a lot of respect

Remember when Jordan Bell was considered a good bet to go in the first round of the NBA Draft, but fell to No. 38?

Yeah. That happened.

And according to the 39 rookies who took part in NBA.com's annual survey, the Warriors got a good one.

"Which rookie was the biggest steal at where he was selected?"

1) Donovan Mitchell, 13th pick, Jazz -- 18.9 percent
2) Dennis Smith Jr, 9th pick, Mavericks -- 13.5 percent
3) John Collins, 19th pick, Hawks -- 12.2 percent
4) Jordan Bell, 38th pick, Warriors -- 10.8 percent
5) Kyle Kuzma, 27th pick, Lakers -- 9.5 percent

"Which rookie is the best defender?"

1) Josh Jackson, Suns -- 26.3 percent
2) Jordan Bell, Warriors -- 23.7 percent
3) Donovan Mitchell, Jazz -- 21.1 percent
4) De'Aaron Fox, Kings -- 10.5 percent

During NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, Bell averaged 5.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.6 blocks.

Against Minnesota on July 11, he racked up five points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals and 6 blocks.

He was the 2016-17 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and blocked 8 shots against Kansas in the Elite 8.

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