The NBA rumors are coming fast and furious already despitethe fact that teams wont be able to trade players for more than a week. Buttheres talk between general managers and agents, and whenever there is talk,there will be reports and rumors.Lets address a few --The Warriors are revisiting a trade that wouldsend Monta Ellis to Memphis in a deal for Rudy Gay.The Ellis-to-Memphis rumors are probably not going to diebecause Ellis has an offseason home there, and the Grizzlies are said to be inthe market for a shooting guard.Last season the Warriors turned down an offer of O.J. Mayoand Hasheem Thabeet for Ellis, and so its possible Memphis could havesweetened the offer by substituting Gay for Mayo. Thabeet is no longer inMemphis.However, heres why I cant see this happening: 15 million,16.4 million, 17.8 million, 19.3 million. That is what Gay is owed over theremainder of his contract, and thats a lot of money.And were not talking about a superstar when we talk aboutGay. Bottom line is that Ellis at 11 million per year and 33 million totalremaining on his deal is a much better value than Gay at his numbers. Tough tosee it happening.--The Warriors have interest in signing free agentpower forward David West.Wests name came up last year when the Hornets were said tobe shopping him, and the same problem back then holds now. What about DavidLee? The Warriors already have a power forward under contract in Lee and onethats paid handsomely. It doesnt make much sense to bring in West.Unless, of course, the Warriors were considering using theamnesty clause on Lee, but that is highly doubtful. West is a better low-postscorer than Lee, but not as good of a rebounder.Tough to see how Warriors get discernibly better by bringingWest on-board and getting rid of Lee. And acquiring West would be even harder tounderstand if Lee isnt going anywhere.--The Warriors would be interested in signingPortlands Brandon Roy if he is amnesty-ed.This seems possible. If Roy is amnesty-ed, teams that areunder the salary cap like the Warriors will then have the ability to bid onRoy. The Warriors are in the market for a third guard and Roy would be a prettygood one if healthy.And thats the issue with Roy. Portland wouldnt dream ofusing the amnesty clause on Roy if he were healthy, so the fact that theBlazers are doing it should worry you a little bit.By the same token, if Roy has become a 15- to 20-minute pergame player, then, yes, hed be a pretty good fit with the Warriors. Again,assuming he is relatively healthy.
At his introductory press conference on Friday afternoon, Jordan Bell said that he tries to emulate his game after Draymond Green.
He said that he can learn a lot from Draymond.
Then, Warriors GM Bob Myers directed his next words at the newest addition to the team:
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"Draymond will be a fun challenge for you," Myers said as he laughed and grabbed Bell on the shoulder. "Draymond texted me after I was driving home (following the draft). And he said, 'What the expletive is your problem?' So you can fill in the blank. And then he said, 'I have to hear about this expletive on the internet, you didn't expletive tell me about it?'
"So I couldn't text and drive so I called him and said, 'OK. All right. Calm down.' He said, 'I need his number, I need to talk to him,' so I gave it to Draymond ... he's like our team mom in a way ... you're gonna love playing with him, because to be honest, with Draymond it's about respect ... that's the type of team we have but we feel like that's how you are, too."
So what exactly did Draymond to say the 2016-17 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year?
"So he FaceTime'd me ... and I was with my friends celebrating. I texted the number back and I was like, 'Who is this?' And then he didn't reply, so I called the number and I was like, 'Yo, who is this?'
"And then he was like, 'Yo. I FaceTime'd you. Hang up right now, FaceTime me back, don't call. So I was like, 'Yeah, you're right.' So I hung up and I FaceTime'd him and he didn't answer. And I was like, 'All right.' I was like I should wait a couple seconds, and I waited like five seconds and I called him back on FaceTime.
"He was like, 'Yo, enjoy this night. Celebrate it. It only happens once, but after this night, we have to get back to work. We trying to get rings over here, so be ready for it."
Other takeaways from the press conference:
- Andre Iguodala is one of Bell's favorite players of all-time
- Kevin Durant texted Bell on Friday to welcome him to the Warriors
- Steve Kerr called Bell after the draft and on Friday
- Steph Curry texted Myers after the Warriors paid the Bulls $3.5 million for the rights to Bell
Jordan Bell's locker is right next to Draymond Green's locker. I don't think that's a coincidence— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) June 23, 2017
Jordan Bell mentions Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. Who is going to break the news to him that Kevin Durant is on the team?— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) June 23, 2017
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller
The NBA Draft was a resounding success for the chattering classes – that is, until it actually happened, at which point all the potential scenarios were reduced to reality, and as we are coming to learn, nobody much likes reality any more.
After all, what’s more fun – arguing about where Jimmy Butler was going to be traded, or the trade that sent him to Minnesota itself? Let me help you with that – it was the first one.
Before the act, anything is possible, and therefore anything can be suggested. Once the act is completed, though?
Scoreboard. End of discussion. Fun dies. Go home.
Try this is you don't think so:
Fact: Lonzo Ball wants to be a Laker. Hilarious supposition that drives conversation (and drinks) across the nation: What if he doesn’t get to be a Laker and his father pulls his own head off like a champagne cork? Result that ends all discussion: Lonzo Ball is a Laker.
And then it ratchets itself again. Hilarious re-supposition that re-energizes the argumentals: How good will Lonzo Ball be? Result that ends all discussion: How good he actually is. Tie-breaker: His dad pulling his own head off like a champagne cork.
This is how daily fantasy became popular – the creation of a different reality or realities that have nothing to do with the actual games played by the actual people. This is also how esports became a thing – creatures of the imagination fighting other creatures of the imagination over fictional glories.
Hell, it’s why the best day of the college basketball season is the day the 68-team NCAA tournament bracket is filled. The games ruin it by being the definitive word on the bracket.
It is, in short, the triumph of the process over the actual deed – interactive make-believe gone mad.
So it was Thursday night. The most talked-about draft in perhaps ever which delivered one extraordinary thing – the Butler trade to Minnesota rather than Boston or Cleveland. Everything else about the evening was noise signifying chalk. All the players everyone thought would go high went high, the ones in the middle were pretty much mid-level draftees, and the bottom twenty were . . . well, what bottom 20 picks usually are: G-Leaguers.
There weren’t any goofy foreigners, no stretches, no spite-filled Kristaps Porzingis trade by a fulminating Phil Jackson. Nobody did anything aggressively stupid or jaw-droppingly brilliant, which without all the pre-draft yelling and screaming would have made this a fairly bland evening.
The lesson, then, is this: In the new world of show-me-something-shiny-right-now, the shiny part of the NBA draft was the run-up. And we love the run-up, almost more than we love the games.
Or maybe we’re just better as a nation at the run-up. The NFL Draft is its own industry, right down to the large-men-running-in-their-underwear degrade-o-thon known as the combine. The NHL this year doubled down with an expansion draft the day before its amateur draft. The pregame show does a better number than the rest of the day, and since the new media truth is that the pregame show is all day, every day, we have hooked ourselves on conversations about what might be and flit about like a hummingbird on Ritalin to the next what-might-be thing.
This preference for the individually tailored virtual universe over the one we all actually live in is not something to be lamented or wept over. It just is, and it will remain that way until the games just wither and die and all there is talking about something that actually will never happen instead of a million things that might.
In that moment, the robots will win. Or more precisely, they’ll get to the round of sixteen, and we can all argue about whether they would be better off meeting the Cylons or the shape-shifters in the regional final.