You know whos not having as bad of a year as you think?Dorell Wright.Now, that isnt to say hes having a good year, or even thathes built on his breakout season in 2010-11. He hasnt.But his numbers arent a huge dropoff from a year ago. Yes,his scoring is down, but so are his minutes. Warriors coach Mark Jackson hasntgiven Wright the free rein coach Keith Smart did a year ago, and the team isntplaying nearly as uptempo.Jackson has the luxury of being able to use Brandon Rushandor Dominic McGuire, and hes taken advantage of it. Bottom line is Wrightsminutes have gone from 38 minutes per game last year to a little under 27minutes per game this year.So, its clearly understandable howwhy Wright has gone froma career-best 16.4 points per game last year to 9.9 points per game this year.But other than that, Wrights numbers are in line from last year wheneveryone pretty much agreed he was having a nice season.Wright is shooting 42.2 percent from the field this year,including 36.4 percent from beyond the arc. Those percentages are almost thesame as a year ago.In addition, Wright is rebounding at a better rate than ayear ago.Again, this isnt to say Wright has been terrific, but hisdown year hasnt been as down as you think. Wright came to the Warriors as afree agent signing from Miami billed as mostly a defender.Its probably unfair to say Wright has been a bad defenderin his nearly two years with Golden State, but his defense hasnt stuck out,either. That has put more of an emphasis on his offense, which can be shaky attimes. Especially when hes not being created for.But there also have been plenty of instances this seasonwhen Wright has played just fine for the first two or three quarters, andJackson has gone away from him in the fourth.All things considered, though, Wright is more of thesolution than the problem moving forward. Hes got one more year remaining onhis deal at just 4.1 million in 2012-13.Wright might not be having the greatest year, but hescertainly not a big issue as far as the Warriors are concerned.
On Tuesday, the Cavs shipped Kyrie Irving to the Celtics.
That happened because on July 7, the point guard requested a trade.
As he looked for a partner, new Cavs GM Koby Altman called the Warriors to discuss Klay Thompson's availability, according to ESPN's Marc Spears.
More specifically -- as Spears writes -- Altman called the "uninterested Warriors."
Remember when the Pacers contacted Golden State when they were shopping Paul George?
Klay has two more years on his contract before he is scheduled for unrestricted free agency in July 2019.
He will make $17,826,150 next season and $18,988,725 in 2018-19.
Perhaps teams are thinking that Warriors ownership will look to trade Klay to avoid paying massive luxury tax bills in the future.
Who knows what will happen over the next two years, but based on what Klay has said recently, he doesn't sound like a guy who wants to leave the Bay Area.
“It’s so much more to being part of a team and being part of something special,” he told Marcus Thompson during the championship parade in June. “You can build a legacy … The thing with basketball these days, there’s a lot of individuality with stats, numbers, who’s the greatest, he’s a better player than him, he put up this many points.
"But Steve (Kerr) helped me a lot with that. He said nobody is going to remember how many points you put up. They are going to remember how many championships you win. This right here is what it’s about."
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller
The dynamic duo of LeBron James and Kyrie Irving lasted just three seasons.
Despite making it to the NBA Finals in all three seasons, Irving wanted out of the partnership.
On Tuesday, he got his wish as the Cavs traded him to Boston for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a 2018 first-round pick.
While the rumor was that Irving didn't want to play with James anymore, the four-time MVP had nothing but nice words to say about Irving on Twitter a few hours after the trade became official.
"That's the only way to be to the kid! Special talent/guy! Nothing but respect and what a ride it was our 3 years together Young Gode," James wrote in response to a short video of a fan placing a 'thank you' note on Irving's No. 2 Cavs jersey.
James and Irving won't have to wait very long to see each other again. The Cavs and Celtics face each other on Opening Night in Cleveland.
That's the only way to be to the kid! Special talent/guy! Nothing but respect and what a ride it was our 3 years together Young Gode #Filayy https://t.co/wKYmYsmdgG
— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 23, 2017