This Warriors and Sixers Trade Could Happen

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Just one season after making the NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors finished 15th in the West with the league’s worst record at 15-50. Considering the obstacles they faced this season (which included injuries and offseason losses), their poor performance isn’t exactly shocking — and it likely won’t last very long.

With Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green set to return at full strength by the start of the next campaign, there is nothing holding them back from returning to the title-contending state they’ve been used to since 2015.

Moreover, with the pieces in place to make a significant move, we can expect the Warriors to be on the hunt for opportunities to improve their roster. In one particular scenario pointed out by Josh Schrock of NBC Sports Bay Area, they could use Andrew Wiggins, Eric Paschall, and a few picks to bring in Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid.

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Lakers’ LeBron James Reveals What Jersey Will Say

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Even though basketball is returning, social justice is still on the minds of many players. They don’t want the NBA returning to distract from a lot of the social activism they’ve been promoting. The league has made a number of changes to allow players to promote messages they’d like. One thing that they’re allowing players to do is to put messages on the back of their jerseys instead of their last names.

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James has been among the most vocal figures when it comes to social justice. However, on Saturday, the star player revealed that he won’t put a message on his jersey and explained why.

“I actually didn’t go with a name on the back of my jersey,” James said, via Mike Trudell. “It’s no disrespect to the list that was handed out to all the players. I commend anyone that decides to put something on the back of their jersey. It’s just something that didn’t seriously resonate with my mission, with my goal. I would have loved to have a say so on what would have went on the back of my jersey. I had a couple things in mind but I wasn’t part of that process and that’s okay.”

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Clippers’ Lou Williams shares why he decided to participate in NBA restart

Larry Brown Sports

Lou Williams was one of a number of players who said they were unsure about playing in the NBA restart over concerns that it would distract from the Black Lives Matter movement. Williams ultimately joined the Los Angeles Clippers in Orlando, and explained why on Saturday.

Williams said the Clippers had chosen to decide as a team whether to play or not, and ultimately voted to go to Orlando. Williams chose to go along with the group decision, adding that it was either “everybody or nobody.”

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Ja Morant Takes A Shot At Players Who Complain About NBA Bubble

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With just weeks to go until the official restart of the 2019-20 season, the players have finally arrived in Orlando, where they will be under specialized quarantine for at least a few months.

Players agreed and most were excited, but nobody said things were going to be particularly “easy” for these guys.

The idea of being stuck in the city is bad enough for a lot of players, they have an issue with their living conditions, despite it being above average. Some have gone so far as to complain online about their hotels and their food.

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Paul George: “I feel great again,” says Clippers finally fully healthy

Pro Basketball Talk

Paul George symbolized the Clippers’ health all season long. George missed the first 11 games of the season recovering from shoulder surgery, then all season long it was still a lingering issue — until the suspension of play gave him time to heal.

“The whole season, all the way up until maybe a month or two ago, I had to always do shoulder rehab stuff, warming the shoulder up,” George said Friday on a conference call with reporters. “Just so much went into stuff I had to do before I actually took a foot on the floor. Now I feel great again.”

It wasn’t just Paul George, the Clippers had Kawhi Leonard managing his knee/thigh issue and an assortment of other injuries that didn’t give Doc Rivers the full arsenal at his disposal. 

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ESPN reporter Adrian Wojnarowski apologizes to Sen. Josh Hawley for profane email response

USA Today

The man behind "Woj bombs" instead dropped an "F-bomb" in response to an email from a United States senator's office.

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., wrote a letter to NBA commissioner Adam Silver earlier Friday calling on the league to write messages of support on team jerseys for police, the U.S. military and Hong Kong protesters. The NBA already has plans for players to wear messages supporting social justice causes on their jerseys, and courts will have "Black Lives Matter" painted on them. 

ESPN NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski, upon receiving a press release from Hawley's office, responded with two words: "(Expletive) you." 

Hawley posted a screenshot of the reply on Twitter.

Wojnarowski released an apologetic statement not long after. 

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Dwight Howard Might Leave Lakers For Warriors In Free Agency

Fadeaway World

Dwight Howard has had a resurgence in Los Angeles. In what many considered to be his last chance, he came to L.A. with low expectations.

In the months since his arrival, though, he has impressed mightily. With a humbled personality and an admirable drive to win, he averaged 7.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game on 73% shooting before the hiatus began in March.

He has been a much-needed force on the inside but, according to a new report by Tony Pesta of Fansided’s Blue Man Hoop, he could be headed to San Francisco when his contract expires at the end of this season.

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‘Multiple Teams’ Know LaMelo Ball Wants to Be Drafted by Knicks

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Potential No. 1 overall NBA draft pick and ex-Illawarra Hawks point guard LaMelo Ball reportedly wants to play for the New York Knicks.

Ian Begley of SNY.tv provided the scoop Thursday:

"As teams do their homework on players in the draft, there’s been a consistent theme about LaMelo Ball: multiple teams believe Ball and those in his circle prefer that he lands in New York. (Those teams have picks projected later in the first round than the Knicks, for what it’s worth.)

"The intel from the teams align with what LaVar Ball, LaMelo’s father, has said about his son and the Knicks and from previous reporting.

"The New York Post reported last month that some in the NBA believe LaVar Ball will try to 'steer' LaMelo to the Knicks. But the report didn’t suggest how Ball would actually do that."

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LeBron James jokingly compares heading to bubble to doing prison sentence

Larry Brown Sports

Many NBA teams and players are heading to the NBA bubble in Orlando and sharing their reactions. That includes LeBron James, whose Los Angeles Lakers will be among the favorites to win the championship when play begins.

Only for James, leaving for the Orlando bubble did not give him the best feeling. James jokingly compared leaving for the bubble to heading to serve a prison sentence.

“Just left the crib to head to the bubble. S— felt like I’m headed to do a bid man! Fr. Hated to leave the #JamesGang” he wrote on Twitter (tweet edited for profanity).

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Kawhi Leonard not traveling with Clippers to Disney World

Yahoo! Sports

 Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard did not travel with the team on Wednesday to Walt Disney World for the resumption of the NBA season, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Leonard was given permission by the organization to tend to a family matter and the two-time Defensive Player of the Year and two-time NBA Finals MVP is expected to join the team on campus in a few days, sources said.

 

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