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Curry to Seattle Pacers in 2020 not a reality you should lose sleep over

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Curry to Seattle Pacers in 2020 not a reality you should lose sleep over

So Stephen Curry didn’t get a no-trade clause in his new contract, eh? The Golden State Warriors can move him if they feel the need and can find a buyer, is that the deal?

Well, okay then. I dare them to try.

Curry is the franchise’s franchise-iest player, and that will not change until well after his game starts to deteriorate. Fan bases are fickle, so when they seize upon a favorite, they cling to him as though he was a religious figure.

So if the day comes when the Warriors – either current general manager Bob Myers, general manager in-training Kirk Lacob, or some fresh-faced cannon fodder in the future – decide Curry must be moved, the fallout will be stupendous. And when it comes to entertainment, a fan base scorned is hard to beat.

Now we get the team’s need for flexibility in a post-luxury-tax world, especially given the bills they could be looking at if they try to keep the band together. Prudent business and all that.

Plus, Curry can’t be blamed for asking for everything when the starting point of the negotiations was damned near everything, so there really isn’t any villainy here on either side. Conditions change, and adaptability separates well-run franchises from the Cleveland Browns or Brooklyn Nets.

But if Curry can be traded in the abstract, one can’t help but imagine what trading him in the tangible world would resemble. Think dumpster fires. Lots and lots of dumpster fires.

Curry, after all, is the foundation for everything that came next for this franchise, and the most compelling argument for him getting a no-trade clause is organizational gratitude.

The problem, of course, is that most organizations (well, ALL organizations, if you must know) regard a salary with benefits as sufficient gratitude. Not every team invests in an Al Attles embodiment-of-the-franchise type.

But if the Warriors must have one for the next incarnation of their franchise, Curry would be it. He might not want the gig when that time comes, but he is better positioned for it than anyone else on the roster. And if that matters to Joe Lacob and Peter Guber, the no-trade clause that doesn’t exist on paper may actually exist in the atmosphere.

So fret not, children. Stephen Curry playing for your Seattle Pacers in 2020-21 isn’t really a reality upon which you should lose sleep.

It just could be, and you’ll have to deal with that as he does – when it comes.

Kerr dreams of world with quiet Trump and LaVar Ball: 'Wouldn't that be great?'

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Kerr dreams of world with quiet Trump and LaVar Ball: 'Wouldn't that be great?'

In the real world, the President of the United States Donald Trump started a Twitter feud with LaVar Ball on Sunday. 

Trump believes he should have left three college athletes, including Ball's son LiAngelo, in a Chinese jail for shoplifting. In return, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr wants the two to simply stop talking.

"It would be nice for all of us if both of them would just be quiet," Kerr said to reporters at the Barclays Center. "Wouldn't that be great?"

Coach Kerr on LaVar/Trump beef: “It would be nice for all of us if both of them would just be quiet.”

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"Modern life. Two people seeking attention and are both getting it, so I'm sure both guys are really happy," Kerr initially said when first asked about the two. 

Unprompted, Kerr then asked reporters for a request to help us all. 

"You know what would help, if all of you stopped covering both of them," Kerr pleaded. "Is that possible? You can probably stop covering LaVar. I don't think you can stop covering the President. I don't think that'll work." 

Ex-Warriors All-Star David Lee announces his retirement from the NBA

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Ex-Warriors All-Star David Lee announces his retirement from the NBA

In the span of about 16 days, David Lee has made a lot of changes to his life.

On Nov. 3, he announced that he got engaged to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki.

On Sunday, the former Warriors All-Star forward announced his retirement from the NBA with a post on Instagram.

"An epic night celebrating my retirement with my friends and family! Thank you to my amazing fiancée @carowozniacki for planning the surprise!" Lee wrote as the caption for a photo of him with all his friends.

Former teammates Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were among those that "Liked" the posted. Curry even left a comment.

"They'll still always have trouble with the pitch and follow man Man! Congrats," Curry wrote.

Acquired in July of 2009 from the Knicks, Lee played five seasons with the Warriors. During his time in Oakland, he averaged 16.7 points and 9.6 rebounds.

Lee was named to the Western Conference All-Star team during the 2012-13 season. He averaged 18.5 points and 11.2 rebounds per game that season.

The 34-year-old capped off his tenure with the Warriors by winning an NBA championship in 2015. After the playoff run, the Warriors traded Lee to Boston. He spent last season with the Spurs and appeared in 79 games.