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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.

Steve Kerr updates Jordan Bell's status

Steve Kerr updates Jordan Bell's status

Jordan Bell likely envisioned a longer debut at the United Center. 

The Chicago Bulls traded the pick used to select Bell to the Golden State Warriors for cash considerations, and Bell's taken plenty of chances to remind the Bulls to remind them of that fact. 

Instead of getting another chance to rub it in, Bell injured his left ankle 24 seconds in to Golden State's 119-112 win over Chicago on Wednesday. On Thursday, Bell and the Warriors learned the results of his MRI, and it's not as bad as the team first feared, according to head coach Steve Kerr.

"Well, it seemed a lot worse at the time when it happened. Everyone kind of thought he had a broken a bone just based on his reaction [and] what he was telling us," Steve Kerr told Damon Bruce on 95.7 The Game.  "But the MRI was pretty good this morning. Nothing glaring. 

"The X-ray was fine yesterday. So it doesn't appear to be more than a bone bruise but bone bruises can be tricky to heal, so we'll see what happens. But so far, the news has all been good."

Bell has emerged as a bench contributor in his first NBA season. In 38 games, he's averaging 5.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.1 blocks in 14.4 minutes.

Two Warriors named All-Star Game starters

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Two Warriors named All-Star Game starters

After sending four players to the NBA All-Star Game last season in New Orleans, the Warriors are halfway to repeating the feat this season.

Point guard Stephen Curry and small forward Kevin Durant were voted in as Western Conference starters for the game scheduled for Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the NBA announced on Thursday.

Though Curry has missed 15 games -- nearly one-third of the season -- it has not hurt his popularity; His No. 30 is the NBA’s best-selling jersey for the third straight season. He is averaging team-leading 27.7 points, 6.5 assists and 5.3 rebounds, and 1.65 steals per game.

Curry is the first member of the Warriors to be named a starter for five consecutive All-Star games. As the player with the most fan votes, Curry becomes a captain and is in position to select the members of his team.

Durant, who has missed eight games this season, was named as a starter for the sixth time, the first four coming when he was a member of the Thunder.

Durant is averaging 26.2 points (fifth in the league) 6.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.05 blocks (fourth in the league) per game.