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Jared Dudley: Kevin Durant 'changed the whole outlook of the league'

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Jared Dudley: Kevin Durant 'changed the whole outlook of the league'

Jared Dudley is one of the best personalities in the NBA.

He is very active on social media and is a frequent guest on various podcasts.

On Tuesday, he spoke with ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

"Kevin Durant's decision (to join the Warriors) changed the whole outlook of the league," Dudley declared. "GMs and owners are really thinking, 'Do we really have a fighting chance to go after this?' Because they're (the Warriors) in their prime now. 

"Are we gonna wait until they lose one of these guys or two of these guys to this luxury tax where they can't pay 'em? If Draymond leaves, or if Klay leaves, where 'Hey, let's go after them when they're 29 or 30."

Klay is under contract for two more years -- $17.8 million this season and just under $19 million in 2018-19 -- before he is scheduled for unrestricted free agency.

[POOLE: Teams will continue to call about Klay Thompson and Warriors will keep laughing]

"I hope to be here my whole career," Klay said last month.

Draymond won't become a free agent until the summer of 2020.

As of now, the Warriors' luxury tax bill for the 2017-18 season is expected to be around $30 million. 

And the luxury tax payments will continue in subsequent years.

But last year, Golden State reportedly finished with the second highest net income -- $91.9 million.

And the privately-financed Chase Center will open for the 2019-20 season...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

With Green listed as doubtful, expect Warriors to rely on rookie Jordan Bell

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With Green listed as doubtful, expect Warriors to rely on rookie Jordan Bell

After getting a rude “Welcome to the NBA” facial from Rockets guard Eric Gordon in his debut Tuesday night, Warriors rookie Jordan Bell stands to get a more legitimate baptism Friday night in New Orleans.

That’s where Pelicans All-Stars Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins will be waiting, eager to abuse the new guy.

With starting power forward Draymond Green listed as doubtful with a strained left knee -- MRI test results were negative -- Bell can expect significant minutes when the Warriors and Pelicans meet at Smoothie King Center.

Aware Green’s availability is in question, Bell sees what’s ahead in Davis and Cousins, as they both possess skills that rank among the top five big men.

“I’m definitely excited about that,” Bell said Wednesday. “(They are) some of the best bigs in the league, so I’m definitely excited to get tested against that.”

Warriors coach Steve Kerr generally avoids tinkering with his set rotations, in which case David West and JaVale McGee would continue to come off the bench at center. Of the other “bigs” on the roster, Bell is most likely to start if Green is unable.

Bell played 12 minutes in the opener, and they were in slots that typically go to McGee, who never left the bench against Houston. Citing the matchups created by the Rockets’ smallish lineups, Kerr opted for the 6-foot-8, 225-pound Bell over the 7-foot, 270-pound McGee.

That will change Friday, regardless of Green’s status, as both Bell and McGee will be needed against Davis and Cousins, both of whom possess wing spans over 7 feet. Only Bell is suited to play power forward or center, and the staff is coaching him at both positions.

“At the 4, I have to be more of a facilitator, like (Green) is,” Bell said. “Some plays (Kerr) has me doing the same things Draymond does. Sometimes he has me bring the ball up in practice. Calling plays, putting me in positions on the elbows to make the right pass, make the right read.

“When I’m at the 5, I have to be more of an aggressor, a more physical guy on the court, focusing on rebounding and finishing around the rim.”

It’s exceedingly rare for a second-round draft pick to start a game in his first week as an NBA player. The Warriors believe Bell can handle it. So in the case of Green being held out, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the rookie’s name is called.

 

Report: Draymond Green receives results on left knee MRI

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Report: Draymond Green receives results on left knee MRI

The Golden State Warriors and Dubnation have been holding their breath a bit awaiting the results of Draymond Green's MRI. 

They can breathe a little better now. 

According to ESPN, the forward underwent an MRI on his left knee and results came back negative. 

Green left Tuesday's game against the Rockets one point shy of a triple double after 28 minutes of work. 

The Warriors were left in a defensive deficit in his absence and ultimatley lost to the Rockets 122-121. 

More to come...