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Report: Dwyane Wade nearing agreement with Cavs

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Report: Dwyane Wade nearing agreement with Cavs

It appears LeBron James is about to be reunited with a former teammate.

Dwyane Wade is nearing agreement on a deal with the Cavaliers, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Wade reportedly agreed to a buyout with the Bulls on Monday, and is expected to clear waivers on Wednesday.

He will become an unrestricted free agent.

The Cavs have 15 players with guaranteed contracts, so they will have to make a move to get Wade on board.

According to Joe Vardon of cleveland.com:

"The Cavs would likely pay Wade the veteran's minimum -- about $2.3 million -- instead of the $2.55 million left under the mid-level exception to the salary cap because of tax purposes."

LeBron and Wade won two championships (2012 and 2013) together with the Heat.

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

'The Town' jersey reaches Warriors franchise record in sales

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'The Town' jersey reaches Warriors franchise record in sales

Since the first line of 'The Town' merchandise went on sale in early November, the apparel has accounted for 34 percent of all sales at Warriors.com and 31 percent at team store locations around the Bay Area, the team announced on Thursday.

Golden State debuted the new jersey for their game against the Pelicans on Saturday, Nov. 25.

On that day (two days after Thanksgiving), 'The Town' gear represented 67 percent of all online sales.

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The Warriors saw a 179 percent year-over-year increase in merchandise sales over the Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend.

Back in September, the Warriors unveiled their new alternate uniform -- which honors the city of Oakland.

“There is something special about Oakland,” Warriors CMO Chip Bowers told The Athletic's Marcus Thompson. “The grit, I love it. I love the people. I love the pride that people have. I love the soul of Oakland...

"We felt like the fandom and what people wear on their chest is really important and represents who they are and what they believe in. And we want people in the East Bay and Oakland to feel proud, and Warriors fans in general, about our time and our heritage in Oakland.”

It appears the next time the Warriors will wear 'The Town' jersey is Saturday, Dec. 23 against the Nuggets.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Gameday: Jordan Bell vs Harrison Barnes may be 'game within the game'

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Gameday: Jordan Bell vs Harrison Barnes may be 'game within the game'

OAKLAND -- The Warriors will be short-handed for the fourth consecutive game Thursday night, when they meet the Dallas Mavericks, who themselves aren’t exactly a picture of health.

The Warriors (22-6), who have won seven straight, without three starters: point guard Stephen Curry, forward Draymond Green and center Zaza Pachulia. Guard Nick Young, a top scorer off the bench, also will be out.

Ex-Warriors small forward Harrison Barnes returns to Oracle Arena as one of the leaders of the Mavericks (8-20), who are facing the prospect of back-to-back losing seasons for the first time since Mark Cuban bought them in 2000. Guards Seth Curry and Dennis Smith Jr. will not be available for Dallas.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 10.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Jordan Bell vs. Harrison Barnes: Even if Bell doesn’t start at “center,” though it makes sense that he would, he should see plenty of Barnes, who leads the Mavericks in scoring at 18.4 points per game. The two are of similar height and both rank high on the athleticism spectrum. In a game that could feature plenty of cross-matching, Bell-Barnes has the potential to be an intriguing game within the game.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: G Stephen Curry (R ankle sprain), F Draymond Green (R shoulder soreness), C Zaza Pachulia (L shoulder soreness) and G Nick Young (concussion protocol) are listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors.

Mavericks: G Seth Curry (L tibia stress reaction), F Dorian Finney-Smith (L knee tendinitis), F Josh McRoberts (lower extremity injury), F/C Nerlens Noel (L thumb surgery) and G Dennis Smith Jr. (L hip strain) are listed as out.

LAST 10

Warriors: 9-1. Mavericks: 5-5.

GAME OFFICIALS

John Goble (crew chief), Matt Boland and CJ Washington.

SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors posted a 133-103 win on Oct. 23 in the first of four meetings this season. The Warriors last season swept the three-game series, winning by an average of 15.0 points. They have won the last six meetings, and also the last six games in Oakland. The Warriors have won 15 of the last 18 overall.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

THE HALL OF FAMERS: NBA players steal moves from each other all the time, and Kevin Durant has lifted a few things from Mavs star Dirk Nowitzki. One such move is the fadeaway off one leg, something Dirk basically patented. Though Nowitzki, 39, averages 25 minutes a game and is fifth among Dallas scorers, he remains one of the sweetest shooters in the league. Durant’s length makes him the ideal defender. On the other side, the Mavs have no one built to contain Durant.

THE SIZE FACTOR: The Warriors tend to play small, while the Mavericks generally opt to play big; the starting front line averaged 6-foot-10 in their last game. Warriors coach Steve Kerr is in the habit of not announcing his replacement starters until shortly before tipoff. Bell, at 6-8, started at center Monday against Portland. Know this: the Warriors will do all they can to force Dallas to go small.

THE PACE GAME: The Mavericks neither shoot well (28th in field goal percentage) nor run well (26th in pace). They’ve been held under 100 points 13 times. They tend to play slow and ugly in hopes of keeping it close. The Warriors, on the other hand, are first in offensive rating, first in field-goal percentage and fifth in pace. With so many players ailing, can they still play in a sprint?