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Report: Paul-Warriors still possible

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Report: Paul-Warriors still possible

Chris Paul has made it clear he wants out of New Orleans, and he has been linked loosely to the Warriors ever since the Hornets said they were interested in point guard Stephen Curry.

Despite being a part of the conversation, the Warriors were never the frontrunner to land Paul.

First, Paul was traded to the Lakers. After the NBA nixed that deal, speculation swirled that the top point guard was headed to the other Los Angles team -- the Clippers.

Now, the New York Post is reporting that the Warriors are one of only a few teams -- including the Boston Celtics -- still in the running for the man they call CP3.

STEINMETZ: Warriors not alone in pursuit of Paul

The report indicates the Hornets would require three players from Golden State in exchange for the face of their franchise -- Monta Ellis, Andris Biedrins and Klay Thompson.

The timing of the report is interesting, it comes at basically the same time Warriors head coach Mark Jackson gave the rookie a vote of confidence, saying "Thompson will play right away."

NEWS: Jackson says, "Klay is ready today"

Paul's contract earns him 16.36 million for the 2011-12 season. He has a player option for 2012-13 worth 17.78 million.

Ellis is slated to earn 11 million in each of the next two seasons, with an 11 million player option for the 2013-14 season. Biedrins' contract mirrors Ellis', though is it worth 9 million per season.

How do you feel about the trade rumor? Would you let go of those three pieces to land Paul? Is your answer to that question contingent on Paul's willingness to sign an extension with Golden State?

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...