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Report: Warriors 'aggressive suitors' for Howard

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Report: Warriors 'aggressive suitors' for Howard

The Warriors have reportedly emerged as aggressive suitors for Orlando center DwightHoward.Yahoo! Sports, citing league sources, says the Warriors are even willing todeal for Howard as a rental for 2012 with the plan to sell him on a long-termdeal to stay in the Bay Area beyond this season.Howard has an opt out clause after this season.
Howard, 26, previously told the Magic that he would only sign contractextensions with the Nets, Mavericks or Lakers. So which Warriors players might be intriguing to the Magic in this scenario?RELATED: Dwight Howard 2011-2012 game logs
Warriors starting point guard Stephen Curry (currently sidelined with an ankle injury), and shooting guard Monta Ellis. Plus, the Magic could beinterested in Golden State picking up the 34million remaining on Hedo Turkoglus contract. The report also says the Warriors would deliver Orlando a first round draft pick.
TheWarriors first round pick in 2012 is owned by the Utah Jazz in (via the Nets fromMarcus Williams trade), but the Warriors would offer their next availablefirst-rounder.What do you think, Warriors fans? Could Joe Lacob pull this deal off andmanage to keep the leagues best center by the Bay for years to come? Would yoube willing to deal players like Ellis & Curry plus draft picks with only the possibilitythat Dwight Howard might be willing to stay?Stay logged on to CSNBayArea.com as the Dwight Howard story develops,and tune in to SportsNet Central tonight and every night at 6, 10:30pm andmidnight on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.
Geoff James is a web producer for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter: @GeoffJamesCSN

After leaving season opener early, Draymond, Casspi miss Warriors practice

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After leaving season opener early, Draymond, Casspi miss Warriors practice

The Warriors opened their season Tuesday night with a loss in which they looked considerably worse than what is expected of a defending champion.

What’s worse is that they also feel it.

Though Andre Iguodala’s back strain recovered enough for him to participate in practice for the first time in a week, Draymond Green’s right knee sprain and Omri Casspi’s left ankle sprain kept them on the sideline Wednesday.

While Green awaits the results of an MRI test, Casspi was limited to individual shooting drills. The availability of both is in doubt for the game Friday night against the Pelicans in New Orleans.

Casspi, a reserve forward, has sustained injuries to both ankles in a five-day span and even if he’s able to play he won’t be at full strength.

Green simply will not return to the lineup until he’s able, though Kerr sounded optimistic about his chances this weekend.

“I don’t think it’s serious,” Kerr said. “But we’ll see.”

If Casspi can’t play, the bench thins along the front line. It would mean more minutes for the likes of Kevon Looney and Pat McCaw.

If Green can’t play, well, that makes a massive impact that runs from the starting lineup all the way through the reserves. His intensity, production and communication are important to the Warriors at both ends of the court.

Some of that would be mitigated by the return of Iguodala, who may be more optimistic than Kerr about his chances of playing Friday.

“If Andre is banged up, he won’t play,” Kerr said. We’ll just make do with what we have.

“Hopefully, Andre will be OK. He’s been getter better every day. He’s pretty confident that he’s on the right track. So hopefully, he’ll play.”

Considering there is a game against the Grizzlies in Memphis less than 20 hours after the final buzzer in New Orleans, the issue is not whether the defending champs will have their roster taxed but to what degree.

Bulls forward Bobby Portis suspended multiple games for punching teammate

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Bulls forward Bobby Portis suspended multiple games for punching teammate

CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls have suspended forward Bobby Portis for the first eight games for injuring teammate Nikola Mirotic during a fight at practice.

Mirotic suffered multiple broken bones in his face as well as a concussion on Tuesday. He will likely need surgery and is out indefinitely.

The team announced the suspension on Wednesday. Chicago opens the season at Toronto on Thursday.

A 2015 first-round pick, Portis has averaged 6.9 points and 5 rebounds. He will be allowed to practice with the team while he is suspended.

Mirotic averaged 10.8 points over his first three seasons with Chicago. A restricted free agent, he signed a two-year contract that could pay as much as $27 million in September. The club holds an option on the second season.