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Steph Curry's passing inferior to Trae Young as prospect, Larry Riley says

Steph Curry's passing inferior to Trae Young as prospect, Larry Riley says

The comparisons were inevitable for Trae Young and Steph Curry.

As soon as Young began lighting up social media and became a nightly fixture on SportsCenter with his dazzling highlights at Oklahoma, NBA fans immediately began tabbing the 6-foot-1 point guard as the heir apparent to Curry's limitless range.

Former Warriors general manager Larry Riley was the man who selected Curry back in 2009 at No. 7 overall, and now works in the Atlanta Hawks' front office that nabbed Young at No. 5 overall in the 2019 NBA Draft. Riley joined KNBR on Monday, and explained that although the two had obvious similarities coming into the NBA, only one aspect of Young's game was more impressive to Riley than Curry when he came out of Davidson.

"The only thing he had over Steph was he's probably a little bit better passer," Riley told Greg Papa and John Lund. "The rest of it, Steph has the advantage. And Trae is still growing into the role that we'd like to see him take, he's done very well with it, and we just hope he continues to progress."

Riley currently serves as the senior adviser to Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk, who worked in the Warriors' front office for over a decade before taking the Atlanta job back in 2017.

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While Steph's legend coming out of college came primarily because of his ability to pull up from all over the court and hit wild 3-point shots, Young's propensity for dimes set social media ablaze on a nightly basis.

Curry averaged just 5.6 assists per game in his junior season at Davidson, while Young was dishing out 8.7 assists per game as a freshman in a very competitive Big 12 Conference,

Young's ability to shoot was no joke either coming out of Oklahoma, and he's even made some bold predictions about usurping Curry as the NBA's best shooter in the very near future. 

At only 21 years old, Young has plenty of time to chase Curry's throne and become the next top point guard in the Association. But for at least the next few years, Curry doesn't sound like he has any interest in giving up that crown.

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NBA rumors: Second campus for Warriors, non-Orlando teams has support

NBA rumors: Second campus for Warriors, non-Orlando teams has support

Ever since the Warriors last played in an NBA game back on March 10, nearly an entire typical offseason's worth of time has passed. Throughout the stretch of five straight NBA Finals runs, Golden State inevitably "enjoyed" the shortest offseasons in the league over that span.

With the Warriors not qualifying for the NBA's expanded playoff tournament, that time between games is slated to go on for much, much longer. Next season might not begin until January at the earliest, which, in theory, could place them at a competitive disadvantage. Rest is one thing. Rust is another.

With that in mind, The Athletic's Sam Amick reported Saturday there is "significant support" from most of the teams not participating in Orlando for the possibility of a secondary campus on which they could train, compete and potentially play televised games. 

"Those ideas have been shared openly on the league’s weekly general manager’s call, sources say, with the latest iteration on Thursday including optimism that a solution would be found and a continued focus on building an environment that’s on par with the Walt Disney World campus when it comes to the extensive precautions taken," Amick wrote.

Among the "Delete Eight" teams reportedly pushing the hardest for the secondary site, Amick mentioned the Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Hawks, while the Minnesota Timberwolves reportedly have expressed interest in serving as the host. Amick also reported Las Vegas and Houston were possible locations mentioned by league officials on Thursday's call, citing sources.

The only team Amick specifically mentioned as reportedly being hesitant to participate is the New York Knicks, due to them having as many as eight players who are pending free agents and might choose to sit out. However, Warriors coach Steve Kerr previously has said Golden State, too, would not be interested in participating in that kind of proposed setup.

"We're in a different space and people understand that," Kerr said on a June 9 conference call with reporters. "We'd be more interested in practice time."

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Regardless of what exactly the secondary site would entail, there appears to be a major hurdle for the league to overcome -- outside of the two most prominent "Delete Eight" franchises reportedly being uninterested. On that same Thursday call, NBPA executive director Michele Roberts reportedly expressed severe reservations due to potential health concerns.

"Candidly, while I appreciate (concerns) that there will be a bit of a layoff, I think there are some things these teams can do to get the guys that are not playing some (benefit) by their not being involved in Orlando," Roberts said. "But unless we could replicate in every way the protocol that’s been established for Orlando, I’d be -- I’m being tame now -- suspicious."

"I think our teams are incredibly smart and creative and can come up with ways to get their guys engaged, if not now, before the season starts," she continued. "But I am very concerned and frankly, my concern aside, our players, our teams are very concerned about any -- in terms of play that doesn’t have the same guarantees of safety and health that we’ve provided for the teams in Orlando. 

"So yeah, never say never, but there’s a standard. It’s a standard that’s got to be met, and if it’s not met, next question, as far as I’m concerned."

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Why Warriors' fake Marcus Smart trade would make GM Bob Myers proud

Why Warriors' fake Marcus Smart trade would make GM Bob Myers proud

Whenever the NBA season officially concludes, the Warriors will enter a critical offseason in which they are expected to use the assets at their disposal to revamp the roster back to championship-contender status. However, with the uncertainty due to the coronavirus, it's difficult to know when that process might begin.

It could be days, weeks or even months. So, rather than continuing to wait an indefinite amount of time for the NBA offseason to commence, Bleacher Report currently is simulating how it might proceed

As part of the 2020 Bleacher Report NBA fantasy general manager league, 30 employees were selected to represent each of the NBA franchises for a week of trades leading up to a mock NBA draft. Bleacher Report's Sean Jordan, a diehard Warriors fan, was chosen to be the GM for Golden State -- the position Bob Myers holds in reality.

Jordan didn't waste any time pulling off a major move befitting of the "Swindle God." On Tuesday, he participated in a three-team trade in which the Warriors acquired Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart.

To complete the three-team trade, the Warriors absorbed Smart's contract using the $17.2 million Andre Iguodala trade exception and sent both Jordan Poole and Golden State's 2020 first-round draft pick (No. 1 overall) to the Atlanta Hawks. In addition to Smart, the Warriors also received the Cleveland Cavaliers' 2020 first-round draft pick (No. 3 overall), as well as a $2.1 million trade exception for jettisoning Poole.

So essentially, the Warriors traded Poole, the 2020 No. 1 overall pick and a massive trade exception for Smart, the 2020 No. 3 overall pick and a small trade exception.

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Talk about a swindle. Myers surely would be proud.

"I had my eyes on Marcus Smart from the beginning," Jordan said once the deal was finalized.

Initially, Jordan planned to keep the Iguodala trade exception "in the holster," but once Smart was made available, he couldn't pass up the opportunity.

"I love the small-ball lineup [with Smart]," Jordan told NBC Sports Bay Area. "Obviously they're going to score points with Steph [Curry] and Klay [Thompson], but they'll be great defensively, too. Draymond [Green], Smart and Klay are three of the top 15 defenders in the league. That's a pretty damn good start."

Smart is regarded as one of the top on-ball defenders in the NBA, and his tenacity would fit in right alongside Green's. He also would provide the Warriors with another sorely-needed ball-handler and distributor. Of course, it cost Golden State its own 2019 and 2020 first-round picks, but that was a price Jordan was willing to pay, mainly due to how he views the incoming draft class. In dropping back from the No. 1 overall pick to No. 3, the Warriors -- in theory -- could still land the best player in a draft that doesn't yet have a consensus top prospect.

And as for Poole, well, Jordan wasn't overly impressed with his rookie season.

"He looks like he should be a better shooter than he is," Jordan said. "I wanted a better shooter than him, and I figured I could find that in this draft."

Poole shot 33.3 percent from the field and 27.9 percent from 3-point range as a rookie, so Jordan's reasoning appears valid. Not to mention, he added Smart, who, while not a prolific shooter, would still be an upgrade in that department.

From a value perspective, the Warriors made off like bandits in this trade. However, the financial component might prove to be a challenge moving forward. Smart has two years remaining on his contract and will carry an annual cap hit of approximately $14 million over that span. Consequently, Jordan and Golden State don't have much remaining wiggle room.

"I'm completely hamstrung," Jordan described with a chuckle. "I'm hard-capped. Who knew being a GM of a team with superstars would be hard to maneuver?"

Apparently, Jordan is encountering the same sort of trade environment Myers has been dealing with for the last few years -- that being, his peers are reluctant to trade with him out of fear that the Warriors might add yet another superstar.

"Everyone is really hesitant to make a trade with me, because no one wants to trade with the Warriors," Jordan said. "I tried to make offers for Giannis [Antetokounmpo], [Joel] Embiid ... nothing. Totally ghosted."

Smart might not be a superstar on the level of those players, but he's no slouch himself. He immediately would become one of Golden State's five best players on a team that would have to be considered among the top championship contenders in the league. Additionally, the Warriors would have the third overall pick in 2020, as well as the Minnesota Timberwolves' 2021 first-round pick, to further improve the roster.

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And, it sounds like Jordan might not be done yet, no matter how reluctant his peers might be to engage him in trade discussions.

"I have hopefully one more trade up my sleeve," he slyly hinted.

Let's see if he can swindle that one, too.