Marreese Speights

Stephen Curry's broken hand draws Twitter reaction from NBA players

Stephen Curry's broken hand draws Twitter reaction from NBA players

While the Warriors held their collective breath when Steph Curry broke his left hand Wednesday night, much of the NBA did the same.

Curry left during the third quarter of Golden State's 121-110 loss to the Phoenix Suns at Chase Center. Suns big man Aron Baynes fell awkwardly on Curry's left hand after the two-time MVP drove the lane, and Curry immediately grabbed his hand afterward. 

Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley opened up his postgame press conference after LA's loss to the Utah Jazz by sending well-wishes to Curry, and he did the same on Twitter.


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Beverley wasn't the only one, as Curry's NBA peers and former teammates tweeted their hopes for the Warriors star to make a speedy recovery. 


Curry's recovery timeline is unknown. Warriors general manager Bob Myers told NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke that Curry next will undergo a CT scan on his left hand. 

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NBA rumors: Lakers to work out ex-Warrior Mo Speights, Dwight Howard

NBA rumors: Lakers to work out ex-Warrior Mo Speights, Dwight Howard

The NBA offseason really never sleeps.

Following DeMarcus Cousins' torn ACL, the Lakers now are in search of another big man as the new season approaches.

The Lakers currently have Anthony Davis and JaVale McGee on the roster, but Rob Pelinka, Frank Vogel and Co. reportedly will work out former Warrior Marreese Speights, Dwight Howard and Joakim Noah this week, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Tuesday. Marcin Gortat reportedly also is under consideration.

Not a lot of enticing options in that bunch.

Speights, who last played in the NBA in 2018, played for the Guangzhou Loong Lions in China last year. During the 2017-18 NBA season -- his last in the league -- Speights averaged 7.7 points per game on 36.9 percent shooting for the Orlando Magic.

Howard currently is under contract with the Grizzles, but they would be more than happy to buy him out should the Lakers be interested in a reunion. The 33-year-old played in just nine games last season for the Washington Wizards due to a gluteal injury. In his last healthy season, Howard averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds for the Charlotte Hornets during the 2017-18 campaign. 

Noah, a known LeBron James antagonist, had his moments last year for the Grizzlies, averaging 7.1 points in 42 games for Memphis.

Of course, none of these options will fill the void left by Cousins' devastating injury. All three are nothing more than end-of-the-bench role players and likely only would play a small role in the Lakers' quest to unseat the Warriors from atop the Western Conference.

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With their big depth now a question mark, Vogel and the Lakers might have to talk Davis into playing center (something he doesn't want to do) and have James play the four. This, coincidentally, likely is their best lineup construction, with Kyle Kuzma at the three, Danny Green at the two and (insert someone here) at point guard. 

It's unclear if Speights still has the bucket-getting ability he had during his run with the Warriors. If he does then he might be the Lakers' best option. During his three seasons in the Bay, Speights was a solid bench scorer who became a fan favorite. He averaged 10.4 points per game on 49.2 percent shooting while playing a vital role in helping the Dubs capture the 2015 NBA title, the first of their dynastic run.

And who could forget Mo Buckets dropping 32 points on the 76ers in 2014 and being serenaded with "MVP" chants from the Oracle Arena crowd? A true Warriors legend.

Of course, a reunion with a now "humbled" Howard would be great for the possible, albeit unlikely redemption story. 

NBA rumors: Ex-Warriors fan favorite Marreese Speights hosts teams at workout

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NBA rumors: Ex-Warriors fan favorite Marreese Speights hosts teams at workout

Monta Ellis reportedly isn't the only former Warriors fan favorite eyeing an NBA comeback.

Veteran big man Marreese Speights, otherwise known as "Mo Buckets," hosted a workout Wednesday for scouts in Las Vegas, according to HoopsHype's Alex Kennedy. 

Speights, 31, averaged 22.7 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 31.9 minutes per game with the Chinese Basketball Association's Guangzhou Long-Lions last season. It was Speights' first in China after spending a decade in the NBA.

Three of those NBA seasons were with Golden State, with an NBA championship sandwiched in the middle during the 2014-15 season. Speights averaged 8.0 points and 3.8 rebounds per game during three seasons with the Warriors, evolving into a strong 3-point shooter (38.7 percent) in his final season in the Bay Area. 

He made 35.7 percent of his 3-pointers last season with Guangzhou, marking the fourth straight professional season in which he made at least 35 percent of his shots from downtown. Despite that, it's pretty difficult to envision a Warriors reunion. 

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Golden State's roster seems just about set, with the team appearing to try to stay below the luxury-tax apron. The Warriors have 14 players under contract, and sit $219,000 below the apron, according to ESPN's Bobby Marks. Barring a corresponding move, signing Speights to even the veteran's minimum (over $2.5 million in Speights' case) would put the Warriors above the apron, which now effectively serves as a hard cap. 

If Speights does indeed return to the NBA for more buckets, don't expect it to be with the Warriors.