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Steph Curry, Draymond Green NBA's third-best duo, Tom Haberstroh says

Steph Curry, Draymond Green NBA's third-best duo, Tom Haberstroh says

Ever since the infamous decision that brought Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and LeBron James together with the Miami Heat in 2010, the NBA has been a league where so-called "super teams" reigned supreme.

The Warriors took the concept to another level in 2016 when they signed Kevin Durant to a 73-win team that already featured three All-Star players in Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. 

With the NBA's tectonic offseason movement now seemingly at a halt, NBC Sports NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh ranked the top NBA duos, as KD's move to Brooklyn couple with the Lakers missing out on Kawhi Leonard appears to have marked at least a temporary end to the "super team" ideal.

The Warriors' combination of Steph Curry and Draymond Green put the Warriors at No. 3 in Haberstroh's rankings.

This ranking might surprise some folks, but it shouldn’t. No other team can flaunt an MVP winner and a Defensive Player of the Year in their primes. Putting accolades aside, Curry and Green complement each other’s games in seamless fashion, solidifying their spot on this list.

Don’t think they should rank this high? In the 868 minutes that Curry and Green have played without the aid of Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson or Andre Iguodala on the floor, the Warriors have still outscored opponents by 172 points, or 9.5 points every 48 minutes, per pbpstats.com. Curry and Green are still an elite duo. (For more on that, catch this BIG Number).

Most likely third candidate: D’Angelo Russell. Some might argue that this is a big three already with either Thompson or Russell representing that third slot. I’m not there yet. I’m taking the wait-and-see approach with Thompson’s recovery from an ACL tear. Yes, Russell was an All-Star last season at 23 years old, but only as a fill-in for Victor Oladipo in a weaker conference. I don’t like the fit next to Curry, but the Warriors have won championships and I have not. 

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Although just about everybody has counted the Warriors out of the championship conversation in 2019-20, the team still features a combined 10 All-Star appearances in the lineup, even without including Klay Thompson's five designations. If Russell picks up where he left off last season, he could be the catalyst that propels Golden State to another deep run in the NBA Playoffs.

Kings fall victim to Dwyane Wade's retirement jersey swap curse

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Kings fall victim to Dwyane Wade's retirement jersey swap curse

Dwyane Wade has a closet full of throwback jerseys.

That's what happens when half the players in the NBA change teams during the offseason (we're exaggerating on that number ... maybe).

Wade, during his final NBA season with the Miami Heat, swapped jerseys with an opposing player after almost every game during the 2018-19 season. NBA Central counted and found 16 players who no longer are with the same team since those jersey swaps took place, and the Kings weren't immune to the curse.

After Sacramento beat the Heat on Feb. 8 at Golden 1 Center, Wade swapped jerseys with reserve guard Frank Mason III.

Unfortunately for the Mason, he was waived by the Kings on July 4.

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Despite waiving the former Kansas star, the Kings agreed to allow Mason to play on their Las Vegas Summer League roster while he tries to find a new team.

Either way, Mason won't be on the Kings' roster during the 2019-20 season, so he counts as a victim of the Wade Jersey Swap Curse.

NBA rumors: Thunder open to trading Russell Westbrook; Heat interested

NBA rumors: Thunder open to trading Russell Westbrook; Heat interested

We've seen unprecedented movement of current and former All-Stars this offseason as NBA teams try to gear up to dethrone the Warriors. So, what's one more name added to the list?

According to a new report, Russell Westbrook could join a sizeable group of prominent players to change teams this summer, including the likes of Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Anthony Davis, Kemba Walker and D'Angelo Russell.

In the aftermath of the trade that sent George to the Clippers for a massive haul of draft picks, the Oklahoma City Thunder reportedly have begun considering the possibility of trading Westbrook as well, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.

Currently 30 years old, Westbrook has four years and $170 million remaining on his contract, which makes any trade for the former MVP a complex one. However, he's coming off three consecutive seasons in which he's averaged a triple-double, and that abundance of talent has at least one team reportedly interested.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, there is mutual interest between Westbrook and the Miami Heat.

Heat president Pat Riley has long been known as a big-game hunter throughout his tenure as a league executive, and he already added another pelt to his wall this offseason in orchestrating a sign-and-trade for Jimmy Butler. If the Heat were able to acquire Westbrook as well, that would give them one of the top duos in all of the NBA.

Sending Westbrook to the Heat would also get another star out of the loaded Western Conference, which would help the Warriors' playoff hopes. While many teams are loading up in hopes of taking Golden State off its five-year perch at the top of the Western Conference, Oklahoma City would be one of the few teams in the West that would hit the reset button instead.

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Miami's cupboards aren't exactly overflowing with assets at the moment, however, so it's not immediately apparent what the Heat would send the other way in a potential trade for Westbrook. Still, given the extreme shift in trajectory and expectations in Oklahoma City, it seems unlikely that Westbrook will be reinvigorated to remain there anytime soon.