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Chris Paul tried to get Andre Iguodala to join Rockets

Chris Paul tried to get Andre Iguodala to join Rockets

Last Wednesday, the Rockets acquired Chris Paul in a trade with the Clippers.

On Saturday morning, Houston met with Andre Iguodala.

And according to Daryl Morey, Paul was a part of the contingent that tried to pry Iguodala away from Golden State.

"He's been in LA and came to our Iguodala meeting," the Rockets' GM revealed on The Bill Simmons Podcast. "That was a big reason we were excited to get the trade done early because we go into free agency with more tools -- trade exception, bi-annual, full mid-level and Chris Paul at meetings.

"So it was pretty good."

After Iguodala's meeting with the Rockets, he reportedly canceled some additional scheduled meetings.

Later that day, the 2015 NBA Finals MVP announced on Twitter that he will return to the Warriors.

"Obviously, that didn't work out," Morey said.

In 2015, the Rockets lost to the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.

In 2016, the Rockets took a step back, finished with a regular season record at 41-41 and lost to the Warriors in the first round of the playoffs.

In the summer of 2016, Kevin Durant signed with Golden State.

"We wanted to get to being a destination in free agency. That year (2016) really hurt us for the premiere free agent (Durant), who happens to be on the best team in the league now," Morey said. "I think if either this year or two years ago happen, we have a real shot at him coming to Houston.

"But our timing was off there."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Warriors' Steph Curry receives second most MVP votes in NBA GM survey

Warriors' Steph Curry receives second most MVP votes in NBA GM survey

Warriors superstar Steph Curry is one of 13 players in NBA history to win multiple MVPs.

This year, he has the chance to become just the ninth to ever capture the award for the third time.

But the league's general managers expect the Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo to bring home the hardware for the second straight season.

NBA.com released its 18th annual GM Survey on Thursday morning.

Who will win the 2019-20 Kia MVP?

1. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee -- 52 percent
2. Stephen Curry, Golden State -- 10 percent
Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers -- 10 percent
Kawhi Leonard, LA Clippers -- 10 percent
5. Nikola Jokic, Denver -- 7 percent

Also receiving votes: James Harden, Houston; LeBron James, L.A. Lakers; Damian Lillard, Portland

In 2015, Curry won his first MVP after capturing 100 out of a possible 130 first-place votes.

In 2016, the three-time NBA champion became the first ever unanimous winner.

He hasn't received a single first-place vote each of the last three seasons, finishing sixth in 2017, 11th in 2018 and fifth last year.

With many in the basketball world projecting the Warriors to either miss the playoffs or be a low seed at best, it might be difficult for Curry to have a serious shot.

So if he firmly is in the race at season's end, it most likely means the Dubs firmly are playoff bound.

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Here is how Curry fared in several other questions from the GM survey:

Which player forces opposing coaches to make the most adjustments?

1. James Harden, Houston -- 48 percent
2. Stephen Curry, Golden State -- 17 percent
    LeBron James, L.A. Lakers -- 17 percent

Who is the best point guard in the NBA?

1. Stephen Curry, Golden State -- 90 percent

Which player is the best pure shooter?

1. Stephen Curry, Golden State -- 86 percent
2. Klay Thompson, Golden State -- 11 percent

Which player is the best leader?

1. Damian Lillard, Portland -- 41 percent
2. Stephen Curry, Golden State -- 37 percent

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Which player would you want taking a shot with the game on the line?

1. Stephen Curry, Golden State -- 44 percent

Not too shabby.

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Lakers center JaVale McGee fakes injury, dunks on Warriors in preseason

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Lakers center JaVale McGee fakes injury, dunks on Warriors in preseason

JaVale McGee pulled a sneaky one from his bag of tricks Wednesday night against his old team. 

In the third quarter of the Warriors' 126-93 preseason loss to the Lakers at Staples Center, McGee began limping and grabbing his left knee. Within about three or four seconds, his antics became clear: JaVale was faking an injury. 

The Lakers center went from crouched out of bounds to back in play in a flash to catch a pass from fellow big man Anthony Davis and throw down a dunk. McGee couldn't help but laugh at the expense of his former Golden State teammates. 

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This kind of tomfoolery might seem illegal at first, but in reality, McGee looks like a genius who perfectly knows the rule book. Section XV of the NBA rule book states: "An offensive player shall not leave the playing area of the court without returning immediately and cannot repeatedly leave and re-enter the court." There are exceptions, though, the first of which comes from an injury. 

While the Lakers have been dominating the Warriors in the preseason, McGee has been catching up on his reading. The Dubs, and the rest of the NBA, surely will have their eyes on JaVale the next time he looks to pull off a stunt like this.