Draymond Green has been a different player of late in the playoffs.
The Warriors forward has become known for his demonstrative attitude toward officials, often leading the NBA in technical fouls.
But the three-time NBA All-Star has been focused and in control during the Warriors' Western Conference finals battle with the Portland Trail Blazers. While he credits that to wanting to set a good example for his son, Draymond Jr., he also mentioned the impact the public altercation he had with Kevin Durant earlier this season had on him.
On Sunday, Green told reporters what Durant said to him after the fact that never left his mind.
“It’s funny because when the stuff happened with Kevin earlier this year,” Green said, “he said, like, ‘Everybody is giving you this pass like, oh, that’s just Draymond. He’s emotional.’
“But (Durant) said to me then, like, ‘You’re not emotional. I’ve seen you lock in and not say a word to the referees. I’m not giving you that pass.’ That’s kind of stuck with me.”
It turns out the incident wasn't all bad.
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With Durant and DeMarcus Cousins out with injuries, Green has propelled the Warriors to a three-games-to-zero series lead against the Blazers in the best-of-seven series.
Green did it all in Golden State's Game 3 win. He pushed the pace from the opening tip and his energy kept the Warriors afloat and allowed them the opportunity to come back and grab a 110-99 win.
From the moment the 2019 NBA Draft lottery concluded on May 14, it was safe to assume the New Orleans Pelicans would end up acquiring the No. 3 overall pick from the Knicks or the No. 4 overall pick from the Lakers for Anthony Davis.
On Saturday, New Orleans and Los Angeles reportedly agreed to a blockbuster trade centering around the All-Star big man. One of the pieces headed to the Pelicans is indeed the No. 4 overall pick.
The trade hasn't officially been completed, and isn't expected to go through until July 6 at the earliest, but we can still update the NBA Draft order knowing that the player taken by the Lakers on Thursday eventually will end up in New Orleans along with Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart.
Also, in case you forgot, the Pelicans own the No. 1 overall pick, which they almsot certainly will use to draft Duke star Zion Williamson.
The Warriors will pick at No. 28 in the first round and No. 58 in the second round. The latest mock drafts have some intriguing options going to Golden State.
As for the Kings, they don't have a first-round pick, but they own the No. 40, No. 47 and No. 60 picks in the second round.
Here's the refreshed 2019 NBA Draft order taking the trade into account:
1. New Orleans
3. New York
4. New Orleans (from Los Angeles Lakers)
10. Atlanta (from Dallas)
14. Boston (from Sacramento via Philadelphia)
19. San Antonio
20. Boston (from LA Clippers via Memphis)
21. Oklahoma City
26. Cleveland (from Houston)
27. Brooklyn (from Denver)
28. Golden State
29. San Antonio (from Toronto)
31. Brooklyn (from New York via Philadelphia)
33. Philadelphia (from Cleveland via Orlando and New York)
34. Philadelphia (from Chicago via Los Angeles Lakers)
36. Charlotte (from Washington via Orlando, Denver and Atlanta)
38. Chicago (from Memphis)
39. New Orleans
40. Sacramento (from Minnesota via Portland and Cleveland)
41. Atlanta (from Los Angeles Lakers via Cleveland and Indiana)
42. Philadelphia (from Sacramento via Brooklyn and Milwaukee)
43. Minnesota (from Miami via Charlotte)
44. Atlanta (from Charlotte)
46. Orlando (from Brooklyn via Memphis and Charlotte)
47. Sacramento (from Orlando via New York)
48. LA Clippers
49. San Antonio
52. Charlotte (from Oklahoma City)
55. New York (from Houston)
56. LA Clippers (from Portland via Detroit and Orlando)
57. New Orleans (from Denver via Milwaukee)
58. Golden State
60. Sacramento (from Milwaukee)
Lakers fans everywhere are excited by the agreed upon Anthony Davis trade with the Pelicans.
Initial reporting on Saturday speculated that Los Angeles would still have between $27 and $32 million in cap space remaining, enough to bring in another marquee player through free agency.
But new information coming out Sunday paints a slightly bleaker picture for the Lakers.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the trade won't be executed until July 6.
Davis also has a 15 percent trade kicker that equates to $4 million. He could waive the trade kicker to help the Lakers, but Wojnarowski doesn't see that happening.
With that in mind, the Lakers' cap space would decrease from just over $27 million to just over $23 million.
But there's more.
By completing the trade on July 6, the player the Lakers draft with the No. 4 overall pick next Thursday wouldn't count towards their salary. But if the Lakers were to tell the Pelicans 'Hey, let's wait until July 30 to execute the trade,' Los Angeles could free up salary-cap space because the No. 4 pick would be on the books.
Wojnarowski believes there's a chance the teams wait until July 30, but for now, he expects the blockbuster trade to go through on July 6.
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If that's the case, the Lakers will have less cap space than they had hoped. That would be welcome news for the Warriors and Kings, who are watching their Pacific Division rival retool their roster in a big way.
If the Lakers aren't able to add a marquee free agent alongside Davis and LeBron James, they won't be as daunting.