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Ex-Warrior David West laughs at Nick Young's tweet about Patrick McCaw

Ex-Warrior David West laughs at Nick Young's tweet about Patrick McCaw

Programming note: Watch the NBA Finals pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Thursday, May 30 at 4:00 p.m., streaming live on the MyTeams app.

Shortly after the Toronto Raptors punched their ticket to the NBA Finals on Saturday night, Patrick McCaw took to Twitter:

Some Warriors fans out there might be saying themselves: "Wait. Patrick McCaw is on the Raptors?!"

Former Golden State guard Nick Young didn't forget this fact because he actually posted a tweet about 35 minutes before McCaw:

This was very amusing to former Dubs big man David West:

In case you forgot -- the Warriors paid the Milwaukee Bucks $2.4 million for the rights to McCaw in the 2016 NBA Draft.

After two seasons with Golden State, he decided he didn't want to play for the franchise anymore. And as a restricted free agent, he was able to force his way out when the Dubs didn't match the offer sheet he signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers back in early January:

McCaw ended up signing with the Raptors and appeared in 26 games. The 23-year old hasn't been able to carve out much of a role and is currently not in Toronto's rotation.

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It will be interesting to see what kind of reception McCaw gets when the NBA Finals shift to Oracle Arena for Games 3 and 4.

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Warriors' Alec Burks expresses desire to remain with team long-term

Warriors' Alec Burks expresses desire to remain with team long-term

SALT LAKE CITY -  Warriors guard Alec Burks has known stability for much of his NBA career. 

That all changed a little more than a year ago, when -- after eight seasons with the Jazz -- he spent much of last season floating between three teams in six months. Even in free agency, a period where players exert the most control over their destination, he was technically an employee of two teams in the span of a week. However, standing on the floor where he's spent most of his NBA career, he expressed interest in being with his current team long term.  

"Yeah, I like it here," Burks said following shootaround Friday morning. "Great culture, great players great coaching staff. I would love to." 

Burks' current reality didn't seem plausible during the onset of his career. During his first five seasons, he averaged 10.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists. The performance led to a four-year, $42 million contract in 2014. Then, his base began to crumble, as a series of stress fractures limited the wing to just 100 games over a two-year period, putting the stability of his career in peril. 

Last season, he was traded three times, finishing the season averaging just 1.7 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 13 games with the Sacramento Kings. In July, Burks agreed to a deal with the Thunder, believing he'd play with Paul George and Russell Westbrook. When both were traded, he was let out of his contract, ultimately signing a one-year deal with the Warriors for basic factors. 

"I just knew it was championship-oriented because they were winning so much," he said. "I could see how Steve [Kerr] coached them from afar and the way they worked." 

While he's shooting just 42 percent for the season, Burks has shown an ability to score in spurts. Last month against the Grizzlies, he scored 17 of his team-high 29 points in the first half, adding eight rebounds in 36 minutes, helping the Warriors to their second win of the season. With the Warriors in transition, Burks says he wants to be a part of its climb back to championship form. 

"Now I'm a part of it, I just see how everything is laid back," he said. "They work hard and they go about their business and have fun doing it."

While Burks sees a future in the Bay, his comfort level in Salt Lake is apparent. Just before Golden State's last matchup with the Jazz more than two weeks ago, Burks spent an extra 15 minutes on the floor conversing with old teammates and arena staff following his pregame workout, an ode to the stability he once had. 

"I built real relationships with everybody in the arena. Not just the players but people that worked for the team. People that work in the arena," he said. "They showed me love so I show them love back." 

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Burks might have an opportunity to build that in the Bay Area for years to come, but as he knows all too well, that opportunity won't be promised. 

"You never know in this league, he said. "You never know."

Why Stephen Jackson doesn't reflect fondly on his Warriors departure

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Why Stephen Jackson doesn't reflect fondly on his Warriors departure

Stephen Jackson was a key cog on the infamous “We Believe” Warriors, along with Baron Davis, Matt Barnes, Monta Ellis, and an eclectic squad that stunned the top-seeded Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the 2007 NBA playoffs.

But after members of that team began to find new homes after that magical season, Jackson desired to be back playing for a contending team. 

The Warriors traded “Captain Jack” early in the 2009 season -- Steph Curry’s rookie year -- and the rest, as they say, is history. 

“That’s when I told them I wanted to get traded, right after Steph came,” Jackson said on “All the Smoke,” a podcast hosted by Barnes. “I wish I would’ve known Chef Curry was gonna be Chef Curry.”

Jackson briefly returned to the Warriors in 2012 along with Andrew Bogut in the infamous Monta Ellis trade that brought a rain of boos down upon owner Joe Lacob at Oracle Arena. 

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The combination of Jackson and Draymond Green would have made for some compelling television, but it’s safe to say things worked out pretty well for the Warriors in the years following Curry’s acquisition.