If Andre Iguodala traded to Mavericks, return to Warriors more possible

If Andre Iguodala traded to Mavericks, return to Warriors more possible

As part of the sign-and-trade with the Nets that sent Kevin Durant to Brooklyn and D'Angelo Russell to the Warriors, Andre Iguodala was traded to Memphis.

The initial thought was that the 2015 NBA Finals MVP would secure a buyout with the Grizzlies and he would be free to sign with the contender of his choice (his former agent, Rob Pelinka, is the general manager of the Lakers).

But as ESPN's Tim MacMahon reported last week:

Speaking of the Mavs -- they reportedly are discussing an Iguodala trade with Memphis. Mike Fisher of DallasBasketball.com has the details:

The Dallas Mavericks' long-standing desire to shed themselves of Courtney Lee has manifested itself in a trade offer from the Mavs to Memphis that would send Lee and a second-round pick to the Grizzlies in exchange for veteran standout Andre Iguodala, sources tell DallasBasketball.com.  

The Grizzlies' so-far response, DBcom has been told, is that they are unwilling to take on the ballast of Lee's $12.759 million salary in such a deal.

Can Dallas keep this deal alive? The Mavs can pay $5 million in cash as a sweetener, thus saving Memphis $9.4 mil from where it currently stands ($5 mil from Dallas and $4.4 mil being the difference between Lee and Iggy). So while Dallas can feel it "wins'' the trade, Memphis can do the same, as the Grizzlies' net would be the Warriors' first-round pick they got with the Iggy trade along with a Dallas second-rounder, all for the cost of paying Lee about $7.7 million.

If you're a Warriors fan and are hoping that Iguodala somehow ends up back with the Dubs next season, you want him to get traded to Dallas.

Why? If the Mavs are out of playoff contention in mid-to-late February (which is very possible considering the stacked Western Conference), they would be inclined to agree to a buyout with Iguodala.

If that happens, he could sign with the Warriors for an expected playoff push.

Important caveats -- a lot can change between now and then and we don't know if either side wants this to happen, and we don't know if the Warriors will be in position to strike considering their "hardcapped" situation:

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And in case you're wondering -- if the Grizzlies execute a buyout with Iguodala (which they likely won't because they should be able to acquire an asset in a trade), CBA rules would prevent Iguodala from signing with the Dubs.

Ultimately, a lot needs to happen for an Iguodala-Warriors reunion to become a reality, so don't hold your breath.

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Warriors 're-imagining the dynasty' during down season, Joe Lacob says

Warriors 're-imagining the dynasty' during down season, Joe Lacob says

The Warriors, with their 12-43 record, are behind every team in the NBA this season. But team owner Joe Lacob still is finding ways to be "light years ahead" again. 

While Golden State is hoping to win every game, Lacob admits the front office has a lot of focus on free agency and the NBA draft. After five straight trips to the Finals, the Dubs are looking at a top draft pick this June. 

It won't be this year, but Lacob and the rest of the Warriors have their eyes on the Larry O'Brien Trophy in the very near future

“The great thing about this is we can re-imagine the next dynasty,” owner Joe Lacob told USA TODAY Sports during the NBA’s Tech Summit during All-Star weekend. “I think it’s been a good year for us to take stock with where we’re at and try to recreate.”

The Warriors traded six players before this year's NBA trade deadline. They also acquired four future second-round draft picks and a top-three protected first-round pick in 2021. Golden State's headline move was trading guard D'Angelo Russell to the Minnesota Timberwolves for small forward Andrew Wiggins. 

But the cherry on top for Lacob was the 2021 pick the Warriors received from Minnesota.

"We already had a high pick in 2020 and it's not considered the greatest draft," Lacob explained to NBC Sports Bay Area's Greg Papa during Warriors Pregame Live on Feb. 10. "But 2021, considered a very good draft. So, that was the key. It wasn't about multiple picks. It was about that pick."

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The Warriors will have a high draft pick this year and likely another valuable one from the T-Wolves next year. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson both will be healthy to join Wiggins and Draymond Green again as well next season.

Much of this season is a mirage of what the Warriors will put on the floor at Chase Center in a few months. Every dynasty takes a break.

Rarely can a new one arise this quickly, but Lacob sure will try.

Revisiting Warriors' 2020 season predictions during All-Star break

Revisiting Warriors' 2020 season predictions during All-Star break

Editor's note: Grant Liffmann (@grantliffmann) is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders, which airs on NBC Sports Bay Area 60 minutes after every game. Each week, Grant will drop his Outsider Observation on the state of the Dubs.

Surely, the Warriors must be excited to have reached the All-Star break, signaling the coming final stretch of this nightmare regular season. Of course, there are ways to find the silver linings and glass-half-full hopes for a season filled with losses, but in the end, the record is what it is.

Could this lost season end up benefitting the Warriors down the road and rejuvenate the franchise for a second dynasty? You never know.

But for now, the focus is on the current team, and how they are faring. 

Back on January 2nd, I wrote an article making five predictions for the 2020 portion of the season. Let's check in on how they are looking thus far:

Warriors finish with the fifth-worst record in the NBA

The Warriors currently have the worst record in the league at 12-43, just below the Cavaliers, Hawks and Timberwolves in the standings. A few more Eastern Conference teams have about six or seven more wins than Golden State entering the post-All-Star break stretch.

Even with the return of Steph Curry sometime in early March, it might be difficult for the Warriors to win enough games to jump four other teams in the standings. 

With 27 games remaining, the Warriors might have to win at least 10 more games to leap teams from the league cellar. But in the end, many Warriors fans -- and likely secretly some Warriors staffers -- are hoping the team does not leave their place in line for the top overall draft pick.

Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III are traded

This one ended up being correct, however, the sheer amount of roster turnover at the trade deadline was unexpected. Both Burks and GR3 were sent to Philadelphia for three future second-round picks back on Feb. 5.

With both being unrestricted free agents in the offseason, it seemed inevitable that the two would end up on the trade block. But the Warriors also traded away D'Angelo Russell, Willie Cauley-Stein, Omari Spellman and Jacob Evans III in order to get below the repeater tax line as well as reshuffle their deck of players. 

You can expect a fair amount of reshuffling in the offseason as well. 

Draymond finishes with best 3-point percentage since 2015-16

Since he shot an impressive 38.8 percent from distance a few years ago, Draymond has not shot above 30.8 percent from deep in a season. Heading into the new year, Green was shooting 29.7 percent from 3-point range in 25 games in the 2019 part of the season. Since then, he has not only failed to improve his percentage, it has sunk even more.

In 2020, Green is shooting just 27.5 percent from deep in 16 games.

The encouraging news, however, is that he is shooting 43.8 percent from long range in his last six games, making seven of his 16 attempts. With the eventual return of Curry and the newfound ball movement and rhythm the team is experiencing, there is still a slight chance that Draymond can hit a hot streak to end the season.

Jordan Poole returns to NBA, shoots over 33 percent from deep

In 2019, Poole was shooting a poor 24.2 percent from 3 point range, which was part of the reason he was sent down to the G League to rediscover his stroke. Poole reemerged from Santa Cruz in the new year, and has played considerably better, though his shot remains pretty inconsistent. Over 19 games played in 2020, Poole is shooting just about 30 percent from deep, a great improvement from his first go-around in the league, but still below average. 

He has been showing off encouraging playmaking and overall feel for the game, landing him a starting role as the point guard against Phoenix before the break. Poole has the talent and ability to be a solid shooter in the NBA, so if he can find a groove in his newly expanded role, especially with the return of Curry, then he has a shot of making this prediction correct.

Eric Paschall lands on the All-Rookie First-team

Paschall earned a spot on the Rising Stars All-Star team, and if it were not for some impressive second-year players, most likely would have started the game. In the end, Paschall scored 23 points, leading the USA team in scoring and helping them earn a 20-point victory over the World team. 

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All-Star games hardly matter when it comes to picking an All-Rookie team, however, it is important that Paschall shows off on a national stage to get some attention, and he did exactly that. If he can maintain his current numbers over about 13 points per game on 48 percent shooting, he could be in line for the predicted honor.

But if he hits a hot streak and raises his totals any closer to what he did to start the season, a spot on the first team is as good as done.