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Images show Masai Ujiri-deputy altercation, Canadian newspaper reports

Images show Masai Ujiri-deputy altercation, Canadian newspaper reports

The aftermath of the Raptors' NBA Finals win over the Warriors was marred in controversy. 

After Toronto defeated the Golden State in Game 6 at Oracle Arena on June 13, Raptors president Masai Ujiri allegedly struck and pushed a sheriff's deputy while trying to access the floor after the Raptors' title-winning victory.

A witness has claimed that Ujiri didn't strike the deputy, but the Alameda County Sheriff's Office showed The Globe and Mail, a Canadian newspaper, still images that show there indeed was an altercation between Ujiri and the deputy. The Alameda County Sheriff's Office wouldn't allow The Globe and Mail to publish the photos or view full videos.

'[We wanted] to show that a crime did occur when people are saying that ... there was no strike to the face, when in fact there was," spokesperson Sgt. Ray Kelly said. "We've done it in a way that can still let the investigation take place without contaminating the witness pool."

According to The Globe and Mail, one of the photos shows Ujiri with arms raised and outstretched, his hands clenched, appearing to strike the deputy.

The Raptors declined to comment on the images.

The Sheriff's Office claims that Ujiri told the deputy he was the president of the Raptors and flashed an NBA credential backward, but did not have the yellow armband or purple badge required to access the court. Officials allege that Ujiri pushed and struck the deputy in the face after he refused to let the executive on the court.

Body camera footage showed to The Globe and Mail reportedly shows Ujiri with no credentials in his hand or around his neck.

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The officer has not yet been identified but claims to have a concussion. He is debating whether or not to sue Ujiri and the Raptors.

The Oakland Police Department is investigating the incident and is expected to file its report to the District Attorney soon. Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern has recommended that Ujiri be charged with a misdemeanor battery of an officer which can carry a penalty of 364 days in jail.

Why Tom Haberstroh believes Warriors will trade Andrew Wiggins, top pick

Why Tom Haberstroh believes Warriors will trade Andrew Wiggins, top pick

The Warriors will pick in the NBA draft lottery for the first time since they selected Harrison Barnes No. 7 overall in the 2012 draft. With Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Co. healthy, however, Golden State might be better off trading its top draft pick this year. 

And that's exactly what NBC Sports' Tom Haberstroh believes the Warriors will do. 

"I think the Golden State Warriors are gonna trade that pick, especially if it lands at No. 1," Haberstroh told NBC Sports Bay Area. "That's gonna create the most value for them." 

The Warriors soon will find out where they pick in the 2020 draft. The draft lottery will be held Aug. 20, and Golden State has a 14 percent chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick. There's a 13.4 percent chance of the Warriors picking at No. 2, 12.7 percent chance of No. 3, 12 percent chance of No. 4 and a 47.9 percent chance of dropping to No. 5.

While the San Francisco Chronicle's Connor Letourneau recently reported the Warriors believe Georgia shooting guard Anthony Edwards can contribute right away and be a future face of the franchise, this draft isn't full of surefire stars. The Warriors are in win-now mode with their core back to full health right now, and they might have their eyes on a current star instead of a possible future one.

"Look, they said they weren't going to trade D'Angelo Russell before, and a couple months later they ended up trading D'Angelo Russell," Haberstroh said. "... I suspect that they will get on the phone with just about every team in the league just to survey the landscape and see what kind of value they can get, and also pair potentially Andrew Wiggins' big contract to make the salaries work for a star."

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The Warriors acquired Wiggins this season when they sent Russell to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Over 12 games with the Warriors, Wiggins averaged 19.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists. Steve Kerr has had nothing but good things to say about Wiggins since the former top draft pick joined his squad, but perhaps general manager Bob Myers believes Wiggins could be a trade piece for an even better fit.

Wiggins, 25, isn't a free agent until after the 2022-23 season. He signed a five-year, $147.7 million contract extension with Minnesota in October 2017. So, who could the Warriors target with a trade package of Wiggins and their top pick?

Haberstroh thinks they should look to Canada for answers.

"I would look at first for Bob Myers, the GM of the Golden State Warriors, to give a call to the Toronto Raptors for potentially Pascal Siakam, because I think the Golden State Warriors need to upgrade defensively and get a guy who can replace Andre Iguodala, a guy who is very versatile, can play multiple positions defensively and there's just not a lot of guys out there who can do the things that Andre Iguodala did for the championship Warriors," Haberstroh said.

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If Siakam is too much to ask for, which he likely is, Haberstroh's second option is a 22-year-old forward who recently tore his ACL in the Orlando bubble. 

"The other name I would look at is Jonathan Isaac," Haberstroh said. "Before he tore his ACL in the bubble games, I thought Jonathan Isaac was a perfect complement to what Draymond Green, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson bring to this Golden State Warriors team." 

Siakam would be Haberstroh's dream choice for the Warriors, with Isaac as their plan B. From until the draft on Oct. 16, Myers and the rest of the Warriors' front office will have a lot of decisions to make.

Warriors' Klay Thompson picks Giannis' Bucks to win 2020 NBA title

Warriors' Klay Thompson picks Giannis' Bucks to win 2020 NBA title

Warriors star shooting guard Klay Thompson let his NBA Finals prediction be known Wednesday afternoon.

Let's just say that his father, Mychal, won't be happy with what his son believes will come to fruition.

"I think it will be (Milwaukee) Bucks over (LA) Clippers in seven games," Klay told Brandon Williams, via Bleacher Report. "I think that would be a barn burner of a Finals."

So Klay doesn't have the Los Angeles Lakers -- the team his dad is the radio analyst for -- getting through the Western Conference playoff bracket.

It's unclear if the three-time NBA champion has the Lakers facing the Clippers in the West finals.

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Yours truly is on the same page with Klay when it comes to the final two teams standing, but it will be Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and the Clippers who capture the Larry O'Brien Trophy.

No offense to Giannis Antetokounmpo, but the Bucks don't have the starpower or the depth to outlast the Clippers.

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Then again, Klay clearly disagrees with that assessment.

Let the playoffs begin!

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