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JR Smith's reaction to Chris Paul trade: 'League is in a frenzy because...'

JR Smith's reaction to Chris Paul trade: 'League is in a frenzy because...'

On Wednesday morning, the Rockets and Clippers reportedly agreed to a trade that will send Chris Paul to Houston.

Shortly thereafter, Cavs guard J.R. Smith offered his thoughts:

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"It's just the way the league is going," Smith told Aaron Torres of The Washington Post. "The league is in a frenzy because of the Warriors."

Since the Warriors won the NBA Finals (in addition to the Clippers sending Paul to the Rockets):

- The Celtics traded the No. 1 pick in the draft to the 76ers
- The Clippers brought in Jerry West as a consultant 
- The Timberwolves acquired Jimmy Butler
- The Lakers traded D'Angelo Russell to the Nets
- The Knicks and Phil Jackson parted ways
- David Griffin and the Cavs parted ways
- The Hawks traded Dwight Howard to the Hornets
- Paul George is reportedly on his way out of Indiana
- The Celtics are reportedly going to make a run at Gordon Hayward and George
- Teams are reportedly going to try and pluck Andre Iguodala away from the Warriors

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And free agency doesn't even begin for a couple more days.

Smith struggled mightily in Games 1 and 2 of the NBA Finals -- 3 points and 0 points respectively.

But he bounced back and averaged just under 19 points over the next three games and went 17-for-27 from 3-point territory.

Smith is due about $13.8 million next season, about $14.7 million in 2018-19 and has a partial guarantee in 2019-20.

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

Bucks owner reveals why Steph Curry for Andrew Bogut trade was killed

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Bucks owner reveals why Steph Curry for Andrew Bogut trade was killed

Programming note: Watch the Warriors take on the Nuggets tonight at 6 p.m. PT streaming live on the MyTeams app.

It sounds like Warriors fans should thank the former Milwaukee Bucks medical staff every day.

In March 2012, Golden State traded Monta Ellis for Andrew Bogut. But according to Bucks owner Marc Lasry, the Warriors were prepared to ship Steph Curry to Milwaukee instead.

As Frank Isola of The Athletic writes:

Lasry sees the Golden State Warriors as a model franchise, although he did chuckle when Warriors owner Joe Lacob told New York Times Magazine three years ago that the organization is “light years ahead” of the other 29 teams.  

“I don’t know if they can be light years ahead if they traded Steph Curry to the Bucks for Andrew Bogut,” Lasry says of a proposed trade before he purchased the Bucks, which has been reported as both fact and urban legend. “That was the deal. But the Bucks’ medical staff didn’t think Steph’s ankle would hold up. That killed the deal.

So, I don’t know if that’s being light years. It’s luck. And that’s fine.”  Lasry then smiled and added, “I think we got rid of that medical staff when we bought the team.”

Wow. If true, that is absolutely wild.

But keep in mind that this alleged trade proposal has "urban legend" attached to it, as Lasry's ownership group didn't buy the Bucks until April 2014.

Remember, Curry only appeared in 26 games during the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season because of ankle issues, and he was shut down after playing just nine minutes vs the Clippers on March 11. He underwent surgery on his right ankle in April 2012 and his future was very much up in the air.

[LISTEN: Warriors Outsiders Podcast -- Curry drills 11 3-pointers, drops 48 points at Mavs]

Bob Myers -- who was hired as assistant GM to Larry Riley in April 2011 -- was promoted to general manager on April 24, 2012. Two months later, Golden State drafted Harrison Barnes, Festus Ezeli and Draymond Green. And four months after that, the Warriors signed Curry to a four-year extension.

Needless to say, everything turned out more than OK. But it's crazy to think about how different things would be if Curry, not Ellis, was sent packing...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

NBA rumors: Rockets center Clint Capela will miss up to six weeks

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NBA rumors: Rockets center Clint Capela will miss up to six weeks

Programming note: Watch the Warriors take on the Nuggets on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. PT streaming live on the MyTeams app.

The Warriors have been riding high recently, with six wins in their last seven games.

Meanwhile, their rival Rockets got some really bad news on Monday.

Houston center Clint Capela is going to miss four to six weeks because of ligament damage in his right thumb, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The big man sustained the injury in the third quarter of Houston's loss in Orlando on Sunday.

Capela had a monster game against the Warriors on Jan. 3, where he notched 29 points and 21 rebounds in the Rockets overtime victory.

The 24-year old is averaging career highs this season in points (17.6), rebounds (12.6), assists (1.5) and free-throw percentage (62.6).

The next matchup between Golden State and Houston is at Oracle Arena on Feb. 23 -- which is five weeks and five days away. If the four-to-six week timetable is accurate, there's a chance Capela could be back by that game.

[LISTEN: Warriors Outsiders Podcast -- Curry drills 11 3-pointers, drops 48 points at Mavs]

The Rockets -- who have dropped three of their last five after winning 11 of 12 -- have been without Chris Paul since Dec. 20. The point guard is expected to return by the end of the month.

If James Harden can elevate his game even more and hold down the fort, it will go a long way towards him capturing back-to-back MVPs.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller