Le'Veon Bell tweets at NFL free agents to create Warriors-like super team


Le'Veon Bell tweets at NFL free agents to create Warriors-like super team

Le'Veon Bell tweeted at a handful of fellow soon-to-be NFL free agents -- and one who already is -- on Wednesday, and it didn't take long for someone to invoke the Warriors.

Specifically, Bell hit up free-agent safeties Landon Collins, Tyrann Mathieu, Earl Thomas and Eric Weddle.

New York Jets safety Jamal Adams then replied to the Pittsburgh Steelers running back (for now), and joked that Bell was trying to emulate Golden State.

Bell, of course, embraced the comparison.

Adams quote-tweeted Bell with the requisite eyes emoji, so you know he's down for the Jets getting their own version of the "Hamptons Five." But, the cross-sport comparison falls a bit flat here.

Although the Hamptons are located much closer to the Jets' home turf than the Warriors' home court, this collection of free agents wouldn't necessarily comprise a super team. There's a lot of positional redundancy, as Collins, Mathieu, Thomas, Weddle and Adams himself all are safeties themselves. Sure, they could each conceivably play different positions in the defensive backfield, but it'd be kind of like the Warriors signing Kevin Durant plus two more starting small forwards in the summer of 2016.

Then again, if one franchise is going to bring that level of ... uh, innovation ... to the NFL, it would be the New York Jets.

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Could Bell find himself very close to the home of the actual "Hamptons Five," at least for one season? Although Adams' Jets are the rumored favorites, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller identified the Raiders as "the team to watch" to secure the star running back's signature.

Oh, and did we mention the Silver and Black could use some safety help?

Draymond Green has been on Gary Trent Jr. bandwagon longer than you

Draymond Green has been on Gary Trent Jr. bandwagon longer than you

Warriors star Draymond Green wants you to know he was on the Gary Trent Jr. bandwagon before he became one of the restarted NBA season's breakout stars.

The Portland Trail Blazers guard entered Thursday shooting an impressive 52.6 percent from the field and an unconscious 52.6 percent from 3-point range. He didn't hit those heights in the Blazers' 134-133 win over the Brooklyn Nets, but they never trailed again after Trent Jr.'s fourth 3-pointer of the night gave them a 130-128 lead with 2:29 to go in regulation.

Porland's win locked up its spot in the play-in game(s) for the Western Conference's eighth and final playoff spot, and Green loved what he saw from Trent Jr. down the stretch.

Green has been a fan of Trent Jr. for (at least) a few months.

Back on March 6, Green tweeted his appreciation for the guard on the night Trent Jr. flashed his defensive chops guarding Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker.

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Green's praise of Trent Jr. should cost a whole lot less than the $50,000 tampering fine he laughed off stemming from praising Booker on an "Inside the NBA" appearance. That praise also involved a plea to "get my man out of Phoenix," of course, and the NBA didn't take too kindly to Green's suggestion.

Some good, old-fashioned Twitter tire-pumping won't make Green's pockets lighter, and it has the added bonus of bolstering his basketball hipster credentials by saying he was on the Trent Jr. train before everyone else.

Really, it's a win-win for everyone involved.

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Why Tom Haberstroh changed mind on Andrew Wiggins' fit with Warriors

Why Tom Haberstroh changed mind on Andrew Wiggins' fit with Warriors

He originally questioned the Warriors' trade for Andrew Wiggins, but NBC Sports' Tom Haberstroh is starting to come around.

"I'll admit it, I didn't see Andrew Wiggins being a very good fit next to the other big three," Haberstroh told NBC Sports Bay Area, "basically because I think they need more defense and Andrew Wiggins hasn't shown consistent defense in his NBA career. He has played a little bit better in Golden State, and certainly when he's surrounded by more talent, I think his game will rise to the level that they need him to play.

"He has shot a little bit better from downtown. He's not a knockdown 3-point shooter yet. His numbers did tick up a little bit in a Golden State uniform, but really the best fit is just positionally. They needed a three."

Wiggins, 25, averaged 19.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists on 45.7 percent shooting from the field and 33.9 percent from 3-point range in 12 games with the Warriors after being acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves in early February. Within those 12 games, he registered five blocks in one contest and four steals in another, hinting at his defensive potential.

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Very little of that production came alongside Steph Curry and/or Draymond Green, and none of it came alongside Klay Thompson. Wiggins should have the benefit of playing with all three whenever next season begins. He'll be the third or fourth option on offense, and should be able to take advantage of the best spacing he'll have ever experienced at the professional level.

That is, if he's still on the Warriors.

"Andrew Wiggins, to me, is a solid option at the three position," Haberstroh continued, "but I think they'll be interested to see what they can get in the trade market if they do get the top No. 1 overall pick -- just to see what they can find on the market to upgrade at the veteran position. Because Andrew Wiggins has been to the playoffs, but he's not a guy who has been championship tested, and he certainly hasn't been at All-Star caliber level. So maybe they can get that with the addition of that No. 1 overall pick if they get it.

"Andrew Wiggins -- he's a high-upside player, a guy with a lot of athleticism. But to me, he has not fulfilled on that promise. Maybe he will in Steve Kerr's system."

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The Warriors will find out exactly where their first-round pick falls when the NBA Draft Lottery is held on Aug. 20. It is guaranteed to be a top-five selection, but obviously the higher the pick is, the more value it will have.

Golden State at full strength arguably presents the best situation yet for Wiggins to live up to his potential, but it's possible we'll never get to find out.