NBA draft lottery 2019: Warriors fans hope Knicks don't get No. 1 pick

NBA draft lottery 2019: Warriors fans hope Knicks don't get No. 1 pick

The Warriors and their fans likely have all their attention on Game 1 of the Western Conference finals against the Portland Trail Blazers, which will take place Tuesday night at Oracle Arena.

While the chase for a third consecutive title rightfully should be at the forefront of everyone's mind, the event that precedes Game 1 -- the NBA Draft Lottery -- has more intrigue for the Warriors this season than in year's past.

The 14 teams who missed the playoffs will hold their breath Tuesday night in the hope that the ping pong balls land in their favor so they can select Duke phenom Zion Williamson with the No. 1 overall pick.

While the Warriors and their fans normally could care less who lands the next generational star, they should absolutely be tuned in Tuesday night. 

Why would Warriors fans care if Williamson goes to Phoenix, Chicago, Cleveland or New York? Well, that last city creates some issues for the Dubs if the Knicks end up lucky Tuesday night. 

The Knicks tanked all the way to the bottom of the NBA this season, finishing with a 17-65 record on their way to a 14 percent chance at winning the Zion sweepstakes.

While many assume that landing the No. 1 pick would make Williamson a foundational piece of the Knicks' future, that apparently might not be the thinking in Manhattan.

Should the Knicks land the top pick, they will turn their attention to packaging the Zion pick along with Kevin Knox in a trade for Anthony Davis, Stadium's Shams Charania reported Tuesday.

The Knicks acquiring Davis would be a big issue for the Warriors.

New York's plan has been clear for quite some time. After acquiring the No. 1 overall pick and the de facto rights to Williamson, they'll trade the pick for Davis and have the first piece in what they hope is a Big Three made up of Davis, Kyrie Irving and, you guessed it, Kevin Durant.

The possibility of Durant joining the Knicks has hovered over the Warriors all season, but it always seemed like a far-fetched idea that Durant would leave the greatest collection of talent in NBA history to play with a bunch of role players in New York. Of course, reports that Irving wanted to join him in New York made it more likely, but even with Durant and Irving in the fold, New York might not be a team that can win a title. 

But if the Knicks are able to find a way to land Davis it could swing things in the Knicks' favor as it pertains to Durant.

Should Durant return from his right calf strain and help the Warriors win a third straight title, he'll have accomplished everything he can in the Bay. Creating a superteam in New York with Irving and Davis would present a new challenge for the next chapter of Durant's career. 

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So before the Dubs and Blazers face off in Game 1, Warriors fans might want to watch the lottery and hope everything doesn't come up Knicks for the first time in a long time.

NBA rumors: Klay Thompson, Warriors will meet at outset of free agency

NBA rumors: Klay Thompson, Warriors will meet at outset of free agency

The Warriors introduced their three 2019 NBA Draft picks on Monday afternoon.

At the end of the press conference, Warriors GM Bob Myers answered "yes" when asked if he has formal plans to sit down with Klay Thompson to discuss the future.

We learned some more details on Wednesday afternoon, courtesy Shams Charania of The Athletic:

The Warriors and free-agent All-Star Klay Thompson will meet in L.A. this week at the outset of free agency, league sources said. Should the Warriors enter the meeting with the five-year, $190 million maximum contract, both sides expect a quick agreement, according to sources.

Free agency officially opens on Sunday at 3 p.m. PT.

As ESPN's Zach Lowe said on Tuesday: "That max offer hasn't been communicated to [Klay] that it's for sure coming ... just because they haven't communicated that the max is coming doesn't mean it's not coming. In fact, I would be shocked -- given what he has meant to their organzation -- if it didn't come."

And as ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski said: "You can offer your own free agent a deal at any point here. That 5-year, $190 million max offer -- if it's not there for Klay Thompson on Sunday at 6:01 p.m. Eastern, the Warriors can then expect him to go out and take a meeting, meetings."

The biggest contract the five-time All-Star can get with any other franchise is about $141 million over four seasons.

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Klay -- who is expected to undergo surgery to repair the torn ACL in his left knee at some point this week -- will turn 30 years old on Feb. 8.

He is expected to miss a large portion (if not all) of next season.

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr gives update on assistant Ron Adams' job status

Warriors coach Steve Kerr gives update on assistant Ron Adams' job status

Last weekend, the Lakers received permission to speak with Warriors assistant coach Ron Adams about a potential role with the organization.

Has the 71-year-old told Golden State coach Steve Kerr that he will be back with the Dubs next season?

"Basically," Kerr told The Athletic's Tim Kawakami on Wednesday. "We talked about the LA situation. I called him to tell him that they had asked permission and that we would grant it.

"And so I don't know if they've spoken with him yet, and I don't know what his final answer would be. I don't even know what they would be offering him.

"But my feeling is that Ron will want to come back, and we want him back. So we'll see how it all shakes out."

Adams joined Kerr's coaching staff in 2014 and is widely considered one of the top assistant coaches in the NBA.

"I will never ever deny anybody permission to speak with one of my assistants," Kerr explained to The Athletic. "I don't understand that philosophy. If somebody comes along with an offer that one of my assistants wants to take, then I'm gonna let him go.

"Why would I keep them from going after something that they believe in? And if they would rather be somewhere else, I'm not gonna stop them from going."

After beginning his coaching career at Fresno Pacific College, Adams has been in the NBA since 1992. He's worked for the Spurs, 76ers, Bucks, Bulls, Thunder, Celtics and Warriors.

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The Fresno Pacific graduate is lauded for his defensive mind.

"Ron's a huge part of our staff, and we've grown very close," Kerr said. "Beyond basketball, I look forward to seeing Ron every day and just talking about life.

"I know he's very happy living in the Bay, so I hope that he's here for many years."

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