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NBA Rumors: Bucks trade for George Hill hours before game vs. Warriors

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NBA Rumors: Bucks trade for George Hill hours before game vs. Warriors

Hours before tip-off against the Warriors on Friday, the Milwaukee Bucks reportedly made a three-team, five-player trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Wizards that will send a longtime Golden State antagonist back to the Cavs. 

Milwaukee will send guard Matthew Dellavedova, big man John Henson, and first- and second-round picks in 2021 to Cleveland in exchange for point guard George Hill and wing Sam Dekker. In turn, Milwaukee will send Dekker to Washington in exchange for veteran big man Jason Smith and a future second-round pick. Additionally, the Cavaliers will send their own 2021 second-round pick to the Wizards for Washington's 2022 second-rounder, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst and The Athletic's Shams Charania.

Both teams were set to play Northern California teams Friday night, with the Cavaliers hosting the Kings and the Bucks hosting the Warriors. 

Hill reportedly expects to take his Bucks physical Monday, according to The Athletic's Joe Vardon, meaning the deal likely won't be announced until then. 

Dellavedova burst on to the NBA scene as a Steph Curry "stopper" in the 2015 Finals, particularly as Cleveland jumped out to a 2-1 series lead despite the absence of stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. Of course, that lead didn't last long, as the Warriors rattled off three straight wins en route to their first title in four decades. The Australian guard had a reduced role the following season, averaging 12.1 minutes per game in the playoffs as the Cavs dispatched the Warriors in seven games, and he signed an offer sheet with Milwaukee that summer. 

The deal comes about a week after the Cavaliers dealt sharpshooter Kyle Korver to the Utah Jazz, and the dismantling of a team that made four consecutive NBA Finals continues apace. It began with LeBron James signing with the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason, and will probably continue at least until estranged Cavs guard J.R. Smith is traded. 

Until then, Warriors fans will probably have about as much as sympathy as Klay Thompson did when he was reminded of the Cavs' tombstone cookies. 

“Oh, yeah. Ha!” Thompson told The Athletic's Anthony Slater. “That was funny. Look how that turned out. Psssh. Bums. That was crazy. I forgot about that. Well, look at what pettiness gets you. Gets you 1-8 in the Finals. Idiots.”

And, apparently, an utterly unrecognizable roster. 

NBA rumors: Chris Paul wants out of Houston, Stephen A. Smith hears

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NBA rumors: Chris Paul wants out of Houston, Stephen A. Smith hears

Houston, you have a problem.

The James Harden-Chris Paul arrangement on the Rockets could be ending soon.

And it comes at a bad time for the Rockets, who now could have a chance for the 2020 NBA championship with the Warriors licking their wounds from a brutal Finals loss.

ESPN's Stephen A. Smith dropped this bit of news on his radio show Friday while talking to NBA insider Brian Windhorst.

"In the end, it's this: With Kevin Durant out, with Klay Thompson out for most of the season, one could argue the Houston Rockets now have a window to get to the NBA Finals," Smith said. "But you're also hearing Chris Paul wants out, Chris Paul wouldn't mind going somewhere else, preferrably LA, maybe, we don't know, with LeBron. We don't know. But you're hearing he wants out."

Smith dropped the "Los Angeles" nugget before the Lakers agreed to acquire All-Star big man Anthony Davis in a trade with the Pelicans on Saturday.

The Lakers will have between $27 million and $32 million left in salary-cap space, so they could try to acquire Paul to fill their point guard hole. But the New York Times reported that the Lakers have their eyes on free agent Kemba Walker, a much younger option.

Paul's remaining contract could be an issue, though. He's owed $38.5 million in 2019-20, just over $41 million in 2020-21 and just over $44 million in 2021-22.

"I would never say that CP3's untradeable," Windhorst said. "He's tradeable, for sure. But he's not tradeable in a way that makes their team better."

If the Rockets break up their two-headed monster, you can give the Warriors a large hand in causing its demise. Golden State has ended Houston's season each of the last two years. The Rockets believed they were better than the Warriors, but each season, they were proven wrong.

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Under the Warriors' watch, the Los Angeles Clippers, led by Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, broke up. The LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers broke up after four consecutive NBA Finals matchups. Soon, the Rockets could be the next team to come crashing down because they were unable to get past Golden State.

LeBron James welcomes Anthony Davis to Lakers with Instagram post

LeBron James welcomes Anthony Davis to Lakers with Instagram post

The blockbuster trade isn't official, but that didn't stop LeBron James from weighing in.

A few hours after ESPN reported that the Lakers and Pelicans have agreed to a trade that would send Anthony Davis to Los Angeles, LeBron posted this on his Instagram feed.

LeBron is getting the running mate he desperately needs in LA. No offense to Kyrie Irving or Dwyane Wade, but Davis is the best player LeBron will play with during his Hall of Fame NBA career.

So you can understand LeBron's excitement.

Even former Lakers president Magic Johnson likes the trade.

Yes, Magic just praised the guy he claims stabbed him in the back during his time with the Lakers. Weird times in Los Angeles.

Chances are, if any Warriors player acknowledges the trade on social media, they won't share the same level of excitement as LeBron.

The Lakers are re-tooling their roster just as the Warriors are licking their many, many wounds from an NBA Finals loss to the Toronto Raptors.

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Just two days after that bitter defeat, seeing LeBron and the Lakers acquire Davis is not the news they wanted.