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NBA rumors: Cavaliers offered J.R. Smith-Andre Iguodala trade to Warriors

NBA rumors: Cavaliers offered J.R. Smith-Andre Iguodala trade to Warriors

J.R. Smith forever will be remembered for his gaffe against the Warriors in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals. One year later, the Cavaliers reportedly tried to send the shooting guard to Golden State. 

The Cavs tried to trade Smith to the Warriors for Andre Iguodala, Cleveland.com's Chris Fedor reported Saturday. Before the Warriors traded Iguodala to the Grizzlies, Cleveland "offered lighter protections" in an Iguodala-Smith swap, according to Fedor. 

Smith has a partially guaranteed contract worth $4.37 million, which Fedor reports was the hurdle in a potential trade. By sending Iguodala's $17.1 million contract into Memphis' open salary cap space, the Warriors received a trade exception that can help them make future moves.

The Warriors would not have received the trade exception if they had added Smith's partially guaranteed deal. 

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Smith, 33, only played 11 games last season for the Cavs and averaged a career-low 6.7 points per game. The Cavs now will waive the veteran shooting guard Monday, Cleveland.com reported. 

Smith now will become a free agent, but he certainly won't wear a Warriors jersey next season.

Joe Lacob discusses who will represent Warriors at NBA Draft Lottery

Joe Lacob discusses who will represent Warriors at NBA Draft Lottery

The 2020 NBA Draft Lottery will be held on Tuesday, May 19 in Chicago.

That night, the Warriors will find out what pick they will have entering the 2020 NBA Draft. It's an extremely important event and could have huge ramifications on the organization's present and future.

So who will Golden State send to represent the franchise?

"We haven't decided that yet, but we got some interesting ideas," owner Joe Lacob said Monday morning on 95.7 The Game. "We've got some outside-the-box picks. I don't want to blow it.

"It's actually really fun. Some are four-legged animals (laughter)."

You know who is a four-legged animal and would be a perfect choice? Rocco -- Klay Thompson's English bulldog.

Send the duo if need be. The image of Klay holding Rocco and beaming from ear to ear when Golden State secures the No. 1 overall pick is a tremendous visual.

The Warriors haven't been in the lottery since 2012 (when they selected Harrison Barnes with the No. 7 overall pick). Here is who represented them over a five-year span:

-2012 = Bob Myers
-2011 = Joe Lacob
-2010 = Larry Riley
-2009 = Larry Riley
-2008 = Mitch Richmond

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It would be great to be able to add: "2020 = Rocco Thompson," so let's make it happen, Mr. Lacob!

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Why Santa Cruz Warriors traded Juan Toscano-Anderson's G League rights

Why Santa Cruz Warriors traded Juan Toscano-Anderson's G League rights

Juan Toscano-Anderson was fantastic in the Warriors' loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday night.

He racked up 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal, and was a team-best plus-six in 28 minutes off the bench.

But let's go back to something that transpired last Friday, because you might have missed the news.

The Santa Cruz Warriors acquired Zach Norvell Jr. (who was on a 10-day contract with Golden State before the All-Star break) from the South Bay Lakers in exchange for a G League 2020 first-round draft pick and ...

... the G League returning player rights to Juan Toscano-Anderson.

What does that mean exactly? Well, if JTA isn't on an NBA roster at the beginning of next season and chooses to sign with the G League, he will suit up for South Bay and not Santa Cruz.

The Sea Dubs could reacquire the Oakland native, but it would come at a cost in a trade.

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Toscano-Anderson, of course, is hoping to stay in the NBA so none of this comes into play.

Also keep in mind that the 26-year-old could sign a two-way contract as well.

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