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NBA rumors: Lakers sent Pelicans five trade options for Anthony Davis

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NBA rumors: Lakers sent Pelicans five trade options for Anthony Davis

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In order for the Lakers to acquire Anthony Davis, they have to actually propose some trade scenarios.

Check, check, check, check and check.

Magic Johnson spoke with Pelicans GM Dell Demps on Wednesday and presented five different options, sources told Brad Turner of The Los Angeles Times.

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The Lakers reportedly are willing to give up a lot for The Brow's services.

But is New Orleans even considering executing a deal with the Lakers, or is the organization just doing its due diligence?

As ESPN's Zach Lowe and Adrian Wojarowski reported on Thursday morning:

Pelicans owner Gayle Benson is enthusiastically carrying the small-market banner, pushing back on any planned superstar union of James and Davis in the NBA's glamour market.

If Davis wants to be a Laker, the Pelicans' mantra so far is simply: Feel free to join L.A. as a free agent in 2020 and potentially punt on the 2019-20 season -- when James will turn 35 -- to keep the requisite cap space open.

Besides, the Pelicans might simply be waiting until July 1 so they can trade Davis to the Celtics.

We are one week away from the trade deadline, and this story is certainly bound to take some twists and turns.

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

Klay Thompson's dad gives hopeful target date for son's Warriors return

Klay Thompson's dad gives hopeful target date for son's Warriors return

At Media Day on Sept. 30, Warriors general manager Bob Myers ruled Klay Thompson out until at least the All-Star break.

That's when the team is planning on providing its next official update on the star shooting guard. 

So with that in mind, when is Klay's father, Mychal, targeting his son's return to game action?

"I'm hoping sometime in March," he said Wednesday on 95.7 The Game. "There's no definitive date, but that would be nine months from the injury. As long as he's dedicated and determined in his rehab.

"He's got a great physical therapy staff. He'll know before March -- somebody in February or January -- how he's feeling going through all the basketball drills.

"If he has so sit out a year then so be it. He'll know he feels, the Warriors will know how he feels, when it's that time to make that decision."

Klay tore his left ACL during Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Raptors on June 13, and underwent surgery July 2.

If he returns at the nine-month mark, that would put him in uniform on March 14 at Milwaukee, and give him 16 games through the end of the regular season.

"I'm hoping he can be back sometime in March, have a couple weeks under his belt to get ready for the playoffs," Mychal said.

How is Klay holding up mentally?

"It's tough. I told him it's gonna be tough. He's an ultimate competitor. He wants to play. He has so much fun playing for the Warriors and being around the game that he loves.

"I told him it's gonna be a tough mental grind. You got to keep yourself busy -- be around the team, get on the air sometimes with [Bob] Fitzgerald and Kelenna [Azubuike]. Call a game sometimes, they'll be happy to have you call the game.

"Be on the bench and help coach, try to come up with some other business interests. That's what you have to do. You have to keep yourself mentally busy otherwise you'll go crazy because you miss it so much."

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Perhaps the five-time All-Star becomes a regular on Warriors Outsiders? (that won't be happening.)

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NBA rumors: Warriors waiving Alfonzo McKinnie to sign Marquese Chriss

NBA rumors: Warriors waiving Alfonzo McKinnie to sign Marquese Chriss

Alfonzo McKinnie is looking for a new basketball home.

The Warriors are waiving the small forward to make room on the roster for big man Marquese Chriss, sources told Shams Charania of The Athletic.

After coming off the bench in the preseason opener, Chriss started each of the last three contests.

With injuries to Kevon Looney and Willie Cauley-Stein, the 22-year-old made the most of his opportunity and played very well in the Dubs' first four preseason games -- averaging 9.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.3 blocks in just 22.6 minutes.

This transaction doesn't come as much of a surprise, as Warriors forward Draymond Green and coach Steve Kerr constantly praised Chriss to the media over the last couple of weeks.

Don't forget that shortly after Golden State's first preseason game, a couple members of the Warriors reportedly petitioned general manager Bob Myers to do what was necessary to get the No. 8 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft onto the Warriors' opening night roster.

The lobbying -- but mostly Chriss' production -- worked.

For McKinnie, it's a disappointing result for somebody who originally was projected to possibly be the Dubs' starting small forward this season.

But with the Warriors being hard-capped, McKinnie's non-guaranteed contract made him vulnerable.

The 26-year-old accepted a non-guaranteed training camp invite last year, and earned a roster spot with a very solid showing in the preseason.

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Over a 10-game stretch from Oct. 22 to Nov. 15, McKinnie averaged 7.5 points and 4.5 rebounds while shooting over 48 percent from deep. This included a memorable performance in his hometown of Chicago, when he registered 19 points and 10 rebounds.

You never know what will happen, so don't rule out a potential McKinnie return later in the season.

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