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NBA rumors: Raptors strike before trade deadline, acquire Marc Gasol

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NBA rumors: Raptors strike before trade deadline, acquire Marc Gasol

When the Warriors play at Memphis on March 27 and April 10, they won't be facing Marc Gasol.

That's because the big man was traded to the Raptors just before Thursday's deadline, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

It's not a surprise that Toronto made a move because Philly added Tobias Harris and Milwaukee added Nikola Mirotic. 

When you factor in Boston, the Top 4 in the Eastern Conference is as strong as it's been in a very, very long time.

The Warriors don't face the Raptors again during the regular season, so they will only match up against Gasol if the two teams reach the NBA Finals.

Gasol -- who has played his entire career in Memphis -- turned 34 years old last week. He is averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game this season, but is shooting below 45 percent overall.

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

James Harden-Giannis Antetokounmpo beef adds new wrinkle to Warriors rumors

James Harden-Giannis Antetokounmpo beef adds new wrinkle to Warriors rumors

We have a new NBA beef and the Warriors soon could be in the middle of it. *Places tinfoil hat on*

In an exclusive interview with ESPN's Rachel Nichols, James Harden fired some daggers at reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. Harden was asked about The Greek Freak's joke during the NBA All-Star Game Draft in which he elected to take Boston Celtics star Kemba Walker over Harden because he wanted "someone who can pass."

Harden was not amused.

"I average more assists than him, I think," Harden said of Walker. "So, I don't see what the joke is. But I didn't even see it. I don't pay attention to stuff like that. I just know none of them can mess with me. When it's all said and done, they'll appreciate it more. I wish I could just run with seven feet and run and just dunk. That takes no skill at all. I got to actually learn how to play basketball and how to have skill , you know? I take that any day."

My lord, someone get the fire extinguisher out. 

Antetokounmpo has become one of the best players in the NBA and has become the object of the Warriors' affection as they look for a way to extend their dynasty past the prime of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

While the Milwaukee Bucks star won't be a free agent until 2021, reports have surfaced claiming the Warriors acquired Andrew Wiggins and the Minnesota Timberwolves' 2021 first-round draft pick (top-three protected) in order to be able to put together a package to trade for Antetokounmpo should he ask for a trade if the Bucks flame out of the playoffs.

Any trade package also would include the Warriors' 2020 first-round pick which should be in the top five.

While acquiring Antetokounmpo is a long shot, his new beef with The Beard makes him even more enticing to Warriors fans.

Harden and the Rockets have been trying and failing to knock off the Warriors for years, constantly hitting their head against a hatch held closed by the greatness of Curry, Kevin Durant and Thompson.  

The Warriors and Rockets rivalry has been the premiere hatefest in the NBA for years, but if the Dubs can somehow lure Antetokounmpo to the Bay it will go another level. Harden and Russell Westbrook trying to knock off Curry, "the guy with no skill" and the Warriors in the playoffs would be the definition of must-watch.

Sorry, I'll take my tinfoil hat off now.

[RELATED: Barkley rips Draymond after his ejection in Warriors' loss]

Harden also once again claimed no one in NBA history has seen double teams the way he has, clearly dismissing a whole history of dominant NBA players, including Curry.

"I feel like I'm the best player [in the NBA]," Harden told Nichols. "Yeah, throughout the course of the year I don't see double teams for anybody else. Usually, you see a double team after you a 50-point night, 60-point night. If I have an 18-point night the next night I'm seeing double teams. Which is pretty cool. The NBA has never seen it before at half court. So I'm just trying to figure out how to obviously be great in that."

Curry's absence from the NBA this season clearly has made some forget his greatness.

The Warriors' dreadful season is heading to a close. Once at full strength next season, there's no doubt they'll be on a mission to remind the entire league how dangerous they are -- Giannis or no Giannis.

Charles Barkley rips Draymond Green after ejection in Warriors' loss

Charles Barkley rips Draymond Green after ejection in Warriors' loss

One of the Warriors' biggest rivals comes off the court. He is a Hall of Fame nonetheless, but hasn't played in an NBA game in 20 years. 

Charles Barkley can't stop ripping on Draymond Green. The feud continued Thursday night when the fiery Golden State forward was ejected in the second quarter of a 30-point home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

"He had his normal triple-single," Barkley said during halftime on TNT. "Why doesn't he talk all the stuff whe he got them other boys with him? No, man. He talks all that stuff when he's got them other boys with him. Now he's out there and gotta fight for himself and he just don't wanna play. 

"Give me a break. Y'all better quit tellin' me you can play and who can't play. I know who can play." 

Warriors coach Steve Kerr expressed his displeasure with Green letting his emotions get the best of him after the game. The two often have butted heads but always let their close bond be known. 

It was clear Kerr was not happy Thursday night, though. 

"We needed him in the second half," Kerr said sternly to reporters. "We needed him out there." 

[RELATED: Kerr's frustrations boil over after Warriors hit new low]

Green left the game with two points, four assists and one rebound in 10 minutes. He's averaging 8.0 points, but his assists have dropped to 6.2 per game and his rebounds are down to 6.2 per game as well. The three-time All-Star is shooting just 38.9 percent from the field and 27.9 percent from 3-point range.

Both are his lowest since his rookie year. 

In a season where the Warriors have gone from five straight trips to the NBA Finals to the worst record in the league, tensions are to boil over at times. That certainly was the case in Golden State's latest blowout loss.