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NBA rumors: Steph Curry 'dominant' reason Giannis would eye Warriors

NBA rumors: Steph Curry 'dominant' reason Giannis would eye Warriors

Will Giannis Antetokounmpo seriously consider signing with the Warriors if he becomes a free agent in 2021?

If he declines the supermax contract extension that the Milwaukee Bucks will offer him this offseason, would he demand a trade to Golden State?

We have no clue what the answers are to those questions, and it's very possible that the Greek Freak is planning on staying with the Bucks for the long haul.

But if Giannis already is contemplating a possible move to the Dubs -- or if he does in the future -- basically it's because of that Steph Curry fella.

As Anthony Slater of The Athletic writes, the three-time NBA champion is "considered by those in the know as the dominant reason Giannis’ eyes would even tilt in the Warriors’ direction."

This makes perfect sense for many reasons.

Let's start by reminding you what Marc Stein of The New York Times wrote back in February 2019:

It’s undeniably true that Steph and Giannis are buddies who are both represented by the same agency (Octagon) and share a mutual admiration that has resulted in Curry and Antetokounmpo selecting each other first overall with the No. 1 overall picks as captains in the first two All-Star drafts.

I can promise you, furthermore, that the Warriors have internally mused about a run at Giannis — however futile it may prove to be — in the event they can’t convince Kevin Durant to re-sign this summer.

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Then, after the Bucks played the Warriors at Chase Center on Jan. 8, it looked like Steph told Giannis during an on-court exchange: "Let's do it. Come on man."

This set social media ablaze, to the point where Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported the next morning:

"I reached out to Steph via text, and he said, 'Look, all (I) was doing was giving Giannis (my) gamer tag for an online game called 'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.' He said he told Giannis, 'Come see me on this game. We can team up and do some damage. Let's do it, come on.' "

After the Bucks played the Kings on Jan. 10, here's what Giannis told The Athletic's Sam Amick regarding the whole "video game exchange" with Steph:

“Yeah, yeah, but it wasn’t (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds), it was, uh, it was (NBA) 2k,” he says with a laugh about their conversation before flashing a pair of air-quote hand gestures for good measure. “Nah, I’m joking.”

“Steph is a -- he’s a fun dude,” Giannis told Amick. “I really don’t know him, know him -- but whenever we’ve (played each other) he’s always come up to me, talked to me. It’s fun.”

A couple of days later, Mallory Edens -- the daughter of Bucks owner Wes Edens -- had the following exchange with TMZ Sports:

TMZ: "What was going through your mind when you saw Steph Curry trying to recruit Giannis?"

Edens: "I think that they're just friends. A respect for the game ... I don't think Giannis plays video games (laughing). I don't know, but ... "

TMZ: "Exactly. So he must be trying to recruit him for the Warriors, right?"

Edens: "I don't know. No comment. No comment."

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Speaking of not playing video games, this is what Curry told Trevor Noah of "The Daily Show" on April 21: "I ain't seen a video game controller since I had kids."

You get the point.

Furthermore -- in late March, Giannis said Steph is one of his all-time favorite players (twice).

Will the 2018-19 NBA MVP ever be able to say that the 2014-15 and 2015-16 NBA MVP is one of his all-time favorite teammates?

The waiting game continues.

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Check out awesome Warriors, Kings' Disney-themed mock-up uniforms

Check out awesome Warriors, Kings' Disney-themed mock-up uniforms

What are the Kings going to do now? Well, they’re going to Disney World while the Warriors will be missing out on the Most Magical Place on Earth. 

The Kings are one of the 22 teams heading to Orlando for the NBA restart, and while they have a tough road ahead, perhaps they’ll look great doing it.

Mikey Halim is a very talented graphic designer who designed some mock-up uniforms for the occasion by combining Disney and the NBA.

The Kings appeared to be easy to think up a theme by combining “The Lion King,” which included the purple colors and the fun scene of Simba, Timon and Pumba walking in a line singing “Hakuna Matata.”

(It’s stuck in your head now isn’t it?)

It also has a unique zebra detail all over it:

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While the Warriors will not be in Orlando continuing the season, they received some royal treatment with the Disney World castle theme and the iconic logo in the backdrop of the Warriors uniform:

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Golden State Warriors x Disney World - COP OR DROP? The FINAL jersey in the series! | Designed by @slamstudios | NBA x Disney Part 30 | @nba | @warriors ____________________________________________________ With the NBA officially returning at Disney World to finish the season, @slamstudios & I teamed up to bring you Disney-themed uniforms for all 30 teams. ____________________________________________________ Follow @srelix for more jersey concepts! Turn on story and post notifications and make sure to stay active! ____________________________________________________ Check out my website (www.srelix.com) today - link in my bio! DM or email for commissions, promos, custom art, resources, and more! To view my full portfolio, check out my Behance (www.behance.net/srelix). ____________________________________________________ Interested in buying high quality sports templates? Check out @sportstemplates - use my code "SRELIX" for 10% off 🔥 ____________________________________________________ #nba #posterizes #bball #basketball #ballislife #gainpost #dunk #hoop #baller #lebron #thisiswhyweplay #like4like #nbafans #nbaart #likeforlike #l4l #art #nike #photoshop #hypebeast #love #disney #gsw #warriors #disneyworld

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These are just mockups, but they would be a fun addition to welcoming sports back.

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The Kings have to defend the Memphis Grizzlies or get a chance to finish within four games of the final overall seed to force a play-in round with that team. It’s quite the schedule for Sacramento, and unfortunately, nobody has them winning. That upset De’Aaron Fox when an ESPN article didn’t even mention the Kings as a possible winner in that group.

He told reporters recently he believes the team has just as strong of a chance as any of the others
 

NBA rumors: Warriors likely can't make roster moves until mid-August

NBA rumors: Warriors likely can't make roster moves until mid-August

The NBA's coronavirus suspension threw the league's calendar completely out of whack back in March. Now that the league is expected to begin the restart of the 2019-20 season later this month, many have wondered when teams like the Warriors can begin making trades and other roster transactions.

We'll likely be waiting for a few more weeks before the NBA's moratorium on transactions is lifted, as ESPN's Bobby Marks reported on Thursday citing sources.

"The likely resolution here is that the league and the union will agree to lift the transaction moratorium once the first round of the playoffs begins on Aug. 17," Marks wrote. "Teams eliminated from the playoffs will be allowed to make trades, sign eligible players to contract extensions and waive players with at least two years left on their contracts."

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Golden State is not one of the 22 teams flocking to Orlando for the NBA's restart. Typically teams not qualified for the postseason can begin making transactions after the playoffs begin in April. Marks does note that while the transaction window likely will open in mid-to-late August, teams likely will hold off on any major trades or signings.

"Because future salary-cap and luxury tax numbers are still unknown," Marks continued. "Expect teams to hold off on making real moves, even if the moratorium is lifted."

The Warriors have plenty of chess pieces for a potential offseason trade, including the $17.2 million trade exception courtesy of the Andre Iguodala deal, and of course the guarantee of a top-five draft pick in the draft lottery coming up in late-August.

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