NBA rumors: Warriors' $250M loan not final; team 'looking for best deal'

NBA rumors: Warriors' $250M loan not final; team 'looking for best deal'

It remains unclear exactly how much financial damage the coronavirus pandemic will inflict on the Warriors, and the NBA in general.

"Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob has informed fellow owners of a deal he's considering with Goldman Sachs to raise up to $250 million to manage coming expenses," sources recently told ESPN's Brian Windhorst.

But Golden State's ownership group might end up going in a different direction.

"On Tuesday, Warriors sources relayed that the deal has not yet been agreed to and alternate options are being explored, including cash calls and other measures," The Athletic's Ethan Strauss writes. "Right now, the Warriors are 'looking for the best deal,' which makes them sound more like a powerful lender than a desperate borrower."

With COVID-19 forcing Chase Center's doors closed, the immense amount of revenue the franchise was supposed to generate has been put on hold.

When you combine this with the fact the NBA doesn't yet know what the salary cap and luxury tax line will be for next season and beyond, it makes it difficult to forecast spending capabilities.

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As a result, Lacob and the Warriors are unsure how much they are comfortable spending in free agency this October.

"Depending on the economics, we have to be smart and pragmatic," general manager Bob Myers told reporters in early June. "I can only look at past history where Joe (Lacob) has always been receptive to spending if it helps us win. We're in a very unique situation now. I have no idea what the future holds as far as some of the parameters.

"But I do know that we have an ownership group that is aggressive, and always seems to push the limits. Resources have always been a huge positive in our organization. It's a nice thing to have. Again, I only know what I've seen and been around, which is we've been spending a lot in the past."

The 2020-21 campaign won't be starting until December at the earliest, which has provided the Warriors ample time to prepare for whatever comes their way.

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Will fans be allowed at Chase Center? Will there even be games at the new arena in San Francisco, or will the NBA have to pivot towards some sort of bubble campus?

All of that is to-be-determined.

"Even if there’s much concern over whether the NBA has fans in attendance at games next season and even if the Warriors make a disproportionate amount of money off of gate revenue, you don’t sense much panic at 1 Warriors Way," Strauss writes.

For all parties involved, let's hope that perspective continues.

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Warriors' Steph Curry jokes about waking up in NBA's Orlando bubble

Warriors' Steph Curry jokes about waking up in NBA's Orlando bubble

Steph Curry is jonesin' to play basketball.

The Warriors superstar misses the game so much that when he woke up on a recent morning, he thought he was in the NBA's Orlando bubble.

OK, maybe not. Clearly, Steph needs to work on his acting skills. But the sentiment isn't too far off.

After five straight trips to the NBA Finals that saw Curry play roughly an extra 20 games a season, the two-time NBA MVP broke his hand in the fourth game of the 2019-20 season. He returned to play in one game in March, but a combination of Curry catching the flu and the coronavirus shutdown ended his season early.

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So between the end of the 2019 NBA Finals on June 13, 2019 and the potential start of the 2020-21 NBA season in December, Curry will have played five regular-season games in a year and a half.

So you can understand why Curry is dreaming of being in Orlando.

Alas, the Warriors finished the 2019-20 season with the worst record (15-50) in the NBA. They were one of eight NBA teams not invited to the NBA season restart at the Disney World complex in Orlando. The combination of Curry's injury, Klay Thompson's ACL injury and Kevin Durant's departure crushed the Warriors' hopes of a sixth straight NBA Finals appearance.

The bright side (of the bed) for Curry is that his body has been given an extended break, the longest of his professional career. After five long seasons, a long 18-month break could do Curry a lot of good.

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The Warriors are expecting Curry and Thompson to come back healthy and rested when the 2020-21 season starts, ready for a return to NBA title contention.

Based on the video Curry posted, he's getting plenty of rest.

Bill Simmons wonders whether Damian Lillard is better than Steph Curry

Bill Simmons wonders whether Damian Lillard is better than Steph Curry

Steph Curry is a better basketball player than Damian Lillard.

We don't make that declaration in an attempt to slight Dame, because the Portland Trail Blazers star is awesome. We certainly aren't rooting against the Oakland native or saying he is overrated.

But we feel compelled to defend Steph when necessary. And we are doing that now because of the following back-and-forth that took place Monday on "The Bill Simmons Podcast."

Simmons: "Dame -- I don't know where he is on the top-10 players in the league list and what the qualifications are -- but is Curry better than him at this point?"

Ryen Russillo: "Oh come on. Let's take it easy. Don't do this when Curry's missed a year."

Simmons: "I'm not talking about career. I'm not talking playoff chops (or) stuff like that. I'm just talking game-to-game, the stuff Dame is doing now consistently, reminds me of Curry. I feel like he's money. He's in the top eight or nine for me now. And I don't know what the list is. But I just think he's great."

Lillard is great. No doubt about it. And the 30-year-old was fantastic in Portland's first two games in the Orlando bubble.

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But we need to remind everybody -- again -- what happened during the Warriors' sweep of the Blazers in the 2019 Western Conference finals:

Curry: 36.5 points, 7.3 assists, 46.9 percent overall, 42.6 percent 3s
Lillard: 22.3 points, 8.5 assists, 37.1 percent overall, 36.8 percent 3s

Yes, Lillard is putting up big statistics this season with 28.9 points and 8.0 assists per game. But his shooting numbers -- 45.6 percent overall and 39.1 percent from 3-point range -- don't match up to what Steph did last season: 47.2 percent overall and 43.7 percent from beyond the arc.

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The day possibly will come when Dame is considered the superior player by the majority of the basketball world. We aren't that naive.

But it definitely has not arrived yet.

So the answer to Simmons's question is ...

... "yes."

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