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NBA rumors: Warriors acquiring D'Angelo Russell from Nets in sign-and-trade

NBA rumors: Warriors acquiring D'Angelo Russell from Nets in sign-and-trade

The Warriors made a big move Sunday night, acquiring Nets guard D'Angelo Russell in a sign-and-trade, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

That surprising trade came just hours after Kevin Durant announced that he'll sign with the Nets.

It's unclear at this point if the potential sign-and-trade involves Durant, but the Warriors reportedly also will acquire Treveon Graham and Shabazz Napier in the deal, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Russell averaged 21.1 points and 7.0 assists per game last season. He shot 37 percent from deep and was an All-Star in the Eastern Conference.

The 23-year-old was selected by the Lakers with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. They traded him to Brooklyn two years later, and he played the last two seasons with the Nets.

Shortly after this news broke, Woj reported the Warriors are trading Andre Iguodala to the Grizzlies, but Golden State still has much work to do in filling out its roster.

Buckle up.

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Draymond Green takes offense to Charles Barkley's 3-point shooter comment

Draymond Green takes offense to Charles Barkley's 3-point shooter comment

Draymond Green and Charles Barkley have never been known to shy away from headline-generating comments, and though they've often been the target of each other's criticism, they insist there's no beef between them.

Still, when they do trade barbs, it makes for great entertainment. And the scene was set for more entertaining moments when Green joined Barkley, Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith on Friday's episode of "Inside the NBA" on TNT.

As expected, it didn't take long for the jokes to ensue.

Early in the show, their seemingly-contentious relationship was brought up, and the panel addressed it with plenty of humor.

"So you started it," Smith said to Barkley. "I never had any kind of beef. You started the beef."

"And I love the way you punked him," Smith told Green.

"I've seen triple-single on my Instagram too many times, man" Green responded amid plenty of laughter. "Way too many times."

The triple-single comment was in reference to a previous barb Barkley had thrown in Green's direction back in February after the Warriors' do-it-all forward was ejected in the second quarter of an eventual blowout loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Green soon responded in fitting fashion, warning Barkley to stop talking about him and threatening to eventually take his job

[RUNNIN' PLAYS PODCAST: Listen to the latest episode]

The two explained the nature of their relationship on the debut episode of TNT's new show "The Arena" last month, for which they are co-hosts. Prior to the episode, Green said, "I think it will be good TV."

He wasn't wrong, and Friday's "Inside the NBA" episode offered more proof.

At one point, Barkley was discussing Marcus Smart's 3-point shooting, and its potential negative impact on the Boston Celtics' offense.

"When you have a player out there who can't shoot, who's not a great shooter, teams know you can cheat off of that guy," Barkley said.

Nothing too controversial about that, right?

Well, Green interpreted it differently.

"Throwing shots, Chuck?" Green questioned Barkley. "Throwing shots? Taking shots at me?"

Green, of course, has struggled from 3-point range in recent seasons, bringing his career mark down to 31.9 percent from long distance. That just so happens to be identical to Smart's career 3-point percentage.

Upon Barkley's immediate denial, Smith added more fuel to the fire.

"Hey I thought the same thing when I heard it," Smith said. "I thought the same thing."

Barkley again denied it, before urging Green not to fall for Smith's trap.

"Dray, do not let Kenny come between us."

[RELATED: Draymond 'maybe' tampered with Booker-Suns comments]

Like I said, great entertainment.

Given who Green and Barkley are, we can expect plenty more of it in the days and years to come.

Draymond Green wants Devin Booker out of Phoenix, 'maybe' tampered

Draymond Green wants Devin Booker out of Phoenix, 'maybe' tampered

Draymond Green was being tee'd up to praise the Phoenix Suns, who are 4-0 so far in the NBA restart in Orlando, Florida.

Instead, the Warriors All-Star forward might be hearing from the NBA soon.

Appearing on TNT's pregame show prior to the Orlando Magic-Philadelphia 76ers game on Friday, Green essentially called for the Suns to trade All-Star guard Devin Booker, who is playing really well in the bubble.

"It's great to see Book playing well and Phoenix playing well, but get my man out of Phoenix," Green told hosts Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley. "It's not good for him. It's not good for his career. Sorry, Chuck. But they gotta get Book out of Phoenix. I need my man somewhere he can play great basketball all the time and win because he's that type of player."

When Johnson asked if he was tampering, Green offered a one-word response.

"Maybe," Green said.

For those wondering, Booker is about to finish the first season of a five-year, $158 million contract extension he signed with the Suns. The Warriors wouldn't be able to fit that contract on the books unless traded away Andrew Wiggins, who is making similar money to Booker the next few years.

Now, let's be clear. it didn't sound like Green was campaigning for Booker to be traded to the Warriors, as that scenario would be extremely unlikely.

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It would be hard to see the Suns trading Booker within the Pacific Division to the Warriors without hefty draft pick compensation in addition to Wiggins.

And with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson expected to be healthy for the start of the 2020-21 season, Booker might not be the ideal fit for the team. The Warriors tried to see if D'Angelo Russell would fit and that didn't work, though he didn't play much with Curry and not at all with Thompson. Booker, who is 23, is a better all-around player than Russell, but the two have similar usage rates this season (Booker -- 29.7 Usage Percentage, Russell -- 29.5 Usage Percentage).

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As for Green, the NBA won't like a current player campaigning to get one of his peers out of a bad situation, so he could face a fine from the league.

What Green said surely was entertaining, but it might also be costly.