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NBA rumors: Warriors hoping Wesley Matthews makes it to buyout market

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NBA rumors: Warriors hoping Wesley Matthews makes it to buyout market

The NBA trade deadline is on Thursday, which means the rumor mill is abuzz.

Due to salary and asset constraints, it's unlikely the Warriors will be involved in any major trades this week -- at least directly, that is.

However, they may be in position to benefit from a trade that has already gone down.

The Mavericks and Knicks were involved in a trade last week that sent star big man Kristaps Porzingis from New York to Dallas for a package including center DeAndre Jordan and shooting guard Wesley Matthews.

According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Knicks have already begun canvassing the market for potential destinations to re-flip Matthews. But in the event New York is unable to trade Matthews, teams are lining up in hopes he makes it to the buyout market -- including Golden State.

Matthews -- as well as Jordan -- would make plenty of sense for the Warriors if either was bought out by the Knicks. But as NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole explained last week, Matthews would fill a greater need for Golden State, as the immediate success of Warriors and DeMarcus Cousins makes Jordan less of a necessity.

Not to mention, the Warriors never really replaced Patrick McCaw.

Playing in his 11th NBA season, Matthews, 32, averaged 13.1 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists on 41.4 percent shooting from the field and 38.0 percent shooting from beyond the arc in 44 games for the Mavericks before being traded to New York last week. At 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, he has the necessary size to fit in the Warriors' switch-heavy defensive scheme.

In order to be eligible to play in the postseason, a player must be bought out by their incumbent team prior to Mar. 1. With over three weeks to go until that deadline, the Warriors have the luxury of seeing how the trade deadline shakes out before determining which course of action -- if any -- makes the most sense as they pursue a fifth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals.

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Matthews has averaged 13.5 points per game in 32 career playoff contests, but he's never been on a team that made it past the conference semifinals. 

If Matthews does end up on the buyout market, and eventually on the Warriors, he'd have to feel pretty confident that would change in the near future.

Nick Young predicts Warriors miss playoffs, Lakers win 2020 NBA title

Nick Young predicts Warriors miss playoffs, Lakers win 2020 NBA title

Nick Young has never been one to blend in with the crowd, and he's not about to change anytime soon.

Even though his NBA playing days are behind him, Young still is very much keeping tabs on the league, and -- this might shock you -- he has some noteworthy opinions. In speaking to Adam Caparell of Complex, Young offered some thoughts on the upcoming NBA season, and as you'd expect, he didn't shy away from hot takes.

One of those takes, in particular, concerned the Warriors.

When asked if he had one crazy prediction for the upcoming NBA season, Young provided a double dose.

"I will say either New Orleans making the eighth seed or Denver not making the playoffs," Young initially replied. "I don't think the Warriors going to make it this year. If they do, it's the eighth seed."

Predictions for the Warriors are all over the place, and Swaggy P is no different. ESPN projects Golden State as the third-best NBA team over the next three seasons, but some of the company's personalities have a considerably lower opinion of the Dubs.

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Young won his one and only NBA championship as a member of the Warriors, but clearly, that's not biasing his predictions. As for who he thinks the 2019-20 NBA champion will be, however, he went with one of the other five teams he played for in his 12-year career.

"Lakers."

I suppose they can't all be hot takes.

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With Kevon Looney on mend, Warriors' best plan is center-by-committee

With Kevon Looney on mend, Warriors' best plan is center-by-committee

SAN FRANCISCO -- With two practices remaining before opening night on Thursday, the Warriors have yet to identify their regular starting center.

That likely will be the case for at least a few weeks, according to coach Steve Kerr.

Though Marquese Chriss started the final four preseason games and appeared to have the edge, the return of Kevon Looney -- after being sidelined by a hamstring strain for nearly three weeks -- on Sunday provides some flexibility.

“Loon scrimmaged,” Kerr said after practice. “I just talked to him and he said he felt good. He’ll continue to get more work in as the week goes on. Hopefully, he’ll be ready to go on Thursday night.”

Asked if Looney, the only big man on the roster with experience as a Warrior, might be the starter Thursday against the Clippers, Kerr did not dismiss the possibility.

“He probably would be,” he said. “But I’d probably do it based on matchups from game to game.”

As the Warriors prepared for training camp, it was generally assumed that the majority of the minutes at center would go to Willie Cauley-Stein and Looney. Cauley-Stein, acquired as a free agent after four seasons with the Kings, was the presumed starter, with Looney maintaining his role as an early sub.

That was before Cauley-Stein sustained a mid-foot sprain a few days before camp.

That was before Looney strained a hamstring on the first day of camp.

And before Marquese Chriss -- signed to a non-guaranteed contract one day before camp -- started four of five preseason games, opening eyes and minds and earning a roster spot.

Chriss, 22, might have the most comprehensive set of skills. Cauley-Stein, 26, offers the greatest length (7-foot-3 wingspan) and most experience as an NBA starter. Looney, 23, is most familiar with the team’s playbook and culture.

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Those three represent most of the center committee, with leftovers going to Omari Spellman.

“We lack size, obviously with Willie and Loon out,” Kerr said. “So, if we get Loon back, we’d probably look at the other team’s lineups and see what makes the most sense.”

The Warriors have been here before. Damian Jones and Looney rotated starting assignments at center last season before DeMarcus Cousins was cleared to play. Both Zaza Pachulia and JaVale McGee were utilized as starters in each of the two previous seasons.

A rotation of three, however, provides tremendous flexibility -- a platoon system of sorts -- while also presenting potential challenges to court chemistry.

Above all, it maintains the spirit of competition while also keeping everyone fresh.

Until someone emerges as the clear starter -- Cauley-Stein has progressed to non-contact drills, but he’s not expected to return until next month -- a center-by-committee system seems the smart way to go.

Indeed, for now, it may be the only way.