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NBA rumors: Warriors' season over in Adam Silver plan likely to pass

NBA rumors: Warriors' season over in Adam Silver plan likely to pass

It appears that the Warriors' tumultuous 2019-20 season has come to a merciful end.

The NBA's board of governors is expected to approve league commissioner Adam Silver's recommendation for a restart of the NBA season with 22 teams, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports citing league sources.

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The potential plan would involve both play-in and regular-season games to solidify the playoff picture, all hosted at ESPN's Wide World of Sports inside DisneyWorld. Golden State currently sits at the bottom of the Western Conference standings with a 15-50 record, and is the only team that has been eliminated from playoff contention.

Wojnarowski also reports that the league has not put full support behind any of the proposals, but a full 30-team return has been taken off the table. This likely would have been the only way for the Warriors to be part of this restart plan.

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In addition to the 16 teams currently in the playoff picture, the 22-team proposal includes any team within six games of the eighth and final playoff spot. The New Orleans Pelicans, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings and San Antonio Spurs would join the fold from the Western Conference, while the Washington Wizards would be the lone Eastern Conference team earning a spot.

Fans hoping to get one more glimpse of Steph Curry in a Warriors uniform this season likely will have to wait until the 2020-21 NBA season tips off.

2020 NBA mock draft 11.0: Projecting Warriors, Kings' first-round picks

2020 NBA mock draft 11.0: Projecting Warriors, Kings' first-round picks

It’s mock draft time!

The NBA restart  is almost upon us, which means soon we’ll have final standings by mid-August, followed by a draft lottery order.  
 
Teams have been working on draft strategies and doing the best they can to evaluate talent without getting their hands on players in the flesh. Working around the coronavirus pandemic is making this year the strangest draft seasons in NBA history. 

To add a more realistic spin to the mock, we’ve turned to the draft simulator on Tankathon.com to randomize the lottery order. Here is a look at NBC Sports California’s 2020 Mock Draft 11.0. Wizards, you’re on the clock.

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Erik Spoelstra credits Andre Iguodala's Warriors tenure for NBA esteem

Erik Spoelstra credits Andre Iguodala's Warriors tenure for NBA esteem

Andre Iguodala's Warriors tenure couldn't have worked out much better, as the talented wing was an integral part of three championship-winning teams and won the 2015 NBA Finals MVP.

The 36-year-old was traded to Memphis last offseason, but Iguodala eventually found himself in Miami after a deadline deal with the Heat.

Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra was asked about Iguodala's impact on the organization during his first five months with the Heat, and the two-time champion's answer spoke volumes about how Iguodala's perception in the NBA has been shaped by his time with the Warriors.

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He wasn't an original member of the Warriors' roster, but his acquisition helped mark a turning point that saw the Warriors go from a middle-of-the-pack Western Conference team to a bona fide NBA Finals contender year in and year out. Unselfishness and versatility enabled Iguodala to captain the Warriors' second unit into one of the league's best, while simultaneously bringing valuable clutch minutes night in and night out alongside the Splash Brothers and Draymond Green when the game was on the line.

"You can talk about it in sports, how I came in as a rookie, kind of paid my dues," Iguodala said to Forbes Magazine about his background in leadership. "Kind of like being an intern, you just work your way through the ranks, doing it the right way, having the respect for anyone, whether someone is above you or below you, just having that human level of respect.

"I think the main thing in leadership is trying to get the most out of those beneath you, seeing their potential and helping them maximize their potential, finding out who they are as a person, finding out what makes them tick."

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Even when NBA stars like Kevin Durant joined the fold in Golden State (at Iguodala's position no less), they took lessons to heart from competing every day with him.

"I learned a lot from watching guys like Andre Iguodala -- how he used his hands in the paint when guys were going up to shoot," KD said on a recent Instagram Live.

Warriors general manager Bob Myers didn't come away empty-handed from the Iguodala transaction, as Golden State wound up with a valuable $17.2 million trade exception. This leaves the Warriors with a chance to add a solid contributor in a trade this offseason.

Golden State showered Iguodala with love when he returned to Chase Center this season with the Heat, and he'll forever be an iconic figure in Warriors lore.