NBA rumors: Warriors, Zaza Pachulia scouted Timberwolves against Kings

NBA rumors: Warriors, Zaza Pachulia scouted Timberwolves against Kings

All eyes are on the NBA trade deadline before Thursday at noon PT. And while the Warriors were busy beating the Washington Wizards on Monday night, Golden State had plenty of eyes in Sacramento. 

The Athletic's Sam Amick reported Tuesday morning that Warriors assistant general manager Mike DunleavyJr. and consultant Zaza Pachulia were at Golden 1 Center for all four quarters of the Kings' 113-109 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The latter of the two teams playing Monday night in Sacramento is what makes this interesting. 

Despite having the second-worst record in the Western Conference at 15-34, the T-Wolves are doing anything they can to acquire Warriors guard D'Angelo Russell. But the Dubs hold the leverage in any trade talks, and haven't budged quite yet. 

The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor reported Monday night that the T-Wolves recently engaged in talks with the Houston Rockets and Atlanta Hawks on a three-team trade that would have sent forward Robert Covington from Minnesota to Houston, center Clint Capela from Houston to Atlanta, and the Brooklyn Nets' 2020 first-round pick to Minnesota via Atlanta.

With that framework set up, Minnesota reportedly offered their own 2020 first-round pick along with the Nets' pick to the Warriors in exchange for Russell. The Warriors responded with two letters and one word: "No." 

But the T-Wolves won't give up that easily. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Tuesday morning that Minnesota still is engaged in ways to acquire draft assets to possibly dangle in a D-Lo trade. Woj says there "still remains a gulf to overcome" in order for Russell to go from San Francisco to Minnesota. 

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The simple fact is, there is no reason to rush a Russell trade for the Warriors. The former All-Star is only 23 years old and is averaging a career-high 23.8 points per game while shooting 38.3 percent from beyond the arc. 

Golden State likely won't let Russell go right now unless they get a deal they can't refuse. With Zaza and Duleavy Jr. assigned to Sacramento on Monday night, though, it's clear the Warriors aren't wasting any time before Thursday's deadline.

Programming Note: The "2020 NBA Trade Deadline Show" is coming your way this Thursday at 11:30am on the MyTeams app and on NBCSportsBayArea.com! Our NBA Insiders will analyze all of the news and rumors that could impact the Warriors heading into the Noon deadline. Don’t miss it!

Trae Young says he'll catch Steph Curry as NBA's best shooter in 1 year

Trae Young says he'll catch Steph Curry as NBA's best shooter in 1 year

In light of the coronavirus outbreak putting all American sports on an indefinite pause, hot takes have become the topic du jour for fans relegated to their homes.

While joining “The Big Podcast with Shaq,” Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young was pressed on the many comparisons the young point guard draws to Warriors star Steph Curry.

On the subject of taking over Curry’s title as the NBA’s most feared shooter, Young doesn’t think it will be long before he overtakes Steph.

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It’s hard to take any stock in this statement given how much Shaq pressed the 21-year-old to answer.

But Young’s talent is unmistakable, and there’s a chance we’ll see Young resetting the record books one day the way Curry has throughout his 11 years in the NBA.

A year though? I’d imagine Curry and his teammates would disagree with that timeline.

Why Steph Curry's NBA parallel might be ex-Warriors exec Jerry West

Why Steph Curry's NBA parallel might be ex-Warriors exec Jerry West

Steph Curry forever has altered the game of basketball during his 11 seasons with the Warriors.

Shattering record after record, Curry became the face of the NBA’s evolution toward emphasizing the 3-pointer.

His unique qualities make him a difficult player to compare, but one that makes some sense is Hall of Famer Jerry West.

“With impact and accolades in the mix,” Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley writes. “Then “The Logo” Jerry West looks like the answer. Maybe that's why the basketball gods brought them together when West served as a consultant for Curry's Warriors for six seasons.

“It's not a perfect comparison -- Curry was a better dribbler, West a superior stopper who played without the 3-point line (added in 1979-80) -- but the 6'3" Curry and 6'2" West found their spots on the game's all-time hierarchy in similar ways.”

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West was an integral part of Golden State’s dynastic run through the 2010s, providing a sage voice for a front office unfamiliar with success.

What a sight it would have been to actually see those two line up across from each other in an NBA game.