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Report: Cavs working on trade scenarios in effort to acquire Jimmy Butler

Report: Cavs working on trade scenarios in effort to acquire Jimmy Butler

It isn't even June 20 yet, and things appear to be heating up.

The Cavs are working on multi-team trade scenarios in their efforts to land Jimmy Butler, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

In July 2015, Jimmy Butler signed a 5-year extension with the Bulls worth a little over $92 million.

Despite the fact he's on a very reasonable deal for a player of his caliber, he is repeatedly rumored to be on the trade block.

Butler averaged 23.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.9 steals per game last season and was named All-NBA Third Team.

After the Cavs lost to the Warriors in the NBA Finals, LeBron James was asked about how Cleveland can compete with the Warriors moving forward.

"Well, it's a two-sided question because for me personally -- I don't know," James told reporters. "I need to sit down and figure this thing out. And so I don't know as far as me personally right now. But as far as that team, they're going to be here for a while. They're going to be around for a while.

Pretty much all their guys are in their 20s. Pretty much all their big-name guys are in their 20s, and they don't show any signs of slowing down. So there's going to be a lot of teams that's trying to figure out ways to put personnel together to try and match that if they're able to actually face them in a playoff series, both Eastern Conference and Western Conference.

Because they're built for -- from my eyes, they're built to last a few years. So we'll see."

Adding Butler (depending on what they would have to give up) would cetainly make the Cavs a more dangerous threat to the Warriors.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Steve Kerr 'playing with house money' in World Series bet with Steph Curry

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Steve Kerr 'playing with house money' in World Series bet with Steph Curry

Steve Kerr is a big Dodgers fan.

Steph Curry is a big Red Sox fan.

The Red Sox will host the Dodgers on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the World Series, and Warriors coach and star player do have a bet on the outcome, as The Athletic's Anthony Slater chronicled:

Work logistics won’t allow them to attend in person. But both will be locked in from afar, already trading some trash talk, agreeing on a wager — “Can’t reveal the stakes,” Kerr said

Kerr spoke with Damon Bruce on 95.7 The Game on Tuesday and once again declined to share specifics of the agreement between he and Curry.

[RELATEDSteph Curry breaks his own NBA 3-point shooting record vs. Suns]

Golden State's head coach did, however, reveal that he is "playing with some house money" because he won a bet with Kevon Looney based on the result of the NLCS.

Looney grew up in Milwaukee, and the Dodgers beat the Brewers in seven games to advance to the Fall Classic.

Note to all San Francisco Giants fans out there -- don't be mad at Kerr for his allegiance to the Dodgers. The guy grew up in Southern California and loves baseball. End of story.

Besides, as he told Bruce -- the Warriors have won three NBA championships over the last four years, so he's doing something right ...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Two positives, two negatives from Warriors' 123-103 thrashing of Suns

Two positives, two negatives from Warriors' 123-103 thrashing of Suns

OAKLAND -- The Warriors looked like the champions they are in a 20-point thrashing of the Phoenix Suns on Monday. Nothing is better for a team’s peace of mind than a blowout at home.

Here are two positives and two negatives culled from the easiest win of this season:

POSITIVES

Jones passes another test

The biggest question entering the season for the Warriors was related to Damian Jones. Is a 23-year-old center that had never started an NBA game ready for a full-time role with the league’s elite team?

Four games in, and against impressive competition, Jones generally has been good. Not exceptional, but nothing less than satisfactory.

The 7-footer finished with 13 points (5-of-5 from the field, 3-of-5 from the line), four rebounds and one block.

Going against Suns big man Deandre Ayton, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 draft, Jones made an early statement with 9 points (4-of-4 from the field), four rebounds and a block in the first six minutes.

“This is why we have to have Damian,” coach Steve Kerr said. “If you think of the past week: Steven Adams, (Rudy) Gobert, (Nikola) Jokic and now Ayton. You have to have that kind of size to deal with the position.

“Now there will be smaller matchups as well. But he passed this week’s tests with flying colors.”

Second-quarter brilliance

The Warriors took control early, going up nine (32-23) after one quarter. It was in the second quarter, though, that they really took off.

Klay Thompson scored 11 points and Stephen Curry 10 as the Warriors demolished any and all semblance of Suns defense, shooting 73.7 percent and going 4-of-5 on shots beyond the arc.

What was the key? The Warriors defended well enough to disrupt Phoenix’s offense, getting three steals and blocking a pair of shots to help post a 9-0 advantage in fast-break points for the quarter.

The Warriors won the quarter, 38-24. Moreover, they posted their only double-digit advantage in 16 quarters this season. Not bad for a team on the second night of a back-to-back set.

NEGATIVES

Thompson’s search continues

Klay Thompson is one of the best 3-point shooters in NBA history, coming off a season in which he posted career-high accuracy. He’s one of three players to have made more than 250 triples in multiple seasons.

He made one Monday night. He missed five.

In four games this season, Thompson is 3-of-22 beyond the arc.

Most of his misses have been short. Some have been rushed. But an inordinate amount of his shots from deep have been on relatively clean looks.

Thompson is the only person not named Stephen Curry to make at least 200 3-pointers in six consecutive seasons. He’s a certified specialist. He’s going to keep shooting them, as he should, because they’re going to start dropping. Probably soon.

Backing away from the glass

Rebounding has not been a source of strength in recent seasons, but the Warriors through the first three games did a decent job. They opened the game as if they were determined to make a point on the glass.

They did. Outrebounding the Suns 17-6 in the first quarter, the Warriors piled up 15 fast-break points in the first 12 minutes.

And then, they simply started backing away. The Warriors were outrebounded 8-6 in the second quarter, 14-5 in the third and 17-12 in the fourth. They went from plus-11 in the first quarter to minus-5 for the game.

The most aggressive rebounder was Alfonzo McKinnie, who attacks everything visible to the naked eye. He grabbed a team-high seven in 18 minutes.

No one else had more than five. Part of the reason for the diminishing hunger is, of course, that the Warriors never seemed to be threatened. Cruising is not, however, a habit they want to develop.

How did they get away with it? By forcing 21 Phoenix turnovers (off which they scored 29 points), outshooting the Suns 51.1 percent to 45.3 percent and outscoring them 42-27 from beyond the arc.