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What hypothetical trades Warriors fans want team to make this offseason

What hypothetical trades Warriors fans want team to make this offseason

Bob Myers and the Warriors' front office have some big decisions to make this offseason.

The Warriors have already started preparing for a massively important NBA draft, but Myers and Co. can kick things into high gear once the 2019-20 season finally concludes.

They'll know exactly where their 2020 first-round pick sits in the draft order, and then the Warriors can start to decide if they want to keep the pick and use it on one of the top prospects, or if they want to try to package the draft pick for an established NBA player.

Earlier this week, NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Didion proposed a hypothetical trade in which the Warriors acquired Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner and wing TJ Warren for Andrew Wiggins and Eric Paschall. 

With that in mind, NBC Sports Bay Area asked Warriors fans to share the trades they would like to see the team make this offseason.

The first trade we'll discuss is a four-team doozy with the Pacers, Denver Nuggets and Orlando Magic that includes 10 players and six draft picks.

In this deal, the Warriors would acquire center Turner and Warren from the Pacers, guard Will Barton from the Nuggets, and Denver's 2020 first-round draft pick via Houston Rockets.

The Warriors would have to send quite a bit in this mammoth trade: Kevon Looney and cash would go to the Pacers, Wiggins, Mychal Mulder and cash would go to the Magic, and the Warriors' 2020 first-round pick, Minnesota's 2021 second-round pick, Damion Lee and cash would go to the Nuggets.

On paper, this looks like a great trade for the Warriors. Turner fills their void at center, and he would form a dynamic defensive duo with Draymond Green. In 2018-19, Turner led the NBA by averaging 2.7 blocks over 74 games. Warren would likely replace Wiggins in the Warriors' starting lineup, and Barton gives the Warriors an instant-offense player off the bench. Plus, the Warriors would also acquire a first-round pick in this year's draft, though that pick projects to be around No. 21.

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If there is one negative to this trade, it's that the Nuggets -- one of the best teams in the Western Conference -- would add a top talent with the Warriors' top-5 draft pick.

The next fan offered up three different, smaller trades. In this case, we'll pick our favorite of the three.

In my opinion, Kelly Oubre Jr. would be a great addition for the Warriors. The former No. 15 overall draft pick is averaging 18.7 points per game this year, his first full season with the Phoenix Suns. The 24-year-old is set to make a little over $14 million in 2020-21, so the Warriors would be using the majority of the $17.2 million Andre Iguodala trade exception. And in a draft where there is not clear top player, moving down to around No. 10 or No. 11 isn't a terrible idea.

Now, we move into the Giannis Antetokounmpo section of this exercise.

The first option involves sending Draymond, Wiggins and the 2020 first-round pick to the Milwaukee Bucks for the reigning NBA MVP.

I like the creativity of this trade, and while acquiring Giannis is appealing -- and probably the Warriors' endgame -- I would be hesitant to break up the Warriors' core three of Draymond, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. I understand that might be a minority view, but I'm standing by it.

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The next Giannis trade is the one I would prefer, but it would be much, much tougher for the Warriors to pull off.

While the Warriors would be trading Wiggins in this hypothetical trade, Anthony Slater of The Athletic believes the Warriors would have to move Thompson in order to make all the money work. That would be a tough pill to swallow for the Warriors and their fans.

Of course, you have this Bucks fan ruining the dreams of Warriors fans.

The Warriors very likely will make a blockbuster trade this offseason, but one fan believes they should make the selection with their 2020 first-round draft pick and ride with the roster as currently constructed.

I'm not opposed to this option, but it depends on how good the Warriors think Wiggins will be as the third option on offense, and who they are able to get with the top-5 pick. If Wiggins is another version of Harrison Barnes in the Warriors' offense, it might make more sense to move on from him.

Lastly, our very own Grant Liffmann decided to stir the pot by throwing out three names he'd pursue, while not offering trade packages: Turner, Joel Embiid or Ben Simmons.

I've already discussed my affinity for Turner, so let's focus on the Philadelphia 76ers stars. Without knowing the package the Warriors would have to give up, we'd love to see Embiid in a Warriors uniform. He would add a dimension for the Warriors' offense that they haven't had at the center position. He can space the floor and knock down 3-pointers.

I'm not as high on Simmons on the Warriors as others are, if only because he's not a threat to score from the outside. If the Warriors kept Draymond in this scenario, they would have two players on the court who defenders could sag off of. But Simmons could take advantage of the spacing created by the threat of Curry and Thompson on the perimeter. And Simmons' defense along with Thompson and Green would overwhelm other teams.

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As you can see, these are not easy decisions. Myers and his team might have to make an unpopular decision and part with a member of the core three. Or they might have to unload the entire cupboard of assets.

I'm certainly glad none of us are in Myers' position.

Steve Kerr knows hard work just starting in fighting racial injustice

Steve Kerr knows hard work just starting in fighting racial injustice

The eyes of the world are on police brutality and institutional racism in the United States.

Protests have erupted around the world in the aftermath of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis police custody last Monday, with demonstrators taking to the streets across the country and all over the globe ever since.

Outspoken Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Friday that the hard work is just beginning.

"I think that that's our job, really, is to make sure that it's not just a press conference and a Zoom call, and then back to normal business," Kerr said on NBC Sports Bay Area's "Race In America: A Candid Conversation." "I think what David (West) was talking about earlier (on the panel) was working with the grassroots organizations. I think being committed -- if you're a corporation, taking on that commitment of building a relationship with these grassroots organizations.

"Not just, 'Hey, here's a check for [$5,000], we're proud of you.' Build a relationship with the grassroots organizations, build a relationship with city government and continue this work. That's the whole key, and that's what I'm going to try to do. That's what the (NBA) coaches association is doing. We're trying to build lasting relationships so that the work can continue, even beyond the emotion of the aftermath of something like this."

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Floyd, a 46-year-old African American man, died last Monday after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer who has since been fired, pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes while Floyd pleaded that he couldn't breathe. Chauvin was arrested a week ago, and he has been charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Three officers at the scene were arrested this week and charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Floyd's death occurred within months of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old African American woman, and Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old African American man, also dying. Louisville police fatally shot Taylor in her home, while two white men allegedly followed and murdered Arbery as he jogged in his Georgia neighborhood.

The NBA has the highest percentage of African American players of any of the four "major" professional sports in the United States, and it's also the closest to returning since the leagues paused their seasons in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. The NBA Players Association approved the league's plan to return to the court Friday, agreeing to resume the season beginning in late July at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports complex with a 22-team format.

Former Warriors big man David West doesn't think the NBA season resuming to the court will stop players from speaking out.

"I think [commissioner Adam Silver] gives guys the space and the room to be people," West said Friday. "I would expect him to be, or the NBA to be in that same vein. I don't think they're gonna try to restrict guys. I think they'll talk it through with guys -- a lot of guys are flustered. They don't know what to say. They know what they feel, they know what they're seeing is not right, but they don't know what to say. The NBA does a good job of helping guys with their message, so I don't think that there's gonna be some restriction.

"I think that players, as they are compelled, will continue to lend their voice because ... [the] grassroots organizations have to do the work, the elected officials have to do the work. We have to do our part in terms of being citizens, but I just think that the players are too in-tune to just turn it off and go back to playing basketball. I think guys want to be a part of the narrative in terms of changing this society and pointing it in a different direction."

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Protests will continue before the NBA season tips off again, and Kerr is encouraged by those who are leading the way on the ground. When Kerr looks at demonstrations, he sees a young, diverse coalition making their voices heard.

That gives him hope for the days ahead.

"I have great faith in the younger generation that's coming up behind us," Kerr said. "David mentioned this: They're more connected than any generation before them (because of social media). They're also more diverse. Just naturally, the demographics in this country are changing dramatically. What I've seen in my kids' lives, hearing their stories, watching the protests and seeing the diversity that's involved in these protests, I think the young generation is just ... looking at the older generation and they know that we're full of you know what.

"They just do. I mean, how could you not, right? And I think they want a different future, and I think they're gonna get it. I believe in the way they've educated themselves, how tolerant they are, how different they've been raised compared to us 30, 40 years ago. So, I have great faith in the young generation and in the coming decades, I think they're gonna get a lot more things done than we've ever been able to do."

Steve Kerr criticizes Trump 'drawing battle lines' for 2020 election

Steve Kerr criticizes Trump 'drawing battle lines' for 2020 election

Warriors coach Steve Kerr has not been shy about criticizing President Donald Trump.

Since Trump assumed office in 2017, the two have been at odds. Kerr has criticized countless Trump policies, and the President called Kerr "a little boy" after the NBA's suddenly contentious relationship with China following  Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeting in support of protestors in Hong Kong. 

Trump recently caught the ire of Kerr is once again in the wake of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis police custody. During a Tuesday protest near the White House, U.S. Park Police, the Secret Service, the National Guard and other federal law enforcement agencies cleared demonstrators from the area using tear gas as Trump walked to take a picture in front of the damaged St. John's Episcopal Church. Kerr called it a ploy for Trump's reelection campaign.

"Trump is drawing the battle lines for the election," Kerr said during NBC Sports Bay Area's "Race In America: A Candid Conversation" on Friday. "He's now just paving the way for, 'I'm the law and order president, and you've got to vote for me unless you want the chaos to ensue.' Which is ironic because chaos has ensued under his own administration. But clearly, this is the beginning of what's going to be a chaotic campaign. Trump, as he's been doing for not only his presidency, but for much of his adult life, he's just trying to divide people and stir up the pot. And as I said, he's drawing the lines and trying to bring his supporters to the side."

Floyd -- a 46-year-old African American man -- died after fired police officer Derek Chauvin -- a white man -- pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes while he pleaded that he couldn't breathe. Floyd was detained after a store owner alleged he used a suspicious $20 bill, and police initially alleged he resisted arrest. Nearby surveillance footage disputed those claims.

Bystanders filmed Chauvin pressing his knee into Floyd's neck as three others looked on, and the video sparked protests around the globe. Some demonstrations in the United States have drawn the presence of the National Guard, escalating tensions between protestors and law enforcement.

Trump has criticized the demonstrations, calling protesters "thugs" in a tweet on May 28. The president tweeted "When the looting starts, the shooting starts" a day later, and Trump faced additional criticism from Kerr.

Last week, Vice President Mike Pence tweeted "[we] will always stand for the right of Americans to peacefully protest and let their voices be heard."

Kerr immediately criticized Pence for hypocrisy on Twitter, as Pence staged a highly publicized walkout of a 2017 game between the 49ers and Indianapolis Colts due to San Francisco players kneeling during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and institutional racism. At the time, Pence tweeted he wouldn't "dignify any event" disrespecting the flag and the national anthem.

"When you're incapable of being authentic, you're just throwing stuff at the wall and you don't even really care," Kerr said. "But this is the problem, that truth and facts have sort of gone out the window. So anybody who is paying attention knows full well that not only did the administration not accept peaceful protests, but they turned it around and turned it into an anti-American act.

"So, we all saw that and then to then fast forward four years and say, 'No, no, we actually definitely feel strongly that Americans should be allowed to peacefully protest.' It's just like an utter lack of concern or conviction for anything in terms of your truth. There is no truth. So, no character, no conviction and that's a big part of the issue right now, is that the people leading our country are just speaking from both sides of their mouth and just saying whatever they want to say."

For much of his Warriors tenure, Kerr has been outspoken on social issues and disagreed with Trump's policies. In 2017, he criticized Trump's executive order restricting travel from seven majority-Muslim nations. Trump mocked Kerr last year after Morey send out a tweet in solidarity with Hong Kong.

“I watched this guy, Steve Kerr, and he was like a little boy, he was so scared to be even answering the question,” Trump said in October. “He couldn’t answer the question. He was shaking. ‘Oh, oh, oh, I don’t know. I don’t know.’ He didn’t know how to answer the question, and he’ll talk about the United States very badly."

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Kerr tried to curtail his comments towards the president during last season, privately declining to comment on Trump's impeachment hearings in January. Nonetheless, he continued criticizing Trump on Twitter after the NBA suspended its season due to the coronavirus in March.

Kerr said Friday he hopes for a change in leadership in the Oval Office.

"This is how it works in politics, it's just unfortunate that this is how people in power can think because we would like to," Kerr said. "Or at least hope to believe that we would have people who are in it for the right reasons, trying to actually lead us in a positive direction, but that hasn't been the case."

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