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Why Warriors pursuing Anthony Davis doesn't make sense ... for now

Why Warriors pursuing Anthony Davis doesn't make sense ... for now

The Warriors covet Anthony Davis. They have quietly visualized him joining the squad that has become the best in the NBA.

But now is not the time to make their move.

With Davis reportedly requesting a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans, a number of teams are sprinting to line up for the chance to deal while simultaneously scanning their rosters to determine who can be sacrificed to acquire the rangy power forward.

The Warriors, even with the uncertainty surrounding Kevin Durant’s future, won’t be among them.

Nor should they be.

No matter how much a team likes a player that comes available in trade, there are certain conditions that make it improbable and, moreover, reckless. Two such conditions exist with the Warriors.

The first is that they’re 10 days from adding an impact player to the lineup. DeMarcus Cousins, who missed the first 45 games while recovering from serious injury, has played four games and already it is apparent he’s able to contribute.

Adding a second such player in the middle of a season is a recipe for chaos. As Draymond Green said Friday, winning in the NBA is more complex than simply gathering the best talent and putting five guys on the floor. Though the Pelicans utilize an offensive system similar to that of Warriors, the core of the two teams is dramatically different.

The second condition is that the Warriors, as currently constituted, are playing better than any team in the league. They’ve won 10 in a row because the offense is humming, assist numbers are rising, turnover numbers are falling and the defense has been there every time it was needed.

To choose this time to make a move that would require sending away at least one starter might be great in fantasy sports. It would be misguided and disruptive in reality.

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The key component to making a trade in today’s NBA is matching the salaries. The Warriors have the capacity to do that, even though Davis has a 15-percent trade kicker. Davis is making 25.4 million this season, and he’s due $27 million next season, after which he is able opt out. The trade kicker, basically a bonus for being dealt, would add roughly $8 million to his contract.

When you’ve won three championships in four years, when you have the best core group in the league, and when you are the hottest team in the NBA, you don’t take silly risks. As great as Davis is, it’s not prudent to chase him via trade.

There are a number of good teams that might need a “shake up” or a rebuild before the Feb. 7 trade deadline. The Warriors, at this time, are not one of them.

NBA won't consider season resuming sooner than May 1, Adam Silver says

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NBA won't consider season resuming sooner than May 1, Adam Silver says

The NBA won’t consider resuming its season any sooner than May 1 amid the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, commissioner Adam Silver said Monday.

"We should accept that at least for the month of April we won't be in any position to make any decisions," Silver told Turner Sports’ Ernie Johnson in a Twitter interview Monday (via Sports Illustrated).

Silver was one of the North American sports executives on a weekend call with President Donald Trump, who reportedly said that the NFL season should start in September. The NBA commissioner said sports leagues would “love to lead the way in restarting the economy” when public health officials say it is OK to resume play, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Adam Schefter reported Saturday.

"Beyond crowning a champion, what would the symbolism be of sports starting back up in this country?" Silver told Johnson on Monday.

The NBA was the first North American professional sports league to suspend its season when Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert tested positive for the virus on March 11. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended days later that all gatherings of at least 50 people should be canceled through early May. Most state governments have issued stay-at-home orders since then, with all but “essential” businesses remaining open and enforcing social-distancing guidelines.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told Warriors star Steph Curry nearly two weeks ago that the curve of the coronavirus’ spread would need to “come down” and no longer strain the country's medical system before leagues could consider playing. There are over 360,000 confirmed cases in the United States and over 10,000 people have died as of this writing nationwide, according to NBC News reporting.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom, following Trump’s reported hopes, said that he “didn’t anticipate” NFL games with fans in the stands this fall. The state, home of the Warriors, Kings, Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers, also has more NBA teams than any other.

Steph Curry not on CJ McCollum's list of top three NBA players right now

Steph Curry not on CJ McCollum's list of top three NBA players right now

Out of sight, out of mind.

Steph Curry missed a majority of the 2019-20 NBA season due to a broken left hand, so it's easy to forget just how good he is because he hasn't been on the court putting on dazzling displays night after night.

When fully healthy, Curry is arguably one of the top-5 players in the NBA.

But one of Curry's peers didn't include him on their list of the top three NBA players in the league right now.

In an interview with Jay Williams for "The Boardroom," Portland Trail Blazers star CJ McCollum was put on the spot to list the three best players in the NBA.

McCollum wanted to include Kevin Durant, but because the former Warriors star is hurt, he omitted him.

"Bron ... Kawhi. Giannis," McCollum finally said. "I think Bron has solidified himself as the best player right now."

So, McCollum went with LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Right now, among healthy players that have played a majority of the season, it's hard to argue with McCollum.

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LeBron and Giannis were the top candidates for the 2019-20 MVP and Kawhi the best two-way player in the NBA.

We're sure once Curry is fully healthy and able to put on a show on a nightly basis, he'll reclaim his place as one of the best players in the NBA, and his peers will have a hard time forgetting about him.