The Warriors could have dealt Harrison Barnes to the Magic for Arron Afflalo and a future first-round pick, a source tells Ric Bucher of 95.7 The Game (on Twitter). The Warriors passed, but such a deal would have eased losing Klay Thompson in a Kevin Love trade.
More from the west:
- Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com wonders if Paul Pierce is the best realistic fit for the Mavs at small forward. MacMahon concludes that Pierce makes sense for the Mavs if signing him instead of a Plan B target would allow Dallas to have more depth next season and if they value future financial flexibility and fear overpaying for a Luol Deng or Trevor Ariza.
- Kent Bazemore will meet with the Spurs on Tuesday and the Celtics on Wednesday, tweets Michael Scotto of Sheridan Hoops.
- Some may be laughing it off, but LeBron James joining forces with the Suns makes perfect sense to Jesse Biancarte of Basketball Insiders. Phoenix already has Eric Bledsoe (assuming he re-signs), Goran Dragic, Marcus Morris, Markieff Morris, Miles Plumlee, Alex Len, and more. It’s a deep cast of young talent and one that LeBron can help elevate to contender status.
Zach Links contributed to this post.