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Weekly Mailbag: 10/31/16-11/6/16

We have an opportunity for you to hit us up with your questions in this, our weekly mailbag feature. Have a question regarding player movement, the salary cap or the NBA draft? Drop us a line at [email protected] Here are this week’s inquiries:

There have been rumors of either Jimmy Butler, Jabari Parker or Jae Crowder/Amir Johnson coming to Golden State for Klay Thompson. Would the Warriors be willing to part with one of the league’s best two-way players and an integral part of their team’s success? What has caused these rumors, and which trade seems the most likely? — Matt Trapp

Overactive imaginations? The Warriors aren’t going to break up their superteam so soon after signing Kevin Durant, and with their defensive issues they’re not going to trade their best player on that end of the court. Thompson is only 26 and he is signed for the next three seasons at roughly $16.6MM, $17.8MM and $18.9MM, figures that are very reasonable in the current market. Golden State won’t risk chemistry issues by shipping out Thompson for any of those players, who collectively haven’t been in nearly as many important playoff games as he has.

It was expected that the Warriors’ defense would struggle this year, but now their rebounding has suffered, too. Zaza Pachulia has been serviceable, as has David West, but they have struggled rebounding the ball, and aren’t getting help from everyone else on the floor.  I know it’s still early in the season, but this happened in the Spurs game and tonight against the Lakers. Is there any way Warriors can upgrade at center with the little money they can spend? — Nick Elliston

In an ideal world, they would uncover the next Hassan Whiteside, a shot-blocking force who is looking for an NBA contract that will launch him to stardom. Unfortunately for Golden State, there are very few NBA quality centers who aren’t already in the league. Getting rid of Andrew Bogut and Festus Ezeli was necessary to create enough cap room to sign Durant, and the Warriors would surely do it again. If you’re looking for a realistic long shot, how about Nerlens Noel? He didn’t get a rookie scale extension, so the Sixers wouldn’t mind dealing him before he becomes a restricted free agent. And his salary is only $4,384,490, so in theory he could be had for a combination of Pachulia and Kevon Looney.

For months we had heard about the Celtics trying to make a major trade before the draft.  Then we heard about them trying to make a trade post draft.  Realistically do you think they will make an in-season trade of any significance?  If so what kind of deal? — Dan Mallahan

Nobody has more assets than the Celtics when it comes to young players and draft picks, so it seems like something will get done eventually. They tried to trade for a pick to land Kris Dunn in June, and they’ve been linked to Jahlil Okafor rumors for months, so Danny Ainge has been working the phones. The important thing is that when a star becomes available — the Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins, for instance — Boston will be in position to outbid anyone.

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3 thoughts on “Weekly Mailbag: 10/31/16-11/6/16

  1. smittybanton

    Sixers have to get Patrick McCaw back in that deal for Noel, then move Pachulia/Looney to other teams for future draft picks.

    The Warriors correctly identified a hidden gem in McCaw, went out of their way to get him ($2.4M) and may be able to fill their huge hole in the middle without trading Klay Thompson and get a championship ring because of it.

    Kudos.

  2. smittybanton

    However, someone in Liberty Ballers comment section pointed out that Nerlens Noel’s cap hold this summer could prevent the Warriors from re-signing Kevin Durant to a maximum deal should he opt out as expected. They’d have to renounce their rights to Igoudala and others, is the word.

  3. woodstock005

    Kevin Duran is a great player scoring 30 pts per game
    How ever what about rest of the team??
    Especially missing good defensive center. Warriors had zero
    Very vernable a good coach well challenge the Warriors for lay up
    In NBA you can’t win by just score 30 pts
    Ever NBA final has neither a very good defensive center or forward
    1975 warriors has Clifford Ray
    Bulls has Scotty and Bill
    2016 warriors has???
    They better get one soon or will be knock out at final four

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