Report: Warriors trade Andre Iguodala to Grizzlies

The Golden State will look a lot different next season. On Sunday afternoon, Kevin Durant made the announcement that he was headed to Brooklyn to join the Nets. Late Sunday night, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Warriors had acquired D’Angelo Russell from the Nets in a sign-and-trade for Kevin Durant. It’s a four-year, $117 million max contract for Russell, according to the report.

Finally, according to Wojnarowski, Golden State shipped Andre Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzlies.

This is a lot to unpack, and there could be some more moving parts, but here is what you need to know for now; Durant to Brooklyn, Russell to Golden State, and Iguodala to Memphis.

What a day!

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Kevin Durant to sign with the Brooklyn Nets

Kevin Durant is going to Brooklyn. Durant made the announcement via Instagram. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, it’s a four-year, $164 million deal. Durant is expected to miss all of next season due to a torn Achilles tendon.

Also, according to Wojnarowski, Kyrie Irving is expected to sign with the Nets. It will be a four-year, $141 million deal, according to the report.

Both Durant and Irving’s deals won’t be official until July 6.

With Irving and Durant in the fold, the Nets will be formidable for years to come. However, next season, they are probably not a championship caliber team because Durant is expected to miss next season, but it’s still happy times in Brooklyn.

Listen to Go4it! Guest: Rider University assistant basketball coach Marlon Guild

We will be talking sports and having fun doing it! We will discuss all things NBA Finals and more with Rider University assistant basketball coach Marlon Guild. Is the Warriors’ dynasty truly over? What happens with Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson? What happens with Kawhi Leonard.

We’ll talk about it all!

Show starts tonight at 7pmest!

Are the 2019 Warriors turning into the 1989 Lakers?

In 1989, the Los Angeles Lakers were looking to be the first team to win three straight NBA titles since the Celtics did it in the 1960s. After having the best record in Western Conference, and working their way to the NBA Finals, Los Angeles seemed poised to three-peat, but for that to happen, the Lakers needed to beat the “Bad Boy” Detroit Pistons, a team Los Angeles beat in a tight, seven-game series in the 1988 NBA Finals.

However, on their way to trying to win three straight NBA titles, the 1988-89 Los Angeles Lakers ran into some problems. Before Game 1 of the 1989 NBA Finals, Byron Scott injured his hamstring in practice, which forced him to miss the series. Also, in Game 2, the regular season MVP, Magic Johnson would injure his hamstring, which caused him to miss the rest of the series. Those injuries were a big reason why the Pistons swept the Lakers in the 1989 NBA Finals.

Thirty years later we could be seeing a similar script with the 2018-19 Golden State Warriors. The Warriors are trying to three-peat, and after losing Game 3 123-109, the Raptors lead the NBA Finals 2-1.

Golden State is without Kevin Durant, who has not played in the NBA FInals and has been ruled out of Game 4 after injuring his calf in Western Conference semifinals against Houston, and they were without Klay Thompson in Game 3. Good thing for the Warriors, Thompson is expected to return in Game 4. How healthy Thompson will be is uncertain. Kevon Looney, who has contributed off the Warriors’ bench, could miss the rest of the series with a non-displaced first costal cartilage fracture. Also, star C DeMarcus Cousins recently returned from a quad injury,  and while he was effective in Game 2, he was not very good in Game 3 and looked very sluggish.

The Warriors are breaking down right in front of our eyes.

Golden State has played a lot of basketball in the last five seasons. The Warriors have been to the NBA Finals five straight years. Before the 1989 Finals, the Lakers had played in three out the last four NBA Finals. 1989 made it four out of five NBA Finals appearances for Los Angeles.

While the Lakers were able to make it back to the NBA Finals in 1991(lost to Bulls in five), the Lakers’ Dynasty was pretty much done after 1989.

Could the Warriors suffer a similar fate? Durant and Thompson can become free agents in the summer. Thompson is probably going to return, but Durant’s return is still up in the air at this point.

Anything can happen, but as the Finals continue on, it is becoming evident that the 2019 Warriors could end up like the 1989 Lakers.

 

Ex-NBA player Jamario Moon on Warriors: ‘You can’t bet against them'(Video)

The defending champion Golden State Warriors have played a lot of games over the past four years, and it’s hard not to when you been to the Finals four straight seasons, which netted them three championships.

Last season was not very easy for the Warriors. They battled injuries to Steph Curry and Andre Iguodala in the postseason. Furthermore, if the Rockets’ Chris Paul does not get injured in the WCF, they may have been eliminated by Houston, but in the end, the Warriors found a way to get it done.

In the offseason, the Warriors might have gotten better. They added another All-Star in DeMarcus Cousins, who is expected to return midseason as he recovers from a ruptured Achilles tendon.

However, next season, LeBron James will be in the Western Conference, Houston added Carmelo Anthony, and OKC retained Paul George. Therefore, the West will still be tough, but the Warriors still have five All-Stars, which according to former NBA player Jamario Moon, makes them the favorite in the Western Conference.

“You can’t bet against them guys,” Moon told Paul Gant.

Listen below as Moon talks Warriors, and asks whether we should call Kevin Durant a “Splash Brother.”

Stephen A. Smith: LeBron reached out to Durant to join him in L.A.(VIDEO)

According to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, LeBron James has reached to Warriors star Kevin Durant about joining him in Los Angeles with the Lakers.

Durant is expected to opt out his contract with the Warriors, but re-sign with the team.

Regarding LeBron, no one knows at this point where he may go, but according to reports, if the Lakers get Kawhi Leonard from the Spurs, LeBron could head to the Lakers.

Here is what Smith had to say on First Take today:

Stephen A. Smith believes Durant will leave Warriors at some point(VIDEO)

When Kevin Durant decided to sign with the Warriors in the summer of 2016, many believed that Golden State had a team that was going to be tough to beat for years to come, and at this point, that seems to be true.

The Warriors won a title with Durant last season, and are currently up 2-0 on the Cavs in the 2018 NBA Finals.

Game 3 is Thursday night in Cleveland.

According to reports, Durant, 29, is expected to opt out of his contract this summer, but will re-sign with the Warriors.

However, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith does not expect Durant to stay with the Warriors for the rest of his career.

Listen to what Smith had to say on First Take on Tuesday:

Iguodala compares Durant to Jordan; compares himself to Pippen(Watch)

Kevin Durant was cooking yesterday as he scored 38 pts, including 20 points in the 1st half as the Warriors dominated the Pelicans 118-92 in Game 4 of their Western Conference semifinal series on Sunday. Warriors lead the series 3-1.

After the game, Durant’s teammate Andre Iguodala compared Durant to Jordan, and himself to Scottie Pippen.

Take a listen:

Iguodala game is similar to Pippen’s game, but he is not on Pip’s level. In terms of Durant, he can score the ball, but he’s not Jordan.

Kevin Durant reacts to the death of Gregg Popovich’s wife(WATCH)

Erin Popovich, who was the wife of Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, died on Wednesday, according to a statement from the Spurs.  She was 67.

According to ESPN, Gregg and Erin were married for four decades and had two children and two grandchildren.

Warriors star Kevin Durant reacted to the death of Erin Popovich:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Gregg Popovich and his family.

The NBA on Christmas by the numbers

NEW YORK – The 70th edition of the NBA on Christmas Day will tips off today.  The league’s Dec. 25 schedule (see below), which features five games for the 10th straight season, will be seen in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages.

Showcasing a record three games on ABC and one each on ESPN and TNT, Christmas Day will include a Finals rematch between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors as the teams meet on the holiday for the third consecutive year.

Here are some numbers highlighting the NBA on Christmas Day, which will mark the start of Week 11 of the 2017-18 season:

395/16 Kobe Bryant is the NBA’s career Christmas Day leader in points (395) and games played (16).

 301/76 Cleveland’s LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have each recorded 301 points and 76 assists on Christmas Day, the third-highest all-time totals for both categories.

60        Hall of Fame forward Bernard King scored a Christmas Day-record 60 points for New York against the New Jersey Nets in 1984.

52        New York will play on Christmas Day for an NBA-high 52nd time.

 50        The three players who have scored at least 50 points in a game this season will be in action: Washington’s Bradley Beal, Houston’s James Harden and Cleveland’s LeBron James.

44        Golden State’s Kevin Durant owns the highest-scoring game on Christmas Day among active players, recording 44 points for Oklahoma City against the Denver Nuggets in 2010.

37        Thirty-seven players from outside the U.S. representing 23 countries and six continents are on the rosters of teams playing on Christmas Day.  The Celtics have the most international players with six.

33.2     Oklahoma City’s Carmelo Anthony has averaged 33.2 points in five Christmas Day games, the highest mark among all players with at least four appearances.

29        Houston’s Eric Gordon, the 2016-17 Kia NBA Sixth Man Award winner, will celebrate his 29th birthday on Christmas Day.

22        The Knicks and Lakers share the record for most wins on Christmas Day with 22 each.

16        Philadelphia will make its first appearance on Christmas Day in 16 years.

13        Boston, Cleveland and Houston have each had winning streaks of at least 13 games this season – the first time three teams have done this in their first 30 games of the same season.  The Rockets extended their current winning streak to 14 games with a 120-99 victory over the Utah Jazz on Dec. 18.

10        Cleveland’s Dwyane Wade has won 10 games on Christmas Day, the most in NBA history.

8          ESPN’s Doris Burke will be a Christmas Day game analyst for the eighth time when she calls Wizards-Celtics on ABC.  Burke is the first woman to serve as a regular national NBA game analyst.

4          TNT’s four-person Inside the NBA team – Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal – will call the Lakers-Timberwolves game from Staples Center, joined by reporter Kristen Ledlow.  This will be the first live game that all four Insidecrew members have called together.

3          Cleveland and Golden State will become the first teams to face each other three consecutive years on Christmas Day since the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat from 2004-06.

2          NBA TV will offer two full days of original programming on Dec. 24-25, including the premiere of Hoops Africa: Ubuntu Matters, a documentary spotlighting basketball’s impact on society and the development of the sport on the African continent (Dec. 24, 1:30 p.m. ET).

1          Boston will play a home game on Christmas Day for the first time.  Of the Celtics’ 30 previous games on Christmas, 28 were on the road and two were at a neutral site.

 

NBA ON CHRISTMAS DAY 2017 SCHEDULE

Game

Time (ET)

Network

Philadelphia at New York

12:00 p.m.

ESPN

Cleveland at Golden State

3:00 p.m.

ABC (ESPN Radio)

Washington at Boston

5:30 p.m.

ABC (ESPN Radio)

Houston at Oklahoma City

8:00 p.m.

ABC

Minnesota at Los Angeles Lakers

10:30 p.m.

TNT