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Flush with about $25 million in cap space, the Trail Blazers are in the market for wings and backup point guards, and The Oregonian/Oregonlive.com has learned at least one player Portland is looking at is veteran wing Rasual Butler. According to a source, Butler has been offered a contract, but is in no hurry to sign, as he mulls other interest from teams, which includes San Antonio and Golden State.
It’s unlikely that Justin Holiday returns to the defending champion Warriors. The reserve guard, brother of Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, is expected to sign a free agent contract with another club. Holiday was undrafted and on the Warriors’ roster for the entire season, playing 59 games and averaging 4.3 points. The Warriors have so much guard depth, Holiday is forced to look for more playing time elsewhere.
Barnes took it all in on the back of a Chevy Camaro during the town’s Fourth of July parade. According to Diamond Leung of the Bay Area Sports Group, he was dubbed the Grand Marshall and brought the Larry O’Brien trophy with him: After the parade, fans got an opportunity to take photos with the Champion. Not only was he the Grand Marshall, the city honored him with the key to the city.
Stephen Curry is lethal from the three-point line and frighteningly consistent from half-court. The sweet-shooting NBA champion tried to make things more difficult on himself by throwing a PhunkeeDuck into the mix. Predictably, he was still efficient. Sinking long-range shots is a more basketball-centric use for the ride than, say, exiting a postgame press conference. But Curry still has a long way to go in supplanting J.R. Smith as the NBA’s true Face of the PhunkeeDuck.
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Golden State has explored dealing ex-Knicks power forward David Lee, who wants to play in New York and has one year and $15.5 million left on his pact. According to a source, this scenario has been discussed among the parties. Pacers center Roy Hibbert, who opted in to the last year of his deal ($14 million) and shares an agent with Monroe, reportedly is available as well, and the Knicks have interest.
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One other big man on the Knicks’ radar is Golden State’s David Lee. Sources say the Knicks have discussed internally the possibility of trading for Lee, who was drafted by New York in 2005 and played his first five seasons there. Lee, 32, is due to make $15.5 million next season and is looking for a new home. The Knicks have approximately $19 million in cap space and can absorb Lee’s contract in a trade. Lee’s deal would come off the books in 2016 and the expiring contract would give the Knicks an extra $15 million in cap space to spend in the summer of 2016, when the cap is expected to increase by $22 million.
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Howard Beck: David Lee has one year left on deal, so no long-term cap issues for team acquiring him. Still a very effective scorer/rebounder/passer. I do know that Knicks have had discussions about reacquiring Lee. But they had to explore all FA options first. It’s a possibility. David Lee remains very popular with Knicks fans. Many didn’t want to see him go back in 2010, when they signed Amare. Would be good PR, too. To those asking: Teams w/cap room wouldn’t have to give up much to get Lee from GSW. They want to shed his salary, minimize tax hit.
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“Proud to say that I’ll be a Warrior for at least the next five years,” Green said in a video posted to Bleacher Report. “It’s been a long journey to get to this point. Always trying to overcome the odds, overcome doubters. “To be in this position, signing back long term with the Warriors is amazing. It’s an organization that I love, it’s great being a part of, best fans in the NBA, first-class organization.”

David West targeting Spurs and Warriors

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David West is willing to put his money where his mouth is – even if he loses quite a bit of it in the process. According to a person with knowledge of his situation, the free agent forward who declined a $12.2 million player option to stay with the Indiana Pacers next season, has serious interest in playing for the San Antonio Spurs or the Golden State Warriors. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the free agency process.
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Then there was this: You remember the post-season postmortem when Larry Bird all but begged Roy Hibbert to opt out of the final year of his contract? West was watching. West was listening. And West was seething. He thought it was a low-class move by the organization to, in his words, “throw Roy under the bus.” “That’s one thing where I wish they would have handled better was the situation with Roy,” West said. “I’ll be honest with you, that bothered me a little bit, and I told Roy that. I’m the type of guy who feels like we’re all in this fight together and I’m not designed in that way to put it all on one guy. That did rub me the wrong way. That threw me off. I started reading some of that stuff, I started thinking, ‘Whoaa.’ I just didn’t feel good about that. I told Roy that it bothered me, that he’s still my teammate.
“You know, obviously Roy wants to play, he knows he’s unpopular right now, but we talked and he’s going to be a professional. He’s always been a professional. He’s had his ups and downs but he’s always been a pro and been diligent about his work. He’s working to get better. He’s going to fight. He’s not going to be one of those guys who’s going to become a locker room issue. “But that was not the straw that broke the camel’s back. “I just watched those finals, and I thought, ‘Man, I’ve got to give myself a chance.’ That’s the reason I made this decision.‘’