NBA trade rumors: Why Warriors could end up moving top 2020 NBA Draft pick

The NBA Draft lottery? Postponed. The NBA Draft combine? Postponed. And with commissioner Adam Silver pursuing every realistic path to resume the current season, the 2020 NBA Draft itself also could be pushed back from its original date of June 25.

Regardless of when the event actually occurs, lottery-bound teams won’t stop scouting this year’s prospects. The Warriors will be firmly in that group heading into the draft — if they keep their pick.

When play was suspended on March 11 after Jazz center Rudy Gobert’s positive test for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Warriors sat alone at the bottom of the league standings with a 15-50 record, four games back of the Cavaliers (19-46) in the loss column. The lottery odds could change if the NBA keeps regular-season games on the schedule rather than jumping straight into the playoffs, but for now Golden State holds the best odds for the No. 1 overall pick. It shouldn’t fall out of the top five.

That positioning gives the Warriors options, including the possibility of trading the pick for a win-now player.

“Yeah, we’re going to consider all that,” Warriors president of basketball operations Bob Myers told NBC Sports Bay Area’s Monte Poole. “Now, I don’t know if the headline is going to be that we’re trading our pick. So, be clear that I said ‘consider.'”

Everything is fluid here. No one knows exactly when (or whether) teams will return to a court, or how an adjusted calendar will affect the NBA Draft. The Warriors haven’t even formed a draft board yet, according to The Athletic’s Anthony Slater. So, yes, this should all be placed under the “consider” umbrella. 

With that said, moving the first-round pick makes a lot of sense for the Warriors.

The 2020 class doesn’t have a can’t-miss prospect like Zion Williamson or Rookie of the Year front-runner Ja Morant. Georgia’s Anthony Edwards has landed near the top of several mock drafts, but his season wasn’t overwhelming enough to push himself into a separate tier above James Wiseman or LaMelo Ball. Maybe one of those guys can excite evaluators during workouts and interviews, though it seems unlikely that any of the available prospects could immediately propel the Warriors back into contention.

Golden State knows Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are coming back 100 percent healthy next season alongside Draymond Green. The Warriors will find out whether Andrew Wiggins can translate his potential into meaningful contributions. Steve Kerr isn’t leaving the bench anytime soon. This is not your typical basement dweller, which presents a different kind of challenge for Myers.

“It’s rare to have a team that might be able to contend and also have a top-five pick,” Myers told Poole. “That’s where you could fall into taking the best player available. You don’t want to pass on a guy that you feel can usher in the next 10 years of the franchise.”

As free agency has shown us, the Warriors are always looking to add pieces and keep the championship window open. They could reach a consensus on Edwards, Wiseman, Ball or someone else. But by the time draft night rolls around, Myers may prefer a known talent, one that blends nicely with the team’s core.

Don’t be surprised if he makes a big splash.

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Why Jadon Sancho isn't starting for Borussia Dortmund against Schalke

Bundesliga fans will have to wait a little longer for the return of Jadon Sancho after the winger was named on the bench for Borussia Dortmund’s derby clash with Schalke due to a calf problem.

Sancho’s phenomenal season was brought to a halt by the coronavirus crisis back in March and the 20-year-old will have been itching to return to first-team action in Dortmund colours this weekend.

The England international has established himself as one of the most lethal attacking players in world football, racking up 14 goals and 15 assists in the German top flight this term, and his performances have made him a target for Europe’s elite.

Manchester United are at the front of the queue for Sancho’s signature but Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool and Chelsea all remain in the race for youngster.

Sancho looked set for another chance to put himself in the shop window this afternoon after being pictured in training with the rest of his Dortmund team-mates last week.

However, Lucien Favre has decided not to risk Sancho from the start considering he has been struggling with a minor calf issue.

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Why Matthew Stafford’s Michigan house is up for sale

We’ve heard this story before: A star quarterback — in an offseason that swirled with rumors about him playing elsewhere — puts his house up for sale. 

This time, though, the story won’t end with the quarterback moving south to play in Tampa.

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is selling his home in the suburbs of Detroit (it can be yours for only $6.5 million), but it has nothing to do with him leaving the Lions. His wife, Kelly, quickly got in front of any theories involving a possible departure from Detroit.

“No speculation is needed,” Kelly Stafford said in an Instagram story. “We’re about to have our fourth child and I personally do not want to live on a lake or have a pool with four children under the age of a little over 3. So that is the reason that it’s on the market.”

The Staffords’ Realtor told the Detroit Free Press that the family is “actively looking at properties” in Michigan. 

Rumors have been rampant this offseason about the Lions moving on from Stafford or drafting a quarterback to replace him with the No. 3 overall pick in April’s draft. The Lions swiftly shut down any rumors that Stafford would be traded, which ruined any smokescreen that the team had an interest in taking a QB with their first pick.

Stafford stayed a Lion and the team drafted cornerback Jeff Okudah at No. 3, essentially confirming that the rumors were intended to drive up the trade market for the No. 3 pick. Lions GM Bob Quinn said after the draft that no official offers came in from a team trying to trade up.

“I want to be here,” Stafford said Thursday in his first public comments of the spring. “I love being a Detroit Lion. I love leading this team. All that kind of stuff is just out there to be out there. It’s a slow news month at that point and I’m just happy to be where I am and ready to deal with this offseason the way that it is and try to make the best of the season that I hope happens.”

His 2019 season was limited to eight games because of a back injury that he said he’s fully recovered from. In those eight games, Stafford threw for 2,499 yards, 19 touchdowns and five interceptions. Projected over 16 games, those stats would have given him the most TD passes and second-most passing yards in the NFL last season.

The Lions went winless in the eight games without Stafford.

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Tyson Fury explains why Deontay Wilder is more of a threat than Anthony Joshua

Tyson Fury believes Deontay Wilder is still more of a threat than Anthony Joshua and has described the two-time heavyweight champion as ‘a big cuddly baby’.

Fury convincingly beat Wilder in February to win the WBC heavyweight title and set up a unification fight against Joshua, who regained his WBO, WBA (Super), IBF and IBO world titles with a win in his rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr in December.

But Fury has dismissed Joshua’s ability because of the 30-year-old’s defeat to Ruiz last year and claims Wilder is still a tougher opponent.

‘One-hundred percent, Joshua’s not dangerous, at all. He’s like a big cuddly baby,’ Fury told ESPN.

‘Why would I be a believer when he got knocked spark out by Andy Ruiz?


‘A last-minute replacement opponent, who turned up 300 pounds or whatever it is, he didn’t train, and Anthony Joshua couldn’t do any good with him in the rematch.

‘He doesn’t have anything, he couldn’t hold a candle to the Gypsy King.

‘There’s only one heavyweight out there, there’s only one undefeated world champion.

‘They’ve all fallen by the wayside, the fellow that hasn’t gotten beat, has knocked them out! I’m the only one! Me, the Gypsy King, unbeatable, the untouchable, unbreakable champion.’

Fury has also switched from his initial plan to retire after his next two fights.

‘I’m going to fight on till I’m 40 years old,’ Fury said.

‘I’ve been thinking about it, and there isn’t much else to do anyways. So yeah, I may as well keep fighting.

‘I don’t see anyone out there that can challenge me. I just flattened the best one out there.

‘The toughest opponent out there is Deontay Wilder, and we all saw what happened to him the last time out.’

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Why Jerry Jones insisted on CeeDee Lamb wearing a specific, legendary number with Cowboys

The next No. 88 is here for the Cowboys.

CeeDee Lamb might have worn No. 2 in college, but that’s obviously not an option in the NFL. Originally, Lamb wanted to wear No. 10, but that’s apparently not in the cards. At least, not according to Dallas owner Jerry Jones.

“This is a little drama from my perspective,” Jones said after the draft, “but when we were all sitting there and had said our peace, then we said, ‘OK. What’s it going to be?’ I said in honor of my great friend that just passed (in December), we’re going to have his namesake come on over here and wear old number 88 just like Michael and Dez and those guys. And we’ve got us a receiver. Let me tell you one thing: If he’s got the compete and heart of that Jerry Lamb, he’ll be bad to the bone.’”

According to the NFL Shop, Lamb is set to don the legendary No. 88 for Dallas.

No. 88 is a hallowed number in Dallas receiver history. Drew Pearson wore it, and he’s one of the great Cowboy receivers and was a Hall of Fame finalist in 2020. Michael Irvin wore it, and he’s in the Hall of Fame. Dez Bryant wore it, and he’s … not in the Hall of Fame, but he is the franchise’s all-time leader in touchdown receptions.

So, there’s two ways you can look at it: either Lamb has big shoes to fill with his new number, or Dallas is entrusting the Oklahoma wideout to be the next great offensive threat in Big D. The pick was a little bit of a surprise, considering Dallas recently spent big money to keep wide receiver Amari Cooper in town.

In any case, the pairing of Lamb, Cooper and Ezekiel Elliott should bring some shine back to the Dallas star, no. 88 or not.

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Why did Jalen Hurts leave Alabama? A timeline of the Oklahoma QB’s path to 2020 NFL Draft

Jalen Hurts navigated one of the most-interesting career arcs of all time as a college football quarterback.  

He started as a freshman at Alabama. He was benched as a junior. He played in the College Football Playoff each of the last four years for two of the winningest programs in college football with Alabama and Oklahoma.  

Now, Hurts is trying to prove he can play quarterback at the next level. After an impressive performance at the NFL Combine, he should get that chance.  

So, why did Hurts leave Alabama for Oklahoma, again? Did that help his NFL stock? We look back at Hurts’ college career.  

Freshman breakout season  

Hurts came off the bench in his first college game at Alabama and totaled 150 yards and four TDs in a 52-6 blowout against USC on Sept. 3, 2016. Hurts led Alabama to a 14-1 record and led the go-ahead touchdown drive in the CFP championship game before being upstaged by Clemson’s Deshaun Watson in a 35-31 loss.  

Hurts finished with 2,780 passing yards, 954 rushing yards and 36 total touchdowns as a freshman. He entered his sophomore season as the starter, but freshman Tua Tagovailoa created buzz upon his arrival in Tuscaloosa.  

Benched for Tua Tagovailoa  

Hurts maintained the role as a starter in 2017 and led Alabama to a second straight appearance in the 2018 CFP championship game – this time as a one-loss team against Georgia.  

Hurts was benched at halftime in favor of Tagovailoa with the Crimson Tide trailing 13-0, and Tagovailoa led a comeback in a 26-23 overtime thriller.  

Hurts had 2,081 passing yards, 855 rushing yards and 25 total TDs as a sophomore, but Tagovailoa won the starting job the following season.  

Alabama coach Nick Saban managed to keep both quarterbacks on the roster, however, and  

Hurts spent most of his junior season as a backup to Tagovailoa.

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Redemption against Georgia  

Hurts’ redemption began in the 2018 SEC championship game against Georgia. Tagovailoa was injured, and Hurts stepped in with the Crimson Tide trailing 28-21 and led back-to-back TD drives.  

He scored the game-winning TD on a 15-yard run with 1:04 remaining. That helped the Crimson Tide reach the CFP championship game for the fourth consecutive season.  

Hurts closed his Alabama career with two pass attempts in a 44-16 loss to Clemson in the 2019 CFP championship game on Jan. 7, 2019.  

Why did Jalen Hurts leave Alabama?  

Hurts transferred to Oklahoma for his senior season, where he followed back-to-back Heisman Trophy winners in Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray.  

Hurts thrived as the starter in Lincoln Riley’s offense. He finished with 3,851 passing yards and 32 TDs and added 1,298 rushing yards and 20 TDs. He led Oklahoma to a 12-1 regular-season record and finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting behind LSU’s Joe Burrow.  

Hurts’ college career ended in a 63-28 loss to the Tigers in the College Football Playoff semifinals. He had 217 passing yards, 43 rushing yards an two TDs in the loss.  

Jalen Hurts NFL Draft projection

Hurts was asked if he would consider switching positions at the NFL Combine, and he delivered a pointed response.  

“I’ve always been a team-first guy, but I think I’m a quarterback,” Hurts said at the Combine. “I think that’s that.” 

Hurts impressed at the NFL Combine in drills and is being projected as high as a second-round pick in some mock drafts. Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer has Hurts going to the Las Vegas Raiders at pick No. 80. 

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Kevin De Bruyne reveals why he'd love to play with Cristiano Ronaldo

‘He’d make my assist numbers go up… I could cross it three metres higher and know he is still going to get it!’: Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne on why he would love to play with Cristiano Ronaldo

  • Kevin De Bruyne reveals why he would love to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo
  • The Manchester City star insists Ronaldo would make his life a whole lot easier
  • De Bruyne believes his assist tally would sky rocket if Ronaldo played with him 
  • Portuguese talisman is known for his freak athleticism and goalscoring ability

Kevin De Bruyne has revealed that he would love to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo because of the Portuguese’s freak athleticism and goalscoring ability. 

Speaking from his home while in isolation, the Manchester City star discussed dream team-mates with Sportsmail’s Jamie Redknapp – who said he would love to see De Bruyne in a midfield three with Andres Iniesta and Xavi.

While Redknapp dreamed up what one of the most best midfield trios of all time, De Bruyne was thinking further up the pitch. 

Kevin De Bruyne has revealed that he would love to play alongside Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo

De Bruyne heaped praise on Ronaldo for his freak athleticism and goalscoring ability

‘I would look to strikers, someone like Thierry Henry, my coach at Belgium,’ De Bruyne said on the Football Daily Podcast

‘Even someone like Cristiano, for me as a creative player you know he is going to be there so I want someone quick who can go deep, that would help me a lot. For what I do, strikers are the main importance.’ 

Redknapp agreed saying that the Portuguese talisman would love to be on the end of De Bruyne’s trademark cross – which De Bruyne claims could still be overcooked and Ronaldo would manage to reach it.

De Bruyne added: ‘Cristiano, I could cross it three metres higher and know he is still going to get it.’

De Bruyne joked Ronaldo could still reach a cross that was three metres higher than normal

De Bruyne (left) spoke with Sportsmail’s Jamie Redknapp (right) from his home on a video link 

The 28-year-old has built a reputation as one of the best passers’ in the world, while Ronaldo’s freak athletic ability see him stand head and shoulders above the rest.

Before the Premier League came to an abrupt halt last month, De Bruyne lead the assists table with having set up 16 goals – four more than anyone else.

He has created 21 more chances and seven more big chances than any other Premier League player while also tops the league’s charts for successful passes into the final third.

So far in his career, De Bruyne has 170 assists from 438 games while he had 97 goals to his name.




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Paul Merson explains why Man Utd should abandon Jadon Sancho transfer

Paul Merson has urged Manchester United to give up on signing Jadon Sancho this summer as Borussia Dortmund’s £100million asking price for the winger has been ‘blown out of the water’ by the coronavirus crisis.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has identified Sancho as his number one attacking target and the 20-year-old is ‘very open’ to the idea of joining United as he wants to be close to his friends and family in England.

Earlier this week, United midfielder Juan Mata reserved special praise for Sancho and Marcus Rashford also talked up a move for his England team-mate at the start of the month.

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However, the devastating COVID-19 pandemic has caused uncertainty across all of football when it comes to contracts and potential deals and former Arsenal midfielder Merson cannot see Sancho leaving Dortmund anytime soon.

‘All the talk about Jadon Sancho commanding a £100m-plus transfer fee has been blown out of the water if you ask me,’ Merson told The Daily Star.

‘Borussia Dortmund are said to be demanding in excess of that figure for one of Europe’s hottest young talents, but they can forget it.

‘There’s no way that’s going to be happening. It’s gone – over and out.

‘Top clubs can’t be putting staff on furlough and then start forking out that kind of money the minute the transfer window opens.

‘The landscape has changed not just for everyone on the planet but for football as well.

‘Really big-money moves may be off the table for quite some time.’ 

Amid the intense speculation surrounding Sancho’s future, Marco Reus urged his team-mate to reject a big-money move and stay on at Dortmund.

The Dortmund captain told Sport Bild: ‘Jadon is an outstanding player and will definitely remain in demand by many clubs. That is a fact.

‘He’s now playing at an even higher level than last year and would be extremely valuable in achieving our goals.

‘I would advise him to stay at BVB for another year, maybe two. From my point of view, there is no better place for him at the moment.

‘Afterwards, he can take the really big step as an even more complete player, having developed further in peace here as a regular starter.

‘He would have to find his place at a new club, which isn’t always easy for a 20-year-old.

‘Just how interesting do you think Jadon will be for the biggest clubs if he spends one, two or three years more here to develop further?’

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Tom Brady reveals why he left the Patriots for the Buccaneers

Six Super Bowl championships, four Super Bowl MVPs, three NFL MVP awards, 14 Pro Bowls, 19 seasons in the league and a near-undeniable claim to GOAT status still aren’t enough for Tom Brady.

The future Hall of Fame quarterback wrote an essay for The Players’ Tribune in which he talked about what motivates him as a player, and why that passion ultimately led him to leave the Patriots — the only team he’s ever played for — and join the Buccaneers.

A lot of veteran players were mentors to me during my years as a Patriot. They were there for me when I signed a second contract. They were there for Super Bowl wins, and when I got married. They saw me develop, and grow, and eventually start a family. Along with the opportunity to win championships, the support of older teammates is an amazing part of playing for a team. Doing whatever I can to help younger players evolve as people and players matters a lot to me. I’ve learned so much during my 20 years in New England — and I want to bring those things to a new team. Right now, though, I have things to prove to myself.

It sounds like the opportunity to serve as a mentor to the Bucs’ talented young core, for one of the league’s least successful franchises, was something that enticed Brady into choosing Tampa Bay. Brady continued:

As I said before, playing for one team for 20 years has been an amazing ride and experience. But doing the same thing year after year brings its own challenges. A familiar rhythm can be comforting and great. But it can also make you lose sight of other rhythms, newer ones that remind you of everything that hasn’t been done yet.

For years, football pundits have tried to dissect the Patriots’ success, pinning it down to one of two factors: Brady’s greatness or Bill Belichick’s brilliance. Had Brady stuck things out and finished his career in Foxborough, there would likely be many who claim he was merely a product of Belichick’s system. Now, Brady has a chance to prove himself in Tampa, alongside a good core of offensive players and underneath well-respected head coach Bruce Arians.

“I’m trying to do things that have never been done in my sport. That’s actually fun for me, too, because I know I can do them. When a team gives you the opportunity to do those things with them, well … if not with them, then who? At some point, you have to throw your whole body into what you’re doing. You have to say, Let’s ride. Let’s see what we got.

“I want to show everybody what I got.”

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Mendes reveals why Cristiano Ronaldo chose to join Manchester United

‘The only person willing to take him on was Sir Alex Ferguson’: Cristiano Ronaldo picked Manchester United ahead of Arsenal in 2003 because every other club wanted to loan him back to Sporting Lisbon, according to his agent Jorge Mendes

  • Jorge Mendes has revealed how Manchester United signed Cristiano Ronaldo
  • United were eager for Ronaldo to play while Arsenal wanted to loan him out
  • Mendes says Sir Alex Ferguson was hugely influential in signing Sporting starlet 

Cristiano Ronaldo chose to join Manchester United in 2003 because every other club that was interested in signing the winger wanted to loan him back to Sporting Lisbon, his agent Jorge Mendes has revealed.

Ronaldo, then aged 18, was highly sought after, with Arsenal amongst the other teams that attempted to sign him.

Mendes disclosed that then United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was hugely influential in determining Ronaldo’s destination as he wanted the starlet to play straight away. 

Manchester United won the race for Cristiano Ronaldo as they wanted to play him immediately

Sir Alex Ferguson pictured with new signings Kleberson and Ronaldo in August 2003

Mendes told The Sun: ‘I’ve always maintained that the coach is, in the end, the most important component in any transfer.

‘Cristiano Ronaldo is a perfect answer.

‘Every club wanted him, but they all wanted him to have another season loaned back to Sporting.

‘The only person who seemed willing to take him on immediately was Sir Alex Ferguson and, at that time, I had no doubt it was the best solution.

Ferguson was determined to sign Ronaldo permanently after he impressed against United

‘My decision, made without a second thought, was that Manchester United was the ideal club for him.’

Ferguson was determined to sign Ronaldo after his impressive performance for Sporting in a friendly against United in August 2003. 

The deal was wrapped up and Ronaldo featured prominently during his first season at United as he made 40 appearances, scoring six goals.  

United certainly proved to be the right destination for Ronaldo, who went on to score 118 goals in 292 appearances in total for the club, winning a wide array of trophies in the process. 

After joining for £12.24million, Ronaldo left United for Real Madrid in 2009 for £80million – a world record transfer fee at the time. 

 


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