Disgruntled Damian Lillard Vetoing Trade to Golden State Warriors
Disgruntled Portland Trail Blazers superstar Damian Lillard has made it clear that he would veto a trade to his hometown team, the Golden State Warriors. In a recent interview on the “It Is What It Is” podcast, Lillard expressed his respect for the Warriors’ success over the years but stated that he couldn’t see himself joining a team that has already won four championships. He specifically mentioned that he wouldn’t want to do what Kevin Durant did in 2016 by joining a team he just lost to. Lillard also pointed out that joining the Warriors would mean playing alongside Stephen Curry, a player he considers to be one of the best in the league. Despite being 0-3 against the Warriors in the playoffs, Lillard is looking to force a trade to the East Coast and join the Miami Heat.
Warriors Begin Extension Talks with Klay Thompson
The Golden State Warriors and Klay Thompson have started negotiations for a contract extension. Thompson, who is entering the final season of his five-year, $190 million deal, is set to earn $43 million this season. The Warriors are eager to keep Thompson on their roster and have proposed contract extension terms. However, both parties are taking their time with the discussions, considering the financial implications and new restrictions under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). The Warriors consider Thompson, along with Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, as integral pieces to their future success.
Warriors Sign Usman Garuba to 2-Way Deal
The Golden State Warriors have signed Usman Garuba, the Houston Rockets’ 2021 first-round pick, on a two-way deal. The 6-foot-10 Spanish big man joins Lester Quiñones as two-way players on the Warriors’ roster. Garuba has had limited playing time in his first two seasons, averaging only 2.8 points and 3.9 rebounds in 12.2 minutes off the bench across 99 games. The Warriors have the option to sign up to three two-way players next season, and they hope that Garuba can contribute to their team’s success.
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Alder Almo is a basketball journalist who covers the New York Knicks and Golden State Warriors for Heavy. With over 15 years of experience in local and international media, including broadcast, print, and digital, Almo brings a wealth of knowledge to his reporting. He has previously covered the Knicks for Empire Sports Media and the NBA for Off the Glass. Originally from the Philippines, Almo is now based in Jersey City, New Jersey.