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While rest of NBA buzzes, Warriors stay pat at trade deadline

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Draymond Green addresses the media on Thursday at shootaround. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

OAKLAND — With the NBA trade deadline over by a matter of minutes, Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers was stretching and getting ready to play a pickup game against a group of assistant coaches.

That’s the reality for the Dubs: Thursday was just another day at the office.

The Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State’s opponent in the last three Finals, made a flurry of moves. In separate deals, they swapped Dwyane Wade, Isaiah Thomas, Derrick Rose, Jae Crowder, Iman Shumpert and Channing Frye for Larry Nance Jr., Jordan Clarkson, Rodney Hood and George Hill.

 

Kevin Durant said they got better but was sympathetic to Thomas and his family for getting traded twice in one season:

But it was Draymond Green who had the most spot-on analysis of the Cavs’ moves: “They still got LeBron James. I think everything else at that point is irrelevant.”

With the trade deadline passed, the Warriors may consider bidding on one of the several veterans who will be available after being bought out.

As Myers pointed out about a week ago, acquiring players that way is valuable for the Warriors — who are limited by roster and cap space — because it only costs money and doesn’t require major work to get done. (For example, Golden State doesn’t want to give up its draft picks because it needs them to add youthful players at a team-friendly rate).

“It’s a personal choice for the players but it is a place to address a need without giving up an asset,” Myers said.

NOTES

Green needed dental work after taking a blow toward the end of the first half of Tuesday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. He’ll be in braces for at least a couple weeks.

He didn’t want to say much about the no-call (because he wanted to save his money from the fine that would inevitably come if he truthfully addressed the situation), but he did make some great facial expressions when addressing the situation:

Golden State plays the Dallas Mavericks tonight at home. Tipoff is 7:30 p.m.

Contact Jacob C. Palmer at jpalmer@sfexaminer.com or on Twitter, @jacobc_palmer.

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