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Warriors working to leverage future assets to get back future asset they already leveraged

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The Warriors are in a hurry to rebuild, apparently.

After trading Monta Ellis and Ekpe Udoh to get what they considered to be their franchise defensive center, a must for Mark Jackson’s plans since he was hired, the Warriors shut down their entire team and tanked so hard in order to keep their draft pick. They owe Utah a pick, and if it’s eight or higher in this draft, their 2012 pick goes to the Jazz. They landed at the seven spot in the lottery order, meaning if any of the seven teams behind them leapfrog into the top 3 with the lottery, the Warriors would be without their pick. They don’t like that plan.

So ESPN reports the Warriors are looking to trade future assets in order to make sure that doesn’t happen.

But the Warriors, sources say, are prepared to sacrifice a trade asset or two before Wednesday’s lottery to make a deal with Utah that would wipe out the stipulations in place for the 28 percent possibility that the pick falls outside of the top seven.

One source with knowledge of the discussions described the chances of a trade by Wednesday as “likely.” Yet it remains to be seen whether the teams can agree to a deal without involving current players, as Golden State apparently prefers.

Among the Warriors’ options to retain their 2012 pick outright is offering Utah a combination of future draft considerations, cash and/or a relaxation of the current restrictions on Utah’s rights to the pick in question in either 2013 or 2014. At present, Golden State’s 2013 pick is top-seven protected and its 2014 pick is top-six protected.

via Sources — Golden State Warriors eye trade with Utah Jazz to secure lottery pick – ESPN.

So because they sent away a short-term future asset, they’re willing to possibly part with a future asset to get that other future asset back. Got it.

Well, they’re in a hurry. You can appreciate that.

Honestly, it might be better to liquidate the pick this year and get it out the way. The Warriors will have a  year to evaluate whether Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, David Lee, and Andrew Bogut are enough to win with, then add a pick. If the pick lands in the top 3, it’s worth it. With the overall estimated value of this draft plumetting in the eyes of scouts, it might be better for the Warriors to abandon it. Then again, because of that drop in value, the Warriors might be able to get it back for better value than expected.

It’s not a major development, but it does show how aggressive the Warriors will be in trying to get back on track as quickly as possible.

Al Horford shows he still has hops dunking on Solomon Hill (VIDEO)

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That’s just nasty.

Atlanta’s Al Horford gets the ball out high, but within his range, so when he pump fakes Indiana’s Lavoy Allen goes flying by. That opens up the lane and Horford attacks it, Solomon Hill tries to cut him off, but Horford just finishes threw him.

Pacers and Hawks played an entertaining, close game Friday night.

Dwyane Wade shows he still has hops with dunk on Hornets (VIDEO)

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Dwyane Wade still has some springs.

In what may be his best dunk in recent memory, he shoulders Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to create space in transition, then gets up and throws it down before Nicolas Batum can get there for the block.

Not sure even Wade saw that one coming.

Reigning dunk champ LaVine: ‘I’ve got tricks up my sleeve’

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine is heading back to All-Star weekend to defend his slam dunk title. And he says he has “a few tricks up my sleeve” after dominating the event last year.

LaVine will compete against Detroit center Andre Drummond, Denver swingman Will Barton and Orlando forward Aaron Gordon in Toronto next weekend.

LaVine was one of the breakout stars of All-Star weekend last year with his electric performance in the dunk contest. He says he debated about coming back and made his decision after strong encouragement from his fans.

If LaVine wins, he will become the fourth player in the 31-year history of the event to repeat as champion. Michael Jordan, Jason Richardson and Nate Robinson are the others.

Report: Blake Griffin has second procedure on hand, timeline remains unchanged

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Blake Griffin will still return to the Clippers some time in March (barring any setbacks).

That said, he had a second procedure this week to repair the boxer’s fracture in his right hand, reports Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.

Clippers forward Blake Griffin underwent a second procedure this week on his broke right hand, sources told ESPN. The procedure was a part of the original surgery last week, so sources said the 4-6 week timeframe for his return remains unchanged.

This might help explain why Griffin’s hand looked so swollen and scarred this week. But to be clear, this was a planned second procedure, not a setback.

Griffin suffered the fracture punching a Clippers’ equipment manager while everyone was out to dinner in Toronto recently, while Griffin was still sidelined with a quadricep injury. The Clippers have moved on, but it is likely the league will tack on a couple of game suspension for Griffin upon his return to health.

And no, the Clippers are not looking to trade Griffin in spite of this. So stop asking.