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Getty Draymond Green and Nikola Jokic battle for possession of the ball during a first-round playoff bout between the Golden State Warriors and the Denver Nuggets.

All is right with the Golden State Warriors‘ world at the moment, which is an incredible thing to say considering what the team has been through in recent years.

From Kevin Durant’s departure to Klay Thompson’s 2.5-year struggle to get back on the court, the James Wiseman saga and beyond… it has been a lot.

Things could get hairy again over the next couple of years, though, as team president Bob Myers and his brain trust search for a way to keep it all together.

Figuring out the Andrew Wiggins/Jordan Poole situation will be a chore in and of itself. When one considers that Golden State will also have to craft new deals/extensions for Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and, later, Wiseman, Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody, the situation becomes particularly daunting given the club’s repeater tax status.

Of the aforementioned, Green’s future payout may just be the most difficult to parse out. After all, he’ll be 33 during his player option year of 2023-24, and despite that — as well as the fact that he’s not a top scoring option — he’s seeking max money from the Dubs once again.

From where we sit, the Warriors’ best play may just be to get out in front of the problem and trade Green for a player they can keep for longer/cheaper. Here’s one deal accomplishing just that.

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To be clear, this trade pitch shouldn’t be taken as a negative commentary on what Green brings to the table. He remains a generational defender with elite awareness and playmaking ability on the other side of the court to boot.

That said, paying him the $30-plus million annually he seeks over the course of an extension that would take him to age 37 is probably a bridge too far.

So, as opposed to going down that particular road, we’re pitching this trade:

  • Denver Nuggets receive PF Draymond Green, a lottery-protected 2025 first-round pick and a 2025 second-round pick (via CHA)
  • Golden State Warriors receive F Aaron Gordon and F/C Zeke Nnaji

Gordon’s best attributes for our purposes here are his age at just 26 and the fact that he’s locked into a team-friendly deal that he can’t opt out of until 2025. As a result, the Dubs would save a few million in raw salary — and many more millions in tax penalties — next season alone.

Meanwhile, the former No. 4 overall pick figures to be a nice match for the Warriors’ current core on both ends of the court. Last season, he averaged 15.0 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists per contest while shooting 34% from deep.

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Why the Nuggets Do It

For the Nuggets, the time is nigh to get the Nikola Jokic-Jamal Murray-MPJ core to the contender’s table lest the team goes the way of the Utah Jazz. Even if they can get all of their players healthy, though, it’s difficult to see Denver getting to the promised land after it ranked just 15th defensively last season (with a D-rating of 111.5).

Green’s incredible pliability on the defensive end in tandem with the team’s acquisition of lockdown ace Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, could elevate the Nuggets to the upper crust of NBA defenses. Meanwhile, Green’s playmaking on the other end would keep Denver in a nice spot on the other end.

And while the Nuggets have cap constraints of their own, they’re in a better position to extend Green if the all-in play works. Or, they could simply let the baller play out next season, opt in for 2023-24, then go get his best deal.

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Man who destroyed vast forest wins demise of park

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In a move that shocked environmentalists, the government of Brazil’s third-largest state has given up a legal fight over protecting a state park in one of the Amazon’s most biodiverse areas. The upshot of that decision is that a man responsible for the deforestation of huge swaths of protected land wins with finality a lawsuit against the government. The park will cease to exist.

Antonio José Rossi Junqueira Vilela has been fined millions of dollars for deforestation in Brazil and for stealing thousands of hectares (acres) of the Amazon rainforest. Yet it was a company linked to him that filed a lawsuit against the state of Mato Grosso, alleging it had improperly set the borders of the Cristalino II State Park.

The park stretches for 118,000 hectares (292,000 acres), larger than New York City, and lies in the transition zone between the Amazon and drier Cerrado biomes. It is home to the endemic white-fronted spider monkey (Ateles marginatus), a species endangered due to habitat loss.

In a 3-2 decision, Mato Grosso´s upper court ruled that the government’s creation of the park in 2001 was illegal because it took place without public consultation.

The state government did not appeal that decision, leaving it to become final. Now the park will be officially dissolved, the government press office confirmed to The Associated Press.

The loss of the park is a measure of how bad things are today for the Amazon. Not only are environmental laws going unenforced, now a court has invalidated a major protected area. Scientists say not only are ecosystems being lost, but massive deforestation is damaging the forest’s ability to absorb carbon dioxide, a crucial role it plays for the planet.


Before he challenged the validity of Cristalino II park, Vilela’s presence was already well known there. In 2005, he was fined $27 million for destroying 11,000 hectares (27,000 acres) of forest inside the protected area, according to local press reports at the time.

In 2016, the Vilela family made headlines in Brazil for being at the center of a landmark enforcement operation against deforestation in the Amazon, known as the Flying Rivers Operation, carried out by the Brazilian environment agency, Ibama, the federal police and the attorney general.

Vilela was also indicted for deforesting 30,000 hectares (74,000 acres) of public forests in Pará state, the equivalent of five Manhattans. Brazil’s attorney general called Vilela the worst perpetrator of deforestation the Amazon had ever seen.

Legal proceedings often stretch for many years in Brazil. If convicted in the Pará case, Vilela could be sentenced to more than 200 years in prison. He could be fined more than $60 million.

Attorney Renato Maurílio Lopes, who has represented both Vilela and an affiliate company, did not respond to messages left by The Associated Press Wednesday and Thursday.

According to researcher Mauricio Torres, a geographer from Pará Federal University, Vilela’s family follows the “classic script of land grabbing in the Amazon.”

The way to steal land in Brazil is to deforest it and then claim it, he said. ¨It is through deforestation that the land-robbers concretely mark their ownership of the land and are recognized as ‘owners’ by other gangs,” he wrote to the AP.

According to official data, as of March 2022, Cristalino II had lost some 22,000 hectares (54,000 acres) to deforestation, even though it is a fully protected area. The area destroyed makes up almost 20% of the park.

Mato Grosso, Brazil’s largest soybean-producing state, is run by governor Mauro Mendes, a pro-agribusiness politician and ally of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who has repeatedly said Brazil has too many protected areas and vowed not to create more of them.

Mendes’ state secretary of the environment is Mauren Lazzaretti, a lawyer who made a career defending loggers against criminal charges related to the environment.

During their tenure, Mato Grosso experienced one of the worst environmental disasters in Brazilian history. In 2020, wildfires burned 40% of the state’s Pantanal biome, the world’s most extensive tropical wetlands. Mendes signed a law Thursday that allows cattle raising in the Pantanal´s private preservation areas.

Via email, Mato Grosso’s Environment Secretary said it will proceed with the park’s dissolution and did not appeal because “it was deemed technically unviable.” The office noted that the adjacent Cristalino State Park I is still a protected area and covers 66,000 hectares (163,000 acres) of Amazon rainforest.

In a statement, the Mato Grosso Socio-environmental Observatory, a non-profit network, said that the park’s extinction sets a “dangerous precedent” and the state government has shown itself incapable of protecting preserved areas. It said it is assessing legal options to maintain Cristalino II.

“The public should not have to pay the price for the omission and incompetence of the state of Mato Grosso,” Angela Kuczach, head of the National Network for Conservation Units, told the AP.


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