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Something’s up with Michael Porter, Jr.

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Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer reported late Wednesday that Michael Porter, Jr.’s crew canceled his Friday group workout in Chicago. Several teams in the top 10 — including the Sacramento Kings, who picked No. 2 — were scheduled to attend. Porter, of course, missed just about the entire season for Missouri after a back injury. Teams thinking about spending a top-10 pick on him have lots of questions. O’Connor also quickly moved Porter up to No. 4 on his mock draft after breaking the news. The Memphis Grizzlies have the No. 4 pick.

USA Today’s Sam Amick later reported that Porter’s team says the workout will be rescheduled, and there’s a real chance the Kings will take Porter at No. 2. James Ham, the Kings’ beat writer for NBC Sports Bay Area, moved Porter into the No. 2 spot in his mock draft.

I have no inside information here, but what all this adds up to for me: Porter’s camp is reassessing his range, and wants to give up precious workout time and medical info only to teams on the high end of that range. The Knicks, who pick No. 9, were invited to this original workout. Porter’s team might now believe he’ll be off the board by No. 4. So why let teams lower than that into a workout?

Draft week weirdness is usually about gamesmanship and reality shaping. Just a hunch, but that seems to be what’s on order here.

Break up the Warriors

I wrote about how the Warriors will be broken up ... in 2020. The short version is that Klay Thompson (a free agent in 2019) and Draymond Green (a free agent in 2020) don’t appear super willing to give the Warriors discounts — though there’s some debate around Klay — and having a team of max-level stars is really, really pricey. So the thinking is that by 2020, something’s got to give.

Of course, the Warriors could break the system again by packaging Thompson and Green for a max star who is individually better than either, or Golden State could just pay the enormous luxury tax bill to remain as close to unstoppable as possible. It’s all on the table.

Links Galore

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Mystics vs. Sun was absolutely bonkers.

The Lakers have told Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball to chill on the roast war.

Adrian Wojnarowski on whether the relationship between Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs can be repaired. This story includes a rumor that Gregg Popovich won’t coach the Spurs beyond the 2020 Olympics.

Her Lynx teammates explain how Lindsay Whalen is capable of playing in the WNBA while serving as head coach for the University of Minnesota women’s team.

Tom Haberstroh attempts to put the Warriors’ dynasty in historic context.

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Remarkable halfcourt bounce pass through traffic from Gabby Williams, a rookie.

Celebraring the 2018 class of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

Tim Kawakami has an interesting take on the ribbing of Kevin Durant at the Warriors’ parade. It boils down to the Warriors still not really knowing Durant.

Kevin Huerter, who has been rumored to have a promise from a team in the late first, is having hand surgery.

Major kudos to J.J. Barea on winning the Pro Basketball Writers Association’s J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for his work helping his native Puerto Rico to ... well, survive after Hurricane Maria. You can still support Barea’s much-needed efforts! Puerto Rico still needs us!

How Dennis Rodman, the greatest rebounder in NBA history, became the unofficial ambassador to the North Korean regime.

The worst U.S. soccer team you can build with good athletes from other sports, starring J.R. Smith in goal and Isaiah Thomas and Lou Williams at center back.

Rest in peace, Anne Donovan, a legend who won at every level in every role. She was just 56 years old.

And finally: Harry Lyles, Jr. educates us on the three stages of drinking Hennessey as displayed by Jordan Bell at the Warriors’ parade.

Be excellent to each other.