Warriors didn't know Klay Thompson, Anderson Varejao were best friends

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Amidst reports of chemistry issues surrounding the Golden State Warriors, we learned about a time Klay Thompson was particularly distraught due to a decision by the team’s front office.

Amin Elhassan noted that Thompson was tremendously upset when the Warriors parted with big man Anderson Varejao (via House of Strauss):

“Someone told me that when Varejao got cut, Klay went into this deep depression and at that time, that was the first time that anyone on the team realized that that was Klay’s best friend. No one even knew until he got cut and Klay was all sad, and they were all like, ‘Oh snap, that’s your boy?’ And it turns out, that was his on-the-road buddy. Like, they’d go to dinner together and they’d have a couple of drinks together and stuff like that.”

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This offensive play is a recipe to success for 76ers guard JJ Redick

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Philadelphia 76ers guard JJ Redick has a not-so-secret weapon on offense that’s quietly becoming an integral part of the team’s identity.

J.J. Redick is the best “off handoff” shooter in the NBA

— Ben Pfeifer (@Ben_Pfeifer_) October 24, 2018

The team sent away two of their best shooters (Robert Covington and Dario Saric) to land Jimmy Butler. This gives a bigger role to Redick, who earned the start over Markelle Fultz. Redick can likely maintain this spot especially if he can continue to have success when shooting after handoffs.

Zach Lowe spoke to Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck about how this play type has helped Redick transform Philadelphia’s offense (via ESPN):

“Redick running off a Joel Embiid handoff is the single most important component of their offense … at least in the halfcourt.”

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