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Warriors Exercise $3.8M Option On Marreese Speights

Jun 29, 2015 4:47 PM

The Golden State Warriors have exercised their $3.8 million team option on the contract of Marreese Speights for the 15-16 season.

Speights played minutes at both power forward and center this past season.

Speights averaged 10.4 points per game in 76 regular season appearances.

Diamond Leung/San Jose Mercury News

Tags: Marreese Speights, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Draymond Green Open To Face-To-Face Visits; Pistons, Rockets, Hawks Expected To Show Interest

Jun 29, 2015 12:44 AM

Draymond Green said he would do his due diligence with all suitors when free agency arrives Wednesday and is open to face-to-face team visits with serious free agent opportunities.

Along with the Golden State Warriors and Detroit Pistons, the Atlanta Hawks and Houston Rockets are also expected to be among the teams interested in Green, according to a source.

"The one thing I've been taught is to go into this thing with no expectations," Green said. "When you do, that's when it gets frustrating. That's when it gets stressful. I just want to have fun and enjoy this process.

"So I'm not going in there with no expectations for this or expectations for that. That would take away the enjoyment. And that's what I want, I want to enjoy this."

Green arrived in Los Angeles on Sunday to meet with his agent, B.J. Armstrong.

"When [Armstrong] talks I just start laughing at him," Green said. "To hear my name mentioned like that [financially], to hear that type of stuff, it brings me back to moments like when I grew up in Saginaw, Michigan where my mom made about $14,000-$15,000 per year. It's surreal. It's like a joke and I can't believe it.

"At some point I will believe it. But it's like, 'Wow.' Who would have imagined this? You have these big goals. You hope this and hope that. You want to believe it, but it seems so far-fetched. To be in this moment, this position, it's like, 'Wow.' "

When asked about his time with the Warriors, Green said, "It was fun. I built relationships that will last a lifetime. They're a first-class organization. I had a great experience, but that probably won't change."

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Draymond Green, Atlanta Hawks, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Warriors Won't Trade Two First Rounders To Unload David Lee

Jun 23, 2015 4:31 PM

The Golden State Warriors are attempting to trade away David Lee this offseason to save on the luxury tax.

Lee is due $15.5 million in the final season of his contract in 15-16.

The Warriors are prepared to trade away a first round pick to unload Lee, but teams seem to want more assets given his low value and what that level of cap space would be worth in free agency.

The Warriors already owe one future first round pick to the Utah Jazz as part of the Andre Iguodala maneuvering in 2013.

Sources say the Warriors won't sacrifice two draft picks to trade Lee.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Tags: David Lee, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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NBA Issued Memo On No Longer Giving 'We'll Match Any Offer' Comment On RFAs

Jun 19, 2015 4:00 PM

The NBA issued a memo to all teams in November that the National Basketball Players Association has officially taken the position that the well-worn "we'll match any offer" reflex strategy and its corresponding intent to discourage interest in a particular RFA is a circumvention of the salary cap.

While the NBA itself doesn't agree with the NBPA's view, league officials see enough potential merit in the union's stance to advise those who persist with match-any-offer chatter that they could be opening themselves up to legal action.

Sources say that agents Rich Paul and Mark Termini of Klutch Sports urged the NBPA to challenge the way teams have historically dropped loud hints about their matching plans in an attempt to chill the market for restricted free agents. Tristan Thompson is represented by Paul and Termini and will be a restricted free agent.

Bob Myers was recently asked about the impending restricted free agency of Draymond Green.

"I can't comment, per league rules, on that specific question," Myers said when pressed about Green.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Tristan Thompson, Draymond Green, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dunc'd On Basketball Pod: June 19th (Offseason Previews: Warriors, Bulls, Grizzlies)

Jun 19, 2015 2:12 AM

In Friday's episode, Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) and Daniel Leroux of RealGM (@DannyLeroux) recap the day’s NBA news and preview the offseason ahead for the Warriors, Bulls and Grizzlies.

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Tags: Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, Dunc'd On

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Curry, Green Become First Members Of +1,000 Club

Jun 18, 2015 1:45 PM

Stephen Curry and Draymond Green became the first players to have a plus/minus over 1,000 for a single season since the NBA began counting the stat in 1997.

Curry finished at +1,083 for the regular season and playoffs, while Green's total was +1,031.

LeBron James was the previous record holder at +992 during the 08-09 season ahead of Michael Jordan's +954 in 97-98.

Tom Haberstroh/ESPN

Tags: Draymond Green, Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Don Nelson: Draymond Green Made Playing Small Possible For Warriors

Jun 18, 2015 1:40 PM

Don Nelson is skeptical that the Golden State Warriors' smallball strategy will create a league-wide shift since it takes a certain collection of players.

"It started with San Antonio (last year) with the ball movement, and Golden State played that way," Nelson said.

"But you've got to have the personnel. Not everybody has Draymond Green" -- a highly skilled power forward -- "and he's the one who made it possible."

Nelson was one of the pioneers of playing small throughout his coaching career.

Jon Wilner/San Jose Mercury News

Tags: Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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2015 NBA Finals Becomes Most Watched Since Jordan's Bulls In 1998

Jun 17, 2015 5:15 PM

The 2015 NBA Finals recorded the highest viewership of any Finals since Michael Jordan's last season with the Chicago Bulls in 1998.

The series featured two medium sized markets in the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, but two of the NBA's marquee players in Stephen Curry and LeBron James.

The six-game series averaged nearly 20 million viewers (19,939,000 P2+) and an 11.6 U.S. household rating, up 30 percent and 26 percent, respectively, from the 2014 NBA Finals (Miami-San Antonio).

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA CBA

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David Lee, Warriors To Work Together On Finding Trade Partner

Jun 17, 2015 1:30 PM

The Golden State Warriors and David Lee's camp have decided to work together on finding a trade partner this offseason.

Lee lost his starting job to Draymond Green and eventually was out of the Warriors' rotation.

Lee ended up playing important minutes in The Finals when the Warriors went smaller to unlock the Cleveland Cavaliers' defense.

The Warriors are facing a massive luxury tax bill if they don't trade away Lee, who is scheduled to earn $15.4 million next season.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: David Lee, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Warriors Had +8.2 Eff. Differential In Playoffs, Best Defense Since 2004 Pistons

Jun 17, 2015 3:32 AM

The Golden State Warriors finished the 2015 NBA Playoffs with an efficiency differential of +8.2, scoring 108.7 points per 100 possessions while allowing 100.5.

2015: Warriors (+8.2, 108.7, 100.5) 

2014: Spurs (+10.0, 114.2, 104.2)

2013: Heat (+7.3, 110.2, 102.9)

2012: Heat (+8.0, 109.6, 101.6)

2011: Mavericks (+6.6, 112.9, 106.3)

2010: Lakers (+4.3, 112.8, 108.6)

2009: Lakers (+7.9, 111.4, 103.5)

2008: Celtics (+6.1, 109.4, 103.3)

2007: Spurs (+4.4, 107.6, 103.1)

2006: Heat (+4.2, 106.5, 102.4)

2005: Spurs (+4.9, 110.1, 105.1)

2004: Pistons (+7.2, 98.5, 91.2)

2003: Spurs (+6.0, 103.8, 97.7)

2002: Lakers (+4.1, 106.4, 102.3)

2001: Lakers (+13.6, 110.0, 96.5)

2000: Lakers (+2.6, 110.4, 107.8)

1999: Spurs (+8.5, 103.7, 95.2)

1998: Bulls (+8.3, 110.7, 102.4)

1997: Bulls (+6.5, 109.0, 102.5)

1996: Bulls (+12.2, 112.5, 100.3)

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Tags: Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ, NBA Playoffs

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Warriors Win 2015 NBA Finals
Stephen Curry and the Warriors have won their first Finals since 1975.

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Advanced Stats Of The NBA Finals After Games 1-5

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Stephen Curry Treated For Dehydration Following Game 5
After his postgame news conference, Stephen Curry appeared to be in discomfort.

Ethan Sherwood Strauss/ESPN

Lacob: We Had Confidence David Lee Could Contribute Again
David Lee was mentioned in trade rumors at the deadline as he had fallen out of the Warriors' rotation and is eating a large share of their cap.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Some Cavs Believe David Blatt Needs To Deepen Rotation
David Blatt only played seven players in Game 4 before clearing the bench in the fourth quarter when the game became a blowout for the Warriors.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Warriors Given 79.2 Percent Chance To Win Series By Oddsmakers
The Warriors are currently being offered at -380, meaning a $10 bet would only provide a profit of $2.63.

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Warriors Have Been 33 Points Per 100 Possessions Better In Finals With 3+ Passes
The Warriors built their offense through spacing and ball movement during the regular season.

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Warriors' 28-Year-Old Special Assistant Suggested Starting Iguodala In Game 4
The Warriors started Andre Iguodala instead of Andrew Bogut in Game 4.

Ethan Strauss/ESPN

Cavs Have Dominated Time Of Possession In Finals
Cleveland has possessed the ball for 87 minutes -- compared to 67 minutes for Golden State -- and held the ball more than 55.9 percent of the time in all three games.

Kevin Pelton/ESPN

Draymond Green Suffering From Back Spasms
Draymond Green has been suffering from back spasms, but he will be prepared to play Game 4 for the Warriors.

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LeBron James: We Don't Have Nothing To Lose
Dwyane Wade told LeBron James he's seeing a different mindset from him in The Finals.

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ABC Has Their Highest-Rated NBA Finals Through Game 3
Tuesday’s Game 3 delivered a 13.7 overnight rating, making it ABC’s highest-rated Game 3 ever and up 33 percent from a 10.3 from last year.

Ben Cafardo/ESPN

Advanced Stats Of The NBA Finals After Games 1-3

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Bogut: David Lee Provided Same Output As Love Besides Three-Point Shooting
The upgrade of Kevin Love over David Lee didn't seem worth losing Klay Thompson to Bogut.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Ron Adams Pushed For Bulls To Select Draymond Over Marquis Teague In 2012
Ron Adams pushed for the Bulls to draft Draymond Green in the 2012 NBA Draft when he was Tom Thibodeau's lead assistant.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Wizards Strongly Considered Drafting Klay Thompson Instead Of Vesely
Klay Thompson blew Flip Saunders away at a pre-draft camp, but Vesely was considered a safer pick and was ranked higher on most boards.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Stephen Curry Has Shot 10-For-38 On Three's Since Fall In Houston
Stephen Curry is shooting 26.3% from three since his Game 4 fall at Houston compared to 44.7 percent in the playoffs beforehand.

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Advanced Stats Of The NBA Finals After Games 1-2
The Cavaliers are playing at a disadvantage on offense without Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, but they are a better team defensively with Tristan Thompson and Matt Dellavedova.

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Joe Lacob Has Rebuilt Warriors With Silicon Valley Principles
Joe Lacob's previous experience was mostly in life sciences, green energy and Internet commerce.

Al Saracevic/San Francisco Chronicle

Ron Adams: You Have To Be Eclectic In Defending LeBron
Ron Adams is in charge with creating the Warriors' defensive scheme against the Cavaliers.

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