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Briante Weber Agrees To 10-Day Deal With Hornets

Feb 26, 2017 6:22 PM

Briante Weber has agreed upon a 10-day deal with the Charlotte Hornets.

The Golden State Warriors decided not to re-sign Weber after the expiration of his second 10-day deal in order to sign Jose Calderon.

Weber averaged 1.7 points, 0.6 rebounds and 0.7 assists in 6.6 minutes over seven games with the Warriors.

Weber went undrafted in 2015 out of VCU.

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Tags: Briante Weber, Charlotte Hornets, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Warriors Expected To Sign Jose Calderon

Feb 26, 2017 1:59 AM

The Golden State Warriors are strong favorites to sign Jose Calderon if he's bought out by the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Warriors released Briante Weber after Saturday's game.

“It’ll be a point guard,” Steve Kerr said. “We think we have something in place, but it’s not finalized. Got to wait until it’s official.”

Calderon only appeared in 24 games this season, starting 11, and only averaging 3.3 points per game with the Lakers.

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Warriors Reach Out To TNT About Shaq's Coverage Of JaVale McGee

Feb 24, 2017 5:33 PM

The Golden State Warriors reached out to TNT to express concern about JaVale McGee's continued presence on "Shaqin' a Fool."

A Turner source confirmed the discussions with the Warriors and told ESPN that "the matter has been discussed internally" after a Twitter feud erupted Thursday night between Shaquille O'Neal and McGee.

McGee has been a frequent target of O'Neal over the years, but the network took it a step further Thursday night when it aired a "Doctor Strange" piece devoted exclusively to McGee bloopers.

That prompted a nasty exchange of tweets Thursday night between McGee and O'Neal in which McGee told the Hall of Famer to stop talking about him in explicit fashion, followed by O'Neal threatening to "smack the s**t out yo bum ass."

Kevin Durant and Steve Kerr both defended McGee on Friday.

"He works extremely hard," Durant said Friday. "He's come in here and done so much for us as a player, He only wants to be respected, just like anybody else.

"I understand that Shaq works for a company that wants him to do that type of stuff and make fun of players ... but when you just keep doing it time and time and time again, for no reason, and the guy actually disagrees with you and you threaten him ... I didn't know cops could threaten civilians like that."

Durant was referring to O'Neal's status as a reserve police officer in South Florida.

"It's definitely childish," Durant said. "But that's what they want from these stars and these retired players ... to feud with the guys playing now. If I was JaVale, I'd feel the same way. It's childish."

Said Kerr: "JaVale has been fantastic for us, as a player, a teammate, fantastic guy. He's funny, he's fun to be around, he does his job. He's a total pro.

"I don't blame him for being frustrated. Shaq's been picking on him for years and years and years. I think JaVale, and rightfully so, I feel like he's frustrated. It's like, 'It never ends.' It's one thing to just have a little fun, but I think you can go a little bit over the top."

Kerr acknowledged being influenced by the TNT segments.

"You think about JaVale's career. When you're in this position, where somebody on national TV is making fun of you night after night after night, it's not the greatest thing for your reputation. I can tell you I had a preconceived notion of JaVale before he got here that turned out to be totally false. And a lot of that was because of what goes on with Shaq's 'Shaqtin' A Fool.'"

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Tags: JaVale McGee, Golden State Warriors, NBA

Draymond Green To Paul Pierce: You Can't Get No Farewell Tour

Feb 24, 2017 11:04 AM

During the opening minute of the Golden State Warriors' win over the Los Angeles Clippers, Draymond Green began talking trash during a free throw to Paul Pierce sitting on the bench.

“Chasing that farewell tour, they don’t love you like that," said Green. "You can’t get no farewell tour, they don’t love you like that. You ain’t got that type of love. You thought you was Kobe.”

Pierce was critical of Kevin Durant's decision to leave the Thunder for the Warriors in the offseason, which prompted a reply from Green.

"I just wonder at what point do they get bored talking about the same thing. You got all these guys talking. Like (Paul) Pierce today, like, dude nobody care what you did or who you did it for. Just give it a break."

Pierce replied on Twitter after the game.

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Tags: Draymond Green, Paul Pierce, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA

Andrew Bogut Allowed To Sign With Warriors Due To CBA Loophole

Feb 23, 2017 8:38 PM

Andrew Bogut is expected to agree upon a buyout with the Philadelphia 76ers and a loophole in the CBA will allow him to return to the Golden State Warriors.

The Warriors traded Bogut to the Dallas Mavericks in the offseason to help clear salary cap space to sign Kevin Durant. The Mavericks traded Bogut to the 76ers in a package for Nerlens Noel at the deadline.

The reacquisition restriction rule only applies to the "last trade" and not all prior trades as well.

According to a source, the NBA is interpreting that the "last trade" designation technically applies to the Mavericks only.

It is not year clear if the Warriors will have interest in Bogut, who figures to receive interest from the Cavaliers and Celtics.

According to Marc Stein, the Warriors will consider all options but they have been focused on targeting guards or signing Briante Weber for the remainder of the season. The Warriors have Zaza Pachulia, David West and JaVale McGee on their depth chart for big man minutes, though they recently waived Anderson Varejao.

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Tags: Andrew Bogut, Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Bob Myers Was Lakers' Original Top Choice To Become GM

Feb 21, 2017 4:04 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers' original top target to become their next general manager was Bob Myers, who recently signed an extension with the Golden State Warriors.

The Lakers are pivoting to Rob Pelinka as their top candidate. Pelinka has strong ties to the Lakers due to his years representing Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher.

Neil Olshey is another candidate though he's under contract with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Lakers assistant general manager Ryan West has a strong relationship and history with Pelinka, and would likely be considered a significant part of a new front-office regime.

Pelinka would have to divest from his business as an agent in order to become the Lakers' GM.

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James Harden: Durant, Westbrook 'Have To Figure It Out Themselves'

Feb 19, 2017 8:24 PM

Four years before Kevin Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder via free agency, James Harden was traded by the team to the Houston Rockets.

Harden has remained close with both Durant and Russell Westbrook, who have had a famously icy rivalry in the months since Durant signed with the Warriors.

“They’re two grown men,” Harden said. “They have to figure it out themselves.”

Durant was asked how he's dealt with potential distractions.

“Sometimes it’s tough,” he said. “But when you just block it out, it’s kind of easy. Don’t look at stuff and don’t pay attention. Stuff that you guys think is important, I don’t think it’s important at all. When you look at it that way, it’s pretty easy to me.”

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Tags: James Harden, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

Kevin Durant Non-Committal On Taking Less Money To Give Warriors More Flexibility

Feb 18, 2017 8:25 PM

Kevin Durant is expected to become a free agent this offseason and his new max deal is projected to start at $36 million.

Since the Golden State Warriors don't have full Bird rights on Durant, they would have to use cap space to re-sign Durant.

Durant could instead re-sign with the Warriors with a starting salary of $31.8 million, which is a 20 percent increase from this season and $4 million less than his projected max. The lower salary allows the Warriors to sign Durant under his non-Bird rights and they could then go over the cap to retain Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala, who will also be free agents.

Durant was asked if that’s something he would consider.

“We’ll figure that out when the time comes,” Durant said.

On Friday, Draymond Green told reporters that he’d always be willing to take less money to ensure a good situation remains intact, saying that money “can sabotage winning.” 

“I don’t feel the need to go tell Shaun and Andre: ‘Yo, go take less money, money isn’t everything,’” Green said. “I don’t feel the need to say that, nor will I say that. You can’t tell what guy what money he should make or what’s important to him or his pocket. I don’t count anyone else’s pocket. Will we recruit them and want them back? Hell yeah. We’ll do everything we can to get them back. But I’m not going to tell them, ‘Hey, man, you should stay here for a little less money. You don’t need that money.’ That’s not me.”

Stephen Curry will also be a free agent but the Warriors have the luxury of his small cap hold and full Bird rights.


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Tags: Kevin Durant, Shaun Livingston, Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

LeBron James: I Don't Have A Rivalry With Stephen Curry

Feb 18, 2017 4:58 PM

LeBron James doesn't view Stephen Curry as a rival despite their matchups in two straight Finals and their status with each winning multiple MVPs.

"I don't have a rivalry with Steph Curry," James said after Saturday's All-Star practice session. "There's no way you can say, 'Let's talk about rivalries,' and you say, 'Bird and Magic. Carolina, Duke. Ohio State, Michigan,' and then say 'LeBron and Steph.'

"It's disrespectful to those other three that I just named that you would even try to put us in the class with that. We haven't had enough battles, and who's to say we will have future battles. We'll see, but to put us in a category with [them], it's impossible. You can't do it."

James even feels there's not a team rivalry between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors.

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Tags: LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, NBA

Draymond Green: Dolan Has 'Slave Master Mentality' In Treatment Of Oakley

Feb 15, 2017 2:57 PM

Draymond Green spoke out against James Dolan and the New York Knicks' treatment of Charles Oakley last week in which he was ejected from Madison Square Garden.

“The man is a legend. Treat him as such,” Green said. “First off. This is Charles Oakley. Why is he buying a ticket?”

Oakley and Dolan met with Adam Silver on Monday, leading the Knicks to lift their ban upon him from MSG.

“You doing it for me, It’s all good,” Green said. “You doing it against me … you speaking out against my organization, it’s not good anymore? That’s a slave mentality. A slave master mentality. That’s ridiculous. It was all fine and dandy when he was laying people out, taking fines and all this stuff for your organization. But now all of a sudden when he says something that he feels, it’s a problem.”

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LeBron, Durant, Curry, Harden, Westbrook Comprise NBA's Top-5 In Total Earnings
LeBron James is the highest-paid player in the NBA in terms of total earnings for the third straight year at $88 million.

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Klay Thompson Changes Agencies From BDA To Wasserman
Greg Lawrence is Klay Thompson's lead agent at Wasserman.

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Briante Weber To Sign 2nd 10-Day Contract With Warriors
Briante Weber received interest from four teams about signing him in the interim.

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Warriors-Thunder Draws Highest Non-Christmas Rating Since 2013
The broadcast peaked with a 4.7 from 11-11:15 p.m. ET.

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Warriors Triple Security For Kevin Durant's Return To Oklahoma City
A heightened armed security team has been procured, tripling the normal amount of security personnel the Warriors typically travel with.

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Russell Westbrook: Durant Did A Lot For OKC, Crowd Reaction Up To Them
After the Thunder played their final game before the first return of Kevin Durant with the Warriors, Russell Westbrook was asked what type of atmosphere he's expecting.

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Stephen Curry Disagrees With Under Armour CEO On Trump
Stephen Curry thought he was sure where Kevin Plank stood based on his track record, which made his praise for Trump surprising.

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Draymond Green Purposely Engaged Kevin Durant In Verbal Spat
After Kevin Durant became enraged, Draymond Green began winking and smiling at some of his teammates and coaching staff.

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Kevin Durant Realized Westbrook Storyline 'Fake Drama'
Kevin Durant admitted he's "been thinking" about his return to Oklahoma City this Saturday "for the last month" and just wants "to experience it [and] see how I feel once that moment comes."


Jerry West Intrigued By Potential Return To Lakers
The current deal of Jerry West with the Warriors expires this July and there have been no serious talks about an extension.

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Warriors Raising Ticket Prices 15-25 Percent
The best courtside seats will rise from $625 to $715, or $30,745 for the season, excluding the playoffs.

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Steve Kerr Fined $25,000 By NBA
Steve Kerr has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for verbal abuse of game officials and failing to leave the court in a timely manner.

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Isaiah Thomas, Stephen Curry Named Players Of The Week
Isaiah Thomas and Stephen Curry have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

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Stephen Curry Plans To Play In 2019 World Cup, 2020 Olympics
Stephen Curry played for United States in 2010 and 2014.

Warriors Sign Briante Weber To 10-Day Contrat
Briante Weber is averaging 16.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 7.4 assists (fourth in the D-League) and 3.26 steals (first) in 36.8 minutes.

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Warriors Waive Anderson Varejao To Sign Briante Weber To 10-Day Deal
Briante Weber was the NBA Development League's Player of the Month for January.

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Isaiah Thomas, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant Named NBA's Players Of The Month
Isaiah Thomas has been named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month for January while Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry share the award for the Western Conference.

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Klay Thompson To Defend 3-Point Contest Title
Klay Thompson is hitting the 3-ball at a 40-percent clip, and his 143 triples places him fifth among the top distance makers.

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Scott Brooks, Steve Kerr Named Coaches Of The Month For January
Scott Brooks and Steve Kerr have been named the NBA's Coaches of the Month for January.

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Stephen Jackson Occasionally Smoked Marijuana Before Games
Stephen Jackson said Don Nelson knew that he smoked marijuana.