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Klay Thompson Wants To Retire With Warriors

Feb 15, 2018 5:55 PM

Klay Thompson confirmed he wants to remain with the Golden State Warriors as he gets closer to free agency in 2019.

“Absolutely,” Thompson said. “I’ve always said that. Playing for one team your whole career is definitely special. Only so many guys have done it in professional sports, so it’ll be a goal of mine. Hopefully it all works out.”

Thompson signed an extension with the Warriors in 2014.

“It’s so far away,” Thompson said of his pending free agency. “Anything I can do to stay with the Warriors is first and foremost. God willing, it happens. If not, I don’t even think about that.”

“He’s certainly shown his worth here,” Warriors general manager Bob Myers said of Thompson. “It’s pretty undeniable how important he is. There’s not a lot of guys that can do what he does and be as humble and selfless as he is.”

Mark Medina/San Jose Mercury News

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Patrick McCaw Out Four Weeks With Fracture In Left Wrist

Feb 14, 2018 3:51 PM

Patrick McCaw out four weeks with fracture in left wrist.

McCaw's playing time with the Warriors has decreased in recent weeks.

McCaw was a second round pick in 2016.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Tags: Patrick McCaw, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Injury

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Apple Working On Scripted Series 'Swagger' Based On Kevin Durant's Early Life

Feb 13, 2018 2:46 PM

Apple has announced they are partnering with Kevin Durant's Thirty Five Media and Brian Grazer's Imagine Media to create a new scripted series called "Swagger." The series will be based on Durant's early life.

“Working with Imagine Entertainment on this project is an unbelievable opportunity for our company, Thirty Five Media,” Durant said in a release tied to the announcement. “They hold a well-respected place in the industry and have such a proven track record, that they’re going to do an amazing job collaborating with Reggie to bring this idea to life. I’ve lived and breathed basketball since I was a kid, and the idea for the show draws not just from my knowledge of that world, but the unique personalities involved and the drive that makes young players’ stories so compelling.”

Durant also recently secured a deal with YouTube on short form sports and documentary content.

Apple also has shows in pre-production with Reese Witherspoon, Damien Chazelle and Steven Spielberg.

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Steve Kerr Lets Warriors Coach Themselves In Blowout Win Over Suns

Feb 13, 2018 9:01 AM

Steve Kerr allowed several of his players to coach during Monday's blowout win by the Warriors over the Suns.

“They have to take ownership of it,” Kerr said. “As coaches, our job is to nudge them in the right direction and guide them. We don’t control them, They determine their own fate.”

Kerr believes the Warriors have struggled with inconsistency in part because they're tired of hearing his voice.

Kerr had Andre Iguodala organize morning shootaround, while JaVale McGee led the film sessions on his computer.

Kerr handed his clipboard to Iguodala during the first timeout of the game.

“We just figured it’s probably a good night to pull a trick out of the hat and do something different,” Kerr said. “The players responded really well. I just feel like when we’re focused, we are really tough to beat.”

David West, Draymond Green and Stephen Curry also took turns taking over the huddle.

Green eventually took the most predominant role.

The players responded well to the experiment even if it will only last for one game.

“You appreciate the process of being a little bit more thoughtful of controlling the game and the game plan,” Curry said, “and locking in on tendencies with the Phoenix players and just getting your mind right to play.”

“Let’s not get carried away; I like it here,” Kerr said. “I want to stay. I like this job. I’d like to stay on the job. But tonight they needed a new voice.”

 

Mark Medina/San Jose Mercury News

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Draymond Green Fined $50,000 By NBA

Feb 9, 2018 5:17 PM

Draymond Green has been fined $50,000 for directing inappropriate and offensive language toward a game official, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

The incident occurred at the end of the second quarter during the Warriors’ 125-105 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at Oracle Arena.

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Joe Johnson To Receive Interest From Celtics, Warriors On Buyout Market

Feb 8, 2018 3:07 PM

Joe Johnson is expected to negotiate a buyout from the Sacramento Kings.

The Kings acquired Johnson as part of a three-way trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Utah Jazz.

Johnson is expected to receive interest from the Celtics and Warriors.

Chris Mannix/Yahoo! Sports

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Forbes Values Average NBA Franchise At $1.65 Billion

Feb 7, 2018 10:47 AM

The New York Knicks remain the NBA's most valuable franchise for the third straight season, according to Forbes' annual report.

The Knicks are valued at $3.6 billion, which is an increase of nine percent from 2017.

The Los Angeles Lakers rank second at $3.3 billion, an increase of 10 percent.

The Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics round out the top-5.

The average NBA franchise is now worth a record $1.65 billion, up 22% over last year, and more than triple the figure of five years ago. 

Every NBA team is valued at $1 billion or more for the first time in league history.

“Investor interest in the NBA is enormous right now,” said Forbes’ senior editor Kurt Badenhausen, “thanks to the league’s strong current economic environment, as well as the international growth prospects, which are the best of any major U.S. sports league.”

1. Knicks: $3.6 billion (+9%)
2. Lakers: $3.3 billion (+10%)
3. Warriors: $3.1 billion (+19%)
4. Bulls: $2.6 billion (+4%)
5. Celtics: $2.5 billion (+14%)
6. Nets: $2.3 billion (+28%)
7. Rockets: $2.2 billion (+33%)
8. Clippers: $2.15 billion (+7%)
9. Mavericks: $1.9 billion (+31%)
10. Heat: $1.7 billion (+26%)
11. Spurs: $1.55 billion (+32%)
12. Raptors: $1.4 billion (+24%)
13. Kings: $1.375 billion (+28%)
14. Wizards: $1.35 billion (+35%)
15. Cavaliers: $1.325 billion (+10%)
16. Blazers: $1.3 billion (+24%)
17. Suns: $1.28 billion (+16%)
18. Thunder: $1.25 billion (+22%)
19. Magic: $1.225 billion (+33%)
20. Jazz: $1.2 billion (+32%)
21. 76ers: $1.18 billion (+48%)
22. Pacers: $1.175 billion (+34%)
23. Hawks: $1.15 billion (+30%)
24. Nuggets: $1.125 billion (+26%)
25. Pistons: $1.1 billion (+22%)
26. Bucks: $1.075 billion (+37%)
27. Wolves: $1.06 billion (+38%)
28. Hornets: $1.05 billion (+35%)
29. Grizzlies: $1.025 billion (+30%)
30. Pelicans: $1 billion (+33%)

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Steve Kerr: Guys Are Dying To Get To The All-Star Break

Feb 3, 2018 10:50 AM

Steve Kerr sees the Warriors as suffering from fatigue as the All-Star break is two weeks away.

The All-Star Game is later this year in addition to the regular season starting earlier.

"Hell yeah," Kerr said. "Guys are dying to get to the All-Star break. We're limping to the finish line of the All-Star break. But we've got to fight through it to the break and then we need to get the hell away from each other and go sit on a beach and relax and then we'll be in great shape."

The Warriors have six more games before the All-Star break.

"I was hoping you were going to say [the All-Star Game is] tomorrow," Kerr joked.

"... It's painful obviously that our guys are mentally fried right now," Kerr said. "So it's a good job to just get a win. ... Our guys are tired mentally, emotionally. So we just got to fight through, get to the break and rejuvenate."

Said Green: "I think every team in the NBA is looking at the All-Star break, wishing it was tomorrow. It's that time of year. You're right there, you know it's right there, but yet, you just can't quite grab it. So I think everybody is looking forward to that, but you just got to win."


Chris Haynes/ESPN

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LeBron James Calls Warriors Report 'Non-Story'

Feb 2, 2018 1:28 PM

LeBron James addressed a report that he would consider signing with the Warriors in the offseason.

With James hitting free agency this offseason and his future with the Cavaliers in doubt, he pleaded with reporters to no longer ask him questions about other teams.

James has also been linked with the Rockets and Lakers this season.

"The Golden State conversation is a non-story," said James. "All the other conversations is a non-story. My focus right now is on this team and trying to figure out how we can get back to a fourth NBA Finals and compete for a championship. Everything else.. if it's not about this team, if you want to ask me about this team, I can answer it good, bad or ugly. But please, for the rest of the season, don't ask me about no other team unless we're competing against them the next night or if you want to ask me about a highlight that happened the night before. Don't ask me about being on the team or another team because it's unfair to my teammates here, my 14 teammates that we come to work hard for, this coaching staff and this fan base."

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Source: LeBron James Hasn't Talked About Meeting With Warriors

Feb 2, 2018 10:14 AM

According to a source close to LeBron James, he has not had any discussions with anyone close to him about joining the Golden State Warriors or any other team.

Multiple reports from ESPN indicated that James would meet with the Warriors if they were able to clear max cap space.

A source says James would take questions about the report on Friday.

James can become a free agent this offseason.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

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DeMar DeRozan, Stephen Curry Named Players Of The Month
DeMar DeRozan ranked second in the Eastern Conference in scoring (25.3 ppg) and added 5.9 assists as the Raptors went 10-5 in January.

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Warriors, Spurs, Heat Atop LeBron James' List, Won't Rule Out Lakers, Rockets, Cavs
LeBron James reportedly has the most respect for the Warriors, Spurs and Heat.

Chris Haynes/ESPN (via Jorge Sedeno)

Stephen Curry Doesn't Regret Not Getting No-Trade Clause
The Warriors didn't want to establish a precedent of giving no-trade clauses.

Anthony Slater/The Athletic

Warriors Interested In Trading For Kyle O'Quinn
The Warriors and Knicks both have an excess of centers.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Warriors Not Concerned With Rockets Despite Dropping Season Series
Kevin Durant did say he is impressed with the new Houston squad.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Clint Capela: We're Better Than The Warriors
James Harden said Houston's Saturday night win was important "for our swag."

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Exec: Number Of Big Men In NBA Could Be Cut In Half By 2020
Jordan Bell represents where the center position is largely heading.

Jonathan Tjarks/The Ringer

Kevin Durant Has Increased Interest In Owning NBA Team
Kevin Durant and his business partner Rich Kleiman have taken numerous meetings with existing owners and tech CEOs to gather information about the endeavor.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Kevin Durant Doesn't Want To Be ASG Captain
Stephen Curry is ready to take the responsibility of picking a side in the All-Star Game.

Anthony Slater/The Athletic

Kevin Durant Feels He'll Still Be Able To Play In NBA At 40
Kevin Durant was extremely healthy during his first seven seasons and hasn't had a recurrence of his foot issues from the 14-15 season.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Stephen Curry Out With Sprained Right Ankle
Stephen Curry sustained a sprained right ankle during shootaround.

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Warriors Believed To Have Anthony Davis As Long-Term Target
Tim Kawakami suggests the Warriors have likely begun to target Anthony Davis in their long-term decision-making.

Tim Kawakami/The Athletic

Draymond Green Fined $25,000 For Criticizing Referees
Draymond Green proposed that the NBA should start fresh at the officiating position.

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

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Warriors Respect Houston's Moves, Not Singularly Focused On Them
Draymond Green said the Rockets are just one of many threats to the Warriors.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Dwane Casey, Steve Kerr Named Coaches Of The Month
Dwane Casey guided the Raptors to an Eastern Conference-best 11-3 record during December.

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Stephen Curry Expected To Return From Ankle Injury On Saturday
Stephen Curry went through practice Thursday.

Connor Letourneau/San Francisco Chronicle

Draymond Green Endorses Kevin Durant For Defensive Player Of The Year
Kevin Durant is second in the NBA in blocks per game at 2.3.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Stephen Curry Making Progress, Remains Out Until At Least Friday
Stephen Curry went 4-on-4 on Sunday and has also been doing his own work on the court.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Kevin Durant: Coming To Warriors Allowed Me To Unlock Parts Of My Game
Kevin Durant has become one of the NBA's better defensive players since joining the Warriors.

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