Golden State Warriors Wiretap

Steve Kerr, Warriors Agree To Two-Year, $35M Extension

Feb 23, 2024 10:23 PM

Steve Kerr and the Golden State Warriors have agreed to a two-year, $35 million contract extension.

Kerr's deal makes him the highest paid coach in NBA history in terms of annual average at $17.5 million per year. Gregg Popovich makes more than Kerr on an annual basis, but he is also president of the San Antonio Spurs. Erik Spoelstra's eight-year deal pays him approximately $15 million per year.

The agreement completes months of talks between Golden State general manager Mike Dunleavy Jr. and Kerr's representatives.

Kerr's extension aligns him with the two currently remaining seasons on the contract of Stephen Curry.

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Joe Lacob: We Are Not Here To Be Just 'Some Team'

Feb 22, 2024 11:43 AM

The Golden State Warriors launched an improbable pursuit of LeBron James ahead of the trade deadline, which teams sources tell ESPN's Baxter Holmes represents the desire from Joe Lacob to keep the franchise as a contender.

"I'm not going to comment on something I can't comment on, but, in general, I just want to win," Lacob said. "We just want to win. We want to be the best, and we're going to try whatever tactic it takes to get there. I am not here to screw around. We are not here to screw around. We are not here to be just 'some team.' We're not going to do that. We may fail. Everyone fails. We may fail occasionally, but it will not be for lack of trying."

As the Warriors had a gap year in 19-20, they accumulated three lottery picks and a source says they had a "swing for the fences" approach in selecting high-ceiling players. The Warriors picked James Wiseman in 2020, and then Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody in 2021. This became Lacob's "two-timeline" approach. 

"We could have drafted more ready players that maybe had a lower ceiling," Lacob tells ESPN. "We thought we had more time with our Big Three. How much more? We didn't know. And at what level? We weren't quite sure.

"Now, melding them in with the Big Three, that's where I think it got complicated."

Lacob had wanted the Warriors to follow the blueprint set by the San Antonio Spurs when they connected the Tim Duncan era with Kawhi Leonard.

"I think there was always a delusion in that building that they were the next Spurs," said one source close to the Warriors organization.

"I think [ownership] made a decision about four years ago that they were going to try and have it all, and it backfired," a former Warriors staffer said. "They probably should have focused on players that just fit with Steph versus trying for the home run swings."

Lacob believes the Warriors have an "ace in the hole" that will keep them immune from ever enduring an extended rebuild. 

"It's the reason that I don't think we will ever, ever try to bottom out."

"We are the Golden State Warriors," Lacob said, referencing their status as a free agent destination. "I believe in the culture. I believe that word gets out. I could go on and on. I'm not trying to brag. I'm just saying, that's who we are.

"We're never going to bottom out. I won't settle for that. We're not doing that."

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Chris Paul Close To Returning

Feb 22, 2024 9:02 AM

Golden State Warriors guard Chris Paul is closing in on a return to the court. Paul won't play in the team's first game back from the All-Star break, but Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Paul is "close".

The veteran guard has missed Golden State's last 18 games after suffering a fracture in his left hand. Paul is now back to 5-on-5 work, but the Warriors staff wants to make sure his conditioning is where it needs to be before he returns.

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Warriors Sign Pat Spencer To Two-Way Contract

Feb 22, 2024 1:50 AM

The Golden State Warriors signed Pat Spencer to a two-way deal, sources told Anthony Slater of The Athletic.

The Warriors opened up a two-way spot after converting Lester Quinones

Spencer has been in the Warriors system for the past two seasons.

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Lester Quinones, Warriors Agree To Standard NBA Contract

Feb 20, 2024 10:04 PM

The Golden State Warriors have converted Lester Quinones from a Two-Way contract to a standard NBA contract.

The upgrade to a standard contract for the rest of the NBA season gives the sides a chance to negotiate a new multiyear deal in the offseason.

Quinones was undrafted out of Memphis in 2022 and has spent parts of two seasons with the Warriors and their G League affiliate in Santa Cruz. 

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Bulls Gave 'Real Consideration' To Trade Of Alex Caruso To Warriors

Feb 20, 2024 3:07 PM

The Chicago Bulls gave "real consideration" to a trade of Alex Caruso to the Golden State Warriors ahead of the deadline, sources tell Marc Stein of The Stein Line.

The Bulls had maintained for weeks that they wouldn't trade Caruso, who is signed next season on a $9.89 million deal. Caruso is one of the league's best perimeter defenders and is hooting 40.1 percent on three-pointers this season.

Caruso is represented by Greg Lawrence of Wasserman.

The Warriors also reached out to the Los Angeles Lakers on a trade for LeBron James.

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Stephen Curry On Retirement: I Don't Think I'm Anywhere Close To That

Feb 19, 2024 9:32 AM

The question of retirement was a popular one for the older star players at All-Star Weekend. LeBron James said he knows it's getting close but said he doesn't know when or how he'll retire. Kevin Durant said he thinks some players will play into their 40s. Stephen Curry was pretty direct in his answer too.

"Eventually, your body will tell you when it’s time, but I don’t think I’m anywhere close to that," Curry said.

The Warriors star has played in 50 of his team's 53 games this season. Curry is averaging 28.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game this season.

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Stephen Curry Beats Sabrina Ionescu In 3-Point Shootout

Feb 17, 2024 10:12 PM

Stephen Curry said he knew the pressure was on when Sabrina Ionescu put up 26 points in their 3-point shootout. Curry knew that pressure was building when he didn't make either of the long shots during his run.

In the end, Curry came through by hitting most of his shots on his final two racks to win the challenge by a 29-26 margin.

Both Curry and Ionescu said they hope that events like this will continue to be a part of All-Star Weekend going forward.

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Klay Thompson On Coming Off Bench: I Thought About Manu Ginobili

Feb 16, 2024 8:28 AM

Klay Thompson hadn't come off the bench for the Golden State Warriors since his rookie season. Rookie Brandin Podziemski replaced Thompson in the opening lineup in Golden State's victory at the Utah Jazz on Thursday. Thompson didn't chafe at the idea, as Warriors coach Steve Kerr looks for a way to spark his team.

"I thought about Manu Ginobili," Thompson said. "That guy has four rings and a gold medal, and he came off the bench his whole career. And I don't think anyone looks down on his Hall of Fame candidacy because he’s one of the greats.

"I embraced it before tip."

Thompson admitted it was a mental adjustment for him, but that it also gave him a chance to approach the game a little differently.

"Coming off the bench gave me fresh legs, especially on a back-to-back, that was nice to come in with a fresh, clean slate," Thompson said.

Kerr didn't commit to this being a permanent lineup change.

"It doesn't mean it's permanent," Kerr said. "But I like that lineup with BP and the other four. And Klay coming off the bench gives us a lot of firepower. We'll give it a little look and we'll see how it goes from there."

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Clippers-Warriors Averages 1.32M Viewers On TNT

Feb 16, 2024 1:22 AM

Wednesday night's matchup between the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors averaged 1.32 million viewers on TNT.

That number is a 4% increase from the Pelicans and Lakers game in the equivalent window last year.

Steph Curry scored 41 points in the losing effort, with the Clippers lead by James Harden's 26 points.

The Bulls-Cavs game averaged 864,000 viewers earlier in the night. 

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Stephen Curry: Warriors' Pursuit Of LeBron James 'Nice Little Surprise'

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Stephen Curry Says 'Very Average' Warriors Need To Find Their Edge

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Steve Kerr Wants To Remain Head Coach Of Warriors Next Season

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Warriors Tried To Trade For LeBron James At Deadline

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Jusuf Nurkic On Draymond Green: He Don't Deserve A Chance

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RealGM Radio: Seth Partnow On The Trade Deadline (Feb 2024)

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Warriors Discussed Alex Caruso Trade With Bulls Ahead Of Deadline

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Warriors Trade Cory Joseph To Pacers

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Kelly Olynyk Drawing Interest From Heat, Sixers, Warriors

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Warriors To Explore Andrew Wiggins' Trades Up Until Deadline

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Mavericks Prefer Trade For Kyle Kuzma, P.J. Washington Over Andrew Wiggins

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Klay Thompson Says Benchings Are A 'Very Hard' Adjustment

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Mavs, Pacers Interested In Andrew Wiggins

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RealGM Radio: Jared Dubin On The Trade Deadline (Feb 2024)

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Warriors Pull Jonathan Kuminga From Trade Talks

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Warriors Have No Interest In Trading Draymond Green, Klay Thompson

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Warriors Unlikely To Make Major Deal Ahead Of Trade Deadline

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Lakers-Warriors Game Averages 3.97M Viewers On ABC

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Warriors Name Jess Smith As President Of WNBA Team

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Stephen Curry Tops NBA Jersey Sales; Lakers Top Team Merchandise Sales

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