Steinmetz: Riley Eyes Euro Talent for Warriors

Steinmetz: Riley Eyes Euro Talent for Warriors
June 2, 2010, 7:10 pm
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June 2, 2010
Its business as usual for Warriors general manager Larry Riley and his staff these days. Despite the uncertainty about the upcoming sale of the team, there is still work to be done.

Youve got the NBA draft coming at the end of June, and then free agency in early July.

I do my job like I always do, Riley said recently. I havent gotten into the sales end of it. Thats not something for me to deal with. Im going about the business of basketball and just taking it from there. I would judge there are probably people who know more about it than me -- I would hope so.

Riley and his staff have begun scheduling individual workouts for players, although none are expected to happen before next week. The reason? A key member of the Warriors front office will be in Treviso, Italy, for the adidas Eurocamp 2010, which starts on Friday.

Warriors director of player personnel Travis Schlenk will be getting a firsthand look at the best talent in Europe. The Eurocamp is not unlike the old Chicago predraft camp, back when prospective draftees used to play -- and not just get measured and weighed.

Schlenk spent a good portion of 2009-10 season scouting the D-League and was largely responsible for selecting the call-ups during the season.

Whats interesting is that Riley doesnt expect the Warriors to draft a player from Europe. But thats not stopping Riley from thinking long-term and sending Schlenk overseas.

Its mostly younger guys, Riley said. More for the future. There might be some value in it for this draft, but youre building your portfolio, so to speak, with these guys. Kind of building your database.

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