Warriors finalizing summer league roster

July 4, 2012, 4:17 pm
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While most of the focus with the Warriors centers on free agency these days, theres still a summer league team to put together and the Warriors are finalizing that roster.Three of the Warriors four draft picks will play for the team, and games begin July 13. Harrison Barnes, Festus Ezeli and Draymond Green will head to Las Vegas this weekend to start practicing.Warriors assistant coach Pete Myers will coach the team.Ognjen Kuzmic, whom the Warriors selected with the No. 52 pick in last Thursdays draft, will not play for the team. Warriors general manager Bob Myers said on Monday that its likely too quick of a turnaround for Kuzmic to play for the summer-league team, then rejoin his Bosnia and Herzegovina national team later this summer.Jeremy Tyler and Charles Jenkins, two second-year Warriors players, will also play in Las Vegas. Tyler didnt distinguish himself during his rookie year with the Warriors, though the organization still seems to be high on him.But theres no doubt, the Warriors front office will be keeping an eye on how Tyler does against Ezeli and vice versa.As for Jenkins, he exceeded expectations his rookie season, but the issue now is whether the team can count on him to be the first guard off the bench. As promising as Jenkins rookie season was, at this point it would be asking a lot to be the full-time backup point guard. But at this point, its Jenkins job to lose.Klay Thompson, penciled in as the starting shooting guard in 2012-13, is already in Las Vegas, practicing with the US Select team. Myers said he doesnt expect Thompson to play with the team, but that if Thompson wanted to play he could.Also expected to play for the Warriors summer league team are Rakim Sanders, Justin Burrell and Wendell McKines.Sanders, who attended Fairfield, impressed the Warriors with his pre-draft workout. Burrell, who played for St. Johns in 2010-11, has worked out in recent months against Thompson, Tyler and Jenkins.McKines, an Oakland native, worked out twice for the Warriors in the weeks before the draft. McKines is undersized, but he averaged 10.7 rebounds per game last season for New Mexico State.Warriors partial roster in Las Vegas: Charles Jenkins, Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green, Jeremy Tyler, Festus Ezeli, Justin Burrell, Rakim Sanders and Wendell McKines.