OAKLAND -- The Warriors said all along that if North Carolina small forward Harrison Barnes was there at No. 7, they would be comfortable selecting him.Well, Barnes was there at No. 7, and now Barnes is a Warrior.Were thrilled, we love this player, Warriors general manager Bob Myers said in a brief post-pick statement on Thursday. The owner (Joe Lacob) and I saw him in New York earlier this week. Hes one of the best people in this draft and we think one of the best players.Connecticut center Andre Drummond was on the board when the Warriors selected. Myers and Lacob had flown back to New York on Sunday night to view separate workouts of Barnes and Drummond.But clearly after passing on Drummond it was clear he hadnt done enough in that workout to convince the Warriors to take a chance. Drummond went No. 9 to Detroit.The Warriors no doubt will expect Barnes to contribute right away. He may not be the teams starting small forward on opening night, but conventional wisdom is that hell likely be the starter and sooner rather than later.The Warriors have Richard Jefferson and Dorell Wright under contract, but Jefferson is winding down his career and Wright is on the final year of his deal.The Warriors also had interest in Syracuse combo guard Dion Waiters, and weeks ago it seemed as if Waiters would be there at No. 7. But Waiters started climbing in mock drafts a week or so ago, and he didnt stop climbing until the Cleveland Cavaliers picked him at No. 4.The Warriors dream scenario vanished early on Thursday, when the Charlotte Bobcats selected Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with the No. 2 pick. Kidd-Gilchrist was a player the Warriors coveted, although they knew getting him would be a longshot.There was talk that Kidd-Gilchrist could possibly slip as far as Sacramento at No. 5. Had that happened, the Warriors likely would have tried to make something happen with the Kings to trade picks.But when Kidd-Gilchrists name was called at No. 2, it became apparent that the Bobcats were selecting Kidd-Gilchrist to keep him.
Jarrett Jack is reportedly looking for a new team.
The Hawks waived the veteran point guard on Thursday, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Jack signed with Atlanta in July after he was released by the Nets in late June.
The soon-to-be 33-year old appeared in 79 games for the Warriors during the 2012-13 season, averaging 12.9 points and 5.6 assists over 29.7 minutes per contest.
He was even better in the 2013 playoffs, racking up 17.2 points and 4.7 assists in 12 games.
Jack made 32 appearances last year before he tore the ACL in his right knee in early January.
He was the 22nd overall pick in the 2005 draft.
The Warriors waived guards Cameron Jones, Phil Pressey and Elliot Williams, the team announced on Thursday.
Jones appeared in five preseason games, averaging 5.0 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 11.5 minutes.
Pressey also appeared in five games, averaging 2.4 points and 1.0 assist in 10.7 minutes.
Williams missed all six preseason games due to right knee surgery.
All three players were originally signed on Sept. 16, 2016.
The roster now stands at 15 players.
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Golden State Warriors media services contributed to this story