Warriors sign Thompson, Tyler

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Warriors sign Thompson, Tyler

The Warriors signed their top picks in the 2011 NBA Draft to contracts Tuesday, announcing that they had agreed to terms with Klay Thompson and Jeremy Tyler.

Terms were not announced.

Following the signings, Thompson and Tyler participated in their first practice for the Warriors.
The Warriors had been holding off on signing Thompson and Tyler in order to sign DeAndre Jordan to an offer sheet. By not signing the two rookies, the Warriors were able to maximize a deal for Jordan.

Nevertheless, the Clippers matched the Warriors offer.
Clearly, the Warriors are hoping Thompson can help sooner rather than later. At Mondays media day, owner Joe Lacob predicted that Thompson might very well win the NBAs Rookie of the Year award. When Thompson was told of Lacobs statements later, he acknowledged that was his individual goal.

At present, second-round pick Charles Jenkins appears to be the first guard off the bench, but most likely at the point guard position. Thompson will likely get an opportunity for minutes early on, backing up Monta Ellis at off guard and Dorell Wright at small forward.

As for Tyler, it remains to be seen where he fits in. New coach Mark Jackson indicated months back that Tyler would have an opportunity to get some minutes in the frontcourt, but that might be a stretch at this point.

Andris Biedrins, newly-signed Kwame Brown, David Lee, Ekpe Udoh and Lou Amundson are already on the roster and its tough to see where Tyler will now carve out playing time.

Its possible that Tyler could spend part of the season playing for the Dakota Wizards, the Warriors D-League affiliate.

The team also signed four free agents -- forwardcenter Julian Khazzouh, guards Tommy Mitchell and Tim Pickett, as well as free agent forward Tommy Smith.

Thompson, 21, was the 11th overall pick after three standout seasons at Washington State. The two-time all-conference pick appeared in 98 games during his three-year career, averaging 17.9 points, 4.8 rebounds 2.6 assists and 1.3 steals in 34.4 minutes per contest. Last season, the 6-foot-7 guard averaged 21.6 points per game, which led the Pac-10 and ranked 11th in the nation.

Tyler, 20, was selected with the 39th pick of the 2011 NBA Draft by Charlotte then acquired by the Warriors for cash considerations. He played the 2010-11 season with the Tokyo Apache of the Basketball Japan League, averaging 9.9 points and 6.4 rebounds in 33 games. In 2009-10 he appeared in 10 games with Maccabi Haifa of the Israeli League after leaving high school following his junior year to play professionally overseas.

Ownership of Jazz transferred to Legacy Trust to keep team in Utah

Ownership of Jazz transferred to Legacy Trust to keep team in Utah

Since Larry Miller died back in 2009, there have been some around the league that thought the Jazz might eventually be sold out of the family, most likely to an owner looking to move them out of Utah. The Miller family has denied that vehemently, and there has been not even a step that direction, but it’s easier to kill Freddy Krueger than an NBA rumor.

Monday, the Miller family killed that rumor for good, taking an unprecedented step that will keep the Jazz in Utah for a long, long, time.

Gail Miller has transferred ownership of the Utah Jazz and Vivint Smart Home Arena into a Legacy Trust that will keep the Jazz in Utah for what she said would be “generations.”

“As a family, we have always considered the Utah Jazz a community asset and it has been our privilege to serve as stewards of this team for more than 30 years,” Miller said. “There have been many opportunities to sell and move the franchise, but from the day Larry and I purchased the Jazz our goal was to keep the team in Utah. The Legacy Trust will help to ensure this commitment is kept for generations to come.”

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NBA Gameday: Iguodala won't suit up against Heat

NBA Gameday: Iguodala won't suit up against Heat

Programming note: Warriors-Heat coverage starts today at 3:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on CSN Bay Area, and streaming live right here.

The last time they saw the Miami Heat, the Warriors got quite the warning. They trailed by as much as 10 points before coming back for the victory in Oakland.

It was quite clear in the postgame comments from coach Steve Kerr and the players that the Heat, regardless of their lowly status this season, never stopped competing.

The Warriors (38-6) surely will recall that when they put their seven-game win streak on the line Monday in the rematch at American Airlines Arena.

The Heat (14-30) have won their last three games, including an impressive victory over the Rockets last Tuesday.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 12

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Stephen Curry vs. Goran Dragic: Though the point guards won’t always defend each other, each serves as the igniter of his team’s offense. Both have been playing well, as Curry is coming off a 27-point effort (with seven 3-pointers) at Orlando and Dragic has scored 57 points (on 67.9 percent shooting) over his last two games.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: F Andre Iguodala (rest) and C David West (L thumb fracture) are listed as out.

Heat: G Tyler Johnson (L shoulder sprain) is listed as questionable. F Josh McRoberts (L foot stress fracture), G Josh Richardson (L foot sprain) and F Justise Winslow (R shoulder surgery) are listed as out.

SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors won the first meeting this season, 107-95, on Jan. 10 at Oracle Arena and have won five in a row and eight of the last 10.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

THE BIG MEN: Heat center Hassan Whiteside torched the Warriors for 28 points and 20 rebounds two weeks ago. He was Miami’s most effective offensive player, even as the Warriors rotated five defenders on him. Though Zaza Pachulia will again get the primary assignment, expect Whiteside to again see different looks.

KLAY’S BACK: The Warriors opted to rest Klay Thompson in the last meeting, starting rookie Pat McCaw. Well, Thompson will play tonight, and he is one day removed from drilling 7-of-9 3-pointers in the win at Orlando. Though Dion Waiters will try to match Thompson’s scoring, Miami has nobody suited to contain Klay.

BRING IT EARLY: Expecting constant defensive pressure from the Heat, the Warriors will need to summon intensity from the start or risk, yet again, having to generate a second-half comeback. It worked well on Sunday, but it’s a dangerous game to play, particularly on the road.