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Bob Myers laughs as he reveals Pat McCaw-referee Summer League story

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Bob Myers laughs as he reveals Pat McCaw-referee Summer League story

Pat McCaw thrived at Summer League last month.

He averaged 20 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists over five games.

He was the Warriors' best player and he acted like it.

"I was watching from the court one game and he didn't get a call and the referees," Warriors GM Bob Myers explained on 95.7 The Game. "Most of these guys are referees in training, and he (McCaw) was running down the floor and he says, 'Come on, man. I played in the Finals.' And the ref was great.

"The ref looks at him and he goes, 'Congratulations' (laughter). What a good response."

McCaw definitely voiced his feelings during the Warriors' first game in Las Vegas:

McCaw -- who the Warriors acquired in the 2016 draft by paying Milwaukee $2.4 million for his rights -- started 20 games last season.

In Game 2 against the Blazers, he registered nine points and five rebounds.

In Game 3 against the Blazers, he racked up 11 points, five rebounds, five assists, three steals and a block.

In Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals against the Spurs, the 21-year old recorded 18 points, three rebounds, five assists and three steals.

In Game 5 of the NBA Finals, he contributed by scoring six points.

"The nickname for Pat -- the players call him, 'P-Nice,' because he's got this never-wavering confidence," Myers revealed. "The worst kind of rookie comes in and acts like they're better and doesn't back it up. But Pat -- really from Day 1 -- he earned the respect of the guys because he can play.

"And it's a kind of innocent confidence. It doesn't bother anybody ... we expect big things out of him this year."

He will be a restricted free agent next summer...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Why did JaVale return to Warriors? Bob Myers: 'What it came down to...'

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Why did JaVale return to Warriors? Bob Myers: 'What it came down to...'

For a couple weeks in July, it looked like JaVale McGee would not be back with the Warriors for the 2017-18 season.

But the big man eventually elected to re-sign with the world champs.

What was the pitch to get JaVale to stay in the Bay Area?

"Not everybody can get exactly what they want -- whether that's playing time or money," Warriors GM Bob Myers told Damon Bruce on 95.7 The Game. "In talking to JaVale, he loved the role he had. He loved our players. He loves playing for Coach Kerr.

[REWIND: What moment will Steve Kerr remember most from Game 5 afterparty?]

"He was great for us. He gave us something nobody else did. It's what we call vertical spacing ... catching a lob and dunking it -- he's one of the best in the league at that. He got better defensively."

McGee averaged 9.6 minutes over 77 games (10 starts) last season -- registering 6.1 points and 3.2 rebounds while shooting over 65 percent from the field.

In the playoffs, he scored at least 12 points four times -- including 16 points in Game 3 against the Spurs in the Western Conference Finals.

The 29-year old tested the free-agent waters, and believed his play last year earned him more minutes and money.

But apparently, his services were not in high demand. And he will make the veteran minimum -- $2,116,955 -- next year.

"I think what it came down to was -- he surveyed the market and what he came to the conclusion of is he liked what we were," Myers explained. "And I guess going for another championship was compelling for him.

"We were certainly thrilled that he decided to come back and (he) gives us another weapon."

And now that McGee and Kevin Durant will be teammates again, perhaps they will produce some tracks together...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Steph Curry asked Bob Myers about taking a discount on contract

Steph Curry asked Bob Myers about taking a discount on contract

Steph Curry just signed the richest contract in NBA history.

Five years, $201,158,790 for an average of $40,231,758 annually.

But it didn't have to go do down like that.

“I actually asked Bob (Myers) if I were to take a discount -- at any number, I don't know what it would be -- how much of a difference would that make for us to be able to sign other guys," Curry recently told Marcus Thompson of The Athletic. "It wasn't like (Kevin Durant's) situation."

[REWIND: Myers: 'Unequivocally' there is no Iggy or Livingston without Durant]

Durant could have demanded a max contract that would have paid him just under $34.7 million in 2017-18.

Durant could have demanded a contract that would have paid him just over $31.8 million next season -- a 20 percent raise (non-Bird rights) from the $26,540,100 he made last season.

Instead, he agreed to a $25 million salary for next year.

Durant's discount "had a direct impact on us being able to sign Andre (Iguodala) and Shaun (Livingston)," Curry acknowledged. "And it was just an unbelievable sacrifice by KD. But mine didn't matter.”

Curry was eligible for the $201 million deal because of a new rule in the CBA -- the Designated Veteran Contract.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller