Acquiring Brandon Rush balances Warriors' roster

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Acquiring Brandon Rush balances Warriors' roster

The Warriors will trade Lou Amundson to the Indiana Pacersfor Brandon Rush a deal that will become official on Monday, according toSI.com.Bay Area News Group was the first to report on the deal, onethat further balances the Warriors roster and gives the team some depth behindMonta Ellis and Dorell Wright.Rush, entering his fourth year, played 67 games last seasonfor the Pacers and averaged 9.1 points per game. Hes a defender first andspot-up shooter second. Rush is a 40 percent shooter from beyond the arc overthe course of his career.For the Warriors, it was going to be difficult to find timefor Amundson. The Warriors have Andris Biedrins at center with Kwame Brownbacking him up, and David Lee at power forward with Ekpe Udoh coming off thebench there.The Warriors also have rookie Jeremy Tyler, although hecould end up playing some for the Dakota Wizards, the teams D-Leagueaffiliate.If the Warriors play a smaller lineup, newly acquiredDominic McGuire could play some power forward.The move helps the Warriors perimeter depth, and will takesome pressure off rookie Klay Thompson, who is expected to be a rotation playerthis season.

Reports: Mavericks ship former Warriors center Andrew Bogut to 76ers

Reports: Mavericks ship former Warriors center Andrew Bogut to 76ers

Andrew Bogut is reportedly on the move.

The Mavs are trading the former Warriors center to Philadelphia, according to multiple reports.

The full trade: Bogut, Justin Anderson and a 2017 first-round pick for 76ers big man Nerlens Noel.

According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the pick is Top-18 protected.

Bogut has appeared in just 26 games this season and is averaging 3.0 points and 8.3 rebounds in 22.4 minutes.

The 32-year old is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in July, and could be bought out by Philadelphia, according to multiple reports.

The Cavs are a potential landing spot for Bogut, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst.

Kerr clarifies Cousins' lack of NBA All-Star Game minutes

Kerr clarifies Cousins' lack of NBA All-Star Game minutes

OAKLAND -- Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Wednesday that the limited minutes allotted to former Kings center DeMarcus Cousins in the All-Star Game Sunday was unrelated to a pending trade.

Cousins played only two minutes -- the shortest stint by any All-Star since Connie Hawkins in 1971 -- because that was the big man’s wish.

“I asked every guy before the game started how much they wanted to play,” said Kerr, who coached the Western Conference All-Stars for the second time in three seasons. “He told me he wanted to play two minutes. He was serious. He said he was banged up. It had nothing to do with (a trade).”

After six-plus seasons in Sacramento, Cousins was traded to New Orleans shortly after the All-Star Game, with the official announcement coming Monday.

Kerr initially thought Cousins was requesting to be limited to two minutes per half. When Kerr and assistant coach Mike Brown conveyed that plan, Cousins was quick to clarify.

“He said, ‘No, no: two minutes total,’” Kerr recalled.

When Kerr pointed out that Cousins actually played two minutes, 24 seconds, the newest Pelican flashed a sense of humor.

“I went over? By 24 seconds?” Cousins said. “That should be a fine for you, coach.”