Another win for W's: JaVale returns for minimum to complete roster

Another win for W's: JaVale returns for minimum to complete roster

Once JaVale McGee signs his new contract, and it’s a formality, the Warriors will have completed their July victory tour. They’ll have all the signatures they craved. They will have won. Repeatedly. Again.

Completing their roster precisely as they had hoped, the Warriors will come out on the other side of free agency having achieved the best possible outcome.

Less than a week after coach Steve Kerr told NBCSportsBayArea.com he wanted McGee back for another season, the 7-foot center on Thursday agreed to do just that.

Understand, though, McGee did not stroll into free agency seeking a one-year contract for the veteran’s minimum. He wanted more cash, and also a longer term. He deserved it, too, after a fine season in which he played well enough to revive a career that one year ago was teetering on the dark, distant edge of the NBA.

McGee instead will get about $2.1 million, less than half of what he had hoped to find.

There is a very evident upside insofar as he gets the comfort of being in a place where he’ll enjoy teammates and coaches, feel the love of the fans, and win a lot of basketball games.

The clear winner here, though, is the Warriors.

They gambled that McGee’s excursion into free agency might be circular. It was.

They left their final minimum-salary spot on their roster for him, and would look elsewhere only if he landed with another team. He did not.

They figured they could spend their mid-level exception on a shooter, Nick Young, and still find a serviceable backup center. They did.

For their foresight and patience, the Warriors are rewarded with another season from a player that was a significant contributor during their run to a championship.

Why didn’t McGee command a better financial deal with another team? To begin with, he’s neither a star nor a starter. Though the numbers paint a fabulous picture -- McGee is the only player in NBA history to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds per 36 minutes while shooting at least 65 percent -- the fact is he excels in limited minutes.

McGee played in 77 games, averaging 9.6 minutes per. He played as many as 15 minutes on 10 occasions and only once reached the 20-minute mark.

How does an NBA general manager justify throwing big bucks at someone, no matter how effective he is, if his best work is limited to maybe 12 minutes per game?

So McGee is back, delighting JaVale Nation. He’ll return to a more formidable roster. All-Stars Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson are back. Key veteran contributors Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, Zaza Pachulia and David West were re-signed. Omri Casspi and Young will raise the level of offensive firepower coming off the bench.

Six weeks after concluding a 16-1 postseason with a championship victory parade through the streets of Oakland, the Warriors are complete -- with upgrades. All 15 spots on the roster are now filled.

Training camp is eight weeks away, and the presentation of jewelry will follow in mid-October.

It was during the public celebration of the championship that Green passionately and colorfully urged the world to take note of the results achieved by president/general manager Bob Myers. Myers is too busy getting things done to indulge in due credit.

He’ll settle for sleeping ever more peacefully in the coming weeks. Hell, he can take an extended vacation. He has earned it.

Kevin Durant: 'Whoever did this should be fired and thrown in jail'


Kevin Durant: 'Whoever did this should be fired and thrown in jail'

There are some people out there who are still extremely bitter about Kevin Durant leaving the Thunder for the Warriors.

An eighth grade Spanish teacher in Tulsa, Oklahoma issued a handout on the first day of school.

Part of it read:

DON'T BE A ... Kevin Durant
KD left the OKC Thunder last summer after falling to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. Following the end of the season, he decided it was in his best interest to join the very same team that had just knocked him out of the playoffs. Don't be like KD. Don't take the easy way out. Things like cheating, plagiarizing, and copying your friends homework may not seem like a big deal now but they are building habits that can significantly hinder you later in life. Additionally, always strive to finish what you've started. Half-finished homework is unfinished homework. Don't try to turn in an assignment if you have not done what is necessary and expected.

DO BE A ... Michael Jordan
MJ! The GOAT! 6 championships, 4 MVPs. Yadda yadda. The greatest thing this man ever did? Saving the Looney Tunes from a lifetime of servitude to an alien race. Did MJ take the easy way out? Did he ever back down from a challenge? NO! Be like Mike. Learning a new language is a challenging thing and parts of this year are going to be...

And then the words get cut off.

Well, Kevin Durant got wind of this and responded on Twitter:

If anything happens to this teacher, we will let you know...

Andre Iguodala falls short in 'Best off the Bench' award


Andre Iguodala falls short in 'Best off the Bench' award

According to NBA players, Andre Iguodala is not the best sixth man in the league.

On Friday morning, Lou Williams was recognized as the "Best off the Bench" player.

At the inaugural NBA Awards Show in late June, Iguodala finished runner-up in the Sixth Man of the Year race to Rockets guard Eric Gordon.

Iguodala received 43 first-place votes, 34 second-place votes and nine third-place votes.

Gordon registered 46 first-place votes, 40 second-place votes and eight third-place votes.

Williams was a very distant third with five third-place votes, 10 second-place votes and 15 third-place votes.

He averaged 18.6 points and 3.2 assists over 58 games with the Lakers last season, while shooting 44.4 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from deep.

In 23 regular season games with the Rockets, Williams averaged 14.9 points and 2.4 assists on 38.6 percent shooting overall and just below 32 percent from 3-point territory.

Against the Spurs in the Western Conference Semifinals, Williams struggled to the tune of 7.3 points per game. He shot 35 percent from the floor and below 18 percent from distance.

Iguodala played arguably his best game of the season in Game 5 of the NBA Finals -- 20 points (9 for 14 FG), four rebounds and three assists.

For the series, his +60 mark led the Warriors by a comfortable margin (Draymond Green +30, Kevin Durant +33, Steph Curry +30, Klay Thompson +22).

Iguodala was rewarded with a 3-year, $48 million contract this summer.

I doubt he cares whatsoever about falling short for this award...

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