Former Stanford PF Owens one of 12 to work out for W's Monday


Former Stanford PF Owens one of 12 to work out for W's Monday

The Warriors held two separate predraft workouts on Monday morning, bringing in 12 players in advance of the June 28 NBA draft.The first workout included Michigan States Draymond Green, Xaviers Tu Holloway, Syracuses Kris Joseph, Ionas Scott Machado, Texas A&Ms Khris Middleton and Vanderbilts Jeff Taylor.The second group included Baylors Anthony Jones, West Virginias Kevin Jones, New Mexico States Wendell McKines, Stanfords Josh Owens, Villanovas Maalik Wayns and Washingtons Tony Wroten.Green was the 2012 National Association of Basketball Coaches Player of the Year and consensus All-American. He finished his career as the Spartans all-time leading rebounder.Green is considered an undersized power forward, but he has a solid all-around game and shot 38.8 percent from the beyond the arc.Holloway averaged 17.5 points and 4.9 assists per game and wound up as Xaviers sixth all-time leading scorer.Taylor is considered by many to be a first-round selection and could go as high as the mid-first round.He averaged 16.1 points and 5.6 rebounds per game his senior season, while shooting 49.3 percent from the field and 42.3 percent from 3-point range.Owens was Stanfords starting power forward, and averaged 11.6 points per game in both his junior and senior seasons. Over the course of his four-year career, Owens shot 57.3 percent from the field.Wroten played one year at Washington and averaged 16 points, five rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. He was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and First Team All-Pac-12.McKines, who played at Richmond High School, averaged 18.7 points and 10.7 rebounds per game (8th in the country) his senior season. McKines red-shirted his junior year after sustaining an injury.

Report: Kyrie Irving 'very badly' wants to play for Knicks


Report: Kyrie Irving 'very badly' wants to play for Knicks

Kyrie Irving is itching to get to the Big Apple.

Irving 'very badly' wants to play for the Knicks, according to ESPN's Pablo Torre.

Irving reportedly requested a trade from the Cavs during a meeting with management on July 7.

The four-time All-Star would prefer to be shipped to the Spurs, Timberwolves, Heat or Knicks, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes.

Although Irving was born in Australia, he grew up in West Orange, New Jersey -- which is about 20 miles away from Madison Square Garden.

The Cavs have been trying to get a hold of Irving, but the 25-year old is not talking to anybody from the organization, according to Jason Lloyd of The Athletic.

Irving averaged 25.2 points and 5.8 assists per game last season, shooting over 47 percent from the field and 40 percent from deep.

In the 2017 NBA Finals, he registered 29.4 points over the five games.

The Knicks owe Joakim Noah over $17.7 million next season, over $18.5 million in 2018-19 and nearly $19.3 million in 2019-20.

The Knicks also just signed Tim Hardaway Jr. (who they traded in June 2015) to a 4-year contract worth nearly $71 million.

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

Warriors invite player with last name Cleveland to training camp


Warriors invite player with last name Cleveland to training camp

The Warriors made a move on Thursday.

Golden State agreed to terms on a training camp invite with Antonius Cleveland, NBC Sports Bay Area has learned.

As a senior at Southeast Missouri State last year, Cleveland averaged 16.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.4 steals per game.

He shot over 54 percent from the field and over 38 percent from 3-point territory (28 for 73).

The 6'6" guard played for the Portland Trail Blazers during the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

Over six games, he averaged 5.8 points.

If Cleveland doesn't nab the 15th roster spot with Golden State, he could end up with the Santa Cruz Warriors as an affiliate player.

ESPN's Ian Begley first reported Cleveland's deal with the Warriors.