Inside the Warriors' roster

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Inside the Warriors' roster

It's already been a long offseason and it sure looks like it might get longer. The Warriors haven't played for five months, and there's no telling when we'll next see them assembled together as a team.

When we last left them they had finished the season 36-46, 10 wins short of the No. 8 playoff team in the Western Conference. In other words, they've still got a ways to go.

When and if the season eventually begins, the Warriors may look different from the way they looked at the end of the last season. If the NBA and players are able to have a season or cram one in, there will be a very quick free agent frenzy, and the Warriors figure to be active there -- as much as the new CBA will allow, anyway.

But for now, this is the roster the Warriors are sitting with, including for how long each player remains under contract.

Lou Amundson, PF: One year remaining at 2.4 million. Amundson wasn't healthy for most of last year, and the Warriors need more energy off the bench from him this season.

Charlie Bell, PG: One year remaining at 4.1 million. Hard to imagine Bell will be any kind of factor. Expect the Warriors to package Bell as part of a deal or hold onto him so his 4-million-plus comes off the books at season's end.

Andris Biedrins, C: Three years remaining at 27 million. Once upon a time, this contract seemed OK. But that was before Biedrins' game went missing. Can he retrieve it?

Stephen Curry, PG: Two years remaining at 7 million. The Warriors have made it clear they want Curry as part of their long-term future. But does Curry want the Warriors?

Monta Ellis, SG: Three years remaining at 33 million. It's a simple question and one the Warriors have been wrestling with for a little while: Can the Warriors get better by trading their best player?

Charles Jenkins, SG: Unsigned rookie. Is Jenkins destined for the D-League or does he have a shot at beating out Jeremy Lin?

David Lee, PF: Five years remaining at 68.5 million. No doubt it hurts when you see the amount of money Lee is still owed. General manager Larry Riley hoped to build around Lee, but there are other voices now in the team's front office.

Jeremy Lin, PG: Unsigned second-year player. Everyone knows Warriors owner Joe Lacob had a lot to do with Lin's signing. But if Lin isn't cutting it in Year No. 2, will Lacob keep him around?

Klay Thompson, SG: Unsigned rookie. Looks to have NBA range, and seems likely to get some backup minutes at shooting guard and small forward.

Jeremy Tyler, C: Unsigned rookie. The question comes down to Tyler's motor. If he's into it and committed, he could pitch in off the bench for the Warriors. If not, he'll get plenty of playing time in Dakota.

Ekpe Udoh, PF: Three years remaining at 11.2 million. Udoh seems poised to make strides in his second year. He's gotten stronger and knows he'll consistently be in the rotation. And as the Warriors' best interior defender, coach Mark Jackson is going to use him.

Dorell Wright, SF: Two years remaining at 7.9 million. Wright's game took off last year. This year they need that -- and for him to get back to his defending ways.

NBA Gameday: Barnes, Warriors welcome Kings to Oracle

NBA Gameday: Barnes, Warriors welcome Kings to Oracle

OAKLAND -- Seeking their sixth consecutive win, the Warriors will get their first look at the dramatically revamped Sacramento Kings when the teams meet Friday night at Oracle Arena.

A win by the Warriors, combined with a Cleveland Cavaliers loss, would give the Warriors homecourt advantage in any NBA Finals scenario.

But the Warriors (57-14) may have to squint to recognize these Kings, who last month traded star big man DeMarcus Cousins -- the team’s mainstay for seven years -- to the Pelicans for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans and other considerations.

The Kings (27-44) have lost 11 of 14 games since the deal and are slowly sinking out of the Western Conference playoff race.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 17.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Klay Thompson vs. Buddy Hield: It’s a battle between the Bahamians, or as Thompson has said of Hield, “My Bahamian brother.” Thompson has been cooking, shooting 53.2 percent (25-of-47) beyond the arc and 55.3 (52-of-94) percent overall over the last five games. Hield, a rookie from Oklahoma, has adapted well to Sacramento, scoring in double digits in 10 of 11 games while shooting 48.2 percent (27-of-56) from deep and 50.0 percent (60-of-120) overall this month.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: F Kevin Durant (L knee sprain, tibial bone bruise) is listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the NBA Development League.

Kings: F Rudy Gay (L Achilles tear) and G Malachi Richardson (R hamstring partial tear) are listed as out.

LAST 10

Warriors: 7-3. Kings: 2-8.

SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors have won two of three meetings this season and 15 of the last 17 overall, including the last seven games in Oakland.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

THE TRANSITION GAME: Though the Kings are playing faster in the post-Cousins era, they still have little chance of matching the pace at which the Warriors prefer to play. Expect the Warriors to push at every opportunity, even if it means committing a few turnovers, in order to coax Sacramento out of rhythm. The Kings rank 26th in fast-break points and actually had a game in which they scored 0 fast-break points.

BOMBS AWAY: The Warriors rank third in 3-point shooting percentage (38.3), while the Kings rank 26th in 3-point percentage defense (37.2). There will opportunities galore for Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, Ian Clark and Thompson -- who two years ago torched the Kings with an NBA-record 37 points in a quarter.

THIS “SKAL” GUY: Rookie forward Skal Labissiere, a 6-foot-11 package of raw talent, has been something of a revelation for the Kings. Emerging from the shadows in the wake of the Cousins deal, he has reminded observers why he was such a heralded prep recruit from the Memphis area. This sounds like a job for Draymond Green.

QUOTABLE

“Try to kill ‘em, plain and simple. Things didn’t go well there. They’re the enemy now. So we’re trying to kill ‘em. Beat ‘em by 50.” -- Warriors forward Matt Barnes on facing the Kings, who released him last month.

Warriors recall Kevon Looney from D-League ahead of Kings game

Warriors recall Kevon Looney from D-League ahead of Kings game

The Golden State Warriors have recalled forward Kevon Looney from the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League, the team announced today. Looney will be available for tonight’s Golden State game against the Sacramento Kings, which tips off at 7:30 p.m. (PDT) at Oracle Arena. 

Looney tallied 10 points, eight rebounds and one block in 13 minutes off the bench for Santa Cruz in Thursday's 106-103 road victory against the Austin Spurs. The 6’9”, 220-pound forward has appeared in four games (one start) with Santa Cruz this season, holding averages of 12.8 points and 11.3 rebounds while shooting 56.1 percent from the field in 19.8 minutes.  

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