Jenkins knew another point guard was coming

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Jenkins knew another point guard was coming

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LAS VEGAS -- It turned out to be Jarrett Jack.But it could have been Andre Miller, Kirk Hinrich, Jason Kiddor any number of other point guards.The Warriors went out and acquired a veteran backup forStephen Curry, something just about everyone figured they would do. Includingsecond-year point guard Charles Jenkins.No player on the Warriors roster is more affected by theacquisition of Jack acquired in a three-team deal with New Orleans that sentDorell Wright to Philly than Jenkins.Just like that, Jenkins went from being the backup pointguard to being the third-string point guard.My approach is going to be the same, Jenkins said after practicingwith the Warriors summer league team on Wednesday and learning about thetrade. In the NBA you dont know when your opportunities are going to come.But when they do, you have to make the most of them. So, Im going to keep thatapproach.Jenkins played in 51 of 66 games last year for the Warriors,including 28 starts. He averaged 5.8 points and 3.3 assists per game, and ledall rookies in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.83-to-1).Despite that, its clear the Warriors felt they needed moreexperience and know-how behind Curry, who played in only 26 games last yearafter numerous ankle tweaks.Last year I was used to being the main guy, Jenkins said. WithSteph coming back healthy, I might not have the same opportunity I had lastyear. So its about taking advantage of any opportunity to be a spark off thebench, coming in and getting a stop defensively or not playing at all and beinga great teammate.Jenkins said hes not upset that the Warriors acquired Jack.He said he knew the Warriors would bring another point guard into camp, he justdidnt know who.Not at all, Jenkins said when asked if he was bothered.Its more motivation for me. I just have to come in and work hard. In the NBA,things like this are going to happen. You have to prepare for it. The onlything I can do is work hard and compete to the best of my ability. The frontoffice will make their decisions, and my job is to continue to get into the gymearly, watch film and use the summer league and all my time on the practicecourt to get better.

Report: Lakers have shown interest in former Warriors guard

Report: Lakers have shown interest in former Warriors guard

Ian Clark is looking for his next basketball home.

And the Lakers have shown interest in the free agent guard, according to The Los Angeles Times' Brad Turner.

Over 77 regular season games with the Warriors last season, Clark averaged 6.8 points while shooting just under 49 percent from the field and over 37 percent from deep.

In 16 playoff games (he did not play in Game 5 of the NBA Finals), he averaged 6.8 points on 50.6 percent shooting overall, and 36 percent from 3-point territory.

Last week, he was asked if he would be back with the Warriors in 2017-18.

"It's not looking like it," Clark said while in Memphis. "Going through that situation right now. As much as I want to stay, it's a business. But we'll see. Anything could happen."

The Warriors do have an open roster spot, but it's quite possible they enter training camp and/or the season with just 14 players under contract.

Golden State can only offer Clark the minimum of $1,577,230.

The Lakers could give Clark up to $4.3 million -- the room mid-level exception.

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

Lillard: If Blazers get Carmelo and then run into Warriors during playoffs...

Lillard: If Blazers get Carmelo and then run into Warriors during playoffs...

Who will Carmelo Anthony play for next season?

The Knicks? Rockets? Cavs? Blazers?

Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum are hoping Carmelo ends up in Portland.

"I spoke to him," Lillard told Joe Freeman of The Oregonian. "Because, obviously, he makes us a better team. Obviously with that being out there and that being a real possibility, I don't see why I wouldn't reach out to him and let him know that the interest is mutual if he's interested in us."

[REWIND: McCollum's message to those who think Warriors are bad for the NBA]

What was his reaction?

"I ain't gonna share all that," Lillard said. "We had a conversation about it because it's something that we need to talk about, so he knew that it wasn't just the team -- but it was myself and C.J. -- would love to have him here. So I reached out to him."

How would he help the Blazers?

"He's Carmelo Anthony," Lillard responded. "You add another guy that can go out there and score 50 ... over the last decade, he's been one of the best players in the league. Playing against him, you know he's a cerebral player. He's smart...

"I can only imagine what it would be like having him iso'ing on one side, and C.J. in a corner, and me on the opposite wing and Nurk (Jusuf Nurkic) ... I can only imagine how hard it would be to guard us when it's already hard to guard us.

"We can compete with anybody in the West, but I think when you get to those teams like Golden State, if we happen to run into them in a playoff situation now -- we getting in the paint, and if they want to help off someone like Melo ... good luck."

The Warriors beat the Blazers in five games in the 2016 Western Conference Semifinals and swept them in the opening round of the 2017 playoffs.

According to McCollum, the Blazers would definitely have homecourt in the first round of the playoffs should Carmelo head to the Pacific Northwest.

"Very talented player. And I think if we get him -- when we get him -- speak it into existence ... I think Top 3 in the West, easy," McCollum declared. "I think he's interested."

Carmelo is reportedly pushing for a trade to the Rockets...

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Draymond Green responded to Damian Lillard with a not-so-subtle jab on Instagram. 

😂😂😂😂😂 give it a break @damianlillard

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