Kevon Looney may have prolonged stint with Santa Cruz Warriors

Kevon Looney may have prolonged stint with Santa Cruz Warriors

OAKLAND -- After playing a total of 24 minutes over the last seven games, Kevon Looney is a couple days away from getting more playing time.

It will come in NBA Development League, however, as Steve Kerr on Wednesday said the 21-year-old forward will be assigned to Santa Cruz after the Warriors face Orlando on Thursday at Oracle Arena.

“We’re going to send Looney down Friday for a game,” Kerr said. “He needs to play.”

Looney is averaging 2.7 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. Aside from a 17-minute stint in San Antonio last Saturday, when Kerr rested four regulars, Looney has not exceeded two minutes in any game since before the All-Star break. In five of the last eight games, even with the absence of Kevin Durant, Looney did not play at all.

“He just hasn’t been in the rotation, and he needs some minutes,” Kerr said. “So we’ll send him to Santa Cruz Friday and he’ll play Friday night, and we’ll see. We may keep him down there for longer. We’ll kind of play it by ear.”

The Santa Cruz Warriors play back-to-back home games Friday and Saturday against the Texas Legends, the affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks.

Looney this season has appeared in one game in with Santa Cruz, posting 18 points (8-of-13 from the field), 20 rebounds, two blocks and two steals in 24 minutes on Jan. 13 against the Salt Lake City Stars.

GM Bob Myers reiterates Warriors' stance on signing Steph Curry long term

GM Bob Myers reiterates Warriors' stance on signing Steph Curry long term

DANVILLE -- Everything the Warriors have said and done, as well as everything Stephen Curry has said, indicates there is no chance of a divorce, even though Curry becomes an unrestricted free agent at 12:01 a.m. Saturday morning.

Curry has pointed out numerous times that he plans to sign with the Warriors, implying that it would be pointless for other teams to pursue him on the open market.

And on Wednesday afternoon, Warriors president and general manager Bob Myers reiterated the team’s stance regarding the two-time MVP by expressing Curry would be a top priority.

“He’s got to be,” Myers said at Monte Vista High School, where he and Warriors forward Draymond Green was subjects of a news conference/pep rally in the wake of Myers being named Executive of the Year and Green being named Defensive Player of the Year.

Myers was careful not to slight other players the Warriors expect to re-sign, such as Kevin Durant, and those the team hopes to retain, notably Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.

“Actually, we’ve got a lot of priorities,” Myers said. “But, certainly, touching all of them and making sure we do our job and make sure they know we want them is important,” Myers said. “But he knows how we feel. I think he’s happy. But he’s a huge priority.”

The Warriors are allowed to pay Curry about $200 million over the next five seasons, and CEO Joe Lacob has said he’s ready to do whatever it takes.

Jordan Bell: 'I think Markelle Fultz would rather be...'

Jordan Bell: 'I think Markelle Fultz would rather be...'

Markelle Fultz was selected No. 1 overall.

Jordan Bell had to wait until the 38th pick to get drafted.

"I think I'm in the best spot," Bell said on 95.7 The Game on Wednesday. "I think Markelle Fultz would rather be in my position than his (laughter)."

Apparently, joining the defending champions and getting the opportunity to play with Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson is a pretty good situation to be in.

Bell revealed that he thought he was going to be taken somewhere in the 19-31 range.

As he continued to slide, he was extremely frustrated.

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But then he found out that the Warriors -- who paid the Bulls $3.5 million for Bell's rights -- were his new team.

And all was good in the world.

What are Bell's plans over the next couple of weeks and months?

"Been up here for awhile working out with the team, lifting, getting to know the players a little bit," Bell explained. "Definitely going to play in Summer League and then right after that, I'm going to try to find a place out here, move in right away so I can just get ready to help the team out as much as possible."

Ben Simmons -- the top pick in the 2016 draft -- made about $5.9 million as a rookie (he didn't play a single game).

Pat McCaw -- the 38th pick in the 2016 draft -- made about $543,000.

No word yet on Bell's contract details with the Warriors...

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