So, Anthony Randolph is said to be available, along with every other player on the Warriors' roster? Look, the Warriors are 7-17, and there are only three teams in the league worse than them right now. Put it this way: Every player on the roster should be available. However, getting to the nuts and bolts of it, Randolph isn't likely to go anywhere unless Corey Maggette goes along with him. I find it hard to believe the Warriors would move Randolph unless they can send Maggette and his contract -- three-plus years -- along with him. Time to clear up a little misconception about coach Don Nelson and his role when it comes to personnel matters. Point is, he doesn't have much of one. From what I'm told, general manager Larry Riley certainly doesn't clue in Nelson on the day-to-day of what's going on. In fact, Riley makes a point not to include Nelson on everything because he knows how itchy Nelson can get when it comes to this kind of stuff. If the Warriors do make a trade, Nelson isn't going to be the one doing it. The Stephen Jackson trade was all Riley and the next trade will be all Riley, too. Andris Biedrins and Ronny Turiaf are getting close to returning, and when they do it will be interesting to see what happens. We should really be able to measure their importance. For better or worse, the two big men have been isolated, and without them, we've gotten a real good look at this team and its interior deficiencies. We know both Biedrins and Turiaf should help with rebounding and defense. But the real issue is whether their return will actually help the Warriors win more games. That's how you'll know they're valuable. I keep waiting for rookie Stephen Curry to be more careful with the ball, but it hasn't happened yet. Curry can be clever with the ball, no doubt, but he can also be a little too cavalier with it. He's averaging 2.7 turnovers per game and his assist-to-turnover ratio isn't even 2-to-1. Not ready to proclaim this a long-term problem yet, but it is time he begins to show some improvement in that area.
After six years as an Executive Board member for the Warriors, Jerry West unexpectedly departed in June. He took an advisory role with the division rival Clippers.
It was a curious move for the 79-year-old. Leave the defending champs for a team in turmoil?
On Monday, the former Lakers legend and Hall of Famer talked about his move south an interview with The Athletic's Tim Kawakami.
"Frankly it was very sad, OK? It really was. A place where I thought that if I was going to work another year or if somebody wanted me to work another year, I thought I could contribute; I did not want to leave. I did not want to leave. I was very happy there.
But those things happen sometimes. Obviously to be around a bunch of players that were as together as any I’ve seen and I think more importantly the talent that was on that team and to see the joy. There’s a lot of joy there. I think those are the kind of environments where people really prosper."
West then explains why he's not with the Warriors anymore.
"It was time for me to leave. I’m in Los Angeles again. For me, I’ll have a chance to go in the office a little bit and watch some of the people that have been hired, to watch our coaches coach. I’ve often said I’ve done some crazy things in my life because of the timing and maybe the timing was right."
West won one NBA title as a player and has eight as an executive, including two with the Warriors.
The Clippers, along with West, get their first look at the defending champion Warriors on Monday, Oct. 30 in Los Angeles.
It's been a pretty good run for the Warriors over the last three seasons:
- 2014-15 = 67-15, NBA champions
- 2015-16 = 73-9, NBA runner-up
- 2016-17 = 67-15, NBA champions
And Steve Kerr is on record saying that his team will be even better in 2017-18.
The Warriors' head coach recently sat down with Scott Ostler of The San Francisco Chronicle and explained why he isn't concerned about the upcoming campaign.
“Ultimately, we’re in a great spot. Our guys are happy, they’re doing their thing. There’s no need for much drama. The most impressive thing with our guys is, people talk about Pat Riley’s book and what he calls ‘the disease of me,’ where you win a championship and all of a sudden, everyone wants a bigger role, more money, whatever.
“I think that is sort of human nature, to want more. But our guys I think, have a genuine awareness that they’re getting all that through winning. More is coming their way individually as a result of the team’s success.
"It takes a really mature perspective to feel that way.”
Nothing exemplifies Kerr's thoughts more than Kevin Durant's financial sacrifice.
He could have earned about $34.7 million yet agreed to a $25 million salary for next season to help the Warriors retain Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.
Golden State replaced Ian Clark, James Michael McAdoo and Matt Barnes with Nick Young, Omri Casspi and Jordan Bell.
Otherwise, everybody else is back.
"We have a lot of momentum, and our guys have a comfort level, and obviously, we’re loaded with talent," Kerr told The Chronicle. "It’s fun to think about the season, think about where we can get better, players we can add. That’s what I spend a lot of my time down here doing, just thinking about what’s next for us.
“But I don’t worry at all about us being successful; I don’t worry about anybody’s ego getting in the way.”
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller