Seems apparent depth an issue for Warriors

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Seems apparent depth an issue for Warriors

OAKLAND Sitting courtside before Saturdays exhibition season opener between the Warriors and Kings at Oracle Arena, onething is standing out: Sacramento has more depth than Golden State.Lookingdown at the Warriors end of the court, you see a starting five of StephenCurry, Monta Ellis, Dorell Wright, David Lee and Andris Biedrins. But afterthat, you see a roster littered with question marks.The teamsfirst two players off the bench are likely to be rookie Klay Thompson andcenter Kwame Brown. Asking each of those players to be consistent over thecourse of a season might be asking a lot.
After youget past the seventh man on Golden State, youre looking at Ekpe Udoh, LouAmundson, Ish Smith, Charles Jenkins and Dominic McGuire.As for theKings, theyve got DeMarcus Cousins, Tyreke Evans, Marcus Thornton, JohnSalmons, Jason Thompson and Chuck Hayes (out with heart condition). Inaddition, the Kings have Francisco Garcia, Donte Greene, J.J. Hickson andTravis Outlaw. Plus, dont forget Jimmer Fredette.In otherwords, preseason Game No. 1 hasnt even started yet, but its not too early tosay that overcoming a thin roster is going to be a big challenge for new coachMark Jackson and his staff.

Warriors rookie McCaw starts vs Nets with Durant ruled out

Warriors rookie McCaw starts vs Nets with Durant ruled out

OAKLAND -- With Kevin Durant out of the Warriors lineup Saturday night with swelling in his left pinky finger, rookie wing Pat McCaw will start at forward against Brooklyn at Oracle Arena.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr made the announcement two hours before tipoff.

As for Durant, the contusion in his left pinky finger, sustained Thursday, is still in the healing process.

“Kevin’s hand is still a little swollen,” Kerr said. “It’s not anything we want to mess around with. We’ve got a long trip coming up, a lot of games. It made sense to give him the night off. We’ll have tomorrow off, flying in to Philadelphia. So hopefully the next couple days it’ll calm down and be fine. It’s kind of a day-to-day thing.”

The decision to start McCaw -- who often competes with Ian Clark for playing time -- was based mostly on how he matches up against the Nets.

“They both have my trust and my confidence,” Kerr said. “Both of them are very effective. It’s depending what we need. If we need ball movement and cutting, I’m more likely to go to Ian. He’s a great back-cutter and he gives our offense flow and he’ll make spot-up shots. If we need some size defensively, we’ll go to Patrick. They’ve both been effective. I wouldn’t say either one is ahead of the other. They’re both going to play.”

Report: Warriors could pursue PG Calderon if bought out by Lakers

Report: Warriors could pursue PG Calderon if bought out by Lakers

While the Warriors appear to like D-League call-up Briante Weber, they could have a chance to add a veteran point guard to that final roster spot.

Weber's second 10-day contract expires after Saturday night's game against the Nets. If the Warriors chose not to sign him for the remainder of the season, they could pursue veteran point guard Jose Calderon.

Calderon, currently under contract with the Lakers, will reportedly be bought out of his deal in the next few days, according to ESPN.

If Calderon hits the open market next week, the Warriors and Rockets could be among the suitors for his services, according to the report.

The 35-year-old veteran is averaging 3.3 points and 2.1 assists in 12.2 minutes over 24 games this season for Luke Walton and the Lakers.