Updated: Free agents for Warriors to consider

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Updated: Free agents for Warriors to consider

We know there aremock drafts 2.0, 3.0 and beyond leading up to the NBA draft, so theres noreason to not have a free-agent list 2.0 and maybe beyond.Its only fair as itpertains to the Warriors, after all, since their spending parameters havechanged some. Warriors general manager Bob Myers said on Monday that the teamis unlikely to use all of its mid-level exception -- worth about 5million.REWIND: Myers tamps down Warriors' FA expectations
Instead, it seemsthe Warriors are more likely to spend 1 million here, or 2 million there on aplayer or maybe 3 million or so at one guy. More than that and it gets alittle tricky with the luxury tax. With that information in mind, heres anupdated list of some players the Warriors will be looking at: GUARDSConventional wisdom isthat the Warriors need more insurance for Stephen Curry, who is coming offinjury, and Klay Thompson, entering his second season, than just Charles Jenkins. Ideally, theWarriors would be able to sign a veteran with some size and who can defend. Butunder current constraints Andre Miller (said to have agreed to re-sign inDenver), Jason Kidd, Kirk Hinrich, Jeremy Lin, Raymond Felton are all out ofthe picture.It remains to beseen about Brandon Roy, who will meet with the Warriors for the second timelater this week.ShannonBrown: He can get a little too wound up at the offensive end attimes, but Brown would be an athleticism upgrade and toughness upgrade on theperimeter.Randy Foye:Once upon a time, some thought Foye could be a big-time point guard.He never turned into that. But if you look at him as a third guard, hes morelikeable.Royal Ivey:Has gotten lost in the shuffle in Oklahoma City, but has size and candefend.RonniePrice: Hes not much of an offensive player, but is that really whatthe Warriors need? Hes not the greatest of decision-makers, but hed bring theWarriors a toughness in their backcourt that they lack.NateRobinson: Yes, its possible, though not likely he could return tothe Warriors. The reality is the Warriors would like to add size to theirbackcourt, and Robinson doesnt fit that description. But he contributed instretches last season, and coach Mark Jackson seemed to form a bond withhim.SashaVujacic: Before you say NO WAY, listen up. Vujacic, who played inTurkey last season, is 6-foot-7 and able to play both guard positions. And,yes, hes annoying as hell on defense. Thats the point. The fact he can make a3-point shot here and there is gravy.SMALLFORWARDSIts tough to seethe Warriors going in this direction. Right now theyve got plenty of playerswho can play that position: Harrison Barnes, Dorell Wright, Richard Jeffersonand Draymond Green. The Warriors also have made it clear they want to re-signBrandon Rush, who can play this spot. And we havent even mentioned DominicMcGuire, though we will in a minute.FRONTCOURTIn an ideal world,Andrew Bogut and David Lee are healthy, and Festus Ezeli turns out to be betterthan anyone expected. And while were at it, Andris Biedrins has an unforeseencomeback and Jeremy Tyler trends toward Karl Malone.Its always nice tohope, but the Warriors cant go into the season expecting that to happen.Theyd like to add another player of size, and someone with at least a fewyears under his belt. Remember, Myers has talked about adding veterans, but ithasnt happened yet.LouAmundson: He didnt make much of an impact the first time around withGolden State, and the Warriors seem to have gotten the better of the BrandonRush deal, but Amundson is a good guy and known commodity.J.J.Hickson: There are reports that have Hickson coming to the Warriors.Not so fast. Yes, he fits the Warriors financial parameters, but thingshavent nearly progressed that far.JordanHill: If Hill can build off of last season, he might be ontosomething. And thats the problem for the Warriors. If one other GM thinks likethat, Hill is likely out of the Warriors price range.RobinLopez: Hes a restricted free agent, so it wouldnt be easy to gethim. But hed be another big body to add to the frontline, and he does havetoughness.IanMahinmi: Hes quietly been improving every year, but the Warriorsmight be looking for someone a little more versatile. The same thing can besaid for Lopez, above. The Warriors already seem to have three true centers ontheir roster: Andrew Bogut, Festus Ezeli and Andris Biedrins.DominicMcGuire: The Warriors didnt extend a qualifying offer to McGuire,but that doesnt necessarily mean they dont want him back. But if someoneoffers him a contract on the high side, the Warriors will likely have to watchhim walk away.NazrMohammed: Hes also a true center, but if youre looking for solid,veteran leadership and a player young guys will look up to, Mohammed is yourman.RonnyTuriaf: Theres sentiment out there to bring back Turiaf, who justcompleted a championship season with the Heat. But the Warriors need someone alittle more reliable than Turiaf.SheldenWilliams: He makes a lot of sense. Affordable, professional and asolid veteran. Hes also part of Myers old stable of clients under ArnTellem.

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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