Warriors draft notes: Wright on way out?


Warriors draft notes: Wright on way out?

Warriors general manager Bob Myers was asked on Thursday when he started thinking that Harrison Barnes would be available when the Warriors picked at No. 7.When Portland took Damian Lillard at 6, Myers answered, with a laugh.True, the Warriors didnt know Barnes would be there for sure until Portland took Lillard, but it was a week ago when they started thinking Barnes getting to them could be a reality.Thats why Myers and owner Joe Lacob took a red-eye flight to New York on Sunday and watched separate workouts of Barnes and Connecticut center Andre Drummond.Turns out, both were available when the Warriors picked. Detroit took Drummond at No. 9.
Lacob was asked after the draft to talk about the private workouts of Barnes and Drummond. Lacob said that the one thing that jumped out about Barnes was his athleticism, and it was something that you could really appreciate up close.Lacob indicated that he believed there was a lot more to Barnes game than he was being given credit for. He said it became apparent on that trip theyd take Barnes over Drummond if both were available. And it didnt sound like that was close, by the way.As for Drummond, Lacob said he was impressed with his body, athleticism and personality. But Lacob also said that it was obvious during the workout that Drummond had a long way to go
It seems apparent the Warriors will be trying to move small forward Dorell Wright. Myers was asked about Wright on Thursday night and his status on the team, and said as far as he was concerned Wright was the returning starter.Thats also true, but right now the Warriors have too many small forwards, plain and simple. Theyve got Wright, Richard Jefferson, Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green (the No. 35 pick). Theyve also extended a qualifying offer to Brandon Rush, and he plays some small forward.Wright is the most logical one to go: Hes got just one more year on his contract, and he fell out of playing favor with coach Mark Jackson.

New Clippers advisor Jerry West: 'I did not want to leave' Warriors


New Clippers advisor Jerry West: 'I did not want to leave' Warriors

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.

Steve Kerr: 'The most impressive thing with our guys...'


Steve Kerr: 'The most impressive thing with our guys...'

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.

[REWIND: Myers: 'Unequivocally' there is no Iguodala or Livingston without Durant]

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