Warriors expand camp roster with four free agent signings

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Warriors expand camp roster with four free agent signings

The Golden State Warriors added to their training cam roster today, signing free agents Carlon Brown, guardforward Lance Goulbourne, forward Rick Jackson and guardforward Tarence Kinsey.

Brown, 22, spent three years at the University of Utah (2007-10) before transferring to the University of Colorado for his senior season, where he averaged 12.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 28.5 minutes in 36 games and earned All-Pac 12 Second Team honors, helping lead the Buffaloes to their first NCAA Tournament berth in nine years.

23-year-old Goulbourne enjoyed a four-year career at Vanderbilt (2008-12), where he played alongside Warriors first-round draft-pick Festus Ezeli. The 68 guardforward posted career averages of 6.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 20.7 minutes in 122 career games (56 starts), leading the team in rebounds as both a junior and senior. In 2011-12, Goulbourne started 35 of the Commodores 36 games, averaging a career-high 8.7 points to go with 6.9 rebounds.

Jackson, 23, played professionally last season in France with Chorale Roanne Basket after a four-year collegiate career at Syracuse (2007-11). With Roanne, the 69 forward averaged 9.0 points (.581 FG), 5.5 rebounds and 17.3 minutes in 21 games. At Syracuse, Jackson tallied 8.7 points (.591 FG), 6.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.8 blocks in 143 career games, including a senior campaign that saw him lead the conference in rebounds, blocks and field goal percentage en route to Big East Defensive Player of the Year and All-Big East Second Team accolades.

28-year old Kinsey spent the 2011-12 season in Turkey with Anadolu Efes, where he averaged 8.1 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 21.8 minutes in 28 games after two separate stints with Turkeys Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (2008, 2009-11). Prior to playing overseas, the 66 swingman spent three seasons in the NBA, compiling career averages of 4.7 points, 1.3 rebounds and 12.3 minutes in 109 games (15 starts) over three seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies (2006-08) and Cleveland Cavaliers (2008-09). In his 15 career starts, Kinsey holds averages of 16.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 2.13 steals.

Golden State Warriors Media Services contributed to this report

NBA Gameday: Don't expect Warriors, Spurs to tip their hands

NBA Gameday: Don't expect Warriors, Spurs to tip their hands

After conquering the third-place Rockets in Part I of the toughest two-night stint this season, the Warriors on Wednesday night will take aim on Part II of the challenge.

Which likely will be even more difficult, as the first-place Warriors are going into the historically imposing AT&T Center in San Antonio to face the Spurs, who reside in second place in the Western Conference.

A win by the Warriors (60-14) would reduce to five the magic number for clinching the No. 1 overall seed for the playoffs. A victory by the Spurs (57-16) would pull them within 1.5 games of the top-seeded Warriors.

The Warriors, buoyed by the best defense in the NBA this month, have won eight consecutive games. The win streak began immediately after their last trip to San Antonio, on March 11, when coach Steve Kerr rested Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson.

The Spurs have won five in a row and will be trying to complete a three-game season sweep of the Warriors, who have not been swept by any team since Kerr was hired in 2014.

BETTING LINE

Spurs by 4.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Klay Thompson & Co. vs. Kawhi Leonard: Arguably the league’s best two-way player, Leonard has intruded on what was a two-man MVP race. He has emerged as a team leader and the man who must be neutralized to beat Spurs. Thompson will among several Warriors -- Matt Barnes and Green also will get opportunities -- trying to keep Leonard in check.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: F/C James Michael McAdoo (L eyebrow laceration) is listed as probable. F Kevin Durant (L knee sprain, bone bruise) is listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the NBA Development League.

Spurs: G Dejounte Murray (L groin strain) is listed as out.

LAST 10

Warriors: 8-2. Spurs: 7-3.

SERIES HISTORY

The Spurs won both games earlier this season, one in Oakland and one in San Antonio. The Warriors won three of four last season but have lost nine of the last 13 meetings overall. They have lost 34 of the last 35 games in San Antonio.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

THE CHESS GAME: Though neither coach has announced intentions to rest anyone, both realize they could meet again in the postseason. Therefore, neither is likely to tip his full hand in terms of schemes and tactics. Yet it could be said the Warriors, without Durant, have an ace in the hole.

THE FOURS: San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge and the Warriors’ Green have been battling for several years. Despite height and physique that pale in comparison to Aldridge, Green’s aggressive nature and knowledge of angles and tendencies have allowed him to contain the bigger man. On the other end, Green hopes his tender ankle won’t prevent him from outrunning the bigger power forward.

THE BENCHES: San Antonio’s bench is deep and frisky; its 10.2 net rating is tops in the NBA. The Warriors, however, have gotten strong play from their reserves and now own the No. 2 net rating (7.4). Both teams have impact players here. Patty Mills is as much of a factor for the Spurs as Iguodala is for the Warriors.

Kevin Durant will be re-evaluated again in 7-10 days

Kevin Durant will be re-evaluated again in 7-10 days

Though Kevin Durant will miss at least five more games, there remains a possibility he could return to the Warriors lineup before the end of the regular season, according to an update provided by the team on Wednesday.

The team’s leading scorer, Durant has missed the last 15 games after sustaining a sprained medial collateral ligament and bone bruise to his left knee on Feb. 28 at Washington. After several days with the knee immobilized, he has spent the past two weeks participating in individual workouts.

“Kevin has made very good progress since suffering the injury four weeks ago in Washington,” began a statement issued by the team. “He has not experienced any setbacks to date and has progressed as well as could be expected. At this point, he is being incorporated into non-contact basketball drills – shooting, running and jumping – and the plan is to intensify his level of movement over the next several days, which will include more explosive cutting and lateral maneuvers.”

Durant has been engaging in shooting and dribbling drills, full-sprint activity and is dunking with ease. The 6-foot-9 forward traveled with the Warriors last week to Oklahoma City and Dallas and is with the team on its current trip to Houston and San Antonio.

“His eventual return to contact drills and practice will be predicated upon his progress to the increased intensity of his workouts, and a return to game action prior to the end of the regular season remains a possibility,” according to the statement. “He will be re-evaluated again in the next 7-10 days.”

The Warriors have eight games remaining on their regular-season schedule, with the last three at home, beginning with the New Orleans Pelicans on April 8.

The playoffs begin on April 15.