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Warriors finalizing summer league roster

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Warriors finalizing summer league roster

While most of the focus with the Warriors centers on free agency these days, theres still a summer league team to put together and the Warriors are finalizing that roster.Three of the Warriors four draft picks will play for the team, and games begin July 13. Harrison Barnes, Festus Ezeli and Draymond Green will head to Las Vegas this weekend to start practicing.Warriors assistant coach Pete Myers will coach the team.Ognjen Kuzmic, whom the Warriors selected with the No. 52 pick in last Thursdays draft, will not play for the team. Warriors general manager Bob Myers said on Monday that its likely too quick of a turnaround for Kuzmic to play for the summer-league team, then rejoin his Bosnia and Herzegovina national team later this summer.Jeremy Tyler and Charles Jenkins, two second-year Warriors players, will also play in Las Vegas. Tyler didnt distinguish himself during his rookie year with the Warriors, though the organization still seems to be high on him.But theres no doubt, the Warriors front office will be keeping an eye on how Tyler does against Ezeli and vice versa.As for Jenkins, he exceeded expectations his rookie season, but the issue now is whether the team can count on him to be the first guard off the bench. As promising as Jenkins rookie season was, at this point it would be asking a lot to be the full-time backup point guard. But at this point, its Jenkins job to lose.Klay Thompson, penciled in as the starting shooting guard in 2012-13, is already in Las Vegas, practicing with the US Select team. Myers said he doesnt expect Thompson to play with the team, but that if Thompson wanted to play he could.Also expected to play for the Warriors summer league team are Rakim Sanders, Justin Burrell and Wendell McKines.Sanders, who attended Fairfield, impressed the Warriors with his pre-draft workout. Burrell, who played for St. Johns in 2010-11, has worked out in recent months against Thompson, Tyler and Jenkins.McKines, an Oakland native, worked out twice for the Warriors in the weeks before the draft. McKines is undersized, but he averaged 10.7 rebounds per game last season for New Mexico State.Warriors partial roster in Las Vegas: Charles Jenkins, Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green, Jeremy Tyler, Festus Ezeli, Justin Burrell, Rakim Sanders and Wendell McKines.

Report: Cavs, Celtics engaged in trade talks for Kyrie Irving

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Report: Cavs, Celtics engaged in trade talks for Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving to the Celtics?

Boston and Cleveland are engaged in active trade discussions, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania.

Kyrie requested a trade back in early July.

He has two more years on his contract -- $18,868,625 next season and $20,099,188 in 2018-19 -- with a $21,329,750 player option in 2019-20.

Thomas will make about $6.26 million next year and will be an unrestricted free agent next summer.

The Celtics were the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference last season, and the Cavs were the No. 2 seed.

Cleveland dispatched Boston in five games in the East Finals.

Thomas was sidelined for Games 3, 4 and 5 because of a hip injury.

The two teams face off on Opening Night on Oct. 17...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Rookie class gives Warriors big man Jordan Bell a lot of respect

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Rookie class gives Warriors big man Jordan Bell a lot of respect

Remember when Jordan Bell was considered a good bet to go in the first round of the NBA Draft, but fell to No. 38?

Yeah. That happened.

And according to the 39 rookies who took part in NBA.com's annual survey, the Warriors got a good one.

"Which rookie was the biggest steal at where he was selected?"

1) Donovan Mitchell, 13th pick, Jazz -- 18.9 percent
2) Dennis Smith Jr, 9th pick, Mavericks -- 13.5 percent
3) John Collins, 19th pick, Hawks -- 12.2 percent
4) Jordan Bell, 38th pick, Warriors -- 10.8 percent
5) Kyle Kuzma, 27th pick, Lakers -- 9.5 percent

"Which rookie is the best defender?"

1) Josh Jackson, Suns -- 26.3 percent
2) Jordan Bell, Warriors -- 23.7 percent
3) Donovan Mitchell, Jazz -- 21.1 percent
4) De'Aaron Fox, Kings -- 10.5 percent

During NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, Bell averaged 5.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.6 blocks.

Against Minnesota on July 11, he racked up five points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals and 6 blocks.

He was the 2016-17 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and blocked 8 shots against Kansas in the Elite 8.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller