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Warriors focus: Draymond Green

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Warriors focus: Draymond Green

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the fifth installment in a seven-part series that spotlights the seven new Warriors.
Part 1: Harrison BarnesPart 2: Kent Bazemore
Part 3: Andrew Bogut
Part 4: Festus Ezeli

The Warriors have made plenty of changes since the end of the 2011-12 season. They will likely have four first-year players on their roster come the start of the season, and they also acquired veterans Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry.Center Andrew Bogut came to the Warriors in March, but hes a newcomer, too, if you factor in that he still hasnt played a game for the team yet. With training camp set to begin in early October, lets begin our player-by-player analysis of the Warriors new players.Draymond Green, 6-foot-7, 230 pounds, small forwardpower forward.If theres one thing you continue to hear about forward Draymond Green its that hes smart and knows how to play. Yes, he fits the description of the classic tweener, but the Warriors certainly believe hell figure out a way to find a niche in the NBA.Make no mistake, if Green is playing power forward, hell be an undersized four. And if he finds himself playing small forward, well, then, hes going to be challenged athletically and in the quickness department.
But what Green does have is length, and that will give him the opportunity to combat some of the deficiencies hes likely to face navigating those two positions.Green anticipates well, he can pass and he fully understands how to play team defense the result of having played under Tom Izzo at Michigan State for four seasons. Those are the kinds of little things that make it possible for Green to get playing time -- though a close look at the Warriors roster indicates it wont be easy.For every positive, there seems to be a negative when it comes to Green, but you would expect as much from a player drafted in the second round. Hes not an elite athlete, doesnt have what you would call a great body, and isnt yet a consistent shooter.Still, the Warriors clearly believe the positives outweigh the negatives and theyre hoping that down the road Green turns into a contributor. How do we know the Warriors believe that?Well, because the Warriors gave Green a guaranteed contract for two seasons and a partial guarantee for Year No. 3. That doesnt happen to every second-round selection, thats for sure.Green is an OK mid-range shooter, and he seems to have the ability to be a 3-point threat down the road. More important, he plays with consistent energy right now, and he has shown a knack for rebounding the ball.Its nothing short of impressive that Green left Michigan State as the schools all-time leading rebounder, and averaged 10.6 rebounds his senior season for the Spartans.He might not be able to duplicate those numbers at the NBA level, but by the same token those kinds of numbers indicate that Green has very good anticipation, a nose for the ball and some good hands, too.One look at the lay of the land, though, and its tough to see Green getting minutes. Hes No. 3 on the depth chart at power forward behind David Lee and Carl Landry, so theres little to no playing time there.And its not like there are an abundance of minutes at small forward not with rookie Harrison Barnes, re-signed Brandon Rush and veteran Richard Jefferson all in the mix there.Then again, were still talking about a player who was drafted in the second round and doesnt have a definitive position. So, its less about whether Green is going to get playing time and more a question of whether he can play in the league.

Klay reacts to report that Cavs contacted Warriors about possible trade

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Klay reacts to report that Cavs contacted Warriors about possible trade

Klay Thompson is unintentionally hilarious.

He's one of the best quotes in the NBA.

On Wednesday, he spoke with The Athletic's Anthony Slater.

One topic discussed -- the report that Cavs GM Koby Altman called the Warriors to discuss a potential Klay for Kyrie Irving deal.

“It's really cool. It shows the Warriors believe in me and these other teams want me to be a part of their success. So I appreciate it. I've been in trade rumors forever. Everyone has. Except for maybe LeBron James, Steph — well, even Steph early in his career.

"It's part of the business. It is flattering and I do appreciate it.”

Back in October 2014, Klay signed a 4-year extension worth $68,979,450.

He will make $17,826,150 next season and $18,988,725 in 2018-19.

Before he hits unrestricted free agency, he understands that rumors will persist.

"You gotta deal with that as a professional," Klay acknowledged. "The only untouchables in this league, there might be like five or six of them. Other than that, you have to expect it.

"When you hear the rumors, it means you're wanted. You're doing something right. Look at the bright side. But I'm happy I'm still with the Warriors. I hope to be here my whole career. It's a great place to play."

But then Klay said something that may concern Warriors fans:

"We got such a good thing going, I just don't want to leave yet. It's rare in the NBA to have a team that can win with the culture we created. It's hard to put a price on it.

"When that conversation does come up though… man, it's so far away. What are we talking about? So far."

Keyword = "yet."

What does "yet" mean?

Stay tuned.

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

Report: Multiple Cavs wanted Kyrie to return for another shot at Warriors

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Report: Multiple Cavs wanted Kyrie to return for another shot at Warriors

Kyrie Irving averaged 25.8 points and 5.4 assists against Boston in the Eastern Conference Finals.

He shot over 62 percent from the field and 50 percent from distance.

He is now a member of the Celtics.

Several members of the Cavs did not want to see Irving leave Cleveland.

From ESPN's Dave McMenamin:

Multiple Cavs players told ESPN they hoped Irving would remain on the team, believing they could work out their differences like a family and have another crack at beating the Warriors together.

In recent weeks, that idea became unrealistic, as Irving let it be known that he would rather not report to training camp than begin another season with Cleveland, sources told ESPN.

But Irving's wish was granted.

The Celtics play at the Cavs just one time next season -- Opening Night, Oct. 17.

Boston will host Cleveland on Jan. 3 and Feb. 11.

The Warriors play in Boston on Nov. 16 and host the Celtics on Jan. 27.

Golden State welcomes the Cavs to Oracle Arena on Christmas Day and plays in Cleveland on Jan. 15.

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