OAKLAND The Warriors held another predraft workout on Saturday, bringing in six players in advance of the NBA draft on June 28.The six players were Cincinnatis Yancy Gates, Californias Harper Kamp, LSUs Justin Hamilton, Oregons Garrett Sim, UC-Santa Barbaras Greg Somogyi and Kansas Tyshawn Taylor.Gates, a 6-foot-9 power forward, averaged 12.2 points and 8.9 rebounds per game for the Bearcats. Gates isnt much of a shot-blocker but hes a physical defender.He is probably most known for his part in a brawl against Xavier back in December, which cost him a six-game suspension. But Gates said that incident has helped him grow and mature as a person.Tayler averaged 16.9 points per game for the Jayhawks, who fell to Kentucky in the NCAA championship game. Tayler is 6-foot-3, but isnt considered a true point guard.Still, what Taylor does is defend, which could make him appealing to the Warriors.The Warriors could have as many as four picks in the draft: The No. 7 pick (or better), the No. 30 pick, the No. 36 pick and the No. 52 pick.If the Warriors fall back to No. 8 or worse, they will lose the pick to the Utah Jazz. None of Saturday's participants are expected to be an early first-round pick.
The "feud" between LeBron James and Kyrie Irving is shrouded in mystery with media reports and veiled responses clouding the truth.
But James' former Cavs teammate Drew Gooden has a solution, telling TMZ that either Irving needs to be traded or the two superstars need to throw down in a fight.
"That's the only way," Gooden said.
Gooden cited the Cleneland's addition of Derrick Rose as the reason for Irving's unrest, although reports of Irving's trade request came out days before Rose committed to sign with Cleveland.
"I think Kyrie hot cause they went and got Derrick Rose without his consent," Gooden said. "That might have got Kyrie a little hot."
Gooden, 35, averaged 11 points, 7.1 rebounds and 25.5 minutes per game over his 14-year NBA career, which ended after playing 30 games for Washington in the 2015-16 season.
Once JaVale McGee signs his new contract, and it’s a formality, the Warriors will have completed their July victory tour. They’ll have all the signatures they craved. They will have won. Repeatedly. Again.
Completing their roster precisely as they had hoped, the Warriors will come out on the other side of free agency having achieved the best possible outcome.
Less than a week after coach Steve Kerr told NBCSportsBayArea.com he wanted McGee back for another season, the 7-foot center on Thursday agreed to do just that.
Understand, though, McGee did not stroll into free agency seeking a one-year contract for the veteran’s minimum. He wanted more cash, and also a longer term. He deserved it, too, after a fine season in which he played well enough to revive a career that one year ago was teetering on the dark, distant edge of the NBA.
McGee instead will get about $2.1 million, less than half of what he had hoped to find.
There is a very evident upside insofar as he gets the comfort of being in a place where he’ll enjoy teammates and coaches, feel the love of the fans, and win a lot of basketball games.
The clear winner here, though, is the Warriors.
They gambled that McGee’s excursion into free agency might be circular. It was.
They left their final minimum-salary spot on their roster for him, and would look elsewhere only if he landed with another team. He did not.
They figured they could spend their mid-level exception on a shooter, Nick Young, and still find a serviceable backup center. They did.
For their foresight and patience, the Warriors are rewarded with another season from a player that was a significant contributor during their run to a championship.
Why didn’t McGee command a better financial deal with another team? To begin with, he’s neither a star nor a starter. Though the numbers paint a fabulous picture -- McGee is the only player in NBA history to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds per 36 minutes while shooting at least 65 percent -- the fact is he excels in limited minutes.
McGee played in 77 games, averaging 9.6 minutes per. He played as many as 15 minutes on 10 occasions and only once reached the 20-minute mark.
How does an NBA general manager justify throwing big bucks at someone, no matter how effective he is, if his best work is limited to maybe 12 minutes per game?
So McGee is back, delighting JaVale Nation. He’ll return to a more formidable roster. All-Stars Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson are back. Key veteran contributors Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, Zaza Pachulia and David West were re-signed. Omri Casspi and Young will raise the level of offensive firepower coming off the bench.
Six weeks after concluding a 16-1 postseason with a championship victory parade through the streets of Oakland, the Warriors are complete -- with upgrades. All 15 spots on the roster are now filled.
Training camp is eight weeks away, and the presentation of jewelry will follow in mid-October.
It was during the public celebration of the championship that Green passionately and colorfully urged the world to take note of the results achieved by president/general manager Bob Myers. Myers is too busy getting things done to indulge in due credit.
He’ll settle for sleeping ever more peacefully in the coming weeks. Hell, he can take an extended vacation. He has earned it.