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Warriors sign C DeAndre Jordan to offer sheet

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Warriors sign C DeAndre Jordan to offer sheet

OAKLAND The Warriors made it official on Sunday: They are trying to get bigger and if it costs a little money, so be it.

The Warriors signed center DeAndre Jordan to an offer sheet worth a reported 42.7 million over four years. Now they will wait up to three days to find out whether or not the L.A. Clippers will match the offer.

If the Clippers match the offer, Jordan goes back to the L.A.; if not, he becomes a Warrior and immediately becomes the teams tallest, most athletic player -- and its best shot-blocker.

Whether or not the Clippers match the Warriors offer, Jordan will earn a salary this season in excess of 10 times the amount he earned last season. In other words, from under a million per year to close to 10 million per. The Contra Costa Times reported the terms of Jordan's offer sheet.

He is 7-foot-1 and only 23 years old. Last season Jordan averaged 7.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 25.6 minutes per game. He has little to no low post game but he rebounds, can rim-protect and can get up and down the court. The Warriors are hoping that he can turn into a dominant defensive center down the road.

Weve always known the key factors for our team to get better were to rebound, defend and block shots, Warriors general manager Larry Riley said. DeAndre Jordan has those. We feel strongly we will improve in those areas.

The Warriors were able to put together an offer sheet for Jordan without having to use the amnesty provision on current center Andris Biedrins. Instead, they will use it on Charlie Bell, seldom-used and now legally-embattled.

It is possible the Warriors could have close to 20 million invested in two centers, neither of whom is consistent. Biedrins has had two awful years after being effective earlier in his career.

And while Jordans best years appear to be in front of him, he is a long way from being a big man you can count on.

Nevertheless, the Warriors can claim and rightfully so that from a basketball standpoint they had to address size and money be darned they went ahead and did it.

Riley said the Warriors are unsure about whether the Clippers will match the offer. He also said the Warriors didnt necessarily make an offer that he believed the Clippers would not match but one Jordan deserved. According to other reports, the Clippers already have offered Jordan a five-year, 40 million deal.

Riley also intimated Jordan has expressed an interest in becoming a Warrior.

We more than likely wouldnt put an offer sheet (in front of) a player who expressed any interest in being someplace else. Were comfortable he wants to play here have no doubts about that.

Warriors go back to basics early in camp, work on 'a big thing for us this year'

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Warriors go back to basics early in camp, work on 'a big thing for us this year'

OAKLAND -- No matter the place in the standings or the collection of accolades or the number of representatives in the All-Star game, Warriors coach Steve Kerr never stops chasing perfection.

Sometimes it’s major issues, other times minor details. But it’s always something.

Three days into training camp, one such area of concern is passes. Whether its bounce passes, chest passes, skip passes, outlet passes, fancy passes or lobs, Kerr has his team working on accuracy.

“We’re doing drills, some basic passing drills and harping on the accuracy of passes as we go through practice,” Kerr said Monday after practice. “No matter what we’re doing, there’s passing involved. So we’re talking about that accuracy constantly and showing some film. It’s a big thing for us this year.”

So . . . Kerr wants the team that led the NBA in assists, as well as assist-to-turnover ratio, to be more precise with its dimes.

So . . . Kerr wants the team that led the league in field-goal percentage to make it easier to connect on a higher percentage of shots.

“We’ve got such great shooters and we move the ball so well that if we can pinpoint our passes better I really believe our percentages as a team and an individual will go up,” Klay Thompson said.

Much of the focus is about passing the ball into the “shooting pocket” of each specific player, especially if he excels at the catch-and-shoot aspect of offense.

“It’s definitely something that I know I need to get better at,” said Draymond Green, who last season led the team in assists.

“It definitely helps, and we’ll get better at it this year,” said Thompson, a fabulous catch-and-shoot player.

“Some would say Coach might be nitpicking. But he expects perfection. And we want to be champs again. You’ve got to be near perfect to be champions.”

The reigning NBA champs have, in this area, gone back to basics. From former MVPs Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant to the guys at the end of the bench, they’re doing elementary passing drills.

By all accounts, the players have been receptive to honing this element.

“With the shooters we have, if you deliver the ball on time and on target, it keeps them in rhythm,” Green said. “As opposed to you throwing the ball and it hits somebody in the ankles, it may take them out of rhythm a little bit. And it could be the difference in the game.”

For Draymond Green, protests can't be short-lived: 'We're screwed' if they end soon

For Draymond Green, protests can't be short-lived: 'We're screwed' if they end soon

OAKLAND -- Easing into a seat for an interview a half hour after the Warriors finished practice Monday, Draymond Green responded to the first six questions at decibels barely above a whisper.

There was candor on basketball matters, because there always is with Green, but the power forward’s tone was relatively relaxed.

Not until the next several questions, all related to America’s polarizing sociopolitical climate, did Green’s heart and mind lock into rhythm. Asked if he believes the current wave of protests against inequality will go away soon, his voice picked up volume and conviction.

“I hope not,” Green said. “If it goes away, then we still have a problem. So I hope it’s not going away in a few weeks. Then we’ve missed the message again.

“So, no, I don’t think it’ll be gone away in a few weeks. And I pray that it’s not, because it’s not a problem that can be fixed in a few weeks. So, no, it shouldn’t be gone in a few weeks.”

Green acknowledged that he did not see the demonstrations that were spread across the NFL landscape on Sunday. He was, he said, out shopping and enjoying the day with his children.

He was aware that some teams stayed in the locker room during the anthem, that others knelt on the sidelines and that some linked arms. Being aware was not enough for Green to feel comfortable addressing that aspect.

But he’s very familiar with the subject matter.

“You just have to stand for what you believe in,” Green said during an answer than lasted more than two full minutes. “What everyone else may believe in, you may not believe in.”

Articulating the difference between the life of the athlete and that of a soldier, Green explaining that he has the “utmost respect” for those in the military.

“I just hope that there can be an understanding that this isn’t against the military,” he said. “It’s not to disrespect anything they do. Because I think everyone respects what they do . . . I appreciate everything they do.”

It was evident, however, that Green is on the same page as those pushing for the progress that would make America great, allowing the country to live up to its pledges stated in the constitution and elsewhere.

That’s why he hopes this activism is not a trend but a movement.

“I’m not saying kneeling shouldn’t be gone,” Green said. “But this conversation, trying to make these changes, absolutely not. If it’s gone in a few weeks, we’re screwed.”