Warriors Summer League: Kerr content with current roster

Warriors Summer League: Kerr content with current roster
July 11, 2014, 3:00 pm
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I'm looking forward to coaching those guys.
Steve Kerr

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LAS VEGAS – New Warriors coach Steve Kerr has been saying, from Day 1, that he likes the roster he has inherited.

General manager Bob Myers has been saying for three weeks that dramatic change to the roster is unlikely. That was his way of saying discussions regarding a deal to acquire Kevin Love from the Timberwolves had hit a barrier.

That barrier, which is the Warriors' reluctance to give up Klay Thompson, was joined by another Friday morning when LeBron James announced he was returning to the Cavaliers after a four-year sojourn in Miami.

[POOLE: LeBron makes Warriors' pursuit of Love a lot tougher]

Now, along with Minnesota's desire for Thompson, the Warriors also must deal with additional teams going after Love. The Cavaliers are an option. The Celtics, I'm told, will continue to push.

If the Warriors drop out, everything Kerr has and continues to say suggests he will be OK with that.

In the desert to coach the Warriors Summer League club, Kerr reiterated Thursday that the regular Warriors roster – featuring Stephen Curry and Thompson as the starting guards – remains very attractive.

"I'm looking forward to coaching those guys," Kerr said, adding that one of the reasons he took the job was the makeup of the roster and the integrity of the individuals.

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Another player that Kerr singled out, forward Andre Iguodala, continues to mend from an injection to alleviate tendinitis symptoms in his right knee and was officially declared out as an option for Team USA.

Though Iguodala remains ahead of schedule and is expected to fully participate in training camp, he and the Warriors believe it best that he not put himself through the workouts to determine which players will represent the country in the FIBA World Cup of basketball.

"He should be on the floor in our practice facility before too long," Kerr said.

Iguodala was one of four Warriors selected to the pool for Team USA. The others – David Lee, Curry and Thompson – are expected to arrive in Vegas later this month to begin training.

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While LeBron was crafting his impressive essay, with the capable assistance of Sports Illustrated reporter Lee Jenkins, the Warriors made official their own free-agent acquisition.

Shaun Livingston, who agreed to join the club less than 48 hours after free agency opened, signed a three-year contract worth a little more than $16 million. Coming off a career renaissance in Brooklyn, the 28-year-old will used primarily at point guard but also could see time at shooting guard and small forward.

"He's a veteran player who we believe adds a lot to our roster with his versatility," Myers said. "He possesses the size and skills to play both backcourt positions, which will provide Coach Kerr with added depth and options throughout the season."

[RELATED: Warriors make Livingston signing official]

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Nemanja Nedovic and Ognjen Kuzmic, coming off rookie seasons split between the NBA Warriors and the D-League Santa Cruz Warriors, are expected to start in Friday night's Summer League opener against the Hornets.

There was some question about Nedovic's availability after he tweaked his ankle on Thursday, but there were no lingering affects.