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Will the Warriors' draft pick be worth all this?

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Will the Warriors' draft pick be worth all this?

I hope the player the Warriors draft this summer is worthit. Assuming, of course, all this losing means they'll keep their pick -- which it doesn't.Because where the Warriors are right now isnt good. Itisnt good at all.Theyre 20-30 and half the fan base is rooting for them tolose as many games as possible. The focus isnt even on the games anymore, itson whether or not the Warriors will get to keep their draft pick.You know the story by now: If they get the No. 1 through No.7 pick, they keep it. If they get the No. 8 or worse pick, it goes to Utah. TheWarriors are currently the ninth-worst team in the league.In other words, the Warriors not only arent going to makethe playoffs for the 17th time in 18 years, but theres really nosignificance to the outcomes of games, either.The Warriors are going to end up being the sixth-worst teamin the league or maybe the seventh-worst or eighth-worst. Who cares? Its stillcoming down to the lottery on May 30, when all this is going to be determinedby ping-pong balls and sheer luck.In the meantime, players such as David Lee, Dominic McGuire,Brandon Rush and Dorell Wright are playing hard every night, trying to win. Buta large percentage of the fans dont want them to. Its kind of unseemly.Its low-stakes basketball and very little is compelling. Warriorsowner Joe Lacob didnt intend for the season to play out this way. Heck, hesthe guy who actually promised the playoffs this season.Of course, there will be no playoffs this year. This is theopposite of a playoff push where there is very little to play for and plentyof fans dont care one way or the other if the team wins or loses.On Friday night, the Warriors were leading New Jersey (witha record worse than Golden States) by 19 points in the third quarter. But they blew that lead and wound uplosing 102-100.RECAP: Nets stun Warriors at Oracle
It should have been painful loss playoff team or not. Butit was like it didnt really matter. In fact, there are lots and lots ofWarriors fans applauding the loss. Sure coach Mark Jackson and the playerswere disappointed.But the result was viewed upon favorably by many fans. Onemore loss gets you that much closer to keeping your draft pick and fingerscrossed selecting a player who helps make you a really good team.Nevermind that Klay Thompson, Ekpe Udoh and Stephen Curry players picked in the past where the Warriors are likely to pick in thefuture-- havent been able to push the Warriors into the winnercategory.But the hope is that this year the pick will make adifference, which is close to flimsy thinking.It was no fun at Oracle on Friday another game withoutconsequences all in the hope that the Warriors chances of keeping their pickimprove by a few percentage points.Nothing that is happening now guarantees the Warriors willkeep that pick. And nothing that is happening now will prevent the Warriorsfrom losing a pick down the road.The Warriors are going to be 0-2 in Lacobs playoffstandings two years as owner, two non-playoff seasons. Its not a good startfor the man who was pointing to championship banners in November 2010.But whats going on now with Golden State is worse than yourrun-of-the-mill non-playoff finish-up. April is going to be a long month forthe Warriors as they close out what is becoming an interminableseason.And as the Warriors wind down on a hugely disappointing2011-12, most fans are in two camps either actively wanting the team to loseor not caring one way or the other.Hope the player is worth it.

Report: JaVale McGee will re-sign with Warriors

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Report: JaVale McGee will re-sign with Warriors

JaVale McGee isn't going anywhere.

McGee will re-sign with the Warriors, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes.

Soon after the news surfaced on Twitter, JaVale posted on Instagram:

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When teammates become mentors--- 💭🗯💬

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Golden State could only offer the big man the minimum of $2.1 million.

In 77 games (10 starts) with the Warriors last season, he averaged 6.1 points and 3.2 rebounds.

McGee appeared in 16 of the Warriors' 17 playoff games (he did not see action in Game 5 of the NBA Finals), averaging 5.9 points and 3.0 rebounds while shooting over 73 percent from the field.

As of now, Golden State has 15 players with guaranteed contracts:

Steph Curry
Kevin Durant
Draymond Green
Klay Thompson
Andre Iguodala
Shaun Livingston
Zaza Pachulia
David West
JaVale McGee
Pat McCaw
Nick Young
Omri Casspi
Kevon Looney
Damian Jones
Jordan Bell

McGee was reportedly unhappy with the Warriors for giving their entire $5.2 taxpayer mid-level exception to Nick Young.

The 29-year old reportedly met with the Clippers and Kings, and was seeking a contract above the minimum.

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

Report: Kyrie Irving 'very badly' wants to play for Knicks

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Report: Kyrie Irving 'very badly' wants to play for Knicks

Kyrie Irving is itching to get to the Big Apple.

Irving 'very badly' wants to play for the Knicks, according to ESPN's Pablo Torre.

Irving reportedly requested a trade from the Cavs during a meeting with management on July 7.

The four-time All-Star would prefer to be shipped to the Spurs, Timberwolves, Heat or Knicks, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes.

Although Irving was born in Australia, he grew up in West Orange, New Jersey -- which is about 20 miles away from Madison Square Garden.

The Cavs have been trying to get a hold of Irving, but the 25-year old is not talking to anybody from the organization, according to Jason Lloyd of The Athletic.

Irving averaged 25.2 points and 5.8 assists per game last season, shooting over 47 percent from the field and 40 percent from deep.

In the 2017 NBA Finals, he registered 29.4 points over the five games.

The Knicks owe Joakim Noah over $17.7 million next season, over $18.5 million in 2018-19 and nearly $19.3 million in 2019-20.

The Knicks also just signed Tim Hardaway Jr. (who they traded in June 2015) to a 4-year contract worth nearly $71 million.

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