North Carolina center Tyler Zeller was in Oakland on Monday, working out for the Warriors in advance of the June 28 NBA draft.Zeller, 7-feet and 255 pounds, was part of a group that also included Baylors Perry Jones III, Kentuckys Terrence Jones and Vanderbilts Festus Ezeli.Zeller averaged 16.3 points and 9.6 rebounds per game as a senior for the Tar Heels, and he runs the floor extremely well for a big man. Zeller was the ACC player of the year as a senior, the first Tar Heel to do so since Phil Ford in 1978.The Warriors have the No. 7 pick in the draft, and could use the selection on Zeller. However, most mock drafts have Zeller going after the Warriors select at No. 7.A more likely scenario involving Zeller would be for the Warriors to trade their No. 7 pick and move back a few slots, with the possibility of selecting Zeller in the teens or so.Zeller has a nice outside touch, and said on Monday that he is beginning to add an NBA 3-pointer to his game.
Though the Warriors haven’t decided who will nab their 15th and final roster spot, when they will fill it -- if at all -- the head coach is willing to offer his opinion.
Steve Kerr is lining up with a vocal segment of Warriors fans who would like another season of JaVale McGee.
“I’d like to see JaVale back, and we’ll see how that shakes out,” Kerr told NBCSportsBayArea.com over the weekend.
After the Warriors went through last summer with one open roster spot, McGee signed a non-guaranteed contract in September. The 7-foot center not only won the job in training camp but also became a solid contributor off the bench.
McGee played in 77 games (10 starts), averaging 6.1 points, on 65.2-percent shooting, and 3.2 rebounds. The 29-year-old averaged 9.6 minutes per game.
While that was enough to resuscitate McGee’s career, his attempt to capitalize on free agency has thus far come up empty. Though his representatives have met with several teams, McGee remains on the market.
“We’d love to have him back,” Kerr said. “If he doesn’t come back, then I think we would be patient and explore our options.
“But we feel great about what we have heading into the season.”
The Warriors have made it clear that if they decide to add a 15th player, it would be with a minimum-salary contract.
After one season with the Clippers, free agent Marreese Speights is headed back to the state of Florida.
The former Warriors center has agreed to a one-year deal with the Orlando Magic, according to USA Today Sports.
News that the two sides were closing in on a deal was first reported by David Pick.
The deal is reportedly worth the veteran's minimum of $2.1 million.
In his lone season with the Clippers, Speights averaged 8.7 points and 4.5 rebounds in 82 games.
Speights played three seasons was the Warriors and was part of the 2014-15 championship team.
The soon-to-be 30-year-old Speights was born in St. Petersburg, Florida and played his college ball at the University of Florida.
Marreese Speights headed to the Magic on a one-year, veteran's minimum deal ($2.1M), I'm told. https://t.co/GlpynXpEGu— Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) July 24, 2017