October 4, 2020, 6:04 pmKevon LooneyPF-C, Golden State Warriors
Kevon Looney drew praise from Steve Kerr after the Warriors' bubble camp session.
Kerr said that Looney was moving well, feeling healthy and looking good, adding that that is the "best news" the team could take out of their minicamp. Unfortunately, he also hinted that the Warriors would only be looking for 20-25 minutes a night out of Looney, which makes it tough to forecast real fantasy value. Looney was shaping up as a solid late-round sleeper option before last season but injuries kept him on the shelf for most of the season.
Source: NBC Sports
October 4, 2020, 6:01 pmEric PaschallPF, Golden State Warriors
Eric Paschall's conditioning prevented him from participating in 5-on-5 action at the Warriors' recent minicamp.
Warriors beat writer Monte Poole adds that the Warriors weren't thrilled with Paschall's physique when he showed up to the bubble, but Steve Kerr did not seem overly alarmed. Surely the Dubs would love if Paschall could keep his foot on the gas after a strong rookie season, but expect teams to give players a little bit of slack given the pandemic and its effects on access to training facilities. If this lingers into real training camp it could be a real red flag.
Source: NBC Sports
October 4, 2020, 5:58 pmKlay ThompsonSG, Golden State Warriors
Klay Thompson was present at the Warriors' bubble camp but did not partake in 5-on-5 scrimmages.
While all reports are that Thompson is fully recovered from his torn left ACL (and there were reports of him dunking with ease), the Warriors are taking it slow. Steve Kerr said, "He’s basically taking part in all of practice other than the scrimmage. We did other drills that were live. We did some defensive drills, 5-on-5, more of a controlled scrimmage that he took part in. But at the end of practice scrimmage, we had him doing some 1-on-1 stuff with Leandro (Barbosa). That is the preferable sequence right now." There's no harm in this progression plan with next season still up in the air and it certainly looks like Klay will be given the green light when the campaign begins.
Source: NBC Sports
September 25, 2020, 3:14 pmKlay ThompsonSG, Golden State Warriors
Klay Thompson has cleared quarantine and is taking part in Friday's bubble practice with his Warriors teammates.
All of his teammates besides Steph Curry and Draymond Green, anyway, as those two are not going to be present for various personal reasons. It's good to see that Thompson is fully recovered from his torn left ACL and he should be back with a vengeance next season. He's been sitting on the sidelines since June of 2019 so we wouldn't expect him to play with any restrictions once next season begins.
Source: Anthony Slater on Twitter
September 24, 2020, 5:45 pmKlay ThompsonSG, Golden State Warriors
Klay Thompson and Eric Paschall missed the second day of the Warriors' minicamp on Thursday as they continue to go through league quarantine protocols.
It is unclear when the two players will be able to attend the Warriors' bubble so stay tuned with us for updates as we should learn more in the coming days.
Source: Monte Poole on Twitter
September 24, 2020, 4:48 pmKevon LooneyPF-C, Golden State Warriors
Kevon Looney (core muscle surgery) was able to practice without restrictions during Thursday's session of the Warriors' minicamp.
Looney underwent core muscle surgery in May and appears to be fully recovered. It is worth monitoring how he progresses through minicamp as well as the team's upcoming training camp as Looney has dealt with injuries ever since injuring himself during the team's 2019 postseason run. This is a positive early sign as Steve Kerr told the media that "He seemed to come through practice really well."
Source: Connor Letourneau on Twitter
September 23, 2020, 4:59 pmStephen CurryPG, Golden State Warriors
Stephen Curry and Draymond Green aren't going to be participating in the upcoming voluntary minicamp for the Warriors but the team does expect Klay Thompson and Eric Paschall to join the group after they pass quarantine.
It is understandable why the two veterans do not plan on taking part in the minicamp as they are already proven players and the team knows what to expect. It is encouraging to see Klay available for the team's bubble as he is coming off of a torn left ACL and will need to shake off the rust before hitting the court next season. The Warriors are hoping for a bounce-back campaign after posting the worst record in the association in 2019-20.
Source: Mark Medina on Twitter
September 15, 2020, 8:36 amShaun LivingstonPG, Golden State Warriors
The Warriors have hired Shaun Livingston as Director of Players Affairs and Engagement and Leandro Barbosa as a Player Mentor Coach.
Livingston was waived by the Warriors last offseason as they executed a complicated sign-and-trade for D'Angelo Russell and he subsequently retired. Barbosa meanwhile announced his retirement after spending two seasons with the Warriors from 2014-16, helping the franchise capture its first NBA title in 40 years during his first season with the club in 2015. Both of them bring tremendous experience and leadership to a front office that is already featuring Bob Myers, Kirk Lacob, Larry Harris and Mike Dunleavy Jr.
Source: The Athletic
September 14, 2020, 4:11 pmStephen CurryPG, Golden State Warriors
The Warriors have added to their coaching staff, hiring former player Leandro Barbosa as a Player Mentor Coach, as announced on Monday.
Barbosa was somewhat of a journeyman during his 14-year NBA career, playing for five teams including two seasons for the Warriors. He was a part of their historic 73-win season in 2015-16, as well as 2014-15 when they won their first title in 40 years. Barbosa won the Sixth-Man of the Year award in 2006-07, a season where he averaged over 18 points per game playing for the Suns. Barbosa brings a wealth of talent to his new role and will be utilized as a key link between the young players and head coach Steve Kerr as the Warriors look to ascend back to the top of the Western Conference in 2020-21.
Source: Warriors on Twitter
September 9, 2020, 4:29 pmStephen CurryPG, Golden State Warriors
Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the NBA is eyeing November 18 as a potential draft date.
Initially set for October 16, the push-back would give the league and player union some time to negotiate any CBA changes as well as establish the salary cap. Teams were rightfully hesitant to go into the draft without concrete knowledge about those important items, and this would also have the added benefit of giving teams more time to do draft prep. The offseason calendar is very much up in the air right now.
July 11, 2020, 1:36 amStephen CurryPG, Golden State Warriors
Stephen Curry was limited to just five games in the 2019-20 season because of a left hand fracture.
Curry was a consensus first-round pick and was set to post some crazy numbers without Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson soaking up shots, but an unfortunate injury destroyed the plans for the Warriors and fantasy GMs everywhere. He finished as a top-25/30 per-game player, while his total value landed him around the top-390 mark. Expect Curry to come off draft boards in the first round again next season despite this lost campaign.
July 11, 2020, 1:32 amMarquese ChrissPF, Golden State Warriors
Marquese Chriss revived his career with the Warriors in 2019-20, averaging 9.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, 0.7 steals and 1.1 blocks in 20.3 mpg on .545 shooting.
Chriss flashed strong fantasy potential when he was being given minutes as a potential core player for the Suns, but he's been an afterthought since. The injury-riddled Warriors provided Chriss a great proving ground and he may have played his way into their future plans. Following the trade of Willie Cauley-Stein and the perpetual absences for Draymond Green, Chriss was able to string together a handful of weeks as a top-60 option. He might not reach those heights again but there should be no complaints about a top-135 campaign from a player who looked to be on his way out of the league entirely just a year ago.
July 11, 2020, 1:29 amKy BowmanPG, Golden State Warriors
Ky Bowman took advantage of a wave of injuries in Golden State, surpassing all expectations en route to top-225/250 fantasy value (8/9-cat).
Bowman made 45 appearances and 12 starts, largely because so many other Warriors were sidelined. He had a few flirtations with standard-league value when he was the last PG standing but Bowman really didn't do much more than chip in assists. He shot .417 from the field and .308 from deep to go along with 7.4 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.7 triples in 22.6 mpg.If Bowman is this fantasy-relevant next year, it'll mean that things have once again gone awry for the Warriors.
July 11, 2020, 12:52 amChasson RandlePG, Golden State Warriors
Chasson Randle made three appearances in the 2019-20 season, averaging 13.5 mpg while on a 10-day contract with the depleted Warriors.
Randle has bounced around the fringes of the league for the last three seasons, and we're expecting to see him pop up in the offseason as a training camp signing next year. He managed top-420/400 value (8/9-cat) thanks to 1.7 assists and 0.7 steals per contest, so needless to say Randle shouldn't be a fantasy target going forward.
July 10, 2020, 11:50 pmKevon LooneyPF-C, Golden State Warriors
In what amounted to a lost season for the Warriors (but not if you factor in the high lottery selection that comes with it), they received little from the likes of Kevon Looney and Draymond Green in the front court.
Looney was never healthy in 2019-20, managing just 20 games and ending with meager averages of 3.4 points and 3.3 boards per contest. It was a similar story with Draymond, as the Warriors finished their season with the worst winning percentage in the league. Looney is on the Warriors' books for one more season in 2020-21, the end of a three-year pact he signed prior to the 2018-19 season. He's going to cost them about $5 million and a trade or a buyout is possible, especially if the Warriors opt to select a big man in the draft. Looney's days of fantasy relevance have come and gone, as he ranked 360th in 9-cat on a per-game basis.