July 2, 2020, 4:49 pmStephen CurryPG, Golden State Warriors
According to Adrian Wojnarowski and Jackie MacMullan of ESPN, the NBA is close to signing off on a secondary bubble location in Chicago for the eight teams left out of the league resumption with a target date of September.
They went on to say that this bubble would allow those eight teams who were not invited to Orlando to have an opportunity to have mini-training camps as well as games. It has been reported throughout the last few months that the teams that were not invited should have an opportunity to prepare for next season. Many of the teams who were not included would benefit greatly from additional practice time and game reps as most of these teams have young players who need to continue to develop their skills. There will still be a lot of logistics that need to be ironed out so this a situation to monitor as we learn more.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
June 19, 2020, 4:46 pmKlay ThompsonSG, Golden State Warriors
Per Anthony Slater of The Athletic, Klay Thompson has been training without restrictions on his left knee.
Thompson has been out for nearly one year with the ACL tear, and he has been ramping up his activity levels over the past few weeks. He had a "high-octane" session on Thursday according to Slater. He'll have plenty of time to get his conditioning back to par after sitting out for nearly a year, as the Warriors will not be part of the Bubble in Orlando when the NBA plans to resume.
Source: The Athletic
June 2, 2020, 12:28 pmStephen CurryPG, Golden State Warriors
The Warriors opened their practice facility on Monday, per Anthony Slater of The Athletic.
Slater adds that five players showed up for voluntary workouts. It's the first time that Golden State's gym has been open in over two months, and there are only three teams who have yet to get players back into team facilities. While it must be nice for the players to get back to some kind of business, the Warriors are not expected to be playing any more games this season given their league-worst record and the likelihood that the NBA trims the fat rather than ask every team to play out the season.
Source: Anthony Slater on Twitter
May 22, 2020, 8:59 pmStephen CurryPG, Golden State Warriors
Certain NBA franchises in highly-restricted areas due to COVID-19 are inquiring with league officials about heading straight to the proposed "bubbles" rather than heading to an alternate location to train, completing a quarantine, then going to the bubble and completing a second quarantine period, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
The idea behind this is to avoid quarantining twice, first for a training period and then for again when they reach the bubble. Since players on these teams are (theoretically) already under heavy self-quarantine restrictions, this could potentially come to fruition. It seems like a realistic proposition at this point, although everything is still in a planning stage as far as an NBA return is concerned. Only time will tell and there are rumblings that teams are preparing to recall the majority of their players on or around June 1. It seems like some definitive announcements might finally be somewhat imminent.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
May 20, 2020, 4:42 pmKevon LooneyPF-C, Golden State Warriors
Kevon Looney had successful surgery on Tuesday to repair a core muscle injury and is expected to be ready to play at the start of the 2020-21 season.
Looney has been dealing with injuries since the 2019 NBA Finals. He has only been able to suit up in 20 games so far this season and averaged just 13.1 mpg in those contests. When/if the season resumes, Marquese Chriss will have even less competition for minutes in the frontcourt and should continue to be fantasy relevant for the foreseeable future.
Source: Warriors PR on Twitter
May 19, 2020, 9:46 pmMarquese ChrissPF, Golden State Warriors
The Warriors, who currently sit at the bottom of the entire NBA record-wise (15-50), may not use their lottery pick in the draft to select a big man, as many pundits have expected. The reason: Marquese Chriss, who has had a breakout season for the Warriors (20.3 MPG with averages of 9.3 PTS, 6.2 REB, 1.9 AST and 1.1 BLK in 59 games, 21 starts).
Chriss, who began his Warriors tenure on a two-way deal before earning an NBA contract for his outstanding play, was a lottery pick himself in 2016 by the Kings. Of particular note, this possibly would take University of Memphis product James Wiseman out of consideration for the Warriors' first-round lottery choice. The lottery draft hasn't occurred yet after being postponed earlier this month. However, commissioner Adam Silver has established that the league still plans to hold a draft after the season; everyone is simply playing a waiting game with the world engulfed in a pandemic.
May 18, 2020, 10:13 pmStephen CurryPG, Golden State Warriors
California Governor Gavin Newsom has announced that professional sports may resume operations without fans starting in June.
This is good news for the NBA as there are multiple teams in the league call California their home state. That said, the league being a national sport with franchises across many states, there would need to be a broader consensus of loosening of protocols surrounding the protection of the public from the COVID-19 virus. All told, this is still an encouraging step in the right direction that the NBA will be able to resume the 2019-20 season this year.
Source: NBC Sports.com
May 17, 2020, 7:52 pmAndrew WigginsSF, Golden State Warriors
According to The Athletic's Anthony Slater, the Warriors traded for Andrew Wiggins with the expectation that he would be the starting small forward in the 2020-21 season.
Wiggins could still be dealt if the Warriors have an opportunity to land a big name, but he clicks into there lineup as a forward better than D'Angelo Russell ever could as a guard. While his percentages were lackluster as always, Wiggins did make some progress as a 3-point shooter and distributor, leaving some hope that he could diversify his game enough to obtain standard league relevance on a healthy Warriors' roster. His scoring is bound to take a hit playing alongside Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson next year, and he will need to find other ways to contribute to earn major minutes in Golden State.
Source: The Athletic
May 8, 2020, 9:02 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
If the Bucks are unable to lock up franchise cornerstone Giannis Antetokounmpo before he hits unrestricted free agency after the 2021 season, the Warriors will reportedly be among his top pursuers, according to a report from the San Francisco Chronicle.
The Bucks have to focus on winning, which luckily they had done a lot of this season prior to the league-wide shutdown. Per the report, if Antetokounmpo loses faith in the team/organization's ability to win a championship, he could very well look for greener pastures as he approaches free agency. No matter what happens, as long as Antetokounmpo stays healthy, he will be receiving a ridiculously large payday; whether it comes by way of a mega-extension with the Bucks or a monster free-agent deal elsewhere.
April 28, 2020, 8:27 pmStephen CurryPG, Golden State Warriors
Steve Kerr expressed his pessimism in regards to resuming the 2019-2020 NBA campaign during a Zoom call on Tuesday, bluntly stating that "everyone is assuming that this is kind of it," adding that he remains in touch with his players.
Warriors star and face of the franchise, Stephen Curry, also chipped in earlier in the day on Tuesday, indicating that "it would suck" having to play NBA games without any fans in attendance. Kerr is the first prominent NBA figure to publicly express extreme doubt of a continuation of this season. Unfortunately, it is a very real possibility and an outcome basketball fans must prepare for.
Source: Connor Letourneau on Twitter
March 24, 2020, 4:24 pmKlay ThompsonSG, Golden State Warriors
Per Steve Kerr, Klay Thompson (torn left ACL) should be "in great shape and ready to roll" by September/October.
There has been speculation as to when Thompson may return, as he was pushing to come back this season before the Warriors were ravaged by injuries and went into tank mode. The good news is that Thompson was on track to be fully healthy for opening day next season before the league was suspended. The potential extra months off will only help ensure a healthy Thompson for whenever the 2020-21 season rolls around.
Source: The Athletic
March 22, 2020, 8:42 pmDraymond GreenPF, Golden State Warriors
Head coach Steve Kerr is open to slotting Draymond Green at center more often to give Eric Paschall more opportunity at power forward.
Green has rarely had an issue playing center over the years, and the NBA is only tending to get smaller nowadays. The Warriors will always find a way to get Green on the floor if they want to, and it will be important to see if he is fully engaged when the Warriors are able to deploy Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson next to him again. Green has seen his minutes slide in recent years, but that could change when the team has a shot at winning games again. As for Paschall, it is good to see that he is still part of the Warriors' plans, but his ability to be an offensive focal point will be limited when the team is healthy again. He'll have to diversify his game to retain any value beyond deeper formats.
Source: The Athletic
March 21, 2020, 5:52 pmStephen CurryPG, Golden State Warriors
The Warriors are targeting players that will be able to help right away with their pick in the upcoming draft.
"Yes, we’ll try to find someone who can come in play right away," said director of player personnel Larry Harris. It's been thought that the Warriors took similar approaches in recent drafts as they've needed cheap contributors to buttress their expensive and star-laden cores, but finding guys who can step right into the mix is tough when you're constantly picking 29th or 30th — all due respect to Jacob Evans and company. They should have no such problems this year with an early lottery selection headed their way. Whoever the Warriors select may have star talent locked into a complementary role to start out, so fantasy players can file this one away for future reference.
Source: NBC Sports Bay Area
March 11, 2020, 5:52 pmDraymond GreenPF, Golden State Warriors
Draymond Green (left knee soreness) has been ruled out ahead of Thursday's contest vs. the Nets.
The Warriors are expected to have Stephen Curry back in the mix on Thursday but will be without Green against the Nets. Eric Paschall will continue to see more opportunity while Green is sidelined.
Source: NBA Injury Report
March 11, 2020, 4:02 pmJuan Toscano-AndersonPF, Golden State Warriors
Juan Toscano-Anderson is not expected to go on the Warriors' upcoming road trip as he deals with a sprained left ankle that he will receive an MRI on in the coming days.
With the Warriors embarking on a five-game road trip after Thursday's game vs. the Nets, Toscano-Anderson can be safely dropped across formats as head coach Steve Kerr said that it is unlikely that Juan joins the team on their upcoming road trip.
Source: Nick Friedell on Twitter