October 26, 2020, 1:12 pmStephen CurryPG, Golden State Warriors
The Warriors held in-person workouts with James Wiseman and Anthony Edwards recently, and were reportedly impressed with both prospects.
Warriors brass travelled to Miami recently to watch both players in person and were impressed with Wiseman's skill and personality, and Edwards' athleticism. Reports like this must be taken with some skepticism as the Warriors' front office may just be establishing leverage in their pursuit of trading the second pick, however with the recent news that the team is unlikely to use their trade exception, perhaps they really are leaning toward keeping the pick. It should be noted that most Warriors' beat writers have them taking Wiseman if they decide to keep the pick.
October 20, 2020, 8:33 amStephen CurryPG, Golden State Warriors
The Warriors are likely to use their $17.2 million trade exception only for a "special opportunity," according to Anthony Slater of The Athletic.
The Warriors received the trade exception as part of the Andre Iguodala deal to the Grizzlies last summer and it expires seven days after the start of free agency. The report adds that the Warriors' currently luxury tax bill combined with the uncertainty over the reopening of the Chase Center are the main reasons for the hesitation. It also remains to be seen what Golden State does with the No. 2 pick in the upcoming draft which they could also package in a trade, together with the trade exception.
Source: The Athletic
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 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 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 12, 2020, 4:45 pmJoel EmbiidC, Philadelphia Sixers
Joel Embiid announced his first signature shoe, the Embiid One, will be released in partnership with Under Armour on September 18.
Embiid will join Steph Curry as the highest-profile player on the Under Armour books, launching his first signature shoe, the Embiid One. It comes as good news for Embiid who will head into what is arguably the most important season of his career in 2020-21. The Sixers fell short of the mark once again this season and were quick to part ways with long time head coach Brett Brown. Both Embiid and Ben Simmons are viewed as the central pieces for the Sixers and their future with the team seems somewhat assured at this point. However, it will be interesting to see which personnel changes are made as they look to get over the playoff hump.
Source: Joel Embiid 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 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 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 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
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 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, 3:56 pmStephen CurryPG, Golden State Warriors
Stephen Curry is expected to play in Thursday's game vs. the Nets after recovering from an illness.
It is truly a bizarre situation in San Francisco with the announcement that there will be no fans in attendance for Thursday's game due to concerns of the coronavirus. Although there won't be fans, it looks like the two-time former MVP will be available, barring any setback. He can be started in all formats whenever he is able to play. Mychal Mulder and Jordan Poole will see fewer minutes with Curry back in the mix.
Source: Nick Friedell on Twitter