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  1. McGee rejoins Warriors for NBA minimum — July 27, 2017
  2. Warriors to name Aaron Miles head coach of G-League affiliate — July 19, 2017
  3. Taking stock of Warriors’ key players in Summer League — July 15, 2017
  4. Three takeaways from Warriors’ Summer League loss to Boston — July 14, 2017
  5. Paul George discusses Pacers’ denied trade to Warriors — July 13, 2017

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Jul 27

McGee rejoins Warriors for NBA minimum

Nearly four weeks into free agency, he decided to prioritize another shot at a championship over the chance at a more lucrative deal. In addition to receiving interest from the Suns and Heat, McGee, 29, reportedly met with the Clippers and Kings. Last summer, after the departures of Andrew Bogut, Festus Ezeli and Marreese Speights left it with few prototypical interior defenders, Golden State took a chance on the man who once had thrived in Denver for George Karl’s pace-and-space system. On a team stocked with elite shooters and passers, McGee’s knack for catching lobs added another dimension to the league’s most prolific offense.

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Jul 19

Warriors to name Aaron Miles head coach of G-League affiliate

Golden State is expected to name former Warriors point guard Aaron Miles as the head coach of its NBA Gatorade League affiliate in Santa Cruz, a source confirmed with The Chronicle.

Miles, 34, comes to the Warriors after spending last season as an assistant coach under Joe Dooley at Florida Gulf Coast.

Before helping the Eagles to a 26-8 record (12-2 Atlantic Sun) and a second straight NCAA Tournament berth, Miles served one season as Kansas’ assistant director of student-athlete development.

A pass-first point guard, Miles is the all-time assists leader for both Kansas and the Big-12.

After going unselected in the 2005 NBA draft, Miles totaled 16 points and 24 assists in 19 games with Golden State.

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Jul 15

Taking stock of Warriors’ key players in Summer League

Taking stock of Warriors’ key players in Summer League

Dylan Ennis is a heady point guard adept at finding open teammates, playing solid defense and, above all else, winning games.

In the Warriors’ 109-100 Summer League-ending victory over the Clippers on Friday, the Oregon alum showed that he is also capable of the occasional scoring outburst.

Ennis had 35 points on 12-for-20 shooting (8-for-11 from three-point range) to go with seven rebounds.

In the first half, he had 23 points — one more than his career high for a game in college.

[…] even in the wake of his shooting clinic, Ennis is unlikely to make the Warriors’ regular-season roster.

The team’s top Summer League priority was seeing progress from its four players on guaranteed NBA contracts:

The only player in Summer League who is already a part of champs’ rotation, McCaw looked like someone who understands how to thrive at the NBA level.

In five games (he didn’t play Friday), McCaw averaged 20 points on 45.6 percent shooting.

With Nick Young and Omri Casspi joining the fold this offseason, the Warriors might need to find creative ways to get McCaw more minutes next season.

In five games (he, too, sat Friday), he showed flashes of the defensive versatility and a relentless motor that compelled Golden State to purchase his draft rights last month for $3.5 million.

Though his offensive repertoire remains raw, he was a quick study in picking up the Warriors’ concepts, terminology and speed.

Bell switched onto guards with ease and produced Draymond Green-esque stat lines.

The second-round pick from Oregon averaged five points, nine rebounds, two steals and 2.6 blocks.

After two seasons defined by injuries and limited production, Looney arrived in Las Vegas still trying to show that he is an NBA-caliber player.

Will he ever regain the explosiveness he had before undergoing two hip surgeries as a rookie?

Would Golden State be best off waiving Looney before training camp to free up a roster spot for another young player?

In his five Summer League games, Looney’s averages (6.8 points and 6.4 rebounds) were markedly worse than his numbers two years ago.

Looney will have a tough time cracking the rotation next season — that is, if he’s still on the roster.

After making notable strides last season in the D-League (which is now called the Gatorade League), Jones entered his first Summer League hoping to prove he warrants meaningful minutes next season.

Jones was impressive in the opener, recording 13 points and three blocks in 24 minutes.

[…] he was plagued by fouls over his next three games and struggled to stay on the floor long enough to make much of an impression.

In Friday’s win over the Clippers, Jones bounced back with 11 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks.

The hope is that, in the next six weeks before training camp, Jones polishes his game a bit.

Because with only two prototypical centers on the roster in Zaza Pachulia and David West, the Warriors might need him to play a role.

Summer League averages for the four Warriors under contract:

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Jul 14

Three takeaways from Warriors’ Summer League loss to Boston

Three takeaways from Warriors’ Summer League loss to Boston

Through five Summer League games, McCaw is playing with the poise of a player who contributed in Game 5 of the NBA Finals last month.

[…] he hardly looked like a potential rotation player for the defending NBA champs.

The 7-foot, 245-pound project finished with six points on 3-for-11 shooting to go with three rebounds and zero blocks.

Injuries derailed Looney’s first two NBA seasons.

After two hip surgeries limited him to five games as a rookie in 2015-16, he sat the entire playoffs this past spring with left foot pain.

The hope was that Looney, seemingly healthy, would showcase the rebounding and passing ability that made him a first-round pick out of UCLA in 2015.

[…] through five Summer League games, he has lacked explosiveness and looked overwhelmed at times against players destined for overseas careers.

Would Golden State be best off waiving Looney before training camp to free up a roster spot for a more promising young player?

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Jul 13

Paul George discusses Pacers’ denied trade to Warriors

During his recent appearance on “The Woj Pod” with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Paul George discussed a trade offer that, if accepted, would have landed the four-time NBA All-Star with the Warriors. According to Wojnarowski, the Pacers offered George to Golden State for Klay Thompson. Indiana ultimately traded George to Oklahoma City for shooting guard Victor Oladipo and power forward Domantas Sabonis.

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Jul 13

Warriors win ‘Best Team’ at ESPYS

The Warriors added another honor Wednesday night to their list of accolades: an ESPY. The honor came a month after Golden State won its second NBA title in three years. Before becoming the first team in league history to open the postseason 15-0, th…

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Jul 13

Omri Casspi embraces fresh start with Warriors

[…] thanks to League Pass and NBA games being aired nightly, young Israelis can be more discerning about their favorite team.

[…] the Warriors — with their cast of All-Stars and annual trips to the Finals — have a stranglehold on kids’ interest.

The first Israeli-born player in NBA history, Casspi, 29, has long used his global platform to advocate for his country.

Chasing a ring alongside Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green will only help him bring attention to the cause and inspire the next generation of aspiring Israeli players.

[…] beyond his dedication to his people, Casspi reportedly turned down a one-year, $4.5 million deal from a likely lottery-bound team for a chance to resuscitate his career and finally pile up wins.

Most of his first seven NBA seasons were spent as a valued rotation player on losing teams.

During free agency, the Warriors saw in Casspi a player whose market value didn’t match his ability.

Because he has spent more than half of his NBA career with the Kings, Casspi is intimately familiar with Northern California.

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Jul 13

Three takeaways from Warriors’ Summer League win over Minnesota

Through four games of Summer League, McCaw has played with the ease of a player fresh off contributing in Game 5 of the Finals.

In 32 minutes, McCaw had 26 points on 10-for-16 shooting to go along with five assists and four rebounds.

The highlight came with roughly a minute left, when he knifed to the rim and netted an off-kilter floater to put the Warriors up 73-69.

The Warriors paid Chicago $3.5 million last month for the draft rights to Bell largely because they saw similarities between the former Pac-12 Player of the Year and Draymond Green.

A 6-foot-8, 225-pound power forward who can play center in small-ball lineups, Bell is adept at crashing the glass, swatting shots and guarding multiple positions.

Less than 24 hours after he had five points, 11 rebounds, five assists, five steals and six blocks against Minnesota, Bell set a Golden State Summer League franchise record with 16 rebounds.

While McCaw and Bell have excelled in Las Vegas, the other two players who will be on the Warriors’ roster next season — Looney and Jones — have been inconsistent.

After missing Tuesday’s double-overtime loss with an allergic reaction in his eyes, Looney only recorded two rebounds — his trademark statistical category — in 16 minutes.

After hip surgeries limited him to five games as a rookie in 2015-16, he struggled in limited playing time last season.

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Jul 12

Bryce Alford looks to seize opportunity with Warriors

LAS VEGAS — It didn’t take Bryce Alford long to learn that an elite college pedigree doesn’t necessarily translate to an NBA contract.

Less than three weeks after he went undrafted, Alford is trying to parlay a Summer League stint with the NBA champions into a training-camp invite somewhere.

Filling in for Jabari Brown (rest) in the starting lineup, he had 16 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 27 minutes.

The hope is that it was enough to impress an NBA team in need of a combo guard capable of stretching the floor.

Golden State, which already boasts a backcourt deep in scorers, is expected to add a big man when it fills its 15th and final roster spot.

A lightly touted prospect coming out of high school in New Mexico, Bryce blossomed into one of the best shooters in UCLA history under his father, head coach Steve Alford.

Bryce finished his four-year career as the only player in school history to tally more than 1,700 points and 500 assists.

After coaches challenged him to be more aggressive, rookie Jordan Bell (five points, 11 rebounds, five assists, five steals and six blocks) delivered his most well-rounded performance yet.

Some have speculated that Golden State would be best off waiving Looney before training camp to free a roster spot for a more promising young player.

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Jul 11

Warriors’ Jordan Bell has lots of support: 3 Oregon ex-teammates

LAS VEGAS — Shortly after he learned that the Warriors had paid Chicago $3.5 million for his draft rights, Jordan Bell texted his former Oregon teammate, Elgin Cook:

On Golden State’s Summer League team in Las Vegas, he has been alongside three of his ex-Ducks running mates:

[…] at the dawn of his professional career, Bell has shown flashes of the defensive versatility and relentless motor that compelled the 2017 NBA champions to purchase his rights.

Though his offensive repertoire remains raw, he has been a quick study in picking up the Warriors’ concepts, terminology and, above all else, speed.

“He’s played hard,” Chris DeMarco, Golden State’s Summer League head coach, said after his team’s 91-74 loss Monday night to Cleveland.

Last season’s Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, he has drawn comparisons to Draymond Green for his ability to switch off screens and guard all five positions.

“Even at Oregon, I was never a go-to guy,” said Bell, who averaged only 7.8 points per game over his three seasons with the Ducks.

In the drubbing by Cleveland, he excelled as a fulcrum of Golden State’s offense and paired his eight rebounds with three assists.

After Saturday’s loss, they headed to Topgolf, the combination driving range and restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip.

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Jul 10

With late father on mind, Jabari Brown chases NBA dream with Warriors

David’s encouraging words kept Brown focused on the ultimate objective: a lengthy NBA career.

“He’d help keep my mind in the right place,” said Brown, a shooting guard for his hometown Golden State Warriors’ Summer League team.

Over the next 20 months, as Jabari began the nomadic life of an undrafted free agent, he was inspired by how his dad slogged through chemotherapy cycles without complaint.

In that gymnasium at 2350 Broadway, David taught Jabari a pure shooting form: balanced frame, minimal follow-through, relaxed shoulders, spread fingers.

Trips to Oracle Arena for Warriors games were spent discussing how Jabari could incorporate aspects of NBA greats’ playing styles.

On Dec. 29, 2014, a day after he hit the go-ahead three-pointer in the closing minute of Missouri’s win at North Carolina State, Jabari returned to Oakland and learned his dad was in the hospital.

In 19 games with the 2014-15 Lakers, his only official stint on an NBA roster, he averaged 11.9 points and shot 43.5 percent from three-point range.

“The chance for him to come see me play meant a lot to me,” Jabari said.

Because when he got sick, I wasn’t sure if he’d ever get to come see me play.

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Jul 09

Warriors’ Damian Jones showcasing progress in Summer League

Casey Hill, then the Santa Cruz Warriors’ head coach, smiled each of the three or four times a winded Jones asked to come off the court.

Because after weeks harping on the 7-foot, 245-pound rookie to give consistent effort, Hill finally was seeing Jones’ motor match his physical tools.

[…] after a rookie year spent largely in the D-League (now the Gatorade League), he has a shot at cracking Golden State’s frontcourt rotation.

In the Warriors’ 95-93 loss Saturday night to Philadelphia in the Las Vegas Summer League, Jones looked like an NBA contributor.

Anchored to the post in his limited NBA minutes last season, he is at ease enough to attempt the shots in games on which he works in practice.

Jones tore his right pectoral muscle while lifting weights 12 days before going 30th overall to Golden State in the 2016 NBA draft.

Many nights, after watching a Warriors home game from the bench, he made the winding ride down Highway 17 to Santa Cruz.

In his first few D-League assignments, Jones — whose four-year rookie contract is worth up to $5.9 million — labored against players earning $19,500 or $26,000, the D-League’s two annual salary levels.

A week removed from Golden State’s second NBA title in three years last month, Jones was back at the team’s practice facility in downtown Oakland.

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Jul 09

Warriors’ Patrick McCaw impresses in summer opener

LAS VEGAS — Late Saturday morning, Patrick McCaw stopped behind a small scrum of reporters surrounding Kevon Looney and pointed to his left wrist.

Not necessarily known for his long-range exploits, he shot 5-for-11 from three-point range.

McCaw, who spent much of his rookie season oscillating between shooting guard and small forward, also initiated the offense with poise.

“We know how talented he is,” said Chris DeMarco, the Warriors’ Summer League head coach.

McCaw’s AAU team, the Chicago-based Mac Irvin Fire, featured five players ahead of him on recruiting boards.

McCaw was a fill-in starter at small forward when Kevin Durant missed six weeks with a left knee injury.

McCaw played solid defense, set screens and found open teammates.

[…] shortly after Golden State won the NBA title, McCaw’s focus turned to outplaying some of the 2017 draft’s top picks in Summer League.

The former Washington standout, who matched up on McCaw at times, scored eight points on 3-for-12 shooting before leaving with a left ankle injury in the third quarter.

Damian Jones, who spent most of his rookie season in the Development League, had 13 points on 5-for-8 shooting with three blocks.

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Jul 08

Warriors’ Kevon Looney readies for ‘big’ Summer League

LAS VEGAS — Kevon Looney was a gangly seventh-grader in 2008 when he scored free tickets to see his hometown Milwaukee Bucks play the Washington Wizards.

After the game, the Wizards’ second-year shooting guard, Nick Young, caught up with Looney’s family.

After two NBA seasons defined by injuries and limited production, Looney is still trying to show that he deserves meaningful minutes.

Had the Warriors not picked up his third-year option last October, Looney would have a tough time getting the front office to justify re-signing him this summer.

Some have speculated that Golden State would be best off waiving Looney before training camp to free up a roster spot for a more promising young player.

Of all the moves Bob Myers has made since becoming the Warriors’ general manager in 2012, his decision to take Looney with the final pick of the first round two years ago could go down as one of his few missteps.

The injury concerns that dropped Looney, who underwent hip surgery before his freshman season at UCLA, from likely lottery pick to the draft’s last guaranteed contract, have proved warranted.

A week after the Warriors’ championship-clinching Game 5 win over Cleveland, Looney was back in Golden State’s practice facility working with player-development coach Chris DeMarco.

With only three other players in Las Vegas under guaranteed contracts with Golden State (Patrick McCaw, Damian Jones and Jordan Bell), he is poised to shoulder a leadership role.

The hope is that, by hitting open jumpers and getting his teammates involved in Las Vegas, he’ll give himself a shot at a rotation spot come training camp in September.

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Jul 08

Pachulia to re-sign with Warriors on one-year, $3.5 million deal

Pachulia, 33, is returning to Golden State on the collective bargaining agreement’s non-Bird exception, a 20 percent bump from the $2.89 million he made last season.

A force on the boards, Pachulia led the team in offensive rebound average (two per game) and total offensive rebounds (140).

Pachulia weathered a tumultuous Western Conference finals, when he got death threats from Spurs fans for his role in the ankle injury that forced Kawhi Leonard to miss the final three games of the series.

Three weeks later, Pachulia became the first player from the nation of Georgia to win an NBA title.

David West has already agreed to come back on the veteran’s minimum, and Golden State is working to use its final roster spot to re-sign JaVale McGee.

In 14.5 minutes per game for the Heat last season, Reed averaged 5.3 points and 4.7 rebounds.

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Jul 07

Five things to watch from Warriors in Summer League

LAS VEGAS — Earlier this week, during a phone interview from his Las Vegas hotel, Chris DeMarco practiced his first pep talk as a head coach.

Fresh off his second season as a player-development coach, he recognizes that the biggest challenge of leading the Warriors’ Summer League team will be managing players’ expectations.

“The Warriors are about people making sacrifices,” said DeMarco, rehearsing the messaging he planned to deliver in one of his first team meetings.

[…] the next week-plus is an opportunity for those not under contract with the Warriors to gain valuable experience.

An impressive outing or two could earn them a training-camp invite with an NBA team.

Though Golden State’s roster is expected to reach the maximum of 15 within the next couple of days, someone could be waived and a spot on the prohibitive league favorite’s roster could open.

A second-round pick from UNLV, he led Golden State with 15.8 points per game on 46.7 percent shooting (38.2 from three-point range) in Las Vegas last summer before carving out a rotation spot in the regular season.

[…] as the only player on the Warriors’ Summer League roster with significant NBA experience, he will be the clear leader.

Golden State’s front office doesn’t want to risk injuring a player who could be an important part of the rotation next season in games that don’t matter.

[…] two years into his NBA career, the former UCLA standout’s production has yet to match his physical tools.

Two hip surgeries limited Looney’s 2015-16 rookie season to five games.

After a strong start to the regular season last year, he was a non-factor in limited minutes, and his playing time dwindled.

While many teammates celebrated Golden State’s second NBA title in three years, Looney stayed in Oakland to work on his conditioning.

The Warriors were widely praised last month for buying the draft rights to Bell, who went 38th overall to the Bulls.

The former Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, who is expected to sign a two-year guaranteed deal at the rookie minimum, is adept at working off screens and can guard all five positions.

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Jul 06

Chris DeMarco set to lead Warriors’ summer league team

Chris DeMarco set to lead Warriors’ summer league team

Six years ago, to fund his MBA program at Dominican University in San Rafael, Chris DeMarco worked full-time for Isilon, a data-storage company.

Before attending night classes in global management, he slogged through a 9-to-5 grind of spread sheets, conference calls and computer software.

“I was just kind of waiting to see if anything would open up in coaching,” DeMarco, 31, recalled this week.

In 2012, after accepting an internship in the Warriors’ video department, DeMarco asked his bosses at Isilon to cut back his hours.

[…] set to oversee Golden State’s Summer League team in Las Vegas for the next week-plus, he is considered one of the NBA’s more promising young coaches.

Though he still sits in the second row of the Warriors’ bench during NBA games, he fulfills much of the criteria front offices eye: an ability to relate to players, high basketball IQ, experience under respected mentors and, of course, a dogged desire to improve.

Golden State head coach Steve Kerr broke from the norm when he tabbed DeMarco, fresh off his second season as a player-development coach, to lead the Summer League team.

Though the job usually goes to one of the organization’s top assistants, DeMarco ranks behind at least four people — Mike Brown, Ron Adams, Jarron Collins and Bruce Fraser — on Kerr’s staff.

“This is a great opportunity for Chris,” Kerr said.

Like many kids, DeMarco daydreamed of playing professionally.

By the time he transferred from Division III Edgewood College in Madison to Dominican in 2008 for his final season of eligibility, he knew that his best shot at a professional basketball career was on the sidelines.

DeMarco started all 29 games for the 2008-09 Penguins, averaging a team-high 14.9 points and a conference-high 9.6 rebounds per game, before he contemplated spending his last year on campus as Dominican’s graduate assistant.

[…] for the self-described realist, the itinerant lifestyle of a coach was daunting.

“There’s always different things you look at, but that path seemed so difficult,” DeMarco said.

Eager to put his MBA to good use, DeMarco considered climbing the ranks at Isilon.

[…] John Fahey, a former Edgewood teammate and an assistant video coordinator at the time for the Warriors, contacted him about an internship opportunity.

Within a year, DeMarco was promoted to assistant video coordinator.

In summer 2014, after replacing Mark Jackson, Kerr made DeMarco an advance scout.

Over the past two seasons as a player-development coach, DeMarco has worked mostly with Klay Thompson, Ian Clark and Kevon Looney.

[…] as the Warriors’ Summer League coach and ready to make his debut Saturday night against Philadelphia, his focus is more on the macro level.

In the three weeks since Golden State won its second championship in three years, DeMarco has pored over video of the 15 Summer League players who weren’t on the Warriors’ regular-season roster.

[…] no amount of studying will prevent the annual numbers crunch in Las Vegas.

DeMarco’s primary objective is to help develop the four players who will be on Golden State’s bench next season:

Looney, Patrick McCaw, Damian Jones and rookie Jordan Bell.

With only so many minutes available, most of the other dozen-plus players will have a tough time showing they belong in the NBA.

“Once I started working for the Warriors, I knew right away it was what I wanted to do,” said DeMarco.

[…] I’m extremely grateful it’s worked out this way.

Connor Letourneau is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.

Email: cletourneau@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @Con_Chron

Las Vegas Summer League

seeded tournament begins Wednesday

Warriors’ opener: 7:30 p.m. Saturday vs. 76ers,

Warriors’ Summer League roster

Player

HT

WT

Patrick McCaw

Source:

Warriors.com (roster subject to change)

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Jul 06

Report: Warriors among teams pursuing Willie Reed

The Warriors are among a handful of teams pursuing free-agent forward Willie Reed, according to NBA reporter David Aldridge. In 14.5 minutes per game for the Heat last season, Reed averaged 5.3 points and 4.7 rebounds. Reed, who went undrafted out o…

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Jul 06

Report: JaVale McGee to meet with Kings

A day after sitting down with the Clippers, free-agent center JaVale McGee was scheduled to meet Thursday with the Kings, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes.

[…] the Kings could offer more than the minimum — likely the limit for the salary-cap-strapped Warriors — to bring McGee in for frontcourt depth.

Sacramento, which has Willie Cauley-Stein as its starting center, probably would slide McGee into a backup role with fellow big men Kosta Koufos, Georgios Papagiannis and Skal Labissiere.

In addition to the Clippers and Kings, McGee reportedly has received interest from the Suns and Heat.

When the departures of Andrew Bogut, Festus Ezeli and Marreese Speights left the Warriors with few other prototypical interior defenders last summer, they took a chance on the man who once had thrived in Denver for George Karl’s pace-and-space system.

On a team stocked with elite shooters and passers, McGee’s knack for catching lobs added another dimension to the league’s most prolific offense.

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Jul 05

Nick Young to sign one-year, $5.2 million deal with Warriors

The free-agent shooting guard agreed Wednesday to a one-year, $5.2 million contract with the Warriors, a source confirmed to The Chronicle.

Golden State will use the full taxpayer mid-level exception on Young in hopes that the player known as “Swaggy P” can provide a scoring punch off the bench.

Young, 32, has averaged 12 points on 41.9 percent shooting from the field and 37.6 percent from beyond the arc over a 10-year career that has spanned stops with the Wizards, Clippers, 76ers and Lakers.

Young averaged 13.2 points per game, shot 40.4 percent from three-point range, posted the lowest turnover rate of his career and started all 60 games he played.

In 16 of the Lakers’ final 17 games, with a playoff berth out of reach, Young didn’t complain while Walton gave his minutes to younger players.

Shortly after news broke Wednesday of Young’s intent to sign with the Warriors, Durant posted a picture to Twitter of Young celebrating a three-pointer that didn’t go in.

Though none of his hijinks is particularly harmful, Young has developed a reputation as a knucklehead for, among other things, once telling Kobe Bryant, “Nobody in the world can guard me,” changing shoes after a couple of errant shots and professing on Twitter that he keeps his right arm ink-free because it is “strictly for buckets.”

In adding Young, the Warriors are again banking that a player with a less-than-stellar public image can embrace their family-oriented locker room and emerge as a reliable contributor.

Young figures to be a natural replacement for Ian Clark, who appears on the verge of parlaying a breakout season with Golden State into a more lucrative contract elsewhere.

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