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Jun 24

Warriors season review: Andre Iguodala

Warriors season review:

In the wake of the Warriors’ second NBA title in three years, The

2016-17 statistics: 7.6 points, 3.4 assists and 4.0 rebounds in 26.3 minutes per game

Contract status:

Iguodala will become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

Iguodala’s role changed as much as any Warriors player with the addition of Kevin Durant.

The scoring uptick made analysts focus more on him.

What they found was that, whether or not he needed to shoulder much of an offensive load, Iguodala’s defense did not falter.

With 262 assists, 76 steals and 58 turnovers, he finished the regular season No. 1 in assists per turnover (4.50) and No. 7 among players who played at least 70 games in steals per turnover (1.31).

A versatile defender, Iguodala also regularly guarded opponents’ top scorers.

In Golden State’s championship-clinching Game 5 win, Iguodala erupted for 20 points on 9-for-14 shooting.

Were he to win for the first time in his career, Iguodala would help change how the award for the NBA’s top reserve is viewed.

The 33-year-old swingman is a far cry from the sharpshooting guards who typically win that award.

According to the Vertical, Iguodala’s free-agency value this summer could be as high as $20 million annually.

If Durant signs the maximum extension for which he is eligible this summer — which starts at roughly $35.4 million per season — the team would need to renounce its rights to Iguodala and Livingston to free up room under the salary cap.

Durant is more likely to delay his long-term extension and take almost $4 million less than his maximum next year, which would allow the Warriors to use their Bird rights to re-sign Iguodala and Livingston, among others, for deals that more closely align with their free-agent value.

[…] Iguodala would probably have to turn down more lucrative offers to return to Golden State.

Previous player capsules:

Matt Barnes

Connor Letourneau is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.

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Jun 23

Warriors’ Jordan Bell expects to learn from Draymond Green

On the day after the Warriors landed him in a draft-night trade, Jordan Bell arrived at the team’s practice facility in Oakland.

Bell was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year last season, and Green could become the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year when the league unveils its award winners Monday night.

Green sent general manager Bob Myers an expletive-filled text message after Golden State’s acquisition of Bell on Thursday night, demanding to know why Myers didn’t tell him in advance.

“People said he was too small, they don’t know what position he plays, not athletic enough, he can’t shoot,” Bell said.

Draymond plays with a chip on his shoulder, and I just love his aggressiveness — anchoring the defense, guarding every position, switching, talking, being the heart and soul on defense. …

Reminded that Green’s locker-room neighbors probably don’t have many chances to speak, Bell replied, “I’m a listener, not a talker, so I’m definitely prepared for that.”

The Warriors built their powerhouse nearly as much on defense (think Green and Klay Thompson) as on the splashy three-point shooting of Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Thompson.

[…] in their forthcoming effort to chase a third NBA championship in four years, they will try to strengthen themselves on that end of the floor.

Oregon played a fast, unselfish style in reaching the Final Four, so Bell always figured he might fit in nicely with the Warriors.

Bell mentioned Andre Iguodala as another of his favorites, saying he always has liked “two-way players” such as Iguodala, Green, LeBron James and Scottie Pippen.

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Jun 23

Could Silicon Valley be a key in keeping the Warriors together?

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) and forward Andre Iguodala (9) celebrate during the second half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Two titles in three years, a new arena on the horizon, and a team chemistry that could rival the world’s best alchemies, who wouldn’t want to be a Warrior? However, there’s only so much money the Warriors can stuff under their salary cap, and several players, such as superstars Kevin Durant and Steph Curry, are going to command top dollar. The question in the next couple of weeks will be how

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Jun 23

Warriors season review: Draymond Green

Warriors season review:

In the wake of the Warriors’ second NBA title in three years, The

The fifth installment focuses on Draymond Green, who reinforced why he is arguably the league’s best defensive player.

Dimensions: 6-foot-7, 230 pounds

2016-17 statistics: 10.2 points, 7.0 assists and 7.9 rebounds in 32.5 minutes per game

Contract status:

Season review: A brash, emotional leader, Green is at his best when playing the villain.

[…] this past season, after a tumultuous summer in which he was benched during the Olympics, arrested on assault charges and embarrassed by the picture of his most private part he accidentally sent to his Snapchat followers, Green did a better job reining in his bravado without limiting his physicality.

In a Feb. 10 win at Memphis, Green posted the first triple-double in NBA history without double-digit points.

When Green was on the floor, Golden State allowed six fewer points per 100 possessions than when he sat.

After two seasons finishing second to San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard in Defensive Player of the Year voting, Green is the front-runner to finally win the award.

Ultimately, he exorcised the memory of his Game 5 suspension in the 2016 NBA Finals.

Green’s 10 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and two steals helped power the Warriors to a championship-clinching Game 5 win June 12 over the Cavaliers.

Green is one of only five Golden State players who won’t be free agents this summer.

After another memorable season, he will try to avoid the negative press that plagued him a year ago.

Previous player capsules:

Matt Barnes

Connor Letourneau is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.

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Jun 23

Warriors’ latest draft pick causes pundits to lose their minds

Sports websites across the country were quick to compare Golden State’s purchase of the draft rights to Bell with the “draft night steal” that gave them the promising guard Patrick McCaw last year.

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Jun 23

Ducks beat writer breaks down new Warrior Jordan Bell

Ducks beat writer breaks down new Warrior Jordan Bell Shortly after the Warriors paid the Chicago Bulls $3.5 million Thursday night for the rights to former Oregon forward Jordan Bell, The Chronicle caught up with The Oregonian’s Tyson Alger, who covered each of Bell’s three seasons with the Ducks. Bell was the 2016-17 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and some considered him the best defender in college basketball last season. First and foremost, Bell is very athletic. […] over the years we saw Bell develop from a defensive player who just used his physical traits, to one who learned to play the game. With his speed, he’s able to defend multiple positions and isn’t a liability if needed to extend to the perimeter. Bell emerged as a legitimate NBA prospect during the NCAA Tournament. Could you break down what he did to help the Ducks reach the Final Four? During the tournament, we saw Bell at his best — starting plays on defense and getting in on the fast break on the other. On another note, he was a liability at the line early in his career, but saw his free-throw percentage rise from 50 percent his freshman year to 70 percent this past season. In today’s NBA, his ability to extend out to the perimeter will be huge. How do you think he’ll fit into a locker room filled with All-Stars?

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Jun 23

Warriors buy into 2nd round to select Oregon’s Jordan Bell

In reviewing video of Oregon forward Jordan Bell, Warriors general manager Bob Myers noticed that same competitiveness.

While preparing for a draft in which they had no picks, Warriors executives placed a red “B” next to the names of the players they were willing to buy a pick to select.

Bell, whom the team had projected as a first-round selection, was one such prospect.

Because the Warriors purchased the rights to Bell, they are expected to offer him a guaranteed deal.

Bell, 22, emerged as a legitimate NBA prospect when he followed up a near triple-double against Kansas in the Elite Eight (11 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists) with a 13-point, 16-rebound showing against North Carolina in the Final Four.

After two seasons as an essential role player for the Ducks, Bell blossomed into one of Division I’s top defensive players as a junior.

In winning the 2016-17 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year award, Bell proved that he is far more than an interior defender.

Bell, a Long Beach native, projects as a low-cost role player in the Warriors’ switch-heavy system.

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Jun 22

Warriors season review: Kevin Durant

Warriors season review:

In the wake of the Warriors’ second NBA title in three years, The

The fourth installment focuses on Kevin Durant, who had quite the debut season with Golden State.

2016-17 statistics: 25.1 points, 4.8 assists and 8.3 rebounds in 33.4 minutes per game

Last summer, when he signed with Golden State after eight seasons with Oklahoma City, Durant quickly learned that he had made himself a target by putting his personal interests first.

Thunder fans burned his jersey, wrote “coward” on the “For Sale” sign outside his house and questioned his character.

Even outside Oklahoma City, a player long considered one of the NBA’s most likable superstars was villainized.

In those early months with Golden State, seldom did a day pass without an ESPN pundit deriding his decision.

Though he missed five weeks in the second half of the regular season with a left knee injury, Durant was arguably the Warriors’ most consistent player when healthy.

Durant finished the regular season leading Golden State in rebounding, blocks, free throws made (336) and attempted (384), while ranking second in scoring, and third in assists, steals and three-pointers made.

In the playoffs, he was downright dominant.

Durant is expected to decline his player option for next season and become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 before re-signing with the Warriors.

The likeliest scenario has Durant signing another two-year deal with a player option in the second year to make himself eligible for another one-plus-one contract in 2018 starting at roughly $35.7 million.

By waiting to sign his long-term extension and taking almost $4 million less than his maximum next year, Durant would enable the Warriors to potentially use their Bird rights to re-sign Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston, among others, for deals that more closely align with their free-agent value.

Matt Barnes

Connor Letourneau is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.

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Jun 22

5 players Warriors could target in NBA draft

5 players Warriors could target in NBA draft

The Warriors don’t have a pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, but they’re interested in acquiring a second-round selection.

Here is a look at five potential second-round sleepers Golden State could target when the draft starts at 4 p.m. PT:

Though a physical specimen compared to many of the players he faced in the Mountain West Conference, he tended to take plays off and disappear for stretches.

Oliver also settled for far too many mid-range jumpers instead of overpowering opponents with drives to the basket.

Though an elite offensive player with great instincts, Dorsey hardly boasts the physical tools expected from an NBA shooting guard.

Ultimately, his diverse offensive skill set gives him a shot at a long NBA career.

The Warriors could see him as a replacement for Ian Clark, who will likely command more lucrative offers in free agency this summer than Golden State can offer him.

The hope is that Hart blossoms into a savvy role player like Milwaukee’s Malcolm Brogdon, who went from second-round pick to Rookie of the Year candidate.

Morris never finished a season at Iowa State worse than 35.8 percent from three-point range or 72.9 percent from the foul line.

The Warriors could lose both Clark and Shaun Livingston this summer.

Because Golden State wouldn’t necessarily have the money to sign adequate replacements, it might want a rookie guard capable of playing meaningful minutes.

Bell is an instant-energy big man who emerged as a legitimate NBA prospect when he followed up a near triple-double against Kansas in the Elite Eight (11 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists) with a 13-point, 16-rebound showing against North Carolina in the Final Four.

The Warriors, who rely on a switch-heavy defensive scheme, are sure to appreciate the former Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year’s ability to guard multiple positions.

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Jun 22

Warriors season review: Stephen Curry

In the wake of the Warriors’ second NBA title in three years, The

The third installment focuses on Stephen Curry, who is poised to sign the biggest contract in NBA history this summer.

2016-17 statistics: 25.3 points, 6.6 assists and 4.5 rebounds in 33.4 minutes per game

In 2015-16, Curry followed up his first MVP award by shattering his league record for three-pointers made.

Though he did enough to earn his fourth straight All-NBA selection, Curry left many wondering why he hadn’t delivered as many of his trademark six-second dribbling and shooting spectacles.

In the playoffs, he returned to his unanimous-MVP level.

Curry averaged 28.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 2.0 steals to help shepherd Golden State to a 16-1 record and its second NBA title in three years.

Along the way, he hushed his critics with a steady stream of awe-inspiring highlights.

Curry no longer will be one of the NBA’s most underpaid players, thanks to the league’s new collective bargaining agreement.

The league’s new designated veteran player provision reportedly would make Curry, who just played out the last year of a four-year, $44 million extension, eligible in July for a contract worth an estimated $207 million over five years.

The designated veteran player provision allows a small group of players who re-sign with their current team to earn up to 35 percent of the salary cap.

Curry, who could have signed for 30 percent of the cap under the previous CBA, meets all the benchmarks for the maximum allowed salary.

Should Curry sign with another franchise, he would do so for a reported maximum contract estimated in the $135 million range over four years.

By the time his next contract ends, Golden State could be a full-blown dynasty.

Connor Letourneau is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.

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Jun 21

Warriors interested in getting involved in NBA draft’s 2nd round

Warriors interested in getting involved in NBA draft’s 2nd round

After the first several picks of the second round passed without McCaw’s name being called, general manager Bob Myers bought the rights to Milwaukee’s No. 38 pick for $2.4 million.

McCaw, watching the draft with family and friends at his favorite Italian restaurant in St. Louis, soon learned that the Warriors wanted to sign him to a guaranteed two-year deal.

“They hit a home run with Patrick,” Golden State head coach Steve Kerr said recently of McCaw, who was a key rotation player in his rookie season with the NBA champions.

The Warriors would prefer to purchase the necessary pick if one of their favorite prospects slides on draft night.

Because it hasn’t sent or received any money in transactions this season, Golden State has the full $3.6 million allocated under NBA rules to spend.

Which prospects have that distinction is unclear.

Because the Warriors will probably dip into the luxury tax this summer to re-sign Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston, they want to add a low-cost rookie they can develop into a contributor long-term.

“You look at our cap coming up over the next few years, and it would be really helpful for us to have some young guys on rookie contracts,” Kerr said.

The three groups of six — filled mostly with fringe draft prospects — didn’t include everyone the Warriors are targeting.

Iowa State point guard Monte Morris is a skilled facilitator who played four seasons with the Cyclones.

For every McCaw, Draymond Green (No. 35 pick, 2012) and Monta Ellis (No. 40, 2005) Golden State has taken in the second round, there have been players like Ognjen Kuzmic (No. 52, 2012), Richard Hendrix (No. 49, 2008) and Jermareo Davidson (No. 36, 2007) who spent much of their careers toiling in basketball’s hinterlands.

Unlike last year, when a draft widely known to have underwhelming first-round talent produced such second-round gems as McCaw, Malcolm Brogdon (No. 36, Milwaukee) and Paul Zipser (No. 48, Chicago), the 2017 crop is considered top-heavy.

The Warriors, fresh off their second NBA title in three years, have the luxury of not depending on their draft-night success.

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Jun 21

Kevin Durant, Draymond, Marshawn Lynch and more to play in charity softball game in Oakland

It’s going to be a while before the Warriors are back on the court, but you can soon catch them on the diamond.

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Jun 21

Runner spells out ‘Warriors 2017 NBA champs’ with 50-mile route through SF

Runner spells out ‘Warriors 2017 NBA champs’ with 50-mile route through San Francisco […] the 48-year-old Englishman ran 50 miles through the streets of San Francisco following a route that spells out “Warriors 2017 NBA Champs.” According to his c…

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Jun 20

Warriors season review: Ian Clark

Warriors season review:

In the wake of the Warriors’ second NBA title in three years, The

The second installment focuses on Ian Clark, who likely played himself into a big contract.

Shooting guard

2016-17 statistics: 6.8 points, 1.2 assists and 1.6 rebound in 14.8 minutes per game

After three seasons on the NBA’s fringes, Clark proved in 2016-17 that he belongs in this league.

The departure of Leandro Barbosa, now with Phoenix, freed up Golden State’s backup shooting-guard job.

[…] though Clark flip-flopped on the depth chart all season with rookie Patrick McCaw, he helped pace the second unit with 6.8 points per game on 48.7 percent shooting (37.4 percent from beyond the arc).

In the Warriors’ first two games against Portland, he totaled 45 points on 17-for-19 shooting.

In Golden State’s March 11 loss at San Antonio, with Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Daymond Green and Andre Iguodala out, Clark erupted for 36 points in 34 minutes.

In addition to hitting open shots, he made important strides as a defender and facilitator.

Offseason outlook: A year after signing a one-year, $1 million deal with Golden State, Clark is in line for a big payday.

Matt Barnes

Connor Letourneau is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.

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Jun 20

Pelosi, Barbara Lee invite Warriors to Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON — There’s no invitation yet for a visit with President Trump, but the Warriors have a standing offer from House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco and East Bay Rep. Barbara Lee to come to the U.S. Capitol to celebrate their NBA championship.

[…] Pelosi and Lee said Tuesday that the Warriors and their families would be welcome on Capitol Hill, describing the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue as “the heart of our democracy.”

“In celebration of your victory, we would be delighted to welcome you publicly as a team or personally as families to the United States Capitol,” Pelosi and Lee wrote to Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and the team.

The White House did not respond to requests for a response or to clarify whether Trump would extend an invitation.

The Warriors visited the White House and President Obama in February 2016, eight months after winning the 2015 title.

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Jun 20

Rick Barry’s son hopes to bring ‘granny’ foul shot to Warriors

Whenever the former Florida guard attempts a foul shot in a new gymnasium, a crowd of bewildered spectators inevitably gathers around him.

With the NBA draft looming Thursday, Canyon hopes to bring the underhanded foul shot back to Golden State.

There was the elder Barry’s retired No. 24 overlooking one practice court and Golden State’s 1975 NBA championship banner, which Rick Barry was instrumental in winning, hanging over another.

In the adjacent hallway was an enormous photo of a young Rick, hands lowered as he attempted one of his signature foul shots.

The 6-foot-6, 215-pound shooting guard averaged 11.4 points per game off the bench for the Gators as a graduate transfer last season after four years at the College of Charleston.

Whenever his basketball career ends, Barry will return to Florida to complete his master’s degree in nuclear engineering.

Big man Chinanu Onuaku, who shot free throws granny style last season as a rookie with the Houston Rockets, is the only NBA player in the modern era to have adopted the motion.

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Jun 20

A hiring and a sorta-firing could lead LeBron James from Cleveland to the Clippers

On opposite sides of the country Monday afternoon, two seemingly unrelated events could set in motion a massive change for LeBron James and the entire NBA.

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Jun 20

Warriors announce summer league schedule

Warriors announce summer league schedule Before joining their teammates for training camp in September, several Warriors players will get game experience at the Las Vegas Summer League. Patrick McCaw, Kevon Looney and Damian Jones will be on the Golden State squad that will play in Las Vegas next month. Here is the schedule for the Warriors’ three preliminary games: Opponent Cleveland Cavaliers Minnesota Timberwolves After those preliminary games, the tournament will be seeded in a tournament that begins July 12 and ends with the championship game on July 17. All teams will play at least five games in Las Vegas. Player-development coach Chris DeMarco has been tabbed as Golden State’s summer-league head coach. Connor Letourneau is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: cletourneau@sfchronicle.com.

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Jun 20

Relive the Warriors victory parade with this video of the mic’d up players

If you’re already nostalgic for last week’s Warriors parade, this will give you a nice trip down memory lane.

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Jun 20

Warriors hopeful about re-signing Andre Iguodala

Warriors swingman Andre Iguodala meets with Silicon Valley CEOs for dinner, monitors an expansive portfolio of investments and subscribes to the Wall Street Journal.

Iguodala has long indicated that he hopes to finish his career with Golden State, though he is open to leaving if another franchise can offer him a better contract and a chance to win.

According to the Vertical, Iguodala’s free-agency value this summer could be as high as $20 million annually.

If Warriors forward Kevin Durant signs the maximum extension for which he is eligible this summer — which starts at roughly $35.4 million per season — the team would need to renounce its rights to Iguodala and guard Shaun Livingston to free up room under the salary cap.

Durant is more likely to delay his long-term extension and take almost $4 million less than his maximum next year, which would allow Golden State to use its Bird rights to re-sign Iguodala and Livingston, among others, for deals that more closely align with their free-agent value.

In the past six seasons, only two players have been an Eastern Conference All-Star, a gold-medal winning Olympian for the U.S. and the most valuable player of the NBA Finals:

After Golden State lost two of its first three games in the 2015 NBA Finals to Cleveland, Kerr put Iguodala in the starting lineup.

After cementing the franchise’s first NBA title in 40 years with a 25-point eruption in Game 6, Iguodala beat out James and Stephen Curry for Finals MVP.

In Game 6 of last year’s Western Conference finals against Oklahoma City, Golden State trailed by six points late when Iguodala stripped a driving Durant and hit Klay Thompson for one of Thompson’s 11 three-pointers to help spark a come-from-behind win.

Two nights later in Game 7, Iguodala played a team-high 43 minutes and harassed Durant into a slew of difficult shots as the Warriors completed their comeback from a 3-1 series deficit.

The Warriors, despite not currently having a draft pick, will host six players for their final pre-draft workout Tuesday:

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