Player News - Warriors

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Former Warriors head coach Mark Jackson said that he thinks Klay Thompson is worth a max contract.

As the deadline to keep Thompson from becoming a restricted free agent after the 2014-15 season approaches, Jackson made his feelings clear about his former player. "He’s a guy that will make a boatload of money and in my opinion the best two-way shooting guard in the world, and it’s not even close," Jackson said. "He’s got to get [the max contract]." Thompson has had a strong preseason and is a safe early-round target for fantasy owners due to his three-point shooting prowess.
Oct 23 - 9:48 AM

Warriors C Ognjen Kuzmic had eight points, 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block as a starter with Andrew Bogut (illness) unavailable on Tuesday.

He did his damage in just 27 minutes, and it was an impressive showing for the 24 year old considering he was matched up with DeAndre Jordan. Kuzmic's solid preseason may have earned him a spot in Steve Kerr's rotation, but it hasn't made him a viable fantasy option.
Oct 22 - 1:38 AM

Festus Ezeli (shin) made his preseason debut in style on Tuesday, notching 10 points, three rebounds and one block in just 11 minutes of action.

Ezeli missed the entire 2013-14 season but he looked great the moment he took the court, and the backup C job is his to lose. With Andrew Bogut a perpetual injury risk, Ezeli is worth keeping on the fantasy radar in deep leagues.
Oct 22 - 1:33 AM

Andrew Bogut is not with the Warriors on Tuesday due to an illness.

He's day-to-day and Ognjen Kuzmic will start in his place at center.
Oct 21 - 10:16 PM

Coach Steve Kerr says it's "highly doubtful" that Shaun Livingston (toe) will play in the opener on Oct. 29.

Livingston keeps saying he hopes to be ready, but it doesn't sound likely to happen. He'll help back up both guard spots occupied by the league's most exciting backcourt duo - Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.
Oct 21 - 8:55 PM

Festus Ezeli (shin) will play in Tuesday's exhibition vs. the Clippers.

Steve Kerr said he'll deploy Ezeli late in the second quarter, and he's unlikely to play more than a handful of minutes in his first game since May of 2013. His return has no impact in typical fantasy leagues, but it's great news for the Warriors in reality -- Andrew Bogut is a constant injury risk and Jermaine O'Neal is gone, so Ezeli provides much-needed depth at center.
Oct 21 - 2:38 PM

Brandon Rush (back spasms) won't play in Tuesday's game vs. the Clippers, and he'll be re-evaluated in one week.

His back flared up during each of the Warriors' past two exhibitions, and his status for opening night is unclear. Golden State has enough depth on the wings that Andre Iguodala could fill a bench role, and there's no reason to touch Rush on draft day.
Oct 21 - 2:35 PM

Harrison Barnes had another efficient preseason outing on Sunday against the Rockets, making 5-of-7 from the field for 13 points with two boards and one turnover.

He's shot at least 57 percent from the field in four of his last five games, averaging 9.8 points, 3.0 boards, 1.2 steals, 0.6 blocks and 0.6 triples in that span. It is preseason, so it's tough to get overly excited about Barnes' chances of breaking out. Fantasy owners in standard leagues should be able to do better.
Oct 20 - 9:31 AM

Brandon Rush sat out the second half of Sunday's game due to spasms in his lower back.

Rush tweaked his back on Friday and may need a few more days to recover, but at least the injury doesn't sound serious. Reconstructive knee surgery has derailed his career but he's looking to make a comeback with Golden State this season, and the injury risk combined with a bench role is enough reason to avoid him in fantasy leagues.
Oct 20 - 1:39 AM

Nemanja Nedovic made the most of a start at PG on Sunday, scoring 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting with one rebound, five assists and two turnovers on the road vs. the Rockets.

Nedovic's offseason toe injury hasn't bothered him this preseason but his fantasy value is nil considering the Warriors' backcourt depth. He's likely to spend the 2014-15 season flitting between the Warriors' bench and the D-League's Santa Cruz Warriors.
Oct 19 - 10:59 PM

Marreese Speights returned from a family funeral in time to play on Sunday, notching four points, five rebounds and one block in 13 minutes off the Warriors' bench.

The Warriors are relying on two injury-prone centers in Andrew Bogut and Festus Ezeli, so Speights' presence on the bench could prove critical as the season progresses. For now, however, he's not an option in standard fantasy drafts.
Oct 19 - 10:59 PM

David Lee posted two points, four rebounds and two assists in 11 minutes vs. the Rockets on Sunday, while Andrew Bogut chipped in two points and two boards in nine minutes.

Lee, Bogut and Andre Iguodala all sat out the second half of Sunday's game as a precaution, while Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson got the night off entirely. Head coach Steve Kerr rested his veterans and delved deeper into his roster, so there's no need to adjust any fantasy expectations after tonight's fluky boxscore.
Oct 19 - 10:58 PM

Andre Iguodala finished with two points and two assists in 23 minutes on Sunday, without any rebounds, steals or blocks.

Even if Iguodala begins the season as a reserve, joining Leandro Barbosa in the second-unit backcourt, he could replace Harrison Barnes at SF the moment play-maker Shaun Livingston (toe) returns. Given Iguodala's uncertain role and his increasingly limited upside, fantasy owners should avoid him until the later rounds.
Oct 19 - 10:57 PM

Marreese Speights returned to the Warriors after attending his grandfather's funeral.

It is good to see Marreese back and we wish him all the best during this tough time. He could see some quality minutes this season with Jermaine O'Neal considering retirement and Festus Ezeli (shin) still out. Considering how fragile the Warrior's frontcourt is, Speights may carve out a nice role as the season progresses.
Oct 19 - 3:26 PM

Klay Thompson (rest) will not play in Sunday's exhibition game vs. Houston.

Klay has been lights out this preseason, shooting 53.6 percent from the field, and a ridiculous 58.6 percent from 3-point range through five preseason games. He's a primary piece of Golden State's offense, and they weren't willing to include him in any deal, even if it would have netted them Kevin Love. Thompson is set to have another great year, and could see his assist total rise a bit in the Warriors new ball-movement oriented offense. Target him in the early rounds and don't look back.
Oct 19 - 1:46 PM

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