Player News - Warriors

Date: Team: Pos:

Festus Ezeli (knee surgery) was able to practice at training camp on Tuesday, as expected.

Ezeli had a few setbacks during his recovery last year, eventually missing the entire 2013-14 season, but he's finally ready to get back on the court. He should pair with Marreese Speights to backup Andrew Bogut at the C position, making him a negligible player for fantasy purposes.
Sep 30 - 3:05 PM

Andrew Bogut (fractured rib) was a full participant in the Warriors' first training camp practice on Tuesday.

Bogut missed the Warriors' final nine playoff games due to concerns that his fractured rib might puncture a lung if he tried to play, but he's fully healed after a restful offseason. Warriors coach Steve Kerr intends to use Bogut more offensively, but he's also likely to limit his playing time to protect him from injuries. His risk and reward balances out to late-round value for fantasy owners in need of boards and blocks.
Sep 30 - 3:03 PM

Klay Thompson is committed to focusing on the upcoming 2014-15 season rather than his impending restricted free agency.

Thompson can sign a contract extension within the next month or else he'll become a restricted free agent after the season. "I just let [agent Bill Duffy] and the front office sort it out," Thompson said. "I know if I just keep my mind on hoops and staying healthy, I know everything else will take care of itself." Thompson averaged 18.0 points, 2.8 three-pointers, 3.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 0.9 steals in 2013-14 and is well worth a pick in the early-to-middle rounds of fantasy drafts.
Sep 30 - 9:31 AM

Shaun Livingston (toe) is targeting a Warriors debut on opening night.

He could miss the first couple weeks of the season after his August toe surgery. The Warriors will use him in the second unit, but Livingston's role won't be as prominent as it was with the Nets. He's not worth drafting in most leagues.
Sep 30 - 12:43 AM

Andre Iguodala said at media day that he's 100 percent healthy after undergoing stem cell PRP treatment on his right knee.

"It was nothing too invasive, but I was really able to take some time off," said Iguodala, who has been playing some five-on-five recently. "My rehab team was amazing. They really got me back to where I wanted to be, maybe even a little better." We're taking him off the injury report, but there is still a concern he's going to lose minutes to Harrison Barnes this season, and could eventually even lose his starting job.
Sep 29 - 8:57 PM

Andre Iguodala divulged on media day that he had stem cell PRP injection to his knee this offseason and he's felt strong during pickup games this month.

That's the same procedure that Kobe Bryant has done, and knee tendentious did cause Andre to miss six games for the Warriors last season, so hopefully this can help alleviate the problem. Iguodala averaged 9.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 1.5 steals during his first season with the Dubs, and it'll be interesting to see if his scoring numbers can increase under new coach Steve Kerr. Kerr has hinted that Iguodala could head to the bench and play a sixth man role for the Warriors, and we'll be watching how Kerr's rotations develop over training camp and preseason. Iguodala is one of those guys that offers much more to his actual team than a fantasy squad, and he profiles as more of a late-round flier in standard leagues.
Sep 29 - 7:16 PM

David Lee said that he's back to 100 percent healthy following a minor core muscle surgery this offseason.

Lee's surgery was back in July, but he's already fully healthy and ready for the start of training camp. New coach Steve Kerr has hinted that Lee's minutes may take a hit this season in an effort to keep the big man healthy, as well as give Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes some additional playing time. Lee averaged 18.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 2.1 assists with the Warriors last season through 33 minutes of action, and he can be targeted as a late-mid round pick in standard leagues.
Sep 29 - 5:52 PM

Steve Kerr said that he expects Shaun Livingston to be out the first "couple of weeks" of the regular season.

"[Livingston's] doing much better. The toe is healed," said Kerr. "But he needs a few weeks on the court running and getting his conditioning and his strength and his timing before he’s really ready to get into a game. So I anticipate he’s going to miss a couple of weeks of the regular season, but we’ll see how it goes." Livingston averaged 8.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.2 steals with the Nets last season, and his limited upside partnered with his extensive injury history takes him out of the conversation in standard leagues.
Sep 26 - 4:44 PM

Klay Thompson could have his reps at training camp limited in order to keep him fresh for the NBA season.

Coach Steve Kerr just wants to make sure Thompson is full recovered from the FIBA World Cup. He hasn't missed a single game due to injury in his three-year career, so durability is not a concern. Klay is worth a pick in the early-middle rounds.
Sep 26 - 9:41 AM

Coach Steve Kerr said he was impressed with Marreese Speights' shooting and said he could be used as a stretch four.

It might sound a little crazy, but Speights hit a career-high eight 3-pointers last season. Still, he doesn't look like he'll be looking at a significant role with the team while it's even remotely close to full strength.
Sep 26 - 9:38 AM

Coach Steve Kerr said "everything's open" when asked if Andre Iguodala might start at small forward this season.

This has been the case all along and Kerr said his lineups will have a lot to do with health of the team. Iguodala is one of the better passing wings in the NBA, so it does make some sense to throw him in the second unit to strengthen that group. After years of being a top-25 pick in fantasy leagues earlier in his career, he's more of a late-round target this season.
Sep 26 - 9:34 AM

Leandro Barbosa is expected to be used as a combo guard, according to coach Steve Kerr.

He's also going to have his training camp reps limited because of his time with the Brazilian team at the FIBA World Cup. Barbosa is not on the fantasy radar.
Sep 25 - 11:26 PM

Coach Steve Kerr said he could play Harrison Barnes at shooting guard, small forward or power forward this season.

He had a disastrous 2013-14 season, but the new coach could find some new ways to use him. Barnes was one of the most impressive players during the 2012-13 postseason, so a turnaround in his third season wouldn't be a shock. Still, he's not worth drafting in most leagues until proven otherwise.
Sep 25 - 11:03 PM

Coach Steve Kerr said he thinks Draymond Green can play the role of a stretch four.

Kerr also said he likes Green's versatility and he's also been a candidate to start at small forward. It's still not clear how the Warriors are going to use Green, but he seems like a strong bet to breakout in a contract year. He's a superb target at the end of your draft for his high, Terrence Jones-like ceiling.
Sep 25 - 10:43 PM

Coach Steve Kerr said the Warriors will emphasize using Andrew Bogut on the elbows as "a dribble handoff guy, backdoor pass guy."

Kerr said he also wants Bogut to be aggressive and called him one of the best passing centers in the league. Of course, the Warriors are going to want to keep his minutes in check if they want to keep him healthy for the post-season. If you want to spend a late-round pick on him, then make sure you're not going to be too attached to him when the injury bug starts biting him.
Sep 25 - 10:40 PM

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