Player News - Warriors

Date: Team: Pos:

Anderson Varejao (back) likely won't play in the Olympics.

He visited a back specialist on Monday who advised him to sit out and rest this summer. Hopefully he will be 100 percent for the Warriors' training camp, but he likely won't be a factor in fantasy leagues as the backup center behind Zaza Pachulia.
Jul 26 - 1:31 PM

Anderson Varejao is traveling to the United States in order to have his back "tested and evaluated."

Varejao is dealing with back pain, but that's all we really know at this point. If it proves to be a serious issue, Golden State could suddenly be in the market for another backup big man. The Warriors have just rookie Damian Jones behind Varejao and projected starter Zaza Pachulia.
Jul 25 - 12:27 PM

Kevin Durant said that Russell Westbrook was not a factor in his departure from the Thunder.

"Nah, it wasn't [a factor in him leaving]," Durant said. "I mean obviously [that alleged subplot is] coming out now [that] I'm gone, all these reports are going to come out. I can't really control it, but I just made a decision based on where I wanted to go, man. It was as simple as that. We can think about all the reasons and the factors and what factored in, but it was simple. That's where I wanted to play basketball." Durant also added that he hasn't spoken to Westbrook since informing him of his decision to join Golden State, and you can be sure that Russ already has his red pen out waiting to circle the Warriors on the schedule.
Source: USA Today
Jul 25 - 9:03 AM

Kevin Durant led Team USA to a 106-57 victory during Sunday's exhibition vs. China, scoring a team-high 19 points with five assists, two rebounds and one steal.

Durant played only 18 minutes off the bench, and none of the U.S. players logged more than Klay Thompson's 19 minutes. Draymond Green was the only player who didn't score, finishing 0-of-3 from the field with three turnovers and three fouls, but otherwise it was smooth sailing with six players in double-digits. The Chinese team was led by former NBA forward Yi Jianlian, who scored 18 points with seven rebounds in 30 minutes of action.
Jul 24 - 10:22 PM

Kevin Durant lit it up against Argentina in a Team USA tune-up on Friday, scoring 23 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks and four 3-pointers.

It still hasn't sunk in yet that he's on the Warriors, has it? Durant was magnificent in this game, making 7-of-12 from the field and all five free throws for a tidy 81.0 true shooting percentage. He did have a tweak to his leg in the second half, but it didn't cost him any playing time. His game is made for fantasy, so expect him to be elite even with a slight dip in usage next year.
Jul 22 - 11:00 PM

Draymond Green has reached a plea deal after facing assault charges from an incident on July 10.

Green allegedly slapped a MSU football player back on July 10 and was arrested, but this means he will avoid jail time and the charges have been reduced to a noise violation. A noise violation is a civil infraction, meaning he won't have a criminal charge on his record. Green will be suiting up for Team USA this summer and should be in the lineup vs. Argentina on Friday night.
Source: USA Today
Jul 22 - 1:52 PM

Stephen Curry said that he "wasn't too happy" having to withdraw from the 2016 Olympic Games.

"I wasn't too happy with the situation of having to pull out of the Games," said Curry. "When I got hurt in the playoffs and knew that the recovery time over the course of summer was going to be important for me to get ready for next year." Curry opting out of Rio is probably music to fantasy owners’ ears, as he just didn't look quite right during Golden State's postseason run. He'll be conceding some touches to Kevin Durant this upcoming season, but he should still flirt with top-5 value.
Jul 21 - 6:16 PM

Klay Thompson is willing to accept a reduced offensive role now that Kevin Durant has joined the Warriors.

"I look at a guy like Manu Ginobili," Thompson said. "Never averaged more than 20 points a game, but he's a four-time champion, you know?" Asked whether he'd prefer high-volume shots or fewer shots that are more open, he replied, "Definitely open shots ... it's easier to be more efficient when you're getting open looks. So I definitely go with the latter." That trade-off between volume and efficiency should prevent any major drop-off from Thompson this season, but owners should prepare for a dip in his scoring average.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 20 - 9:33 PM

Ognjen Kuzmic has agreed to terms with KK Crvena Zvezda of Serbia.

The big man spent the past year overseas, but he tried to work his way back into the NBA via summer league. The 26 year olds days of playing in the NBA may be numbered, but hey, at least he owns a championship ring.
Source: Sportando
Jul 20 - 9:42 AM

Kevin Durant responded to the negative comments made by Charles Barkley and Reggie Miller regarding his decision to team up with Golden State during a recent interview.

"Those are two guys, you know?" he said Barkley and Miller's comments. "They've got a voice in our game, and a lot of people probably felt the same way but they don't have a voice so obviously what they say is translated through a megaphone so it feels like everybody else [thinks that]." Durant also said he didn't go outside for two days after officially announcing the move to Golden State in order to surround himself with positive people that would support his decision no matter what.
Source: USA Today
Jul 19 - 6:21 PM

Draymond Green stated during a recent interview that he would, "sacrifice everything for championships."

"I’d sacrifice everything for championships," said Green. "When you win, you don’t really sacrifice anything because everybody gets love when you win. That’s kind of my thing. If you’re a winner, you can’t really be denied too much of anything. I don’t mind sacrificing anything for championships, and that’s what we set out to do, win championships." Green may have to sacrifice the most out of the Dubs' quartet, as Kevin Durant will assuredly need time with the rock in his hands.
Jul 19 - 5:52 PM

The Warriors have officially re-signed Anderson Varejao to a one-year contract.

Varejao was the first player in NBA history to compete for both Finals teams in the same season, and he spent enough time with the Cavs to be eligible to receive a ring from Cleveland. However, after finishing his 2015-16 campaign with Dubs Nation, he will reportedly refuse to accept his Cleveland championship ring.
Jul 17 - 5:42 PM

Warriors' president and COO Rick Welts acknowledged during a recent interview that the Dubs were surprised to land Kevin Durant as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

"Well, I think we had hope," Welts said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. "We, like every other team, probably didn’t think it was going to happen, and I can assure you we had no indication it was going to happen until the phone rang at 7:30 in the morning in Bob Myers’ cabin on Lake Tahoe and Kevin called to give us his decision. I think there was a lot of screaming and yelling going on in the Myers’ cabin at that point in time." With KD on the roster, it's championship-or-bust for the Dubs.
Jul 17 - 3:10 PM

Steve Kerr said he thinks Patrick McCaw will have "a chance to contribute" during his rookie year.

"I've watched him three straight nights and I think he can play for us this year," Kerr declared. "He's smart, makes the easy play. He gets it. He understands the ball has to move. And that's how we play." If McCaw does "contribute" during his rookie season, it'll likely be in the same sort of way that James Michael McAdoo helped the Warriors; with limited, but efficient stints off the bench. In other words, his fantasy value will be nil while the team is at full strength.
Jul 16 - 10:28 AM

Andre Iguodala stated during a recent interview that he felt the Thunder had the best team in the league last season, and that they should have won a championship.

"Now that we got [Kevin Durant], I can say it: They were the best team last year in the league in the playoffs," Iguodala said. "They were better than us. They were better than Cleveland. They were the best team in the playoffs. They should've won a championship." Go ahead and throw a copious amount of salt on the wounds of OKC fans with this quote. With one of the best scorers in NBA history now a member of the Warriors, anything less than multiple championships will be a disappointment.
Source: News OK
Jul 15 - 10:55 AM


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