Player News - Warriors

Date: Team: Pos:

Warriors sign G Leandro Barbosa.

Barbosa's deal with be for one year at the veteran minimum as he joins his fifth NBA team. The 31-year-old averaged 7.5 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in 20 games with the Suns last season, so his fantasy value is virtually non-existent as a role player for the Warriors.
Source: ESPN
Aug 28 - 9:12 AM

Klay Thompson lost five pounds this summer and doesn't expect his stint with Team USA to wear him down prior to the Warriors' 2014-15 season.

Thompson is down to 215 pounds and he said that he already feels more energetic. "I’m 24. I’m young. I shouldn’t be tired," Thompson said. "I’m not playing 40 minutes [with Team USA] ... And it’s a different style of basketball so I’ll be learning some things I can add to my game. I’ll be in great shape when I come into camp and be ready to go." He added that he thinks the Warriors can vie for a championship as currently constructed, but to do so they'd need Thompson to take his game to new heights.
Aug 24 - 7:14 PM

Klay Thompson has been working hard this offseason, and he is looking to take a "huge leap" in his development during his fourth year of professional basketball.

"I want to be great," said Thompson. "That comes with pressure. It comes with eyes on you. In year four, I’m looking to take a huge leap like I did last year... I’d love to be known as a guy who gets you 20 points and locks down the best offensive player." Thompson beat out All-Star guards Damion Lillard and John Wall for a roster spot on Team USA, and that is largely do the defensive effort he puts forth on a nightly basis. Klay provides elite 3-point shooting, and profiles as a solid mid-round target going into this year's fantasy drafts.
Aug 24 - 9:58 AM

The Heat are serious about adding another shooting guard if they can find a good one willing to take the veteran's minimum.

It makes sense that the Heat would like to add another body to play behind Dwyane Wade, as the current backups project to be Danny Granger, and Reggie Williams. The organization has inquired about Jordan Crawford, and Leandro Barbosa, and they have also worked out Chris Douglas-Roberts. The fantasy value of these players would be dependent upon the health of Wade, but Crawford profiles as the guy that could put up the most numbers from a fantasy standpoint. Stay tuned.
Aug 24 - 9:45 AM

Klay Thompson is reportedly "pissed" that the Warriors organization legitimately considered trading him for Kevin Love.

This is a much different tune than the reports back in June when Klay's father stated that Klay wasn't offended by the swirling trade rumors, but it seems that now Thompson isn't going anywhere he can finally voice his true opinion. Klay was a stud last year, finishing the season in second place for 3-pointers per game (right behind splash brother Stephen Curry) with 2.8 per game, to go along with 18.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.2 assists. With little change to the Warriors backcourt this year, one can expect Klay to again be a 3-point shooting machine, and he'll be a top-10 shooting guard heading into this year's draft.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 22 - 2:31 PM

Klay Thompson is expected to make Team USA, according to ESPN.com.

He hasn't been all that great at Team USA, but Thompson's shooting and above-average defense make him an asset. Klay would come off the bench while in Spain and shouldn't get a ton of minutes. He'll enter the season as a top-10 shooting guard in fantasy leagues.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 22 - 9:10 AM

Acie Law is nearing a deal with Foshan of the Chinese Basketball Association, according to David Pick of Basketball Insiders.

Law had been hoping to receive a training camp invite, but this news would seem to indicate a lack of interest coming his way from NBA teams. The 29-year-old enjoyed an illustrious career at Texas A&M and has won two Euroleague championships, but it would be a surprise to see him play in the NBA again.
Aug 21 - 10:23 AM

Warriors guard Nemanja Nedovic (right foot inflammation) will not play for Serbia in this summer's FIBA World Cup.

An MRI cleared Nedovic of structural damage, but his agent confirmed that "after [the] last medical check, there is no doubt" that he'll miss the international tournament. He injured himself on August 3 and there's no clear timetable for his return, but with any luck he'll recover in time for training camp.
Aug 20 - 9:44 AM

Free agent Leandro Barbosa, who is playing for Brazil in the FIBA World Cup, is "one of several veterans the Heat are considering."

No deal is imminent and teams are probably content to watch Barbosa throughout the World Cup before committing any guaranteed salary to the 31-year-old guard, especially since he's coming off another injury-plagued season.
Aug 19 - 5:19 PM

Leandro Barbosa hopes to use the FIBA World Cup to prove that he is healthy, and elevate his value as a free agent.

"I don’t know what owners think about the World Cup, but hopefully I do a great job over there and a team sees," Barbosa said. "I feel healthy and my body is feeling healthy. If I have free agency in my mind, I won’t be able to be myself on the court. Hopefully, I sign a contract and I’ll be happy." Barbosa's best days are behind him, so even if he strikes a deal with a team this offseason, he’s not someone to target in standard leagues.
Source: realgm.com
Aug 17 - 9:38 AM

Team USA will not travel to Senegal for their Aug. 27 game due to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

It's the largest and deadliest Ebola outbreak ever recorded. "We really had an issue with canceling because we were so committed to the program down there and wanted to participate," USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo said Friday. "You can't take any chances. We certainly didn't want to put anyone at risk."
Source: USA Today
Aug 16 - 9:40 AM

Shaun Livingston underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right foot big toe earlier this week, and he's expected to be out a minimum of 6-8 weeks.

This will sideline Livingston right up until training camp, and depending on how the recovery goes, he could miss the beginning of camp. He reportedly hurt his toe during the playoffs and was hoping that rest would be the cure. When things did not improve, Livingston opted for surgery. Livingston averaged 8.3 points, 3.2 assists, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.2 steals over 26.0 minutes of action with the Nets last season, and it's possible he gets close to those numbers as the Warriors primary reserve off the bench.
Aug 15 - 5:23 PM

Stephen Curry is likely to play off the ball more during the 2014-15 season, according to associate head coach Alvin Gentry.

The' offseason addition of Shaun Livingston will the Warriors to take some of the ball-handling pressure off their star guard. "I don’t know if he wants the ball in his hands that much at all like it’s been in the past," Gentry said. "It’s very tiresome when you come down and basically have the ball 80 percent of the time and you’re creating shots and everything for yourself as well as other players." Curry could see a minor dip in his assists based on this news, but an increase in his scoring numbers will help him retain top-5 fantasy value for the 2014-15 season.
Aug 14 - 1:25 PM

Stephen Curry said he's thought about playing for the Hornets in an interview on The Doug Gottlieb Show last week.

"I've always had thoughts about playing at home, what it would be like," Curry said. "My dad played there for 10 years, and people around the Greater Charlotte area in North Carolina have done a lot for my family growing up, so you always think about it." He still has three years left on his deal and mentioned he loved the Bay Area. Curry also added that he's a better offensive player than LeBron James in recent comments this week. While LeBron ranked third in the NBA for effective field goal percentage, Curry wasn't far behind at ninth. He was the No. 1 guard in fantasy basketball last season.
Aug 13 - 5:02 PM

Warriors PF/C Marreese Speights will appear in court for a DUI arraignment on September 16.

The court date shouldn't conflict with any of Speights' professional obligations, but he's likely to face a short suspension once the legal process concludes. P.J. Tucker was recently suspended three games for his "super extreme" DUI arrest, but a two-game suspension is typical.
Aug 13 - 1:12 PM


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