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Andre Iguodala announces decision for his playing future

Andre Iguodala smiling

Feb 20, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Miami Heat forward Andre Iguodala (28) is all smiles during pregame warmups before the Heats game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Andre Iguodala has spent time this offseason contemplating whether or not he wants to continue his NBA career, and the four-time champion has come to a decision.

Iguodala announced on Friday via his “Point Forward” podcast that he will return for a 19th season.

Iguodala is technically a free agent, but the Golden State Warriors have left a roster spot open for him. The 38-year-old said he told Stephen Curry that the 2022-23 season will be the “last one” for him.

It would not have been a surprise if Iguodala retired, especially after he played such a limited role with Golden State last year. The former NBA Finals MVP averaged 19.5 minutes per game during the regular season and barely played at all during the playoffs. His value to the Warriors extends beyond on-court performance, however, which is why they are welcoming him back.

Nets signing ex-Warriors champion

Kevin Durant dribbles the ball

Oct 11, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) in action against the Philadelphia 76ers during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Durant is no longer the only former Golden State Warriors champion on the Brooklyn Nets roster.

The Nets announced on Friday that they have signed veteran guard Chris Chiozza. Terms of the agreement were not released, pursuant to team policy.

The signing of Chiozza is notable for a couple of reasons. For one, Chiozza was part of the Warriors team that won the NBA title last year (though he only averaged 2.0 points per game in 34 total appearances for them). But more importantly, Chiozza was previously on the Nets during the Durant-Kyrie Irving era. He played in Brooklyn for two years from 2020 to 2021 (the latter of which came under current Nets coach Steve Nash).

The reunion with Chiozza gives Brooklyn more depth at point guard, which may matter if Irving misses time again next season for heaven knows what. While Chiozza might not see too many minutes otherwise, the familiarity factor is there, and he is also one heck of a trash-talker.

Steph Curry makes revelation about Kevin Durant on Warriors

Stephen Curry during a playoff game

Jun 13, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) gestures after defeating the Boston Celtics in game five of the 2022 NBA Finals at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Steph Curry made an interesting revelation about Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors.

Curry conducted an interview with Rolling Stone that was published in part on Sunday. In the interview, Curry was asked about the Warriors potentially pursuing Durant this summer in response to KD’s trade request from the Brooklyn Nets.

Curry said that when Durant made his trade request, the Warriors’ front office began considering a reunion with KD. The front office called Curry to ask for his feelings on a potential trade. Curry said he was ready to team up with Durant again.

“I was never hesitant,” Curry told Rolling Stone. “The idea of playing with KD and knowing who he is as a person, from our history in those three years, I think KD’s a really good dude. I think he is misunderstood. I think he has had certain things happen in his life that hurt his ability to trust people around him, in a sense of making him feel safe at all times. So all of those things, I understand, having played with him and gotten to know him. I love that dude.”

Curry went on to say that even though he would love to team up with Durant again, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have confidence in his current teammates. Curry recognized that acquiring Durant would have required trading away many players. But that doesn’t mean he didn’t feel they could win with those players just as they did last season.

Durant was with the Warriors for three seasons from 2016-2019. They won championships the first two seasons and lost to the Raptors in the NBA Finals the third season. Both Durant and Klay Thompson suffered serious injuries that postseason.

Curry’s admission about wanting to team with Durant, who ultimately was not traded by Brooklyn, shows how little of an ego the four-time NBA champion has. That shows Curry’s true priority is winning, not being the star of a team.

Some people questioned Curry’s legacy and argued that Durant was the best player on the team. Curry obviously doesn’t mind what people say about him, because he is comfortable just winning and knowing how good he is.

Klay Thompson’s older brother gets new job with Warriors

Klay Thompson with a headband

Jun 5, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) warms up before game two of the 2022 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Trayce Thompson is not the only one of Klay Thompson’s brothers who is making a name for himself.

The Golden State Warriors announced in a release on Friday that they have hired Mychel Thompson, older brother of the five-time All-Star swingman Klay, as their new video coordinator.

Mychel, the eldest of the Thompson brothers, had already been around the Warriors in past years, Madeline Kenney of Bay Area News Group notes. He served as a volunteer last season, primarily aiding Klay in injury recovery. Now the Warriors have decided to add Mychel to their full-time staff.

Interestingly enough, Mychel had a pro basketball career of his own. After playing four years at Pepperdine University, he went undrafted in 2011 but went on to make five appearances with the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2011-12 NBA campaign. Mychel then spent several seasons in the NBA G League (then known as the NBA D-League) and even had a stint playing overseas in Italy before officially retiring in 2018.

In addition to Mychel and Klay, who is the middle brother, the youngest Thompson brother Trayce is currently an outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers. That led to an awesome Thompson family moment at a recent Dodgers game.

Report: Warriors working out several notable veterans

Steve Kerr in a blue warmup jacket

Mar 20, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr encourages his players during the fourth quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports

Despite winning the NBA title less than three months ago, the Golden State Warriors are putting up a “help wanted” sign of sorts.

Shams Charania and Anthony Slater of The Athletic reported Tuesday that the Warriors are bringing in several well-known veteran NBA free agents for workouts this week. They include Kenneth Faried, Ben McLemore, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, and Elfrid Payton. The report adds that the Warriors will have either one or two open roster spots heading into training camp (depending on if veteran Andre Iguodala decides to come back).

Faried is probably the most notable name here. He is 32 now and has not played in the league since 2019 but was a walking double-double threat at his pinnacle with the Denver Nuggets. Meanwhile, McLemore, a shooter and scorer, Payton, a ball-handler and distributor, and Hollis-Jefferson, a wing defender and rebounder, are all former first-round picks.

The Warriors lost several players from last year’s title team (including Otto Porter Jr, Juan Toscano-Anderson, Damion Lee, Nemanja Bjelica, and Gary Payton II). But they did already add a couple prominent names this summer and could be making their final roster upgrade from the aforementioned list of free agents.

Steph Curry open to playing for 1 other team besides Warriors?

Stephen Curry during a playoff game

Jun 13, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) gestures after defeating the Boston Celtics in game five of the 2022 NBA Finals at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Steph Curry seems all but destined to be a one-team NBA star. But the door may be slightly ajar for someone else to crash the party.

The Golden State Warriors reigning Finals MVP was honored this week by the City of Charlotte, N.C. Curry received a key to the city from mayor Vi Lyles and made a few remarks.

“I always said that I wanted to finish my career at Golden State because of how much it means to me and the experiences and the teammates and the journey that we’ve been on,” Curry said. “Everybody asks me, ‘Do you want to play one year for the Hornets and come back?’

“No, no, I’m not breaking any news or anything like that. I’m not making any promises,” Curry clarified after the audience reacted. “All I would say though is if there was a team that I did wanna play for that was not named the Warriors, that would be it.”

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Steph, 34, grew up in Charlotte with his father Dell having played for the Hornets from 1988 (the year that Steph was born) to 1998. Steph also went to Davidson College, which is less than 25 miles away from Charlotte.

For the time being though, Steph, who is now a four-time NBA champion, is under contract with the Warriors through at least 2026 (when Steph will be 38). Granted, the Hornets are not the same Hornets that his father played for (the former Charlotte Hornets franchise relocated to New Orleans and eventually became the Pelicans while the current Hornets started out as the Charlotte Bobcats before later changing their name to the Hornets). But this is not the first time that Steph has teased a possible Charlotte homecoming.

Warriors taking shot on 2018 NBA draft bust

Bob Myers holding a microphone

May 20, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers addresses the media in a press conference after naming Steve Kerr (not pictured) as the new head coach for the Warriors at the Warriors Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors will be trying to wave their magic wand with a former draft bust.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Wednesday that the Warriors have signed swingman Jerome Robinson to a one-year training camp deal. The 25-year-old will compete for one of Golden State’s final remaining open roster spots.

Robinson was a major swing-and-miss for the LA Clippers in the 2018 NBA Draft. He went with a lottery pick (No. 13 overall) and was selected ahead of players such as Michael Porter Jr., Robert Williams III, Jalen Brunson, and Mitchell Robinson. But Robinson displayed very little with the Clippers, was traded to the Washington Wizards within two years, then got waived by the Wizards after another year. He has not played in the NBA since and holds career averages of 4.5 points per game on 36.3 percent from the field.

The Warriors do have a bit of familiarity with Robinson, who spent time last season with their G League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors, and averaged 20.2 points per game in 22 total appearances. While there is still not much to indicate that Robinson is a capable NBA player, he becomes the latest forgotten name to get a shot in training camp for Golden State this year.

Is James Wiseman’s future with Warriors in jeopardy?

James Wiseman in a practice shirt

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors felt they were drafting a potential franchise cornerstone when they used the second overall pick on James Wiseman two years ago. They have not seen much of him because of a knee injury, however, and many have wondered if the former Memphis star’s days with the team could be numbered.

Anthony Slater of The Athletic indicated this week that the Warriors are not committed to Wiseman. He noted how Wiseman is expected to enter the 2022-23 season fully healthy after recovering from a knee injury. Despite that, he will likely begin the year as a backup center behind Kevin Looney.

The Warriors have a massive luxury tax bill. Wiseman is owed $21.7 million over the next two seasons. Unless he enjoys an early-season breakout, Golden State may feel that it is not worth paying him to sit on the bench.

Wiseman underwent meniscus surgery in April of 2021. He was initially expected to return last season, but he suffered a setback and needed another surgery.

Wiseman played in 39 games as a rookie two seasons ago, averaging 11.5 points and 5.8 rebounds in 21.4 minutes per game. He should draw interest on the trade market if the Warriors make him available. Though, it was not that long ago that they seemed unwilling to part with him.

Concerning signs emerging about 1 young Warriors player?

Steve Kerr in a blue warmup jacket

Mar 20, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr encourages his players during the fourth quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors’ present is coming off their fourth NBA title in the last eight seasons. But there may be some cause for concern when it comes to their future.

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith said Tuesday on “First Take” that he has heard unflattering things about the attitude and the work ethic of second-year Warriors forward Jonathan Kuminga.

“I’m worried about Kuminga,” said Smith. “I’m hearing too many things about him off the court in terms of his head. The level of discipline that he lacks. Some of the foolishness.

“I’m not getting into his personal business, I’m not saying nothing like that,” Smith continued. “I’m talking attitude, I’m not talking actions … The level of focus, commitment, determination, just putting your head down, doing the work. I’m hearing that he’s shortchanging the Warriors in that regard.”

Kuminga, who is still only 19, went to the Warriors with the No. 7 pick in last year’s draft. He had his moments as a rookie, making 70 appearances with 9.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per contest. Kuminga was also somewhat of a favorite among Golden State’s fans, who gave him a vulgar nickname.

A 6-foot-7 forward with a wingspan of nearly seven feet, Kuminga has plenty of upside as a defensive kraken who can check multiple positions and also as a high-energy roll man with his powerful dunking ability. But that raw talent means little without the work ethic to match, so it sounds like the Warriors still have some coaching up to do of their prized young piece.

Past, present Warriors combine for great photo at Draymond Green’s wedding

Draymond Green smiling

Feb 20, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) stands on the court before the game against the Houston Rockets at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Avengers came together at Draymond Green’s wedding.

The Warriors star Green married his longtime girlfriend Hazel Renee in a ceremony over the weekend. Among the guests were a whole lot of Golden State players, both past and present. One awesome group shot in particular went viral. In a very remarkable who’s who of Warriors from over the years, Dorell Wright, Juan Toscano-Anderson, Klay Thompson, Shaun Livingston, Leandro Barbosa, Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody, Matt Barnes, and Gary Payton II all posed for a picture.

No fewer than 14 NBA championship rings are accounted for in just that one photo alone.

Many other NBA players not seen in the picture were also present at Green’s wedding. Among them were Andre Iguodala, Kevon Looney, Steph Curry, Damion Lee, and Seth Curry. LeBron James and Jayson Tatum were in attendance as well.

It is safe to say that Green has done a lot of winning with a lot of different players over his ten-year NBA career. Granted, there is one notable former Warrior who was not seen at Green’s wedding.