Player News - Warriors

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr indicated that DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) is farther along than he expected.

"We're just taking it slowly, but I don't think it'll be too long before he's taking part in practice," Kerr said. This comes on the heels of GM Bob Meyers saying that the Warriors aren't going to hold him back when he's ready, but that's still several weeks away. He's scheduled to be re-evaluated in four weeks, but Cousins' fantasy appeal is growing by the day with all the positive reports out there.
Sep 25 - 7:57 PM

Kevin Durant said he wants to do a better job of setting screens this season.

"I still gotta get better at setting screens and moving off the ball a little bit," said Durant. "I played a lot of pickup ball this summer... I thought about running up into screens. I'm like, 'Let me hit this guy now.' Whereas before, I was slipping out of screens trying to get me a shot." KD has been one of the worst screen setters in the league over the years, but it sounds like he's made a commitment to improving that small area of his game. As long as he can stay healthy, he'll have no trouble churning out top-3 value.
Sep 25 - 5:04 PM

Klay Thompson said he wants to join the 50/40/90 club this season.

There have only been three players in NBA history to shoot at least 50 percent from the floor, 40 percent from downtown and 90 percent from the free-throw stripe over a complete season: Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and Steve Nash. Last season, Klay shot 48.8 percent from the field, 44.0 percent from 3-point range and 83.7 percent from the line.
Sep 25 - 1:17 PM

General manager Bob Myers said that although the Warriors won't rush DeMarcus Cousins back into action, they also won't hold him back.

The Warriors obviously have the depth and talent to give Cousins all the time he needs to rehab. However, they won't hold him out longer than necessary. "I know there’s a narrative that we’ll save DeMarcus for the playoffs, and that’s inaccurate," general manager Bob Myers said. "When he can play, he’ll play. We won’t rush him, but we also won’t hold him back." Boogie is a true boom-or-bust pick in drafts this year.
Sep 25 - 11:49 AM

Klay Thompson said he isn't all that interested in exploring free agency next summer, as he's content in Golden State.

Here's the full quote from Klay when asked if he is at least curious about testing free agency: "Not really. When guys go into free agency, they're looking for situations like mine. I'm content." There was some thought that Thompson might consider leaving the Warriors so he could become the focal point of a different franchise, but it appears Klay is happy playing a supporting role alongside a bevy of fellow All-Stars.
Sep 25 - 11:03 AM

Damian Jones said he's completely recovered from the right MCL sprain he suffered at Summer League.

Jones will be competing for the five-man minutes with the likes of Kevon Looney, Jordan Bell and eventually DeMarcus Cousins, making him an unattractive target in most settings.
Sep 24 - 4:04 PM

General manager Bob Myers said DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) has not been able to go full speed yet and he'll be re-evaluated in four weeks.

"He'll get into some drills. Non-contact stuff," Myers said about the plan for Boogie. The GM also likes the progress Cousins has made so far, and Cousins has looked like he's on track based on his workout videos. For now, it's going to be either Jordan Bell, Damian Jones or Kevon Looney as the opening night starter. Bell has the highest fantasy upside until Boogie is back while Cousins is a late-round stash.
Sep 24 - 3:02 PM

Coach Steve Kerr said he "for sure" he won't be starting Draymond Green at center to begin the year.

"I won't start small," Kerr added. That means it'll be Jordan Bell, Kevon Looney or Damian Jones as the starting five man. Green is obviously going to get most of his run at power forward and they'll be mix him in at the five in their Hamptons Five lineup. He may slide a little in drafts and could become a value in the early fourth.
Sep 24 - 2:43 PM

Patrick McCaw is expected to miss the start of training camp.

He won't be at Media Day either and has not signed his offer sheet as of Monday morning. McCaw doesn't have much leverage right now and we'd expect him to come around on the offer sooner rather than later. He won't be relevant in fantasy apart from the nights when the Warriors rest their studs.
Sep 24 - 12:51 PM

Jordan Bell is ready to step into a larger role in his second season with the Warriors.

"I know my role is going to be more extended just because of the bigs we have this year," Bell said. "Whether it’s starting, whether it’s playing more minutes or sixth man, whatever it is, I just know I’m going to have a big role and I think the work I put in this summer is going to have me ready for it." Bell could have a strong start to the season with DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) unlikely to be ready by opening night, and even when Boogie gets back, Bell should be able to earn enough minutes to make an impact in fantasy hoops.
Sep 23 - 4:03 PM

The Warriors added Tyler Ulis to their training camp roster.

Devin Booker's buddy finds a home for next month, but he certainly has his work cut out for himself to make the roster. Ulis isn't the best system fit with the Warriors with his lack of length and not much shooting from deep. Maybe he can impress during the preseason to sign somewhere else during the season.
Sep 21 - 9:10 PM

Steve Kerr is "planning to preserve" Steph Curry during regular season practices, according to Warriors writer Mark Medina.

No surprise here and the same can be said of any Warriors veteran, as the team's sole focus is making it to the playoffs with a healthy roster. Medina adds that scheduled rest could extend to "possibly even games," which is a risk Curry's owners will live with on draft day. Whenever Steph sits, guys like Shaun Livinston and Quinn Cook will become DFS options.
Sep 20 - 3:46 PM

The Warriors are "planning" to rest Shaun Livingston in practices and "possibly even games" during the regular season, according to Mark Medina of the Mercury News.

The 33-year-old guard has averaged a mere 6.2 DNPs over the past five seasons, which is remarkable given the injuries he overcame early in his career. Sporadic rest days wouldn't be surprising, and guys like Quinn Cook and Patrick McCaw should pick up the slack on the nights Livingston is unavailable.
Sep 20 - 3:38 PM

Quinn Cook is preparing for bigger role with the Warriors this season.

He'll still be the third point guard on the depth chart, but will see an uptick in minutes when Steph Curry and Shaun Livingston are out of the lineup. "I’m trying to be in the best shape of my life," said Cook. "I’m getting stronger and more athletic to help rebound and to guard bigger opponents." He filled in admirably in Curry's absence last season, but isn't on the fantasy radar to start the year.
Sep 20 - 3:22 PM

Damian Jones has tweaked his diet in preparation for challenging for the starting center role to begin the 2018-19 season.

Recently, Jones went "cold turkey" on sweets and junk food, hoping to help his stamina and overall health. "[Avoiding sugar] does help with your conditioning and how tired you feel in the games," Jones said. "So I’ve cut back." Having only played 25 games in his two-year career because of health and position clutter, he'll need to be ready to go come training camp. Even if Jones does garner the starting role at the outset, which Warriors coach Steve Kerr would "love" to give him a "shot" at, he won't have a huge role and will be a less interesting fantasy option than his teammate Jordan Bell.
Sep 20 - 2:57 PM


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