NBA Draft: Warriors join list of teams high on Greg Monroe

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gmonroe_draft.jpgLooks like the Warriors are leaning toward drafting a big man.

Yesterday Georgetown center Greg Monroe can through town for workouts, and Don Nelson liked what he saw. At least that’s what he told the San Jose Mercury News.

“The one thing we can use that he does extremely well, probably better than any other big man in the country, is pass the ball,” Nelson said. “And (he’s) young enough yet that he can still develop.”

Monroe’s skill set on offense of passing the ball, being a smart player and having the ability to face up or make plays in a traditional back-to-the-basket way would make him valuable in Golden State right now. He’s versatile, which fits with what Nelson wants in a big man. His defense is questionable, but right now you can say that about most of the Warriors’ roster.

It appears the Warriors will have one of two big men fall to them at No. 6 — Monroe or Kentucky’s DeMarcus Cousins. Either would be a considerable upgrade to a front line that was banged up and not particularly good last year.

Of course, the fact there could be a new owner and a new coach by the start of next season make the entire exercise a question mark. But whoever is the coach it’s not like they would turn down a quality big man.

Report: Pistons monitoring Markieff Morris situation

Markieff Morris, Marcus Morris
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Markieff Morris made a lot of noise this summer about being unhappy in Phoenix and wanting out, after the Suns traded his twin brother Marcus to the Pistons as part of a salary dump. He openly demanded a trade, and said on the record several times that his long-term future is not with the team. He’s changed his tune since training camp started, once he realized he has no choice but to play for the Suns unless they decide to trade him. But according to the Detroit Free Press‘ Vincent Ellis, there is interest from the one team he would be guaranteed to want to play for:

Markieff’s unhappiness with the Suns started when they traded his brother, so he would obviously jump at the chance to reunite with Marcus. And they don’t have much in the way of power forward depth beyond the other Morris twin and Ersan Ilyasova, so it would be a good fit from a basketball standpoint. But with the brothers’ felony assault charges pending, reuniting them on the same roster might not be the best idea, and it also opens up the possibility of having to trade one of them in the future and the other one being unhappy. So far, the Suns have shown no inclination to trade Markieff, but if that changes, the Pistons are an interesting destination to keep an eye on.

Popovich to Aldridge: “Welcome to the Spurs. Go sit” out practice.

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Gregg Popovich’s habit of resting key players at times has become the norm around the league as more and more studies have shown it helps players perform at higher levels plus helps reduce injury risk. Still, Popovich is the poster child.

New Spur LaMarcus Aldridge wasn’t used to this but got introduced to it in a very Popovich way, reports Jeff McDonald at the Express-News.

LaMarcus Aldridge missed his first workout of training camp today with leg tightness. Or rather, the Spurs — being the Spurs — held him out for precautionary reasons.

“We sat him out,” coach Gregg Popovich said. “He didn’t want to do it. I said, ‘Welcome to the Spurs. Go sit.’”

He might as well have added “get used to this.” Aldridge is going to get some rest this season. Not as many as Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker, but he’s going to get some nights off.

Remember, Aldridge is a guy who played through a torn ligament in his thumb last season because he thought the Blazers could make noise in the playoffs (and they might have had Wesley Matthews not gotten hurt). He’s not a guy used to being told to sit and rest.

It’s his “Welcome to the Spurs” moment.