They Warriors didn’t get Seth Curry, but they’ll sign another unproven point guard.
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Juwan Staten doesn’t fit the mold of the outside-shooting wings Golden State has added this offseason – Chris Babb, Ian Clark and Jarrell Eddie.
Staten, who went undrafted this year, is a penetrating point guard with a questionable jumper. Not many 6-foot players make it in the NBA with that skill set.
The Warriors have just 13 players with guaranteed salaries, but I’d bet on at least one of Babb, Clark and Eddie making the regular-season roster over Staten. And if it’s only one of that trio, I’d take James McAdoo ($100,000 guaranteed) over Staten, too.
With Stephen Curry, Shaun Livingston, Leandro Barbosa and Andre Iguodala, Golden State just doesn’t need another point guard.
Most likely, the Warriors waive Staten before the regular season and assign his D-League rights to their affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors.
At last check, Tristan Thompson and the Cavaliers reportedly weren’t progressing in contract talks. Thompson’s agent, Rich Paul, reportedly believed his client would get max offers if he took the qualifying offer and became an unrestricted free agent next summer.
Brian Windhorst of ESPN, via ESPN Cleveland:
Essentially, nobody has changed their mind as we move closer to the Oct. 1 deadline for Thompson to accept his qualifying offer. Cavaliers players can report Sept. 28, and training camp begins the following day. So, this might get decided before the absolute deadline.
But it’ll probably take a couple weeks until either side feels enough pressure to get something done.
Lakers rookie D'Angelo Russell has repeatedly shown this offseason how much he has to learn.
He struggled through summer league.
He drew Kobe Bryant‘s attention by calling Tracy McGrady maybe the greatest of all time – and then doubled down by calling Lakers fans spoiled. He wasn’t necessarily wrong, but it might not have been the smartest thing to say.
Now, he’s taking the opposite approach – saying something it’s fine for him to say but is almost certainly wrong.
Russell, via Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders:
“Expectations are high,” Russell says, “but this Lakers squad will most definitely be a playoff team.”
This is taking the comments of general manager Mitch Kupchak – who said the team was capable of making the playoffs – to the next level.
Most definitely? There’s something to be said for confidence, but I think we’ll all have a good laugh over this quote in a few months.