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Why the Warriors stood pat during wild NBA trade deadline

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Why the Warriors stood pat during wild NBA trade deadline

OAKLAND -- Barely 15 minutes after the trade deadline passed, Warriors general manager Bob Myers was lacing up his high-tops for some 3-on-3 hoops at the team’s downtown Oakland facility.

That’s not to suggest Myers and CEO Joe Lacob believe the team can’t be improved, and soon. They certainly do, and as Myers took the court his ear was still warm from a morning on the phone discussing possible moves.

But nothing developed that couldn’t be declined, and that’s mostly because potential trade partners were more interested in Warriors draft picks, in 2018 and beyond, than what is available on the far end of their bench.

The Warriors had two options. Option A would require moving the team’s only pick in the 2018 draft. Option B would be waiting to shop the buyout market.

Myers went with B, which under the circumstances make the most sense.

The Warriors have owned only two picks over the past five drafts -- though they bought two others -- and they’re unwilling to give up the first-round pick they hold for 2018. That will be only their third first-round pick since Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli arrived in 2012.

Why give that up when there is an excellent chance the Warriors can address their greatest need -- reliable scoring off the bench -- without jeopardizing their future finances?

Stephen Curry is in the first year of a five-year max contract worth $201 million. Kevin Durant awaits a similar deal in July. One year later, in July 2019, Klay Thompson becomes an unrestricted free agent. It’s Draymond Green’s turn in 2020. Assuming the Warriors want to have any chance of keeping their four All-Stars beyond 2018-19, as they surely do with the upcoming move to Chase Center, it’s going to be costly.

The Warriors are going to need some cheap labor, and that means rookie deals. The Warriors own their next seven first-round picks, but only one second-round pick over the next three seasons. They’re not currently assured both picks until 2021-22.

So now the Warriors will focus on the buyout market. There will be options, and veteran scorer Joe Johnson, traded to the Kings on Thursday, is expected to be among them.

Multiple league sources have said the Warriors are interested in Johnson, and it was been reported that Johnson, once bought out by Sacramento, would consider the Warriors.

Another player the Warriors would consider is Hawks guard Marco Belinelli, their first-round pick in 2007. Belinelli’s name came up in trade talks but he remains in Atlanta. There is a good chance he’ll be available on the buyout market.

A player’s contract must be bought out before March 1 for him to be eligible for the playoffs with his next team.

As trade deadline looms, Warriors ready to readdress bench shooting

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As trade deadline looms, Warriors ready to readdress bench shooting

OAKLAND -- Surrounded by cameras and recording devices, Warriors general manager Bob Myers spent 17 minutes Thursday discussing the upcoming trade deadline while a lone member of the team was nearby practicing 3-point shots.

If veteran forward Omri Casspi were swishing in games at a rate similar to his clip during Myers’ news conference, the Warriors might not be so eager to shop the market for an extra 3-point shooter.

And they are very much in the market for one.

“We’ll look at everything,” Myers said when asked specifically about 3-point shooting off the bench.

They have to look at deep shooters because it’s the most visible weakness of the team with the best record in the NBA. The Warriors (40-11) average two triples per game from their bench players, ranking last in the NBA.

After finishing next-to-last in that category in 2016-17, getting 2.1 triples per game, the Warriors last summer set out to address that deficiency by adding guard Nick Young and Casspi. They clearly have not fully addressed the need.

“It’s just the way our team is built,” coach Steve Kerr said this week. “We’re pretty top-heavy with the 3-point shot. Obviously, we’ve got three of the best 3-point shooters in the world, but not a lot of depth behind those guys in terms of our shooting.

“Nick’s a good shooter, a good 3-point shooter. He has the potential. He has shown, in many games, to give us that threat. He’s made some big shots and I’m confident that he will make more.”

Kerr may be spot-on. Young may become that “instant offense” threat that gives opposing defenses headaches. In 49 games this season, 176 of his 261 shots have come from beyond the arc. He’s shooting a respectable 38.6 percent from deep.

Casspi, however, has not been much of a 3-point threat at all. Though the guy who shot 40.9 percent on 274 treys two seasons ago for the Kings is shooting a robust 50 percent through 39 games with the Warriors, it’s a tiny sample size, as in 9-of-18.

Part of the problem is that Casspi needs time and space to get his shot off, and defenses haven’t always been accommodating. Another part of the problem, and Casspi is well aware of it, is that he has not been aggressive at launching from deep.

“When we call upon him, he’s always ready with his energy and his cutting and his movement and rebounding,” Kerr said. “It’s a great luxury as a coach.”

Casspi’s instincts on offense are only part of the reason the Warriors signed him. They also figured they were getting someone who could stretch the floor with his deep shooting.

Because it has not materialized, the Warriors are casting their eyes upon the rosters of other teams.

“People like to talk about all the things we have, which we are fortunate to have a very good roster,” Myers said. “But no roster is perfect. That’s why we listen. We look around and explore different things.

“We want to shoot better. We want to rebound better. But overall I can’t be too critical.”

The trade deadline is set at 12pm PT on Feb. 8. Myers said he has been in contact with maybe two-thirds of the teams in the league. Don’t expect that to change over the next seven days.

Bob Myers provides update on Steph Curry, 'he was upset, he's frustrated'

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Bob Myers provides update on Steph Curry, 'he was upset, he's frustrated'

Following shootaround on Wednesday morning, Steph Curry sprained his right ankle while putting up shots.

Yes. That's the same ankle that caused him to miss 11 games in December.

Warriors GM Bob Myers was a guest on 95.7 The Game on Wednesday afternoon and talked about Curry's ankle.

The Athletic's Anthony Slater transcribed Myers' words:

[POOLE: Source: Curry's absence vs Clippers largely precautionary]

Golden State has a back-to-back set on Friday and Saturday in Milwaukee and Toronto, respectively.

Over his last five games, Curry is averaging 35.2 points, 5.6 assists, 5.6 rebounds and 1.4 steals, while shooting over 57 percent from the field and 53 percent (28 for 52) from deep.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller