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Warriors guard McCaw requests temporary G-League demotion

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Warriors guard McCaw requests temporary G-League demotion

OAKLAND -- After meeting last week with his father, Jeff McCaw, and Warriors coach Steve Kerr, second-year guard Pat McCaw requested a temporary demotion.

He’s leaving the NBA for a few days to spend some time with the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors.

“I just asked if I could go down there and get some consistent run in, get up and down and get my conditioning right,” he said after practice Wednesday. “Just play.”

He’ll report to Santa Cruz on Friday.

While this move doesn’t prohibit the possibility of McCaw being included in a trade ahead of the deadline at noon Thursday, it would seem to diminish the likelihood.

“It’ll be great for him to get some shots,” Kerr said. “Most games, he only gets a couple shots up. And he plays limited minutes. It’s hard to emerge from a slump or a funk or whatever when you’re only getting a couple shots a game.

“Patrick’s been great defensively. He’s somebody I believe in and we believe in, as an organization. He’s got a bright future, but he needs to play more.”

After a solid rookie season during which he started 20 games, McCaw has struggled to earn minutes behind starters Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. His field-goal percentage is similar, at 44 percent, but his 3-point shooting is declined from 33.3 percent to 24.6. Moreover, his efficiency rating of 8.6 is the lowest on the team.

The diminished effectiveness clearly has damaged McCaw’s confidence.

“I’m a big perfectionist guy; I don’t like making mistakes at all,” he said. “Having that on my shoulders as well as trying to go out there and make sure I’m doing the right thing, it’s kind of tough to play like that.”

McCaw’s minutes have fluctuated wildly, from a high of 28 to a couple DNP-CDs.

Kerr has expressed his hope that either Nick Young or McCaw seize the backup minutes at shooting guard. Young is making more an offensive impact, while McCaw has been better on defense, but neither has affirmed his role in the rotation.

Kerr concurred with McCaw’s suggestion.

“He was glad I brought it up,” McCaw said. “He kind of feels where I’m coming from. As a coach and as a player, that’s what you want to see. I was glad he kind of embraced it and liked the idea and now it gives me a better feel that he understands how I feel about it.”

Report: Santa Cruz forward no longer signing 10-day contract with Pelicans

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Report: Santa Cruz forward no longer signing 10-day contract with Pelicans

UPDATE (6:05pm on Friday) -- The Pelicans have changed course and will not sign Terrence Jones to a 10-day contract, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania.

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It appears Terrence Jones' time with the Santa Cruz Warriors has come to an end.

The Pelicans are finalizing a 10-day contract with Jones, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania.

Jones signed with Santa Cruz in mid-December.

Over eight games for the Sea Dubs, he averaged 17.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.1 steals.

He shot over 53 percent from the field and made 7-of-19 3-point attempts.

The 26-year old forward appeared in 51 games (12 starts) for New Orleans last season, averaging 11.5 points and 5.9 rebounds per contest.

Jones was originally selected 18th overall by the Rockets in the 2012 draft.

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Steve Kerr compares Damian Jones to another Warriors' project: 'Next year...'

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Steve Kerr compares Damian Jones to another Warriors' project: 'Next year...'

Damian Jones has played a grand total of 87 minutes with the Warriors over his two seasons as a pro. This year, Steve Kerr has put him into one game for just two minutes.

Rather than have their 2016 first-round pick sit on the bench, the Warriors have had Jones playing with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the G-League.

In 32 games, Jones is averaging 15.5 points and 8.1 rebounds in 30.6 minutes.

Kerr was on hand at Oracle on Sunday night to watch Jones and Santa Cruz take on the Austin Spurs. Jones played 32 minutes, scored 15 points and threw down a few monster dunks.

"I thought he looked great last night. Very active, blocked some shots, some really athletic players, some big dunks. He's a great roller to the rim. I think this has been a fantastic year for him. He's investing in his future, as are we," Kerr told reporters Monday after Golden State Warriors practice in Oakland. "We're trying to get him as much playing time as possible and he wasn't going to play much here this year for us. So this is great use of the G-League. He's getting coached, he's getting work in every day and we're seeing it all unfold. I'm really pleased with his development."

Kerr was asked to compare Jones' development to that of Kevon Looney, who didn't play much his first two seasons but is contributing big minutes to the Warriors in his third season.

"I compare it a little to Kevon. His first two years, he was injured, he didn't play much but he was learning and you see what he's done for us this year. It's what it takes, you gotta learn the league, you gotta get better, you gotta put the work in. And the G-League provides a platform and an environment where guys can really grow at an age where they need to play, they need to be on the floor. So I'm really happy with what I'm seeing. I think next year, you'll see a guy that's ready to contribute," Kerr said.

With Zaza Pachulia, David West and JaVale McGee all free agents after the season, the Warriors could push Jones into an expanded role next season as a center coming off the end of the bench. The team exercised Jones' option for the 2018-19 season in October.