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With lockout over, a quick Warriors' refresher

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With lockout over, a quick Warriors' refresher

Its been a long offseason, but itstime to get busy. The NBA lockout ended early Saturday morning, and theWarriors have things to do.The Warriors havent played for aboutseven months, so it might be worth the time for a little refreshercourse.When we last left them they had finishedthe season 36-46, 10 wins short of the No. 8 playoff team in the WesternConference. In other words, they've still got a ways to go.But for now, this is the roster theWarriors are sitting with, including for how long each player remains undercontract.Lou Amundson, PF: One year remaining at 2.4million. Amundson wasn't healthy for most of last year, and the Warriors needmore energy off the bench from him this season.Charlie Bell, PG: Oneyear remaining at 4.1 million. Hard to imagine Bell will be any kind offactor. Expect the Warriors to package Bell as part of a deal or hold onto himso his 4-million-plus comes off the books at season's end. Its possible theycould use the amnesty clause on Bell, although that would seem a tadshort-sighted.Andris Biedrins, C: Three years remaining at 27million. Once upon a time, this contract seemed OK. But that was beforeBiedrins' game went missing. Can he retrieve it?Stephen Curry, PG: Twoyears remaining at 7 million. The Warriors have made it clear they want Curryas part of their long-term future. But does Curry want the Warriors?Monta Ellis, SG: Threeyears remaining at 33 million. It's a simple question and one the Warriorshave been wrestling with for a little while: Can the Warriors get better bytrading their best player?Charles Jenkins, SG: Unsignedrookie. Is Jenkins destined for the D-League or does he have a shotat beating out Jeremy Lin?David Lee, PF: Fiveyears remaining at 68.5 million. No doubt it hurts when you see the amount ofmoney Lee is still owed. General manager Larry Riley hoped to build around Lee,but there are other voices now in the team's front office.Jeremy Lin, PG: Unsignedsecond-year player. Everyone knows Warriors owner Joe Lacob had a lot to do withLin's signing. But if Lin isn't cutting it in Year No. 2, will Lacob keep himaround?Klay Thompson, SG: Unsignedrookie. Looks to have NBA range, and seems likely to get some backup minutes atshooting guard and small forward.Jeremy Tyler, C: Unsignedrookie. The question comes down to Tyler's motor. If he's into it andcommitted, he could pitch in off the bench for the Warriors. If not, he'll getplenty of playing time in Dakota.Ekpe Udoh, PF: Threeyears remaining at 11.2 million. Udoh seems poised to make strides in hissecond year. He's gotten stronger and knows he'll consistently be in therotation. And as the Warriors' best interior defender, coach Mark Jackson isgoing to use him.Dorell Wright, SF: Twoyears remaining at 7.9 million. Wright's game took off last year. This yearthey need that -- and for him to get back to his defending ways.

Draymond responds to Embiid: 'Man, I love that dude'

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Draymond responds to Embiid: 'Man, I love that dude'

Draymond Green and Joel Embiid are two of the biggest trash talkers in the NBA. 

After the 76ers blew a 22-point halftime lead to the Warriors on Saturday, Embiid tweeted "we know what it feels like to blow a big lead" to take a jab at the Warriors blowing a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals two years ago. 

Green finally saw the tweet and it looks like it's all fun and games between the two. The Warriors' defensive star says he's "looking forward to playing against you (Embiid) for years." 

While tweeting the response, Green had even more to say. 

In the Warriors' 124-116 win over the 76ers on November 18, Green scored eight points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished eight assists. Embiid scored 21 points to go with eight rebounds.

Why did David Lee retire? Warriors impact on NBA 'did limit my options'

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Why did David Lee retire? Warriors impact on NBA 'did limit my options'

Last season, David Lee appeared in 79 games (10 starts) for the Spurs, averaging 7.3 points and 5.6 rebounds over 18.7 minutes a night.

He doesn't turn 35 years old until April 29.

But over the weekend, he officially announced his retirement from the NBA.

On Tuesday, the two-time All-Star explained his decision during an interview with Greg Papa and Bonta Hill on 95.7 The Game.

"I kind of had a little bit more of a strict criteria coming into this offseason. At the most I wanted to play another two years, and as you know -- I had another injury last season, so a lot of the summer was spent rehabbing.

"And with the NBA changing right now, the Warriors have caused a lot of teams in the league to say either we're gonna try to put as many guys on one team as possible to try to compete with the Warriors, or we're gonna go super young. So it did limit my options."

[POOLE: In his own way, David Lee was a launching pad for the new age Warriors]

You know the story: When Steve Kerr arrived in Golden State, Lee was slated to be the team's starting power forward. But after he injured his hamstring during the preseason, Draymond Green became the starter and Lee never got his starting role back.

In July 2015, Golden State traded him to Boston. Lee was waived in February 2016 and finished the season in Dallas.

So what is Lee going to do next?

"I either wanted to be in a situation where I was on a team that could be a contender -- which once again as you know limits it to maybe six teams if we're being generous -- or a team where I could play significant enough minutes to really be worth coming back and to feel like I was doing something meaningful.

"And while I had a couple opportunities, that criteria wasn't really filled. And at the same time, I actually got a call from a couple of my very good friends that I met while I was a Golden State Warrior -- that run an unbelievable venture capital firm and are doing incredible things in the Bay -- and offered to have me come work for them and have some very exciting things that could happen in the future.

"When the offers didn't come in the way that I wanted them to -- although I could go be someone's fourth big man on a team that's gonna win 30 games -- I decided to roll the dice and to try something new and I'm really excited about my decision."

Lee's new venture will have him flying back and forth between New York and the Bay Area.

So it's quite possible that Warriors fans will bump into Lee at some point soon...

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