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Report: JaVale McGee unhappy with Warriors

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Report: JaVale McGee unhappy with Warriors

The Warriors have an open roster spot and JaVale McGee is available.

But McGee is not happy with the Warriors, according to the Bay Area News Group's Marcus Thompson.

And why is that?

Golden State gave the entire taxplayer mid-level exception (about $5.2 million) to Nick Young, and Zaza Pachulia got a 20 percent raise to a salary of around $3.48 million.

As Thompson writes: "McGee believed his play this season earned him more minutes and money, and is looking for that on the market."

The most the Warriors can pay McGee in 2017-18 is the veteran minimum of $2,116,955.

If the nine-year veteran elects to sign elsewhere (assuming he has a standing offer from Golden State), the Warriors don't need to add anybody.

"There's no league rule that says you have to have 15 guys," assistant GM Kirk Lacob told NBC Sports Bay Area last week in Las Vegas. "We're happy with the 14 we have. We have the ability to add someone if we really like them.

"If there's someone that comes along that we really like, then sure. If not, no big deal. It gives us flexibility going into the year. In past years, we've typically had 14 because there are trade opportunities, there's buyout guys, there's G League players..."

McGee averaged 6.1 points and 3.2 rebounds over 9.6 minutes per game during the regular season.

He appeared in 16 of the Warriors' 17 playoff games (Game 5 of the NBA Finals) and registered 5.9 points and 3.0 rebounds over 9.3 minutes per contest, while shooting over 73 percent from the field.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Gilbert Arenas: Steph Curry is not a Top 5 point guard

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Gilbert Arenas: Steph Curry is not a Top 5 point guard

Calm down Warriors fans.

Gilbert Arenas is just looking to make headlines (and it worked).

On the most recent episode of his show "Out of Bounds," Arenas unveiled his Top 5 point guards in the NBA:

1) Chris Paul
2) LeBron James
3) John Wall
4) Damian Lillard
5) Ben Simmons

Just to be clear -- Arenas repeatedly harped on the definition of "point guard" and considers guys like Curry, James Harden and Russell Westbrook "combo guards" or "scorers."

But obviously, his list is silly and full of contradictions. For one -- Lillard is a "scorer" who is averaging 6.2 assists (Curry is averaging 6.5) and is shooting only 40 percent from the field this season.

"I can't put Curry as a Top 5 point guard," Arenas explained. "You know he hasn't actually led the Golden State Warriors in assists ... you're a guard, you're a scorer ... if I pass the ball to Klay Thompson 15 times ... that means I get six assists a game.

"Then you have KD on your team, pick-and-roll pass it back -- he's gonna make at least six of those. So the fact that you're not averaging 12 assists from just two of these guys, is a problem."

Note to Arenas: Curry led the Warriors in assists in five of his first six seasons.

The other two hosts -- Adam Caparell and Pierce Simpson -- constantly brought it to Arenas' attention that the modern NBA is different and positions are not nearly as defined as they once were.

But Arenas didn't really want to hear any of that.

In his dissection of Harden, Arenas made it very clear that he is not a fan of Harden's turnover numbers.

"If the guy throws 25 passes -- 13 made buckets and 13 turnovers -- he is not considered a great playmaker," Arenas declared. "Thirteen assists compared to his 5.5 turnovers. He's not even 2 to 1 guys. Come on. He's not even 2 to 1. If you're saying a great guard, yes. He's a great guard. Combo guard."

Two things:

1) 13 + 13 = 26
2) 13 to 5.5 actually is greater than 2 to 1. It's 2.36 to 1

Oh well.

Caparell's Top 5:

1) Russell Westbrook
2) Steph Curry
3) Kyrie Irving
4) Damian Lillard
5) James Harden

Simpson's Top 5:

1) James Harden
2) John Wall
3) Russell Westbrook
4) Steph Curry
5) Giannis Antetokounmpo

This was a big waste of time, wasn't it?

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

Klay 'active citizen in the community' Thompson discusses local TV hit

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Klay 'active citizen in the community' Thompson discusses local TV hit

The Warriors had an off day in New York on Monday.

So Klay Thompson hit the streets.

Why did he agree to take part in a local TV hit about scaffolding?

"I was walking and she asked me if I wanted to do an interview, and I said sure," Klay explained to reporters on Tuesday. "Interesting topic -- unfortunately, people got hurt. And it was cool to give my opinion and be an active citizen in the community."

Did she know who Klay was?

"No. It was great. It was nice," Klay answered. "The cameraman recognized me but she didn't ask my profession. Just what I thought about the situation, so I answered it truthfully. 

Don't ever change, Klay. Don't ever change.

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