Though the Warriors haven’t decided who will nab their 15th and final roster spot, when they will fill it -- if at all -- the head coach is willing to offer his opinion.
Steve Kerr is lining up with a vocal segment of Warriors fans who would like another season of JaVale McGee.
“I’d like to see JaVale back, and we’ll see how that shakes out,” Kerr told NBCSportsBayArea.com over the weekend.
After the Warriors went through last summer with one open roster spot, McGee signed a non-guaranteed contract in September. The 7-foot center not only won the job in training camp but also became a solid contributor off the bench.
McGee played in 77 games (10 starts), averaging 6.1 points, on 65.2-percent shooting, and 3.2 rebounds. The 29-year-old averaged 9.6 minutes per game.
While that was enough to resuscitate McGee’s career, his attempt to capitalize on free agency has thus far come up empty. Though his representatives have met with several teams, McGee remains on the market.
“We’d love to have him back,” Kerr said. “If he doesn’t come back, then I think we would be patient and explore our options.
“But we feel great about what we have heading into the season.”
The Warriors have made it clear that if they decide to add a 15th player, it would be with a minimum-salary contract.
The Warriors have been without Stephen Curry for six full games and all but the first two minutes of a seventh. The last three were less out of medical necessity than an abundance of caution.
Curry could, however, return as soon as Friday when the Atlanta Hawks visit Oracle Arena, multiple sources disclosed to NBC Sports Bay Area on Monday night. ESPN, citing league sources, was first to report the team’s plan.
The two-time MVP’s right ankle is scheduled to be reevaluated Tuesday, after which time a firm return date is expected.
Curry was physically able to play -- and actually pushed to return -- last weekend, according to league sources. But the Warriors, looking ahead to the playoffs and seeing diminished value in the remaining regular-season games, opted to continue rehabilitation in hopes of maximizing support for the area around his ankle.
The Warriors have described Curry’s injury not as a sprain but a “tweak,” implying less severity.
Though the Warriors won the game in which Curry was hurt, 110-107 over the Spurs on March 8, they have since lost four of six, including 89-75 on Monday in San Antonio.
The Warriors arrived early Tuesday morning and won’t practice Tuesday afternoon and are contemplating skipping an official practice on Wednesday.
The Warriors, averaging a league-leading 115.5 points per game this season, saw that figure drop to 103.3 during Curry’s six-game absence.
Already down three All-Stars, the Warriors lost their fourth midway through the first half on Monday night.
With just over nine minutes remaining in the second quarter against the Spurs, Draymond Green took a knee from a driving Danny Green.
Draymond was in immediate pain and left the court for the locker room.
Just before the end of the first half, NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke reported that Green was ruled out for the rest of the game with a "midsection issue."
Early in the second half, the Warriors diagnosed that Green suffered a pelvic contusion and that x-rays were negative.
The Warriors are currently playing without Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant. All three are dealing with injuries that will keep them out several games.