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Former Warriors big Jonas Jerebko signs contract with EuroLeague club

Former Warriors big Jonas Jerebko signs contract with EuroLeague club

Jonas Jerebko is heading to Europe.

The former Warriors forward signed a two-year deal with EuroLeague club Khimki Moscow Region on Wednesday

“I'm just excited about this great opportunity to play for one of the best teams in Europe," Jerebko said via the team's press release. "I'm looking forward to playing in the top level in Europe after 10 years in the NBA. Playing against the best teams in the EuroLeague was obviously on my bucket list. I'm super excited about the opportunity of joining my teammates.”

Jerebko also posted about the move on social media.

Jerebko, who hails from Sweden, played last season with the Warriors, where he averaged 6.3 points and 3.9 rebounds across 73 regular-season games (including six starts). But he largely fell out of coach Steve Kerr’s rotation in the playoffs. After averaging 16.7 minutes per game in the regular season, the veteran forward only saw the floor for 7.6 minutes per game in the postseason.

Despite sporadic playing time, Jerebko cemented himself to Warriors fans at the start of the season when he beat the buzzer with a game-winning tip-in in the Dubs’ second game against the Utah Jazz back on Oct. 19.

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But after the Warriors’ offseason of change, Jerebko never was a fit to stay in Golden State as the team is dedicated to getting younger. Expect Alfonzo McKinnie, Omari Spellman and rookie Eric Paschall to soak up Jerebko's minutes for the 2019-20 season.

Antonio Brown-Raiders saga shows 49ers were smart not to trade for him

Antonio Brown-Raiders saga shows 49ers were smart not to trade for him

The NFL season hasn’t even started yet, and it already appears the 49ers dodged a bullet by not trading for star receiver Antonio Brown over the offseason.

The now-Raiders wideout has been at the center of tons of drama so far in training camp, as he recently threatened to retire from the NFL if he isn’t allowed to wear the helmet he desires (which has been deemed unsafe by NFL standards). Before that, he had suited up for only one Raiders practice after suffering frostbite on his feet after entering a cryo chamber without proper footwear.

Before this tumultuous start to his Raiders career, Brown, then with the Steelers, was the hottest trade chip on the market for much of the offseason. The 49ers, needing another playmaker for QB Jimmy Garoppolo, were heavily rumored to be a potential match for the star receiver. Tight end George Kittle infamously tweeted at Brown, and there were plenty of back-and-forths on social media between AB and the 49ers, including AB photoshopping himself in a 49ers uniform.

But all of that was just speculation. The 49ers front office never appeared to be as sold on Brown as those on social media -- and recent events justify their caution. 

Shortly after the Raiders acquired Brown, NBC Sports Bay Area’s 49ers Insider Matt Maiocco wrote that the 49ers never seemed to be interested in Brown, as coach Kyle Shanahan has always stressed the importance of adding high-character, team-first veterans who are reliable in the locker room. 

Back at the NFL scouting combine in February -- when Brown was still on the market -- 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan spoke about the pros and cons of adding a talented, yet drama-filled star

“You take it into account with everything,” Shanahan said, addressing the topic without alluding to Brown specifically. “That’s why you like to deal with people you know and have an idea on. We try to hold everyone accountable on our team. We’re pretty consistent with that.

“So if someone isn’t like that, yeah, we do have a problem with that. I don’t think anyone is good enough to deal with that.”

This is not a new stance for Shanahan or one specific to AB. After the 49ers coach’s first season at the helm, he spoke about how important it is to have high-character players on his team.

“I do not mind overpaying for character -- guys who are going to come in and work, who compete on the practice field, who can handle being coached, who aren’t coming in extremely sensitive and not putting themselves above anyone else,” Shanahan said back in March, 2018. “If you bring in an entitled guy, it hurts your team.”

Brown is the Raiders’ problem now, and there’s no doubt that Shanahan, 49ers general manager John Lynch and the rest of the organization is thrilled that they do not have to deal with the day-in, day-out drama in Santa Clara.

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With their first preseason game just hours away, all eyes will be on the 49ers’ players for their contributions on the field, not off it. 

You can bet the 49ers are pretty pleased with that.

Warriors' preseason schedule for 2019-20 includes four games vs. Lakers

Warriors' preseason schedule for 2019-20 includes four games vs. Lakers

It's the moment we've all been waiting for: The Warriors' preseason schedule is here.

OK, maybe that was a bit dramatic.

Golden State announced its preseason slate Thursday morning and it includes a heavy dose of LeBron James, Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins and the new-look Los Angeles Lakers.

Four of their five games will be against the Lakers, and all five will be played in the state of California for the first time since the lockout-shortened 2011 preseason.

The Warriors will play three games in brand new Chase Center in San Francisco, including the preseason opener on Oct. 5.

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Normally, preseason games do not carry much significance and you might expect Warriors stars such as Steph Curry and Draymond Green to take it easy during the exhibition slate. But with the Warriors going through so much roster turnover in the offseason -- goodbye Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala, hello D'Angelo Russell, get well soon, Klay Thompson -- these games will be critical for the Warriors to establish their new identity.