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Warriors' Steve Kerr jokes about signing Steph Curry to 10-day contract

Warriors' Steve Kerr jokes about signing Steph Curry to 10-day contract

The Warriors recalled a pretty good shooter from the G League on Monday, and they might keep him around.

A few hours after the team called up some spunky kid named Steph Curry from the Santa Cruz Warriors, Golden State head coach Steve Kerr hinted that the team is considering signing Curry to a 10-day contract.

Maybe Kerr and the Warriors should wait to see if this kid is any good before giving him that deal.

OK, so clearly Kerr is joking, but that's still pretty funny.

NBA Twitter had a lot of fun with the procedural move the Warriors made Monday when they officially recalled Curry from G League after he went down there to take part in a 5-on-5 scrimmage.

Curry is closing in on his return to the Warriors' lineup after missing the last four months with a broken left hand. The two-time NBA MVP had been targeting March 1 for his first game back, but the team felt he needed more scrimmage time, so they sent him to Santa Cruz for the day.

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Curry spent more than three hours going through drills and a scrimmage in what is expected to be the final phase of his rehab. It is anticipated that Curry will return to game action Thursday when the Warriors host the Toronto Raptors.

And if Curry plays well over his first few games, he might just get that 10-day contract from Kerr and the Warriors.

Twitter reacts to Steph Curry's G League stint, recall from Santa Cruz

Twitter reacts to Steph Curry's G League stint, recall from Santa Cruz

Before he's allowed to play for the Warriors again, Steph Curry was assigned to their G League affiliate in Santa Cruz on Monday in order to get in a 5-on-5 scrimmage.

NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole was on the scene to see the $40 million G Leaguer and reported that Curry aced his scrimmage, all but clearing the path for a return to the Warriors lineup in the coming days.

The day started with the Warriors assigning Curry and Alen Smailagic to Santa Cruz. As our Kerith Burke pointed out, that's an all-time press release, one that should be framed somewhere in Kaiser Permanente Arena.

Curry appeared to enjoy the few hours he spent with Santa Cruz, and he even made sure to take time to talk to some of the players who are fighting for a spot in the NBA. He also took a group photo with the entire team.

After it was all said and done, the Warriors made the procedural move of recalling Curry from Santa Cruz. As you can imagine, Twitter had some fun with this press release.

Curry has missed the last four months due to a broken left hand, but he's on the verge of returning to a Warriors team in desperate need of his presence.

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[RELATED: Details of Steph's Santa Cruz scrimmage]

If all goes according to plan, Curry should be back on the court Thursday when the Warriors host the defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors.

We can't wait for the debut of this G League star.

Steph Curry aces Santa Cruz scrimmage, looks ready for Warriors return

Steph Curry aces Santa Cruz scrimmage, looks ready for Warriors return

SANTA CRUZ – Stephen Curry spent more than three hours Monday stretching and jogging and running and shooting and scrimmaging with his temporary teammates inside Kaiser Permanente Arena.

This was the final phase of his lengthy rehabilitation after undergoing two procedures to repair a fracture of the second metacarpal of his left hand, and though Curry did not pronounce himself ready for the NBA – though he surely believes he is – it was all green lights for the basketball folks in the gym.

How did Curry look to G-League Santa Cruz Warriors guard Jeremy Pargo?

“Like Steph,” said Pargo, who is two weeks removed from a 10-day contract with the Golden State Warriors. “Like Steph of old. He made some shots that were Steph of old. His game is going to be his game, and he’s going to be amazing at what he does no matter what. His confidence level speaks to that, and the shots he made today speak to that.”

It is anticipated that Curry, out since last Oct. 30, will be available Thursday night when the Warriors face the Toronto Raptors at Chase Center.

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Asked if Curry appeared ready for NBA action, Santa Cruz coach Kris Weems didn’t hesitate.

“I think so,” he said. “His wind looks really good. You always worry about that when you haven’t had any game experience, any live action. But he’s been doing conditioning, clearly.

“The real thing is getting bumped around, the physicality of the game, setting screens, fighting over screens, maybe jamming that wrist, or that hand, on a fall. You have to have those things to feel like you’re ready to go. Hopefully, we gave him that in that.”

Weems split his shorthanded roster – two players were out for personal reasons and one was injured – into two groups, with Curry on his Blue squad and NBA veteran Jonathan Simmons on the Gold team coached by assistant coach James Andrisevic.

With the teams playing three seven-minute quarters, the Gold posted a 49-48 win. Curry missed a potential game-winning floater with three defenders flying in his direction.

“We got the shot off, but maybe not the best shot,” Weems said.

“At the beginning, he wasn’t shooting as well (as normal),” Santa Cruz forward Roger Moute a Bidias said of Curry. “He was missing a lot of open shots. As we went on, I feel like he got his wind, got his legs under him, and he was making more and more shots, making tough shots.”

[RELATED: Details of Steph's Santa Cruz scrimmage]

Once the scrimmage was concluded, Curry spent another hour or more working on individual drills, mostly shooting and ball-handling. He was pulled aside several times by Celebrini, who guided Curry through motions affecting balance and leverage.

The purpose of having one final scrimmage, conducted under the watchful eye of Dr. Rick Celebrini, Golden State’s director of sport medicine and performance, was to prepare Curry for a return to the NBA this week.

“The big thing is you can’t replicate a game playing 3-on-3,” Weems said. “He needed that 5-on-5, with all five guys moving around. He’d take some bumps. The physicality is what’s going to be important for him to feel comfortable in a game, so we wanted to give him that today.”