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Warriors counted on Mike Dunleavy Jr. in D'Angelo Russell trade, draft

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Warriors counted on Mike Dunleavy Jr. in D'Angelo Russell trade, draft

Mention the name Mike Dunleavy Jr. to a Warriors fan, and you're likely to get a sour face in response.

The No. 3 overall pick of the 2002 NBA draft never lived up to his potential over four-plus seasons in Golden State, and his seemingly relaxed disposition on the court didn't endear him any further. He was quite a talent drop-off from the first two picks of that draft -- Yao Ming and Jay Williams -- and he was selected six picks ahead of Amar'e Stoudemire, among others.

In fact, arguably the most helpful thing he ever did for the Warriors was be involved in the trade that brought Stephen Jackson and Al Harrington over from the Indiana Pacers.

Time heals all wounds, though, and Dunleavy recently was involved in an important Warriors trade once again.

Dunleavy is back with Golden State, having rejoined the franchise as a pro scout last season. But as The Athletic's Anthony Slater reported Tuesday, it was his involvement in the sign-and-trade for D'Angelo Russell on July 1 that had plenty to do with his elevation to his current position of assistant general manager.

On the night of June 30, Dunleavy sat in a Manhattan hotel room with Warriors general manager Bob Myers, trying to figure out how Golden State would proceed after learning that Kevin Durant was taking his talents to Brooklyn.

"Bob knew before everybody else, so that gave us a little bit more time to figure out what’s next,” Dunleavy told Slater. “But once that 6 p.m. time slot hit, things started flying. There was so much real-time action, intel collecting."

Having been based in New York for his scouting duties, Dunleavy got plenty of exposure to Russell during his time with the Nets, which aided in the Warriors' assessment of the dynamic guard.

"I didn’t see D’Angelo Russell play live 10, 20 times (like Mike),” Myers said. “There’s never been more information available, whether it’s analytics, your ability to watch tape, see games, dig into numbers. But I don’t think any of it is a substitute for actually going to a game in person, talking to coaches and watching the whole day develop, from when the player gets there to warm up, the stuff fans don’t see, interacting on a closer level, how they act when they get subbed out, how they react to winning and losing."

While Myers is at the head of the Warriors' basketball operations department, he encourages a collaborative decision-making process. When it came time to decide on Russell, Dunleavy's familiarity was utilized.

"When we were faced with that short window of time, we certainly asked him,” Myers revealed. “He gave a rundown of where he thought he improved, his strengths, potential weaknesses, fit, all that."

The rest, as they say, is history.

With input from Dunleavy, Golden State made the gutsy decision to complete the sign-and-trade for Russell, which required the Warriors to depart with Andre Iguodala and multiple draft picks. The frantic events of the opening hours of free agency actually served to cement Dunleavy's interest in that kind of work, rather than deter it.

"I kind of got addicted to it," Dunleavy admitted.

Over the course of last season, Dunleavy grew more involved in the draft process. He attended several Villanova games, where he studied Golden State's eventual second-round pick Eric Paschall, and was present for the entirety of the Big Ten Tournament, where he saw future first-round pick Jordan Poole play three times. Dunleavy then joined the rest of the front office in Oakland for the remainder of the pre-draft process, including the evaluation of prospect workouts.

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Given who the Warriors ultimately selected in the draft, it's evident Golden State liked what Dunleavy had to say about both Poole and Paschall. Then, after he had further proven his value during the madness of the opening hours of free agency, Myers quickly offered Dunleavy his new elevated role.

"I’m not so arrogant to think I know more than he knows about an NBA offense," Myers conceded. "So I’m just positing questions to him. He takes a deeper look -- kind of like Andre (Iguodala) and Shaun (Livingston) -- just a brilliant basketball mind. It kind of comes naturally."

Dunleavy's first go-around with the Warriors was rocky, to say the least. But if Russell proves to be a good acquisition and the draft picks pan out, the second one will be a lot smoother.

Warriors rookies Eric Paschall, Jordan Poole itching for season to start

Warriors rookies Eric Paschall, Jordan Poole itching for season to start

SAN FRANCISCO - Warriors rookies Jordan Poole and Eric Paschall are about a month away from their NBA debuts. With the offseason winding down, each is eager to get the season started. 
 
"I'm extremely excited," Poole told NBC Sports Bay Area Friday just before  Colgate “Oral Health Training Camp” in San Francisco. "More than anything, being able to be a rookie coming into an amazing organization. You know, everybody has brought me in and they've kind of taken me under their wings.

"So being able to just get to work has been extremely fun."
 
Recently, Poole -- who was drafted with the No. 28 pick in the 2019 NBA draft -- got an early introduction to Steph Curry's game first hand.

Last week, the three-time champion stopped by trainer Patrick Turner's Unlimited Potential in Burlingame for a late-night pick up run that featured Poole, Warriors forward Omarri Spellman, Oregon women's basketball star Sabrina Lonesu and Dallas Mavericks guard Seth Curry, marking the first time Poole shared the court with his star teammate. 
 
"It was amazing, man," Poole said. "Just kind of finally being able to meet Steph, we talked a lot," Poole said. "We had been texting a little bit, but just being able to finally meet him and go up against him.
 
"A couple of months ago, I was watching him on TV. Now, he's my teammate. He's an amazing guy and he's somebody that's really fun and to look up to. So being able to just to learn from one of the greatest shooters in the game is ... I'm excited for it, man."
 
Paschall has had an eventful summer himself. For much of the summer, the rookie -- who was taken with the No. 41 overall pick by the Warriors in June -- has been training in New York with famed trainer Chris Brickley. During one of the afternoon pickup games, multi-platinum rapper J-Cole played alongside the rookie and his performance was noteworthy, according to Pascal. 
 
"J. Cole was pretty good." Paschall said. "I mean, he knows how to play the game. He can shoot it, he can shoot it well. It was cool playing with him. I thank Chris Brickley for that, just for giving me the opportunity to play there. But I'm looking forward to the season and this whole before the season, preseason time is real fun."
 
Poole and Paschall enter their careers during a unique period in Golden State. Nearly three months after being eliminated in the NBA Finals, the roster has eight new faces and will be without Klay Thompson for much of the season, giving an opportunity for young players to see the court early, a moment Poole and Pascal hope to take advantage of. 
 
"Just to be able to play, for me personally," Paschall said. "But that's all it really is. Just being able to play and contribute and being in this great environment in the Bay Area."

Poole wants to contribute as soon as he can, too, but is soaking up as much knowledge as possible.

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"I think anybody would be love to be on the court early as a rookie," Poole added. "And a lot of our individual work, when we're working out, you know, we hear a lot of things and try to incorporate a lot of the stuff that I could be doing.

"But just being able to learn as much as I can and try to make an impact and finding a way to hopefully get minutes is definitely something I'm looking forward to."

Why Warriors' Jordan Poole says Eric Paschall is 'little like Draymond'

Why Warriors' Jordan Poole says Eric Paschall is 'little like Draymond'

The comparisons between Warriors rookie Eric Paschall and All-Star forward Draymond Green are not new.

Both are undersized forwards with relentless motors who were taken in the second round of the NBA draft.

But fellow Warriors rookie Jordan Poole offered another reason why Paschall reminds him of Green.

"This is where I think Eric's a little like Draymond," Poole said during a Q&A session at the Warriors' Chase Center Block Party on Saturday. "Eric's a bully. So he always picks on me becaue I'm extremely young."

For the record, Poole is 20 and Paschall is 22, so "extremely young" is a stretch.

In all seriousness, Poole and Paschall have spent the summer bonding ahead of their rookie seasons.

"We've seen each other the last two years playing against each other, just the rivalry we had and the two amazing programs, it was kinda just basketball, basketball, basketball," Poole said. "But spending the last three, four months with him, just to get to know who he is as a person, just to get drafted and to be able to play with a guy like Eric, I'm just extremely thankful."

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Poole, Paschall and second-round draft pick Alen Smailagic are the babies on a revamped Warriors roster. In previous years, they might have found playing time hard to come by. But with Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, DeMarcus Cousins, Jordan Bell, Quinn Cook and Jonas Jerebko gone, and Klay Thompson injured, all three could get significant minutes this season.

Now, Paschall should probably stop bullying Poole, and turn his angst towards his opponents. The 2019-20 season is just around the corner.