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JaVale McGee's Warriors championship ring reportedly stolen from home


JaVale McGee's Warriors championship ring reportedly stolen from home

It appears not everyone had a relaxing Labor Day weekend.

The Los Angeles home of former Warriors center JaVale McGee was burglarized over the weekend, TMZ Sports reported Tuesday. McGee was not at home when the break-in occurred. 

TMZ reported that the thieves took one of his two championship rings from his time with the Warriors. A pair of safes that included hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of cash and jewelry were stolen as well.

The seven-footer also was unable to find the championship goggles he wore during Golden State’s championship celebration after the 2018 NBA Finals.

Police are allegedly reviewing the surveillance footage, but no arrests have been made at this time. 

McGee was a valuable member of the Warriors' championship teams in 2017 and 2018 before signing with the Lakers after the 2018 season. He'll suit up with LeBron James and Co. again for the 2019-20 campaign.

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Warriors profile: Willie Cauley-Stein looking forward to fresh start

Warriors profile: Willie Cauley-Stein looking forward to fresh start

Editor's note: The Warriors' roster looks completely different than it did at this time last year. Golden State enters a new era at Chase Center with an injured Klay Thompson and without dynasty mainstays Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.

As the Warriors' offseason goes on, we'll do a profile on every player on the revamped roster. Thursday's edition focuses on Willie Cauley-Stein.


2 year / $4,463,840  (player option for the 2020-21 season) 

Last season

During media day last year, Cauley-Stein stated his intentions were to "get paid" by the ascending Sacramento Kings. 

In the months to come, Cauley-Stein averaged 11.9 points and a career-high 8.4 rebounds -- helping the Kings win 39 games -- its most in a decade. He did most of his scoring in the restricted area. Of his 741 shot attempts, 616 came less than eight feet from the basket, giving the Kings an effective offensive force down low.

However, following the season, Cauley Stein's agent Roger Montgomery told the Sacramento Bee his client did not want to return to the Kings -- encouraging the team not to extend a $6.2 million qualifying offer -- saying the big man needed a "fresh start." 

“We haven’t felt that he’s been able to get what has been necessary for him to be able to lead the franchise the way he wants to,” Montgomery told the paper. “We are very, very thankful for the opportunity that was presented to him, but we just think it’s not working. It’s not going to work. It’s just time for a fresh start. We need a fresh start and maybe the Kings do, too.”

Nearly two weeks after his agent's declaration, a new opportunity would come in Golden State, giving Cauley-Stein another chance to make good on last season's hope for a big payday. 

"It honestly just came down to situation," Cauley-Stein said. "I know I had said something about getting paid at the beginning of the year. But by the end of it, it was no longer about getting paid. It was about staying secure and building off that security."


While he had his best year as a pro last season, Cauley-Stein has built up a reputation of being inconsistent. While he doesn't agree with the label, he acknowledged the Warriors' culture could help him during his tenure.

"I don’t really look at it like inconsistency," Cauley-Stein said earlier this month. "Numbers don’t lie. I think it’s pretty cut and dry what consistency is."

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"But I think it goes both ways," he added. "Being more vocal, I think that’s something as a professional you have to be really good at. You have to be able to speak your mind."

With the Warriors, Cauley-Stein's addition adds an element it's been missing since JaVale McGee left in free agency last summer: A consistent lob threat. While he'll be in competition for the starting center spot, Cauley-Stein is expected to play alongside D'Angelo Russell in pick and roll situations. 

NBA rumors: Quinn Cook agrees to sign two-year contract with Lakers


NBA rumors: Quinn Cook agrees to sign two-year contract with Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers' free-agency holding pattern officially is over.

After word broke that Kawhi Leonard would be signing with the Clippers -- who also traded for Paul George -- the Lakers sprung into action to try and fill out the rest of their roster around LeBron James and Anthony Davis. 

With a gaping hole at point guard, the Lakers agreed to a two-year deal with former Warriors point guard Quinn Cook on Saturday, Yahoo! Sports' Chris Haynes reported, citing league sources.

Cook was a solid member of the Warriors' bench over the past two seasons. The Duke product averaged 6.9 points per game last season in Golden State, and is a career 41.8 percent 3-point shooter, helping the Lakers fill a massive hole in their roster.

The Warriors had extended a qualifying offer to Cook before free agency began, but they rescinded it after the flurry of moves left them without a place for Cook on their roster. 

Cook wasn't the only former Warrior to join James and Davis, as center JaVale McGee reportedly agreed to return to LA on a two-year contract, ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reported Friday, citing sources. 

With Leonard set to be a Clipper in lieu of creating a superteam with James and Davis, the Lakers reportedly also agreed to contracts with Danny Green and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne. 

Leonard's decision to choose the Clippers over the Lakers has left the NBA -- and Western Conference in particular -- wide open. 

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The Warriors, who will play at least the first half of next season without Klay Thompson (torn ACL) now will have a puncher's chance to defend their Western Conference title with no dominant superteam standing in the way.

Cook was a key contributor to the Warriors' championship run last season, and he hit some massive shots for them in their NBA Finals loss to Leonard and the Raptors.

He'll now look to do the same for the Lakers.