Kevon Looney

Warriors big man Kevon Looney '100 percent' healthy, his agent says

Warriors big man Kevon Looney '100 percent' healthy, his agent says

Some good news regarding Kevon Looney surfaced Monday afternoon.

The Warriors big man -- who underwent surgery May 19 to repair a core muscle injury -- is "100 percent" recovered, his agent Todd Ramasar told Wes Goldberg of the Bay Area News Group.

“It’s one of those things where, because of this long runway that we have of an offseason for at least the Warriors and Kevon, there’s no need to push it," Ramasar said. "Is he going all out? I wouldn’t say so. He’s probably (going) 80 percent.

"It is not because he can’t go all out, there’s just no need to right now.”

After back-to-back very solid seasons, Looney signed a three-year contract extension with Golden State last summer worth about $14.5 million. Year 1 of the deal couldn't have gone much worse for the 24-year-old.

The Milwaukee native was limited to just 20 games because of multiple injuries, and never was able to develop any rhythm on the court.

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Looney last suited up Feb. 29 vs. the Phoenix Suns. He is expected to be ready to go for the start of the 2020-21 season, although it remains a mystery when that will commence because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s actually giving him a lot of time to just rest,” Ramasar said. “The body still needs rest, even as young as he is, in light of some of the procedures he’s had in the last 12 months.”

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As for prior procedures, the No. 30 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft underwent surgery on his right hip in August 2015, and then had surgery on his left hip in April 2016.

Looney and the Warriors are hoping all the visits to the operating room are a thing of the past. In a perfect world, the two-time NBA champion will step into a bigger role and thrive as a "foundational piece" of the roster.

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Should Warriors acquire Spurs' Rudy Gay with $17.2M trade exception?

Should Warriors acquire Spurs' Rudy Gay with $17.2M trade exception?

When the Warriors traded Andre Iguodala (plus a future first-round draft pick) to the Memphis Grizzlies last July, they acquired a $17.2 million traded player exception.

In a nutshell, that means they can acquire a player in a trade that makes up to that amount.

Should Golden State strike a deal with the San Antonio Spurs that would send Rudy Gay -- who has a salary cap hit of $14.5 million in 2020-21 -- to the Bay Area?

"Trading, say, Kevon Looney and a future second (round pick) for Gay would make the tax hit on the Warriors’ side less gargantuan and add a future pick for the next-gen Spurs," The Athletic's John Hollinger writes.

Coach Steve Kerr is a big believer in Looney, who is scheduled to make around $4.8 million next year. He wanted the 24-year-old to play around 30 minutes per game last season, but that plan got derailed because of myriad injuries.

Looney underwent surgery May 19 to repair a core muscle injury, and it's unclear if he ever will be the "foundational piece" he was during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons. But it's possible that Golden State isn't willing to part ways with him yet, unless he's included in a trade that nets a superstar.

As for Gay, he averaged a career-low 10.0 points per game before the season was shut down in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic. He shot just 31.4 percent from beyond the arc on 3.1 attempts per game.

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If the Warriors have him on a tentative list of potential targets this offseason, perhaps his play in the Orlando bubble will be the determining factor. Gay, who will turn 34 years old Aug. 17, might have an expanded role and a bigger opportunity with LaMarcus Aldridge sidelined.

But then again, coach Gregg Popovich recently said one of his main priorities is giving the Spurs' young players the opportunity to develop. Assuming that philosophy carries over into next season, it probably would be in everybody's best interest for the No. 8 overall pick in the 2006 draft to find a new home. If Gay ends up with the Dubs, he would be incentivized to perform at a high level because he will be a free agent again in 2021.

"Gay’s expiring contract gives Golden State an enduring form of trade currency that doesn’t expire until the trade deadline and can take back a contract worth up to $20 million," Hollinger added. "Thus, acquiring Gay doesn’t narrow the Warriors’ options, it actually expands them -- they can either ride out the season with Gay, or flip his expiring deal any time prior to the trade deadline."

One important caveat is Hollinger is assuming the Warriors make this move if the team decides Draymond Green's primary position is center, which would allow Gay to play alongside him at power forward. The plan still could be to have the three-time All-Star log most of his minutes at the four, but it's important to remember what Kerr told The Athletic's Tim Kawakami in March.

"I was always very careful over the last five, six years not to play him too many minutes at center. But I think the league has changed pretty dramatically, and I can see him playing more minutes at the five," he said. "I don't think there would be any problem with that.

"You still have to have a roster that allows you to deal with the big fives who are out there. And we absolutely will address that. But from one game to the next, Draymond is really not gonna have too much of a problem guarding the other teams fives because the big huge guys ... they're almost extinct."

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We know the Warriors want to add some veterans to the roster. But they might not want to acquire somebody like Gay if they believe Eric Paschall fully is ready for an expanded role. 

Golden State's front office has a lot of decisions to make over the next couple of months, and it will be fascinating to watch it unfold.

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Watch Steph Curry, Damion Lee other Warriors work out at Chase Center

Watch Steph Curry, Damion Lee other Warriors work out at Chase Center

The city of San Francisco last Monday gave the Warriors clearance to allow their players back into Chase Center to use the facilities.

And based on the video the Warriors tweeted Wednesday morning, it looks like Steph Curry, Kevon Looney, Damion Lee, Juan Toscano-Anderson and Chasson Randle have re-entered the building.

Looney -- who underwent surgery three weeks ago to repair a core muscle injury -- can be seen riding the elliptical while wearing a mask.

Golden State must adhere to strict guidelines as it pertains to health measures and protocols related to the coronavirus pandemic, which includes only four players in the facility at any given time.

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It is widely expected that at some point this summer, the Warriors will be allowed to bring the entire team together for "a minicamp or two," which will allow them to get in some much-needed practice time.

"It would almost be like (how) NFL teams have their OTAs," coach Steve Kerr told The Athletic's Tim Kawakami last week. "We're able to install offensive actions that we want to run next year, defensive schemes -- that kind of thing.

"Get our guys on the training table and in the weight room and with our strength coaches for checkups. They're all on programs right now and they're doing certain things, but they're not really able to work with our staff."

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Those details should emerge in the next couple of weeks.

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