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Bob Myers identifies 'the best part' of Andrew Bogut rejoining Warriors

Bob Myers identifies 'the best part' of Andrew Bogut rejoining Warriors

Where would the Warriors be right now if they hadn't signed Andrew Bogut in March?

In light of DeMarcus Cousins tearing his quad in Game 2 of the NBA playoffs against the Clippers, Bogut's late addition is looking like a shrewd move.

"He's a necessity right now," Warriors general manager Bob Myers told NBC Sports Bay Area's Greg Papa during Pregame Live on Wednesday night. "He's doing great." 

The move apparently was months in the making. According to Myers, the idea of bringing Bogut back from Australia was first floated in December.

"When Damian Jones got hurt, I got on the plane, I think I was on the trip or the next one, and whether it was Draymond or Kerr, somebody grabbed me and kinda said 'What about Bogut?'" Myers said. "And I said 'Yeah, he's an option.' And it's fascinating, because that decision, we can always find who to give credit to, but it was almost an organizational thing where the players were saying it, Kerr was open to it and our front office, obviously Larry Harris went out and saw him."

Bogut's first tenure with the Warriors ended following the 2016 NBA Finals. The Warriors signed Kevin Durant and needed to clear contracts to accommodate his salary, so Bogut was sent to the Dallas Mavericks.

"The best part of it is, most of the time when you trade a player away, there are bitter feelings, right?" Myers said. "And he had every right to feel that way even though we were getting Durant. But he wanted to come back. And he had other opportunities."

In another trying season full of drama and free agency rumors, Myers appreciates the clear mind Bogut has brought to the Warriors.

"Just the kind of joy he's playing with has been great for us because he hasn't been through some of the rigmarole of the last few years," Myers said. "So he's coming in with a great attitude, which has been great for us."

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So, where would the Warriors be right now without Bogut? Probably starting Kevon Looney and playing Jordan Bell a lot more minutes than they'd prefer.

Yeah, we'd say the reunion with Bogut has worked out well for both sides.

Why Steve Kerr isn't entertaining idea of Klay Thompson playing this year

Why Steve Kerr isn't entertaining idea of Klay Thompson playing this year

The Warriors were supposed to provide an official update on Klay Thompson's status during the All-Star break.

But it appears an announcement won't come until later this week.

Is coach Steve Kerr still operating with the mindset that Klay will not return to game action this season?

"It's so different because with Steph there's a definite timetable," Kerr told reporters Tuesday night after practice. "It's easy to look and say, 'In a couple weeks, Steph is gonna be ready to play.'

"Klay is a long way from that, so I don't even entertain any thoughts of Klay playing this year."

Yours truly feels the same way.

Klay tore his left ACL on June 13 and underwent surgery July 2.

The Warriors' last game is April 15 -- which is just 10 months removed from when he sustained the injury. Considering the team's current place in the standings, does it make sense to bring him back? We shall see.

It sounds like the final decision could be up to the three-time NBA champion himself.

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“Klay might come back for a few games at the end. He might not,” owner Joe Lacob recently told Mark Medina of USA Today Sports. “That doesn’t matter so much. Maybe we’ll err on the cautious side. Maybe.

"That’s up to him.”

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How Kevin Durant reacted to Ja Morant jabbing Steph Curry on Twitter

How Kevin Durant reacted to Ja Morant jabbing Steph Curry on Twitter

Two weeks ago, Warriors superstar Steph Curry and Memphis Grizzlies rookie Ja Morant made headlines because of a little social media spat regarding Andre Iguodala.

There wasn't any legit beef, however, as the two exchanged friendly DMs to clear the air.

Hey Kevin Durant -- why do you think Morant chose to tweet a picture of you holding the NBA Finals MVP trophy?

"I don't know. There's always been speculation about what my place was on the team, or what I meant to the team," the two-time NBA Finals MVP told Bleacher Report's Taylor Rooks. "I don't think that got anybody on the Warriors upset that he posted a picture of me. 

"We're all brothers and we won championships together. It wasn't anything more than just a little jab I guess."

But what about the narrative that Golden State only won the title in 2017 and 2018 because of you?

"They got narratives for everything," KD said. "There's a lot of stuff the casual fan don't get about the game. So they make a lot of speculation on what they see. It's not the whole picture."

[RELATED: What frustrated KD most about in-game feud with Draymond]

Correct.

OK. Let's move on. Nothing more to see here.

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