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Gary Payton: LeBron James' son committed to Southern California high school

Gary Payton: LeBron James' son committed to Southern California high school

Where will LeBron James play next season?

That's the biggest question entering free agency this summer.

The Lakers are considered one of the top candidates to win the sweepstakes, and that's before this little nugget of information surfaced on Monday:

According to Gary Payton, LeBron James' son -- LeBron James Jr. -- is Southern California bound.

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"His son just committed to Sierra Canyon -- that's where his son is gonna go to school with Scottie Pippen's son and Kenyon Martin's son," Payton told Sheena Quick. "If everybody looks at it -- a son at that age, you don't want to be away from him for that period of time.

"He needs a father during that time ... I think he wants to be around his son a lot, see his son play."

Sierra Canyon High School is located in Chatsworth -- about 30 miles northwest of the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.

As ESPN's Brian Windhorst wrote over the weekend:

James' oldest son, Bronny, is 13. His younger son, Bryce, will turn 11 next week. They will be able to voice their feelings on the decision this time. They have spent time in Miami and Akron and even Los Angeles in the summers. Bronny is a standout basketball player who has a chance at an NBA future, and his development and comfort through his teen years, of course, is important.

It's hard to see him being apart from his family, which includes 3-year-old daughter Zhuri, at this stage of his life. In 2010, he left Savannah and his young sons in Ohio when he first moved to Miami. Now, where they want to live is a deeper factor.

We should probably mention that the Clippers also play in Los Angeles.

We should also mention that Payton doesn't think Steph Curry will be one of the top point guards of all-time, so........... keep that in mind.

Let the speculation begin!

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

With DeMarcus Cousins back, GM Bob Myers updates Warriors' open roster spot

With DeMarcus Cousins back, GM Bob Myers updates Warriors' open roster spot

DeMarcus Cousins made his season debut on Friday night and that's all anybody is talking about.

The hyperfocus is very understandable, because his return was always going to be the most highly anticipated moment of the regular season.

Now that Cousins is officially in the mix, the Warriors' front office can finally evaluate his progress and zero in on what to do with the 15th and final open roster spot.

Will they automatically add a center as an insurance policy for Boogie?

"This gives us a window here prior to the deadline that will inform us in that direction. If DeMarcus comes back and looks great and looks healthy -- and a great wing is available via trade or a great wing is available via buyout -- sure we would look at that," general manager Bob Myers said on 95.7 The Game on Friday afternoon. "We'll factor in all we know in two weeks or three weeks when making that decision.

"But right now, the truth is we lost a center. We're getting one now but we always planned on getting DeMarcus. So we have a little bit of a void there, but you never know. If something happens in the next two weeks that leads us to believe we're short on wing depth -- hopefully not, knock on wood -- somebody sprains their ankle and is out 2-3 weeks, that may push in a different direction."

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Damian Jones is out for the year after sustaining a torn pectoral, and he was the big man that could consistently catch lobs. As of now, the Warriors don't really have a true vertical threat who can set screens, roll to the rim and force defenses to stay attached. In a perfect world, Myers would be able to add somebody with this skillset, but those guys aren't exactly growing on trees. 

The Warriors have intentionally kept a roster spot open all season so they can have the flexibility to strike if somebody they really like becomes available. The trade deadline is Feb. 7, but if they aren't able to make a deal, they could always look to the buyout market or take a flyer on somebody in the G League.

"Happy that DeMarcus is coming back now so it gives us a chance to evaluate that better," Myers added. "Speculating on the trade market and buyout market -- you always go in with certain thoughts and inevitably it goes in a different direction. So, we'll see what's possible and we'll go from there."

The fact that Cousins is on the Warriors should be the perfect reminder that you never know what's going to happen...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

DeMarcus Cousins' music choice during rehab caught Warriors off guard

DeMarcus Cousins' music choice during rehab caught Warriors off guard

DeMarcus Cousins is 28 years old, the same age as Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. He's just two years younger than Steph Curry and Kevin Durant. Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala have six and five years on him, respectively.

So it shocked Cousins' new teammates when they heard the music he listened to during his rehab process.

Cousins wasn't listening to new, current music to pump him up.

Cousins, according to Yahoo's Chris Haynes, went old school with his playlist, dropping some "Luther Vandross, Babyface and Aretha Franklin."

As you might imagine, that caught people at the Warriors practice facility off guard.

Here's what a member of the Warriors organization told Haynes:

“Man, you don’t know if he’s getting ready to make love or preparing to shoot a basketball. It’s hard to work out when your mom’s music is on.”

Amazing.

Haynes relayed that quote to Cousins and he fired back.

“It’s always the young guys on the team who complain. I’m like, ‘Bro, is this all y’all listen to?’" Cousins said. "They’re listening to ‘Mo Bamba’ [song] and all this other [expletive]. I need to slow it down with some ’80s and ’90s music. That’s how I get down.”

Whatever Cousins was listening to, it worked. The four-time All-Star made his Warriors debut on Friday night and scored 14 points in 15 minutes. He threw down a thunderous dunk for his first points as a Warrior and nailed three 3-pointers.