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Injured Warriors center Willie Cauley-Stein working out in G League

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Injured Warriors center Willie Cauley-Stein working out in G League

The Warriors have a center problem. This isn't anything new, but with Kevon Looney out for at least Golden State's next two games, the frontcourt has become that much more of an issue. 

Good news could be on the way, though. 

Injured Warriors center Willie Cauley-Stein took a big step towards his return to the Dubs on Saturday, as he practiced with the Santa Cruz Warriors, Golden State's G League affiliate. 

Cauley-Stein currently is rehabbing a left mid-foot strain. He injured his foot late last month while scrimmaging and was seen on crutches during Warriors Media Day. 

The only healthy true center on the Warriors' roster right now is Marquese Chriss, who earned a roster spot as a training camp invitee.

[RELATED: How Looney's hammy injury will impact Warriors' frontcourt]

As for Looney, the UCLA product aggravated his hamstring in Golden State's season-opening loss to the Clippers and is dealing with a "neuropathic problem" that could keep him out for much longer than the team's current road trip. Omari Spellman and Draymond Green each will receive minutes at center, though both players probably are better suited as power forwards. 

The Warriors signed Cauley-Stein to a two-year contract this offseason in hopes the ultra-athletic big man could be a lob threat and snatch rebounds with ease. It looks like those hopes soon could turn to reality. 

Warriors' Draymond Green jokes about getting buyout to join playoff team

Warriors' Draymond Green jokes about getting buyout to join playoff team

Breaking news: The Warriors are not going to the playoffs this season.

That means they have 27 games left and the offseason begins after the final horn sounds at around 9:30 p.m. PT on April 15.

So what does Draymond Green want to accomplish before the 2019-20 campaign comes to an end?

"A buyout," the three-time NBA champion told reporters after Wednesday's practice. "Go to a playoff team."

After a couple seconds, he smiled and said: "I'm just playing."

Draymond, whose four-year contract extension worth just under $100 million begins next season, has never missed the postseason since entering the league as the No. 35 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

It's going to be very strange for him to view the games from afar.

It's safe to assume that in addition to checking out the games on TV, Draymond probably will watch a lot of film on the top draft prospects as the Warriors most likely will have a top-five pick.

[RELATED: Why Kerr isn't entertaining idea of Klay playing this season]

But that's a conversation for another day. Green and his teammates have a job to do the next two months.

"Just trying to continue to get more rhythm with the guys that are here, continue to help them improve," Draymond said. "And really just work on my own game. Not often you get the opportunity to work on your game in a game setting.

"These games matter, but they don't matter. You're not playing for seeding or trying to preserve your legs for the playoffs. So you really get the chance to work on some things in game situations."

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Warriors have list of players they want to sign to contracts this season

Warriors have list of players they want to sign to contracts this season

On Feb. 8, the Warriors signed Jeremy Pargo and Zach Norvell Jr. to 10-day contracts.

Golden State is not giving either player a second 10-day deal, which means the team has a couple of roster spots to fill.

"As it relates to Jeremy and Zach, I'm not exactly sure -- just without having spoken to Bob (Myers) and Mike (Dunleavy) and Kirk (Lacob) yet -- I can't give you an exact thought on how that played out," coach Steve Kerr told reporters Tuesday night. "But they both did a great job."

Pargo -- who before joining the Warriors last appeared in an NBA game on March 29, 2013 -- recorded 15 points and two assists against the Phoenix Suns last Wednesday in the Dubs' final game before the All-Star break.

Kerr doesn't know who Golden State will be bringing into the fold and/or when that will happen.

"To be perfectly honest, I just got back from the All-Star break a few hours ago," Kerr explained. "I haven't had a chance to speak to guys in the front office. I know we have a list of players who we'd like to take a look at. We'll see how that all pans out.

"But there's a good chance that over the last couple months of the season we take a look at some different players. That's the idea."

Technically, the Warriors don't have to sign anybody for two weeks. But with Klay Thompson and Steph Curry sidelined -- and Kevon Looney continuing to deal with various ailments -- it's safe to assume they'll be adding some bodies sooner rather than later.

[RELATED: Why Kerr isn't entertaining idea of Klay playing this season]

But that won't transpire before Thursday's game against the Houston Rockets:

The situation remains fluid and can change at any moment.

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