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Kevon Looney's agent explains how Warriors increased free agency offer

Kevon Looney's agent explains how Warriors increased free agency offer

The Warriors made it a priority to re-sign Kevon Looney in free agency. Mission accomplished.

On Monday afternoon, the big man agreed to terms on a three-year contract worth $15 million.

So, what was the negotiating process like? Looney's agent, Todd Ramasar, shed light during a radio appearance Tuesday night on KNBR 680.

"They had a certain amount of money available. They stretched it a little bit more between Sunday and Monday once the deal went through," he said. "Doing an evaluation of the market, if you look at some of the signings at the position across the league, and even see some of the other free agents at Kevon's position that are available -- I did an analysis and shared it with Kevon and his family and other advisers, and Kevon made a decision that was in his best interest to go back to familiar territory.

"The economics worked out in the end."

Golden State entered free agency with the ability to give Looney more than $5 million annually. But once they agreed to the D'Angelo Russell sign-and-trade deal, their budget for Looney shrunk.

A lot of people believe he could have signed a bigger contract elsewhere. The mid-level exception is about $9.3 million, and the taxpayer mid-level exception is about $5.7 million.

But as Ramasar explained:

"Traditional bigs or centers, they're being asked to spread the floor and shoot the 3. And the higher percentage that they're shooting, there's gonna be more of a premium or more of a market on those guys because of their ability to play five out on offense."

This is interesting because back in December, Steve Kerr said: "He's got a lot more game than people know of, and we see it in practice. Kevon is such a conscientious player that he's normally deferring to the stars. But we're gonna ask him to do more. We think he can make 3s."

Looney never really had a chance to prove he can step out and knock it down from beyond the arc, and it sounds like that cost him some money. In four NBA seasons, the 23-year-old is 5 of 26 from 3-point territory.

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"He could do a lot more. He's only scratching the surface in terms of the offensive end, and that was a big part of my conversations with other teams," Ramasar said. "To a certain degree in this league, seeing is believing.

"But Kevon going back to the Warriors -- Steve knows what he's capable of, those guys have seen him in practice. ... Now it's gonna be an opportunity with the change in that roster for Kevon to actually show it now."

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Warriors vs. Kings watch guide: Lineups, injuries and player usage

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Warriors vs. Kings watch guide: Lineups, injuries and player usage

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Warriors have made a habit of beating the Kings in recent years, but that trend could change Sunday afternoon as the two teams match up for the first time this season.

Entering Sunday's game, the Warriors have won the last five meetings, sweeping last year’s season series. However, the Kings (11-14) are the team with postseason aspirations, while the Warriors (5-22) are NBA draft lottery-bound with most of their All-Stars out injured. 

[RELATED: How to watch Warriors vs. Kings online, on TV]

Before the game, Warriors coach Steve Kerr gave an update on Eric Paschall's status.

Coverage begins on NBC Sports Bay Area at 4:30 p.m. and tipoff is scheduled for 5:40. 

PROJECTED LINEUPS 

Warriors
F TBA
F Draymond Green
C WIllie Cauley-Stein
G D'Angelo Russell
G Glenn Robinson III

Kings
G Cory Joseph
G Buddy Hield
C Richaun Holmes
F Nemanja Bjelica
F Harrison Barnes

INJURY REPORT

Kings: Kyle Guy (G League assignment) and DaQuan Jeffries (G League assignment) are out. De'Aaron Fox (left ankle sprain) is doubtful. 

Warriors: Ky Bowman (G League assignment), Stephen Curry (left-hand fracture), Alen Smailagic (G League assignment, Klay Thompson (left ACL rehabilitation) and Eric Paschall (left hip soreness) are out.

ROTATION OUTLOOK

Warriors: D'Angelo Russell will play against Luke Walton -- his former coach with the Los Angeles Lakers -- on Sunday afternoon, and Russell is building a healthy résumé. In 15 games, he's averaging 22.4 points and 6.1 assists, leading the battered Warriors in scoring. Alec Burks has scored in double figures in his last nine appearances. However, the Warriors defense still needs work, as Golden State is giving up 114.2 points per game. Former King Willie Cauley-Stein should get the start against his former team, something he seems excited about. 

Kings: Sharpshooter Buddy Hield is coming off one of his best games of the season, scoring 34 points and grabbing 12 rebounds against the New York Knicks on Friday evening. Over his last 10 games, Hield is averaging 26.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists. Despite losing Fox to an ankle injury last month, the Kings have inched into the postseason picture and entered Sunday seventh in the Western Conference. However, the Kings haven't won a game against the Warriors on the road since March 2018. 

OFFICIALS: Josh Tiven (No. 58, crew chief), Bill Kennedy (No. 55), Derek Richardson (No. 63) 

Warriors vs. Kings live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on TV

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Warriors vs. Kings live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on TV

It'll be a battle of the Northern California teams as the Warriors host the Kings in San Francisco on MyTeams Day.

The Warriors hope to turn things around while they hold the worst record in the NBA. Perhaps a "turnaround" is overzealous and is not the right term, but something needs to change. 

On the other side of the ball, the Kings are coming off a tough loss to the Knicks on Friday which stopped a three-game winning streak.

The MyTeams festivities are extra special on Sunday with the Holiday Edition and the team is ready:

When: Sunday, Dec. 15, at 5:30 p.m. PT -- pregame coverage begins at 4:30 p.m.
TV Channel: NBC Sports Bay Area
Live Stream: MyTeams App