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NBA rumors: Eric Paschall signs fully guaranteed contract with Warriors

NBA rumors: Eric Paschall signs fully guaranteed contract with Warriors

The Warriors selected Eric Paschall with the No. 41 overall pick in last month's NBA draft.

On Monday morning in Las Vegas, he put pen to paper:

On Tuesday night, we learned the specifics of his contract:

This means that Paschall is scheduled to become a restricted free agent in the summer of 2022.

Paschall's deal is a bit different than those of his predecessors. Golden State's last two second-round picks -- Pat McCaw and Jordan Bell -- signed two-year contracts with the Dubs.

Paschall missed Golden State's last two NBA Summer League games because of a bruised tailbone. On Monday night, he told NBC Sports Bay Area that he's feeling better and expects to play in the team's next game Wednesday night at 8:30 p.m. PT.

The 22-year-old played very well in the prior two contests:

  1.  July 2 vs. the Lakers: 18 points (6-for-8 FG, 2-for-2 3s), three rebounds, assist, steal, block
  2.  July 5 vs. the Hornets: 12 points (4-for-9 FG, 1-for-4 3s), five rebounds, four assists

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As a senior at Villanova, Paschall averaged 16.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest.

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Three reasons for Warriors to stay engaged in season's final 23 games

Three reasons for Warriors to stay engaged in season's final 23 games

SAN FRANCISCO -- A season that began with the Warriors having a reasonable chance to nab a bottom-four playoff seed in the Western Conference has devolved into bottomless pit of despair leaving them with only three reasons to plod through the final 23 games.

The first is to witness the return of Stephen Curry and get a glimpse of how much better he can make Andrew Wiggins, Marquese Chriss and, of course, Draymond Green.

That discovery will be made once Curry has found at least a modicum of rhythm, which should take five or six games. But, hey, he’s Stephen Curry, so there is every reason to believe any four teammates, at any given time, will benefit from his presence.

Nobody needs Steph more than Draymond, who even as he mentors some of his young teammates has found no compelling reason to summon the passion that is the foundation of his greatness. Draymond is, at best, tolerating this season, and sometimes not very well.

Curry’s presence will make the serial losing less expected/efficient but a bit more tolerable.

The second reason is to occasionally glance at their record and the standings while the NBA’s worst teams are jockeying for position in the May 19 draft lottery.

The Warriors, at 12-47, go into the weekend with a 4.5-game lead in the race to the bottom. That’s substantial, and it’s likely to expand during the four-game stretch beginning next Tuesday, when the Nuggets come to Chase Center. Denver will be followed by the Raptors, the 76ers and the Clippers.

Of Golden State’s final 21 games, 13 come against probable top-four postseason seeds and four more against teams currently with a firm grip on a postseason berth.

The third and final reason is that paychecks will keep coming, at least for the 12 Warriors holding standard contracts.

Though the members of the 10-man coaching staff will extol the virtues of development, they already have a pretty good idea which players can help them next season and perhaps beyond. They know rookies Eric Paschall and Jordan Poole have something offer. They still believe Ky Bowman can help.

But game after game, they’re navigating a roster composed of, with the exceptions of Kevon Looney and Green, rookies, veterans out to prove they belong in the NBA and guys with G League backgrounds still seeking a place in the league.

The result is lineups that often play as if they are five different guys, from five different gyms, that met five minutes ago.

“We are putting some lineups that haven’t been together all year,” coach Steve Kerr said after the Warriors swallowed a 30-point loss to the Lakers. “Having said that, a lot of careless one-handed passing, crosscourt and right into the defenders’ arms. A lot of plays that just had nothing to do with continuity and everything to do with poor fundamentals.”

It was apparent that Kerr was trying to suppress his internal rage, and he did not succeed.

So I asked the coach who guided the Warriors to the NBA Finals in each of his first five seasons on the sideline, how he managed to stay sane in the face 47 in 59 games and five losing streaks of at least five games – including a 10-gamer that lasted three weeks.

“That’s a loaded question,” Kerr said. “I think, for the most part, our guys have handled this season pretty well under the circumstances. We’ve handled our business well. Our guys have competed, worked hard, the staff has worked hard.

“But it’s frustrating. Everybody is in the business because we are competitors. We love to compete. We’ve had more than our share of winning over the last five years, we recognize that and right now we are taking it on the chin. We understand that is part of life too and we are dealing with it.”

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That’s where the Warriors are, agonizing over but living with losing. It’s familiar to longtime Warriors fans that remember the 60-loss seasons, the stitched-together rosters and a succession of coaches that often resembled the game of musical chairs.

But it’s painful to those fans that climbed aboard the train five or six years ago. Almost as painful as it is to Kerr and Green, who surely detest every minute of it.

James Harden-Giannis Antetokounmpo beef adds new wrinkle to Warriors rumors

James Harden-Giannis Antetokounmpo beef adds new wrinkle to Warriors rumors

We have a new NBA beef and the Warriors soon could be in the middle of it. *Places tinfoil hat on*

In an exclusive interview with ESPN's Rachel Nichols, James Harden fired some daggers at reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. Harden was asked about The Greek Freak's joke during the NBA All-Star Game Draft in which he elected to take Boston Celtics star Kemba Walker over Harden because he wanted "someone who can pass."

Harden was not amused.

"I average more assists than him, I think," Harden said of Walker. "So, I don't see what the joke is. But I didn't even see it. I don't pay attention to stuff like that. I just know none of them can mess with me. When it's all said and done, they'll appreciate it more. I wish I could just run with seven feet and run and just dunk. That takes no skill at all. I got to actually learn how to play basketball and how to have skill, you know? I take that any day."

My lord, someone get the fire extinguisher out. 

Antetokounmpo has become one of the best players in the NBA and has become the object of the Warriors' affection as they look for a way to extend their dynasty past the prime of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

While the Milwaukee Bucks star won't be a free agent until 2021, reports have surfaced claiming the Warriors acquired Andrew Wiggins and the Minnesota Timberwolves' 2021 first-round draft pick (top-three protected) in order to be able to put together a package to trade for Antetokounmpo should he ask for a trade if the Bucks flame out of the playoffs.

Any trade package also would include the Warriors' 2020 first-round pick, which should be in the top five.

While acquiring Antetokounmpo is a long shot, his new beef with The Beard makes him even more enticing to Warriors fans.

Harden and the Rockets have been trying and failing to knock off the Warriors for years, constantly hitting their head against a hatch held closed by the greatness of Curry, Kevin Durant and Thompson.  

The Warriors and Rockets rivalry has been the No. 1 hatefest in the NBA for years, but if the Dubs can somehow lure Antetokounmpo to the Bay it will go another level. Harden and Russell Westbrook trying to knock off Curry, "the guy with no skill" and the Warriors in the playoffs would be the definition of must-watch.

Sorry, I'll take my tinfoil hat off now.

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Harden also once again claimed no one in NBA history has seen double teams the way he has, clearly dismissing a whole history of dominant NBA players, including Curry.

"I feel like I'm the best player [in the NBA]," Harden told Nichols. "Yeah, throughout the course of the year I don't see double teams for anybody else. Usually, you see a double team after you a 50-point night, 60-point night. If I have an 18-point night the next night I'm seeing double teams. Which is pretty cool. The NBA has never seen it before at half court. So I'm just trying to figure out how to obviously be great in that."

Curry's absence from the NBA this season clearly has made some forget his greatness.

The Warriors' dreadful season is heading to a close. Once at full strength next season, there's no doubt they'll be on a mission to remind the entire league how dangerous they are -- Giannis or no Giannis.