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NBA rumors: Warriors have 'internally mused' about making run at Giannis

NBA rumors: Warriors have 'internally mused' about making run at Giannis

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Today is Feb. 20, 2019. Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo isn't slated to become a free agent until July 2021.

But it's never too early to discuss the Greek Freak's future, right? Are the Warriors already maneuvering to put themselves in position to sign him?

Well, Marcus Thompson of The Athletic wrote a column on Monday examining how Antetokounmpo could end up in a Golden State uniform.

On Tuesday, Marc Stein of The New York Times took it one step further:

It’s undeniably true that Steph and Giannis are buddies who are both represented by the same agency (Octagon) and share a mutual admiration that has resulted in Curry and Antetokounmpo selecting each other first overall with the No. 1 overall picks as captains in the first two All-Star drafts.

I can promise you, furthermore, that the Warriors have internally mused about a run at Giannis — however futile it may prove to be — in the event they can’t convince Kevin Durant to re-sign this summer.

Is your mind racing yet?! 

There are a gazillion dominoes that would have to fall just right for Giannis to call the Chase Center his future home. But in order for something like this to come to fruition, a franchise has to start preparing years in advance. 

If Durant does leave this summer, it will be fascinating to see how the Warriors respond. Depending on what they do, they might be telling the world they are making the necessary moves to pursue Giannis.

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Back in September 2016, the Greek Freak signed a four-year, $100 million extension with Milwaukee. Are the Bucks forever going to regret not giving the MVP candidate a five-year pact? As ESPN's Brian Windhorst wrote at the time:

It's a strong deal for the Bucks, who lock up the multitalented young star and leave their five-year designated player slot open for possible use on Jabari Parker next year when he is eligible to sign an extension.

The last part of that sentence is truly wild. We could laugh about it for days.

But for now, just enjoy tomorrow night's Warriors game vs. the upstart Kings.

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

Warriors' Kevon Looney gives up meat and gluten to combat neuropathy

Warriors' Kevon Looney gives up meat and gluten to combat neuropathy

In the summer of 2017, things clicked for Kevon Looney.

"I had to change my diet," the Warriors' big man revealed in March 2018. "Andre (Iguodala) was in my ear for two years about it. I finally listened to him and it paid off."

After registering career highs in nearly every statistical category last season, Looney was rewarded by the Warriors with a three-year contract worth $15 million.

Unfortunately, his 2019-20 campaign was derailed early in training camp because of a hamstring issue caused by a neuropathic condition he's been dealing with for a couple of years.

It turns out that another dietary change just might save Looney's career again.

As Ryan Gorcey of The Mercury News writes:

After he visited the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., last month, Looney ironed out a recovery plan. He went gluten-free and became a pescatarian (meat-free diets have been shown to help in many neuropathy cases). Kevin (Looney's father) served as Kevon’s personal chef, regularly cooking blackened catfish and baked salmon with vegetables and a side of potatoes.

Hopefully this makes the world of a difference for the 23-year-old.

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Since returning on Dec. 2, Looney is averaging just 3.4 points and 2.0 rebounds in 10.1 minutes. He doesn't yet look like the guy Warriors head coach Steve Kerr repeatedly called a "foundational piece" during last year's playoffs.

Perhaps things start to turn around for Looney on Friday night in Utah, as he is starting against the Jazz with Draymond Green and Eric Paschall both sidelined.

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Warriors' Steve Kerr explains what Ky Bowman can work on in Santa Cruz

Warriors' Steve Kerr explains what Ky Bowman can work on in Santa Cruz

In case you missed the news from Thursday ...

...  Ky Bowman is not in Utah to face the Jazz on Friday night because he will be making his G League debut in Santa Cruz.

The two-way guard only has 13 days left with Golden State, so the team needs to be strategic about maximizing his time in the NBA.

So what does coach Steve Kerr want to see from Bowman when he's playing for the Sea Dubs?

"What Ky can continue to work on is just his point guard mentality," Kerr told reporters after shootaround Friday. "In college he really was a scoring one. In the NBA, I think his position right now is backup point guard -- which he did a great job of with us, especially picking up the ball full court (and) being a pest defensively -- that's critical as a backup point.

"But offensively, he's got a really aggressive mindset -- which I like -- but there are still circumstances and situations where he needs to think more pass. And more strategic, rather than just score, score, score."

When D'Angelo Russell missed three games in early November, Bowman averaged 14.3 points and 5.3 assists, while shooting 53 percent from the field and nearly 42 percent from deep.

When Russell missed nine games from Nov. 17 to Dec. 2, Bowman averaged 12.6 points and 4.1 assists, while shooting 45.4 percent overall and over 42 percent from 3-point range.

But when Bowman has been the Warriors' backup point guard, his production understandably has dipped with decreased playing time in a different role.

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The Boston College product would be able to consistently put up huge scoring numbers in the G League. Nobody would question that.

But Kerr doesn't care if Bowman drops 50 points against the Sioux Falls Skyforce because he would prefer to see Bowman rack up 14 assists and six steals, and make sure the offense runs smoothly.

And in case you're curious:

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