NBA suspends Monta Ellis

NBA suspends Monta Ellis

Monta Ellis was hit with a five-game suspension for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program, the NBA announced on Friday.

The former Warriors guard just completed the second year of a 4-year, $44 million deal with the Pacers.

"Monta's suspension is a very serious matter to our franchise and it will be dealt with accordingly," Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard said in a statement.

Monta averaged 8.5 points per game this past season -- the lowest since he registered 6.8 points per contest as a rookie with Golden State in 2005-06.

In March 2012, the Warriors traded Monta along with Kwame Brown and Ekpe Udoh to Milwaukee in exchange for Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson.

Pistons small forward Reggie Bullock is also suspended five games for the same infraction.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Steph Curry to face Kent Bazemore in golf simulator on Instagram Live

Steph Curry to face Kent Bazemore in golf simulator on Instagram Live

Steph Curry and Kent Bazemore are very good friends.

They were teammates on the Warriors during the 2012-13 season and the first several months of the 2013-14 campaign before Bazemore was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.

They both love golf and both have a lot of free time on their hands.

So naturally, this is happening:

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You're probably tired of watching TV shows, so this is the perfect entertainment to mix things up.

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Why Warriors' Bob Myers wants roster to get 'more veteran' in offseason

Why Warriors' Bob Myers wants roster to get 'more veteran' in offseason

When the 2018-19 season began, the Warriors had the seventh oldest roster in the NBA.

When the 2019-20 season began, the Warriors had the third youngest roster in the NBA.

"We got young quick," Golden State general manager Bob Myers recently said on a call with season-ticket holders. 

So as the Warriors' front office makes plans for the roster moving forward, one thing is pretty clear.

"I think one idea is to get a little older," Myers said. "Not super old but to add some guys that are a little bit more veteran and shore things up there.

"We were so young this year. Obviously, it was a transition year for us ... but we'll see what we can get. Free agency is always unpredictable. I always say it's predictably unpredictable. You don't know what $4 or $5 million is going to get you."

It's unclear if Myers was referring to the taxpayer mid-level exception when he mentioned "$4 or $5 million." That exception is supposed to be worth around $6 million, but it's expected to drop because of the loss in revenue with the league suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.

As of now, the Warriors will have a very high first-round draft pick (projected top-five) and two second-round picks (from the Utah Jazz and Dallas Mavericks). If all three selections are on the Opening Night roster next season, that would be the opposite of getting "a little bit more veteran."

Assuming they keep their first rounder -- it's possible that the Warriors will end up trading the second rounders, or maybe they hold on to them and sign those players to two-way contracts to free up roster spots for free-agent additions.

Money will be tight this offseason for most teams around the league, so there should be some very solid minimum options for the Warriors.

"There probably will be certain players we like that we get outbid on," Myers said. "There may be some that we were surprised we have a chance to sign. There may be a lot of ties that we hope we can break if we get down into the conversation of signing a minimum player.

"You hope our organization, our leadership -- a guy like Steph Curry getting on the phone with a player, Steve Kerr coaching that player and getting on the phone with him -- would be beneficial."

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Oh, and in case you missed this yesterday:

That's an elite wink.

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