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NBA veteran Jonathon Simmons joining Santa Cruz Warriors in G League

NBA veteran Jonathon Simmons joining Santa Cruz Warriors in G League

The Santa Cruz Warriors soon will add a former NBA player to their roster.

Jonathon Simmons is going to be joining Golden State's G League affiliate, the team confirmed Tuesday.

Jabari Young of CNBC first reported the news Monday.

To clarify -- players sign with the G League itself and not with individual teams. So Simmons likely is being claimed by a team above Santa Cruz on the waiver wire, and then traded to the Sea Dubs.

We will learn the particulars soon.

Simmons -- who turned 30 years old in September -- played for the San Antonio Spurs in 2015-16 and 2016-17.

He averaged 13.2 points against the Houston Rockets in the 2017 Western Conference Semifinals, and 15.3 points and 3.3 assists against the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.

The Houston native then signed a three-year contract with the Orlando Magic worth $18 million ($13.3 million guaranteed).

He averaged 13.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 2017-18, while shooting nearly 47 percent overall and 34 percent from deep.

His numbers dipped last season and he was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers just before the trade deadline. 

After appearing in just seven of Philly's 12 playoff games, Simmons was traded to the Washington Wizards in late June and waived soon thereafter.

Based on Golden State's current roster situation, it appears Simmons believes he has a shot at earning a 10-day contract with the Warriors and reviving his NBA career.

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As coach Steve Kerr told reporters last week: "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."

Dragan Bender currently is on a 10-day deal, while Jeremy Pargo and Zach Norvell (who both play for Santa Cruz right now) received 10-day contracts before the All-Star break.

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Joe Lacob discusses how coronavirus could impact Warriors' spending

Joe Lacob discusses how coronavirus could impact Warriors' spending

Last season -- when discussing the possibility of the Warriors re-signing free-agents-to-be Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson -- owner Joe Lacob was crystal clear.

"We can do whatever we want (financially)."

That might not be the case anymore.

The Warriors -- like pretty much everybody else in the world -- are dealing with the financial ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic.

So will the NBA's indefinite suspension limit what the Warriors do with the checkbook in the offseason?

"We're looking at all of those questions and the possible answers. But I don't really have a good sense yet because I really have no idea how this is gonna shake out," Lacob told Tim Kawakami of The Athletic on Thursday morning. "We don't know what the salary cap is gonna be, we don't know what the luxury tax is gonna be.

"We don't really know what we can plan on at this point. We just have to look at a lot of different scenarios. That's what we're doing right now. It could make a huge difference, it might make no difference."

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At this point, Kawakami said: "Knowing you and your aggression -- I'm assuming it would take a lot for you to say, 'Well, let's back off this season.' Especially given Steph and Draymond and Klay. Is that your mindset still -- 'we're still gonna be going for it, that's who we are, that's the Warriors?"

"I would agree with that supposition on your end just now that we realize those guys -- with their ages -- we're in a certain window of opportunity," Lacob acknowledged. "And we would certainly like to take advantage. And that was our plan -- and still until further notice -- is our plan for next year and the next few years.

"However, a lot of things could change. And we're gonna have to adjust -- just like every other team -- to whatever the new situation is in the NBA. It's so up in the air right now. I just don't know."

One of the reasons the Warriors traded Willie Cauley-Stein, Alec Burks, Glenn Robinson III, D'Angelo Russell, Omari Spellman and Jacob Evans before the deadline was to duck below the luxury tax line. By doing so, they won't face the repeater tax this season or in 2020-21.

In theory, that would minimize the financial pain of factoring in Draymond Green's contract extension, the salary for a top-five draft pick, using the taxpayer mid-level exception and acquiring a veteran by using at least part of the $17.2 million traded player exception.

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As Lacob said, the franchise intends to stick to its plan of pulling the financial levers required to get back to championship contention.

Stay tuned.

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Joe Lacob acknowledges Warriors could trade down in 2020 NBA Draft

Joe Lacob acknowledges Warriors could trade down in 2020 NBA Draft

We don't know when the 2020 NBA Draft will take place.

We do know that the Warriors will have a very high pick, plus two more selections in the second round.

Golden State owner Joe Lacob was a guest on "The TK Show" podcast with Tim Kawakami of The Athletic, and talked about the importance of the draft.

"We've never spent more time -- as a group -- on the draft as we have this year," Lacob said. "Obviously, we have a lot more time to do it. I have watched video probably of all the top players. I've watched interviews, I've watched high school highlights, AAU highlights.

"We had a Zoom call the other day where I think we had 17 people on that call talking about the draft and how we're approaching it and what the next steps are. We've got no excuse in terms of not having enough time.

"Of course the bad part about all of this is we're not able to interview or get people to come in for workouts or watch the NCAA Tournament. It's gonna be interesting. I think there's enough information out there -- and enough work being put in on our side -- that we'll be able to make a good decision."

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There are many variables in play when it comes to making said decision.

"We're gonna look at all scenarios," Lacob explained. "Honestly. I'm not gonna hide this -- we're gonna look at drafting someone at our position. Maybe we trade down -- that's a possiblity. I'm not saying it's preferred or not preferred. I'm just saying it's something we have to look at it. 

"We're gonna look at all options."

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The reality is that the Warriors won't be able to narrow things down until the NBA Draft Lottery is held and they know their position.

If the lottery is unkind and they fall to No. 5 or even lower, one would assume that eliminates the possibility of trading down.

Again, we will know more once those ping-pong balls are put to work.

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