One former Warriors GM joins Hawks; another former Warriors GM promoted by Hawks


One former Warriors GM joins Hawks; another former Warriors GM promoted by Hawks

Larry Riley was the Warriors' general manager from May 2009 to April 2012.

Rod Higgins was the Warriors' general manager from May 2004 to May 2007. 

On Thursday morning, the Atlanta Hawks announced that Riley is the franchise's new Senior Advisor, and Higgins has been promoted to VP of Basketball Operations.

After Bob Myers was promoted to GM in April 2012, Riley became the Warriors' Director of Scouting.

Higgins played seven of his 13 NBA seasons for the Warriors, and was a Golden State assistant coach for six seasons (1995 to 2000).

The Hawks also made official the hirings of Chelsea Lane -- who was the Warriors' Head of Physical Performance and Sports Medicine the last two years -- and Michael Irr -- who was the Warriors' Head of Strength and Conditioning.

Atlanta's general manager, Travis Schlenk (who was hired in May 2017), served as assistant GM of the Warriors for the prior five seasons.

He brought Dan Martinez -- Golden State's Senior Direction of Public Relations -- with him to Atlanta.

So basically, you should expect the Hawks to trade for Steph Curry and Kevin Durant in the coming weeks ...

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

Nick Young opens up about why he signed with Warriors last summer

Nick Young opens up about why he signed with Warriors last summer

Some wondered what the Warriors were doing when they signed Nick Young last summer.

Would the quirky Young really fit in with the defending champs? Would he be too much of a goofball for a locker room full of All-Stars?

Much to the surprise of most, Young didn't ruin the Warriors' chemistry. He didn't fill the statsheet on a consistent basis, but he made big shots off the bench when the Warriors needed them.

Basking in the glory of being an NBA champion, Young took a break from his non-stop party to talk to Complex Magazine last week.

How did Young end up with the Warriors last summer? According to Young, Lakers head coach Luke Walton called up the Warriors and vouched for the free agent sharpshooter.

On July 8, 2017, Young signed a one-year deal with the Warriors for the mid-level exception. He made just under $5.2 million, a slight paycut from the previous season.

“I just needed to win. I had been on a lot of losing teams. Always rebuilding. I feel I needed to experience [winning] and be around guys who are just really good teammates like Draymond, even though he’s crazy,” Young told Complex.

As for the 2018-19 season, Young is still a free agent. The Warriors don't have a roster spot to bring him back. According to Young, he was hoping the Rockets might have had a spot for him, but it doesn't appear that is happening.

Why did he want to go to the Rockets?

"[Mike D'Antoni] is one of the best coaches I played with," Young told Complex.

With the season rapidly approaching, does Young see a fit for him in the league?

“I just have to find that exact spot. That’s more key than anything for me than just rushing out there. It’s my 11th year. But I’m not used to it. I’m used to signing early. My agent’s telling me to relax and to be more patient," Young said.

Quinn Cook surprises mom with brand new car


Quinn Cook surprises mom with brand new car

Quinn Cook went undrafted in 2015 after spending four seasons at Duke. He finally signed his first guaranteed NBA contract with the Warriors on April 8, 2018. 

That contract changed his life. And now, Cook is giving back the best way he can, starting with his mother. 

Cook was back at his hometown in Maryland over the weekend and had a special present for his mother, surprising her with a brand new Range Rover. 

"You deserve it," Cook repeatedly told his mother. 

Cook is signed to a two-year deal with the Warriors worth $1,599,783. In 33 games with the Warriors, 18 starts, Cook averaged 9.5 points and 2.7 assists per game.