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Report: Chinese prospect Abudushalamu Abudurexiti will play for Warriors in Summer League

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Report: Chinese prospect Abudushalamu Abudurexiti will play for Warriors in Summer League

Now that the NBA Draft is behind us, the attention immediately shifts to free agency.

But don't forget about Summer League.

The Warriors will play in the California Classic in Sacramento, with games on July 2, July 3 and July 5.

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Then, they will head to Las Vegas for games on July 6, July 8 and July 9 -- plus the tournament that begins on July 11.

Golden State is in the process of filling out the roster for both events, and information is starting to trickle in.

One thing that definitely pops out:

Scotto wrote a feature on Abudushalamu Abudurexiti back in May.

An excerpt:

This is a situation few could’ve foreseen several years ago when Abudurexiti, a member of the Uighur ethnic minority group in China, began practicing regularly and playing basketball competitively at 16 years old. His love of the game has grown ever since he joined the Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers before playing for the Chinese National Team during the FIBA World Championship Asian Qualifiers, an experience he cherished.

“He has good size for his position at 6-foot-8 (he’s been listed at 6-9.5 with shoes), shoots a deep 3-pointer with range and is easy with his feet set, and has a nice feel (for the game),” an NBA executive who has seen Abudurexiti extensively told The Athletic. “He lacks the foot speed to defend, which will be a big issue. He could be a late 50s guy to undrafted. Shooting the 3-pointer gives him a chance.”

A couple other players who will rock the blue and gold this summer:

Warriors assistant Willie Green will be the team's coach.

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

Steve Kerr recalls Michael Jordan fight in discussing Draymond Green ban

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Steve Kerr recalls Michael Jordan fight in discussing Draymond Green ban

Draymond Green’s one-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team signals that the Warriors clearly are taking this issue seriously. That didn’t stop Steve Kerr from incorporating some humor into his pregame press conference Tuesday night.

In discussing the tiff between Green and Kevin Durant that resulted in Green’s suspension, the Warriors coach drew upon his personal experience, namely that of the famous practice skirmish he and Michael Jordan once got into back during their days with the Chicago Bulls.

“When you play at a really high level, and you're competitive, things happen,” said Kerr. “Every team that I've ever been on, things have happened.”

Wait for it …

“By the way, I kicked MJ's ass.”

Kerr’s quip resulted in a big laugh from the assembled media, and not just because his memory of the event might have been slightly embellished. It was timed perfectly, as the tone of the press conference had been far less lighthearted up to that point.

Kerr often resorts to humor to extinguish the inevitable doldrums that perk up over the course of a long season. It’s one of the elements of his personality that endears him to both players and media alike.

While he remained steadfast in his decision to suspend Green, Kerr also downplayed the noise surrounding it. 

“I think we'll be fine,” he said. “We're a team that goes through stuff just like everybody else. Things happen. Bumps in the road. You've got to move forward.”

With Green’s suspension decided, that process of moving forward has begun. And despite the recent tumult, Kerr is confident that the two players at the center of this controversy will be able to mend fences in short order.

“They've won championships together,” he said. “They've been teammates now for ... this is the third season. They were teammates on the Olympic team. So, you can draw your own conclusions.”

[RATTO: Warriors show Draymond Green where the third rail is by suspending him]

Bob Myers, Steve Kerr not worried about Draymond Green suspension fallout

Bob Myers, Steve Kerr not worried about Draymond Green suspension fallout

Warriors coach Steve Kerr and general manager Bob Myers told reporters Tuesday that the Draymond Green-Kevin Durant confrontation had nothing to do with Durant's impending free agency.

"I don't think anybody in our locker room, anyone on our coaching staff thinks twice about Kevin's free agency," Kerr said, adding that the Warriors are focused on their pursuit of another NBA championship.  

The Athletic's Shams Charania reported Green mentioned Durant's free agency during their confrontation. Neither Kerr nor Myers clarified what, exactly, Green did to cross the line, but both said the suspension was warranted. Yahoo's Chris Haynes reported Tuesday that the team believed Green "cut too deep."

Myers said he and Kerr were the primary decision-makers on Green's suspension, and Kerr said they began discussing the possibility after the Warriors' overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers Monday night. Durant and Green argued after Green did not pass to Durant on the Warriors' last possession of overtime. 

[WATCH: Full Bob Myers press conference on YouTube]

Kerr and Myers, who spoke separately, did not seem worried about any tension spilling over when Green returns from his suspension. Myers told reporters that Green and Durant took the news of the suspension professionally.

"It's life. You just move forward through adversity," Myers said. "This is adversity, but we've had adversity before, and we'll have it again. Every team does and we do. People ... think we're a perfect place, we're not. We do our best, just like everybody else.

"I think it's what you do after these things occur that separates the good organizations, and there are a lot of them out there. That's what we're trying to be. And so, how you handle things after they happen is the most important thing."

Kerr said he expects Green to continue to play the same way moving forward. 

"Draymond is always going to be who he is," Kerr said. "He's a powerful force. ... He's a huge reason why we've had so much success here, and Draymond is going to continue playing the way he plays. I don't see him operating any other way." 

[RATTO: Warriors show Draymond Green where the third rail is by suspending him]

[POOLE: Warriors had to suspend Draymond Green, and there are many reasons why]