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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

What will DeMarcus Cousins mean to the Warriors? Just ask the Pelicans

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What will DeMarcus Cousins mean to the Warriors? Just ask the Pelicans

OAKLAND -- DeMarcus Cousins is approaching the end of his comeback trail. The Warriors big man will cross the finish line Friday night against the Los Angeles Clippers, missing his former team by roughly 48 hours.

A return Wednesday against the New Orleans Pelicans would have been epic, a layup storyline capable of writing itself.

Cousins was superb after the Pelicans acquired him in a trade with Sacramento, especially during a 2017-18 season in which he was consistently dominant. Until, of course, an Achilles’ tendon tore last February. That brutal turn ended his season and crashed his free agent market, prompting Cousins to sign the mid-level exception with the Warriors.

Cousins thought at a few points he’d end up in New Orleans long term, but that didn’t happen. Things got awkward between him and the Pelicans, with some discrepancy about whether they even offered him a contract.

All that would’ve added juice to Cousins already anticpated debut … if it would’ve happened Wednesday night.

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“Everybody knows that DeMarcus wears his emotions on his sleeve,” said Pelicans guard Ian Clark, who played with Cousins in New Orleans and was a Warrior before that. “He’s not going to sugarcoat anything. I know that, coming back Friday, he probably wanted to play tonight. He’ll have another opportunity (against us) in New Orleans.”

That will happen April 9, but Cousins doesn’t need rivalries to create a buzz. There's intrigue to spare surrounding how he’ll fit in with a Warriors team that already employs Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

That has been the case since Cousins signed with the Warriors, though the initial hype piped down during the mundane routine of his rehab. Interest has re-piqued just prior to his formal Warriors debut.

“Everybody’s curious, but if you’ve been watching him over the years, you know what he can bring to a team,” Clark said. “They have a lot of talent already. Adding him is going to make (the Warriors) that much more dynamic.”

Clark’s got the inside dirt on how his friend and former teammate will fit in with the defending champs. He cautioned against sky-high expectations, saying it’ll take time for him to get up to speed after nearly a calendar year without playing an NBA game.

Cousins doesn’t have to be a savior on this loaded team with four perennial All-Stars, even though this Warriors season hasn’t been silky smooth.

“Those guys will take a lot of the load off of him,” Clark said. “He doesn’t have to get 20 [points] and 15 [rebounds] every night. If he’s efficient on the floor and making the right passes, I think you’ll see the great player he is.”

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Warriors head coach Steve Kerr knew he was getting a great player on the cheap. The real question was how the mercurial Cousins would fit into the Warriors dynamic. That’s why he spoke with Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry -- formerly Kerr’s top assistant -- before Cousins signed up.

“We talked a little bit,” Kerr said. “He told me that he enjoyed coaching him and that they got along well and that I wouldn’t have any problem with him. I know Alvin awfully well, and I know he would be open with me on everything.”

Gentry had nothing but nice things to say about his former player, and said he would’ve approached Wednesday’s game the same whether or not Cousins played. He’s too consumed with his team to wonder how Cousins will be as a Warrior, but has confidence he’ll be a good one.

“He’s a great player,” Gentry said. “He wants to win and has a talent level that people don’t understand sometimes. He’s a terrific player. I think the one thing people are missing the boat on is people wondering how he’s going to fit in. He’ll be great. He’ll be fine.”

Warriors vs. Pelicans live stream: How to watch NBA game online

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Warriors vs. Pelicans live stream: How to watch NBA game online

The Warriors attempt to extend their winning streak to six games when they host the New Orleans Pelicans at Oracle Arena on Wednesday on the second night of a back-to-back set.

Golden State (30-14) is coming off perhaps its best game of the season, a 142-111 beatdown of the Nuggets in which the Warriors set a new NBA record by scoring 51 points in the first quarter. With the victory, the Dubs leapfrogged Denver into first place in the Western Conference.

The Pelicans have had a relatively disappointing season, although they've been better as of late. They've won four of their last five games entering Wednesday's contest to improve to 21-23 on the year, tied for 11th in the stacked West.

Here's how you can watch Warriors-Pelicans, as well as NBC Sports Bay Area's pregame and postgame coverage, live on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app. 

When: 7:30 p.m. PT on Wednesday, Jan. 16 (pregame coverage starts at 6:00 p.m.)
TV channel: NBC Sports Bay Area
Live Stream: MyTeams by NBC Sports app

Desktop users can stream the game by clicking this link.