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Report: Suns waive former Warriors guard

Report: Suns waive former Warriors guard

The Leandro Barbosa era in Phoenix is reportedly over.

The Suns are waiving Barbosa, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

In the summer of 2016, Barbosa signed a two-year deal worth $8 million.

But the second year contained only $500,000 guaranteed, which means the Suns will save $3.5 million.

In 2014-15, Barbosa appeared in 66 games with the Warriors, and averaged 7.1 points in about 15 minutes per contest.

He scored 13 points against the Cavs in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

In 2015-16, he averaged 6.4 points in about 16 minutes per game off the bench for Golden State, and shot over 46 percent from the field.

In the 2016 NBA Finals, the 2006-07 Sixth Man of the Year registered 11 points in Game 1, 10 points in Game 2, 8 points in Game 3 and 14 points in Game 6.

Barbosa, who will turn 35 years old in late November, averaged 6.3 points over 67 games for the Suns this past season.

He shot just under 44 percent from the field and 36 percent from distance.

Against the Warriors on Nov. 13, he registered 11 points and four assists.

Assuming Kevin Durant returns to Golden State, the Warriors roster stands at 11 players.

That means they have four spots to fill, and if Ian Clark signs elsewhere, could there be a Barbosa-Warriors reunion?

Stay tuned...

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

Warriors vs. Mavericks watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

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Warriors vs. Mavericks watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

DALLAS -- The Warriors own a 10-game win streak over Dallas and for the sake of their own peace of mind they’d like nothing than to extend it to 11 when the teams meet Saturday at American Airlines Center.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 4:30pm PT with Warriors Pregame, with tipoff scheduled for 5:35pm PT.

After a strong start, the Warriors (12-4) have cooled lately, losing three of their last five almost completely linked to the absence of Stephen Curry.

After playing against the Rockets, forward Draymond Green won't play against the Mavericks due to a sprained right toe.

The Mavericks (6-8) have won their last three, most recently blasting the Jazz 118-68 on Wednesday night in Dallas.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Warriors
F - Kevin Durant
F - Jonas Jerebko
C - Damian Jones
G - Klay Thompson
G - Quinn Cook

Mavericks
F - Harrison Barnes
F - Luka Doncic
C - DeAndre Jordan
G - Dorian Finney-Smith
G - Dennis Smith Jr.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: C DeMarcus Cousins (L Achilles’ tendon surgery rehab), G Stephen Curry (L groin strain), F Draymond Green (R toe sprain) and forward Alfonzo McKinnie (L foot soreness) are listed as out.

Mavericks: G/F Luka Doncic (L shoulder soreness) and F/C Dwight Powell (L knee effusion) are listed as questionable. G Wesley Matthews (L hamstring strain) and C/F Dirk Nowitzki (L ankle surgery) are listed as out.

ROTATION OUTLOOK

Warriors
Forward Marcus Derrickson and guard Damion Lee were summoned from G-League Santa Cruz to supplement the injury-weakened roster. It’s reasonable to believe one or both could enter the game.

Andre Iguodala started at PG Thursday at Houston for defensive reasons -- against James Harden and Chris Paul -- but likely will return to his Sixth Man role.

Down three regulars, the Warriors will lean heavily on reserves Shaun Livingston, Jonas Jerebko and Kevon Looney. All three played at least 16 minutes against the Rockets.

Mavericks
If Doncic is active, he’s worth watching. The rookie wing has star potential.

Matthews will be replaced by Finney-Smith, who came off the bench Wednesday and shot 3-of-3 from deep against Utah. The Dallas reserves have outscored reserves of opposing teams 163-69 over the last three games.

Among the reserves that bear watching are PG J.J. Barea, who typically plays well against the Warriors, F/C Maxi Kleber and Stanford product F/C Dwight Powell.

In an unhealthy state, the Warriors have been 'knocked back,' but not down

In an unhealthy state, the Warriors have been 'knocked back,' but not down

DALLAS -- The only real concern for the Warriors entering this season was health. They had reason to believe good health would translate to a great season and a fifth consecutive long postseason run.

That concern materialized early, with the loss of Stephen Curry in Game No. 12, and hasn’t exactly slowed down.

Poor team health, along with the public display of discord between Kevin Durant and Draymond Green last Monday night, has put the Warriors in a bit of a tailspin.

“The season, every year, is filled with peaks and valleys,” Kerr said Saturday after shootaround at American Airlines Center. “You can feel when you’ve got everything cooking and going smoothly. And you can also feel when you’ve been knocked back. That’s where we are right now.”

Knocked back is not knocked down, and nowhere near knocked out. But it hurts.

Curry has missed the past nine days and could miss at least another week. Draymond Green has missed three of the last five games and isn’t likely to be back until the middle of next week at the soonest. Alfonzo McKinnie, the out-of-nowhere forward who last month played his way into the rotation, also won’t be available Saturday against the Mavericks.

Suddenly, DeMarcus Cousins has plenty of company on the sideline.

The lengthy injury list has Kerr juggling what’s left of his roster, which was expanded late Friday night with the temporary additions of two-way players Marcus Derrickson and Damion Lee, both summoned from G-League Santa Cruz.

“We’ve got some reinforcements,” he said, forcing a smile.

The Warriors still own the best record in the NBA, tied with the Raptors at 12-4. They still have Durant, who is healthy but is coping with the emotional toll of the quarrel with Green. They still have Klay Thompson, whose shooting percentage has plummeted in the four-game absence of Curry.

If the Warriors are to dig out of their recent mediocrity anytime soon, it’ll be because Durant and Thompson have recaptured the best parts of their games.

Durant, who shot below 50 percent twice in the first 13 games, has endured three consecutive games of sub-50 percent shooting for the first time since joining the Warriors in 2016. His longest such streak as a Warrior is four in a row.

Thompson shot 43 percent overall, 30.3 from deep, over the last four games, 39.4 and 28.6 over the last three.

If those numbers don’t soon improve appreciably and Curry and Green aren’t able to return until well after Thanksgiving, the Warriors could be knocked down.

And Kerr didn’t seem particularly optimistic about quick returns from either of the disabled All-Stars.

Curry, coping with a strained groin, did light work on Saturday but has spent most of his time rehabilitating under the supervision of Rick Celebrini, the team’s director of sports medicine. Groin strains commonly last about three weeks. That would put his return sometime around Nov. 29 at Toronto.

“Steph is getting better every day,” Kerr said. “He’s made a good jump the last couple days in terms of his symptoms. He’s doing a little more each day with Rick. I talked to Rick yesterday and they both felt like it was headed in the right direction.”

Green missed two games with a sprained toe before returning Monday to squabble with Durant while playing 43 minutes against the Clippers. Green was suspended for Tuesday’s game with the Hawks and conceded he spent most of the day icing his toe. He returned to play 24 ineffective minutes Thursday at Houston.

He’s obviously still dealing with pain.

“We decided to give him some time off,” Kerr said. “We don’t know how long it will be, but the toe injury has been lingering. He was on a minutes restriction (in Houston). He felt and our training staff felt we’re spinning our wheels a little bit if we keep playing him and it gets a little worse. We’ve got to get him better.”

Meanwhile, the remaining Warriors look mostly to Durant and Thompson. As well they should. If they get it going, this is a blip. If they don’t, this can become a significant dip.