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Steph Curry has putting contest with Andrea Lee, Lucy Li in 'surreal moment'

Steph Curry has putting contest with Andrea Lee, Lucy Li in 'surreal moment'

Steph Curry supposedly played at Augusta National last week as a birthday present from Warriors owner Joe Lacob.

On Thursday, Curry hosted two amateur golfers that will play at Augusta National for the first time in April.

Andrea Lee and Lucy Li visited the Warriors practice facility and got to compete in a putting challenge with Curry.

"I was freaking out when I heard we were going to have a putting contest with a player," Lee said. "I was really hoping it was Steph Curry and it was. It was a surreal moment."

Lee and Li both missed their putts, but Curry nailed his putt. He knew it was going in, too. He dropped his putter, started to walk away confidently and then ran down the hall with his arms in the air.

"I'm going to Augusta!" Curry screamed.

The inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur will take place in Georgia from April 3-6, and Lee and Li are two of the players that will compete in the event.

Lee is currently part of the women's golf team at Stanford, and has a long list of accomplishments at the collegiate level.

"It's just super exciting," Lee told NBC Sports Bay Area. "I'm really honored and grateful to be part of the field."

Li, 16, is the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open, where she finished tied for 55th place in 2018.

"It's arguably the most famous course in the world and I'm just so excited to step on the ground and play the course," Li told NBC Sports Bay Area. "It's going to be so amazing."

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The final round will be broadcast on NBC Sports on April 6.

Curry and the Warriors will be wrapping up the 2019 regular season when Augusta National Women’s Amateur is taking place, so he won't be able to attend. But you can bet that he will be rooting for Lee and Li from afar.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr wishes 49ers well in Super Bowl 54 vs. Chiefs

Warriors coach Steve Kerr wishes 49ers well in Super Bowl 54 vs. Chiefs

Draymond Green might not be rooting for the 49ers in Super Bowl LIV, but one other prominent member of the Warriors’ organization will be.

Coach Steve Kerr delivered a message via social media on Friday, wishing the Niners well as they prepare to take on the Kansas City Chiefs at Hard Rock Stadium on Feb. 2.

"I just wanna say good luck to the 49ers," Kerr said. "Everybody's pulling for you guys, let's go."

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Draymond said after shootaround on Friday that he’ll be rooting for the Chiefs, whose roster features his close friend, defensive end Frank Clark.

Both Kerr and Green happen to know a thing or two about winning championships, but only one of them will be happy with the result from Miami.

How Warriors gain flexibility in Willie Cauley-Stein trade to Mavs

How Warriors gain flexibility in Willie Cauley-Stein trade to Mavs

SAN FRANCISCO -- Willie Cauley-Stein walked out of shootaround, down a long corridor that leads to the Warriors' locker room in Chase Center late Friday morning in preparation for a game scheduled hours later against the Indiana Pacers. The trek marked the big man's last as a member of Golden State.

By Saturday morning, Cauley-Stein officially was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for the Utah Jazz's second-round draft pick in 2020, ending his short tenure in the Bay Area. Along the way, the Warriors set themselves up for future flexibility. 

In the immediate aftermath, the Warriors shed Cauley-Stein's current $2.17 million salary and his $2.8 million player option for the 2020-21 season, while freeing up an open roster spot for this season and beyond. From a financial perspective, it sank Golden State $2.57 million below the hard cap, according to ESPN's Bobby Marks. Additionally, the Warriors have enough salary space to convert the two-way deals of either Ky Bowman or Marquese Chriss. 

Six months ago, Cauley-Stein came to Warriors in search of career revitalization. After four years in Sacramento, he demanded that the Kings rescind his qualifying offer to make him a free agent last summer. After garnering more lucrative offers from other teams, he chose to sign a one-year contract with Golden State, which included the player option. With a new contract, the center hoped to keep the Warriors' postseason streak alive while earning a payday next summer. 

However, those wishes didn't come to fruition. A week before training camp, Cauley-Stein sprained his foot, causing the center to miss the first month of the season. His injury, coupled with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney missing significant time, led to a lost season for the big man.

Nonetheless, Cauley-Stein expressed a desire to stay with the Warriors long term, citing his relationship with coach Steve Kerr. 

"He wants to build a relationship with you," Cauley-Stein told NBC Sports Bay Area last month. "I think, in the past I hadn't had a relationship with my coach. [Former Kings coach Dave] Joerger, me and him had a pretty good rapport, pretty good, like cordial, but we never had like in-depth conversations about life and stuff like that, and the first couple of conversations I had with coach Kerr was real-life stuff and that hit home with me like, 'Damn, he really tried to get to know me.' "

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Unfortunately for Cauley-Stein, he won't get to continue that relationship with Kerr.

Now, with Dallas in need of a center with the loss of Dwight Powell, his hope to find a similar relationship with Rick Carlisle will immediately start in a Mavericks uniform.