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Steph Curry kicks in ridiculously long shot at practice

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Steph Curry kicks in ridiculously long shot at practice

Steph Curry likes to remind us from time to time just how absurd his skills are. At practice Friday in Oakland, he brought his game to a whole new level. 

An elite soccer level. No, seriously. 

With Curry standing out of bounds, assistant coach Bruce Fraser rolled the ball to him, and then Stephen Messi showed up. Curry kicked the ball more than 70 feet across one court and to the other where the ball swished through the hoop. Perfect. Nothing but net. 

If the NBA is ever going to have a 4-point shot, here it is. 

After Curry's kick went viral, the San Jose Earthquakes started their recruiting pitch for the two-time MVP. 

During the draft, the Warriors tried to trade up to select Jacob Evans

During the draft, the Warriors tried to trade up to select Jacob Evans

With the 28th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, the Warriors selected Jacob Evans.

"When our pick was up, it was clear it was him," Bob Myers told reporters on Thursday night. "There was no debate as far as who we were taking. When it got to us, he was the guy without hesitation."

You could say that the Warriors are lucky to have ended up with Evans.

[LISTEN: Warriors Outsiders Podcast: What does the Jacob Evans selection mean for Pat McCaw?]

The front office nearly executed a trade to ensure they got the Cincinnati product.

"We had a number of guys who we were really interested in, but I think as the draft started to continue to go on, it became pretty apparent to us that a bunch of the other guys that we liked were not going to be there," assistant GM Kirk Lacob said on 95.7 The Game on Friday morning. "We actually at one point tried to trade up to get Jacob -- we were getting a little worried that he wasn't gonna get there -- but we were really happy that he ended up with us."

Golden State also tried to buy a pick early in the second round, but couldn't strike a deal.

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

Warriors begin infusion of youth with roster tweaks

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Warriors begin infusion of youth with roster tweaks

OAKLAND -- Within hours of adding a draft pick, the Warriors were making another move in their summer of roster tweaking, having decided to waive two-way big man Chris Boucher.

There will be several other moves in the coming weeks as the defending champs seek an infusion of youth for next season.

The dismissal of Boucher on Friday opens up both two-way slots for next season, in addition to four to six additional roster spots that could be available.

The Warriors definitely intend to fill both slots. The two-way designation was implemented last season to give teams more roster flexibility. Two-way players are assigned to G-League teams and are limited to a maximum 45 days in the NBA.

“We’re still learning about the position,” general manager Bob Myers said of the two-way designation. “What’s the best way to utilize it? We learned that for our team, we might need more guys that can step in and less development. But that’s what we have to figure out.”

Boucher, 25 and coming off major knee surgery, was signed last June as a development project. The team did not sign another two-way player until October, when it added guard Quinn Cook, who shined in the G-League and eventually earned a standard NBA contract.

Though the Warriors failed in their attempts to purchase a second-round pick in the draft Thursday night -- first-round choice Jacob Evans III, a wing from Cincinnati, was their total haul -- the team continues to actively pursue free agents that may be available for Summer League play next month.

Oakland University guard Kendrick Nunn has, according to multiple sources, agreed to a partially guaranteed deal. He averaged 25.9 points per game last season, ranking behind only NCAA scoring leader Trae Young of Oklahoma.

Also in line to join the Summer League roster are Oregon guard Elijah Brown, son of Warriors associate head coach Mike Brown, and Georgetown power forward Marcus Derrickson.