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Steve Kerr details what he wants Draymond Green to work on offensively

Steve Kerr details what he wants Draymond Green to work on offensively

After the Warriors' Monday night loss to the Jazz, coach Steve Kerr explained how the circumstances for Draymond Green this season are really bizarre.

After practice Tuesday, Kerr was asked how the three-time All-Star still can have a successful year.

"I think Draymond's season is based on his leadership of the younger guys," Kerr told reporters. "We had practice just now where he spoke up repeatedly in our defensive drills, and the guys needed to hear every word. The value of what he brings is going to go far beyond what you see on the court.

"But I do think offensively, he's working on his 3-point shot -- he's got that in him. The way we're playing, we're going to space him on the weak side of the floor a little bit and he's going to have some open looks.

"This is going to allow him to play off the ball and space out and work on his shot. I'm going to encourage that. He can get that confidence back."

Draymond shot 21 percent from deep as a rookie, and 33.3 and 33.7 percent in his second and third seasons, respectively. Then, in 2015-16, he exploded to 38.8 percent (41.4 percent under interim coach Luke Walton and 34.9 percent with Kerr). His 3-point numbers dipped to 30.8 percent in 2016-17, 30.1 percent in 2017-18 and 28.5 percent last season.

After going 0-for-4 against Utah, the three-time NBA champion is at 23.5 percent (4-for-17) this season.

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"He hasn't needed to shoot a whole lot for us the last few years with Kevin [Durant] onboard," Kerr explained. "Now, it's a totally different role.

"We got to get him to understand his role. We got to figure out what that role is together. But to me, it means spacing out, getting that confidence in the 3-point shot back."

Draymond probably won't ever shoot 39 percent over a whole season again. But if he can hover around 33 to 36 percent, that would be a big boost for him and the Warriors.

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NBA rumors: Warriors 'not pushing' to trade guard D'Angelo Russell now

NBA rumors: Warriors 'not pushing' to trade guard D'Angelo Russell now

When the Warriors acquired D'Angelo Russell as part of Kevin Durant's sign-and-trade with the Nets this past offseason, and signed the star point guard to a four-year, $117 million contract, it seemed like a bit of an odd fit.

How would Russell fit with fellow point guard Steph Curry? What about when shooting guard Klay Thompson became healthy? More than anything, it looked like Golden State added a great trade asset. 

But the Warriors reportedly are in no rush to trade D-Lo. 

“If it is something that they’re going to do quickly, like before the end of this month, I wouldn’t say they’re pushing for it,” one NBA general manager recently said to Heavy.com's Sean Deveney. “Maybe they have a deal in mind, maybe they’re sitting on something and laying low. But I’d be surprised.

That’s not how they’d approach it, I’d think. You want to create a market if you are going to trade a player like him, you want to pit teams against each other, drive up the price. You don’t want to lock into one deal. But the market thing, that’s not really happening yet. They’re not pushing the market for him.”

If the Warriors do indeed have a trade in mind, they soon can start taking calls. The NBA's collective bargaining agreement prohibits the Dubs from parting ways with Russell until Dec. 15. 

Since acquiring the All-Star, general manager Bob Myers has made it clear the Warriors have no intentions of getting rid of Russell. 

"We didn't sign him with the intention of just trading him," Myers said to reporters on July 15. 

Russell has been a bright spot on the 5-19 Warriors when healthy. He has been limited to only 12 games while dealing with a sprained right thumb, but has averaged a career-high 22.3 points, 6.2 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game. 

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The Warriors truly won't be able to evaluate the 23-year-old's future with the team until he has played more with Curry and the rest of the injured Dubs.

Golden State has until the Feb. 7 trade deadline to move Russell, but as of now, that doesn't seem to be at the front of the team's priority list.

Warriors' Steve Kerr shouts out Larry Bird on NBA legend's birthday

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Warriors' Steve Kerr shouts out Larry Bird on NBA legend's birthday

On Larry Bird's 63rd birthday, Warriors coach Steve Kerr tipped his virtual cap to the Basketball Hall of Famer. 

Kerr shared Yahoo Sports' retrospective video on Bird's career on Twitter, imploring "all you young NBA fans out there" to watch and get a sense of just how good Bird was. 

In his 13-year career, Bird was a 12-time All-Star, nine-time All-NBA first-team member, three-time champion and three-time MVP. The trash-talking forward shot 50.9 percent from inside the arc and 37.6 percent from 3-point range, emerging as one of the league's sharpest shooters in the nascent 3-point era. 

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Bird retired as the NBA's 11th-leading scorer all-time, averaging the 12th-most points per game in league history (24.3) through 1992. The "Hick From French Lick" made a clear impression on Kerr, and the Warriors coach recalled being starstruck when he played against Bird during his second NBA season. 

“You know my name,” Kerr said to KNBR in a 2017 interview, recounting when Bird said hello to him before a game. "[I said,] 'Hey guys, Larry Bird knows my name!'"