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Steve Kerr hopes Shaun Livingston is involved with Warriors for years

Steve Kerr hopes Shaun Livingston is involved with Warriors for years

The Warriors had a number of departures this offseason, but the losses of Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston sting the heart more than most. 

Iguodala was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in order to clear enough room to sign D'Angelo Russell, and Livingston, 33, was waived, leaving the Warriors without two of their most beloved veteran leaders.

While Livingston's exit from the Bay was forecasted for quite some time, that doesn't mean it wasn't hard for head coach Steve Kerr to say goodbye to one of the instrumental players of the Warriors dynasty. 

"It's something we anticipated because of his age, his contract situation," Kerr told LetsGoWarriors at Team USA's practice in LA. "I was prepared for that one, but it's still a huge loss from a leadership standpoint. Shaun is one of those people that you just want to be with in any circumstance. He's smart, funny and humble. He's just a great human being. He also happens to be a hell of a basketball player and a good teammate. I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed my five years with Shaun."

Livingston currently is a free agent, but many assume the veteran guard will call it a career and hang up his sneakers. Whenever Livingston decides he's done, Kerr wouldn't mind seeing him around the Warriors in some capacity.

"He's somebody I'm hoping can be involved with our organization for many years to come," Kerr said. "That would be the plan if we can pull it off, but he's got to get away right now and get some freedom, enjoy his family before he figures out what's next."

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Livingston arrived in the Bay before the 2014-15 season. During his five seasons with the Warriors, he averaged 5.4 points per game on 52 percent shooting, but his impact on one of the greatest runs in NBA history goes far beyond the stat sheet.

Assistant coach Shaun Livingston doesn't have a bad ring to it.

Nick Young predicts Warriors miss playoffs, Lakers win 2020 NBA title

Nick Young predicts Warriors miss playoffs, Lakers win 2020 NBA title

Nick Young has never been one to blend in with the crowd, and he's not about to change anytime soon.

Even though his NBA playing days are behind him, Young still is very much keeping tabs on the league, and -- this might shock you -- he has some noteworthy opinions. In speaking to Adam Caparell of Complex, Young offered some thoughts on the upcoming NBA season, and as you'd expect, he didn't shy away from hot takes.

One of those takes, in particular, concerned the Warriors.

When asked if he had one crazy prediction for the upcoming NBA season, Young provided a double dose.

"I will say either New Orleans making the eighth seed or Denver not making the playoffs," Young initially replied. "I don't think the Warriors going to make it this year. If they do, it's the eighth seed."

Predictions for the Warriors are all over the place, and Swaggy P is no different. ESPN projects Golden State as the third-best NBA team over the next three seasons, but some of the company's personalities have a considerably lower opinion of the Dubs.

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Young won his one and only NBA championship as a member of the Warriors, but clearly, that's not biasing his predictions. As for who he thinks the 2019-20 NBA champion will be, however, he went with one of the other five teams he played for in his 12-year career.

"Lakers."

I suppose they can't all be hot takes.

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With Kevon Looney on mend, Warriors' best plan is center-by-committee

With Kevon Looney on mend, Warriors' best plan is center-by-committee

SAN FRANCISCO -- With two practices remaining before opening night on Thursday, the Warriors have yet to identify their regular starting center.

That likely will be the case for at least a few weeks, according to coach Steve Kerr.

Though Marquese Chriss started the final four preseason games and appeared to have the edge, the return of Kevon Looney -- after being sidelined by a hamstring strain for nearly three weeks -- on Sunday provides some flexibility.

“Loon scrimmaged,” Kerr said after practice. “I just talked to him and he said he felt good. He’ll continue to get more work in as the week goes on. Hopefully, he’ll be ready to go on Thursday night.”

Asked if Looney, the only big man on the roster with experience as a Warrior, might be the starter Thursday against the Clippers, Kerr did not dismiss the possibility.

“He probably would be,” he said. “But I’d probably do it based on matchups from game to game.”

As the Warriors prepared for training camp, it was generally assumed that the majority of the minutes at center would go to Willie Cauley-Stein and Looney. Cauley-Stein, acquired as a free agent after four seasons with the Kings, was the presumed starter, with Looney maintaining his role as an early sub.

That was before Cauley-Stein sustained a mid-foot sprain a few days before camp.

That was before Looney strained a hamstring on the first day of camp.

And before Marquese Chriss -- signed to a non-guaranteed contract one day before camp -- started four of five preseason games, opening eyes and minds and earning a roster spot.

Chriss, 22, might have the most comprehensive set of skills. Cauley-Stein, 26, offers the greatest length (7-foot-3 wingspan) and most experience as an NBA starter. Looney, 23, is most familiar with the team’s playbook and culture.

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Those three represent most of the center committee, with leftovers going to Omari Spellman.

“We lack size, obviously with Willie and Loon out,” Kerr said. “So, if we get Loon back, we’d probably look at the other team’s lineups and see what makes the most sense.”

The Warriors have been here before. Damian Jones and Looney rotated starting assignments at center last season before DeMarcus Cousins was cleared to play. Both Zaza Pachulia and JaVale McGee were utilized as starters in each of the two previous seasons.

A rotation of three, however, provides tremendous flexibility -- a platoon system of sorts -- while also presenting potential challenges to court chemistry.

Above all, it maintains the spirit of competition while also keeping everyone fresh.

Until someone emerges as the clear starter -- Cauley-Stein has progressed to non-contact drills, but he’s not expected to return until next month -- a center-by-committee system seems the smart way to go.

Indeed, for now, it may be the only way.