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Warriors announce 2016-17 schedule: Two visits to OKC

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Warriors announce 2016-17 schedule: Two visits to OKC

One year after establishing themselves as the NBA’s marquee team, the Warriors with their 2016-17 schedule are again poised to attract more eyeballs than any squad in the league.

The Western Conference champions open against the Spurs on Oct. 25 at Oracle Arena before playing four of the next five on the road.

The schedule-maker wasted no time pitting the newest Warriors All-Star, Kevin Durant, against his former team, as the Thunder visit Oracle Arena on Nov. 3, the fourth game of the season.

Durant won’t make his first visit to Oklahoma City until Feb. 11, five days before the All-Star break.

The Warriors will play on Christmas Day for the fourth consecutive season – and sixth of the last seven – when they travel to Cleveland to face the Cavaliers in a rematch of the 2016 NBA Finals. The Cavs visit Oracle on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 16, 2017).

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The Warriors are scheduled for 28 national TV games, including four of the first six to start the season.

Other highlights:

The Dallas Mavericks, featuring former Warriors Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut, make their first visit to Oracle Arena on Nov. 9.

Former assistant coach (and successful interim head coach) Luke Walton brings his Lakers to Oracle on Nov. 23, the second of three Warriors-Lakers clashes in November.

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The Warriors don’t visit San Antonio until March, when they will face the Spurs on the 11th and the 29th.

The Warriors face 17 back-to-back challenges, including the first visit to Oklahoma City, which comes after a game at Memphis the previous night.

They face one stretch of four games in five nights, which comes as part of a five-game Western Conference road swing Dec. 7-11.

For the first time since 2007-08, the Warriors will not have a road trip longer than five games, of which there are two.

The Warriors conclude the season with 11 of their final 16 games at home.

FULL SCHEDULE

October 25 -- San Antonio
October 28 -- at New Orleans 
October 30 -- at Phoenix
November 1 -- at Portland
November 3 -- Oklahoma City
November 4 -- at Lakers
November 7 -- New Orleans
November 9 -- Dallas
November 10 -- at Denver
November 13 -- Phoenix
November 16 -- at Toronto
November 18 -- at Boston
November 19 -- at Milwaukee
November 21 -- at Indiana
November 23 -- Lakers
November 25 -- at Lakers
November 26 -- Minnesota
November 28 -- Atlanta
December 1 -- Houston
December 3 -- Phoenix
December 5 -- Indiana
December 7 -- at Clippers
December 8 -- at Utah
December 10 -- at Memphis
December 11 -- at Minnesota
December 13 -- at New Orleans
December 15 -- New York
December 17 -- Portland
December 20 -- Utah
December 22 -- at Brooklyn
December 23 -- at Detroit
December 25 -- at Cleveland
December 28 -- Toronto
December 30 -- Dallas
January 2 -- Denver
January 4 -- Portland
January 6 -- Memphis
January 8 -- at Sacramento
January 10 -- Miami
January 12 -- Detroit
January 16 -- Cleveland
January 18 -- Oklahoma City
January 20 -- at Houston
January 22 -- at Orlando
January 23 -- at Miami
January 25 -- at Charlotte
January 28 -- Clippers
January 29 -- at Portland
February 1 -- Charlotte
February 2 -- at Clippers
February 4 -- at Sacramento
February 8 -- Chicago
February 10 -- at Memphis
February 11 -- at Oklahoma City
February 13 -- at Denver
February 15 -- Sacramento
February 23 -- Clippers
February 25 -- Brooklyn
February 27 -- at Philadelphia
February 28 -- at Washington
March 2 -- at Chicago
March 5 -- at New York
March 6 -- at Atlanta
March 8 -- Boston
March 10 -- at Minnesota
March 11 -- at San Antonio
March 14 -- Philadelphia
March 16 -- Orlando
March 18 -- Milwaukee
March 20 -- at Oklahoma City
March 21 -- at Dallas
March 24 -- Sacramento
March 26 -- Memphis
March 28 -- at Houston
March 29 -- at San Antonio
March 31 -- Houston
April 2 -- Washington
April 4 -- Minnesota
April 5 -- at Phoenix
April 8 -- New Orleans
April 10 -- Utah
April 12 -- Lakers

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.

How Willie Cauley-Stein trade changes Warriors' frontcourt this season

How Willie Cauley-Stein trade changes Warriors' frontcourt this season

SAN FRANCISCO -- Willie Cauley-Stein crept into the Warriors' locker room about an hour after his soon-to-be former team's 129-118 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Friday, armed with a round of goodbyes. 

Walking near each stall at Chase Center, he said farewell to any staffer within an eyeshot, finishing with teammates Omari Spellman and Jordan Poole. As he towered over his former domain, his teammates were forced to reconcile a basketball life without the seven-footer around 12 hours before Golden State officially traded Cauley-Stein to the Dallas Mavericks. 

"It sucks," Warriors big man Marquese Chriss said. "It's hard when you're with somebody every day and you're playing games with them, and they're gone in a snap of a finger. I wish the best for him." 

Before Chriss and others bid adieu, the two-way center started for just the fourth time this season. Chriss scored 13 points, but he grabbed just three rebounds while Pacers big man Domantas Sabonis finished with 16 points and 10 boards. Along the way, Indiana outscored Golden State 56-28 in the paint, shedding light on the Warriors' frontcourt struggles.

Once Cauley-Stein officially is traded, Chriss and Omari Spellman are the only healthy big men on the Warriors' roster. While serviceable, both players routinely are playing out of position. At 6-foot-9, Spellman prefers to play on the wings, with a game more suitable for jump shots than post-ups. Meanwhile, Chriss has played much of his career as a power forward, providing a learning experience in his new role.

"Marquese was good tonight," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "Every night is a learning experience for him. He's going to be a guy that shoots a high percentage from the field because of his athleticism.

"He's going to get good experience going forward, so we're just going to keep working with him and I know he will work hard."  

As Chriss adjusts to his new role, coach Kerr said he would be open to bringing up rookie Alen Smailagic from the G League for a unit in need of improvement. Over the last two games, the Warriors have been outrebounded 92-75, including a 56-37 disadvantage in Wednesday's loss to the Utah Jazz.

That, combined with Cauley-Stein's trade, is prompting a new approach moving forward.

"Marquese and Omari will get some experience out there and we'll let Draymond play some center," Kerr said, "and then it's a matter of helping with defense with all five guys on the screen and we have to communicate."

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Cauley-Stein's departure could be the first of many for the current roster. Last month, league sources told NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole that the team would be open to parting with Alec Burks in the coming weeks for the right deal.

But before the Feb. 6 trade deadline, Cauley-Stein's replacement says he's up for the challenge of filling the departing big man's shoes. 

"I've tried making a role off playing hard and doing the dirty work," Chriss said. "I'm not the guy who is going to shoot 20 shots and get you 40 points. I'm gonna try and be that guy that is down low and banging, getting rebounds and setting screens."