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Warriors waive three, roster stands at 15 players

Warriors waive three, roster stands at 15 players

The Warriors waived guards Cameron Jones, Phil Pressey and Elliot Williams, the team announced on Thursday.

Jones appeared in five preseason games, averaging 5.0 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 11.5 minutes. 

Pressey also appeared in five games, averaging 2.4 points and 1.0 assist in 10.7 minutes. 

Williams missed all six preseason games due to right knee surgery. 

All three players were originally signed on Sept. 16, 2016.

The roster now stands at 15 players.

Stephen Curry
Klay Thompson
Kevin Durant
Draymond Green
Zaza Pachulia
Andre Iguodala
Shaun Livingston
David West
Anderson Varejao
Ian Clark
James Michael McAdoo
Kevon Looney
Patrick McCaw
Damian Jones
JaVale McGee 

Golden State Warriors media services contributed to this story
 

Steve Kerr provides insight into the biggest challenge facing Damian Jones

Steve Kerr provides insight into the biggest challenge facing Damian Jones

Damian Jones made his first career start in the Warriors' season opener on Tuesday. He exceeded expectations.

The 23-year old registered 12 points, three rebounds, two assists and three blocks in 27 minutes vs the Thunder. Jones went 6-for-7 from the field and simply looked comfortable and like he belongs.

After practice on Thursday, Steve Kerr was asked about Jones' performance and what the biggest obstacle will be moving forward for the big man.

"I think the biggest challenge for DJ is just seeing the patterns in front of him that he's gonna see night after night defensively," Kerr told reporters. "Offensively, he's doing great. 

"Defensively, he's done some really good things but he's seeing different pictures, certain sets that teams run. Everybody runs stuff that's designed to put the defense in a predicament -- pull the center away from the rim, pin away for a great shooter.

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"And he's got to be in the lane patrolling but he also has to get out to a shooter -- those are difficult schemes to recognize and to understand."

Jones will face a stiff challenge on Friday night when the Warriors face the Jazz in Utah. He will have to stay attached to Rudy Gobert and protect the rim, while also facing isos from Donovan Mitchell and Dante Exum. And if he finds himself guarding Joe Ingles, he can't give the lefty any space/clean looks.

Jones was selected 30th overall in the 2016 draft, but he logged only 174 minutes over his first two NBA seasons combined. This is essentially his rookie campaign.

Kerr is confident that Jones will continue to grow on the defensive end and recognize what the opposition is trying to accomplish on any given possession.

"Every game he's gonna get better and better with that," Kerr said.

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

Steve Kerr gives Pat McCaw-Warriors update: 'He has to just make up his mind'

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Steve Kerr gives Pat McCaw-Warriors update: 'He has to just make up his mind'

The regular season has begun, and Pat McCaw still is nowhere to be found.

The two-time NBA champion was not at Oracle Arena on Tuesday night to collect his ring as he continues his "holdout."

On Thursday night, Steve Kerr was asked about the soon-to-be 23-year-old wing.

"He's a restricted free agent so we have his rights no matter whether he accepts the contract that we've offered or not," the Warriors coach told Damon Bruce on 95.7 The Game. "We've been in touch with him occasionally, and he's going through his own thought process.

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"He knows where we stand. We'd love to get him here. There's still a place for him here. He has to just make up his mind which direction he wants to go."

Golden State reportedly offered McCaw a two-year contract worth $5.2 million, with the second season being a $2.7 million team option. It remains unclear why McCaw is refusing to put pen to paper.

The Warriors have 14 players under contract right now and are not planning on filling the final spot until later in the season.

It wouldn't surprise Kerr if McCaw ends up returning to the team that paid the Milwaukee Bucks $2.4 million for his draft rights.

"We have faith that he'll be with the Warriors again," Kerr added. "And we'll just be patient as this goes."

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