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What Looney exercising contract option means for Warriors

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Kevon Looney Steve Kerr

Kevon Looney just completed his sixth season with the Warriors.

And all signs point to the 25-year-old making it seven in 2021-22.

Looney is going to exercise his $5.2 million player option, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

So what does this mean for Golden State?

For one, Steve Kerr must be thrilled about this news because you won't find a bigger fan of Looney in the entire organization.

Furthermore, it's possible that the Warriors go into next season with Looney as the starting center. This is especially true when you remember that James Wiseman is rehabbing following knee surgery and might not be full-go when training camp opens in late September.

Looney knows how to play alongside Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, and has the full trust of the coaching staff.

The seasoned vet knows his role and plays to his strengths.

Looney's place on the depth chart obviously could change depending on what happens with the draft and free agency.

And it's important to note that if the Warriors strike a blockbuster trade this summer, Looney could be included in the transaction for salary-matching purposes.

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But if we assume the No. 30 pick from the 2015 draft isn't shipped out town, he almost assuredly will play a valuable role on a nightly basis next season.

When Jim Harbaugh was the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, he frequently would refer to various players as  "trusted agents."

 

And that is what Looney is for the Dubs.

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