Why Andre Iguodala hopes Kevon Looney leaves Warriors in free agency

Why Andre Iguodala hopes Kevon Looney leaves Warriors in free agency

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In late October 2017, the Warriors declined Kevon Looney's contract option for the 2018-19 season.

By doing so, he became an unrestricted free agent last summer, and Golden State was limited to giving him about $2.23 million.

After a breakout campaign, the belief was that he might become too expensive for the Warriors to retain. But unfortunately for Looney, he didn't receive any offers, and he ultimately re-signed with the Dubs for the minimum ($1.57 million).

"The NBA's going in a direction where the middle man's getting lost," Andre Iguodala explained after the Warriors' Game 3 win over the Clippers. "It's either high end or low end. You're losing the middle class.

"That's how we got DeMarcus [Cousins]. And we're gonna get some people that slip to us because of those scenarios."

Does Iguodala believe Golden State will be able to bring Looney -- who will be an unrestricted free agent again in July -- back for a fifth season?

"I hope he gets paid, so I hope he doesn't come back because I hope he gets all the money," the 2015 NBA Finals MVP said.

Just another classic quote from Andre, who would make a great agent when he retires from playing.

Looney had a terrific year, and he has been even better so far in the playoffs:
Game 1 = six points, five rebounds, two steals, block, assist, team-best +30
Game 2 = 19 points (career high), five rebounds
Game 3 = 10 points, rebound, block

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No, Looney isn't going to receive a max contract. But it seems highly likely that Golden State will have to compete with other teams this summer.

It's even possible that the 23-year-old receives some multiyear contract offers as well.

Fortunately for the Warriors, they aren't limited this time around in what they can give Looney on the open market.

"I'd really like to see him make some money and do really well for himself," coach Steve Kerr said during training camp. "He deserves it. And hopefully that's here."

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Warriors' Steph Curry wants in on next iteration of 'The Match' event

Warriors' Steph Curry wants in on next iteration of 'The Match' event

Warriors star Steph Curry wants in.

Capital One’s “The Match” featuring NFL stars Tom Brady and Peyton Manning playing golf with PGA icons Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson hasn’t exactly gone according to plan. Inclement weather delayed the start, and the former Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks now are realizing just how difficult playing golf on national television can be.

Curry tweeted that he’d like to be included in the next iteration, saying that he's missing being out on the greens.

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His former teammate and course partner Andre Iguodala also is hoping Curry can bring some more skill to the event.

Who would you want to see Curry play with?

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Why Warriors thought Steve Kerr wasn't considering coaching job in 2014

Why Warriors thought Steve Kerr wasn't considering coaching job in 2014

After the Warriors moved on from Mark Jackson as head coach in 2014, the search narrowed on two final candidates: former Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy and then-TNT broadcaster Steve Kerr.

Former Warriors assistant general manager Travis Schlenk was part of the team that interviewed both contenders and says the front office at one point wasn’t sure they’d even get a chance to sit down with Kerr during the process.

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“Steve was being courted very hard by Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks,” Schlenk said  last week on 95.7 The Game. “And at one point during the process, it felt like that’s where he was going to go. And so we didn’t think that we were going to even have an opportunity to really sit down and talk with Steve.

“And I believe it was while we were meeting with Stan down in Orlando, that Steve called Bob and said he kinda had a change of heart and he wanted to meet with us.”

Kerr’s relationship with Jackson went all the way back to their days with Michael Jordan and the Bulls, which America just got to relive through ESPN’s “The Last Dance” documentary series.

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Van Gundy ultimately chose the Detroit Pistons, giving him an opportunity to oversee basketball operations as well as coach the team. Reports at the time indicated the Warriors were not willing to give Van Gundy the same universal control over basketball decision-making.

It’s safe to say Schlenk and the Warriors got the right guy, as Kerr helped bring three NBA championships to the Bay Area and the team’s success eventually led Schlenk to taking over as the Atlanta Hawks’ GM, where he has been since 2017.