Why Mannion views Warriors or G League bubble as 'win-win'

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr has said more than once over the last two weeks that the plan is for Nico Mannion to play for the Santa Cruz Warriors in the G League bubble.

But it sounds like nothing has been finalized on that front.

"Right now, I really don't know," Mannion told the media Monday afternoon after shootaround. "I think we're gonna have that talk a little bit later today -- maybe tomorrow. Figure everything out.

"That's really on the staff. Whatever they believe is best for me is what I'll take."

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Mannion played eight minutes vs. the New York Knicks last Thursday, and registered eight points and four assists vs. the Utah Jazz on Saturday.

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Would he prefer to stay with Golden State?

"I think it's kind of a win-win," the 19-year-old said. "Staying and playing a couple minutes here and there, or going down to the bubble and playing 30 to 35 minutes a game -- I think either would be good.

"I think going down to the bubble would be fun -- playing a whole bunch of minutes, kind of getting into a flow. I think it would be good for me just because I haven't played a full game since March 12 of last year. So it's been almost 11 months now.


"Getting in really, really good game shape I think would be good for me. And by the time I got back, I'd be able to suit up the rest of the year and not have to sit out any more games."

The Santa Cruz Warriors are one of 18 teams that will participate in the Orlando bubble. Games are scheduled to begin at some point in early February.

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