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The Warriors won't be one of the 22 teams in Orlando who resume the 2019-20 NBA season in late July.

So that means they can't get together for any official workouts until 2020-21 training camps open at some point in November? 

Wrong.

The NBA and NBPA are expected to hash out details in the coming weeks that will allow the eight teams staying home to convene at some point over the next couple of months.

Hey Steve Kerr -- would you prefer to face off against those other franchises, or would you rather conduct Warriors-only practices at Chase Center in San Francisco?

"We're not interested in a summer league," Golden State's coach said on a Tuesday afternoon conference call. "If what we're talking about is some kind of minicamp and some of the other teams are interested in playing games -- we would not be interested in doing that.

"And I've talked to a couple of the coaches about that. Every team has its own unique set of circumstances, and I definitely understand that a lot of the teams involved are younger and more interested in getting game action for their players.

"But we're in a different space and people understand that. We'd be more interested in practice time."

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This makes perfect sense.

The Warriors legitimately anticipate competing for the title next season, while the Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls and Charlotte Hornets are a long way off from possibly being in that position.

Would Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green participate in these group sessions?

"Oh yeah, 100 percent," Kerr said. "I would not consider this voluntary. Given that we would be staring at a nine-month break, I would be shocked if any one of those three guys said to me, 'No, I don't want the work.' They all know they need the work and we all need the work.

"So they'll be there."

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Kerr explained last week what his vision is for his team.

"It would almost be like (how) NFL teams have their OTAs," the eight-time NBA champion told The Athletic's Tim Kawakami. "Where we get everybody together and we're able to install offensive actions that we want to run next year, defensive schemes -- that kind of thing.

"Get our guys on the training table and in the weight room and with our strength coaches for checkups. They're all on programs right now and they're doing certain things, but they're not really able to work with our staff."

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