Draymond Green, who suffered a sprained left ankle during off-season workouts and missed all five of the team’s preseason games, continues to make good progress.— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) October 22, 2023
He has been cleared to begin practicing with the team (5-on-5) and his return to game action will be based on his… pic.twitter.com/qhZLm49wSh
Kevin Durant ‘excited’ to play before Golden State fans as Phoenix Suns open season at Warriors | AZ Central
“I’m excited to play in front of those fans,” Durant said. “I had some incredible moments there and we built a bond that doesn’t really have to be spoken about, me and the fans in the Bay Area. Feel like they’ve been supporting me way before I came there actually. Then once I became a part of the Warriors, they just went even harder in support of myself and my teammates.”
Durant won back-to-back NBA championships, consecutive finals MVPs and reached the finals in each of his three seasons in Golden State.
“You felt every player individually felt what it was like to play for the Golden State Warriors,” Durant continued. “Then to win a championship, you’re just immortalized there, you know, no matter what your role was on the team. I’m excited to get back in front of people I call family there in that organization. Fans that I worked as hard I could for three years there. It should be fun.”
The buzzword throughout Golden State Warriors training camp has been “connectivity.” Through their first four preseason games, it looks like it fits. Sources within the organization told ESPN this is the most coherent the team has been in a while, both on and off the court.
The main driver has been Chris Paul. Although the sample has been quite small. Paul has looked comfortable playmaking while averaging 20.7 minutes and 8.3 points per game in four appearances. It’s still hard to know what Paul’s role will be — starting or coming off the bench — especially because Draymond Green has missed all of camp and the preseason because of an ankle injury. (Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Green is considered questionable for Tuesday’s opener against Phoenix.)
Gregg Popovich reacts to Steve Kerr saying he was rejuvenated by Wemby: "What was I being rejuvenated from? Was I in a mental institution or was I depressed and curled up in my bedroom or something? Steve's an a**hole."— HoopsHype (@hoopshype) October 21, 2023
By waiting until next offseason, Antetokounmpo would be eligible to sign a four-year, $234 million extension. Mitchell could sign for four years and $200 million.
“Money is not important, but a lot of f---ing money is important,” Antetokounmpo said at media day. “So I’m going to sign it next year. It doesn’t make sense right now. I want to be a Milwaukee Buck for the rest of my career — as long as we are winning. It’s as simple as that.”
Grizzlies’ Steven Adams to undergo season-ending knee surgery: What it means for Memphis | The Athletic
The Grizzlies said Adams will have the surgery after non-operative rehab on his knee didn’t resolve ongoing instability, and he is expected to make a full recovery ahead of next season.
Adams, 30, posted a career-high number of rebounds per game last season (11.5) as he appeared in a career-low number of games (42).
Spurs center Zach Collins and Wizards forward Dani Avdija sign extensions with their respective teams
San Antonio Spurs center Zach Collins has agreed on a two-year, $35 million contract extension, Mark Bartelstein of @PrioritySports tells ESPN. Deal secures Collins through the 2025-2026 season. pic.twitter.com/8fDlK5Tz0j— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 22, 2023
Washington Wizards forward Deni Avdija has agreed on a four-year, $55 million contract extension, his agent Doug Neustadt and Matan Siman-Tov tell ESPN. pic.twitter.com/CEEnAuSrNA— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 22, 2023
In case you missed it at Golden State of Mind:
The news comes via The Athletic’s Anthony Slater and Shams Charania, who report that the Dubs will enter the season with just 13 players under contract.
Golden State will have to address their roster sooner rather than later. The NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement mandates that teams must carry at least 14 players throughout the season (with a maximum of 15). They’re allowed just two weeks all year long in which they can dip to 13 players, which is usually used for teams that take a hit to the size of their roster after a trade.
And what a career it was. Iguodala played 19 years in the NBA, finishing with 1,231 regular season games played, and another 177 in the playoffs. He played for four teams (the Warriors, Miami Heat, Philadelphia 76ers, and Denver Nuggets), and had two separate stints with the Dubs. He was an All-Star in 2012, a two-time All-Defense selection, and, most importantly, a four-time champion. And we’ll always remember him for winning the Finals MVP award in the year that Golden State broke through.