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Rounding up all Warriors and NBA related news for Wednesday, September 20th.

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Warriors News:

Damian Lillard explains why he would never join the Warriors | It Is What It Is

Damian Lillard on Kevin Durant’s move to Golden State in 2016

Every NBA Team’s Highest-Ceiling Prospect | Bleacher Report

Golden State Warriors: Jonathan Kuminga

The Golden State Warriors have struggled over the years in developing their young talent—see James Wiseman. Jonathan Kuminga has been trying to work his way up the depth chart. The Warriors need him to make a bigger impact this season.

Kuminga has not been able to crack the rotation over the past two seasons despite improving his three-point shooting from 33.6 percent to 37.0 percent. Kuminga can become the Warriors’ athletic game-changing 4 off the bench.

If the Warriors cannot find a role for Kuminga, they can look to make a move at the deadline to bring in some veteran help to make another title run. The risk, of course, is they will need to be starting over once the Steph Curry era is over, because they will have traded all their young talent.

Dwight Howard to the Warriors? Why not, though questions remain | NBC Sports Bay Area

The Warriors aren’t going to be contenders again by going big. What they can do by getting bigger is survive and give themselves better chances at contending in a conference occupied by Nikola Jokić. Someone who can come in for a handful of minutes against a handful of teams in a handful situations and be physical in the paint, grab rebounds, commit some hard fouls and be an occasional lob threat sure feels like someone who is needed by Golden State right now.

Draymond Green and Chris Paul building chemistry through offseason workouts

NBA News:

Victor Wembanyama reaffirms Olympic commitment for France | ESPN

“Performing well at the Olympics would be a great story,” Wembanyama told French media. “I’ll be present at the Olympics, and there’s no other goal than gold.”

Cavs president Koby Altman faces impaired driving charge | ESPN

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers stopped Altman just before 9 p.m. in Cleveland. He was charged with “committing a marked lanes violation and OVI.”

“Troopers initiated a traffic stop and during their interaction with the driver indicators of impairment were observed,” the OSHP said, according to multiple reports. “The driver was subsequently placed under arrest for OVI and soon after offered a breath test which he refused.”

Police noted that Altman was “respectful and cooperative with troopers.”

Max and Warner Bros. Discovery to offer NBA, MLB postseason and other live sports in October | The Athletic

For the NBA this will be an interesting trial run ahead of their next media rights deal, which will kick in with the 2025-26 season. There was always going to be a streaming component to that deal, though where and how is undetermined. Now they can get some viewership numbers and see how many fans migrate to a streaming app to watch their product. The NBA’s current TV deal was signed way back in 2014 when streaming wasn’t this big a consideration, and it hasn’t even been able to take its streaming rights to market, so it has been reliant on its current rights holders to make the decision of when and where.

Kelly Oubre signs one-year deal with the Philadelphia 76ers

In case you missed it at Golden State of Mind:

Warriors meeting with Dwight Howard next week

What would Howard bring to the Warriors?

Age: Officially, Andre Iguodala is the NBA’s oldest player until he retires, but practically, LeBron James is the NBA’s elder statesman. Next is P.J. Tucker, one day older than Golden State’s Chris Paul. Howard would be fourth if he comes back to the league. The Warriors ditched committed to one “timeline” when they dealt Jordan Poole and their two most recent draft picks to get the league’s third-oldest player. Adding Howard would show the Warriors are ready to defy the actuarial tables and win now. Or at least win in 2013.

Boards: Howard is tenth in NBA history with 14,627 rebounds, just 35 behind Kevin Garnett and 88 behind Robert Parish. While he’s no Kevon Looney on the glass, Howard would help the team on the offensive glass. If he pushes two Boston Celtics down the all-time list, that’s a bonus.

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