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Rounding up all Warriors and NBA related news for Monday, January 15th.

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NBA: JAN 12 Warriors at Bulls Photo by Melissa Tamez/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Warriors News:

Warriors’ Draymond Green expected to return vs. Grizzlies on Monday following suspension: Sources | The Athletic

The biggest Green-related questions upon his return

Whose minutes does he take and how long can he stay out of the league’s crosshairs? Jonathan Kuminga is in the midst of the best scoring stretch of his career. He started 14 games while Green was out and scored 24 and 28 off the bench the previous two. He has double digits in 19 straight games and appears ready for a big every-night role.

Does Green’s return edge Kuminga down the ladder and halt his momentum? Does Kerr use Green primarily at center and instead take time away from Kevon Looney, Trayce Jackson-Davis and Dario Saric? Where does the struggling Andrew Wiggins fit into the mix. Kerr has a little time to figure it out. Green is expected to return with a minutes restriction and could come off the bench initially. But the trade deadline is nearing and the 18-21 Warriors need to figure themselves out quick. — Slater

Jonathan Kuminga scores 28 points, but Warriors lose in Milwaukee: 5 observations | The Athletic

2. Brandin Podziemski’s homecoming

Kerr tapped Brandin Podziemski to start in place of the resting Curry. In his hometown of Milwaukee, the rookie guard delivered, finishing with 23 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals. He had cheering sections all over the arena, including a suite right above the media section that was going wild after Podziemski’s three stepback 3s.

“Ran into my seventh-grade English teacher pregame,” Podziemski said. “She said she’s glad I went to military school or else I’d be a troublemaker. … I was actually here the day this building opened. I was a sophomore in high school. I got to meet Giannis (Antetokounmpo).”

Steve Kerr explains why Steph Curry rested Saturday’s game vs. the Bucks

Warriors trade deadline targets: Five players who could help Stephen Curry turn around disappointing season | CBS Sports

Kyle Kuzma, Washington Wizards

Pros: Scoring, size, rebounding

Cons: Defense, role questions, efficiency

Potential fit: Kuzma proved he can be an effective role player on a championship team with the Lakers back in 2020, but since then, he’s taken on a primary scoring and playmaking role with the Washington Wizards. The Warriors would likely need him to do something in between, similar to how Grant performed with the Trail Blazers when Damian Lillard was there. The question is whether Kuzma will be able and willing to do that, since his offensive efficiency is lacking as a primary scorer (33rd percentile in the halfcourt this season, per Synergy Sports). Kuzma is also a strong rebounder for his position, another area where Golden State could use some help.

Klay Thompson passes LeBron James on NBA’s all-time three-pointers list

NBA News:

Atlanta Hawks have hit bottom, but can their season be saved? | The Athletic

Young is an offensive maestro with clear defensive weaknesses that must be masked by the rest of the roster, but the 2021 run showed how this is possible. Johnson is a rising force who is still under a team-friendly rookie contract for another season and is the other obvious keeper. After that, everything should be on the table, and league sources say that is indeed the case. (My spies say the Hawks also have described rookie guard Kobe Bufkin as untouchable, but would they walk away from a deal over him?)

League sources say the Hawks have had continued chatter on potential Murray deals. Some will tell you they’re getting close to the finish line, while others will say the Hawks are still on a fishing expedition to determine the trade value for him and other key players (such as Hunter and Capela).

Pistons trade Marvin Bagley III to Wizards | ESPN

The Detroit Pistons traded forwards Marvin Bagley III and Isaiah Livers and two future second-round draft picks to the Washington Wizards for Danilo Gallinari and Mike Muscala, Washington announced on Sunday.

The deal unloads $12.5 million in Bagley’s guaranteed money for 2024-25 off the books for the Pistons.

The Wizards land second-round picks in 2025 and 2026 to take on the salary.

The rest of the players involved in the trade — Gallinari ($6.8 million), Muscala ($3.5 million) and Livers ($1.8 million) — are on expiring contracts.

Kings’ head coach Mike Brown busts out the laptop in postgame rant

In case you missed it at Golden State of Mind:

A look into Brandin Podziemski’s coverage insight — and how he and the Warriors used it against the Bucks

One of the key quotes from Podziemski: “(Brook) Lopez was sitting in the paint in a deep drop.”

It’s no secret that the Bucks do prefer to play deep drop coverage with Lopez — a premier rim protector — on the floor, dating back to the Mike Budenholzer era and continuing during Adrian Griffin’s first season at the helm. The pros and cons of drop coverage have been extensively documented, the main con being its weakness against elite pull-up shooters.

With Curry out due to rest, it was up to Klay Thompson to take advantage of Lopez in deep drop.

Player grades: Warriors vs. Bulls

Jonathan Kuminga

24 minutes, 24 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 2 fouls, 9-for-12 shooting, 4-for-4 threes, 2-for-3 free throws, 90.1% TS, +6

Gotta love both the performance and the attitude from JK in this one. He’s been playing really well lately, and then got removed from the starting lineup in favor of someone who had been struggling horrifically. Yet Kuminga entered the game playing with the energy of a case of Red Bull, and he did so selflessly. He fueled the team with his instant offense, but also moved the ball, busted his butt, and got out in transition.

And, as mentioned, the lineups where he and Wiggins were both on the court worked well, which was great to see.

Kuminga deserved more than 24 minutes, but you can understand why Steve Kerr was hesitant to have too much overlap between Kuminga and Wiggins. But hot dang this dude is good.

Grade: A+

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