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Dub Hub: Steve Kerr acknowledges that the Jonathan Kuminga-Andrew Wiggins starting lineup ‘didn’t click’

Rounding up all Warriors and NBA related news for Monday, January 8th.

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Warriors News:

Steve Kerr discusses the reasoning behind his latest starting lineup change

Warriors spiraling toward Kuminga trade decision with latest loss | NBC Sports Bay Area

Whether the culprit is impatience, poor scouting or poor development – or a combination of all three – the lack of positive outcomes have resulted in a high percentage of failed investments.

CEOs hate failed investments. As they should.

When Kuminga was benched for the final 18 minutes last Thursday as the Denver Nuggets erased an 18-point deficit to beat the Warriors at the buzzer, Lacob did something unusual. He came to Kerr’s postgame news conference.

The CEO wanted to hear Kerr’s responses, with reason to be particularly curious regarding Kuminga. The days since have been intriguing, with Kuminga’s frustration spilling out, leading to a conversation with Kerr, resulting in increased minutes on Friday.

Warriors’ Draymond Green reinstated after 12-game suspension: When will he return? | The Athletic

When will he return?

Green and Rick Celebrini, the team’s lead medical decision-maker, will determine that. There will be some sort of ramp-up process. He won’t play on Sunday against the Toronto Raptors at home, though Green is eligible. The Warriors then get two days off before a Wednesday home game against the Pelicans and then start a four-game road trip next Friday night in Chicago. — Slater

Moses Moody was told being out of the rotation was out of his control

Sources: Warriors’ Chris Paul (hand) expected out 4-6 weeks | ESPN

Paul, who injured his hand in a Friday night victory over the Detroit Pistons, has the start of an eight-day All-Star break looming in five weeks to soften the blow of lost games in the season’s timeline.

In his 19 seasons, Paul has had five surgeries to his left hand and six to his right. His departure comes after Draymond Green’s suspension ends. Green is expected to return to game action sometime next week, sources said.

In the absence of Paul, rookie guard Brandin Podziemski is expected to play a bigger role in the Warriors’ rotation.

Former Warriors Otto Porter Jr. receives his 2021-22 Championship ring

NBA News:

NBA roundtable: Biggest questions, moves and insights surrounding the 2024 trade deadline | ESPN

Which star is most likely to be moved before the deadline?

Bobby Marks: The Raptors have played their best basketball of the season since acquiring RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley. But that does not mean Pascal Siakam is off limits in trade talks. The forward is in the last year of his contract and the front office has a four-week window to evaluate whether he fits with their new roster. Financially, it depends whether Toronto is comfortable paying him and Quickley over $60 million per year starting in 2024-25. Keep in mind that Scottie Barnes is extension-eligible this offseason. Siakam has value around the league but is allowed to sign only a four-year extension with the Raptors. A team trading for him will need to weigh the risk of losing him as a free agent.

Tim Bontemps: Zach LaVine has to find a new home. Things have not gone well for the Chicago Bulls for the vast majority of LaVine’s tenure in Chicago — and virtually every moment that Lonzo Ball hasn’t been on the court with him. It’s a marriage that’s run its course and both sides would be better off with a fresh start. LaVine’s massive contract (three years and $138 million left after this season), however, makes finding a new home difficult — which is why it hasn’t happened yet.

Giannis Antetokounmpo blasts Bucks’ defense after loss to Rockets: ‘There was no pride’ | The Athletic

“We have to be better. We have to play better. We have to defend better. We have to trust one another better. We have to be coached better. Every single thing, everybody has to be better. Everybody. It starts from the equipment manager. He has to wash our clothes better. The bench has to be better. The leaders of the team have to be more vocal. We have to make more shots. We have to defend better. We have to have better strategy. We have to be better…

“We have four months to get better, so let’s see.”

Raptors and Kings trade talks revolving around Pascal Siakam fall through

In case you missed it at Golden State of Mind:

How the Raptors “Flexed” their muscle over the Andrew Wiggins-Jonathan Kuminga starting lineup

The first number I’m going to bring up: 59.

Which is the plus-minus figure — on the minus side, mind you — that the Warriors have had in the 137 minutes that Andrew Wiggins and Jonathan Kuminga have been on the floor together, prior to their game against the Toronto Raptors. On a per-100-possession basis, the Golden State Warriors are getting outscored by 17.7 points per 100 possessions with the two of them together.

That net rating virtually makes the Warriors the worst team in the league with that pairing — worse by 6.5 points per 100 possessions compared to the worst net-rating in the league, which belongs to the San Antonio Spurs (minus-11.5).

Which is why I raised my eyebrow when Steve Kerr announced that the starting lineup against the Warriors was going to be Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Wiggins, Kuminga, and Trayce Jackson-Davis.

Can Steph Curry’s Warriors rekindle their championship magic?

Maybe that’s just what it looks like on the other side of greatness, though. Light begins to blink when it is far enough away. The further off in the distance it gets, the fewer flashes escape the darkness.

Eventually, the light is gone.

I’m not going to say that’s the case for the Warriors. But I’ve watched this team dance in and out of greatness for the past two seasons with no semblance of upward trajectory. I’d love to see the light up close again. Love to see the Warriors sustain dominance en route to Curry’s fifth NBA title. But right now championship contention is light years away.

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