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Tue. July 22, 2014 | STATS
News: The Golden State Warriors and swingman Brandon Rush have completed the deal they agreed to last week.
Impact: The Warriors announced Rush's signing Tuesday. The contract is for two years and about $2.5 million. Rush will hold the option in the second year of the deal. Rush was Golden State's top reserve and best perimeter defender during the 2011-12 season before tearing two ligaments in his left knee in the team's 2012-13 home opener. He was traded to Utah last summer as part of a salary-shedding move.
Thu. July 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Speights has been working hard on a treadmill this summer, motivated to show up to training camp in better shape than he did last season, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: We've seen and reported the "off season conditioning" story every year. There's one like this for at least one player on every team. For Golden State, it's the disappointing Speights, who apparently couldn't find it in himself to show up in the best condition possible after signing a three-year deal last offseason. Now, he faces life with a new coach and he wants to make a good impression. He suggested he could be a stretch four, the type of player new coach Steve Kerr is seeking, but he's a career 23-percent shooter (14-for-61) from deep. Kerr sees Speights has a backup center, but only if he's in good shape.
Thu. July 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rush is expected to serve as a backup off guard and small forward for the Warriors, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: This is a similar role Rush played when he was the team's sixth man in 2011-12. In the current makeup of the roster, he won't be as important as a sixth man but he should be part of the rotation. His three-point shooting ability (career, 40.9%) should come in handy off the bench.
Wed. July 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rush has agreed to a two-year deal with the Warriors, Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports.
Impact: This will be Rush's second stint with the Warriors, and in 2011-12 he had his best year as a pro, averaging 9.8 points, 3.9 rebounds with 1.5 three-pointers in 26.4 minutes per game. There will undoubtedly be plenty of speculation about what will happen with the Warriors in the coming weeks, but it's pretty clear from reports from various news outlets that the T-Wolves would be willing to deal Kevin Love to Golden State if the Warriors were willing to send Klay Thompson back, so Rush could serve as Thompson's replacement in that scenario. That said, he's not close to being on Thompson's level, and it's perhaps more likely that the Warriors are done making big moves this summer, meaning Rush would be simply a bench option, holding little fantasy value.
Wed. July 16, 2014 | STATS
News: Rush and the Golden State Warriors have agreed to a two-year contract. Agent Mark Bartelste says Rush will hold the option in the second season of the deal.
Impact: Rush was Golden State's top reserve during the 2011-12 season before tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the team's 2012-13 home opener. He was traded to Utah last summer as part of a salary-shedding move that allowed the Warriors to sign Andre Iguodala. Rush played just 38 games for the Jazz last season after returning from that devastating knee injury. He has averaged 8.3 and 3.3 rebounds in six seasons.
Mon. July 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rush will work out for multiple teams in Las Vegas on Tuesday in an attempt to land on an NBA roster, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Impact: Rush was disappointing in Utah last year as he averaged just 11 minutes per game and fell out of former coach Ty Corbin's lineup by the end of the season. He suffered a torn MCL and ACL in Nov. 2012 that still affected him mentally on the court. Corbin detailed this hesitancy in his game throughout the season and ultimately sat Rush in lieu of younger players. Tuesday's workout will be an attempt to show coaches and general managers that he's finally gotten over the mental hump of recovering from a major injury.
Mon. July 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lee underwent minor surgery to repair a core muscle in his pelvic area and will not train with Team USA in Las Vegas, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Impact: It's just a minor procedure for Lee, though it knocks him out of contention to play for Team USA at the FIBA World Cup in Spain, which begins August 30. Lee will be sidelined for a few weeks with a goal of returning to the court in early August, well before training camp begins.
July 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Green has been "shooting a ton," according to Golden State head coach Steve Kerr, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Impact: Kerr is looking for Green to become a more efficient shooter, particularly out toward the three-point line. If Green can work himself into a reliable stretch four, he'll get more than the 22 minutes per night he played in 2013-14. He made strides in terms of shooting between his rookie season and last year, but there's more work for Green to do heading into his third NBA season.
July 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nedovic needs to show coaches improvement in his point-guard play during the Las Vegas Summer League, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. He battled injuries and inexperience during his rookie season and never was an impact in the Warriors' run to the postseason.
Impact: Nedovic made several big plays in the summer league opener Friday night when he scored 17 points and got to the free-throw line 11 times. Those are good signs for the development of a shooting guard, but the Warriors are looking for Nedovic to improve at the finer points of point guard play. Things like when to push the pace and when the settle the team down, or when to use his athleticism and when to rely on ball movement.
Fri. July 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nedovic recorded 17 points (4-6 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 7-11 FT), five rebounds, and one assist in 25 minutes during the Warriors' 70-58 win versus the Hornets at the Las Vegas Summer League on Friday.
Impact: Nedovic started at point guard, and on top of scoring 17 points on only six field-goals, he also managed to avoid committing a single turnover. Expect him to continue to receive ample playing time going forward in the summer league.
Fri. July 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Livingston sprained his right big toe, but he's still expected to be ready for Warriors' training camp, CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: Livingston seems to be in the clear for the start of the 2014-15 season. Although, his fantasy potential is still up in the air due to the free agent frenzy around the league. It doesn't look like Klay Thompson will be dealt, but if he is, Livingston would stand a lot to gain. Otherwise, the 28-year-old will likely provide support off the bench.
Fri. July 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Iguodala (knee) won't participate in the FIBA World Cup this summer for team USA, Inside Bay Area reports.
Impact: Iguodala hasn't been able to play or practice this summer since his knee tendinitis has been so aggravating. Players have decided not to play in the World Cup for less, so his decision makes sense for his basketball future with the Warriors. Ideally, Iquodala's rest in the summer will result in a healthy start for the upcoming season.
Fri. July 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Iguodala has not played basketball this summer due to knee tendinitis, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Impact: Iguodala was bothered by the knee in the final months of the season. We suspect he's not pushing it during the offseason in order to be ready to go when training camp rolls around this fall.
Fri. July 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nedovic, who rolled his ankle during practice Thursday, said the ankle is fine and that he's "good to go" for Friday's summer league opener.
Impact: Nedovic should get a lot of playing time during the summer, but the addition of Shaun Livingston to the backcourt will limit his minutes in the regular season.