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Steve Kerr: Warriors will let Matt Barnes’s legal issues be played out

NEW YORK — Responding to the concerns of Golden State Warriors fans regarding Matt Barnes’ past and current issues, coach Steve Kerr told ESPN that he is comfortable with the veteran forward being on the team.

In his comments, Kerr referenced the third-degree misdemeanor assault charges Barnes is facing stemming from an alleged Dec. 5 altercation at a club in Manhattan. Kerr made those comments made shortly after announcing that Barnes would make his first start for the Warriors in Sunday’s game against the New York Knicks.

“We’re aware of Matt’s legal situation, and we’ll see how that plays out. We’re comfortable with the process, and I’m comfortable with Matt,” Kerr told ESPN. “I had him during my tenure in Phoenix, and he was a great teammate, and I enjoy being around him, so I’m more confident that everything will be fine. But the legal stuff has to handle itself.”

Barnes’ attorney, Alex Spiro, requested that his client’s trial date in the assault case be postponed until June 27.

“I have reason to believe my client will be playing in the NBA Finals,” Spiro said in court Friday in Manhattan, according to reports.

Judge Robert Herbert Moses responded: “Good luck.”

In addition, Barnes and former teammate DeMarcus Cousins face a civil suit related to the Dec. 5 incident. Filed by plaintiffs Jasmine Besiso and Myrone Powell in a U.S. District Court in New York, the lawsuit alleges that Barnes grabbed Besiso by her neck and began choking her at approximately 3 a.m. ET after a fight broke out in the VIP section of the club.

The Warriors moved to sign Barnes on the evening of Feb. 28, after star small forward Kevin Durant suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain and bone bruise in the first quarter of Golden State’s game that night against the Washington Wizards.

The Warriors initially signed Jose Calderon but elected to waive the Spanish guard to make room for Barnes.

Barnes, 36, recorded three points, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block in 19 minutes Sunday in the Warriors’ 112-105 victory over the Knicks.

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A firm injury diagnosis on Kevin Durant is not expected before Wednesday, but the Golden State Warriors have already lined up Matt Barnes as a potential Durant fill-in, the veteran swingman confirmed to ESPN.

Sources told ESPN that the Warriors, in the wake of the hyperextended left knee Durant suffered Tuesday night at Washington, quickly reached out to Barnes and made arrangements to sign him later this week.

Barnes told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne that he will sign a rest-of-the-season deal with Golden State, as opposed to a 10-day contract.

“It’s a dream come true!” Barnes told The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears. “I feel like I helped start something in ’07, and now I’m coming back to help finish it.”

In an Instagram post late Tuesday night, Barnes called this “the happiest day of my life” after the birth of his children.

Barnes spent two seasons in Golden State, from 2006 to 2008.

Sources said Golden State, to make roster room for Barnes, will be forced to abandon its plans to sign Jose Calderon on Thursday after Calderon clears waivers.

The Warriors were still evaluating MRI results on Durant after their Tuesday night road loss to the Wizards, sources said, and are expected to announce the severity of Durant’s injury Wednesday.

Regarding the looming addition of Barnes, Warriors officials could not be reached for comment.

Freshly waived by the Los Angeles Lakers, Calderon committed to sign with the Warriors early this week upon clearing waivers at 5 p.m. ET Wednesday. But ESPN has learned that the Warriors will sign Calderon to a rest-of-the-season deal and then promptly waive him, ensuring Calderon earns the money he would have received in Golden State but also leaving a roster spot open to add Barnes.

On Feb. 20, the Kings waived Barnes — who grew up in Sacramento — despite the fact he is owed nearly $6.5 million next season.

The Kings needed a roster spot to accommodate the players they received in their DeMarcus Cousins trade with the New Orleans Pelicans. Because of what Kings general manager Vlade Divac termed “culture” reasons, they decided to waive the 36-year-old Barnes after a rocky stint with his hometown team that included a December arrest stemming from an incident in a Manhattan nightclub.

Foul not called on last-minute steal in Warriors-Pelicans

Draymond Green should have been called for a foul on a decisive steal of Anthony Davis with 4.5 seconds left of the Golden State Warriors’ 113-109 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday, according to the NBA.

The league’s last two minute report — which assesses each call made in the final two minutes of a game within five points — deemed that Green’s steal of the ball was legal, but that he “puts two hands on Davis’s back and bunches his jersey in a hand,” which should have resulted in a personal foul. The Warriors were up two, 111-109, when the play occurred.

Davis earned a technical foul — his second of the season — while protesting immediately after the call was made.

“It is what it is,” Davis said Wednesday after reviewing the game film but before the last two minute report was released. “Can’t do nothing about it now.”

The Pelicans were held scoreless over the final 4:45 of the game, and earned just two points on their final 11 offensive possessions. “I knew he wanted to drive left,” Green said of Davis Tuesday night.

“That’s always when he’s on that block. He probably go left 85 percent of the time on that block. So I knew he wanted to go that way. So once he opened up, which is what he do on that block, I just took a swipe at the ball.”

The call was the only one deemed “incorrect” in the game report, which was released on Wednesday.

The loss marked the Pelicans’ eighth in their past 10 games and dropped them to 8-18 on the season. The Warriors lead the NBA at 22-4.

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry(Stephen Curry Jersey) indicated Tuesday he’ll likely re-sign with the Golden State Warriors after this season.

“Yes. Yes,” Curry replied to questions whether he’s optimistic about returning to the Warriors. Next offseason will be the two-time reigning NBA MVP’s first time as an unrestricted free agent.

Curry re-signing would be in contrast to decisions made by the other two most recent MVPs, Kevin Durant and LeBron James, who both went elsewhere after their rookie extensions expired. Durant decided to join Curry with the Warriors, while James jumped from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Miami Heat, only to return to Cleveland in 2014 after four seasons in Miami.

Asked if he’ll consult with Durant on contract matters this season, Curry said, “Maybe, but I’m not going to let it distract me at all.”

“I want to be back here. I like playing here, and that’s it,” he said.

Curry will earn over $12 million this season, less than three of his teammates (Durant, $26.5 million; Klay Thompson, $16.6 million; Draymond Green, $15.3 million). The Warriors intend to make up some of that difference this summer. Depending on where the salary cap falls, Curry’s new deal could net him in excess of $30 million per season.

Curry said he hopes his contract status won’t be an ongoing storyline this season.

“I hope not because we’ll worry about that in the summer. My answer’s not going to be any different all year. So, keep asking me, I won’t have a different one,” he said.

Day 1 of the Warriors’ training camp “was a good day,” Curry said, adding it was “business as usual.” Warriors coach Steve Kerr called the team’s first practice “very smooth.”

“One of those things you get excited just looking at the different possibilities, number of lineups we can put out there,” Curry said of the talent surrounding him this season.

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GUANGZHOU, China — Stephen Curry(Stephen Curry Jersey) finally did it.

Last week, the Golden State Warriors guard watched Game 7 of the NBA Finals from start to finish for the first time since his team lost the series after being up 3 games to 1.

Someone had shown him the last two minutes, he said, and he decided at that point it was time to revisit the game.

“I was a little mad at myself and getting back into the grind of working out for next season,” Curry told ESPN on Saturday, during the second stop of an Asian tour sponsored by Under Armour. “I think it was a good motivator to get back into the gym and keep working.

“I wasn’t 100 percent, but who cares? I was playing. I was out there trying to help my team win and that’s all that really matters. I’ve taken advantage of the summer to get right and I still have a little bit of work to go.”

Curry spent the day in Guangzhou hosting a basketball clinic with the city’s best high school players, and taking part in a consumer event where 1,500 locals — many decked out in Warriors gear and Curry’s signature shoes — watched him do his famous warm-up drill and knock down shots from half court.

Though the past was on Curry’s mind last week, the two-time defending league MVP is also focused on a future that involves bringing Kevin Durant into the mix to join Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

“I honestly don’t think there could be any more pressure than we had last year,” Curry said. “Coming off a championship, winning 73 games and being expected to win another [title], obviously it didn’t happen. It’s going to be a different vibe because it’s a different team and different dynamics with different players with KD joining us. … We have probably six or seven new guys.”

Curry is amused by the narrative that LeBron James, by bringing the title to his native Cleveland, became the hero while the Warriors — after signing Durant — became the villains.

“I kind of laugh at that,” Curry said. “Obviously how the Finals ended [and] what happened, that’s sports. That’s what you love about it. I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything. Obviously it stinks to not win, but playing for a championship for two years in a row has been an amazing, amazing journey and I don’t think it’s over.

“All that narrative around our team, how people view us, doesn’t really matter to us. We are who we are and we’re championship contenders going forward.”

After Durant signed with the Warriors, Thompson insisted that he wasn’t changing his game to accommodate the team’s newest addition. Curry says he won’t either, which won’t be a surprise to Durant.

“It won’t change at all,” Curry said. “That’s the reason KD joined — knowing we weren’t going to sacrifice anything, that we all have to be ourselves to make things work. There will be some adjustments when it comes to the in-game flow and how we work together, but for us to be who we’re supposed to be, we all have to kind of elevate ourselves.”

Curry, who is in the final year of a four-year, $44 million deal, will once again be the fifth-highest paid player on the team. That’s something he said he’s at peace with.

“I told myself, when I made the decision to sign for what I did back in the day, that I’m blessed to take care of my family for what it was,” Curry said. “And there would probably be a situation, if I played the way I was supposed to coming off that contract, that I could be underpaid or whatever. But at the end of the day, it would all come around and we won the championship and good things happened.”

While Curry said it took a while to flush away the pain of losing to the Cavs in the Finals, he did say that overcoming the criticism on social media during that time was easily dealt with.

Curry’s wife, Ayesha, who has a budding career as a celebrity chef with a cookbook and national cooking show on the way, said after Game 6 that the game was “rigged.” She quickly apologized.

Curry, who co-owns a social media company called Slyce and has nearly 20 million followers combined on Instagram and Twitter, joked afterward that he might have to shut off the Wi-Fi in his house.

“Since the Finals, you can get wrapped up in the backlash, if you will, of what happened,” Curry said. “I’m not going to be a prisoner of the moment and get sensitive and whatnot, and I don’t think she is either. It is what it is, but we enjoy just being ourselves. There’s nothing other than that. Social media is a great way to share what’s going on and have fun with your life.”

Curry also endured some criticism for his Under Armour “Chef” shoe that debuted during the Finals — a low-cut, plain white shoe that was ridiculed as being a sneaker for nurses or dads.

He revealed for the first time Saturday that he was ready to wear them for Game 4, but was talked out of it by Warriors general manager Bob Myers and his agent Jeff Austin, who were concerned about the low cut given Curry’s history of ankle issues.

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In a surprise turn, the NBA is pulling back on its salary-cap projection for the 2017-18 season, according to a league memo obtained by ESPN, and it could complicate the Golden State Warriors’ efforts to keep their new super team together.

The league previously projected the 2017-18 cap to hit $107 million but lowered that number to $102 million Thursday and lowered the luxury-tax-line projection from $127 million to $122 million.

This will affect teams’ planning for 2017 free agency — specifically the Warriors. Kevin Durant(Kevin Durant Jersey) is signing a contract Thursday that will allow him to re-enter the market as a free agent next summer. Because the Warriors will not have his full rights at that time, they will have to create $33.5 million in cap space if Durant wants a new max contract.

Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala are also scheduled to be free agents next summer. The Warriors retain both players’ full rights, but it will be a challenge to re-sign them while also leaving room for Durant. That challenge was just projected to be $5 million more difficult.

It is noteworthy that these projections are based on the current collective bargaining agreement. Both the NBA and the players’ union have an option to end the agreement by Dec. 15. If either side opts out, it would not affect the 2016-17 season. The sides have been in talks about a new agreement for months, and new terms could change all the projections.

The players currently receive up to 51 percent of the basketball-related income, which this year topped $6.5 billion. There was a shortfall, and the owners returned a record $130 million to the players. In the memo sent Thursday, the NBA projected a shortfall next year of $200 million that would be sent to the players.

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry(Stephen Curry Jersey) believes he needs to play better than he ever has in Game 7 against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday.

“I need to play my best game of the year, if not my career,” he said after practice Saturday.

“Because of what the stakes are — that doesn’t mean score 50 points, though,” he added. “That means control the tempo of the game. I need to be aggressive, where I need to push the envelope.”

Teammate Marreese Speights, though, expects Curry to do just that: score 50.

“Steph’s gonna go off on Sunday,” Speights wrote Saturday in an essay for The Players’ Tribune. “I wouldn’t be surprised if he comes out and scores 50. With all the things the media’s been saying about him, and everything on Twitter, I know he’s going to respond. I know it. And then all the other guys are going to fall into place. That’s how it works for us.”

Curry is averaging 23.5 points on 17.5 shots per game in the series, but he has more turnovers than assists. He also fouled out of Game 6, prompting him to throw his mouthpiece, which hit Andrew Forbes, son of Cavs minority owner Nate Forbes. Curry, who was subsequently ejected, apologized to Forbes on his way to the locker room with 4:22 left in the game.

Of the sequence, Curry said Saturday, “I was going to the bench either way, so I might as well have kept walking to the locker room. That’s kind of how I view it, in a funny way. But the way that we move on is win Game 7 and have a lot more fun postgame.”

Curry did not shy away from the negative implications of potentially losing Game 7. Asked if a Finals loss would make the team’s historic 73-win regular season a failure, the back-to-back MVP said, “Yeah, pretty much, because that was our goal from the beginning.”

“We’re here on Game 7 with a chance to do it,” he said. “We’ve had two chances already, haven’t gotten it done, 48 minutes to do it, so if we come up short, we’ll all be very, very, very disappointed. No two ways around it.”

Curry’s wife, Ayesha, became the focus of some controversy when she tweeted of Game 6: “I’ve lost all respect sorry this is absolutely rigged for money … Or ratings in not sure which. I won’t be silent. Just saw it live sry.” Ayesha Curry later deleted the tweet.

Asked about the controversy Saturday, Stephen Curry said, “There’s nothing really that’s going to distract me from what’s happening on the court. I get asked about it, and it’s between me and Ayesha, the conversations about what happened. That’s going to be handled.”

He added: “That doesn’t take any spotlight off of what my job is on the floor and what these next 48 minutes are going to be like in Game 7. So that’s kind of all I’m worried about.”

Curry concluded with a joke: “I might have to cut the Wi-Fi off in my house there.”

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CLEVELAND — Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr didn’t get a vote on whether Stephen Curry(Stephen Curry Jersey) would play in this summer’s Rio Olympics, but he was relieved at Curry’s choice to remove himself from consideration this week.

“I was not consulted. That’s Steph’s decision,” Kerr said Tuesday. “As his coach, I’m pleased. He needs rest. [It's] two straight years going to the Finals. He’s had injuries not only this year, but in the past. I think rest will serve him really well, but it’s up to each individual player if he wants the experience or not.”

Curry cited the need to rest his right knee after he suffered a sprain earlier in the playoffs. On Tuesday, Curry said he was aware of the threat of the Zika virus in Brazil but that it didn’t affect his decision.

“I followed the reports and kind of got educated on [Zika], but at the end of the day that didn’t have a bearing on my decision,” Curry said. “It was assessing my body and knowing what it was going to take for me to finish this playoff run.”

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James has been noncommittal about the Olympics for the past year, though he did attend last summer’s mandatory meeting for Team USA in Las Vegas. James remained firmly on the fence Tuesday and said the decision of players like Curry and LaMarcus Aldridge, who also withdrew his name this week, would not affect him.

“My decision has never been on anyone either playing on the team or being invited or not playing,” said James, whose Cavaliers lost the first two games of the NBA Finals. “I haven’t made a decision yet, and I probably will make it right after the season’s over.”

Curry’s fellow Splash Brother, Klay Thompson, indicated he still wants to play for Team USA. There is a training camp scheduled for July, but managing director Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski have said they will name a 12-person team by the end of the month and Thompson is likely to make the roster.

Thompson made it clear he wants to play but acknowledged Zika, which is spread by mosquitoes, has been on his mind.

“I hope to play for Team USA. It would be a great honor. Just thinking about the Olympics gives me butterflies, just because that’s a dream I’ve always had as a kid,” Thompson said.

“I’m not going to lie to you: Mosquitoes love me. I grew up in Oregon. I felt like I was always getting bit. So it’s no joking matter, but it’s a little concerning. But at the same time you’ve just got to take the precautionary steps to avoid it. But it’s not going to deter me from going. Obviously, I’d still love to go represent my country.”

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HOUSTON — Stephen Curry(Stephen Curry Jersey), who returned to action Sunday after missing the past two games because of a sprained right ankle, will undergo an MRI on Monday after spraining his knee midway through Golden State’s 121-94 Game 4 win over Houston.

Curry slipped while guarding Houston’s Trevor Ariza at the first-half buzzer and banged his right knee on the floor. The reigning league MVP grabbed the knee and limped off to the locker room.

Curry returned to the court after halftime and moved laterally in a test of the joint, but he stopped and shook his head toward the bench. Shortly thereafter, he headed back to the locker room and was ruled out just after the second half began, with Shaun Livingston taking his spot in the starting lineup.

“He was standing there crying, you know, and like, ‘Dog, just get out of here. We’ll hold you down.’ We gotta support him, you know, and be there for him,” Warriors forward Draymond Green told ESPN Radio’s Kevin Calabro and Jon Barry postgame. “I mean, he came out and obviously gave it a go, wasn’t 100 percent, and he gave it a go, and it’s unfortunate that that happened.

“But at the end of the day, one thing we’ve always talked about is our depth, and we’ve gotta use that to win games, and so we used that tonight.”

Added teammate Klay Thompson: “We knew as soon as Steph went down, we were going to have to do it ourselves. The ball was swinging around, Draymond got hot, I made a couple, and the floor opened up and we were just patient and having good shots. That’s why we were successful.”

Curry had six points on 2-of-9 shooting, including 1-of-7 from the 3-point line.

Curry appeared to slip on a wet spot, started when Houston’s Donatas Motiejunas slid across the court for a few yards near the 3-point circle.

“His conditioning was better than I expected,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. “And then he slips on the wet spot, unfortunately, and back to square one. We’ll see what happens with the MRI tomorrow.”

Asked about pundits’ picking against the Warriors without Curry, Green told ESPN Radio, “If Steph Curry’s out, I’d probably write us off too. That’s human nature [because] the guy’s the MVP of the league, but we’ve got a team full of competitors.

“We’re not gonna bow down or lay down against anyone. We’re gonna continue to play our game, continue to try to win basketball games, no matter who’s out there.”

Green said the same of the Rockets, citing last season’s Western Conference semifinal series between Houston and the Los Angeles Clippers.

“If I’m not mistaken, the Clippers were up 3-1 [on the Rockets before Houston rallied to win three straight]. They ain’t laying down,” he said. “It’s not going to be easy. We know they are a very talented ballclub when they get it going. They get hot from the 3, they can do anything on the floor. We have to come out and take the game, knowing that it’s not going to be easy, knowing Steph probably won’t be playing.”

The Rockets had their own issues at point guard. Patrick Beverley strained his right leg, and the team announced before the start of the second half that he would not return.

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State Warriors All-Star guard Klay Thompson(Klay Thompson Jersey) hopes to celebrate win No. 73 of the season on Wednesday night, just without going too far.

Thompson was asked if the Warriors would celebrate with champagne if they were to beat the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night and eclipse the NBA single-season wins record set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.

“Absolutely not,” Thompson said. “You’ve got to save that till June, man. I mean, you might have a glass of wine after the game, but that’s about it.

“We’d enjoy it for a couple nights, and then the real season starts.”

Thompson said he didn’t mind the Warriors sharing the national spotlight with Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who is playing his final career NBA game on Wednesday night.

“I think there’s two of them,” Thompson, who is a big Kobe fan, said of the biggest story in the NBA at the moment. “Kudos to Kobe Bryant. He deserves all the recognition he’s getting. And then I think we’re right on the heels of it.

“I got to pinch myself when I think about it every time. Possibly 73 [wins], it’s unbelievable. … It’d be a special feat. We’ve got to embrace it tonight. You might not ever see this opportunity ever again.”

The Warriors said they’ve handed out more than 350 media credentials for Wednesday night’s game against the Grizzlies.