Of the two games on the NBA's schedule last night, the Spurs/Heat contest drew most of the headlines for Gregg Popovich's decision to send his stars home. But the evening's late contest in Golden State was arguably the more thrilling game of the two. Andre Iguodala's potential game-winning buzzer-beater left his hand a split second too late, allowing the Warriors to hang on for a one-point victory, 106-105. As the team comes off a big win against the Nuggets, here are a few Friday morning Warriors updates:
- With ex-Warrior Dominic McGuire being released by the Raptors, Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group (Sulia link) says not to bank on Golden State having interest in McGuire. Sources tell Thompson that the Warriors don't want to waive Kent Bazemore, the player most likely to be cut if the team adds another player.
- Bazemore will, however, be leaving the NBA team for now, as Thompson tweets that the rookie will be assigned to the D-League's Santa Cruz Warriors today.
- The Warriors have yet to apply for a disabled player exception following Brandon Rush's season-ending injury, according to Thompson (via Twitter). Such an exception would allow the team to add a player for this season for a salary up to $2MM. With the Warriors already over the tax line, approaching a hard cap, and still holding their $1.96MM bi-annual exception, perhaps the club figures there's no point in asking for an exception that won't be used.
- Appearing on Chronicle Live, Warriors GM Bob Myers apologized for deceiving fans in regard to Andrew Bogut's injury situation, as Thompson transcribes. The team did not reveal that Bogut had undergone microfracture surgery earlier this year, news that surfaced this week. "If there was blame to be laid on how this was communicated," Myers said. "That blame ultimately rides with me as the general manager of this organization."