Pacific Notes: Looney, Durant, Lakers, Kings

While it took him a few years to develop into the player he is now, Kevon Looney has become a key part of the Warriors‘ success, with head coach Steve Kerr referring to him as “one of our foundational pieces,” per Anthony Slater of The Athletic.

“To be called a foundational piece, I never would’ve believed that,” Looney said. “Even when I was playing pretty good last season, I never would’ve taken it that far.”

With DeMarcus Cousins sidelined, Looney was Golden State’s most reliable non-Draymond Green big man against the Blazers in the second round, averaging 10.0 PPG and 6.5 RPG with a .783 FG% in 27.6 minutes per contest over the course of the Warriors’ sweep.

The next step for Looney? Unrestricted free agency. Coming off a minimum salary contract, Looney is in for a big raise, and it’ll be interesting to see how aggressively the Warriors attempt to retain him, with key players like Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson also up for new deals this offseason.

Here’s more from around the Pacific:

  • The Warriors may have handled Portland without Kevin Durant, but Draymond Green said after last night’s win that they’ll need KD back for the NBA Finals, as Nick Friedell of relays. According to Friedell, the team remains “cautiously optimistic” that Durant will be available when the NBA Finals get underway on May 30.
  • Magic Johnson‘s First Take appearance on Monday represented the second time that he has blindsided Lakers owner Jeanie Buss this spring, writes Ramona Shelburne of As Shelburne explains, Johnson spoke to Buss multiple times in the wake of his abrupt resignation and never went into detail about the grievances he had with GM Rob Pelinka and the rest of the organization, but he didn’t hesitate to air those grievances on First Take this week.
  • Buss ought to play a bigger public role on behalf of the Lakers as the team looks to move past its recent drama, opines Arash Markazi of The Los Angeles Times.
  • In addition to Jamaal Franklin, whose participation was previously reported, the Kings are hosting a series of other familiar names at their free agent mini-camp on Tuesday, according to Nicola Lupo of Sportando, who identifies Josh Huestis, Amida Brimah, Josh Gray, and a handful of other free agents as some of the attendees.
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13 thoughts on “Pacific Notes: Looney, Durant, Lakers, Kings

  1. Senioreditor

    I really though Magic was above this. Usually extremely rich folks try and stay out of the public eye in such situations. I wish Magic had. I’m a very longtime Laker fan and kinda disappointed with him right now.

    • Sirsleepit

      Magic is just proving what he is, a diva who was out of his depth and is placing blame on others.

      • OCTraveler

        Magic is just positioning himself so he can “save this historic franchise” by buying it. Kobe, Worthy, Kareem and LeBron will join him on the podium to make the announcement.

      • imindless

        We also know who to blame for terrible trades and roster construction. I think rob is better off with magic, if we cant improve we can blame magic for this stupid stunt…

  2. snotrocket

    If KD can’t make it back from a minor calf strain to play in the finals after having 3 weeks off I don’t even want him back next year.

      • Would be better off finding 3 solid role players who aren’t afraid to break a nail

    • InvalidUserID

      Minor calf strain? Could you explain your source, doctor? Nobody has officially said grade 1 or grade 2. Even the Warriors said they’ve been vague on purpose.

  3. Do you really think Looney will get substantial offers from anyone else? In spite of his work rebounding, and ability to switch on defense, at the end of the day, he’s still a non-shooting, undersized center. I just don’t see the market. I think the Warriors can keep him on a reasonable contract, maybe 3 yr/$4-5M per year.

    • x%sure

      Where is @hiflew to brief us on the standards for “foundational pieces”?

  4. raisethejollyroger

    One thing is for sure…Lebron will not be in the court versatile or at the table to possibly purchase the Lakers if and when that time comes. He can go back to Cleveland and buy that mistake.

    • x%sure

      The Cavaliers, four-time defending EC champs, and apparently a good former employer to list on your NBA resume’.

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