Western Notes: McKinnie, Cauley-Stein, Silva, Grant

Willie Cauley-Stein will likely start at center for the Warriors but Kevon Looney will probably play more crunch-time minutes, Anthony Slater of The Athletic opines. Alfonzo McKinnie may get the nod at small forward with Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III in reserve, since McKinnie is a high energy player who should mesh well with the backcourt of Stephen Curry and D’Angelo Russell, Slater continues. However, rookie Eric Paschall is a darkhorse candidate to play down the stretch due to his versatility, Slater adds.

We have from the Western Conference:

  • The Warriors preferred Cauley-Stein to DeMarcus Cousins even before Cousins committed to the Lakers, Slater writes in the same mailbag story. Cauley-Stein provided a younger option who better fit their new priorities, according to Slater. However, they never really had a decision to make because they were hard-capped after the sign-and-trade for Russell with the Nets was agreed upon. The hard cap meant the Warriors couldn’t give Cousins a max raise up to $6.4MM, Slater notes. Cauley-Stein agreed to join the Warriors on a two-year contract on July 2 and officially signed on July 8.
  • Pelicans draft-and-stash prospect Marcos Louzada Silva – aka Didi Louzada — has developed a solid perimeter jumper that should translate well to the NBA game, according to a Heavy.com story. The 6’5” guard can also attack the rim and has shown good strides in his development in recent months. Louzada, the 35th overall pick in June who was acquired in a draft-day deal, will play in Australia with the Sydney Kings during the upcoming season.
  • Jerami Grant should be an ideal frontcourt complement to Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, Nick Kosmider of The Athletic opines. Grant, projected as the top big off the bench, is a nimble perimeter defender who can guard ball-handlers. Grant, acquired from the Thunder for a protected first-round pick, is also a solid help defender who can block shots.
  • Jared Cunningham will work out for the Warriors on Tuesday, Marc Spears of ESPN tweets. Cunningham, a shooting guard who recently worked out for the Rockets, hasn’t appeared in an NBA game since the 2015/16 season.
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8 thoughts on “Western Notes: McKinnie, Cauley-Stein, Silva, Grant

  1. phillyballers

    WCS was the dumbest, not on GSWs part but WCS. He had to leave money on the table. I mean GSW isn’t going to win next year no reason to sign such a paltry deal with the now 5th or 6th best squad in the West.

    • sleepyfloyd

      It does make sense since he sure to work in an offense “known” for moving the ball, that will only improve his worth moving forward.

      • phillyballers

        Splitting time w Looney isnt helping, and it’s a 2 yr deal. Basically throwing those 2 years in the trash in terms of maximizing his potential earnings. Scrubs got paid 2, 3, and 4x more per yr.

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      If Curry misses significant time with another ankle injury, the Warriors might not even finish 5th or 6th. They better be careful not to push him too hard.

      • Gary

        Yes I agree, but remember he’s got a 23 year old running mate who can handle the ball and take some of the load off. I’m sure they’ll take advantage of that this year being a lame duck year… unless Klay comes back strong for the playoffs.

    • For The Best Purp(ose)

      Golden state isn’t going win? They have a player who’s been playing at MVP level since 2015… has won 3 chanpsionships…. and overshadowed by less worthy teammates… eddy curry.

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