Pacific Notes: Poole, Baynes, Kawhi, Joseph

The Warriors want rookie shooting guard Jordan Poole, the No. 28 pick in the 2019 NBA draft, to spend time in the G League, according to Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area. Poole (Jordan, not Monte) is currently averaging 7.9 PPG and 2.3 RPG, and 2.0 APG in 24 minutes per game.

The 20-year-old Michigan alum is shooting just 25.8% from the floor for the Warriors. According to Logan Murdock of NBC Sports Bay Area, Golden State coach Steve Kerr told reporters that there is not a definitive timeline yet for Poole’s trip to Santa Cruz.

“There’s nothing set in stone yet,” Kerr said after the Warriors finished their practice Tuesday. “He’ll eventually be there. That’s a big part of our development process. Santa Cruz has been a big asset over the years. A lot of players go back and forth, so it’ll happen for Jordan at some point.”

There’s more out of the Pacific Division:

  • Gina Mizell of The Athletic observes that center Aron Baynes‘ return to the court on Monday against the Wolves marked the first step toward the Suns replenishing their frontcourt assets. Baynes had been sidelined with hip and calf injuries for three weeks prior to his suiting up for the Suns, on his 33rd birthday no less. In just 15 minutes Baynes scored 12 points and pulled down four boards in a Phoenix win. Starting center (and 2018 No. 1 draft pick) Deandre Ayton remains out of commission while serving a 25-game suspension for violating the league’s drug policy.
  • All-NBA Clippers wing Kawhi Leonard was treated to a standing ovation and chants of “MVP!” from a warm Canadian crowd on the night he received his 2019 NBA championship ring in Toronto. The Clippers faced the Raptors in the Great White North for the first time since Leonard changed sides as a free agent in the summer of 2019. Kurt Helin of NBC Sports took stock of the moment.
  • Kings point guard Cory Joseph, starting in Sacramento with De’Aaron Fox still injured, has been adding some bite to Sacramento’s defense, according to Jason Jones of The Athletic… and Joseph’s teammate Harrison Barnes. Barnes said to reporters in the Sacramento locker room on Monday night that he thinks Joseph is deserving of Second-Team All-Defensive honors for his work this season. Fox, meanwhile, is projecting a return to game action in a week and a half, according to James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area (via Twitter).
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5 thoughts on “Pacific Notes: Poole, Baynes, Kawhi, Joseph

  1. poole needs to be sent down. He lost his shooting stroke. Send him down to get playing time and his head back into the NBA game.

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      He’s a bust. Warriors can’t even win at home against the Knicks.

      • The real bust will be harden never winning a championship. If you don’t win the championship it doesn’t matter where you end up unless you get a top draft pick. Warriors will get a top draft pick this year and the Rockets will once again lose without reaching the finals.

    • Maybe just head out to Big Sur, look out at the Sea, and reflect on how small we really are.

  2. I still laugh at Klay doing an interview and was asked about GSWs lack of point scorers outside of Russell. He goes on to say Me and Jordan Poole had a 3 point contest and he beat me. And he goes on to say he’s a really good shooter.

    Meanwhile he shoots 26% from the floor in the real games. I think with all the success of GSW over the past few recent years then tanking 1 year while the stars are all injured isn’t a bad thing. Getting a top pick on a cheap rookie deal is a smart move. James Wiseman, Isaiah Stewart and Vernon Carey all look like good solid picks if they want a big.

    Think a Russell trade wouldn’t be a suprise also. I think he would be great for the Pacers for either Brogdan or Turner. Both players suit GSWs play style and are young. Russell and Oli would be a great backcourt in the East.

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