Warriors Notes: Adams, Wiggins, Haliburton, More

Warriors assistant coach Ron Adams transitioned into a new role this year, traveling with the team less and stepping away from coaching on the bench as he assumed more player development responsibilities. As he tells Tim Kawakami of The Athletic, Adams found that transition challenging at times.

“I think when you’re used to being in the fight and you’re not in the fight, that adjustment is a hard one,” Adams said. “But having said that, I enjoyed the year. … Change is difficult, especially when you’ve done the same thing for a number of years, as I have. But it was probably necessary. We have a lot of good young coaches; they need to develop. And hopefully, I can be a part of that process. But yes, not being in the fight was difficult.”

Adams, who signed a one-year contract with the Warriors last summer, expressed interest in returning to the team for the 2020/21 season, despite the fact that he’ll turn 73 years old later this year.

“I would like to come back, yeah,” he told Kawakami. “I have no reason not to. I want to be involved.”

Here’s more on the Warriors:

  • During his conversation with Kawakami, Adams offered some interesting insights on a number of Warriors players, including newly-acquired forward Andrew Wiggins, whom Adams referred to as “a really, really outstanding all-around player,” specifically praising his defense. “I was elated to get him into our program,” Adams said of Wiggins. “I think he’s a star player. I think he’s gonna flourish with more shooting on the floor. But I was personally really happy with the all-around nature of his game and what he showed in that regard more so that his scoring, even.”
  • Connor Letourneau of The San Francisco Chronicle has heard that the Warriors have Tyrese Haliburton ranked as the top point guard on their 2020 draft board, ahead of LaMelo Ball, Killian Hayes, Cole Anthony, and others. Letourneau says he expects Golden State to “seriously consider” Haliburton if the team is drafting between No. 2 and 5.
  • Elsewhere in his mailbag, Letourneau discusses whether the Warriors would consider trading Draymond Green, why the team reopened its practice facility even though its season likely over, and whether Marc Gasol is a realistic target in free agency.
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12 thoughts on “Warriors Notes: Adams, Wiggins, Haliburton, More

  1. Curtis Smith

    Green won’t be worth the money to anybody but gsw and the system they run.
    That contract is looking bad.

    • It would be a bad contract on another team kind of what you’re suggesting. To the Warriors and that roster he is absolutely necessary and thus that contract is cheap. He’s the enforcer, does the Dirty Work, will guard the other team’s best player no matter the position in crunch time. He’s the captain of the defense, directs other players and fires them up. With a team of Shooters you have to have a guy like this.

  2. Sillivan

    Wiggins need to be traded because of luxury tax

    Wiggins and 1 first and 4 seconds to Pistons for Luke Kenard

    • yem1979

      That’s a horrible deal for GSW. If I were the Pistons I’d do it without hesitation. I hope you’re not a businessman

    • Warriors don’t care about the luxury-tax. If they did they would have let Kevin Durant walk without seeking to plug his salary back onto the roster. What a genius way to keep a Max guy available to the roster by sliding different Max guys in and out.

      Durant out D’Angelo Russell in. Russell out Wiggins in. If they choose to trade Wiggins plus assets for an upgrade, they can now. It wouldn’t be possible if they didn’t have Wiggins and luxury tax payments. Not sure if I explained that right but I hope you know what I mean.

      They would not be able to just sign a new guy out right as a free agent. No cap space. But by doing a sign and trade Kevin Durant for D’Angelo Russell they were able to keep that position in house. That Max slot.

  3. Sillivan


    Warriors are going to draft LaMelo Ball and trade to Knicks for Knicks pick then draft anyone remaining

  4. Sillivan

    Trade idea

    Warriors get Knicks 2020 first and 2022 first

    Knicks get warriors 2020 first and 2022 first

    You never know how much Warriors love Knicks own pick

  5. jessaumodesto

    Wiggy in my op is a star and unless you can get Greek Freak for him we need to keep him.

    • Yes I would agree with that. Wiggins is no slouch. He’s athletic, 6-8, fills a need for the Warriors on the wing, and can get Buckets.

  6. mlbnyyfan

    I would take Wiggins on the Knicks. Draft a PG. RJ,Wiggins,Robinson and Randle could be a start of something good

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