Pacific Notes: Simmons, Thompson, Harrell, Caruso

Swingman Jonathon Simmons is among the non-roster players joining the Warriors for their mini-camp, Anthony Slater of The Athletic tweets. Simmons joined the Warriors’ G League team in Santa Cruz in February after having played a combined 56 games with Orlando and Philadelphia in 2018/19. Zach Norvell, Jeremy Pargo, Ryan Taylor, and Roger Moute a Bidias are the other non-roster players participating in the mini-camp.

We have more from the Pacific Division:

  • Klay Thompson will be able to practice without restrictions, but there are still some questions to be answered during the Warriors’ mini-camp, Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area writes. While reports have been encouraging, Thompson still has to show he can regain the form he had prior to tearing his ACL. Kevon Looney, who underwent core muscle injury in May, could also answer some questions about his health if he looks sharp on the court, Poole adds.
  • The Clippers probably won’t re-sign forward Montrezl Harrell unless it’s a sign-and-trade scenario, Jovan Buha of The Athletic opines. The likely contract demands of the league’s Sixth Man Award winner, coupled with his limitations and subpar playoff performances, make him a prime candidate for a sign-and-trade, Buha continues. The team will also look for an upgrade at point guard, though there won’t be a lot of attractive alternatives in free agency.
  • Guard Alex Caruso has become an essential role player for the Lakers and the stats prove it, Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times notes. In Caruso’s 18.4 MPG during the regular season, the Lakers were 9.8 points per 100 possessions better than their opponents. During the postseason, the Lakers’ best defensive lineups have often been with Caruso on the court. He can become an unrestricted free agent after next season.
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32 thoughts on “Pacific Notes: Simmons, Thompson, Harrell, Caruso

  1. Sillivan

    Is this correct?

    Clippers can sign and trade Harrell to Knicks but not to 76ers

    The team which accepts Harrell big salary is hard capped

  2. arc89

    Can’t wait for next year when the real Championship team Warriors take the court. NBA is boring without a real championship team.

      • arc89

        Something the Rockets will not put next to their name for a very long time. Must be sad to have agood team that never got into a championship game.

    • Thronson5

      Real Championship team lol. Because the Celtics (17 x champions) and the Lakers (16 x champions) arent real championship teams lol.

      • Chief Two Hands

        Warriors fans are delusional and completely fair weather. I lived in Northern California, on the coast, for 15 years. I used to talk sports with people there all the time. I never once met a Warriors fan. As soon as they won a championship everyone was suddenly a fan claiming to have been a fan for life. Total B.S.

        • Chief Two Hands

          I can also say that when talking about sports the Bay Area fans rarely knew much about there own teams in general.

        • Was I a fair weather fan when I was cheering this starting lineup? Lester Conner sleepy Floyd Greg Ballard Jim Peterson Larry Smith? Well thanks for letting me know I appreciate it. Be careful how you label entire group of people into one category. That doesn’t go over too well these days if you catch my drift. In fact it’s ignorant and offensive. Just my opinion. It’s an open discussion section here and you’re entitled to your opinion.

          Bay Area has some of the strongest loyal fans in the nation. Santa Barbara and Fresno northward all the way to the Oregon border are mostly Giants fans. And they know their stuff.

          Most recently with the Baron Davis Warriors, roaracle was louder than any Arena I can remember. I don’t think those we’re all fair weather fans.

        • arc89

          I say total BS on your comment. Been a warrior fans back to the Clifford Ray days. I bet you don’t even know who he was. Let me guess you have your bulls, heat, lakers, Spurs jerseys filled out your closet.

      • Thronson5@, we’re talking about lately. Kind of like in this decade LOL.

        • x%sure

          The Bay Area is enormus and varied. I think their fan bases are more in South (football) and East (BB) Bays. When I was there the Oakland-Alameda atmosphere in Run-TMC days was electric. I got a feel for the “land’s end” theme that can exist in that region. It’s a coarse and fatalistic feel, but is probably disappearing given the tech industry and Asian influx.
          I am sure there are parts where people want things more uniquely local.

          • arc89

            There is a lot of Asian fans that are die hard warrior fans. They did lose some of their edge moving to San Fran. Oaktown fans are more blue collar fans not the high tech fans that only go to the game because the high tech company gave them tickets.

  3. Otogar

    It’s somewhat strange to put foward the “limitations” of someone who recently won sixth man of the year as one of the reasons not to resign him.

    • Sillivan

      Not strange
      Westbrook won 2017 MVP and was traded in 2019

      As Shaq said, MVP is supposed to be the best player in the world

  4. Sillivan

    If Knicks offer Harrell 110 million contract it’s dated for Clippers to sign and trade him for a better point guard than Beverley

    Who

    • x%sure

      Knicks should trade for Williams if they’re going to go for Harrell. It will be about personalities for the Clippers. If the Knicks want to try to recreate the Clippers of last year on the Knicks, a lot of fans would support it. PatBev, JyGreen, TerMann(?) too. (That should be his nickname.)

        • Curtisrowe

          You’ve suggested numerous Knicks trades recently. What are you on?

          • x%sure

            Harrell is FA, Green will be and might double his salary. NYK have money. Players want out so will induce trading (Lou, Pat). There’s other FAs but I was talking about reassembling the ’19 team. This group would be useful for building the momentum NYK needs, at a time they are still effective, but are getting phased out of LA., so the trading should be motivated.

            Knicks have numerous firsts and a good PT center which LAC will need and who would likely be exposed FT. Fans say, no, we’re going to keep these, but the new GM has no such concerns. The Clips could use the defense and calmness of N’kina at the point and I don’t say that often. An uncomfortable team not really needing starters (except at PG) could use Gibson or Bullock.

            Those four (only one starting, to nobody’s excitement) at $22.3 match Lou & Pat at $21.3. So much for Lamelo! As for losing Robinson, adding the FSU pair from LAC would make that up… Mann is not good running an offense but the Clips don’t really have one they run.
            Getting the Charlotte pick would actually be harder. If that fails, Rose will have to come up with something.

  5. The Human Rain Delay

    Curios as Im too close to the situation but fill in the blank-

    Q- Caruso plays exactly how he did this year next year…Maybe even gets a little better shooting the ball (hes a pretty bad shooter if being honest next year=

    He signs a 4 yr contract for how much?

    Tough player to gauge, even tougher as a Laker fan…whatcha got board??

    • x_burner_X

      Lou Will signed for 3yr 24 mil. I love Carushow, but he is not as good as Lou Will, so that contract is his ceiling.

    • Curtisrowe

      I mean, he’s decent, but if he was on the Timberwolves other than the Lakers absolutely no one would be talking about him.

    • x%sure

      Sometimes a sub does not do as well as a starter and Caruso uses a lot of energy. He adds skills to the group so I would go to $3/15 if there was room. I mean he makes things happen that would not ordinarily.

      Lou W has always been underpaid according to the public record.

  6. Simmons>Russ

    Jonathan Simmons on the Warriors would be a good move. Still remember when Kawhi got injured and Simmons filled in and tried carrying the team but it didn’t work out. He scored 18 points in his first ever playoff game in a game 6 to help the spurs make the WCF but that was about it

    • Not happening. He’s flamed out ever since and couldn’t stick in the 4-5 five chances he’s had.

  7. Lionel Muggeridge

    The playoffs showed that Jamychal Green is a better player than Trez. No way I’d resign Harrell. Green is a better rebounder and shooter and comes at a cheaper price. One of Doc Rivers mistakes was playing Trez far too much in the postseason. He should lose his job for the decisions made in the playoffs

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