Warriors Notes: Kuminga, Dunleavy, Myers, CBA

Although Jonathan Kuminga showed promise in an increased role during his second NBA season, the young forward wasn’t part of the Warriors’ playoff rotation, receiving three DNP-CDs in the postseason and playing more than 10 minutes in just one game. As Anthony Slater of The Athletic relays, head coach Steve Kerr explained the thinking behind that decision in his end-of-season media session earlier this week.

“The biggest thing was with (Andrew Wiggins) and Gary (Payton II) in place again, it lessened the need for what JK’s strength is right now, which is on-ball defense,” Kerr said. “The best way for Jonathan — and I told him this — the best way for him to get more playing time is to become a more versatile player.

“… The more things you can do, the more easy it is to fit into a five-man lineup. Rebounding is a huge thing for JK. If he’s going to be a great player in this league, he’s got to rebound. A four-man with that kind of size and athleticism, that’s the next step, and continuing to work on all the things that he’s working on already, the shooting and the ball handling and the court vision, understanding what’s happening on the floor. It’s all going to get better because he’s so young and because he’s willing to work.”

A report last week indicated that Kuminga’s representatives would talk to the Warriors about the 20-year-old’s role going forward and may prefer a change of scenery for their client if his minutes continue to be inconsistent. However, Kerr’s comments suggested that he’s looking forward to incorporating the former lottery pick into his rotation in 2023/24 — he expressed confidence in Kuminga’s potential to break out in his third NBA season.

“If you look at Jonathan’s regular season, he did some great things,” Kerr said, per Slater. “I tell him all the time, he’s got 15 years ahead of him. He’s got such a long career ahead. He’s got a lot of ability and he’s just in the process of learning the NBA game.”

Here’s more out of Golden State:

  • After Marc J. Spears of Andscape reported that Mike Dunleavy Jr. represented the Warriors at this week’s general manager meetings in Chicago, Slater cautioned (via Twitter) that it wasn’t necessarily a hint at Bob Myers‘ plans for his future, since Dunleavy has stood in for Myers in other capacities in the past. Slater points out that Dunleavy’s role as Golden State’s “backup” GM is one reason why he’s widely viewed as Myers’ eventual successor.
  • If Myers does decide to remain in his president/GM position with the Warriors, the expectation is that his annual salary will surpass $10MM, says Jake Fischer of Yahoo Sports. A report this week stated that the two sides hadn’t engaged in real negotiations in months and remain far apart.
  • Tim Kawakami and Danny Leroux of The Athletic take a closer look at how the Warriors will be affected by the NBA’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement, with Leroux noting that many of the more punitive restrictions for teams above the new second tax apron won’t go into effect right away. However, Leroux believes that teams over the second apron – including Golden State – will be prohibited from using the taxpayer mid-level exception and signing buyout players in 2023/24.
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