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Warriors sign rookie guard Sean Kilpatrick

The Warriors signed rookie free agent guard Sean Kilpatrick on Monday, rounding out their training camp roster at 20.

Kilpatrick, 24, was not drafted after being named to the Associated Press’ All-America first team while playing as a senior for the University of Cincinnati last season.

The 6-foot-4 Kilpatrick averaged 20.6 points per game to lead the American Athletic Conference.

“Excited to be apart of this organization and start my career on the correct foot!” Kilpatrick wrote on Instagram.

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Warriors’ Andre Iguodala explains why he’s helping Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green get paid

OAKLAND – Andre Iguodala said it last season. He said it during the offseason. And he’s said it this preseason that he wants to help his friend and Warriors teammate, Klay Thompson, get paid at a time when he’s due for a contract extension.

“Hopefully he’ll continue to realize I should get like 0.1 percent (of his next contract) or something like that,” Iguodala joked earlier this week.

Iguodala says all this with a smile. He got his big contract in 2008 and another with the Warriors last offseason. Now it’s time for him to help others along, explaining that it’s part of a credo he learned from older teammates who helped him while coming up in the NBA.

“I would do that for any teammate,” the 30-year-old Iguodala told Sirius XM earlier this week. “And I would want it – a teammate like that, a guy to say, ‘Hey, this guy has our back and he wants me to get paid. He’s going to help me in any way possible.’

“It’s not just Klay, but I want Steph (Curry) to maximize his career. I want him to get paid as much as possible on and off the court. Draymond Green’s in a contract year, too, so I’m going to be looking to give him a couple extra. He’s going to fill up the basket a little bit more with me on the court with him as well.

“It’s just about taking care of your teammates, and I learned that early on playing with (Philadelphia 76ers teammates) like Kevin Ollie, playing with guys like Aaron McKie. And then Andre Miller, he was perfect for me. He was a big reason why I got the (six-year, $80 million) deal that I got and why I played at the level I played with when I was in Philly.”

Iguodala got paid with a large contract at age 24. He’s now a National Basketball Players Association vice president who thinks about the best interests of players around the league.

Last season, Iguodala deferred to Curry and Thompson, explaining that he was looking to fit in during his first year on the team. This season, he’s saying he wants to be more assertive. But if he can establish a stronger bond with his younger teammates by being unselfish on the court, Iguodala is going to do so.

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Warriors’ Andrew Bogut is not much of a baseball fan

Warriors center Andrew Bogut wasn’t among the players who attended Game 3 of the National League Championship Series in a suite at AT&T Park on Tuesday.

That’s because being from Australia, he didn’t have much of an understanding of the sport.

“I didn’t grow up with it,” Bogut said. “I just understand the rules from asking guys the last couple of years. I’m not into games. We have to sit there for six or seven hours. I just can’t do it.”

Jokingly asked if he saw the five-run home run that was hit (Giants left fielder Travis Ishikawa actually hit a three-run triple), Bogut said, “No. I know they won though, right?”

The Giants did win 5-4 to take a 2-1 lead in the seven-game series. It’s unlikely Bogut will be following the rest of the postseason for America’s pastime.

“I like action sports, so tennis, soccer, basketball, where there’s constant movement,” Bogut said. “No offense to people who do (like baseball). I know it’s a great drinking game to watch. Good to have a couple of beers from what I’ve heard. You’ve got to do something. So I’ll have to give that a try one day.”

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Warriors’ Stephen Curry a dark horse MVP candidate

Warriors guard Stephen Curry is being mentioned as a candidate in the preseason to eventually walk away with the NBA’s Most Valuable Player honor this season.

The Las Vegas betting site Bovada lists Curry as having 28-1 odds to become the MVP. That’s tied with Houston’s James Harden as having the ninth-best chance out of all NBA players.

LeBron James and an injured Kevin Durant remain the favorites in Las Vegas, but Curry could sneak in there as a dark horse candidate, according to writers at NBA.com when asked who could do it with Durant out.

“So I’ll go with Stephen Curry, with the idea that the Warriors will improve offensively (into the top seven in efficiency) and win 50-plus games again, with Curry averaging something in the range of 25 points and 10 assists,” John Schuhmann wrote.

Wrote Jeff Caplan: “I’ve been a believer since the day Steve Kerr was hired that Golden State is going to have a fun and loose squad that will play the same way. They’ll maintain the defensive principles, but Kerr will usher in a much more appealing, go-go offense that is going to play right into Curry’s hands. He’s set to go bonkers, folks, and the Warriors (health be with them) will follow.”

There is also preseason respect for Kerr, who Bovada listed as the odds for him winning NBA coach of the year honors at 10-1. That’s tied for fourth with the Los Angeles Clippers’ Doc Rivers.

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Warriors’ Klay Thompson asking for max contract and should get one, according to father Mychal Thompson

Klay Thompson is asking for a max contract and deserving of such an extension from the Warriors, according to his father, Mychal Thompson.

“He’s going to get paid, but the question is how much is he going to get paid?” Mychal said Monday on the ESPN LA radio show he co-hosts. “You think he’s going to get the max? That’s what he’s asking for.”

Mychal noted that the player the Warriors did not trade Klay for in the offseason, Kevin Love, would have gotten a super max contract from Golden State. Klay’s father also indicated Friday he agreed that after Utah’s Gordon Hayward got a max contract, so should his son.

“I think he is (a max player), but of course, I’m his dad,” Mychal said. “You know what, though? If he wasn’t, I would say it. I can be honest about it.

“I think he is. I really do. His game’s really evolving, getting better, and he really puts in the work, got a great work ethic. And he’s the kind of guy that you can trust. You know when you give him the money, he’s not going to stop working hard.”

The Warriors have until Oct. 31 to agree to a contract extension on Thompson’s rookie-scale contract or watch the player they drafted become a restricted free agent next summer. Both co-owner Joe Lacob and general manager Bob Myers have expressed their desire to re-sign Thompson, though they must weigh how much to give the 24-year-old given salary cap and luxury tax implications.

Mychal sees a bright future for Klay with the Warriors this season.

“I’ve said it to Klay and other Warriors players: I think 1 through 12 they’ve got the deepest roster in the league,” Mychal said. “I told Klay, ‘You’re now a world champion (from the FIBA World Cup). Now it’s time to become an NBA champion.

“And I think they have the capabilities of doing it. They’re right there. Everybody talks about the Spurs and Thunder when (Kevin) Durant’s healthy, and of course, the Clippers, who are loaded too. But I don’t see the Warriors taking a back step to anybody.”

Mychal, a Lakers commentator and NBA champion as a player with the team, also indicated he wouldn’t mind Klay ending up in Los Angeles once Kobe Bryant retires.

“I’m kind of hoping, well, maybe another two guard will be down here pretty soon,” Mychal said. “I’m just thinking out loud.”

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Warriors’ Andre Iguodala suffers broken nose

LOS ANGELES — Warriors forward Andre Iguodala suffered a broken nose in Thursday’s preseason win against the Lakers, but is expected to play in the team’s next preseason game Sunday, according to coach Steve Kerr.

Iguodala was accidentally struck by a Lakers player on the final play of the first half. He returned to the bench with tissue stuffed up both his nostrils and did not return to action. With his nose still bloody after the game, Iguodala said he put the nose back into place himself.

“He took a pretty good lick,” Kerr said, adding that Iguodala could wear a mask in upcoming games.

Iguodala had seven points, three rebounds and two assists in 16 minutes of play.

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Warriors’ Klay Thompson on Lakers’ Kobe Bryant: ‘I don’t know if I’m in his circle yet’

SANTA MONICA – The Warriors’ Klay Thompson will go up against childhood idol Kobe Bryant in a preseason game Thursday after the question was raised in the offseason as to who is the better shooting guard.

Thompson has improved his all-around game to the point where he’s in the conversation with the Los Angeles Lakers star, but the 24-year-old downplays the talk.

“I don’t know if I’m in his circle yet,” Thompson said. “I don’t have a championship. I don’t have an All-Star game under my belt. But yeah, it’s cool just to be known as one of the better shooting guards in the league to some people.”

Bryant, 36, played in only six games last season while rehabilitating from a knee injury. Thompson’s agent, Bill Duffy, is negotiating a contract extension and feels his client is right up there with Bryant.

“I don’t want Kobe Bryant to go crazy, but there’s some uncertainty as to who he is right now (because of injuries that limited him to six games last season),” Duffy told USA Today last month. “But I think Klay Thompson right now is the top two-way, two-guard in basketball. I think when you look at his body of work, when you look at what he accomplished guarding point guards on a regular basis (last season), I think it’s pretty clear.”

Thompson went to high school in Southern California and admires Bryant, who he doesn’t think pays attention to the Klay vs. Kobe talk.

“It’s almost like a dream come true when I’m playing against him,” Thompson said. “Kobe’s still one of the best in the game, so you’re always trying to measure yourself against the greats.”