Warriors’ contract talks with Draymond Green reportedly break down

Contract talks between the Warriors and Draymond Green have reached an impasse and broken down, asYahoo! Sports was first to report Wednesday.

The two sides met Tuesday night when NBA free agents could begin negotiations, with the Warriors getting the first chance to reach an agreement. Now Green might meet with other teams that can sign him to an offer sheet. With Green being a restricted free agent, the Warriors can still match any offer sheet he signs.

Warriors general manager Bob Myers when asked about Green last week on 95.7 The Game said that when he was an agent, the free agent process never went how he thought it was going to go.

“Signing him is in our control,” Myers said. “What we have to compete with is not, and so I can’t put a timeline on it. We’re going to work very hard from the outset to sign him, but I can’t predict what – nobody can – what his options will be. But we’re very committed to trying to keep him, and he was a big part of our success.

“I don’t think anybody knows how the process will go because free agency is – I’ve said this before – is predictably unpredictable. You don’t know what’s coming.”

Green’s agent, B.J. Armstrong, did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

“It was a phenomenal, phenomenal, phenomenal run, so I don’t know what to expect,” Armstrong said Monday of free agency. “We were just as excited about the direction of the organization. We’re excited. I know Draymond is excited. I know the fans are excited. Everyone’s excited about where this is going.”


Warriors bring back Marreese Speights for next season

OAKLAND – The Warriors exercised the $3.8 million team option on the contract of big man Marreese Speights for next season after he made contributions off the bench during the championship run.

“I ain’t have no doubts that I was going to come back,” Speights said.

Speights, 27, was the team’s fourth-leading scorer as he averaged a career-high 10.4 points per game in 76 regular-season games. Earning the nickname “Mo Buckets,” Speights led the bench in scoring 31 times.

The 6-foot-10 Speights also averaged 4.3 rebounds and drew 29 charges for the second-most in the NBA. He capably played the power forward and center positions while scoring in bunches despite averaging only 15.9 minutes per game and at times not playing due to a coach’s decision.

“I know next season is going to be a better year,” Speights said.

“I definitely want to be a bigger part of the rotation.”


Stephen Curry’s game-worn Finals jersey auctioned off for $22,242

Warriors guard Stephen Curry had his game-worn home white jersey from Game 1 of the NBA Finals was auctioned off for $22,242 on Thursday.

Curry’s Game 1 Finals jersey drew significantly higher bids than those of his teammates on NBA Auctions. Other jerseys auctioned off came from Andre Iguodala ($6,410), Klay Thompson ($5,575), Draymond Green ($4,320), Shaun Livingston ($2,550), Harrison Barnes ($2,220), Andrew Bogut ($2,020), Leandro Barbosa ($1,820), David Lee (1,320), Marreese Speights ($1,270), Festus Ezeli ($1,111) Brandon Rush ($800), Justin Holiday ($720), James Michael McAdoo ($720) and Ognjen Kuzmic ($686).

The Warriors’ Game 3 road blue game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off until Tuesday, with Curry’s already fetching a bid of $15,370.

According to NBA Auctions, every game-worn jersey on the site comes directly off the backs of players under the “watchful eyes” of an NBA or MeiGray Group representative.


Warriors draft UCLA freshman Kevon Looney

OAKLAND – The Warriors selected UCLA’s Kevon Looney with the 30th overall pick of the NBA Draft on Thursday.

Looney, a 6-foot-9, 220-pound forward, is a Milwaukee native who left UCLA after his freshman season when he averaged 11.6 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.

The 19-year-old Looney, who dropped in the draft after being invited to the green room at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, provides the Warriors with a player they can develop.


Larry Riley, the general manager who drafted Stephen Curry, unsure about future with Warriors

Warriors director of scouting Larry Riley, the ex-general manager who drafted Stephen Curry and traded for Andrew Bogut, told The Chadron Record he’s unsure what the future holds for him in the organization.

“Maybe this would be a good time to step away from it all,” Riley told the paper last week. “I’ll see how I feel about it in a few weeks and what the owners and the current general manager say. Seeing how things went this year has been made me feel good about the whole situation.”

The 70-year-old Riley told the Palladium-Item last week: “I’ve always enjoyed what I’ve been doing. That’s one thing, as long as you enjoy it, it’s a little more difficult to walk away from it.”

Riley told CBS Sports Radio last week that the Warriors winning the championship left him “quite fulfilled” and that he was grateful he was able to remain with the team after Bob Myers replaced him as general manager in 2012.

“It was disappointing that I didn’t get to finish the job in the front chair,” Riley told the station. “But at the same time, if that was going to be best for the organization and that’s what new ownership wanted to do, I was simply in a position where I either accept a new position, stay in the organization and have a chance to contribute, or I move on. And the fact is that most times when there’s new ownership, everybody gets thrown out the door anyway. And so, in some respects, I was a little bit grateful. And the way they put it to me was pretty good.”

“What Joe Lacob, our primary new owner said to me was, ‘Look, we’ve drafted well, we’ve done some good things. We simply want our own people.’”

Among Riley’s draft picks were future All-Stars in Curry and Klay Thompson. Curry recognized Riley in his MVP speech last month, and the Warriors went on to win their first NBA championship in 40 years.

Riley told the station working in the team’s front office “has been quite cohesive and surprisingly so.”

“I don’t feel slighted,” Riley added. “I do realize that there’s some recognition coming (my) way.”


Warriors complete dream season, win their first NBA championship in 40 years

CLEVELAND – In the end, the Warriors left no doubt.

The Warriors, a complete and consistent team experiencing a dream season, crushed the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday with a methodical 105-97 win in Game 6 of the NBA Finals and found themselves at the pinnacle celebrating a new title.

These Warriors can now be called NBA champions.

Golden State captured its first championship trophy since 1975, using the formula it had relied upon all season long. With the leadership and historic shooting of Stephen Curry and contributions from up and down their roster, the Warriors dazzled teams with the highest-scoring offense. With smarts and toughness, they banded together to form a swarming, top-ranked defense under coach Steve Kerr, a five-time champion as a player who became the first rookie coach to win a title since 1982.

“I think what was probably overlooked all year long was that what really wins is the combination of great offense and great defense,” said Kerr, his shirt wet from celebrating with sparkling wine.

“Whether you’re shooting threes or twos, it’s about the balance. To win a title, you have to be able to make stops.”

LeBron James, despite averaging 35.8 points per game in the series for the injury-plagued Cavaliers after a 32-point night, was no match for such an opponent as Cleveland’s 51-year major professional sports championship drought continues.

Klay Thompson smiled with the Larry O’Brien Trophy beside him and pointed at Curry, saying the Warriors are “the best team in the world with the best player in the world.”

Curry, who toiled for years and turned around a losing culture, led the Warriors with 25 points and threw the ball toward the heavens as the final buzzer was about to sound. He embraced Kerr and what the coach preached.

“Every decision he made, I think everybody bought into it,” Curry said. “Whether you understood it or not, you bought into it. Because he’s a champion.”

When Kerr stood on the stage at Quicken Loans Arena, the first two players he mentioned were Andre Iguodala and David Lee, former All-Stars who had accepted bench roles in the regular season.

Iguodala ultimately became the Finals MVP after his insertion in the starting lineup turned around the series, and he scored 25 points in the clinching win. Kerr said the award was fitting given all that Iguodala had sacrificed.

Draymond Green, whose indomitable spirit propelled the team, notched a triple-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

“They can still say, ‘Oh, he’s too small, he’s too this, he’s too that,’” Green said of the doubters. “They can never take this away from me.”

“Ever,” added owner Joe Lacob, who had promised to deliver a championship after buying the team in 2010.

Even on a night when Thompson was held to five points and fouled out, the Warriors could not be stopped and showed just how well-rounded they were with what Iguodala called “a team of believers.”

The Warriors clinched the championship with a decisive victory much like the ones they had all through a 67-win regular season.

The Warriors dominated the first quarter and led 28-15, with Iguodala serving as the sparkplug in the Warriors’ small lineup.

This time, the Cavaliers kept Timofey Mozgov in the game to guard Iguodala, who missed his first three attempts with the 7-foot-1 center daring him to shoot before finding his rhythm.

Iguodala hit three of his next four jump shots, including a 3-pointer that started an 8-0 run to finish the quarter.

The Cavaliers committed a whopping nine turnovers in the quarter, including three shot-clock violations in the first eight minutes as the Warriors made them pay for attempting to slow down the pace of the game.

James, who was 13 for 33 from the field while being guarded by Iguodala, kept coming. He hit a 3-pointer to start an 8-2 run that cut the Warriors’ lead to 45-43 at halftime.

“Every time I’d get past (Iguodala), another guy would step up – Draymond Green or whatever the case may be,” James said.

The Warriors gave major minutes to Shaun Livingston after Iguodala committed his third foul, as he took on the defensive assignment against James. Leandro Barbosa also played as much in the first half as Thompson, who committed three fouls in 10 minutes.

The Cavaliers took the lead briefly with back-to-back baskets to start the second half, but Harrison Barnes hit his third 3-pointer of the game to put the Warriors back on top. Iguodala had a dunk, and Green hit a 3-pointer to give the Warriors a 53-47 lead.

The Warriors ran away from the Cavaliers, pushing the ball in transition off missed shots and turnovers. Curry himself grabbed a rebound and sprinted the other way before feeding Iguodala for a dunk that made it 61-51.

Festus Ezeli, who got the minutes over center Andrew Bogut, completed an alley-oop dunk and then threw down a vicious putback for a 3-point play that pushed the lead to 14 points.

Green scored inside again and flexed as the Warriors led 73-58. The Warriors entered the game 57-0 when leading by at least 15 points, and there was never a chance they would ever let there be a blemish to that mark.

More than an hour after the game ended, the usually reserved Thompson returned to the locker room and screamed.

“We won the championship! We did it!”


Mark Jackson would vote for Cavaliers’ LeBron James as Finals MVP over Warriors Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala

CLEVELAND – Ex-Warriors coach Mark Jackson picked James Harden for Most Valuable Player, and hours before his old team potentially wins the NBA title in Game 6, he supported LeBron James for Finals MVP.

An ESPN broadcaster calling the game for ABC, Jackson indicated on Mike & Mike on Tuesday that the Cleveland Cavaliers star would be his MVP pick even if Warriors won the championship.

“He is the MVP of this series thus far,” Jackson said. “There’s no question about it. When you take a look at what he’s doing, this Warrior team is a superior team. They have great depth, 67 wins, talent and versatility to throw at you. To have a chance to win, LeBron James has got to be spectacular, and he’s been that.

“Up until last game, Andre Iguodala would have been the MVP for the Golden State Warriors. Steph Curry exploded, and he’s in the discussion right now for Warriors MVP. But there’s no question in my mind, the MVP of these Finals has been LeBron James, and he would get my vote.

Asked if he would vote for James if Warriors were to win the series in six games, Jackson said: “We are watching an incredible, incredible individual performance that has allowed this team that’s not very talented to have a chance to win it all.”

James has averaged 36.6 points, 12.4 rebounds and 8.8 assists in 45.6 minutes in the series that the Cavaliers trail 3-2.

Curry, who won the MVP in a landslide over Harden, has averaged 26.2 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in 42.4 minutes in the series. Iguodala has helped the Warriors win two Finals games in a row since being inserted in the starting lineup and has been the primary defender on James while averaging 14.6 points, 6 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 37 minutes.

Jackson coached the Warriors to 51 win regular-season wins and a playoff appearance last season before being fired.