Warriors Add to First-Round Craziness, Land Sebian Guard at No. 30

The Warriors not bought themselves into what proved to be a crazy draft, they got in and added a little crazy.

After a roller coaster start to the draft, Golden State concluded the first round by obstaining the No. 26 overall pick and trading down twice to the No. 30 pick. With it, they selected Serbian Nemanja Nedovic — a 6-foot-4, combo guard.

The Warriors’ selection of Nedovic was a bit of a surprise considering they need big men. Starting center Andrew Bogut is always a question mark. His back-up, Festus Ezeli, will miss at least the first three months of the season after knee surgery. And power forward Carl Landry, who played some center, opted out of his contract to be come a free agent.

Kansas center Jeff Withey and Bucknell’s Mike Muscala, two big men projected to be late first-round picks. But the Warriors instead went with the little-known guard who was picked by many to go middle-to-late second round.

Golden State really liked Nedovic, an athletic point guard who is one of the best in Europe.  The Warriors could stash him overseas or, if he impresses during the offseason, could serve as a third point guard.


Carl Landry to be a Free Agent

Warriors forward Carl Landry has opted out of his contract and is an unrestricted free agent, his agent Mark Bartelstein confirmed

Landry had one year remaining on his contract with Golden State, set to pay him $4 million. But after a productive season off the Warriors bench, Landry decided to try to parlay that into a long-term deal on the free agent market.

He previously said it was a tough decision because he really wants to stay with Golden State, which is why he waited until the last possible day to decide. His contract stipulated he exercise his opt out by today, the day before the NBA draft.

Landry, 29, averaged 10.8 points on 54 percent shooting – with a career-high 6.0 rebounds – in 23.2 minutes off the bench. Signed by the Warriors last offseason, he gave Golden State a much-needed low-post presence and injected some toughness into the frontcourt.

Landry’s free agent status does not rule out a return to Golden State, his agent said. But the Warriors, over the cap and headed toward luxury tax status, may not have the money to keep Landry – especially if he gets a lucrative offer somewhere else. Golden State does not hold Landry’s Bird rights, which means it can’t match any offer he may receive.


Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes Invited to 27-player Team USA Minicamp

USA Basketball officially announced the 27 players its inviting to the minicamp in Las Vegas in July, and two Warriors made the list (as previously reported). Oakland native Damian Lillard was also selected.

The invited players will assemble in Las Vegas on July 21, and will conduct daily training sessions July 22-24 (12:00-2:30 p.m. PDT) and close out the mini-camp with the 2013 USA Basketball Showcase, a blue-white intra-squad game on Thursday, July 25, 6 p.m. PDT at the Thomas & Mack Arena on the campus of UNLV.

All USA practices will take place at UNLV’s Mendenhall Center and are closed to the general public. Here is the full roster. Some of these potential match-ups look intriguing.

NAME                                   POS        HGT       WGT        DOB      NBA TEAM / COLLEGE

Ryan Anderson                        F            6-10        240        05/06/88   New Orleans Pelicans / California

Harrison Barnes                     F            6-8          210        05/30/92   Golden State Warriors / North Carolina

Bradley Beal                            G           6-5          207        06/28/93   Washington Wizards / Florida

Mike Conley                            G           6-1          185        10/11/87   Memphis Grizzlies / Ohio State

DeMarcus Cousins                   C            6-11        270        08/13/90   Sacramento Kings / Kentucky

Anthony Davis                        F/C          6-10        220        03/11/93   New Orleans Pelicans / Kentucky

DeMar DeRozan                      G           6-7          216        08/07/89   Toronto Raptors / USC

Andre Drummond                   C            6-10        270        09/10/93   Detroit Pistons / Connecticut

Kenneth Faried                        F            6-8          228        11/19/89   Denver Nuggets / Morehead State

Derrick Favors                         F/C          6-10        248        07/15/91   Utah Jazz / Georgia Tech

Paul George                             F/G         6-8          221        05/02/90   Indiana Pacers / Fresno State

Taj Gibson                               F            6-9          225        06/24/85   Chicago Bulls / USC

Gordon Hayward                     F            6-8          210        03/23/90   Utah Jazz / Butler

Jrue Holiday                            G           6-4          205        06/12/90   Philadelphia 76ers / UCLA

Kyrie Irving                             G           6-3          191        03/23/92   Cleveland Cavaliers / Duke

DeAndre Jordan                      C            6-11        265        07/21/88   Los Angeles Clippers / Texas A&M

Ty Lawson                               G           5-11        195        11/03/87   Denver Nuggets / North Carolina

Kawhi Leonard                        F/G         6-7          225        06/29/91   San Antonio Spurs / San Diego State

Damian Lillard                         G           6-3          195        07/15/90   Portland Trail Blazers / Weber State

Greg Monroe                           C            6-11        250        06/04/90   Detroit Pistons / Georgetown

Chandler Parsons                     F            6-9          227        10/25/88   Houston Rockets / Florida

Larry Sanders                          C            6-11        235        11/21/88   Milwaukee Bucks / VCU

Klay Thompson                      G           6-7          205        02/08/90   Golden State Warriors / Washington State

Dion Waiters                            G           6-4          215        12/10/91   Cleveland Cavaliers / Syracuse

Kemba Walker                          G           6-1          184        05/08/90   Charlotte Bobcats / Connecticut

John Wall                                G           6-4          195        09/06/90   Washington Wizards / Kentucky

Tyler Zeller                              F/C          7-0          250        01/17/90   Cleveland Cavaliers / North Carolina


Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes Invited to Team USA Minicamp

Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes will participate in Team USA’s minicamp in Las Vegas in July, according to sources. And point guard Stephen Curry is back in the national team mix, too.

The camp this summer is for Team USA officials to get a good look at the promising young players in the NBA. Kyrie Irving, DeMarcus Cousins and Paul George will reportedly participate as well.
Thompson was part of the select team that practiced against the national squad in advance of the 2012 games in London. Barnes, named first-team All-Rookie, shined under the bright lights of the NBA playoffs to emerge as one of the league’s bright young talents.
Curry will not participate in the camp next month but he will show up in Las Vegas to meet with Team USA coaches. He is back in the national team’s pool of players and will be invited next summer to try out for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup (formerly the World Championships) in Spain.
Curry was on the 2010 USA squad that won the gold medal at the World Championships in Turkey. However, he wasn’t selected for the pool of players invited to try out for the London Olympics.

Warriors Looking for New Head Athletic Trainer

The Warriors will not retain head athletic trainer Chad Bergman , according to multiple source.
Bergman’s contract expired at the end of the season. But after two seasons as the team’s head trainer, Bergman — who replaced long-time trainer Tom Abdenour — will be replaced.
Golden State, which missed 156 games due to injury, has yet to name a new head athletic trainer.