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Warriors exercise contract options on Harrison Barnes, Festus Ezeli, decline option on Nemanja Nedovic

The Warriors announced Thursday they did not exercise the third-year contract option for next season on guard Nemanja Nedovic, the team’s 2013 first-round draft pick.

The team did exercise the fourth-year contract options on forward Harrison Barnes and center Festus Ezeli, who is playing after missing all of last season recovering from knee surgery.

The Warriors’ announcement to decline guaranteeing the $1.15 million option to Nedovic came the day after the 23-year-old from Serbia was the only player on the team’s active roster not to play in the season opener at Sacramento.

Nedovic played in five of the team’s eight preseason games after averaging 5.9 minutes in 24 games during an injury-plagued rookie season. The Warriors acquired Nedovic in a draft-night trade with Phoenix for the 30th overall pick.

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Jermaine O’Neal leaves opening possibility of resuming NBA career

Former Warriors center Jermaine O’Neal turned 36 this month while not attending an NBA training camp, but he is open to considering coming back to play in the league for a 19th season.

“I can say If I don’t do well with this “being a fan” thing then I will think about playing again this year!” O’Neal tweeted Wednesday. “To be continued on this!

“But as of right now I’m enjoying working out, being a business man, watching my daughter volleyball games, and training my son! Perfect.”

Warriors general manager Bob Myers, O’Neal’s former agent, said last month that the big man “probably” would not be with the team this season as it already has three centers in Andrew Bogut, Festus Ezeli and Ognjen Kuzmic.

A six-time All-Star, O’Neal does maintain some ties to the team and the Bay Area through his investments. Among the area’s companies he invests in is the Redwood City-based wearable technology startup Athos, which has Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob on its board of directors.

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Warriors 95, Kings 77: Shaun Livingston makes surprise return in season opener

SACRAMENTO – Warriors point guard Shaun Livingston surprisingly didn’t miss the start of the season Wednesday after his recovery from toe surgery cost him weeks of training camp and the entire preseason.

Shortly before the season opener that the Warriors went on to win 95-77, coach Steve Kerr approached Livingston about the possibility of playing since they were short-handed with David Lee and Brandon Rush sidelined.

“I was ready,” Livingston said, noting he’s been ready for a week now.

Livingston played four minutes after sing his status change from out to doubtful to questionable leading up to the game. The early return of Golden State’s top offseason signing could be crucial as the team looks to solidify the reserve point guard role that was a weakness last season. Kerr has experimented with Andre Iguodala as a point-forward in Livingston’s absence.

Stephen Curry hadn’t even realized Livingston would be able to play.

“I’m sure it’s just big for him to get a feel for our system and a new environment and what his role’s going to be, and it’s going to huge off the bench coming in and running our second unit along with Andre (Iguodala) and (Leandro) Barbosa,” Curry said.

“I know how great of a player he is and how big a part he’s going to have in our long-term success with the lineups we can throw out there and what have you. For him to be able to get in Game 1 to kind of insert himself into a lineup and not miss too much time is huge because you want to kind of establish an expectation of how everybody’s going to play.”

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Warriors’ Andre Iguodala begins season coming off the bench

SACRAMENTO — Warriors forward Andre Iguodala will come off the bench in the season opener at Sacramento on Wednesday as Harrison Barnes gets the start.

Iguodala, 30, has started 758 regular season games and 48 playoff games. The last time he came off the bench was in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, where he won a gold medal.

Barnes, 22, struggled last season after losing his starting lineup spot to Iguodala, who was in the first year of a four-year, $48 million contract.

Andrew Bogut remained in the lineup after arriving later to Sleep Train Arena due to an illness he began feeling in the afternoon.

David Lee (strained left hamstring) did not dress and was replaced in the lineup by Draymond Green. Also unavailable to play is Brandon Rush (sacral stress reaction).

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Warriors’ Bob Myers on Klay Thompson contract extension talks: ‘We’re talking, and we’ll see’

Warriors general manager Bob Myers expects contract extension talks with guard Klay Thompson’s agent, Bill Duffy, to continue into the start of the season.

Myers told 95.7 The Game on Wednesday before the team’s season opener in Sacramento that the two sides have been talking daily. If they cannot strike a deal before Friday, Thompson will become a restricted free agent after the season when the Warriors can match another team’s offer sheet.

“As long as you’re talking, deals have a chance of getting done,” Myers told the station. “You worry about a deal getting done if both sides aren’t speaking, and we’re talking, and we’ll see. It seems like a short window here, but still got about 48 hours to see if we can consummate something, so we’re hoping we can, and we’ll keep working at it.”

Mychal Thompson has said that his son, Klay, is seeking a maximum-salary contract. Myers has declined to comment on the nature of negotiations with the 24-year-old Thompson, who averaged a team-leading 21.7 points per game in the preseason.

“Unfortunately, I can’t unilaterally do a deal,” Myers mused. “That’s the issue, and nor can (Duffy), so that’s the problem. I like Bill. I really like working with him.”

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Warriors grant leukemia patient’s ‘last wish’

David Lee was upset early Monday about a hamstring strain that is expected to sideline him for the Warriors’ season opener when he came across a tweet about Ryan.

Ryan Manansala of San Jose is battling Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, and according to the helpsaveryan.com website run by friends and family, the cancer left the 29-year-old with a 0.6 percent chance to live after he struggled to find a bone marrow donor.

What has since been called Manansala’s “last wish” was to have the Warriors come visit, as he wrote the request in a brief moment while out of sedation at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View.

Friends took action, tweeting at the Warriors using #saveryan and explaining the request on a number of websites. Lee saw a tweet from the Warriors World website and reached out to Manansala’s father, Richard.

The Warriors – Lee, guard Nemanja Nedovic and joined by director of corporate communications Lisa Goodwin – went after practice and granted the wish. They brought with them an autographed team photo, a Warriors shirt, an Andrew Bogut bobblehead and smiles.

Unable to speak while on a ventilator, Manansala wrote messages on a white board. In one of his notes to Lee, he wrote of how the Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul fouled the Warriors’ Stephen Curry in the playoffs, referring to a play in which Golden State didn’t get the call.

“You think this is a true fan right here?” Lee said after reading the message, smiling.

“Ryan asked me about 12 questions about the Warriors,” Lee said Tuesday. “He was very, very informed about what was going on. He’s on his stuff, and he’s a true fan, and it just puts things in perspective for all of us. I’m worried about a day-to-day hamstring, and you got a kid that’s fighting for his life each and every day.

“I got as much out of it as he did, so I’m happy I went.”

Wrote the Asian American Donor Program on its Facebook page: “The past few weeks have been difficult for Ryan, his family and his Team. If only they could find a way to help keep Ryan’s spirits up…then yesterday happened… Ryan is die-hard Warriors fan, since the season starts today his last wish was to meet the Golden State Warriors.”

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Warriors’ Steve Kerr on his season-opening starting lineup: ‘I’ll tell you later’

SACRAMENTO – Warriors coach Steve Kerr named Andre Iguodala as a Warriors team captain along with Stephen Curry on Wednesday, but will Iguodala start in the season opener?

“No, I’m not telling you guys who’s starting,” Kerr said at shootaround, smiling. “I’ll tell you later. You’ll find with everybody else. Yeah, good question, though. You almost got me on that.”

David Lee (hamstring strain), Shaun Livingston (toe surgery recovery), Brandon Rush (sacral stress reaction) are not expected to play while Draymond Green takes Lee’s spot in the lineup.

“We don’t change one thing with our offense when Draymond plays rather than David. We still are who we are.”

Curry, Lee and Andrew Bogut served as the team captains last season for Mark Jackson.