Leandro Barbosa on agreeing to return ‘home’ to Warriors: ‘That’s what I wanted the most’

Leandro Barbosa reached agreement on re-signing a one-year contract with the Warriors, the guard said Monday.

The deal is worth $2.5 million, according to ESPN.com.

“I’m just very happy to renew my contract and be able to stay with the Warriors family, stay in the Bay, where I already consider my home,” Barbosa wrote in a message. “That’s what I wanted the most. I just follow my heart. What we had accomplished is very special, the most important title of my career.”

Barbosa, 32, added that the Warriors’ goal next seasons would be the difficult challenge of staying at the top of the NBA.

He averaged 7.1 points and shot 38.4 percent from 3-point range in 66 games for the Warriors before playing in every game of the playoffs during their championship run.


Warriors reach agreement with Draymond Green on five-year, $82 million contract extension

The Warriors reached agreement with Draymond Green on a five-year contract extension, the second-round draft pick-turned heartbeat of the championship team announced Wednesday. The deal is worth $82 million, according to a source.

Warriors general manager Bob Myers confirmed that the team intends to re-sign Green at the conclusion of the NBA moratorium period next week.

“I’m proud to say that I’ll be a Warrior for at least the next five years,” Green said from Southern California in a recorded video for Bleacher Report. “It’s been a long journey to get to this point whether it’s always trying to overcome the odds, overcome the doubters. To be in this position signing back long-term with the Warriors is amazing.

“It’s an organization that I love. It’s great being a part of. Best fans in the NBA. First-class organization. I think staying with the Warriors is very, very important to me…obviously coming off a championship. We’re thinking we can win a lot of championships.”

Reaching an agreement to re-sign the 25-year-old Green, which Myers promised at the championship parade to get done, came within the first 24 hours that NBA free agents could negotiate with teams. The two sides had met Tuesday evening, with the deal coming together after Yahoo! Sports first reported the following afternoon talks had reached an impasse.

The Warriors were able to offer their restricted free agent Green more money than any other team to retain the 6-foot-7 forward and ultimately did just that. The Warriors also managed to keep from giving Green a maximum-salary contract at a time when they are almost certain to exceed the luxury tax threshold next season.

Green remained with the team that drafted him with the 35th overall pick in 2012 and saw him blossom into an emotional team leader and top-notch defender despite his size.

Green finished second in the voting for the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year award and averaged career highs of 11.7 points and 8.2 rebounds last season as he grabbed a starting spot and never let go. He saved one of his best performances for last, notching a triple-double against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

Green thanked his mother, Mary Babers-Green, along with his hometown of Saginaw, Mich. along and coaches and former players from Michigan State who had helped him. He later posted a photo of Babers-Green on Instagram covering her mouth and apparently overcome by emotion after learning of the lucrative contract agreement, writing, “this is what I’ve worked my entire life to see!!!”

“I look forward to spending these years with my teammates, with the Bay Area, the Warriors organization,” Green said. “It’s going to be a fun time. Let’s keep winning championships. That’s the plan. That’s what we’re going to do.”


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.”