Stephen Curry: Warriors ‘an enticing place to play’ for free agents such as LeBron James

PEBBLE BEACH – The Warriors’ Stephen Curry might not necessarily want to see Klay Thompson and David Lee traded for Minnesota’s Kevin Love, but the star guard sees the team being involved in talk of adding a Love or LeBron James as a sign of progress.

“For me, I think it’s just the testament to just where our organization is,” Curry said Saturday at his basketball camp at Stevenson School. “We’re an enticing place to play, and I think free agents understand that and people around the league understand that we are about winning.

“We have a great fan base, the best fan base in the world. Oracle Arena is a great place to play, and we’re on the rise as an organization. So for us to be in the conversations with a Kevin Love or a LeBron or whoever, I mean that’s something we probably were shoved to the side on those kind of conversations. That’s a good feeling knowing that we’ve done a lot and have a lot more to do.”

Curry said he would let the situation with James play out rather than place a recruiting call to the two-time MVP who informed Miami on Monday he would opt out of his contract.

General manager Bob Myers has declined to comment on James while saying the Warriors were focused on adding players via free agency when they become available beginning the evening of June 30.

“I don’t think four years ago if LeBron was a free agent anybody would ask him, ‘What about the Warriors?’” Curry said. “So it’s kind of funny.”


North Carolina’s James Michael McAdoo to join Warriors’ summer league team

North Carolina forward James Michael McAdoo, one of the top prospects to go undrafted, has agreed to play for the Warriors’ NBA Summer League team in Las Vegas, his agent, Jim Tanner, confirmed Friday.

The 6-foot-9 McAdoo left North Carolina for the draft after averaging 14.2 points and 6.8 rebounds in his junior season. He previously played with current Warriors forward Harrison Barnes while with the Tar Heels.

A McDonald’s All-American coming out of high school, McAdoo was projected as a lottery pick after his freshman season at North Carolina and chose to stay in school two more years.


Warriors summer league team comes together, gets commitment from Orlando Johnson

Orlando Johnson will play for the Warriors’ NBA Summer League team in Las Vegas, the free agent guard’s brother, Jamell Damon, confirmed Friday.

Johnson, 25, played in his second season for Indiana being waived in February and playing for Sacramento on two 10-day contracts. The Seaside native has averaged 3.2 points and 1.7 rebounds in his career.

Among the undrafted rookies who will play for the Warriors are Ohio State guard Aaron Craft and Oakland guard Travis Bader, who both will both will first play for Philadelphia’s NBA Summer League team in Orlando.

Craft, a two-time Big Ten defensive player of the year, will join the Warriors’ and 76ers’ teams, according to agent, Lance Young. Bader is the NCAA’s all-time leader in 3-pointers and took part in a Warriors pre-draft workout last week.

“Looking forward to playing summer league with the @Sixers & @warriors time to take advantage of great opportunities #determined4greatness,” Bader tweeted.

Bradley guard Walt Lemon Jr. and Saint Louis forward Rob Loe will play for the Warriors, their respective agents tweeted. So will Delaware guard Davon Usher, who posted the news on Instagram.

Santa Cruz Warriors guard Kiwi Gardner, an Oakland native, is also expected to join the team.

Former Iowa State guard Tyrus McGee, who played in Spain this past season, is also joining the team, according to the Ames Tribune.


Channing Frye being recruited to Golden State Warriors by ex-college teammate Andre Iguodala

The Warriors’ Andre Iguodala is recruiting former University of Arizona teammate Channing Frye to Golden State, where the free agent-to-be could fit in as a jump-shooting big man.

Frye, 31, shot 37 percent from 3-point range in what could be his final season for the Phoenix Suns after he declined a $6.8 million option, opting out of the final season of a five-year, $30 million contract.

“I’ve talked to Channing a few times,” Iguodala told Sirius XM on Thursday. “I told him how great the Bay was. I told him how his family would enjoy it. I know his family well. My family knows his family, so it wouldn’t be strangers. I would take care of him. If he needed a room, I got an extra room for him.

“I like to pass a lot. I passed to Channing a lot in college, so Channing knows that he’ll be able to shoot the rock.”

The Warriors could use Frye if they cannot complete a trade for Minnesota’s Kevin Love, who would fulfill new coach Steve Kerr’s desire for a forward whose range extends to the 3-point line.

It was Kerr while as Phoenix’s general manager who in 2009 brought Frye back to his hometown to fit in with coach Alvin Gentry’s fast-paced, high-scoring offense. Gentry as of last week was finalizing a contract with the Warriors last week to become the associate head coach under Kerr.

Phoenix could still re-sign Frye given his ties to the state, but the Warriors have connections, too. Iguodala and Frye played together at Arizona from 2002-04 and now share the same agent, Rob Pelinka.

Frye averaged 9.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game while shooting 38.5 percent from 3-point range over eight NBA seasons, missing the 2012-13 campaign while undergoing treatment for an enlarged heart. This past season, came back to average 11.1 points and 5.1 rebounds while winning the NBA’s Pacific Division sportsmanship award.


Andre Iguodala on offseason key to becoming title contender: ‘Keep Klay,’ make Thompson ‘Warrior for life’

The Warriors’ Andre Iguodala doesn’t believe teammate Klay Thompson should be traded as part of a deal for Minnesota’s Kevin Love.

“That’s not going to happen,” Iguodala told Sirius XM on Thursday. “I want to clear that up right now. We should not trade Klay Thompson. “I tell Klay this every day. I text Klay and say, ‘Don’t worry. I’m your man. I’m going to make sure you get paid. I’m going to get you the max (contract). You’ll be taken care of. Don’t stress.’

“Klay really loves it in the Bay, and this is his first time going through trade rumors, and I’ve been through it many times, especially being in Philly. But Klay is my main man. I love Klay to death. One of my favorite people in the world even though he doesn’t speak. But we’re going to get Klay paid this year. He’s going to be a Warrior for life.

“If I’m any other team, I’d take Klay as well, so I don’t know. You’ve got to look at the pros out of it. I tell Klay this: ‘Listen, if they’re talking about trading you for Kevin Love, that means you’re getting Kevin Love money.’”

Thompson after playing his third NBA season is eligible to sign a contract extension beginning Tuesday, and he could be seeking the maximum amount after proving to be a productive shooter and defender for the Warriors.

Iguodala during with his first season of a four-year, $48 million contract with the Warriors spoke of being unselfish in order to help Thompson, who reportedly is the subject of debate within the organization on whether or not to be included in any trade for Love.

“Now I’ve done what I was supposed to do, contract-wise, and I can sacrifice,” Iguodala told SI.com. “It’s really hard for guys like Klay. It’d be hard for me to say, ‘Klay, don’t go out there and try to get your money.’ There have been many times I’ve been wide open and I pass it, because I say, ‘This young guy’s gotta eat! Klay, get your money!’”

Asked on radio what the Warriors had to do as a Western Conference team to get better and become a championships contender, Iguodala repeated his desire for Thompson to stay.

“We’ve got to keep Klay,” Iguodala said. “I’m going to reiterate that. We’ve got to keep Klay first. Then we’ve got to take care of Klay.”

Iguodala, who enjoyed Love’s company while playing on the Olympic team, later clarified that he wasn’t necessarily opposed to a trade for the Minnesota star forward.

“I didn’t say that I didn’t want Kevin Love,” Iguodala said. “Kevin Love would be a great addition but not at the expense of Klay.”


ESPN’s Chad Ford: Warriors want Kevin Love so they can make ‘compelling case’ for LeBron James

The Warriors are still looking to trade for Kevin Love in order to set themselves up to make a run for free agent-to-be LeBron James, ESPN’s Chad Ford told ESPN LA 710 AM on Wednesday.

“At the end of the day, I don’t think there’s a better Kevin Love deal for the Wolves than what the Warriors can offer, and I think the Warriors are very motivated to get Kevin Love in part I think not just because he’s an upgrade over David Lee, but in part because I think that now that you can have a Steph Curry and you have a Kevin Love, I think they feel at that point that they could be credible suitors for LeBron James,” Ford said.

“There are many suitors that are hoping to be credible suitors for LeBron James, but I think the Warriors can make a compelling case for him if they had Curry and Love. They’re perfect complements to LeBron James.”

Ford said the Warriors don’t have major objections to a trade for Love in which they give up Klay Thompson and Lee and take back guard Kevin Martin, but they don’t necessarily want to also trade forward Harrison Barnes or take back guard J.J. Barea, who is owed $4.5 million in the final year of his contract. The Warriors also don’t want to give up a future first-round pick, especially one without protections, according to Ford.

But that could change if the Warriors decide to get involved in Thursday’s NBA draft and can reach agreement on a deal that lands them the rights to the player the Timberwolves pick at No. 13 overall.

“I think there are some players that intrigue them there,” Ford said. “I think they’re willing to maybe take back some of those things – giving a future first-round pick maybe giving up Barnes — if they can get the Wolves’ pick at No. 13.”

Warriors general manager Bob Myers on Tuesday declined to comment on either the team’s interest in Love or James, who informed Miami he would opt out of his contract.