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Warriors’ Steve Kerr doesn’t expect major roster move after Kevin Love reportedly to go to Cleveland

WALNUT CREEK – Asked about his reaction to Minnesota reportedly reaching an agreement in principle to trade forward Kevin Love to Cleveland, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he didn’t have one.

“It doesn’t include our team, so when other teams make moves, that’s really their business,” Kerr said Thursday.

The trade for Love involves Cleveland sending No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins, forward Anthony Bennett and a 2015 protected first-round draft pick, according to Yahoo Sports. Any deal involving Wiggins would not become official until Aug. 23, one month after the former Kansas star signed his rookie contract.

It’s possible the Warriors could get back into the Love sweepstakes by sweetening a trade proposal, but Kerr seemed confident that there would not be major changes to the existing roster.

“All indications are that this is the group we’re going forward with, but you never say never,” Kerr said. “You never know what’s going to happen, and ultimately that’s not my job. I’m coaching the team that’s here, but there’s no question that we feel very confident and comfortable with the group that we have. The team’s been on the rise the past couple of years, and I believe in continuity and players growing together, and that’s what we’re trying to accomplish.”

Klay Thompson, a subject of trade talks involving Love, was among the Warriors players that recently dined with Kerr and general manager Bob Myers in Las Vegas while training with USA Basketball, according to Kerr, who declined to comment on their discussions.

Thompson was named by Kerr as having an “automatic” starting spot along with Stephen Curry, Andrew Bogut and David Lee when a boy at the Warriors Basketball Camp at Tice Valley Community Gym asked the coach about the lineup this season.

“Andre (Iguodala) started last year, which he probably will, but there’s a lot of options that we have because we’ve got really good players in Harrison (Barnes) and Draymond (Green),” Kerr said, adding that likely he would use the same lineup as last season. “But most of it usually comes down to how the combination fits…how do the pieces of the puzzle fit. We’ll determine that in training camp who plays best together, who’s going to start, who’s going to come off the bench.”

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‘Nothing’s changed’ for Warriors on Kevin Love as Cleveland reportedly reaches agreement with Minnesota

Minnesota has reached an agreement in principle with Cleveland to trade star forward Kevin Love for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a protected 2015 first-round draft pick, Yahoo Sports reported Thursday.

The Warriors, who were in the running to land Love but unwilling to part with guard Klay Thompson, appear to be set with most of their roster at this point.

Asked if the team was 100 percent out of a power forward deal or if lines of communication were still open last week on KNBR, general manager Bob Myers gave this reply.

“No, nothing’s changed. Nothing’s changed. Same stuff. Nothing’s different.”

The Warriors this offseason have signed Shaun Livingston and Brandon Rush while reaching agreement on a partially-guaranteed contract with Aaron Craft.

“With the roster we have, we feel like we’re a championship-caliber team,” guard Stephen Curry told The Jim Rome Show last week.

“Obviously there’s been a lot of talk the last month or two, and I think there’s a reason we still have Klay Thompson and David Lee and the roster that we expect going into training camp. Every team’s job is to try to get better over the offseason and make certain moves that they think will make them better, and that’s why those thoughts happen.”

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Video: Warriors’ Harrison Barnes speaks Mandarin before Taiwan trip for Red Bull King of the Rock

Warriors forward Harrison Barnes is serving as spokesman for the Red Bull King of the Rock one-on-one street basketball tournament and will travel to Taiwan to attend the Sept. 6 final at the prison exercise yards of Green Island.

Barnes, who already can speak some Spanish, spoke in Mandarin as part of this video to help promote the event. He also noted how he enjoys playing one-on-one basketball in his spare time.

Barnes, who attended the King of the Rock final at Alcatraz in 2012, told 95.7 The Game last month that he would play after practices with then-teammates Kent Bazemore and Richard Jefferson and discussed who he thought would be the best one-on-one player from last season’s team.

“I’d probably say you’ve got to watch out for (Jermaine O’Neal),” Barnes said with a laugh. “He’s got a little temper. I’ve seen him and Mo Speights go at it a couple times.

Told O’Neal was old, Barnes said, “You’d be surprised what a temper can do.”

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Brian Scalabrine says Warriors’ coaching staff will be ‘better,’ players ‘better organized’ under Steve Kerr

Former Warriors assistant coach Brian Scalabrine thinks Golden State will have a better coaching staff this season compared to the one he was a part of under former boss Mark Jackson.

Asked on Sirius XM how the Warriors might have improved in the offseason, Scalabrine pointed to new coach Steve Kerr’s staff.

“Probably you’ll have to say that they probably got a better coaching staff,” Scalabrine, who was reassigned in March to the Santa Cruz Warriors’ staff, told the station Wednesday. “And I was a part of that staff (last season). But at the end of the day, if you think about adding Steve Kerr and the three guys…Ron Adams, who was in Chicago when we were there, he’s a great coach. Alvin Gentry, who’s one of the best offensive coaches in the NBA.

“Steve Kerr has put together a great staff and if they could just be better organized…If you think, the Warriors were last in the NBA in turnovers. They turned the ball over more than anybody else in the NBA, but they were third in the NBA in defense. A lot of that had to do with the defensive coach, Darren Erman, being there. I mean just completely taken to defense, studying the film and getting guys in the right position. But if they can just piggyback off of that, not be 30th in the NBA in turnovers (they finished 27th in regular-season turnovers per game), be 10th, you know, take care of the ball, with those offensive weapons in Steph Curry, Klay Thompson…”

Scalabrine cited philosophical differences with Jackson for his reassignment and said despite it all that Warriors ownership offered an opportunity to interview for a position after Kerr’s hiring, he told a Boston radio station Tuesday.

Ultimately, Scalabrine chose to go back to the broadcast booth and call Boston Celtics games for Comcast SportsNet New England.

Still, he has high hopes for his former team after keeping up with Kerr and his staff’s progress at NBA Summer League.

“If the Warriors could somehow take care of the basketball…get five to seven more attempts up as opposed to turning the ball over, which allows the easy bucket on the other end, if they can take care of the basketball, which I think they will because they’ll be better organized, then I think that they’re a team that can beat the San Antonio Spurs.”

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Warriors invite Aaron Craft to training camp, to sign ex-Ohio State point guard to partially-guaranteed contract

Undrafted point guard Aaron Craft reached agreement on a one-year, partially-guaranteed contract with the Warriors on Wednesday after playing for their NBA Summer League team, according to agent Lance Young.

Craft, 23, accepted the Warriors’ invitation to training camp after the Warriors learned reserve point guard Nemanja Nedovic suffered a foot injury while training for the Serbian national team in preparation for the FIBA World Cup. Nedovic is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam on Thursday, according to the Warriors.

Craft averaged 7.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 2.4 assists in five summer league games for the Warriors last month, earning high praise from coach Steve Kerr, a longtime admirer. Playing for the Warriors in Las Vegas after coming from Philadelphia’s summer league team in Orlando, Craft more than doubled his minutes.

“Excited & grateful for the opportunity to take part in the @warriors training camp!” Craft tweeted. “The work has only just begun… #Blessed #Hungry.”

A two-time Big Ten defensive player of the year for Ohio State, Craft helped lead the Buckeyes to the Final Four as a sophomore in his first year as a starter.

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Ex-Warriors center Hilton Armstrong signs one-year contract with Turkish team

Center Hilton Armstrong, the journeyman who emerged as a contributor last season on the Warriors’ playoff team, signed a one-year contract with Besiktas Integral Forex, the Turkish team announced Wednesday.

The Warriors last week waived the 6-foot-11 Armstrong, who appeared in 15 regular-season games and all seven postseason games.

A six-year NBA veteran, Armstrong averaged 12 points and 7.4 rebounds in 32 games last season for the Santa Cruz Warriors to earn multiple call-ups to Golden State before being signed for the remainder of the season.

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Brian Scalabrine: Warriors ownership offered chance to interview for job after Steve Kerr’s hiring

The Warriors let go Mark Jackson and his entire coaching staff after the season, but the team showed interest in retaining Brian Scalabrine for a position on new coach Steve Kerr’s staff, Scalabrine told a Boston radio station Tuesday.

Scalabrine, whose differences with Jackson led to his reassignment to the Santa Cruz Warriors in March, told 98.5 The Sports Hub there was no shortage of coaching jobs available to him as he returned to Comcast SportsNet New England to broadcast Boston Celtics games in order to spend more time with his wife and three children.

“At the end of the day, when they hired Coach Kerr, the ownership offered me a chance to interview, and at that point, I realized they really wanted me to stay within the organization and be a coach at whatever position, whether it was a bench coach or player development,” Scalabrine said in his first statements to the media since his reassignment. “And I just felt like at the time, it probably wasn’t the best move.”

While Scalabrine thanked Jackson for the opportunity and said he enjoyed his time with the Warriors, the 36-year-old former NBA player referred to his one season of being an assistant as his “fiasco with coaching” and indicated that he knew three months into the job that it wasn’t the right one for him.

“Mark gave me a great opportunity to be on the bench, and then when I got there, I think to win in this league you have to drive and push, and I feel like the players will respond to that,” Scalabrine said. “And I think that was the biggest thing about this disappointment in our staff as a staff, right? We could have done more, and we didn’t, and I think he kind of sensed that.

“At the end of the day, to say it was a difference of philosophy, a difference of opinion, I mean, that’s really what it was. And I’m so used to seeing like a Doc Rivers and a Tom Thibodeau (his former coaches), and it kind of threw me for like kind of a loop and a surprise that it was not as hard-pressing as I thought it was going to be.”

Jackson had cited philosophical differences when he removed Scalabrine from the bench midseason and after his firing said the former NBA championship-winning player showed him “disrespect.” Scalabrine said he decided on taking a “less stressful” job in broadcasting Celtics road games that offers a better quality of life after going to Santa Cruz as an NBA Development League player development coach.

“You’re back to like the basics, right, where man, it’d be so great to make it to NBA again, and it brought some perspective to my life,” Scalabrine said of his time in Santa Cruz. “I really enjoyed being around them, coaching them. I didn’t enjoy the travel. It literally was the worst compared to what I’m used to, but I think it was a good thing for me to go through. It really helped solidify my decision.”