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Warriors’ Nemanja Nedovic foot injury diagnosis not ‘definitive’ after MRI exam as Steve Kerr stays positive

WALNUT CREEK — Warriors guard Nemanja Nedovic underwent an MRI exam on his right foot that according to the Serbian national team did not result in a diagnosis Thursday, but Steve Kerr appeared optimistic despite saying surgery is being discussed.

“Fortunately, it doesn’t appear to be a long-term recovery,” the Warriors coach said.

“I think there’s a chance he could be ready for camp. If not, then short thereafter.”

Nedovic suffered the injury on Sunday while playing for Serbia in an exhibition game in Italy in preparation for the FIBA World Cup.

Serbian national team doctor Dragan Radovanovic said in a statement that because the MRI exam conducted in Belgrade was not definitive, Nedovic would undergo more exams in the coming days.

Nedovic told NBASerbia.com he had no pain in the foot despite tweeting out a photo of himself wearing a cast for his leg.

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Steve Kerr: Aaron Craft ‘embodies what Warriors want to be,’ could make team or go to Santa Cruz

WALNUT CREEK – Warriors coach Steve Kerr offered high praise for undrafted point guard Aaron Craft, who agreed to a partially-guaranteed contract and accepted an invitation to training camp just as he always has.

“We love Aaron’s competitiveness and his defense and his energy and his intelligence,” Kerr said Thursday. “He sort of embodies what we want to be and what we’re becoming as a franchise.

“Whether he’s good enough or not, we’ll see, but we like the idea of bringing him to camp and possibly sending him to Santa Cruz to work on his game. But he impressed us in summer league, and he earned a spot in camp for sure.”

Kerr has long admired the 6-foot-2 Craft, who was honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches as its national defensive player of the year this past season.

In January while Kerr was a TNT broadcaster, he tweeted of the Ohio State star, “What position does Aaron Craft play, you ask? ‘Winner.’” Last month while playing for the Warriors’ Summer League team, Kerr said, “People have their opinions of him in terms of he doesn’t shoot it well enough, he doesn’t do this…He competes, and he wins.”

Craft, 23, told the Columbus Dispatch he wanted to be one of the first players on the squad to begin working out before training camp starts.

“They gave us some money to come to training camp, and then it varies depending on what happens after that,” Craft told the paper. “It feels good to have a little something solid to go on after what this summer has been.

“I think coach Kerr appreciated the competitiveness and the basketball IQ I showed in the week we were there. I think we’re very similar players. There were a few times we were calling out the same plays; our minds were working the same. I think that definitely helped.”

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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.