How badly Warriors wanted to re-sign Kevon Looney
According to Logan Murdock of NBC Sports, majority owner Joe Lacob, player personnel director Larry Harris and Kirk Lacob were present at the meeting with Looney on Sunday.
The Warriors selected Looney from UCLA with the 30th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. He won two titles with the Dubs in the past four years.
Looney has averaged 4.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game in 204 career appearances, playing 14 minutes a contest. He has shot 59.5 percent from the field and 59.3 percent from the free throw line.
It’s been a rather busy offseason for the Warriors, who were defeated by the Toronto Raptors in six games in the 2019 NBA Finals. The Dubs lost Kevin Durant to the Brooklyn Nets, departing Golden State to team up with All-Star friends Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan.
Then, the Warriors completed a sign-and-trade with the Nets to acquire one-time All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell. Treveon Graham and Shabazz Napier, who were also sent to the Dubs as part of the sign-and-trade, were then deal to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
In order to accommodate Russell’s max contract, the Warriors also had to part with long-time wing and fan-favorite Andre Iguodala, who won Finals MVP in 2015 when the Dubs defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers. Golden State is sending the 35-year-old Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzlies, along with a first-round pick.
In the meantime, the Warriors will welcome back key bench contributor Kevon Looney to the squad, who might even get a promotion to full-time center considering Jordan Bell’s recent signing with the Timberwolves.