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Questions remain about Patrick McCaw

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MILWAUKEE — The Warriors have five All-Stars on their team. Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and DeMarcus Cousins dealt with overlapping injuries. Kevin Durant and Green had an argument last month that has since publicly dissipated. And as the Warriors strive to win their fourth NBA championship in five years, plenty of intrigue lingers on if any of the other 29 NBA teams can stop that from happening.

And yet there is one question that some Warriors fans continue to ask about: what is going on with Patrick McCaw? Why is there no resolution in his continued holdout? What’s his future? Where do the Warriors currently stand?

Before we get to those questions in the latest Warriors mailbag, Bay Area News Group’s Logan Murdock has a cheat sheet on Friday’s game between the Warriors and the Milwaukee Bucks. I highlighted Kevon Looney’s return to Milwaukee as well as an extensive interview with Looney latest Warriors HQ podcast (subscribe here). Lastly, I highlight the possibility Draymond Green might play in Milwaukee, DeMarcus Cousins will practice with Santa Cruz as part of his rehab and Damian Jones’ likely season-ending injury.

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I can’t say I have any insight on why McCaw followers certain players on Twitter. It’s hard enough to get clarity on McCaw’s thinking with his NBA future. The Warriors have maintained the same stance about McCaw ever since he declined his one-year, $1.7 million qualifying offer and two-year, $5.2 million deal with the second year being a team option. What is that stance, exactly?

The Warriors have never ruled out bringing McCaw back simply because they have not been forced to make a decision. That is until on Jan. 10. Then, Alfonzo McKinnie’s contract will become fully guaranteed. Given the Warriors want to save on luxury tax implications, I find it very unlikely the Warriors would waive a player they like (McKinnie) just to accommodate an inconsistent player that has not given any signal he wants to be with the Warriors (McCaw).

Say McCaw touches base with the Warriors and has a change of heart (that’s a big if considering the Warriors have not heard anything since the season started). That’s when the Warriors would have to wrestle with a decision. I’d imagine it would be easy one to make since McKinnie has offered lots more than McCaw did during his first two NBA seasons. Nonetheless, the Warriors do not plan to renounce their rights to him. If McCaw gets interest from another team, the Warriors could keep him as a trade chip.

Curry certainly has stated his case both when he has played and sat. When he has played, Curry has averaged 30.2 points while shooting efficiently from the field (51.9 percent), from 3-point range (50.3) and from the free-throw line (93.1 percent) along with 5.7 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game through 15 appearances. When Curry missed 11 games because of a strained left groin, the Warriors went 5-6.I wouldn’t say that Curry is the best. LeBron still has that title (and you only have to look at Cleveland to see what a difference makes his presence provides). But given Curry’s outside shooting, gravity and leadership, I’d agree with you on Steph being the league’s second-best player.

I presume you’re talking about the Warriors and not me. The reasons are pretty simple. They have All-Star talent. They have excellent coaching and front office decision making. And they have a collaborative organization that blends the mix of knowing how to make star talent co-exist while maximizing role players. It’s not a secret on what the Warriors do it. But in professional sports, it’s hard to replicate given the egos and money involved as well as the fluid nature on the game and personnel changes.

HA! I believe Durant is trying to make a larger point on how LeBron’s presence can suck a lot of oxygen out of the building. But knowing all the Warriors and Lakers press corps personally, all of them stay true toward fulfilling their job in telling stories and reporting the news than becoming chummy with players and coaches.



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