Kevon Looney Rumors

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Kevon Looney
Kevon Looney
Position: F
Born: 02/06/96
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Salary: $1,471,382
Damian Jones is healthy and played for the Warriors during summer league last offseason. But the reigning NBA champions are so talented and deep at the center position that they have not needed him on the active roster this season. The Warriors’ injury list for Friday’s game at Detroit listed Jones as “on G League assignment.” Golden State’s pecking order at center is starter Zaza Pachulia, David West, JaVale McGee, Kevon Looney and then Jones. So instead of watching in street clothes on the Warriors’ bench, Jones has been spending this season with Santa Cruz in the former D-League (rebranded G League from a Gatorade partnership) and has yet to play an NBA game this season. The Warriors exercised his contract for the 2017-18 season. “It made me feel good because it showed that they have confidence in me,” Jones said.
West has preached other messages, too. He often points out defensive strategies to his frontcourt teammates. He pulls aside younger teammates, such as Patrick McCaw, Jordan Bell and Kevon Looney, to talk X’s and O’s, preparation tips and handling fluctuating playing time. When Green becomes frustrated with foul trouble, West tries to calm him down too. “He’s a guy that is going to keep your head cool,” Green said. “He’s a guy we’re always laughing with. He’s a lot of different things wrapped up in one person. It’s very interesting.”
On Oct 31, the Warriors made the decision not to exercise forward Kevon Looney’s team option for the 2018-19 season, making him a free agent. Looney, however, remains relaxed. “I don’t really think about it,” said Looney after the Warriors 97-80 win over the Miami Heat. “Everything will work itself out. I just try to put it in the back of my mind”
Storyline: Kevon Looney Free Agency
The Warriors decided to pick up the option of second-year center Damian Jones and elected not to do the same for Looney because of what amounted to a numbers game. Looney’s option, which was worth about $2.2 million, would have put the team further into the luxury tax for next season. That meant they had to choose between the two big men, making Looney the odd man out. “I mean I wasn’t shocked,” Looney said of the decision. “I kind of knew going into it what was going to happen. I wasn’t surprised.”