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
The Warriors have to evaluate if third-year forward Kevon Looney (unrestricted free agent) … [is] worth developing at the pace they would like and worth the price to counteract any possible outside interest. “They always tell me if somebody comes and gives me a better offer, you should take it. But this is a team where it’s all about winning,” Looney said. “I’d love to be here and be a part of this. It’s something to think about, for sure.”
It was that drive to become a versatile defender, along with an overhauled diet and a season finally free on injuries, that paved Looney’s rise from seldom-used reserve to important role player. As the league trends toward a position-less brand of basketball, he is carving out his niche as a small-ball center adept at switching off screens to defend guards. “He’s been a big help for us, especially with teams going small,” Green said of Looney. “He can switch out to guards and keep guards in front of him, and he blocks a lot of shots at the rim. He’s really taken huge strides on that end of the floor, and it’s been pretty amazing.”
Finally healthy, he went on a variation of the Paleo diet and shed 30 pounds from his 6-foot-9 frame. In open runs at UCLA, after games of 5-on-5, Looney often enlisted three guards for some 2-on-2. It was during those sessions that he came to understand the angles and spacing necessary to stick in front of much smaller, quicker players. “Me being a young player, you’re just trying to figure out ways to get on the court,” Looney said. “You have a great example in front of you in Draymond, who made a living switching off guys. (McAdoo) was making a living working off the switch and being an energy guy. I wanted a chance to do that.”