Warriors at full strength heading into camp

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SAN FRANCISCO — Warriors general manager Bob Myers was cautiously optimistic heading into training camp last year that Golden State could be title contenders.

That optimism, however, was contingent on whether Klay Thompson would return after back-to-back major injuries sidelined him since the 2019 NBA Finals.

But fresh off an NBA title and with a deep roster, Myers feels like the Warriors are in an even better position this year to contend for another title.

“Doesn’t mean we’ll do what we did last year,” Myers said Thursday, “but I feel like we know our team a little bit better even though the young guys there’s still a lot of uncertainty.”

The Warriors are entering training camp at full strength for the first time in years.

Thompson got to enjoy his first offseason in three years where he wasn’t rehabbing from an injury and is said to be in the best physical, mental and emotional state since the injuries. And James Wiseman is expected to have his first full NBA training camp after he made his return to the court in summer league after several setbacks in his recovery from a torn meniscus in his right knee caused him to miss all of last season.

This year’s draft picks, Patrick Baldwin Jr. and Ryan Rollins, are also reported to be good to go without any restrictions, according to coach Steve Kerr. Both players missed summer league action as they nursed injuries. Baldwin has been dealing with a pesky ankle injury that has hampered him over the last two years, and Rollins was out with a small fracture in his foot that the Warriors found during a routine physical.

“I’m really excited, this is the first time we’re healthy in a while going into training camp, I hope we can stay that way,” Myers said. “But for the last few years, we’ve been a man down or more than one and it’s a good feeling for someone in my position to know at least we are healthy at the start.”

The Warriors welcomed back all five of their starters from last season, and Jordan Poole is basically a lock to be their first man on the bench. But the rest of the rotation remains open for the taking.

One wrench in the Warriors’ roster heading into camp revolves around Andre Iguodala, who has yet to decide whether he’ll return or retire.

Several people in the organization have said as recently as last week that they don’t know what Iguodala will do. And perhaps at this point, not even Iguodala is sure whether he’ll return or retire as a champion.

“I’m just hopeful,” Kerr said. “Beyond that, I really don’t know what Andre’s gonna do… I think he’s getting a feel for what he wants to do. And we told him from the beginning to take as long as you want and he’s taking his time and that’s fine. So we’ll see.”

Added Myers, “He’s earned that right to make his own decision… We don’t want to force him into something and then two weeks later, he says, ‘I’m not up for this.’ So we’re waiting.”

Iguodala, 38, has been at Chase Center in recent weeks to work out and have the training staff evaluate him as he continues to mull what he might do next. He’s made it clear he doesn’t want to coach and would only come back if his body could handle the rigors of another NBA season.

For now, his situation remains fluid. Iguodala said he’ll announce his decision on his podcast, “Point Forward.” Coincidentally, he said on his most recent episode released earlier this month that his show is “on hiatus.”

Contributed by local news sources

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