At the end of October, the Warriors made a decision that affected Kevon Looney a bit more negatively than he was anticipating.
Looney doesn’t seem to be too phased by their decision.
“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”
The Warriors opted instead for Damian Jones because of what essentially amounted to a numbers game.
Looney would set the team back about $2.2 million and would have sent the team into the luxury tax for next season. Choosing between the two big men wasn’t as hard as they had initially thought.
“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.”
Looney found out about the team’s decision just before the Warriors took over the Clippers during a meeting with Warriors general manager Bob Myers and head coach Steve Kerr.
Since being drafted 30th overall by the team in 2015, Looney has had a tough road. After undergoing surgeries on both hips, the third year player found it hard to find time on the floor. Still, he seemed to find his footing in training camp this season, arriving with a chiseled frame after losing 25 pounds in the offseason in an effort to relieve pressure on his surgically repaired hips.
In random spot duty, he’s been a solid player. His most notable appearance in which he scored nine points pulling down five rebounds in limited time during the Warriors win over the Wizards, 120-117 after he filled in for Draymond Green, who had been ejected from the game.
“Coming into this year, I felt good about myself and where my game is,” he said.
“I’m here, I want to be here,” he said. “I’m glad to be a part of this team and hopefully make a championship run. I love the city.”