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Jordan Poole remains 'foundational' part of Warriors amid trade rumors, says Steve Kerr

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - MAY 10: Jordan Poole #3 of the Golden State Warriors drives to the basket against Wenyen Gabriel #35 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the fourth quarter  in game five of the Western Conference Semifinal Playoffs at Chase Center on May 10, 2023 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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After a disappointing loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in six games in the Western Conference semifinals, the future of the Golden State Warriors is in serious doubt.

That said, the team would sacrifice any young core — including guard Jordan Poole — to better support players like Steph Aging veterans like Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green in order to win another title or two?

But manager Steve Kerr at least still sees Poole as an important addition to the team going forward.

“Of course,” he told reporters when asked if he considered Poole a cornerstone of the team. “I called him one of the base six at the end of last season and I still believe in that.”

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Kerr emphasized He still sees Poole as one of the six cornerstones of this squad.

He said he would like to see Poole make an effort in terms of offensive efficiency and better shooting. On defense, it’s about putting in a more consistent effort.

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Kerr said there was “no secret” that the incident between Draymond Green and Jordan Poole earlier this year affected their season.

“Some trust is lost…we have to go back to what made us successful, which is an environment of trust.”

Granted, the Golden State Warriors front office might disagree. Given the uncertainty surrounding Bob Myers’ future, it’s difficult to know where the organization is headed from a team-building standpoint.

Poole struggled in the playoffs but averaged a career-high 20.4 points per game this season. Publicly at least, Kerr seemed to want Poole to stay.



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