LAS VEGAS -- Warriors coach Steve Kerr has yet to get together with forward David Lee after several meetings were postponed, including the forward's trip to Las Vegas.

But the two have spoken several times, with Kerr early on having talked to both Lee and Klay Thompson about their names surfacing in trade talks and rumors regarding Kevin Love.

"They both get it," Kerr said Saturday before the Warriors' 74-72 summer league win over Phoenix. "I told them, 'I know you get it. It doesn't make it any easier.'

"But this is why you really get paid. I mean, you get paid all this money, is it really for coming into a gym for two hours a day and shooting jump shots? We've been doing that for free our whole life, you know? You get paid because you can get traded, and you have to uproot your family. You can get hurt, you can get booed, and people on the message board are crushing you. That's where you actually earn your money in this league, where it actually feels like work."

Lee, who earned a trip to the All-Star game and has averaged a double-double in four seasons with the Warriors, would likely need to be included in a potential trade for Love because of his high salary. But if the Warriors don't make a trade, Kerr likes Lee for what the coach has planned on offense.


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"I'm a big fan," Kerr said. "Especially the way we're going to play -- a lot of cutting, slashing -- and with Steph (Curry) and Klay coming off curls and stuff, I love the little slips, and David's as good as anybody at slashing and finishing when there's ball movement. So he's a big part of this."

Co-owner Joe Lacob told NBA TV during Saturday's game: "Kevin Love's a really good player. We think our players are really good, too."

As complements to Lee, Kerr has envisioned Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green as stretch forwards. Last season, Barnes' 3-point shooting dipped to 34.7 percent while Green's improved to 33.3 percent.

"He's shooting a ton," Kerr said of Green.

"He's such a hard worker, and he knows that's a skill (of his). ... That's something we really need on our roster, and Draymond and Harrison can both help in that regard."

  • The last-possession play Kerr drew up Saturday led to the Warriors past the Suns in unexpected fashion, as Nemanja Nedovic airballed a 3-point shot that Justin Holiday put back in for the game-winner.

    "I thought that lob pass that I drew up from Nedo to Holiday was just the perfect call," Kerr joked.

    The final minute also saw Kerr become enraged at an official for calling a foul on Aaron Craft, who was going for a steal.

    Holiday finished with a game-high 29 points, leading the Warriors to their 16th straight summer league win.

  • Kerr said he continues to be a part-owner of the Phoenix Suns and is in the process of selling his ownership stake after becoming the Warriors' coach.

    Kerr, who helped Phoenix owner Robert Sarver purchase the team and eventually became the Suns' general manager, described his ownership stake as "very, very small."

    "I'm not Steve Ballmer," Kerr said of the former Microsoft CEO who in May agreed to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion. "I'm Steve Kerr."

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