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Title-winning ex-Bruin could be an intriguing summer trade chip

Former All-Pac-12 UCLA Bruins power forward/center Kevon Looney, who has flourished since being selected by the Golden State Warriors with the No. 30 pick in 2015 after a one-off Blue and Gold season, may finally open the door this summer out.

Don’t get us wrong: The 6-foot-1 vet is still under contract for one more season of the three-year, $22.5 million deal he signed with the Blue and Gold, fresh off the team’s most recent championship club in 2022 (Looney’s third title, fourth of the Stephen Curry era). He was demoted from a starting role to a bench gig midway through the season by head coach Steve Kerr, in favor of future Hall of Famer Draymond Green as a permanent small-ball center (the Michigan State product is all of 6-foot-4). .

A year removed from finishing eighth in Most Improved Player voting (in 2022-2023), Looney saw his production dip while his minutes dropped from 23.9 to 16.1. He averaged 4.5 points on 59.7% shooting from the field, 5.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists for the 46-36 Dubs in 2023-2024.

Looney is a stocky, long, rolling big man, and an excellent per-minute rebounder. He has signed an attractive contract and is on the right side of thirty. He should still have plenty of appeal for teams if, say, the Warriors want to forego salary cap space in exchange for a second-round draft pick.

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