NBA free agency: Kevon Looney would 'love to stay' with Warriors

Kevon Looney wants to remain with the Warriors.

The 23-year-old forward has spent his entire four-year career in Golden State. His contract will expire after the playoffs and he said last weekend he hopes to re-sign with the team.

“I’d love to stay here,” Looney said, via NBC Sports Bay Area. “I like being on this team. I want to be there when Chase Center opens later this year.”

The Warriors declined Looney’s fourth-year option in October 2018, which made him a free agent after last season. But, Looney inked a one-year, $1.6 million deal to stay with Golden State.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he wants Looney to be in the team’s long-term plans.

“I was terrified all last year, after we denied the option, that we were going to lose him,” Kerr said. “He was great last year. But it was a bad free-agent market for the players last summer. People just didn’t have money. So, we got lucky in terms of being able to keep him. And he’s turned into such a good player for us.

“I’m really, really hoping that we can keep him long term and that we can give him the contract he deserves, and he can make some good money and we can enjoy having him on our team for many years.”

Looney said he appreciated his coach’s comments.

“It’s good to have that kind of support from the coach,” Looney said. “I hope it works out.”

Looney averaged a career-high 6.3 points and 5.2 rebounds in 18.5 minutes per game for Golden State in 2018-19.

The forward’s role has increased in the playoffs as Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins suffered a torn quad early in the team’s opening round series against the Clippers.

Looney tallied 19 points and five rebounds in 19 minutes in Golden State’s Game 2 loss and followed that up with 10 points in 17 minutes in a blowout victory. He also added seven rebounds and two assists in Game 4.

Kerr praised Looney’s contributions when he met with reporters before that game.

“For two years now, he has been a rock for us,” Kerr said. “I really hope that (he’s) here. I want him to be here for a long time. I think everybody in this locker room wants Loon to be rewarded for his effort.”

The Warriors originally selected Looney out of UCLA with the 30th pick in the 2015 draft.