OAKLAND -- After maintaining a dialogue with Jermaine O'Neal throughout the summer, the Warriors have scrapped the possibility the veteran center will return.
General manager Bob Myers, who has spoken with O'Neal this week, shared the news on Thursday, two days after saying the door was open for O'Neal to return to the team he played such an instrumental role for last season.
"He's not going to come to camp," Myers said. "We're going to go with our guys, our three centers we have."
That would be starter Andrew Bogut, said to have recovered from a cracked rib sustained in April, along with backup Festus Ezeli, who has not played since the spring of 2013, and raw second-year man Ognjen Kuzmic.
O'Neal, signed to a one-year deal last season, was a locker-room presence, an inspirational leader and, at times, a key contributor on the floor. He said after the playoffs last season that he was undecided about returning for a 19th NBA season.
"He's still processing what he wants to do, still in the process of figuring it out," said Myers, who prior to joining the Warriors in 2012 served as O'Neal's agent.