Chandler has offer from Warriors

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Chandler has offer from Warriors

The ball is in Tyson Chandlers court.With NBA free agents allowed to officially sign contracts onFriday, Chandler has a deal from the Warriors in front of him worth more than60 million over four years, according to two league sources.The Warriors have made Chandler Priority No. 1 thisoffseason, and they hope to get an answer from Chandler on Day 1 of freeagency. The hope is by Friday the Warriors will know if they have a defensiveanchor at center or whether theyll have to go in another direction.In order to sign Chandler -- assuming he agrees -- theWarriors will likely have to amnesty center Andris Biedrins, still owed 27million over three years.
Chandler is considered one of the best big men in thisyears free agent class -- along with Nene and Marc Gasol. But among thosethree, Chandler is by far the best defender -- important to the Warriors becausethey want to place more of anemphasis on that end of the court under new coach Mark Jackson.Chandler helped the Dallas Mavericks secure their first-everNBA championship in 2011, and the door hasnt been closed on a return there,according to a source. However, Chandler indicated more than week ago hebelieved his days in Dallas were over.There are also rumblings that the New York Knicks are very much in the mix for Chandler, although it might take them using amnesty on Chauncey Billups to get him.Chandler averaged 10.1 points and 9.4 rebounds in 27.8minutes per game last season. However, Chandler missed significant portions ofeach of the previous two seasons with injury. A message was left with Chandler's agent, Jeff Schwartz, for comment, but he has not returned calls.If the Warriors were to sign Chandler, he would no doubtupgrade their interior defense, a woeful shortcoming of the team last season.Chandler is considered one of the best in the league at protecting the rim a neededasset because the Warriors perimeter players often struggle keeping theopposition out of the lane.

Instant Replay: Warriors in control from start to finish, beat Clippers

Instant Replay: Warriors in control from start to finish, beat Clippers

BOX SCORE

LOS ANGELES – Shredding the league’s top-rated defense, the Warriors sprinted ahead of the Clippers early and raced to a 115-98 victory before a bipartisan sellout crowd Wednesday night at Staples Center.

Five Warriors scored in double figures, led by 24 points from Klay Thompson, as they defeated Los Angeles for the seventh consecutive time, dating back to March 2015.

Draymond Green scored 22 points, Stephen Curry 19, Kevin Durant 16 and Andre Iguodala 10 as the Warriors (19-3) emphasized ball movement and crisp passing to shoot 48 percent from the field, posting 32 assists on 42 field goals.

Curry consistently disrupted LA’s attempts to create rhythm on offense, as he nabbed seven steals, tying a career-high and also posting the individual high for the NBA this season.

Veteran guard Jamal Crawford scored 21 points to lead the Clippers (16-7), who lost for the fifth time in seven games.

STANDOUT PERFORMER

Green provided his usual buoyant energy and dirty work but also turned in a highly efficient scoring night, resulting in a season-high.

Green’s line: 22 points (8-of-10 from the field, including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc, 3-of-4 from the free throw line), five rebounds, four assists and two steals. He played 32 minutes was plus-25.

TURNING POINT

After a DeAndre Jordan dunk gave LA a 10-9 lead with 6:58 left in the first quarter, the Warriors responded with an 18-3 run to go up 27-13 with 2:38 left in the quarter.

The Clippers got no closer than seven (53-46, 2:21 left in the second quarter) after that, as the Warriors led by 13 at the half and by 16 after three quarters.

INJURY UPDATE

Warriors: No injuries listed. C Anderson Varejao was a healthy inactive.

Clippers: G Raymond Felton (family matter) was declared out prior to tipoff. Clippers: F Brice Johnson (lower back herniated disc) is listed as out.

ROSTER NOTE

Warriors C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the D-League.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Warriors left LA immediately after the game, bound for Utah, where on Thursday night they will play the Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:05 Pacific.

Warriors players, coaches pledge $75,000 to Oakland fire relief efforts

Warriors players, coaches pledge $75,000 to Oakland fire relief efforts

The players and coaches of the Golden State Warriors have pledged to donate $75,000 to the ongoing relief efforts surrounding the Oakland Fire, the team announced on Wednesday. 

The warehouse fire that began on the night of December 2 claimed a total of 36 lives.

The $75,000 from the players and coaches is in addition to the $50,000 that was previously pledged by the Golden State Warriors organization to the Oakland Fire Relief fund.

“As a team that calls the Bay Area our home, we are all devastated by this tragedy that took place right in our community,” said Warriors All-Star forward Draymond Green. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those that have lost their lives, and our sincere condolences go out to their loved ones.

"We invite anyone that would like to help those who have been affected by this tragedy to join us in supporting our neighbors that have lost so much.”

An Oakland Fire Relief PSA featuring the Warriors players can be found at warriors.com/OaklandFire.

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