On Roy 'fitting' with Warriors and luxury tax

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On Roy 'fitting' with Warriors and luxury tax

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LAS VEGAS -- Sometimes Twitter just doesnt cut it. Sometimes you needmore than 140 characters to explain yourself. Here are five of my recenttweets, with a little bit of expansion.Dont know how good Roy will be, but if heapproaches what he was, hed have been terrific fit for GSW. Cant criticizethe thought.Expansion: In his prime, Brandon Roy was an eliteplayer and someone capable of doing the job of both the point guard andshooting guard. When youre talking about the Warriors backcourt of StephenCurry and Klay Thompson, it seems reasonable to expect the organization wantsto bring in some support for them.Curry is coming off injury and Thompson is entering hissecond year. At this point, can you really expect each of those players to belogging 36 minutes a night for upwards of 80 games? That seems like a stretch,and thats why the addition of Roy made a lot of sense.But Roy agreed to a two-year, 10.4 million contract withthe Timberwolves.Now, theres a chance Roy wont resemble the player he oncewas. And perhaps the doubt about that outweighed the desire to perhaps give Roya third guaranteed year. Fair enough.RELATED: Roy spurns Warriors, to sign with TimberwolvesWs have their mid-level. Could have built off 5million. Not saying they should have. Saying they could have. But they will notdo that.Expansion: This was a tweet in response to theWarriors losing out on Roy to the Timberwolves. It is certainly conceivablethat the Warriors could have signed Roy, but didnt want to offer moreguaranteed money or years than the 10.4 million and two years Roy wasreceiving.If thats what the Warriors decided, its tough to findfault there.However, my bigger point was this: Despite having the fullmid-level exception at their disposal approximately 5 million the Warriors made it clear they dont want to or anticipate using it all.That changed to some degree after agreeing to trade Dorell Wright to Philly, but not all the way. By trading Wright, the Warriors now can use all of their mid-level exception without straying into the luxury tax area. But the tax is a non-starter at this point. Down the line it could be different, according to Myers.What I was attempting to make clear in that tweet was thatthe Warriors absolutely, positively had -- and have -- the ability under the collectivebargaining agreement to sign Roy. But its their choice not to enter into theland of the luxury tax.Wrote this before Jeff Greensfour-year, 40 million offer. Put that atop of this bad contract list. (link).Expansion: This is the time in freeagency where teams can sometimes make big mistakes. Were in the time periodright now where players are getting overpaid.And one of the players getting overpaid in abig way is Jeff Green, who was offered a four-year, 40 million contract by theCeltics. Since that time, there have been other bad contracts given out likethe four-year, 36 million Ryan Anderson will sign.Anderson has turned himself into a nice NBAplayer, but 9 million a year is too much for a stretch four. Even ifAnderson may be the best one in the league.Honestly, that he hasnt proven enoughto be relied upon at this point. I like him, but not ready to give him backupkeys yet.Expansion: That was a tweet inresponse to Charles Jenkins, and whether he has the ability to be the Warriorsfirst guard off the bench in 2012-13.Jenkins had a nice rookie season. He tookadvantage of the playing time that came to him because of injuries anddelivered pretty consistently. Jenkins has the look of a player who might be onthe roster for a little while.But while Jenkins has made strides in his oneseason as a Warrior, it just seems like a stretch to count on him being Currysbackup. That could be a very significant and important role for the Warriors,and its not a crazy thought to want to have a little more experiencethere.It would behoove the Warriors to bring in another pointguard, if for no other reason than for Jenkins to have someone compete against.Its not that I dont think Jenkins will help down the line, its that youreputting a lot of pressure on him in a primary backup role.

Draymond laughs at Jazz coach Quin Snyder: 'Like bro ... just chill'

Draymond laughs at Jazz coach Quin Snyder: 'Like bro ... just chill'

The Warriors left Utah with a 106-99 victory over the Jazz.

With 9.3 seconds remaining and the Warriors up by eight points, Kevin Durant was hit with a technical foul.

Draymond Green walked over to Durant and started laughing. Why?

"We were laughing at Quinn Snyder who kept calling timeouts," Draymond told reporters after the game. "Like bro, you're down 10 with six seconds left, it's kinda over my man."

[POOLE: Warriors fight off fatigue & complacency, win 'weird game' in Utah]

After Zaza Pachulia missed two free throws with the Warriors ahead by 11 and 1:05 remaining, the Jazz got the rebound and immediately called timeout.

After Draymond made one of two free throws with 49.4 seconds left to make it 104-94, Utah called another timeout.

After Steph Curry made a free throw to give the Warriors an eight-point lead with 9.3 seconds left, Quin Snyder used his final timeout.

Warriors play-by-play broadcaster Bob Fitzgerald said: "Utah is gonna use another time out. Quin Snyder is just practicing game-ending situations."

Analyst Jim Barnett responded with: "Absolutely, that's what he's doing."

"Just let us go to the restaurant and have a good dinner; just chill," Draymond added. "That's what we were laughing at. Nothing about the tech ... that was funny. But that's all it was."
 

Warriors fight off fatigue & complacency, win 'weird game' in Utah

Warriors fight off fatigue & complacency, win 'weird game' in Utah

The Warriors smelled trouble from the moment they left Los Angeles for their overnight flight to Salt Lake City, where on Thursday night, precisely 20 hours after they disposed of the Clippers in LA, they would face the Utah Jazz.

The Jazz announced Wednesday that four players – including three starters – would be out with injuries.

Trap Game, eh? It’s not a clich√©, not in today’s NBA, where the schedule is both unforgiving and remorseless.

And then on Thursday morning the Warriors received information that a fourth Utah starter, leading scorer Gordon Hayward, also would not be available.

With one healthy Jazz starter greeting the hottest team in the league, the Warriors caught a slight whiff of Eau de Upset. Acutely aware they were facing a severely shorthanded squad the Warriors swallowed hard and went immediately for the blowout.

They failed. Though they would win their 16th of 17 games and run their record to 20-3 by silencing the Jazz, 106-99, the Warriors also got a reminder that severely patchwork teams tend to bring the fight.

“It wasn’t pretty,” Stephen Curry told reporters at Vivint Smart Home Arena, “but got a win.”

Oh, it was beautiful early. The Warriors running and gunning and smothering Utah, taking a 29-5 lead barely eight minutes into the game and holding a 65-46 advantage at the half. They were achieving their goal of quickly opening this gift of a game to allow their starters to watch most of the second half.

Rarely is it that easy under these circumstances, and this would not be an exception. When patchwork NBA teams accept that winning is not an option, they set about avoiding embarrassment.

With a 12-0 run in the middle of the third quarter, the Jazz cut the deficit to nine (73-64), and when the Warriors steadied themselves to go up 14 (80-66) with 2:45 left in the third, the Jazz fashioned a 13-4 run to narrow it to 84-79.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr blamed it on a “lack of focus,” which is a symptom of presuming victory.

“Our first quarter was great; we pushed the ball. Our defensive intensity was fantastic and then we let down,” Kerr said. “We started turning it over with some careless, purposeless plays. We didn’t really have an idea of what we were trying to accomplish and then some defensive mistakes like not getting out on their shooters, and they took advantage.”

Outscoring the Warriors 53-41 in the second half, the Jazz – playing without Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, Rodney Hood and George Hill – made the vastly superior team sweat.

“They obviously played with a lot of energy,” said Curry, who scored a game-high 26 points. “They didn’t fold and we got a little stagnant on offense, it happens, but you just got to be able to finish the game out. The way we started gave us an opportunity to withstand their run and never really have the game out of hand.”

Kevin Durant ensured there would be no upset, performing the closeout with an 11-point fourth quarter. He scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half.

“Just tried to be aggressive,” Durant said. “I didn’t do a good job attacking throughout the game. I thought that was a good opportunity for me to attack. I got to the free throw line and that got me going. I got some dunks, a few cuts and Steph [Curry] helped me out as well.

“It was a weird game. It was a grind out game. We started off so well and then a three-pointer got them back in the game. They played physical later on the game and were able to take us out of our game a little bit, but we kept fighting and we got a good win on a back-to-back.”

In defeating the Jazz, the Warriors also held off two more formidable foes: fatigue and complacency. There are nights, and this was one of them, when the path to victory requires beating all three.