On Roy 'fitting' with Warriors and luxury tax

July 11, 2012, 5:34 pm
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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.

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