Steinmetz: Azubuike Signing's Domino Effect on Warriors


Steinmetz: Azubuike Signing's Domino Effect on Warriors


Matt Steinmetz
It was a mere formality that Warriors swingman Kelenna Azubuike exercised his player option for the 2010-11 season -- which is what he did on Tuesday.

After all Azubuike said six weeks ago that returning to the Warriors for 3.3 million next season was the logical thing to do.

Simply put, for a player who missed most of this past season, opting out would have been a gamble. So in other words, nobody in Golden States front office was surprised by the move.

Now its time to turn your attention to Anthony Morrow.

The Warriors now have three small forwards under contract -- Azubuike, Corey Maggette and Reggie Williams -- but Morrow is not one of them. He'll become a restricted free agent this offseason, and his future with the Warriors is very much unknown.

Morrow is one of the NBAs best 3-point shooters, and hes improved many parts of his game over the past two years. No Warrior spends as much time in the gym as Morrow and he is one of the most well-liked players on the team.

But unless the Warriors can make some kind of offseason deal, it's a longshot Morrow will be back. Simply put, theres not enough room for him.

As a restricted free agent, the Warriors will have the right to match any offer Morrow would get from another team. Still, the Warriors are unlikely to shell out, say, 3-plus million per year for three or four years for a player who would simply further logjam a position.

Of course, all this could change if the Warriors could find a trade partner for Maggette, but its not like they havent been looking into that for a while now. Its also possible the Warriors might look to trade Azubuike, although he is coming off a serious knee injury.

Morrow went undrafted out of Georgia Tech, but the Warriors signed him to a two-year deal in the summer of 2008. He proceeded to lead the league in 3-point shooting in 2008-09.

Theres no doubt the Warriors can lay claim to discovering Morrow. But if they want to keep him, theyre going to have to figure out how.

Report: Hawks release former Warriors point guard

Report: Hawks release former Warriors point guard

Jarrett Jack is reportedly looking for a new team.

The Hawks waived the veteran point guard on Thursday, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Jack signed with Atlanta in July after he was released by the Nets in late June.

The soon-to-be 33-year old appeared in 79 games for the Warriors during the 2012-13 season, averaging 12.9 points and 5.6 assists over 29.7 minutes per contest.

He was even better in the 2013 playoffs, racking up 17.2 points and 4.7 assists in 12 games.

Jack made 32 appearances last year before he tore the ACL in his right knee in early January.

He was the 22nd overall pick in the 2005 draft.

Warriors waive three, roster stands at 15 players

Warriors waive three, roster stands at 15 players

The Warriors waived guards Cameron Jones, Phil Pressey and Elliot Williams, the team announced on Thursday.

Jones appeared in five preseason games, averaging 5.0 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 11.5 minutes. 

Pressey also appeared in five games, averaging 2.4 points and 1.0 assist in 10.7 minutes. 

Williams missed all six preseason games due to right knee surgery. 

All three players were originally signed on Sept. 16, 2016.

The roster now stands at 15 players.

Stephen Curry
Klay Thompson
Kevin Durant
Draymond Green
Zaza Pachulia
Andre Iguodala
Shaun Livingston
David West
Anderson Varejao
Ian Clark
James Michael McAdoo
Kevon Looney
Patrick McCaw
Damian Jones
JaVale McGee 

Golden State Warriors media services contributed to this story