Steinmetz: Azubuike Signing's Domino Effect on Warriors

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Steinmetz: Azubuike Signing's Domino Effect on Warriors

May 4, 2010STEINMETZ ARCHIVEWARRIORS PAGE WARRIORS VIDEO

Matt Steinmetz
CSNBayArea.com
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.

Warriors recall first-round pick Damian Jones from Santa Cruz

Warriors recall first-round pick Damian Jones from Santa Cruz

The Warriors recalled center Damian Jones from the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League, the team announced on Thursday.                             

During his most recent assignment, which began Nov. 30, Jones averaged 2.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.00 blocks in 19.3 minutes over three games with the Warriors’ D-League affiliate.

The Vanderbilt product, who was selected 30th overall by Golden State in the 2016 NBA Draft, grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds in 17 minutes on Dec. 3 at Maine.

The 7’0”, 245-pound center has appeared in five games (two starts) with Santa Cruz this season, holding averages of 2.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.20 blocks in 19.0 minutes.

Golden State Warriors media services
 

Warriors guard Ian Clark will have his high school jersey retired

Warriors guard Ian Clark will have his high school jersey retired

Warriors guard Ian Clark will have his jersey retired by his alma mater, Germantown High School, in a ceremony this Friday evening on campus, the team announced on Thursday.

Clark, who will attend the ceremony, is the first player from Germantown High to appear in the NBA and the first player to have his number retired by the school. The Warriors will be in Memphis ahead of their game on Saturday night against the Grizzlies.

Clark wore #21 as a four-year varsity player and three-year starter for Germantown High, finishing his high school basketball career among the top three all-time in total points scored (1,846). Clark, who was born in Memphis, averaged 16.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists over his four high school seasons from 2005-09 with the Red Devils.

“Ian has had a great impact not only on the school, but on the entire area because of the kind of person he is,” said Jason James, the boys’ basketball coach at Germantown High. “Ian is a great basketball player, but he’s an even better person. For us to have this relationship is special to me. It’s an honor to be part of the ceremony to have his number retired.”

The ceremony will take place on Friday, December 9, at Germantown High School at roughly 7:15 p.m. in between the girls’ and boys’ basketball games.

The 25-year old played his college ball at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. in  As a senior in 2012-13 he averaged 18.2 points per game while shooting just under 46 percent from deep.

Belmont made the NCAA Tournament three times during Clark's career.

Over 19 appearances for the Warriors this season, Clark is averaging 6.8 points per game. He scored a career-high 22 points against the Blazers on Nov. 1 and racked up 21 points against the Lakers on Nov. 23.

Golden State Warriors media services contributed to this story