Updated: Free agents for Warriors to consider

July 3, 2012, 11:10 pm
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We know there aremock drafts 2.0, 3.0 and beyond leading up to the NBA draft, so theres noreason to not have a free-agent list 2.0 and maybe beyond.Its only fair as itpertains to the Warriors, after all, since their spending parameters havechanged some. Warriors general manager Bob Myers said on Monday that the teamis unlikely to use all of its mid-level exception -- worth about 5million.REWIND: Myers tamps down Warriors' FA expectations
Instead, it seemsthe Warriors are more likely to spend 1 million here, or 2 million there on aplayer or maybe 3 million or so at one guy. More than that and it gets alittle tricky with the luxury tax. With that information in mind, heres anupdated list of some players the Warriors will be looking at: GUARDSConventional wisdom isthat the Warriors need more insurance for Stephen Curry, who is coming offinjury, and Klay Thompson, entering his second season, than just Charles Jenkins. Ideally, theWarriors would be able to sign a veteran with some size and who can defend. Butunder current constraints Andre Miller (said to have agreed to re-sign inDenver), Jason Kidd, Kirk Hinrich, Jeremy Lin, Raymond Felton are all out ofthe picture.It remains to beseen about Brandon Roy, who will meet with the Warriors for the second timelater this week.ShannonBrown: He can get a little too wound up at the offensive end attimes, but Brown would be an athleticism upgrade and toughness upgrade on theperimeter.Randy Foye:Once upon a time, some thought Foye could be a big-time point guard.He never turned into that. But if you look at him as a third guard, hes morelikeable.Royal Ivey:Has gotten lost in the shuffle in Oklahoma City, but has size and candefend.RonniePrice: Hes not much of an offensive player, but is that really whatthe Warriors need? Hes not the greatest of decision-makers, but hed bring theWarriors a toughness in their backcourt that they lack.NateRobinson: Yes, its possible, though not likely he could return tothe Warriors. The reality is the Warriors would like to add size to theirbackcourt, and Robinson doesnt fit that description. But he contributed instretches last season, and coach Mark Jackson seemed to form a bond withhim.SashaVujacic: Before you say NO WAY, listen up. Vujacic, who played inTurkey last season, is 6-foot-7 and able to play both guard positions. And,yes, hes annoying as hell on defense. Thats the point. The fact he can make a3-point shot here and there is gravy.SMALLFORWARDSIts tough to seethe Warriors going in this direction. Right now theyve got plenty of playerswho can play that position: Harrison Barnes, Dorell Wright, Richard Jeffersonand Draymond Green. The Warriors also have made it clear they want to re-signBrandon Rush, who can play this spot. And we havent even mentioned DominicMcGuire, though we will in a minute.FRONTCOURTIn an ideal world,Andrew Bogut and David Lee are healthy, and Festus Ezeli turns out to be betterthan anyone expected. And while were at it, Andris Biedrins has an unforeseencomeback and Jeremy Tyler trends toward Karl Malone.Its always nice tohope, but the Warriors cant go into the season expecting that to happen.Theyd like to add another player of size, and someone with at least a fewyears under his belt. Remember, Myers has talked about adding veterans, but ithasnt happened yet.LouAmundson: He didnt make much of an impact the first time around withGolden State, and the Warriors seem to have gotten the better of the BrandonRush deal, but Amundson is a good guy and known commodity.J.J.Hickson: There are reports that have Hickson coming to the Warriors.Not so fast. Yes, he fits the Warriors financial parameters, but thingshavent nearly progressed that far.JordanHill: If Hill can build off of last season, he might be ontosomething. And thats the problem for the Warriors. If one other GM thinks likethat, Hill is likely out of the Warriors price range.RobinLopez: Hes a restricted free agent, so it wouldnt be easy to gethim. But hed be another big body to add to the frontline, and he does havetoughness.IanMahinmi: Hes quietly been improving every year, but the Warriorsmight be looking for someone a little more versatile. The same thing can besaid for Lopez, above. The Warriors already seem to have three true centers ontheir roster: Andrew Bogut, Festus Ezeli and Andris Biedrins.DominicMcGuire: The Warriors didnt extend a qualifying offer to McGuire,but that doesnt necessarily mean they dont want him back. But if someoneoffers him a contract on the high side, the Warriors will likely have to watchhim walk away.NazrMohammed: Hes also a true center, but if youre looking for solid,veteran leadership and a player young guys will look up to, Mohammed is yourman.RonnyTuriaf: Theres sentiment out there to bring back Turiaf, who justcompleted a championship season with the Heat. But the Warriors need someone alittle more reliable than Turiaf.SheldenWilliams: He makes a lot of sense. Affordable, professional and asolid veteran. Hes also part of Myers old stable of clients under ArnTellem.