Warriors to sign Jordan to four-year, 40 million offer sheet

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Warriors to sign Jordan to four-year, 40 million offer sheet

The Warriors are poised to sign center DeAndre Jordan to anoffer sheet worth approximately 40 million over four years, according tomultiple sources. The offer is expected to come Sunday.
Jordan, 23, has played the past three seasons for the LosAngeles Clippers and last year averaged 7.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocksin 25.6 minutes per game.
The Clippers will have three days to decide whether or not tomatch the offer for Jordan, a restricted free agent, or allow him to go to theWarriors.It is unknown whether or not the Clippers will match theoffer. Jordan reportedly already has received an offer from Los Angeles worthfive years, 40 million.If the Clippers match Golden States offer, it means theWarriors will have failed in two attempts this offseason to land adefensive-oriented center. The Warriors last week made a run at Tyson Chandler,who helped lead Dallas to an NBA title last season, but he elected to sign withthe New York Knicks.Some of the Warriors moves over the past couple of dayshave set the table for signing Jordan to an offer sheet. Those movesalso mean the Warriors will not amnesty Andris Biedrins in order to acquireJordan.By waiving Jeremy Lin on Friday and not yet signing rookiesKlay Thompson and Jeremy Tyler, it appears as though the Warriors can get toJordans starting first-year salary in the 9 million range -- byperhaps amnesty-ing Charlie Bell. The Warriors are waiting until Sunday to sign Jordanto the offer sheet because they need Lin to clear waivers.Bell, who played sparingly last season, is on the last yearof his contract and set to earn 4.1 million. He was recently arrested inMichigan after showing up intoxicated at his hearing for an earlierDUI.The Warriors have told Bell to remain in Michigan ratherthan joining the team at training camp and that he is a candidate foramnesty. It is unclear whether the Warriors will have to use amnesty on Bell to make the numbers work for Jordan.If the Clippers take their entire three-day period to decide on Jordan, it means that Thompson and Tyler won't be practicing until at least Wednesday afternoon.Jordan has a limited offensive game, but he is extremelyathletic and can block shots and rebound. Jordan shot .686 percent from thefield last season. That would have led the league by a wide margin, but Jordandidnt make enough field goals to qualify.If the Warriors can acquire Jordan and hold onto Biedrins,it would mean they have upwards of 20 million invested in the center position.But Jordan would be another big body up front, and size has been the teamsbiggest shortcoming in recent years.

NBA Gameday: Streaks on the line when Warriors tussle with Grizzlies

NBA Gameday: Streaks on the line when Warriors tussle with Grizzlies

In rising to the level of NBA elite the past few seasons, the Warriors have had to vanquish many ghosts along the way. The Memphis Grizzlies once fell into that category.

After a five-year stretch during which they lost 14 of 17 games against the Grizzlies – including eight in a row in Memphis – the Warriors now treat FedEx Forum like any other road venue. They’ve won four of the last five at the “Grindhouse.”

They’ll try to continue their recent domination when the teams meet Saturday night. Largely behind spells of fantastic defense, the Warriors (20-3) have won 16 of the last 17, including the last four in a row.

Though punctured by injuries, the Grizzlies (16-8) have managed to overachieve, winning five in a row under first-year head coach David Fizdale, a former Warriors assistant.

BETTING LINE:
Warriors by 12.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH:
Zaza Pachulia vs. Marc Gasol. Already one of the best centers in the league, Gasol’s work at both ends has kept the Grizzlies afloat despite injuries to several key teammates. Though Pachulia will get the initial assignment, expect the Warriors to send a variety of defenders at “Big Spain.” Containing him is surest way for the Warriors to maintain control of the game.

LAST 10:
Warriors: 9-1. Grizzlies: 7-3.

OF NOTE:
Only two NBA players are averaging better than 19 points, four assists, 1.5 blocks while shooting at least 40 percent beyond the arc: Warriors forward Kevin Durant and Gasol.

INJURY REPORT:
Warriors: F Andre Iguodala (rest) and F Kevon Looney (R ankle sprain) are listed as out.

Grizzlies: F Vince Carter (R hip flexor strain) and G Troy Daniels (illness) are listed as questionable. G Mike Conley (lower back injury), F James Ennis III (R calf strain). F Chandler Parsons (L knee bone bruise) and F Brandan Wright (L ankle surgery) are listed as out.

SERIES HISTORY:
The Warriors have won the last six in a row and eight of the last nine.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH:
Class is in session? With Conley out, rookie Andrew Harrison gets the primary assignment against Stephen Curry. Harrison is rangy enough (6-foot-6) to present problems. The Kentucky product also is the kind of blue-chip recruit Curry loves to take to school.

Who becomes the equalizer? Iguodala excels in the role of stabilizing the offense and creating havoc on defense. He’s unique enough that his absence will be felt. The Warriors need someone to fill that void. Pat McCaw and Shaun Livingston are the top candidates.

Beware the grind: Memphis is terrific at keeping it close and finding a finishing kick. They’re 12-0 in games that go into overtime or are decided by five or fewer points. So far this month they’ve come back to win despite trailing in the fourth quarter by 14 against Orlando, 13 against Portland and 10 against New Orleans.