Once the lockout ends, the Warriors have work to do -- and a lot of it. There will be anabbreviated free agency period, a brief training camp and then the games willbegin.Here are the first five things the Warriors will need to dowhen the lockout ends:--Begin to instill a new culture: MostWarriors players have had no contact with new coach Mark Jackson or his staff.Owner Joe Lacob has talked for months about changing the culture and how hisownership group is all about winning. Time to show the players thats thecase.--Decide which player if any to amnesty: Thereare reports that the new collective bargaining agreement will include anamnesty provision, allowing a team to waive a player and have his salary comeoff the books.Would the Warriors release David Lee, set to make 68million over the next five seasons? What about Andris Biedrins, who will earn27 million over the next three years? Or maybe, the Warriors simply use it toknock most of Charlie Bells 4.1 million off the books.The most prudent move might be to hold off on using theamnesty clause for a year or two when it would likely benefit the Warriorsmore than it would now.--Find a third guard: As of now, theWarriors would go into training camp with Jeremy Lin and rookies Klay Thompson and Charles Jenkinsas the guards off the bench. Thats too much to ask of those two young players.The Warriors need a productive third guard, a player who can help alleviate theworkloads of Ellis and Curry.So, what kind of third guards are we talking about? Wellhere are a few names: Delonte West, T.J. Ford, Sebastian Telfair or JasonRichardson.--Acquire another big man: Right now, theWarriors head into training camp with Biedrins, Lee, Lou Amundson and Ekpe Udohin their frontcourt. Theyll need another big body up there.So, what kind of big men are out there? Well, here are a fewnames: Kwame Brown, Joel Przybilla, Chuck Hayes and Samuel Dalembert.Add depth on perimeter: Dorell Wright hada very nice season for the Warriors a year ago. It would be nice to bring in aplayer who can less Wrights minutes and at the same time, perhaps team withWright to give the Warriors some length and a defensive mind-set on theperimeter.So, what kind of small forward-types are out there? Well,here are a few names: Richard Mbah a Moute, Caron Butler, ShaneBattier.
In July, Kevin Durant signed a two-year deal with the Warriors with a player-option for Year 2.
With the salary cap rising again, the 2013-14 MVP is expected to opt out and become a free agent.
Near the end of the Warriors' Chase Center ground breaking ceremony on Tuesday, emcee Kevin Frazier asked Durant the following question:
Frazier: "Before you go, do you want to tell the owners anything about re-signing or anything like that?"
Durant: "It'll be fun playing in there," and the crowd erupted in applause.
Earlier during the ceremony, Warriors owner and CEO Joe Lacob joked about Durant agreeing to re-sign with the Warriors this summer.
OAKLAND -- No one among the Warriors had a deeper desire to beat the Cavaliers than Stephen Curry, and his performance Monday gave every indication that he wanted it as badly as he needed it.
And after losing the point-guard battle to Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving in four successive games, all Warriors losses, it was past time for Curry as the back-to-back MVP to stand up and make a statement.
His response was impressive: 20 points (7-of-20 shooting), 11 assists, four steals and a 126-91 rout by the Warriors. He was plus-23 over 31 minutes.
“He was making shots, it’s as simple as that,” Irving said. “In transition, off pick-and-rolls, doing what he does and that makes him a great player.”
Irving’s response: 17 points (6-of-19 shooting), two assists and a game-high-tying (with teammate LeBron James) six turnovers. Irving was minus-12 over 29 minutes.
“Steph was great,” coach Steve Kerr said. “A phenomenal first half, I think he had 10 assists. His energy was great and he set the tone. He put a lot of pressure on the defense.”
Curry has been playing with renewed vigor lately, his mentality changing shortly after the Warriors on Christmas Day in Cleveland blew a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter, taking a 109-108 loss. Curry took only 11 shots, scoring 15 points.
He was particularly good in the first half, scoring 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting, with 10 assists and three steals. Curry clearly came to destroy.
“It was a great way to start, just a foot on the gas pedal,” Curry said.
Curry’s game, along with the victory, may silence some of the narrative suggesting the Cavaliers have his number. Though he was displeased with one aspect of his game, Curry happily accepted the outcome. Or that Irving hadn't caught up to him.
“I obviously wanted to play well; I didn’t want to walk off the floor with anything more than what I think is a solid, aggressive game,” he said. “I didn’t shoot the ball as well as I wanted to. Some shots I normally make didn’t go down.
But I can live with that knowing I took care of the other stuff I was supposed to do on the floor. Really, what was all in my head was that I definitely wanted to leave this arena tonight with a solid performance and obviously get the win.”