Warriors free agent options: Frontcourt
Love would be ideal
The free-agent bazaar officially begins at a tick after 9 o'clock (PDT) Monday night, and the Warriors will be hyperactive shoppers when the doors swing open. Among their goals is to uncover a forward who can stretch the floor and a forward/center who poses a threat from the block. Kevin Love can do both, but this assumes nothing breaks the deadlock on a deal to acquire him. Here is a look at 10 unrestricted free-agent frontcourt types likely to be on the list at team headquarters. Players are listed in alphabetical order, with heights and ages.
Trevor Ariza (6-foot-8, 29)
Green light: A very good athlete, shoots the trey well, understands team concept. Red flag: Wizards want to keep, but former LA prep considering return to Lakers.
Matt Bonner (6-9, 34)
Green light: Excellent spot-up shooter, accepts role, would come relatively cheap. Red flag: Poor athlete, getting up in years, very comfortable with Spurs.
Luol Deng (6-9, 29)
Green light: Smart, athletic, can play either forward, solid at both ends of court. Red flag: Would he sacrifice dollars to accept salary Warriors have available?
Channing Frye (6-11, 31)
Green light: Deadly shooter, good range, wouldn't be able to hurt Warriors again. Red flag: Could be expensive, not as willing to mix it up as he did when younger.
Pau Gasol (7 feet, 33)
Green light: Long, smart, rebounds and passes well, plays down low post or up high. Red light: Expected to visit Warriors, but will he accept half his former salary?
Spencer Hawes (7-1, 26)
Green light: Very long, good hands, exceptional shooter, with range, for a big man. Red flag: Not very quick or physical, gets pushed around.
Josh McRoberts (6-10, 27)
Green light: Decent athlete, very active, offers a reasonable threat from deep. Red flag: Production rises and falls without easy explanation.
Chandler Parsons (6-9, 25)
Green light: Very athletic, great range, mostly a wing but capable of venturing inside. Red flag: Can be lazy on defense and a bit too impetuous with his offense.
Anthony Tolliver (6-8, 29)
Green light: Stretches defense with treys, can rebound, knows role, relatively cheap. Red flag: Only slightly less one-dimensional than Bonner.
Marvin Williams (6-9, 28)
Green light: Former lottery pick, decent athlete, has added 3-point shot. Red flag: Would he take less than $7.5 million he made with Jazz last season?
How I'd rank them (if money were no object): Deng, Gasol, Frye, Hawes, Parsons, Williams, Ariza, McRoberts, Tolliver, Bonner. Not listed (for million$ of reasons): Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki. Not listed (because age is riding him hard): Shawn Marion. Not listed (because I think he's going to retire): Jermaine O'Neal...... Who will Bob Myers and Steve Kerr get?