Warriors GM: 'No budget limit for new coach'

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Warriors GM: 'No budget limit for new coach'

April 27, 2011

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CSNBayArea.com staff

The Warriors held a press conference Wednesday after CSNBayArea.com broke the story that the team would not retain Keith Smart as head coach.

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Jaymee Sire was present at the press conference, and reported the following highlights from the conference via Twitter:

2:44 p.m.
Riley says there is not a budget limit on finding a new Warriors coach.

2:43 p.m.
Larry Riley says improving the defense is top priority when finding a replacement, but the Warriors won't necessarily go after a defensive guru.

2:34 p.m.
Joe Lacob says the Golden State Warriors will look for someone with experience, likely NBA head coaching experience, for the next coach. But they won't limit themselves either.

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Relocation approval 'offers more clarity' when Raiders recruit free agents in future

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Relocation approval 'offers more clarity' when Raiders recruit free agents in future

PHOENIX -- The Raiders are entering a limbo period, with just a few seasons in Oakland before relocating to Las Vegas. NFL owners formally approved a move on Monday, though the Raiders don’t want to leave the East Bay until a new stadium is ready in 2020.

While there are contingencies to leave the market early based upon how fans react to the Raiders remaining in Oakland after committing to Las Vegas, that isn’t what the Raiders want. After years of stadium uncertainty, they leave the NFL owners meetings with clarity regarding their long-term future.

General manager Reggie McKenzie believes that should help free agents considering silver and black. The uncertainty prompted questions in recent years that McKenzie can answer when recruiting veteran talent now that relocation has been approved.

“By Mark saying that the plan is for us to be in Oakland for two more years (at least), but we will be in Vegas, I think it offers more clarity,” McKenzie said. “It lets the players know. It’s better than two months ago, when everyone had questions. When you were talking to a free agent, they know we want to move but weren’t sure if it was going to pass. They didn’t know. Now they know a decision has been made by the league to let us move.”

That will help McKenzie more in the future than present. Roster turnover is high these days, meaning most currently employed by the Raiders won’t play for the home team in Las Vegas. Only David Amerson, Kelechi Osemele and Marquette King are would be under contract when the team wants to move.

The Raiders are working on extensions for Derek Carr, Gabe Jackson and Khalil Mack, with others possibly locked up down the line.

In addition to playing with Carr and Mack and for head coach Jack Del Rio, there’s another attraction to signing with the Raiders. There’s no state income tax in Nevada, meaning a contract there is worth more than the same deal in California. The Golden State generally takes 13.3 percent of significant income earned there.

There will be other issues about playing in Las Vegas, where gambling is legal, a drink can be had 24 hours per day and vices abound in a place called Sin City.

The Raiders will construct a support system to keep players focused, and are ready to handle any questions players and their families may have about an upcoming move.

“Now there are questions from the drafted guys about when they become free agents, because they might be in Vegas. That’s going to be different. There are questions that way, but it’s not going to alter the way we go after players. Some of the guys, parents and agents may have questions, but I don’t think it’s anything out of whack.”

Warriors to update Durant's status on Wednesday

Warriors to update Durant's status on Wednesday

Plans appear to be changing.

Kevin Durant was supposed to have his left knee re-evaluated on Thursday when the Warriors return to the Bay Area, but prior to Tuesday's game in Houston, head coach Steve Kerr told reporters that the Warriors will have an update on their injured All-Star on Wednesday.

Durant was out on the court before Tuesday's game working out. He was seen shooting, cutting and dunking.

Durant has been out since Feb. 28 with a strained MCL and tibial bone bruise.

The Warriors play the Rockets on Tuesday night and face the Spurs on Wednesday evening.