Chandler has offer from Warriors


Chandler has offer from Warriors

The ball is in Tyson Chandlers court.With NBA free agents allowed to officially sign contracts onFriday, Chandler has a deal from the Warriors in front of him worth more than60 million over four years, according to two league sources.The Warriors have made Chandler Priority No. 1 thisoffseason, and they hope to get an answer from Chandler on Day 1 of freeagency. The hope is by Friday the Warriors will know if they have a defensiveanchor at center or whether theyll have to go in another direction.In order to sign Chandler -- assuming he agrees -- theWarriors will likely have to amnesty center Andris Biedrins, still owed 27million over three years.
Chandler is considered one of the best big men in thisyears free agent class -- along with Nene and Marc Gasol. But among thosethree, Chandler is by far the best defender -- important to the Warriors becausethey want to place more of anemphasis on that end of the court under new coach Mark Jackson.Chandler helped the Dallas Mavericks secure their first-everNBA championship in 2011, and the door hasnt been closed on a return there,according to a source. However, Chandler indicated more than week ago hebelieved his days in Dallas were over.There are also rumblings that the New York Knicks are very much in the mix for Chandler, although it might take them using amnesty on Chauncey Billups to get him.Chandler averaged 10.1 points and 9.4 rebounds in 27.8minutes per game last season. However, Chandler missed significant portions ofeach of the previous two seasons with injury. A message was left with Chandler's agent, Jeff Schwartz, for comment, but he has not returned calls.If the Warriors were to sign Chandler, he would no doubtupgrade their interior defense, a woeful shortcoming of the team last season.Chandler is considered one of the best in the league at protecting the rim a neededasset because the Warriors perimeter players often struggle keeping theopposition out of the lane.

Paul Pierce reveals origin of his trash-talking beef with Draymond Green

Paul Pierce reveals origin of his trash-talking beef with Draymond Green

Programming note: Warriors-76ers coverage starts today at 3pm with Warriors Pregame Live on CSN Bay Area, and streaming live right here.

Draymond Green and Paul Pierce engaged in some trash talk last Thursday night at Oracle Arena.

On Saturday night, Pierce didn't give Draymond's words high marks.

"That's about a three," Pierce said on ABC. "I’ve been around for a long time -- the likes of Kevin Garnett, obviously. I grew up watching Gary Payton, hearing him, so that’s light.

"I couldn’t even hear him.”

In the first minute of last Thursday's Warriors-Clippers game, Draymond said the following to Pierce:

"Chasing that farewell tour -- they don't love you like that. You can't get no farewell tour, they don't love you like that ... you thought you was Kobe?"

Why did Draymond say that?

"This is how it all started: Blake Griffin posted him up, got a foul, and I was just pretty much like, 'You can't guard Blake. He gonna give it to you all night. You not that good. You only good because you got Steph Curry, KD and Klay Thompson around. That's the only reason you get recognition,'" Pierce explained. "And so I'm trying to spark my team with the trash talk -- go at their emotional leader and give my guys some confidence. And that's when you hear him say what he said...

"... When I got home, I see all of this on social media. I'm like, 'Ah, OK,' and that's when I went to my Twitter and said what I said."

Shortly after 2am PT on Thursday night/Friday morning, Pierce tweeted:

Durant questionable for Monday's game in Philadelphia

Durant questionable for Monday's game in Philadelphia

Kevin Durant's status for Monday's game in Philadelphia remains up in the air.

The Warriors forward, who missed his first game of the season on Saturday, is listed as questionable for the team's game against the 76ers.

Prior to the game against the Nets, head coach Steve Kerr told the media that Durant's left hand was "still a little swollen" and called the injury a "day-to-day" thing.

Without Durant, the Warriors still managed to cruise to a 112-95 win over Brooklyn.

Durant injured his left pinky in the opening minutes against the Clippers on Thursday. He remained in the game, but late in the first quarter, he retreated to the locker room with a member of the training staff.

He returned to the game after X-rays came back negative. He played 34 minutes and finished with 25 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists.