Tyson Chandler, perhaps the top big man in this years freeagent class, has an offer in front of him from the Warriors for upwards of 60million over four years.However, it doesnt look like hes going to sign it at thispoint.Sources familiar with the situation say that Chandler, whoplayed for the NBA champion Dallas Mavericks last season, is more seriouslylooking at the New York Knicks.In order for the Knicks to acquire Chandler, they wouldlikely have to use the amnesty provision of point guard Chauncey Billups, whois set to earn 14.2 million in 2011-12.While the Warriors havent entirely given up on Chandler,one source familiar with their thinking indicated the team is resigned to goingin another direction. That direction would likely be Nene.Chandler was the Warriors No. 1 free agent target thisoffseason, and he was in the Bay Area last Sunday taking in the 49ers-Rams gameat Candlestick Park.According to one source, Chandler is very unlikely to returnto Dallas because owner Mark Cuban offered him only a one-year contract. Thatsource indicated Cuban and the Mavericks want flexibility heading into nextoffseason when the free agent class is significantly better than thisyear.
OAKLAND -- With Kevin Durant out of the Warriors lineup Saturday night with swelling in his left pinky finger, rookie wing Pat McCaw will start at forward against Brooklyn at Oracle Arena.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr made the announcement two hours before tipoff.
As for Durant, the contusion in his left pinky finger, sustained Thursday, is still in the healing process.
“Kevin’s hand is still a little swollen,” Kerr said. “It’s not anything we want to mess around with. We’ve got a long trip coming up, a lot of games. It made sense to give him the night off. We’ll have tomorrow off, flying in to Philadelphia. So hopefully the next couple days it’ll calm down and be fine. It’s kind of a day-to-day thing.”
The decision to start McCaw -- who often competes with Ian Clark for playing time -- was based mostly on how he matches up against the Nets.
“They both have my trust and my confidence,” Kerr said. “Both of them are very effective. It’s depending what we need. If we need ball movement and cutting, I’m more likely to go to Ian. He’s a great back-cutter and he gives our offense flow and he’ll make spot-up shots. If we need some size defensively, we’ll go to Patrick. They’ve both been effective. I wouldn’t say either one is ahead of the other. They’re both going to play.”
While the Warriors appear to like D-League call-up Briante Weber, they could have a chance to add a veteran point guard to that final roster spot.
Weber's second 10-day contract expires after Saturday night's game against the Nets. If the Warriors chose not to sign him for the remainder of the season, they could pursue veteran point guard Jose Calderon.
Calderon, currently under contract with the Lakers, will reportedly be bought out of his deal in the next few days, according to ESPN.
If Calderon hits the open market next week, the Warriors and Rockets could be among the suitors for his services, according to the report.
The 35-year-old veteran is averaging 3.3 points and 2.1 assists in 12.2 minutes over 24 games this season for Luke Walton and the Lakers.