OAKLAND The Clippers matched the Warriors four-year, 43 million offer sheet on Monday for DeAndre Jordan, ensuring that the restricted free-agent center will remain in Los Angeles.The Warriors had hoped to acquire Jordan, a young and athletic center, and have him man the center position along with Andris Biedrins.The Warriors have now tried and failed two times when its come to finding more size for their roster. A week ago, Tyson Chandler spurned the Warriors 60-plus million offer for four years and instead signed with the New York Knicks.Warrirors owner Joe Lacob and general manager Larry Riley both expressed disappointment on Monday but still remained hopeful the team can bolster its frontcourt.We still feel like we can add a quality player up front, Riley said. Weve have plans in place in case this happened.It appears as though the Warriors will miss out on the four biggest names in the frontcourt free agent pool: Chandler, Jordan Marc Gasol and Nene. The Rockets signed Gasol to an offer sheet, but Memphis is expected to match for Gasol.As far as Nene is concerned, the Warriors have turned their attention elsewhere. Internally they dont believe hes the best fit of the four to play alongside starting power forward David Lee.One silver lining to the Clippers matching for Jordan so quickly they had three days but used less than one is that now rookies Klay Thompson and Jeremy Tyler can begin practicing with the team.Both those players had gone unsigned because the Warriors put all their financial resources into trying to sign Jordan.
DANVILLE -- Everything the Warriors have said and done, as well as everything Stephen Curry has said, indicates there is no chance of a divorce, even though Curry becomes an unrestricted free agent at 12:01 a.m. Saturday morning.
Curry has pointed out numerous times that he plans to sign with the Warriors, implying that it would be pointless for other teams to pursue him on the open market.
And on Wednesday afternoon, Warriors president and general manager Bob Myers reiterated the team’s stance regarding the two-time MVP by expressing Curry would be a top priority.
“He’s got to be,” Myers said at Monte Vista High School, where he and Warriors forward Draymond Green was subjects of a news conference/pep rally in the wake of Myers being named Executive of the Year and Green being named Defensive Player of the Year.
Myers was careful not to slight other players the Warriors expect to re-sign, such as Kevin Durant, and those the team hopes to retain, notably Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.
“Actually, we’ve got a lot of priorities,” Myers said. “But, certainly, touching all of them and making sure we do our job and make sure they know we want them is important,” Myers said. “But he knows how we feel. I think he’s happy. But he’s a huge priority.”
The Warriors are allowed to pay Curry about $200 million over the next five seasons, and CEO Joe Lacob has said he’s ready to do whatever it takes.
Markelle Fultz was selected No. 1 overall.
Jordan Bell had to wait until the 38th pick to get drafted.
"I think I'm in the best spot," Bell said on 95.7 The Game on Wednesday. "I think Markelle Fultz would rather be in my position than his (laughter)."
Apparently, joining the defending champions and getting the opportunity to play with Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson is a pretty good situation to be in.
Bell revealed that he thought he was going to be taken somewhere in the 19-31 range.
As he continued to slide, he was extremely frustrated.
But then he found out that the Warriors -- who paid the Bulls $3.5 million for Bell's rights -- were his new team.
And all was good in the world.
What are Bell's plans over the next couple of weeks and months?
"Been up here for awhile working out with the team, lifting, getting to know the players a little bit," Bell explained. "Definitely going to play in Summer League and then right after that, I'm going to try to find a place out here, move in right away so I can just get ready to help the team out as much as possible."
Ben Simmons -- the top pick in the 2016 draft -- made about $5.9 million as a rookie (he didn't play a single game).
Pat McCaw -- the 38th pick in the 2016 draft -- made about $543,000.
No word yet on Bell's contract details with the Warriors...
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller