As free agency begins, 10 names for Warriors to consider


As free agency begins, 10 names for Warriors to consider

Free agency gotunderway late Saturday night, with teams beginning to make their first contactwith players. Most of the big-name free agents are either restricted meaningtheir original team has a chance to match any offer or their already startingto head to certain places.Kevin Garnett isgoing back to Boston, Deron Williams has indicated hes re-signing in NewJersey and nobody expects San Antonios Tim Duncan to go anywhere.The Warriors areover the salary cap and only have their mid-level exception worth 5 million to spend. They can spend it all on one player or break it up to sign morethan one.In other words, theWarriors have to go looking for value in the free-agent market. Here is a listof 10 free agents the Warriors will likely reach out to:BrandonBass: Bostons undersized power forward exercised his player optionto become a free agent. Warriors general manager Bob Myers talked after draftnight of the Warriors needing athleticism. Bass would provide that up front.RELATED: Bass 2012 game logs
ReggieEvans: The other thing Myers and minority owner Jerry West thinksthe Warriors need is toughness. Thats what Evans is.RELATED: Evans 2012 game logs

RaymondFelton: He wasnt in great shape in Portland, and his play showed it.Hes not the bigger-sized guard the Warriors covet, but if Felton is coming offyour bench, thats not bad.

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JordanHill: The Warriors had a chance to draft Hill back in 2009, but tookStephen Curry. Turned out to be a good decision. Now it makes some sense toacquire Hill as a nice backup role player.RELATED: Hill 2012 game logs

KirkHinrich: Hinrich did not have a good season in 2011-12 with theHawks, and hes been banged up in recent years. But if hes healthy, he wouldhelp the Warriors, particularly on the defensive end. Thats where heexcels.

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KrisHumphries: Humphries probably priced himself out of the Warriorsmarket with his play last season, but if a player like him slips through thecracks, maybe the Warriors could conjure up an offer. Hed give the Warriors ashot of frontcourt athleticism.

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Carl Landry:Not long ago, Landry was upward trending. But his career has stalleda little bit, and that could give the Warriors a chance. Hes a player whomight be gettable with the mid-level.

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KenyonMartin: Martins skills have diminished but his know-how remains.And hes still fiercely competitive and more than willing to bephysical.RELATED: Martin 2012 game logs

AndreMiller: The mid-level likely wont be enough to acquire a player ofMillers caliber. But if the Warriors want Miller badly enough and he wantsto come a sign-and-trade wouldnt be out of the question.

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SheldenWilliams: Hes not a sexy name, to be sure, and his career has been adisappointment as a pro. But if the Warriors are looking for a dirty-workplayer, Williams is that. On top of it, he shouldnt cost that much.RELATED: Williams 2012 game logs

Warriors guard Livingston begins turnaround after shooting dry spell

Warriors guard Livingston begins turnaround after shooting dry spell

OAKLAND -- Amid the recovery mission that followed the absence of Kevin Durant, as every Warrior eventually pitched in, Shaun Livingston stood virtually alone as someone who wasn’t doing his part.

The Warriors, and Livingston, would like to believe that is about to change.

When Livingston made 3-of-4 shots in a 112-87 rout of the Mavericks on Tuesday night, it was the first time he shot higher than 50 percent on multiple shots since Feb. 28, the day Durant went down with a knee injury.

“You go through slumps,” Livingston said after practice Thursday. “Fortunately for me, I’ve played long enough to know. You keep shooting. Keep pushing forward, good things will happen.”

As the Warriors lost that game at Washington, and four of the next six, Livingston’s usually reliable midrange game disappeared. In the first 10 full games since Durant was sidelined, Livingston shot 18.8 percent (6-of-32).

So his teammates did the heavy lifting. Andre Iguodala excelled as the steady vet. Klay Thompson and Draymond Green dipped and then came hard. Stephen Curry climbed out of his rut and started dancing again. The big men -- Zaza Pachulia, JaVale McGee and David West -- were titanic. Pat McCaw, Ian Clark, Matt Barnes and James Michael McAdoo filled in the gaps.

They had to, because Livingston the most reliable shooter on the team was nowhere to be found.

“We all want to play the best that we can,” Livingston said. “But the reality is it doesn’t work that way all the time.”

On Tuesday, for the first time this month, Livingston looked like himself. He was the guy who shot 55.6 percent in October, 54.4 percent in November, 57.6 percent in December, 58.9 percent in January and 54.1 percent in February.

“It was good for Shaun to see the ball go in the rim,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “He’s had such a great year shooting the ball, and then the last couple weeks he hit a dry spell. Which is going to happen to everybody.”

The “dry spell” was shocking, because it was Livingston. He’s in the final weeks of his third season with the Warriors, and throughout that time there was only one month in which he shot less that 49 percent (47.5 in March 2015). Signed in July 2014 to be the team’s No. 3 guard and primary backup to Curry, Livingston is shooting 51.9 percent in his Warriors career.

The Warriors would like to think he’s ready, once again, to do his part.

“Last game was good for him, just to make a few and see the ball go in,” Kerr said. “I’m confident he’ll get it going.”

Warriors forward Matt Barnes 'trying to kill' the Kings

Warriors forward Matt Barnes 'trying to kill' the Kings

The Kings waived Matt Barnes during the All-Star break.

Less than two weeks later, he signed with the Warriors.

On Friday, Barnes will square off against Sacramento at Oracle Arena.

"I'm trying to kill 'em," he told the San Francisco Chronicle's Connor Letourneau on Thursday. "Simple."

In 54 games (13 starts) with the Kings this season, Barnes averaged 7.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists while shooting just under 33 percent from deep.

His final game in a Sacramento uniform came against the Warriors on Feb. 15. He registered 15 points and 14 rebounds.

"Things didn't go well there," Barnes added. "They're the enemy now."