Its been a long offseason, but itstime to get busy. The NBA lockout ended early Saturday morning, and theWarriors have things to do.The Warriors havent played for aboutseven months, so it might be worth the time for a little refreshercourse.When we last left them they had finishedthe season 36-46, 10 wins short of the No. 8 playoff team in the WesternConference. In other words, they've still got a ways to go.But for now, this is the roster theWarriors are sitting with, including for how long each player remains undercontract.Lou Amundson, PF: One year remaining at 2.4million. Amundson wasn't healthy for most of last year, and the Warriors needmore energy off the bench from him this season.Charlie Bell, PG: Oneyear remaining at 4.1 million. Hard to imagine Bell will be any kind offactor. Expect the Warriors to package Bell as part of a deal or hold onto himso his 4-million-plus comes off the books at season's end. Its possible theycould use the amnesty clause on Bell, although that would seem a tadshort-sighted.Andris Biedrins, C: Three years remaining at 27million. Once upon a time, this contract seemed OK. But that was beforeBiedrins' game went missing. Can he retrieve it?Stephen Curry, PG: Twoyears remaining at 7 million. The Warriors have made it clear they want Curryas part of their long-term future. But does Curry want the Warriors?Monta Ellis, SG: Threeyears remaining at 33 million. It's a simple question and one the Warriorshave been wrestling with for a little while: Can the Warriors get better bytrading their best player?Charles Jenkins, SG: Unsignedrookie. Is Jenkins destined for the D-League or does he have a shotat beating out Jeremy Lin?David Lee, PF: Fiveyears remaining at 68.5 million. No doubt it hurts when you see the amount ofmoney Lee is still owed. General manager Larry Riley hoped to build around Lee,but there are other voices now in the team's front office.Jeremy Lin, PG: Unsignedsecond-year player. Everyone knows Warriors owner Joe Lacob had a lot to do withLin's signing. But if Lin isn't cutting it in Year No. 2, will Lacob keep himaround?Klay Thompson, SG: Unsignedrookie. Looks to have NBA range, and seems likely to get some backup minutes atshooting guard and small forward.Jeremy Tyler, C: Unsignedrookie. The question comes down to Tyler's motor. If he's into it andcommitted, he could pitch in off the bench for the Warriors. If not, he'll getplenty of playing time in Dakota.Ekpe Udoh, PF: Threeyears remaining at 11.2 million. Udoh seems poised to make strides in hissecond year. He's gotten stronger and knows he'll consistently be in therotation. And as the Warriors' best interior defender, coach Mark Jackson isgoing to use him.Dorell Wright, SF: Twoyears remaining at 7.9 million. Wright's game took off last year. This yearthey need that -- and for him to get back to his defending ways.
The NBA took a massive power shift Wednesday with the Clippers trading point guard Chris Paul to the Rockets for seven players, a 2018 first-round pick (protected Nos. 1-3) and $661,000.
Houston GM Daryl Morey is going all in on a mission to compete with the Warriors and he believes the Rockets are now there with the pairing of Paul and MVP runner-up James Harden.
"You know, it's a guards-based league. It's a weapons race in the NBA and you're either in the weapons race or on the sidelines," Morey said at the team's press conference, as captured by Mark Berman of Houston's FOX 26. "With James Harden in his prime and Chris Paul in his prime, this gives us a real shot to chase the juggernaut teams in this league."
Paul, who turned 32 in May, is a nine-time All-Star. He spent his last six seasons with the Clippers and averaged 18.1 points, 9.2 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game during the 2016-17 season in 61 games played.
This past season, Harden became a primary point guard for the first time under Mike D'Antoni's fast-paced offense and the bearded lefty excelled in his new position. Harden led the NBA with 11.2 assists per game while putting up 29.1 points per game.
Houston received guards Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams, forwards Sam Dekker and Montrezl Harrell, plus the non-guaranteed deals of DeAndre Liggins, Darrun Hilliard and Kyle Wiltjer from Los Angeles.
The Rockets went 55-27 last season, four games ahead of the Clippers, but were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs to the Spurs.
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.