Myers tamps down Warriors' free-agent expectations


Myers tamps down Warriors' free-agent expectations

OAKLAND While theNBA is abuzz with free-agent activity, the Warriors have been mostly silent.And, according to general manager Bob Myers thats likely the way its going tostay.Myers told reporterson Monday after the team introduced three of their four picks from lastweeks NBA draft the Warriors dont figure to be landing any of the big namesin the next several weeks.STEINMETZ: So far, Warriors are on periphery of free agency
Teams may talk toand meet with players up until July 11, and on that day contracts officiallycan be signed.Were going to bediligent in our search, but I dont think were going to be as aggressive assome other teams in terms of spending, Myers said. We just dont have theresources. Were up against it right now.What the Warriorsare up against is the luxury tax. The Warriors are already over the salary cap,which means their best chance at landing a free agent would come by means ofthe mid-level exception, which is worth approximately 5 million.However, if theWarriors use all of their mid-level exception, they will venture into luxurytax territory and pay a heavy financial penalty. Its become clear, theyre notgoing that route.That the Warriorsarent willing to go into the luxury tax and use all the exception probablytakes them out of the running for several players, including Kirk Hinrich, RaymondFelton, Kris Humphries, Eresan Ilyasova, Carl Landry, Brandon Bass,Jason Kidd, etc.STEINMETZ: As free agency begins, 10 names for Warriors to consider
The salary cap forthe 2012-13 season is 58 million, and the luxury tax number is set at 70.3million. Myers said the Warriors are, in reality, 3 to 4 million under thetax threshold when you account for players on rookie deals, cap holds andexisting incentives on some players contracts.Myers said theWarriors are still looking to add veteran help, but it certainly wont behigh-priced veteran help.You get in early (to teams) in terms ofexpressing interest and if a contract fits your parameters you get in earlywith a contract, Myers said of the free agent process. But as you can see,Im here. I wasnt on a midnight flight to another city and its probablybecause agents arent meeting with teams that are cap restricted, like us,mostly.

Report: 76ers captivated by potential reunion with Andre Iguodala

Report: 76ers captivated by potential reunion with Andre Iguodala

With the ninth pick in the 2004 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers select ... Andre Iguodala.

The 76ers are captivated by a potential reunion with the soon-to-be free agent, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes.

Markelle Fultz, Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Dario Saric and Iguodala? 

Iguodala spent the first eight seasons of his career in Philly.

He averaged 15.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.7 steals over 615 games (all starts).

In 2012 -- his final season with the 76ers -- he was an All-Star.

In August 2012, Iguodala was traded to Denver.

After the Nuggets lost to the Warriors in the playoffs in 2013, he landed with the Warriors.

According to ESPN's report, the 76ers are one of seven teams -- Timberwolves, Spurs, Clippers, Magic, Nets, Jazz -- interested in Iguodala.

The 2015 Finals MVP will turn 34 years old in January.

A week ago, Iguodala called into KBLX 102.9 FM and said the following:

"Business is business so you gotta do your due diligence. And I'll let my people do their thing, see how that goes. The Bay has been special to me, so you always have your perfect situation and hopefully that gets done.

"I'm gonna let my people do their job. And I just want everybody to be respectful of that and not get too emotional about it because I've been getting hit up crazy and I haven't said anything."

Iguodala has earned over $120 million in his career.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

After MVP announcement, Durant congratulates Westbrook, Harden

After MVP announcement, Durant congratulates Westbrook, Harden

On Monday night, Russell Westbrook took home the regular-season MVP award.

On Tuesday morning, Kevin Durant posted some comments to his YouTube channel:

"In fact, I called out this years MVP years ago so you gotta respect my knowledge for the game lol. Huge congrats to Russell Westbrook on MVP, that boy went out there and was a created player on 2k all year, Fu**in balled out. Gotta respect it!"

Ever since Durant decided to leave Oklahoma City for Golden State, a lot has been made of the relationship between Durant and Westbrook.

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The two aren't exactly on speaking terms, yet.

Speaking of players who used to wear the same jersey...

Durant also congratulated James Harden, who finished runner-up to Westbrook.

"Shoutout my boy James Harden. For 5 years now he's taken his game to the next level, he will be an MVP one day, he's an MVP now, he's made so many people proud. I know this first hand, recognize what he has done for the game! "

Westbrook received 69 of the 101 first-place votes, while Harden finished with 22.

Durant, who may have finished in the Top 5 had he not injured his knee on Feb. 28, garnered just two fifth-place votes.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller