NBA mailbag: What are options with Brandon Rush?

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NBA mailbag: What are options with Brandon Rush?

Mailtime What happens if Brandon Rush doesnt receive anoffer sheet from another team? Are the Warriors still able to sign him? Eli,Santa Rosa, Calif.Steinmetz: Yes, the Warriors can still sign him.In fact, the Warriors can sign Rush at any time right now, on their own,without needing another team to be involved.What the Warriors are waiting for, of course, is for anotherteam to sign Rush to an offer sheet so that they can determine whether to matchit or not. But the Warriors also have made it clear that theyre likely tomatch any offer sheet he signs.
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So, in essence, the Warriors have dissuaded teams from goingafter Rush. For example, why would a team try to sign Rush to a contract itknows the Warriors will match? This is not an uncommon strategy for teams withrestricted free agents.So, three things can happen. First, he could get an offer.If that happens, the Warriors will decide whether or not to match. Second, Rushdoesnt get an offer but he and the Warriors agree to a contractextension.Or, three, Rush can pass on signing a long-term deal withthe Warriors and instead play for the qualifying offer which would be oneyear, 4.3 million and become an unrestricted free agent next season.Over under on Warriors wins 41? Peter,Texas.Steinmetz: At this point, Id have to say under.While I think the Warriors will be better than last year, I think its a longway toward .500. Can it be done? Yes, it can be done. But at this point itseems as if a lot has to go right for that to happen.The Warriors are going to need Andrew Bogut and StephenCurry to be healthy, and theyre going to need Klay Thompson to take the nextstep, which means he becomes a bona-fide starter who is consistent.The Warriors also need Harrison Barnes to have a very nicerookie year. The other thing is this I just think the Warriors arent deepenough on their front line. If David Lee or Bogut gets into foul trouble, whois the first big player off the bench at this point?Well, its Jeremy Tyler or Festus Ezeli or Draymond Green.Thats a problem, far as Im concerned.Theres no doubt the Warriors are still trying to sign afree-agent big man, whether its Kenyon Martin or Carl Landry or even SheldenWilliams. If and when they can acquire one of those players, it might be timefor a little bit of a win-total revision. But right now, I see 41 wins as a tadon the high side for the Warriors.How does the Kent Bazemore signing impact futureroster moves? Chris, Bay Area.Steinmetz: At this point, that is unknown. First of all, Bazemorescontract is not guaranteed so the bottom line is that what the Warriors havedone with him so far is simply ensure that hell be at camp.Still no guarantees he makes the team, although itspossible he becomes a player such as Chris Wright, whom the team kept aroundfor all of last year to get a real good look at.Bazemore is a small forward so in theory he would beprotection against the possibility of losing Brandon Rush. But I dont thinkthe Warriors are thinking that far ahead right now.I think the Warriors have every intention of re-signingRush. Bazemore is just a player they want to get more of a look at to see howgood he is defensively and whether or not he could step into some minutes atbackup two and three.The Warriors like Bazemore, no doubt. But were still a waysaway from him becoming an integral part of the team.

Source: Warriors contact Turner Sports about Shaq's abuse of McGee

Source: Warriors contact Turner Sports about Shaq's abuse of McGee

OAKLAND -- Mess with one Warrior, you mess with the entire organization.

That’s the message the Warriors sent out Friday in the wake of a Twitter beef between center JaVale McGee and TNT analyst Shaquille ONeal that began late Thursday night and carried into the wee hours Friday morning.

Coach Steve Kerr fired back at O’Neal, as did Warriors forward Kevin Durant. The Warriors, as a franchise, contacted O’Neal’s bosses.

Kerr spent a portion of his post-practice news conference Friday afternoon defending McGee from O’Neal’s relentless ridicule on the video segment “Shaqtin’ A Fool.” Durant said O’Neal’s ongoing critiques are “childish,” adding that O’Neal was a great player with his own imperfections.

Prior to the comments by Durant and Kerr, though, it was confirmed by CSNBayArea.com that the Warriors contacted Turner Sports in hopes of getting TNT’s parent company to persuade O’Neal to curb the constant derision directed toward McGee because of its impact on his image and reputation.

The outreach was a direct response to a roughly two-minute segment Thursday night that was strictly limited to castigating McGee.

Upon getting wind of Durant’s comments, O’Neal turned to Twitter to tell Durant that McGee is a “bum” and to “mind yo business.”

Durant defends JaVale, blasts Shaq: 'He didn’t have any skill'

Durant defends JaVale, blasts Shaq: 'He didn’t have any skill'

OAKLAND -- The long-simmering acrimony between retired NBA star Shaquille O’Neal and Warriors center JaVale McGee reached epic proportions late Thursday night and early Friday morning when the two engaged in a Twitter beef.

By Friday afternoon, Kevin Durant was stepping into the fray. He didn’t bother with Twitter, instead speaking his mind and firing verbal grenades at Shaq.

“JaVale works extremely hard,” Durant said after practice. “He has come in here and done so much for us as a player. He only wants to be respected, just like anybody else. And I understand that Shaq works for a company that wants him to do that type of stuff, and make fun of players. It’s cool and funny.

“But when you just keep doing it time and time and time again, for no reason, and then a guy actually disagrees with you? And you threaten him? I didn’t know cops could threaten civilians like that.”

O’Neal currently is a reserve police officer in Doral, Fla. He also has served in that capacity in several other cities.

The latest O’Neal-McGee spat began when O’Neal, now an analyst at TNT who frequently targets McGee for ridicule, presented a video Thursday night that mocked McGee. It was very personal.

McGee took offense and responded on Twitter, which led to the two men exchanging insults, with McGee accusing O’Neal of “cooning,” and O’Neal calling McGee “dumb” and threatening to “smack the s--t out” of McGee.

Though McGee was not available Friday, he was sharply defended by Warriors coach Steve Kerr and Durant.

“It’s definitely childish,” Durant said. “But that’s what they want from these stars and these retired players, is to feud with the guys that are playing now and make arguments and disagreements. If I was JaVale, I’d feel the same way. It’s childish.

“Shaq wants to make a joke about it, but if it was him in that position, he would feel the same way.

“Everybody can’t be Shaq. He’s trying to make his money and enjoy the game of basketball, and his perception of him is that he’s a ‘dumb’ player because he makes mistakes on the court. Shaq was a sh---y free-throw shooter. He missed dunks. He air-balled free throws. He couldn’t shoot outside the paint. He was bigger than everybody. He didn’t have any skill. But he was bigger and stronger than everybody.”

Durant then turned his seemed to speak directly to O’Neal.

“He was still a great player, but you had your flaws too as a player,” he said. “And you played on five of six teams, too. So it’s not like you’re this perfect center. You had your flaws too. Like I said, I didn’t know cops could go on Twitter and threaten civilians like that. I’m glad JaVale challenged him.”

Kerr, who has known O’Neal for more than 20 years, also came to McGee’s defense.

“I don’t blame him for being frustrated,” he said Kerr. “Shaq’s been picking on him for years and years and years. And JaVale, rightfully so, probably gets frustrated. It never ends. And it’s one thing to just have a little fun, but you can go a little bit over the top.

“It’s one of those things. If you think about JaVale’s career, when you’re in this position where someone is on national TV making fun of you night after night, it’s not the greatest thing for your reputation.

“I can tell you, I had a preconceived notion of JaVale before he got here that turned out to be totally false. And a lot of that was because of what goes on with Shaq’s ‘Shaqtin’ A Fool’ thing.”

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Shaq responded to Durant Friday on Twitter, writing "@KDTrey5 mind yo business this ain't for you," and "@KDTrey5 I understand u sticking up for your teammate that's cool but your boy @JaValeMcGee34 is still a bum, he started it I'm a finish it."