Chris Paul has made it clear he wants out of New Orleans, and he has been linked loosely to the Warriors ever since the Hornets said they were interested in point guard Stephen Curry.
Despite being a part of the conversation, the Warriors were never the frontrunner to land Paul.
First, Paul was traded to the Lakers. After the NBA nixed that deal, speculation swirled that the top point guard was headed to the other Los Angles team -- the Clippers.
Now, the New York Post is reporting that the Warriors are one of only a few teams -- including the Boston Celtics -- still in the running for the man they call CP3.
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The report indicates the Hornets would require three players from Golden State in exchange for the face of their franchise -- Monta Ellis, Andris Biedrins and Klay Thompson.
The timing of the report is interesting, it comes at basically the same time Warriors head coach Mark Jackson gave the rookie a vote of confidence, saying "Thompson will play right away."
NEWS: Jackson says, "Klay is ready today"
Paul's contract earns him 16.36 million for the 2011-12 season. He has a player option for 2012-13 worth 17.78 million.
Ellis is slated to earn 11 million in each of the next two seasons, with an 11 million player option for the 2013-14 season. Biedrins' contract mirrors Ellis', though is it worth 9 million per season.
How do you feel about the trade rumor? Would you let go of those three pieces to land Paul? Is your answer to that question contingent on Paul's willingness to sign an extension with Golden State?
OAKLAND -- With Kevin Durant out of the Warriors lineup Saturday night with swelling in his left pinky finger, rookie wing Pat McCaw will start at forward against Brooklyn at Oracle Arena.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr made the announcement two hours before tipoff.
As for Durant, the contusion in his left pinky finger, sustained Thursday, is still in the healing process.
“Kevin’s hand is still a little swollen,” Kerr said. “It’s not anything we want to mess around with. We’ve got a long trip coming up, a lot of games. It made sense to give him the night off. We’ll have tomorrow off, flying in to Philadelphia. So hopefully the next couple days it’ll calm down and be fine. It’s kind of a day-to-day thing.”
The decision to start McCaw -- who often competes with Ian Clark for playing time -- was based mostly on how he matches up against the Nets.
“They both have my trust and my confidence,” Kerr said. “Both of them are very effective. It’s depending what we need. If we need ball movement and cutting, I’m more likely to go to Ian. He’s a great back-cutter and he gives our offense flow and he’ll make spot-up shots. If we need some size defensively, we’ll go to Patrick. They’ve both been effective. I wouldn’t say either one is ahead of the other. They’re both going to play.”
While the Warriors appear to like D-League call-up Briante Weber, they could have a chance to add a veteran point guard to that final roster spot.
Weber's second 10-day contract expires after Saturday night's game against the Nets. If the Warriors chose not to sign him for the remainder of the season, they could pursue veteran point guard Jose Calderon.
Calderon, currently under contract with the Lakers, will reportedly be bought out of his deal in the next few days, according to ESPN.
If Calderon hits the open market next week, the Warriors and Rockets could be among the suitors for his services, according to the report.
The 35-year-old veteran is averaging 3.3 points and 2.1 assists in 12.2 minutes over 24 games this season for Luke Walton and the Lakers.