Riley: W's roster will be 'nearly same'


Riley: W's roster will be 'nearly same'

OAKLAND -- In his first public statements since the NBAslockout ended, Warriors general manager Larry Riley made it pretty clear thatany kind of blockbuster free-agent signing or impact trade probably wonthappen.Not before the start of the season, anyway, on Dec.25.Riley seemed to shoot down any possibility that the teamwill use the new collective bargaining agreements amnesty provision to waiveeither David Lee or Andris Biedrins, two of the teams big-moneyplayers.Are we active? Of course we are, said Riley, in his firstappearance with the media since the 149-day lockout ended Saturday. (AssistantGM) Bob Myers right now is in Los Angeles, having discussions with agents,which we are allowed to do.RELATED: Sources say Warriors targeting Nene, Chandler, other big men
That relates primarily to the free-agent market. Imconstantly on the phone, talking to other teams and the possibilities aboutmaking adjustments to the roster. Whats the likelihood the roster will be nearthe same with some additions on opening day? Very likely.That statement would seem to indicate the Warriors will keeptheir core of Stephen Curry-Monta Ellis-David Lee together. Taking it a stepfurther, it sounds as if the Warriors will use their amnesty clause on guardCharlie Bell, who is set to make 4 million in 2011-12. By waiving Bell, theWarriors could be roughly 10 or 11 million under the cap.That might allow them into the Tyson Chandler and Neneneighborhood, but then again, maybe not. Its possible both of those playerscould earn a salary starting at closer to 15 million.If the Warriors were to get into that more expensive neighborhood,it would require them to amnesty Lee or Biedrins highly unlikely unless theWarriors had some kind of commitment from either player.In addition, thats a lot of money to spend on Chandler orNene, considering neither has ever been an NBA All-Star or All-NBA first-,second-, or third-team performer.

Rockets GM: Chris Paul trade 'gives us a real shot' vs NBA juggernauts

Rockets GM: Chris Paul trade 'gives us a real shot' vs NBA juggernauts

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. 

GM Bob Myers reiterates Warriors' stance on signing Steph Curry long term

GM Bob Myers reiterates Warriors' stance on signing Steph Curry long term

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.