On Roy 'fitting' with Warriors and luxury tax


On Roy 'fitting' with Warriors and luxury tax

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LAS VEGAS -- Sometimes Twitter just doesnt cut it. Sometimes you needmore than 140 characters to explain yourself. Here are five of my recenttweets, with a little bit of expansion.Dont know how good Roy will be, but if heapproaches what he was, hed have been terrific fit for GSW. Cant criticizethe thought.Expansion: In his prime, Brandon Roy was an eliteplayer and someone capable of doing the job of both the point guard andshooting guard. When youre talking about the Warriors backcourt of StephenCurry and Klay Thompson, it seems reasonable to expect the organization wantsto bring in some support for them.Curry is coming off injury and Thompson is entering hissecond year. At this point, can you really expect each of those players to belogging 36 minutes a night for upwards of 80 games? That seems like a stretch,and thats why the addition of Roy made a lot of sense.But Roy agreed to a two-year, 10.4 million contract withthe Timberwolves.Now, theres a chance Roy wont resemble the player he oncewas. And perhaps the doubt about that outweighed the desire to perhaps give Roya third guaranteed year. Fair enough.RELATED: Roy spurns Warriors, to sign with TimberwolvesWs have their mid-level. Could have built off 5million. Not saying they should have. Saying they could have. But they will notdo that.Expansion: This was a tweet in response to theWarriors losing out on Roy to the Timberwolves. It is certainly conceivablethat the Warriors could have signed Roy, but didnt want to offer moreguaranteed money or years than the 10.4 million and two years Roy wasreceiving.If thats what the Warriors decided, its tough to findfault there.However, my bigger point was this: Despite having the fullmid-level exception at their disposal approximately 5 million the Warriors made it clear they dont want to or anticipate using it all.That changed to some degree after agreeing to trade Dorell Wright to Philly, but not all the way. By trading Wright, the Warriors now can use all of their mid-level exception without straying into the luxury tax area. But the tax is a non-starter at this point. Down the line it could be different, according to Myers.What I was attempting to make clear in that tweet was thatthe Warriors absolutely, positively had -- and have -- the ability under the collectivebargaining agreement to sign Roy. But its their choice not to enter into theland of the luxury tax.Wrote this before Jeff Greensfour-year, 40 million offer. Put that atop of this bad contract list. (link).Expansion: This is the time in freeagency where teams can sometimes make big mistakes. Were in the time periodright now where players are getting overpaid.And one of the players getting overpaid in abig way is Jeff Green, who was offered a four-year, 40 million contract by theCeltics. Since that time, there have been other bad contracts given out likethe four-year, 36 million Ryan Anderson will sign.Anderson has turned himself into a nice NBAplayer, but 9 million a year is too much for a stretch four. Even ifAnderson may be the best one in the league.Honestly, that he hasnt proven enoughto be relied upon at this point. I like him, but not ready to give him backupkeys yet.Expansion: That was a tweet inresponse to Charles Jenkins, and whether he has the ability to be the Warriorsfirst guard off the bench in 2012-13.Jenkins had a nice rookie season. He tookadvantage of the playing time that came to him because of injuries anddelivered pretty consistently. Jenkins has the look of a player who might be onthe roster for a little while.But while Jenkins has made strides in his oneseason as a Warrior, it just seems like a stretch to count on him being Currysbackup. That could be a very significant and important role for the Warriors,and its not a crazy thought to want to have a little more experiencethere.It would behoove the Warriors to bring in another pointguard, if for no other reason than for Jenkins to have someone compete against.Its not that I dont think Jenkins will help down the line, its that youreputting a lot of pressure on him in a primary backup role.

Steph Curry likes tweet that calls out TV personality


Steph Curry likes tweet that calls out TV personality

It was a rough couple of days for Kevin Durant.

As the 2017 Finals MVP said himself: "All the jokes – bring ‘em. I deserve it."

One such joke came from Fox Sports 1's Nick Wright:

A couple hours later, an NBA writer chimed in:

At some point thereafter, Steph Curry "liked" this tweet.

This could be Curry simply coming to Durant's defense.

It also could be Curry simply enjoying the fact that Wright is getting called out for wrong claims/predictions.

It could be both.

In case you missed some of Wright's past declarations:

From Jan. 8 through April 8 (39 games), Iguodala averaged 9.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.2 steals, while shooting over 58 percent from the field and over 41 percent from deep.

In Game 5 of the NBA Finals, he scored 20 points in what was his best performance of the playoffs.

At least he admitted it:

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

Warriors announce roster, schedule for 2017 training camp


Warriors announce roster, schedule for 2017 training camp

The NBA Champion Golden State Warriors will hold their 2017 Training Camp, fueled by Gatorade, at the Rakuten Performance Center—the team’s newly named Practice Facility in Downtown Oakland—beginning Saturday, September 23, the team announced on Thursday. 

The team also announced the signing of free agent guards Antonius Cleveland, Michael Gbinije (ben-ih-jhay) and Alex Hamilton and free agent forward Georges Niang (George KNEE-yang). 

Cleveland, 22, went undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft after a four-year career at Southeast Missouri State, where he averaged 12.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.31 steals and 28.8 minutes in 121 career games. As a senior in 2016-17, he averaged a career-high 16.6 points while hitting career bests of 54.3 percent from the field and 38.4 percent from three-point range.

Gbinije, 25, appeared in nine games with the Detroit Pistons last season, scoring four points in 32 minutes. Originally selected by the Pistons with the 49th overall pick in the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft, Gbinije averaged 12.0 points, and 4.3 rebounds in 35.0 minutes over 16 games with the Grand Rapids Drive of the NBA G League. Gbinije, who spent his freshman season at Duke before playing three seasons at Syracuse University, helped the Orange to a Final Four appearance as a senior in 2015-16 after averaging career marks of 17.5 points and 4.3 assists in 37.9 minutes over 37 games. 

Hamilton, 23, spent the 2016-17 season with Golden State’s G League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors, where he averaged 11.4 points, 4.5 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 23.4 minutes over 43 games. Prior to joining Santa Cruz, Hamilton played collegiately for four seasons at Louisiana Tech, where he averaged 19.9 points, 6.2 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 1.97 steals in 33 games as a senior in 2015-16, earning Conference USA Player of the Year honors.

Niang, 24, appeared in 23 games for the Indiana Pacers in 2016-17, totaling 21 points and 17 rebounds in 93 minutes of action. Originally selected by the Pacers with the 50th overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft, Niang averaged 19.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 33.0 minutes over six games with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the NBA G League last season. Niang played collegiately for four seasons at Iowa State University, where he earned the 2016 Karl Malone Award, given to the nation’s best power forward, after averaging 20.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists as a senior in 2015-16.

Following seven days of practice, the Warriors will open their preseason schedule at Oracle Arena on Saturday, September 30, against the Denver Nuggets before traveling to China for a pair of preseason games against the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of the NBA Global Games.

The roster:

Stephen Curry
Kevin Durant
Draymond Green
Klay Thompson
Andre Iguodala
Shaun Livingston
Zaza Pachulia
JaVale McGee
David West
Nick Young
Omri Casspi
Patrick McCaw
Damian Jones
Kevon Looney
Jordan Bell
Chris Boucher (two-way contract)
Georges Niang
Antonius Cleveland
Alex Hamilton
Michael Gbinije

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