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.

Myers: 'It's painful' that Kerr not able to treasure being in NBA Finals

Myers: 'It's painful' that Kerr not able to treasure being in NBA Finals

OAKLAND -- Warriors coach Steve Kerr is no closer to resuming full-time duties than he was a week ago, or even a month ago.

Out since April 23, when he announced he was taking a leave of absence to address chronic pain in the wake of multiple back surgeries nearly two years ago, Kerr has been a constant presence the past two weeks but not on the bench during games.

“He’s doing everything but coaching, but at this point, he’s not able to coach,” general manager Bob Myers said Thursday after practice. “I wish could say that he was. I’m sure he wishes he could as well. But that’s where we are.

“If something changes and he feels better, I’ll sit here or, better -- he would sit here -- and tell you. But right now, I can’t say that he’s going to be coaching.”

Though Kerr did not address media Thursday, he indicated earlier this week that he would be comfortable going into the NBA Finals, which begin June 1, with acting head coach Mike Brown at the helm.

“We’re 12-0,” Kerr told NBCSportsBayArea.com. “I feel great about where the team is. I know we can play better. I think the challenge we’re about to face, one way or the other, is going to take us to another level.”

The Warriors under Kerr finished the regular season with a league-best 67-15 mark, earning the No. 1 overall seed for the playoffs. Kerr coached Games 1 and 2 of the first round against Portland before surrendering head coaching duties to Brown.

The Warriors are 10-0 since Brown took over, 27-1 over their last 28 games since March 11.

Still, they would like Kerr to regain health and join them in their quest for a second championship in three years.

“It’s hard for me; I’m kind of in this basketball mode,” Myers said. “But he’s a person and he’s not feeling well. And that’s what makes it hard. More than how it reflects on our team is how he’s feeling that makes it very difficult to have to sit here and say that the man that’s hugely responsible for us being in The Finals for three years in a row, in a moment that he should be treasuring, can’t do it.

“It’s painful. And I know it’s painful for him, more than anybody. And I wish and he wishes and I’m sure you guys do, too, that there was something that could get him there. But right now, we’re not at that point.”

LeBron: Chasing Jordan 'my personal goal to keep me motivated'

LeBron: Chasing Jordan 'my personal goal to keep me motivated'

BOSTON -- LeBron James says his chase of Michael Jordan's accomplishments is simply personal motivation. It's not about wanting to establish himself as the NBA's greatest player.

James spoke Thursday during the morning shootaround before the Cavaliers play the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

If the Cavaliers advance, James would be making a seventh consecutive trip to the NBA Finals.

He said his goal is not about passing Jordan in titles, points or MVP awards. James is 28 points shy of overtaking Jordan as the postseason's leading scorer. With 40 more points, James could also become the first player in NBA history to score 6,000 points in the playoffs.

But the Cavaliers superstar says his pursuit is about leaving a legacy to motivate the next generation of players.

"It's just my personal goal to keep me motivated, that's all," James said. "You guys are gonna have the conversations about who's the greatest of all time and things of that nature, it doesn't matter to me."

He also said he believes that the greatness conversation is discussed more often in the NBA than in other sports.

"It's never talked about (in the) NFL, who's the greatest quarterback. It's just like (Dan) Marino, (John) Elway, (Peyton) Manning, (Tom) Brady - all great quarterbacks. It should be the same for us," James said. "We go out and just try to be as great as we can be every night.

"The comparison of always trying to compare people, either living or still playing or not playing - I think it's great for barbershops."