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.

Curry blames weatherman for career-worst 0-for-11 from 3-point range

Curry blames weatherman for career-worst 0-for-11 from 3-point range

In the wake of a 119-108 Warriors win over the 76ers Monday night in Philadelphia, Stephen Curry had a ready explanation for his 0-of-11 shooting 3-point distance.

He didn’t properly account for the change in weather.

“The weatherman said it’s like a low-pressure system that was coming in (and) I forgot to adjust to the thickness of the air,” he told reporters at Wells Fargo Center.

Curry’s comment may open to interpretation, but it was clear his sense of humor remained intact even after a career-worst shooting night beyond the arc.

He wasn’t the only Warrior finding it difficult to score from deep. Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green combined to go 5-of-20. The Warriors were 6-of-29 from deep, their second-lowest total of the season.

“It’s weird,” he said. “Not to discredit anything they did. The first half we had a lot of open looks that didn’t go in. Klay made a couple down the stretch. KD made one. Draymond made one from the corner.

“Other than that we still took really good shots that didn’t go in. But for us to still have moxie to withstand that and still pretty much have the lead the whole game and allow our defense to get us a win tonight was kind of our M.O.”

Given that Curry owns the single-game record for triples (13) as well as the single-season record (402), it was most alarming that he couldn’t find at least one. And he had opportunities.

“It happens but you have to try and find other ways to impact the game,” he said. “I was trying to get to the paint a little bit more and just try to make plays. One thing is I don’t get down on myself. Obviously, that’s why I got 11 of them up. I still have confidence the next one is going in and that will stay the same tomorrow.”

The Warriors face the Wizards Tuesday in Washington. In Curry’s last appearance at the Verizon Center, last Feb. 3, he went for 51 points. He was 11-of-15 from deep.

“What I love about Steph is he went 0-11 tonight from three but you wouldn’t know it if you looked at his face,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “He never loses confidence; he never hangs his head. It is a sign of a guy with ultimate confidence in his ability and the awareness that it is one of those nights.

“He is likely to come out tomorrow and make about seven in a row at some point. So that’s what I love about Steph. He keeps playing.”

Draymond hits personal reset button, sets tone in win over 76ers

Draymond hits personal reset button, sets tone in win over 76ers

In the hours before tipoff Monday night, Warriors coach Steve Kerr fielded questions about Draymond Green, who not only played well beneath his standard in the previous game but also exhibited a couple flashes of temper, including one directed at Kerr.

“He had one of those nights; it just wasn’t his night,” Kerr told reporters in Philadelphia. “Things didn’t go his way. He was frustrated. I’m very confident that tonight he’ll bounce back.”

Yes, he did. One game after allowing his emotions to undermine the best of his game, Green pushed his personal reset button and drove the Warriors to 119-108 victory over the 76ers.

It was a rather predictable performance insofar as Green generally responds to poor games by making a statement of his strength.Or, should we say, strengths.

Though the numbers -- 14 points, 11 assists, six rebounds, five steals, a plus-22 over 37 minutes -- tell a significant story, Green’s impact, as usual, extended beyond statistics. He set a strong positive tone, and when he does that it can offset subpar performances by his teammates.

“We’ve got a lot of guys who can play,” Kerr said afterward. “So on a night like tonight, where Steph (Curry) doesn’t have it going, we’ve got plenty of other guys who can score and make plays and a lot of them came through.

“I thought Draymond was really the player of the game. He just brought incredible energy and set a good tone right from the beginning of the game.”

On a night when Stephen Curry’s shot abandoned him (0-of-11 from deep, 7-of-23 overall), Green scrambled to provide whatever was needed, when it was needed. He was particularly adept at setting his teammates, as evidenced by his game-high assists total.

“One guy can’t do it every night,” Green told reporters. “Two guys can’t do it every night. Sometimes, it’s got to be a complete team effort. Tonight, it was that.”

The Warriors shot 41.7 percent through the first three quarters and 44.9 for the game. The Sixers battled them to a virtual standoff on the glass. The Warriors got by mostly with free throws (33-of-39) and Green’s effort and smarts.

That Green is a difference-maker in unconventional ways, often beyond the box score, is what makes him unique.

And it’s what makes it easier to cope with those nights when he’s as much of a headache to his team as the opponent, as was the case Saturday, when was 1-of-10 from the field, had more turnovers (three) than assists (two) unleashed some frustrations.

“Draymond’s value to us is his defense and rebounding and basketball IQ and intensity,” Kerr said before the game. “His shot is going to come and go. He’s going to have games where he makes some threes. He’s going to have games where he doesn’t. But it really doesn’t matter to me. What matters to me is everything else that he does for us. That’s where his real value comes in.”

Kerr clearly was confident that Green would revert to being his customary self. Green can create waves, which result in turbulence along the journey, but on the vast majority of occasions, he’s there for his teammates and his coaches.