Steinmetz: Pursue Turkoglu

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Steinmetz: Pursue Turkoglu

May 28, 2010
STEINMETZ ARCHIVEWARRIORS PAGE WARRIORS VIDEOMatt SteinmetzCSNBayArea.com
So every once in a while Iget asked what I would do if I were in charge of the Warriors.Sometimes people ask me what decisions I would make if I had that kindof control.Its always hard to answer because, even if you know a little bit aboutwhats being talked about among teams, you dont really know whatsgoing on. You never know the whole story and you never even hear aboutmost of it.So, its one thing to talk about trading Monta Ellis or Corey Maggette, its another to really know whats out there for them.But heres something I certainly would pursue. I just saw that HedoTurkoglu told a Turkish television station that he didnt want toreturn to Toronto. He signed a pretty big deal there last year as afree agent, but had a pretty mediocre season.Still, Id get on that immediately.Turkoglu had much more of an impact for the Magic than he did forToronto, and it no doubt had a lot to do with him not handling the ballas much and being far less of an offensive focus.Its about Chris Bosh or was and Jose Calderon when it comes tohandling the ball, and that left Turkoglu odd man out. And no, hedidnt exactly embrace not being the man.What Im getting around to is this: If I were the Warriors, Id get inon that. I would absolutely, positively reach out to see what theRaptors think about Turkoglu wanting out.If Im the Warriors, I would be open to listening about any playerexcept for Stephen Curry. Its not that I would never consider tradingCurry, its that if Im considering trying to acquire Turkoglu, Imgoing to want him to play alongside Curry.Then youve got two very competent playmakers and ball-handlers. Now,Turkoglus got a big contract four more years at about 43 million.But you know what? Thats not that much, and in all likelihood youreprobably going to have to give up an Andris Biedrins or Monta Ellis,both of whom make comparable money themselves.I think its wishful thinking to believe theres a deal there thatinvolves Maggette. Certainly, the Raptors will come asking aboutAnthony Randolph, and I wouldnt be averse to tossing his name around. Ditto for Kelenna Azubuike, Ronny Turiaf or Brandan Wright. Not that No. 3 has much value.Turkoglu is not a perfect player, but hes the kind of player who wouldbe a very nice fit on the Warriors. They do not have a player who canimpact a game in as many areas as Turkoglu.You put Turkoglu on the Warriors and hed immediately be the teams best all-around player.You ask me what I would do if I ran the Warriors, and thats certainlyone thing: Get on the horn with the Raptors and start pestering themabout Turkoglu.

NBA Gameday: Don't expect Warriors, Spurs to tip their hands

NBA Gameday: Don't expect Warriors, Spurs to tip their hands

After conquering the third-place Rockets in Part I of the toughest two-night stint this season, the Warriors on Wednesday night will take aim on Part II of the challenge.

Which likely will be even more difficult, as the first-place Warriors are going into the historically imposing AT&T Center in San Antonio to face the Spurs, who reside in second place in the Western Conference.

A win by the Warriors (60-14) would reduce to five the magic number for clinching the No. 1 overall seed for the playoffs. A victory by the Spurs (57-16) would pull them within 1.5 games of the top-seeded Warriors.

The Warriors, buoyed by the best defense in the NBA this month, have won eight consecutive games. The win streak began immediately after their last trip to San Antonio, on March 11, when coach Steve Kerr rested Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson.

The Spurs have won five in a row and will be trying to complete a three-game season sweep of the Warriors, who have not been swept by any team since Kerr was hired in 2014.

BETTING LINE

Spurs by 4.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Klay Thompson & Co. vs. Kawhi Leonard: Arguably the league’s best two-way player, Leonard has intruded on what was a two-man MVP race. He has emerged as a team leader and the man who must be neutralized to beat Spurs. Thompson will among several Warriors -- Matt Barnes and Green also will get opportunities -- trying to keep Leonard in check.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: F/C James Michael McAdoo (L eyebrow laceration) is listed as probable. F Kevin Durant (L knee sprain, bone bruise) is listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the NBA Development League.

Spurs: G Dejounte Murray (L groin strain) is listed as out.

LAST 10

Warriors: 8-2. Spurs: 7-3.

SERIES HISTORY

The Spurs won both games earlier this season, one in Oakland and one in San Antonio. The Warriors won three of four last season but have lost nine of the last 13 meetings overall. They have lost 34 of the last 35 games in San Antonio.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

THE CHESS GAME: Though neither coach has announced intentions to rest anyone, both realize they could meet again in the postseason. Therefore, neither is likely to tip his full hand in terms of schemes and tactics. Yet it could be said the Warriors, without Durant, have an ace in the hole.

THE FOURS: San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge and the Warriors’ Green have been battling for several years. Despite height and physique that pale in comparison to Aldridge, Green’s aggressive nature and knowledge of angles and tendencies have allowed him to contain the bigger man. On the other end, Green hopes his tender ankle won’t prevent him from outrunning the bigger power forward.

THE BENCHES: San Antonio’s bench is deep and frisky; its 10.2 net rating is tops in the NBA. The Warriors, however, have gotten strong play from their reserves and now own the No. 2 net rating (7.4). Both teams have impact players here. Patty Mills is as much of a factor for the Spurs as Iguodala is for the Warriors.

Kevin Durant will be re-evaluated again in 7-10 days

Kevin Durant will be re-evaluated again in 7-10 days

Though Kevin Durant will miss at least five more games, there remains a possibility he could return to the Warriors lineup before the end of the regular season, according to an update provided by the team on Wednesday.

The team’s leading scorer, Durant has missed the last 15 games after sustaining a sprained medial collateral ligament and bone bruise to his left knee on Feb. 28 at Washington. After several days with the knee immobilized, he has spent the past two weeks participating in individual workouts.

“Kevin has made very good progress since suffering the injury four weeks ago in Washington,” began a statement issued by the team. “He has not experienced any setbacks to date and has progressed as well as could be expected. At this point, he is being incorporated into non-contact basketball drills – shooting, running and jumping – and the plan is to intensify his level of movement over the next several days, which will include more explosive cutting and lateral maneuvers.”

Durant has been engaging in shooting and dribbling drills, full-sprint activity and is dunking with ease. The 6-foot-9 forward traveled with the Warriors last week to Oklahoma City and Dallas and is with the team on its current trip to Houston and San Antonio.

“His eventual return to contact drills and practice will be predicated upon his progress to the increased intensity of his workouts, and a return to game action prior to the end of the regular season remains a possibility,” according to the statement. “He will be re-evaluated again in the next 7-10 days.”

The Warriors have eight games remaining on their regular-season schedule, with the last three at home, beginning with the New Orleans Pelicans on April 8.

The playoffs begin on April 15.