Updated: Free agent forwards remaining for Warriors


Updated: Free agent forwards remaining for Warriors

Much of the heavy lifting is over for the Warriors frontoffice this offseason. They added four players on draft day in June, thenacquired veteran point guard Jarrett Jack in a three-team trade.Its no secret their big move came back in March, when theyacquired center Andrew Bogut from Milwaukee in a deal for Monta Ellis and EkpeUdoh.Their roster currently sits at 12 players, although that isexcluding restricted free agent Brandon Rush, whom the team hopes to re-sign.Conventional wisdom suggests the Warriors are still lookingto acquire another player most likely a power forward to back up DavidLee.Right now, the Warriors have Andris Biedrins, Jeremy Tylerand rookies Festus Ezeli and Draymond Green backing up the two big positions. Hereare some available free agents the Warriors are likely considering:Lou Amundson: The Warriors would probablylike to find a player more impactful than Amundson, but the reality is they mayhave to settle for an energy-type player.
Amundson is limited offensively, but hell give you a littlesomething when it comes to defense, shot-blocking and rebounding. As a 12-to-15-minute per game player, his track record is proven.
Matt Barnes: Yes, hes more of a smallforward than a power forward, but we all know around these parts that Barnesplayed his fair share of four back in the We Believe years under DonNelson.Hes certainly undersized for the four, but then again,Barnes is never afraid to make up for it in the feistiness category. Stillseems like a reach.
Carl Landry: What the Warriors need mostup front is defense and rebounding.
Those arent exactly Landrys callingcards. Hes more of an offensive player than defensive player, which doesntquite fit what Golden State is looking for.By the same token, having Landry as your first big man offthe bench would be a significant improvement over where the team is right now.Question is, can the Warriors get him a price they can afford?
Kenyon Martin: Of all the players on thislist, nobody would seem to be a better fit from a basketball standpoint thanMartin. He is tough, defensive-minded and has veteran know-how.The issue with Martin, however, is whether the Warriorswould be comfortable bringing him into their locker room. He has a strongpersonality, and if you factor in the 100 playoff games he has under his belt,his voice becomes even more forceful on a team as young and win-starved asGolden State.
Dominic McGuire: He is an unrestrictedfree agent, but the Warriors have not ruled out bringing McGuire back. Nor hasMcGuire ruled out coming back.In McGuires case, one thing might not have anything to dowith the other. The Warriors could conceivably bring back McGuire and signanother player on this list.

Troy Murphy: He does fit the role of rebounder, but the Warriors need defense and perhaps shot-blocking every bit as much, and that's where Murphy gets off the bus.In short, the Warriors need more of a dirty-work guy here.
Jermaine ONeal: He has missed most ofthe past two seasons with injury, but ONeal is not calling it a career. Hesstill only 33, but then again, he has been a pro since he was 18.If ONeal has anything left, you could absolutely see Lacoband the Warriors sniffing around. Then again, if he has anything left ONealwill have options. But ONeal is (sort of) the frontcourt equivalent of BrandonRoy.

Anthony Tolliver: He thrived in DonNelsons system as a stretch four, but Tolliver couldnt follow through afterhis breakout 2009-10. Tolliver plays hard and isnt a bad rebounder, and he cancertainly make 3s. But the Warriors would seem to need someone more physicalhere than Tolliver.

Shelden Williams: If youre compiling alist of Least Sexy NBA Names Williams would probably be on it. He was the No.5 pick in 2006, and hes barely a role player.Still, when Williams plays he has a track record ofrebounding and fouling. And those skills fit nicely if youre talking about aguy making in the 1 million or so range.

Kevin Durant: 'Whoever did this should be fired and thrown in jail'


Kevin Durant: 'Whoever did this should be fired and thrown in jail'

There are some people out there who are still extremely bitter about Kevin Durant leaving the Thunder for the Warriors.

An eighth grade Spanish teacher in Tulsa, Oklahoma issued a handout on the first day of school.

Part of it read:

DON'T BE A ... Kevin Durant
KD left the OKC Thunder last summer after falling to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. Following the end of the season, he decided it was in his best interest to join the very same team that had just knocked him out of the playoffs. Don't be like KD. Don't take the easy way out. Things like cheating, plagiarizing, and copying your friends homework may not seem like a big deal now but they are building habits that can significantly hinder you later in life. Additionally, always strive to finish what you've started. Half-finished homework is unfinished homework. Don't try to turn in an assignment if you have not done what is necessary and expected.

DO BE A ... Michael Jordan
MJ! The GOAT! 6 championships, 4 MVPs. Yadda yadda. The greatest thing this man ever did? Saving the Looney Tunes from a lifetime of servitude to an alien race. Did MJ take the easy way out? Did he ever back down from a challenge? NO! Be like Mike. Learning a new language is a challenging thing and parts of this year are going to be...

And then the words get cut off.

Well, Kevin Durant got wind of this and responded on Twitter:

If anything happens to this teacher, we will let you know...

Andre Iguodala falls short in 'Best off the Bench' award


Andre Iguodala falls short in 'Best off the Bench' award

According to NBA players, Andre Iguodala is not the best sixth man in the league.

On Friday morning, Lou Williams was recognized as the "Best off the Bench" player.

At the inaugural NBA Awards Show in late June, Iguodala finished runner-up in the Sixth Man of the Year race to Rockets guard Eric Gordon.

Iguodala received 43 first-place votes, 34 second-place votes and nine third-place votes.

Gordon registered 46 first-place votes, 40 second-place votes and eight third-place votes.

Williams was a very distant third with five third-place votes, 10 second-place votes and 15 third-place votes.

He averaged 18.6 points and 3.2 assists over 58 games with the Lakers last season, while shooting 44.4 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from deep.

In 23 regular season games with the Rockets, Williams averaged 14.9 points and 2.4 assists on 38.6 percent shooting overall and just below 32 percent from 3-point territory.

Against the Spurs in the Western Conference Semifinals, Williams struggled to the tune of 7.3 points per game. He shot 35 percent from the floor and below 18 percent from distance.

Iguodala played arguably his best game of the season in Game 5 of the NBA Finals -- 20 points (9 for 14 FG), four rebounds and three assists.

For the series, his +60 mark led the Warriors by a comfortable margin (Draymond Green +30, Kevin Durant +33, Steph Curry +30, Klay Thompson +22).

Iguodala was rewarded with a 3-year, $48 million contract this summer.

I doubt he cares whatsoever about falling short for this award...

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