Updated: Free agent guards for Warriors to consider

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Updated: Free agent guards for Warriors to consider

Free agency is well into its second week, and still hardly apeep from the Warriors. On Wednesday, players may begin officially signingcontracts with teams, but as of now its doubtful Golden State will have actionon that day.One by one, players are re-signing with their own teams,signing with different teams or agreeing to sign-and-trade deals. With more andmore players off the market, its time to update the Warriors free-agentlist.RELATED: Troubling signs for Warriors in free agency
If youre keeping score at home, this would be free-agent list3.0. In this list, were focusing on guards and guards only.It is unknown to what extent or if at all the Warriorspursued players such as Andre Miller, Jason Kidd and Kirk Hinrich. Maybe theykicked the tires, maybe they were close or maybe they never had achance.But you could make a case that each of those players wouldhave been a nice fit for the Warriors, as well as Brandon Roy and even ChaunceyBillups. Whats most disappointing is that each of those five players haveagreed to very reasonable, very cap-friendly contracts elsewhere.But if the Warriors couldnt find a way to acquire one ofthose backcourt players, lets go down the list a little further:D.J. Augustin: He is a restricted freeagent, which makes things a little more complicated. But the Bobcats needplayers, first and foremost, and so maybe theres a sign-and-trade deal to behad with Charlotte.Leandro Barbosa: Hes not a true pointguard, doesnt have size for a two guard and isnt the kind of defensive playerthe Warriors covet. But hes be a nice offensive weapon off the bench.Jerryd Bayless: The Raptors withdrewtheir qualifying offer to Bayless, meaning he is an unrestricted freeagent. He came into the NBA with plenty of expectations but has failed to liveup to them. Still, hes only 23 years old and still has some upside. Hedlikely get plenty of minutes with the Warriors, too.Marco Belinelli: The Warriors would probablywant more of a decision-maker than Belinelli, but he was still a sometimesstarter in New Orleans this past season. If hes coming off your bench which hewould do for Golden State that wouldnt be a bad thing.Aaron Brooks: The Suns withdrew theirqualifying offer to Brooks, meaning he is now an unrestricted free agent. Hesnot the defensive-minded point guard the Warriors would ideally like to have,but hed still be an upgrade off the bench for Golden State.Shannon Brown: Warriors general managerBob Myers and owner Joe Lacob have talked this offseason about trying toacquire athleticism and toughness. Brown could give the Warriors more of thosethings than a lot of other players still out there.Keyon Dooling: He fits the description ofcapable veteran and solid locker-room guy the Warriors are looking for.Hes also capable of pressuring opposing guards at the defensive end, whichwould make him a different kind of Warriors perimeter player.Ronnie Price: The Warriors wont win thepress conference if they sign Price. But come November, he could help,particularly on the defensive end. But heres the issue with Price andplayers like him. How significant of an upgrade are they over CharlesJenkins?Nate Robinson: At the end of 2011-12, itseemed like a longshot Robinson would return. Well, it still is, but its lessof one now. If theres one issue here its that Robinson is said to be seekinga multi-year deal.Ramon Sessions: With the Lakers set tobring in Steve Nash, they dont have much use for Sessions. The DallasMavericks are said to be knocking on Sessions door, but he would fit into whatthe Warriors need to do in the backcourt, too.

Warriors to update Durant's status on Wednesday

Warriors to update Durant's status on Wednesday

Plans appear to be changing.

Kevin Durant was supposed to have his left knee re-evaluated on Thursday when the Warriors return to the Bay Area, but prior to Tuesday's game in Houston, head coach Steve Kerr told reporters that the Warriors will have an update on their injured All-Star on Wednesday.

Durant was out on the court before Tuesday's game working out. He was seen shooting, cutting and dunking.

Durant has been out since Feb. 28 with a strained MCL and tibial bone bruise.

The Warriors play the Rockets on Tuesday night and face the Spurs on Wednesday evening.

NBA Gameday: Warriors, Kerr visit Rockets in search of Texas-sized feats

NBA Gameday: Warriors, Kerr visit Rockets in search of Texas-sized feats

Steve Kerr and the Warriors will be chasing milestones Tuesday night in Houston.

A victory over the Rockets would make Kerr the fastest coach to reach 200 wins -- he enters the game at Toyota Center with a record of 199-38 -- and also would make the Warriors the sixth NBA team to post three consecutive seasons with at least 60 wins.

The Warriors (59-14) will be underdogs despite winning seven in a row in the quest to maintain their grip on the No. 1 overall seed for the postseason.

The Rockets (51-22), who have won their last four games, averaging 122 points, are practically locked into the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference.

BETTING LINE

Rockets by 1

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Klay Thompson vs. James Harden: Harden is, by most projections, the leading candidate for MVP. He’s scoring (29.4 points per game), playmaking (11.3 assists), rebounding (8.0) and even occasionally playing defense. He’s also shooting higher than 50 percent over his past 12 games. He’s incredibly difficult to contain, but Thompson has accepted the challenge since the two were prep competitors in Southern California. The good news for the Warriors is that Harden will take plays off on defense. Though Thompson is capable of cooking anyone the Rockets throw at him, the Warriors are in trouble if Harden dictates the action.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: 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.

Rockets: F Ryan Anderson (R ankle sprain) is listed as out.

LAST 10

Warriors: 7-3. Rockets: 7-3.

SERIES HISTORY

Though the teams split two meetings earlier this season, the Warriors have won nine of the last 10 overall, dating back to 2013. The teams have met in each of the past two postseasons, with the Warriors taking a first-round series in five games in 2016 and winning the Western Conference Finals in five in 2015.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

SCOREBOARD ON FIRE: The Warriors (115.9 points per game) and Rockets (115.8) rank 1-2 in scoring. Houston launches a league-high 40.3 3-pointers per game, while the Warriors are fifth, at 31.1 per game. The Warriors (56.2) and Rockets (55.0) also are 1-2 in adjusted field-goal percentage. It must be noted, though, that the Warriors are the superior defensive team.

STEPH AND THE PEST: Patrick Beverley fancies himself a great defender, delights in harassing opponents and takes particular glee in irritating Curry. The two have long been familiar with each other; both were members of the 2009 draft. Curry relishes every opportunity to torch Beverley, so there may be early fireworks.

THE BENCHES: Even with rotation changes necessitated by the injury to Anderson, Houston has one of the league’s deadliest benches, averaging 39.3 points per game (fifth in the NBA). The Warriors also have made adjustments in the wake of losing Durant. They average 31.7 points (23rd). The Warriors must find a way to neutralize Rockets Sixth Man Lou Williams.