Updated: Free agent guards for Warriors to consider


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.

Rockets GM: Chris Paul trade 'gives us a real shot' vs NBA juggernauts

Rockets GM: Chris Paul trade 'gives us a real shot' vs NBA juggernauts

The NBA took a massive power shift Wednesday with the Clippers trading point guard Chris Paul to the Rockets for seven players, a 2018 first-round pick (protected Nos. 1-3) and $661,000. 

Houston GM Daryl Morey is going all in on a mission to compete with the Warriors and he believes the Rockets are now there with the pairing of Paul and MVP runner-up James Harden. 

"You know, it's a guards-based league. It's a weapons race in the NBA and you're either in the weapons race or on the sidelines," Morey said at the team's press conference, as captured by Mark Berman of Houston's FOX 26. "With James Harden in his prime and Chris Paul in his prime, this gives us a real shot to chase the juggernaut teams in this league." 

Paul, who turned 32 in May, is a nine-time All-Star. He spent his last six seasons with the Clippers and averaged 18.1 points, 9.2 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game during the 2016-17 season in 61 games played. 

This past season, Harden became a primary point guard for the first time under Mike D'Antoni's fast-paced offense and the bearded lefty excelled in his new position. Harden led the NBA with 11.2 assists per game while putting up 29.1 points per game. 

Houston received guards Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams, forwards Sam Dekker and Montrezl Harrell, plus the non-guaranteed deals of DeAndre Liggins, Darrun Hilliard and Kyle Wiltjer from Los Angeles. 

The Rockets went 55-27 last season, four games ahead of the Clippers, but were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs to the Spurs. 

GM Bob Myers reiterates Warriors' stance on signing Steph Curry long term

GM Bob Myers reiterates Warriors' stance on signing Steph Curry long term

DANVILLE -- Everything the Warriors have said and done, as well as everything Stephen Curry has said, indicates there is no chance of a divorce, even though Curry becomes an unrestricted free agent at 12:01 a.m. Saturday morning.

Curry has pointed out numerous times that he plans to sign with the Warriors, implying that it would be pointless for other teams to pursue him on the open market.

And on Wednesday afternoon, Warriors president and general manager Bob Myers reiterated the team’s stance regarding the two-time MVP by expressing Curry would be a top priority.

“He’s got to be,” Myers said at Monte Vista High School, where he and Warriors forward Draymond Green was subjects of a news conference/pep rally in the wake of Myers being named Executive of the Year and Green being named Defensive Player of the Year.

Myers was careful not to slight other players the Warriors expect to re-sign, such as Kevin Durant, and those the team hopes to retain, notably Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.

“Actually, we’ve got a lot of priorities,” Myers said. “But, certainly, touching all of them and making sure we do our job and make sure they know we want them is important,” Myers said. “But he knows how we feel. I think he’s happy. But he’s a huge priority.”

The Warriors are allowed to pay Curry about $200 million over the next five seasons, and CEO Joe Lacob has said he’s ready to do whatever it takes.