Updated: Free agents for Warriors to consider

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Updated: Free agents for Warriors to consider

We know there aremock drafts 2.0, 3.0 and beyond leading up to the NBA draft, so theres noreason to not have a free-agent list 2.0 and maybe beyond.Its only fair as itpertains to the Warriors, after all, since their spending parameters havechanged some. Warriors general manager Bob Myers said on Monday that the teamis unlikely to use all of its mid-level exception -- worth about 5million.REWIND: Myers tamps down Warriors' FA expectations
Instead, it seemsthe Warriors are more likely to spend 1 million here, or 2 million there on aplayer or maybe 3 million or so at one guy. More than that and it gets alittle tricky with the luxury tax. With that information in mind, heres anupdated list of some players the Warriors will be looking at: GUARDSConventional wisdom isthat the Warriors need more insurance for Stephen Curry, who is coming offinjury, and Klay Thompson, entering his second season, than just Charles Jenkins. Ideally, theWarriors would be able to sign a veteran with some size and who can defend. Butunder current constraints Andre Miller (said to have agreed to re-sign inDenver), Jason Kidd, Kirk Hinrich, Jeremy Lin, Raymond Felton are all out ofthe picture.It remains to beseen about Brandon Roy, who will meet with the Warriors for the second timelater this week.ShannonBrown: He can get a little too wound up at the offensive end attimes, but Brown would be an athleticism upgrade and toughness upgrade on theperimeter.Randy Foye:Once upon a time, some thought Foye could be a big-time point guard.He never turned into that. But if you look at him as a third guard, hes morelikeable.Royal Ivey:Has gotten lost in the shuffle in Oklahoma City, but has size and candefend.RonniePrice: Hes not much of an offensive player, but is that really whatthe Warriors need? Hes not the greatest of decision-makers, but hed bring theWarriors a toughness in their backcourt that they lack.NateRobinson: Yes, its possible, though not likely he could return tothe Warriors. The reality is the Warriors would like to add size to theirbackcourt, and Robinson doesnt fit that description. But he contributed instretches last season, and coach Mark Jackson seemed to form a bond withhim.SashaVujacic: Before you say NO WAY, listen up. Vujacic, who played inTurkey last season, is 6-foot-7 and able to play both guard positions. And,yes, hes annoying as hell on defense. Thats the point. The fact he can make a3-point shot here and there is gravy.SMALLFORWARDSIts tough to seethe Warriors going in this direction. Right now theyve got plenty of playerswho can play that position: Harrison Barnes, Dorell Wright, Richard Jeffersonand Draymond Green. The Warriors also have made it clear they want to re-signBrandon Rush, who can play this spot. And we havent even mentioned DominicMcGuire, though we will in a minute.FRONTCOURTIn an ideal world,Andrew Bogut and David Lee are healthy, and Festus Ezeli turns out to be betterthan anyone expected. And while were at it, Andris Biedrins has an unforeseencomeback and Jeremy Tyler trends toward Karl Malone.Its always nice tohope, but the Warriors cant go into the season expecting that to happen.Theyd like to add another player of size, and someone with at least a fewyears under his belt. Remember, Myers has talked about adding veterans, but ithasnt happened yet.LouAmundson: He didnt make much of an impact the first time around withGolden State, and the Warriors seem to have gotten the better of the BrandonRush deal, but Amundson is a good guy and known commodity.J.J.Hickson: There are reports that have Hickson coming to the Warriors.Not so fast. Yes, he fits the Warriors financial parameters, but thingshavent nearly progressed that far.JordanHill: If Hill can build off of last season, he might be ontosomething. And thats the problem for the Warriors. If one other GM thinks likethat, Hill is likely out of the Warriors price range.RobinLopez: Hes a restricted free agent, so it wouldnt be easy to gethim. But hed be another big body to add to the frontline, and he does havetoughness.IanMahinmi: Hes quietly been improving every year, but the Warriorsmight be looking for someone a little more versatile. The same thing can besaid for Lopez, above. The Warriors already seem to have three true centers ontheir roster: Andrew Bogut, Festus Ezeli and Andris Biedrins.DominicMcGuire: The Warriors didnt extend a qualifying offer to McGuire,but that doesnt necessarily mean they dont want him back. But if someoneoffers him a contract on the high side, the Warriors will likely have to watchhim walk away.NazrMohammed: Hes also a true center, but if youre looking for solid,veteran leadership and a player young guys will look up to, Mohammed is yourman.RonnyTuriaf: Theres sentiment out there to bring back Turiaf, who justcompleted a championship season with the Heat. But the Warriors need someone alittle more reliable than Turiaf.SheldenWilliams: He makes a lot of sense. Affordable, professional and asolid veteran. Hes also part of Myers old stable of clients under ArnTellem.

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

OAKLAND -- Even though Draymond Green still would like to win the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award, winning a championship with the Warriors has quenched much of thirst for the honor.

“I don’t really care that much anymore,” Green said after participating in the JaVale McGee Celebrity softball game Saturday at the Oakland Coliseum benefitting the Jug Life Foundation, promoting a healthy lifestyle around water consumption.

“I cared before,” Green added. “But we won the NBA championship now. I don’t care about what happened in the regular season any more at this point. I think I would have cared if I found out in Round 1 or Round 2 (of the playoffs).

“But at this point . . . I don’t even care any more.”

This is in marked contrast to what Green expressed early in the regular season, when he acknowledged the DPOY award is the only individual award he actively cared to win.

As recently as two months ago, in discussing his defensive performance in a season during which he made numerous memorable plays, including some game-saving defensive stands, Green let his words speak on his behalf.

“It is the best defensive season I’ve had, because I’ve continued to grow,” he said at the end of the regular season. “When I look at the last couple years, I think each year I got better defensively. And I think this year I’ve gotten better. So I do think it’s my best season, defensively -- but just not numbers-wise. The numbers are up a little bit more. But I actually feel better about what I’ve done on the defensive end than I have in any other year.”

Winning a championship apparently has an impact on the significance of individual awards.

A finalist for the award for which he finished second in each of the past two seasons, Green said Saturday that his plan is to leave for New York on Sunday and be in attendance when the awards are presented Monday night.

The other finalists for the award are Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, who won it the last two seasons.

All three players will be among those at Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York for the inaugural telecast of the NBA Awards on TNT.

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Kevin Durant didn't forget about the taunts.

In February, when Durant returned to Oklahoma City for the first time as a member of the Warriors, Thunder fans heckled him with t-shirts featuring cupcakes, a reference to Durant being soft for joining the 73-win Warriors.

On Saturday, the cupcake graphic made a return with one slight change.

Durant, playing in JaVale McGee's JugLife Celebrity Softball game at the Oakland Coliseum on Saturday, showed up to the stadium wearing a cupcake hat. But instead of a cheery on top, a championship ring was superimposed on top of the cupcake.

So Durant, an NBA champion, got the last laugh.