Warriors are waiting on Roy, offer for Rush


Warriors are waiting on Roy, offer for Rush

As always seems tobe the case with free agency, the big-name players are the first to go. DeronWilliams is re-signing with Brooklyn; Kevin Garnett is going back to Boston;and Steve Nash is going to the Lakers in a sign-and-trade.Restricted free agentsRoy Hibbert, Eric Gordon, Omer Asik and Nicolas Batum will likely be signingoffer sheets on July 11 and their destinations will be known shortlythereafter.As for the Warriors,theyre playing the waiting game, but their time is coming. Theyve reached outto free agent guard Brandon Roy, and now they wait to see if hell choose theWarriors over approximately a half-dozen other teams. Theyve reached out tothe agents for such players as J.J. Hickson, Jordan Hill, Antawn Jamison, KirkHinrich, Shelden Williams and others.Theyre also waitingfor restricted free agent Brandon Rush to get an offer. Rush is coming off hisbest season as a pro, averaging 9.8 points and 3.9 rebounds per game, andWarriors general manager Bob Myers has made it clear the team wants to keephim.RELATED: Brandon Rush 2012 game logs
But that depends onwhat kind of offer Rush gets from another team assuming he gets one. Rushmade 2.96 million in 2011-12, and is seeking a raise from thatnumber.If a team were tooffer Rush a contract starting at 3 million or so and build up, the Warriorswould likely match and retain Rush. But if a team were to offer Rush most, orall, of the 5 million mid-level exception, that might be too high a price forthe Warriors.According tosources, one team considering making an offer to Rush is the Toronto Raptors,who had hoped to sign Nash. The Raptors had allocated significant money to Nashand now will look elsewhere and perhaps toward Rush.Dominic McGuire, whoemerged as a defensive specialist last season for the Warriors, may not return.Hes an unrestricted free agent, at this point doesnt seem to be a priorityfor Golden State.Its not that theWarriors wouldnt like to have McGuire back, its that they are pursuing otheravenues first. In the meantime its possible McGuire could agree to sign withanother team.It is likely thatbusiness will pick up for the Warriors next week, when the teams front officeis in Las Vegas for summer league along with agents and other NBA teamsfront offices.

Report: W's encouraged by KD's rehab, hopeful for regular season return

Report: W's encouraged by KD's rehab, hopeful for regular season return

When the Warriors announced the severity of Kevin Durant's knee injury, they did not rule out a return before the end of the regular season.

And based on the progress of his rehab, the team is "hopeful" but "cautiously optimistic" that Durant will indeed play before the end of the regular season, according to ESPN.

The Warriors have 11 games remaining on their schedule and their final regular season game is April 12 against the Lakers.

On Tuesday, prior to the Warriors game against Dallas, Durant was seen working out on the court and putting up jump shots.

Just a day earlier, Durant worked up a good sweat while riding a stationary bike in Oklahoma City.

Durant is expected to be re-evaluated by the Warriors' medical staff next week.

After initially struggling without Durant, the Warriors have won five straight games. Durant sat on the bench for the road wins in Oklahoma City and Dallas.

Over the weekend, Warriors PG Stephen Curry and PF Draymond Green addressed Durant's recovery.

“You can tell he’s making improvements and following the game plan,” Curry told the media. “I see him in the weight room doing cardio stuff trying to stay as close to game shape as he can while he’s hurt. You like to see improvements every day. We still don’t know when he’ll be back.”

“When he’s ready, we’ll know,” Green told the media. “But it’s not really our job to try to figure out every day how he’s doing. You can kind of see he’s getting better and you just leave it at that.”


Adonal Foyle recalls brutal first talk with Don Nelson


Adonal Foyle recalls brutal first talk with Don Nelson

SAN FRANCISCO -- He is among the greatest basketball coaches ever to walk a sideline. Creative and abrasive, accomplished yet unfulfilled, all wrapped in a 6-foot-7 package of Svengali.

Some say Don Nelson, who served two stints coaching the Warriors, was brutally honest, others insist needlessly cruel. There is little dispute, though, that “Nellie” could be as subjective as the sun is hot.

If you were one of “his guys,” you could do little wrong.

If you weren’t, you knew it early and you heard it often -- as former Warriors center Adonal Foyle, who was on the roster for 10 seasons, discovered in 2006.

“Don Nelson told me the first day he showed up at the gym: ‘You suck. You’ll never play for me. You make too much money.’ That was it,“ Foyle recalled Tuesday on the Warriors Insider Podcast.

“And he was having a cigar when he did it.”

Foyle, who returned to the Warriors in 2014 to serves as a Community Ambassador, clearly enjoyed his time with the “We Believe” Warriors, despite and because of the presence of Nelson. Foyle quickly learned about the two sides of Nellie.

Nelson had favorites. There was, in his first stint coaching the Warriors, Chris Mullin and Tim Hardaway, to name two. In his second stint, there was Baron Davis and Stephen Jackson.

Yet the list of those who could not seem to escape Nelson’s doghouse may have been longer, including the likes of Terry Teagle, Tyrone Hill, Sarunas Marciulionis and, later, Al Harrington, Ike Diogu, Marco Belinelli. Nelson’s most famous object of disgust was, of course, Chris Webber.

Foyle, who logged 1,824 minutes before Nelson’s arrival in 2006, played only 475 minutes in 2006-07.

“I knew I wasn’t going to play, because he made it clear,” Foyle recalled. “So I could be pissed off. I could be angry.

“I’m just going to be there. I’m just going to do my job the best way I could for that year. And I’m just going to learn. And I’m just going to help our where I can. I’ll help my teammates out. I’ll do the job that I’m paid to do.”

Foyle, the team’s all-time leader in blocked shots (1,140), scored a total of 107 points that season. His 50 blocks ranked third on the team. His ratio of blocks, one every 9.5 minutes, led the team.

The Warriors staged a furious rally to close the season, ending a 13-year postseason drought by gaining the No. 8 seed. They pulled off an epic upset, stunning top-seeded Dallas in the first round.

The Utah Jazz in the second round eliminated the Warriors in five games, the last played on May 15.

Ninety days later, Nelson and the Warriors bought out Foyle’s contract. He spent his final two seasons in Orlando and Memphis.