Warriors are waiting on Roy, offer for Rush

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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.

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.