There are still details to emerge from the NBAs newcollective bargaining agreement, but the framework of the deal is coming intofocus.And what Warriors fans will see when its all said and doneis something that doesnt look a whole lot different from the old system.With free agency a little more than a week away, it seemsapparent the Warriors wont be big players in the market, unless, that is,owner Joe Lacob and his front office team are prepared to make a bold, riskymove.The bottom line is the Warriors appear to be in aless-than-optimal position not far enough under the salary cap to do majordamage and not over either, preventing them from using the mid-levelexception.The Warriors have committed more than 31 million to DavidLee, Monta Ellis and Andris Biedrins for the upcoming season. Theyve gotanother 12.5 million committed to Dorell Wright, Stephen Curry, Lou Amundsonand Ekpe Udoh.Thats approximately 43.5 million with the salary cap being58 million.Theyve also got Charlie Bell on the books for 4.1 million,and throw another 4 million in there for Klay Thompson, Jeremy Tyler, CharlesJenkins and Jeremy Lin.That puts the Warriors at about 51-plus million or about6-plus million under the cap. If the Warriors use their amnesty clause onBell, they could conceivably get 10 or 11 million under.While that sounds like a nice chunk of change, its stillprobably not enough to get a player such as Nene, considered perhaps the bestfree agent big man available. It is probably enough to get you Clippers centerDeAndre Jordan, but the Warriors would need to think long and hard aboutoffering him a contract in the 7- to 9 million range particularly withBiedrins still earning 9 million per.Even if the Warriors get to 11 million under, best casewould likely be acquiring two role players. Keep in mind, even teams above thecap will have the mid-level exception, worth 5 million in Year 1.Now, the Warriors could become a big player in the free agentmarket with one big-time move using the amnesty clause on David Lee or AndrisBiedrins. Making a move like that would give the Warriors big-time cap roomthis offseason, but would also leave them extremely short-handed in thefrontcourt and they were shorthanded when they were at full strength lastseason.In other words, if you amnesty Lee or Biedrins, you betterbe able to sign a frontcourt player better than the one you get rid of andthere are no assurances of that.It might behoove the Warriors to not use the amnestyprovision this year therefore remaining about 7 million under the cap. Thatwould give them more financial clout than teams with simply the mid-levelexception and they could still be bold next season or the year after andamnesty Lee or Biedrins.The Warriors are by no means in a dire situation when itcomes to the salary cap, their payroll and financial flexibility. But theyrefar from sitting pretty, either.
OAKLAND -- The hoops historian Draymond Green has a message for those with short memories and cynical outlooks.
The NBA is never better than when The Finals have legendary potential, as is the case with the Warriors and Cavaliers, who next week become the first teams to meet three consecutive seasons to determine a champion.
“It’s a great thing for the league, contrary to popular belief,” Green said Friday after Warriors practice.
Warriors-Cavs Part III is, in fact, a fantastic boon for the league. Interest will peak. Ratings will soar. Storylines will cascade down every mountain, knoll and molehill.
“Right now, you’re witnessing greatness -- two great teams, great players,” Green said. “That’s what it is. It probably won’t be appreciated until it’s over. Say we meet again next year? It still won’t be appreciated -- until we don’t meet again and you realize what you had.”
What fans have is history made, with more in the making.
The Warriors enter The Finals after an unprecedented 12-0 start to the playoffs, becoming the first team to complete three four-game sweeps in a single postseason.
Another sweep, and it’s not inconceivable, would make these Warriors the first team in NBA history with a perfect postseason -- give them the distinction of having the best postseason in American sports history.
The Cavaliers enter The Finals after a 12-1 start and, moreover, with the reheated debate over whether LeBron James has a body of work that equals or surpasses that of Michael Jordan. James is one game removed from surpassing Jordan to become No. 1 on the all-time list for playoff scoring and will make his seventh consecutive appearance in The Finals, something Jordan never did.
Though a Cleveland victory would bolster any argument in James’ favor, a Cleveland loss might be enough to close the case in Jordan’s favor insofar as his Bulls reached six NBA Finals and won them all.
Warriors-Cavaliers has the potential to go beyond what most believe to be the most epic of postseason rivals, that being the Magic Johnson and the Lakers versus Larry Bird and the Celtics. They met only three times (1984, ’85 and ’87) but the NBA went a full 10 seasons with one team or the other in The Finals.
Being a student of the game, Green quite likely knows that -- as well as having a complete understanding of the possibilities ahead.
Even if he suspects others may not.
“But you usually don’t appreciate something until you don’t have it any more,” he said. “Maybe there’s just a lack of appreciation for greatness. When you look at the situation, most people have never reached greatness. So, maybe there’s just not an understanding of what you’re watching.
“I appreciate it. I’m happy we’ve been able to steam-roll people, and I love the fact that they’ve been able to steam-roll people. I just love great things. And I think right now we’ve found two great teams.”
Steph Curry has earned the nickname "Chef Curry" but his wife Ayesha is the real cook of the family.
Ayesha has paved her own path as a successful cook and was brought to BottleRock in Napa for a demonstration. As Steph and rapper E-40 joined her on stage, Ayesha took one of out of E-40's book and did her own remix of Drake's "Energy."
In this version, Ayesha rapped about what she knows best -- recipes.
Ayesha Curry just dropped bars at Bottlerock pic.twitter.com/ljtaSuITWG— Sam Hustis (@SamHustis) May 26, 2017
All hyped up, Ayesha dropped the mic to the delight of Steph and E-40 himself.