Warriors focus: Draymond Green


Warriors focus: Draymond Green

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the fifth installment in a seven-part series that spotlights the seven new Warriors.
Part 1: Harrison BarnesPart 2: Kent Bazemore
Part 3: Andrew Bogut
Part 4: Festus Ezeli

The Warriors have made plenty of changes since the end of the 2011-12 season. They will likely have four first-year players on their roster come the start of the season, and they also acquired veterans Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry.Center Andrew Bogut came to the Warriors in March, but hes a newcomer, too, if you factor in that he still hasnt played a game for the team yet. With training camp set to begin in early October, lets begin our player-by-player analysis of the Warriors new players.Draymond Green, 6-foot-7, 230 pounds, small forwardpower forward.If theres one thing you continue to hear about forward Draymond Green its that hes smart and knows how to play. Yes, he fits the description of the classic tweener, but the Warriors certainly believe hell figure out a way to find a niche in the NBA.Make no mistake, if Green is playing power forward, hell be an undersized four. And if he finds himself playing small forward, well, then, hes going to be challenged athletically and in the quickness department.
But what Green does have is length, and that will give him the opportunity to combat some of the deficiencies hes likely to face navigating those two positions.Green anticipates well, he can pass and he fully understands how to play team defense the result of having played under Tom Izzo at Michigan State for four seasons. Those are the kinds of little things that make it possible for Green to get playing time -- though a close look at the Warriors roster indicates it wont be easy.For every positive, there seems to be a negative when it comes to Green, but you would expect as much from a player drafted in the second round. Hes not an elite athlete, doesnt have what you would call a great body, and isnt yet a consistent shooter.Still, the Warriors clearly believe the positives outweigh the negatives and theyre hoping that down the road Green turns into a contributor. How do we know the Warriors believe that?Well, because the Warriors gave Green a guaranteed contract for two seasons and a partial guarantee for Year No. 3. That doesnt happen to every second-round selection, thats for sure.Green is an OK mid-range shooter, and he seems to have the ability to be a 3-point threat down the road. More important, he plays with consistent energy right now, and he has shown a knack for rebounding the ball.Its nothing short of impressive that Green left Michigan State as the schools all-time leading rebounder, and averaged 10.6 rebounds his senior season for the Spartans.He might not be able to duplicate those numbers at the NBA level, but by the same token those kinds of numbers indicate that Green has very good anticipation, a nose for the ball and some good hands, too.One look at the lay of the land, though, and its tough to see Green getting minutes. Hes No. 3 on the depth chart at power forward behind David Lee and Carl Landry, so theres little to no playing time there.And its not like there are an abundance of minutes at small forward not with rookie Harrison Barnes, re-signed Brandon Rush and veteran Richard Jefferson all in the mix there.Then again, were still talking about a player who was drafted in the second round and doesnt have a definitive position. So, its less about whether Green is going to get playing time and more a question of whether he can play in the league.

Report: Warriors placed a call to Dwyane Wade


Report: Warriors placed a call to Dwyane Wade

Dwayne Wade reportedly reached a buyout with the Bulls on Monday.

And sometime thereafter, the Warriors reached out to Wade to express interest in the 12-time All-Star, according to Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype.

Wade is reportedly on the verge of nearing an agreement with the Cavs.

The three-time NBA champion averaged 18.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.4 steals over 60 games last season.

He averaged career-lows in minutes per game (29.9) and field-goal percentage (43.4) -- something that is expected from somebody who will turn 36 years old in January.

Wade did shoot 31 percent (45-for-145) from 3-point territory -- the second highest mark of his career.

According to Kennedy:

"Throughout his decision-making process, Wade made it clear to interested teams that he wants to play significant minutes on a contender. The Warriors weren’t clear about his playing time, so both parties moved on."

The Warriors have 15 players with guaranteed contracts and would need to waive or trade somebody to make room for Wade (or anybody else). 

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Report: Dwyane Wade nearing agreement with Cavs


Report: Dwyane Wade nearing agreement with Cavs

It appears LeBron James is about to be reunited with a former teammate.

Dwyane Wade is nearing agreement on a deal with the Cavaliers, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Wade reportedly agreed to a buyout with the Bulls on Monday, and is expected to clear waivers on Wednesday.

He will become an unrestricted free agent.

The Cavs have 15 players with guaranteed contracts, so they will have to make a move to get Wade on board.

According to Joe Vardon of cleveland.com:

"The Cavs would likely pay Wade the veteran's minimum -- about $2.3 million -- instead of the $2.55 million left under the mid-level exception to the salary cap because of tax purposes."

LeBron and Wade won two championships (2012 and 2013) together with the Heat.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller