Warriors free agent options: Backcourt

Warriors free agent options: Backcourt
June 30, 2014, 9:00 am



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In the 2014 NBA Finals, Mario Chalmers averaged 4.4 points on 33% shooting. Patty Mills averaged 10.2 points on 54% shooting. (USATI)

In 73 games last season, Kirk Hinrich averaged 9.1 points and 3.9 assists per game. (USATI)

In 73 games last season, Rodney Stuckey averaged 13.9 points and 2.1 assists per game. (USATI)

Free agency begins at 9 o'clock (PDT) tonight, and the Warriors will be hyperactive shoppers when the doors swing open.

One of their primary goals is to find a guard who could play the point and perhaps some off guard.

Here is a look at 10 unrestricted free-agent guards likely on the big board in team headquarters. Players are listed in alphabetical order, with heights and ages.

Jerryd Bayless (6-foot-3, 25 years old)

Green light: A good athlete, capable of playing well at either guard position.
Red flag: There are reasons he has played for five teams in six years.

Mario Chalmers (6-2, 28)

Green light: Can play either guard position, has lots of playoff experience.
Red flag: Really more of a shooter than a creator, may need to rebuild confidence.

Kirk Hinrich (6-3, 33)

Green light: Tough, experienced, selfless, capable of playing either guard position.
Red flag: Turns 34 next January . . . and is leaning toward re-signing with Bulls.

Shaun Livingston (6-7, 28)

Green light: Long, smart, skilled and tougher than rail-thin body appears.
Red flag: Will have numerous other options, including chance to earn starting spot.

Jodie Meeks (6-4, 26)

Green light: Hits the trey, willing to be physical and liked by adviser Jerry West.
Red flag: Much more suited to shooting guard than running point.

Patty Mills (6-0, 25)

Green light: Very quick, hits the trey, found himself in fine Spurs system.
Red flag: Small, only OK at creating for others and Spurs definitely want him back.

Toure Murry (6-5, 24)

Green light: Combo guard, fearless, terrific on "D," already on Warriors radar.
Red flag: Unreliable shot, and limited action means he's still a bit of a mystery.

Brian Roberts (6-1, 28)

Green light: Feisty, good free-throw shooter, accepts his role, would be cheap.
Red flag: Tough to evaluate as replacement PG for struggling Pelicans.

Ramon Sessions (6-3, 27)

Green light: Utterly fearless, loves to slash, very good at creating for others.
Red flag: Inconsistent jumper, has played for five teams, including Bucks twice.

Rodney Stuckey (6-5, 28)

Green light: Passionate, plays either guard spot, could thrive away from Pistons.
Red flag: Could be expensive, has had at least two seizure episodes.

How I'd rank them (if money is not a factor): Stuckey, Sessions, Livingston, Mills, Murry, Hinrich, Bayless, Chalmers, Roberts and Meeks.

Not listed (considered only in case of emergency): Steve Blake, Jordan Crawford, Jordan Farmar.

Not listed (too many barriers in the way): Eric Bledsoe, Darren Collison, Devin Harris, Kyle Lowry.

Not listed (not a free agent but interesting trade possibility): Jeremy Lin.

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