Warriors free agent power forward options shrinking fast

Warriors free agent power forward options shrinking fast
July 8, 2014, 11:00 am
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It's tough to believe the Warriors won't make another move before their $9.8 million traded-player exception expires on Thursday.
Monte Poole

Editor's note: NBA free agency is upon us. Stay logged on to CSNBayArea.com, and tune in to SportsNet Central tonight at 6 and 10:30 p.m. for complete coverage and analysis.

On the night of June 30, the Warriors waded into free agency with two primary goals: 1) find a backup point guard and 2) find a power forward who is a threat to score from beyond 20 feet.

They found their backup guard within 48 hours, reaching agreement with Shaun Livingston on a three-year contract worth a little more than $16 million.

[POOLE: Livingston praises new teammates, wants to 'take next step']

The forward slot remains open and, moreover, the pool of available/desirable free agents is shrinking quickly.

Suns free agent Channing Frye is headed for the Magic. A 3-point specialist who was being recruited by former college teammate Andre Iguodala, Frye agreed to a four-year deal reportedly worth $32 million. That was too expensive for the Warriors.

Cavaliers free agent Spencer Hawes is headed for the Clippers. The 7-footer who can drill shots from beyond the arc anticipates signing a deal worth $23 million over four years, a figure in the Warriors' general price range

Hornets free agent Josh McRoberts is going to the Heat ($23 mil, four years), Patrick Patterson re-signed with the Raptors ($18 mil, three years) and, as expected, Boris Diaw re-signed with the Spurs ($22 mil, three years).

Such marquee stretch fours as Dirk Nowitzki and Chris Bosh always were out of the Warriors' budget. Nowitzki re-signed with the Mavericks at a considerable discount ($30 mil, three years) and Bosh seeks considerably more as he continues to shop himself.

[GALLERY: Warriors free agent frontcourt options]

Three names still on the market, though none ideal: Matt Bonner, Marvin Williams and Anthony Tolliver. A former Warrior under Don Nelson, Tolliver last week publicly expressed a desire to play alongside Stephen Curry.

Stay tuned, as it's tough to believe the Warriors won't make another move before their $9.8 million traded-player exception expires on Thursday. They remain active, but as of Tuesday morning time is running out to close a deal.

That is unless, of course, CEO Joe Lacob and Co. are holding off in anticipation of eventually engineering a trade to nab the man the man they really want: Timberwolves All-Star Kevin Love.

And it has been indicated to me that a lack of recent movement should not be construed to mean a deal for Love won't be revived.