Its trade deadline week in the NBA, which means the reportsand rumors will come in bunches and from all kinds of sources. As for theWarriors, well, theyre in pretty much the same shape they were at lastseasons deadline and the one before that and the one before that.Theyre on the periphery of the playoff chase, and theystill need a big man. Question is, do they have the personnel andor thewherewithal to acquire one? Here is a look at five big men whom the Warriorshave inquired about over the past few weeks:--Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic: Dependingon what day it is, Howard is either on the move or staying put. One day,reports surface that Howard wouldnt mind playing in New Jersey or with theClippers and the next there are stories about GM Otis Smith sittingtight.It seems apparent that Howard wont be coming to theWarriors, not that owner Joe Lacob hasnt given it the old college try. The Warriors just dont have enough to offer Orlando, and moreimportant, Howard has little interest in playing for the Warriorslong-term.Andrew Bogut, Milwaukee Bucks: Of all thebig men out there, nobody is a better fit than Bogut, though he is far from asure thing. He has missed most of this season with a left ankle injury, andhes missed parts of the previous three seasons with other injuries.There are parallels between Bogut this season and BaronDavis back in 2005. Thats when GM Chris Mullin acquired a disgruntled andinjury prone Davis from New Orleans, and Davis led the Warriors to the playoffsin the following year.Bogut is a good rebounder, good shot-blocker and excellentpasser. Its not that the Warriors wouldnt want him, its that they might nothave anything the Bucks want.In addition, general manager John Hammond is known to bevery deliberate and conservative, and moving Bogut would be a riskymove.Chris Kaman, New Orleans Hornets: The Hornets have reportedly cooledto trading Kaman, but the Warriors would have interest for the right price.Kaman has only one year remaining on his deal, so he would be attractive as anexpiring contract. He could also give the Warriors a legitimate low-postpresence in the short term.However, the real question is whether or not the Warriorswould give up an asset for someone who might not be around long-term.Brook Lopez, New Jersey: There werereports a few weeks back that the Warriors had interest in Lopez. The askingprice would likely be Monta Ellis, and its unclear whether a deal like thatmakes the Warriors better. In addition, Lopez is expected to miss another twoor three weeks because of a sprained ankle.Looking ahead, Lopez will become a restricted free agent,which means the Warriors could try to make a run at him at seasonsend.JaVale McGee, Washington Wizards: Of all the centers on thislist, McGee is probably the most obtainable. Washington is a mess, and theWizards are willing to move everybody but John Wall.McGee is among the most athletic big men in the league, buthis reputation is troubling. He is a long way from reaching his potential, andthere are concerns whether or not he ever will.
The Warriors started off down 15-0 Wednesday night vs. the Spurs. It only went up from there as they caught fire and made a statement to the final of 110-98 in San Antonio.
Steph Curry led all scorers with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Klay Thompson added 23 points with the two combining for eight 3-pointers.
Former Spur David West played a huge part with 15 points and even nailed one from beyond the arc.
Andre Iguodala continued to come up huge with 14 points off the bench and six rebounds.
Golden State improved to 61-14 on the season and are now 3.5 games ahead of San Antonio for the No. 1 seed.
For the first time in a month, Kevin Durant got a taste of competition. Well, sort of.
Durant on Wednesday went through one-on-one sessions with Warriors assistant coach Willie Green, who is two years removed from a 12-year career as a guard in the NBA.
“He played full-court one-on-one, played some half-court one-on-one to start and then they stepped it up,” coach Steve Kerr told reporters prior to the Warriors-Spurs game in San Antonio. “Willie said it was a good workout.”
Durant and Green played five games of half-court ball and one with the full court. The active player, for the record, won all six games.
“Kevin got him pretty good, so it’s a good sign,” Kerr said before flashing a bit of humor. “If Willie had beaten him, I would have been very concerned.”
An even better sign for the Warriors is that only one man walked away feeling the burn of competition.
“Willie said he was really sore,” Kerr said. “Not Kevin. Willie.”
Durant has been out since sustaining a medial collateral ligament sprain and bone bruise to his left knee on Feb. 28 at Washington. Though there have been no setbacks in his rehab, there is no firm timetable for his return.
“It’s impossible to predict that stuff,” Kerr said. “But it would be nice for him to get a couple games in at the end of the regular season.”
The Warriors plan to re-evaluate Durant next week, after which they expect to plot out his return. There is optimism that he could be back in time to play two or three regular season games in preparation for the postseason, which begins April 15.