Warriors sign Kwame Brown for one-year, 7 million

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Warriors sign Kwame Brown for one-year, 7 million

Its Kwametime.Afterfailing in their attempts to land free agent centers Tyson Chandler and DeAndreJordan, the Warriors will sign Kwame Brown, who last season played for theCharlotte Bobcats. According to a source, the Warriors will sign him to aone-year, 7 million contractYahoo!Sports first reported the deal.SigningBrown shouldnt come as a surprise after the so-called upper-tier free agentbig men all seemed spoken for.And despitethe eye-rolling that may accompany the reading of Browns name, the reality isthat of the remaining free agent centers, Brown probably makes the most senseand could make the most impact for the Warriors.But theWarriors had to pay him a nice chunk of money because he was drawing more thancasual interest from Boston and Miami, not to mention his old team,Charlotte.Brown wasthe No. 1 pick of the Washington Wizards in 2001, drafted right out of highschool. He has been a major disappointment, never living up to those expectations.So, no,Brown might not have the best reputation among NBA fans, but hes coming off asolid season and the Warriors could do worse than an Andris BiedrinsBrowntandem.While Brownwont give you the length and shot-blocking of Chandler or the youthfulathleticism of Jordan, he averaged 7.9 points and 6.8 rebounds in 26 minutesper game. He started 50 of 66 games for the Bobcats.No, thosearent world-beating numbers, but theyre in the same vicinity as Jordan, whomthe Warriors tried unsuccessfully to sign for almost 11 million per season.Jordan averaged 7.1 points and 7.2 rebounds in 25.6 minutes per game.RELATED: Clippers match Warriors offer to Jordan
Jordan isabsolutely a better shot-blocker than Brown (1.8 bpg. to 0.6 bpg.), but Brownis the more effective one-on-one defender in the low block. Jordan, 23, is fiveyears younger than Brown but Brown is entering his prime.More than aweek ago, the Warriors reached out to Joel Przybilla, another free-agentcenter, but if he plays this season (Przybilla had been thinking retirement),he is expected to sign elsewhere.Accordingto various sources, the Warriors didnt reach out to Gasol, a restricted freeagent, because they were convinced the Grizzlies would match the the offer. Andapparently, the Warriors were right.TheGrizzlies matched a four-year, 55 million offer sheet submitted by Houstonearlier this week. As for Nene, the Warriors had interest in him, too, but werereluctant to commit big money to him because they felt he was the worst fit ofthe four to play alongside David Lee.

Warriors as healthy as ever while playing waiting game for next opponent

Warriors as healthy as ever while playing waiting game for next opponent

OAKLAND -- Now that the Warriors have gone through a full-squad scrimmage for the first time in three weeks, there is only one issue to be resolved before they get back to the business of the playoffs.

Whom to play? And when?

As of Friday afternoon, the Warriors had no idea of either.

They will face the winner of the Clippers-Jazz first-round series, in which Utah took a 3-2 lead into Game 6 Friday night in Salt Lake City.

“Why are we talking about Utah like the Clippers are done?” Draymond Green wondered after fielding several Jazz-related questions after scrimmaging.

Well, because the Jazz won Games 4 and 5 and is favored to win Game 6 at home. If they win, they’ll come into Oracle Arena Sunday afternoon to meet the Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.

If the Clippers win Game 6 to even the series, those teams will meet for Game 7 Sunday in Los Angeles, with the winner advancing to face the Warriors in Game 1 of the conference semifinals next Tuesday night in Oakland.

In any case, the Warriors appear about as healthy has they have been at any time since February.

Veteran guard Shaun Livingston, out with a finger/hand injury since Game 1 (April 16) of the first-round series against Portland, participated in the scrimmage, as did veteran forward Matt Barnes, who last played on April 8, when he sustained a bone bruise atop his right foot.

“They practiced today and they even went through the scrimmage,” acting head coach Mike Brown said. “But we’ll wait for our training staff to clear them, after they see how they feel today and (Saturday).”

In short, if swelling is minimal, both will be available for Game 1, regardless of when.

So, too, will Kevin Durant. After a strained left calf kept him out of Games 2 and 3 against the Trail Blazers, he started and played 20 minutes in decisive Game 4 without any ill effects.

Nothing changed during the scrimmage Friday.

“It felt great out there,” he said. “Nothing bothered me. It was definitely good. I’m just trying to hopefully put that injury stuff behind.”

Durant conceded that he continues to receive treatment and ice, but mostly to minimize potential swelling.

Durant makes plea to NBA officials: 'S--- talking is part of the game'

Durant makes plea to NBA officials: 'S--- talking is part of the game'

OAKLAND -- Kevin Durant wishes more NBA officials had a better grasp of the language of the game.

They don’t seem to understand that “trash talk” almost always is little more than an act in which healthy emotions are released. It’s as much of the game on the court as pointing out a bad haircut or a fashion error in the locker room.

“I was raised that if you weren’t talking on the court, then something (bad) is going on,” Durant said after Warriors practice on Friday.

Durant caught a glimpse of the chatter earlier this week between former Oklahoma City teammate Russell Westbrook and Houston guard Patrick Beverley in decisive Game 5 of the Thunder-Rockets series and was disappointed when the officials slapped each with a technical foul.

“I was like, ‘Man, just play on. It’s a part of the game,’” Durant said.

Though Durant himself is not a premier trash-talker, he plays alongside one in fellow forward Draymond Green.

“That’s why we started playing, to talk a little s--- here and there,” said Durant, who grew up in the Washington D.C. area. “Draymond is really good at it. There are a lot of guys in the league that are good. More guys are quiet now than before.

“But s--- talking is a part of the game. I love it. It’s fun when you’re on the same team as a guy that does it. And then, when you’re playing against it, it’s even better because it brings the best out of you.”

For Durant, there always will be a place for trash talk on the court. Not only did he experience it while growing up but he also was indoctrinated in the practice from the moment he arrived in the NBA in 2007.

He recalls, with fondness, being targeted as a rookie by Kevin Garnett and a few other Celtics.

“When I came into the league, that’s when the Celtics had just got together,” Durant said. “Paul Pierce and KG and those guys talked bad to me as a rookie. I was 19. And they talked so bad to me. And I was talking right back. It was just a fun exchange. That’s what basketball is about.”

Now if only he could get officials to realize this.