Warriors' trade rumors coming fast and furious

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Warriors' trade rumors coming fast and furious

The NBA rumors are coming fast and furious already despitethe fact that teams wont be able to trade players for more than a week. Buttheres talk between general managers and agents, and whenever there is talk,there will be reports and rumors.Lets address a few --The Warriors are revisiting a trade that wouldsend Monta Ellis to Memphis in a deal for Rudy Gay.The Ellis-to-Memphis rumors are probably not going to diebecause Ellis has an offseason home there, and the Grizzlies are said to be inthe market for a shooting guard.Last season the Warriors turned down an offer of O.J. Mayoand Hasheem Thabeet for Ellis, and so its possible Memphis could havesweetened the offer by substituting Gay for Mayo. Thabeet is no longer inMemphis.However, heres why I cant see this happening: 15 million,16.4 million, 17.8 million, 19.3 million. That is what Gay is owed over theremainder of his contract, and thats a lot of money.And were not talking about a superstar when we talk aboutGay. Bottom line is that Ellis at 11 million per year and 33 million totalremaining on his deal is a much better value than Gay at his numbers. Tough tosee it happening.--The Warriors have interest in signing free agentpower forward David West.Wests name came up last year when the Hornets were said tobe shopping him, and the same problem back then holds now. What about DavidLee? The Warriors already have a power forward under contract in Lee and onethats paid handsomely. It doesnt make much sense to bring in West.Unless, of course, the Warriors were considering using theamnesty clause on Lee, but that is highly doubtful. West is a better low-postscorer than Lee, but not as good of a rebounder.Tough to see how Warriors get discernibly better by bringingWest on-board and getting rid of Lee. And acquiring West would be even harder tounderstand if Lee isnt going anywhere.--The Warriors would be interested in signingPortlands Brandon Roy if he is amnesty-ed.This seems possible. If Roy is amnesty-ed, teams that areunder the salary cap like the Warriors will then have the ability to bid onRoy. The Warriors are in the market for a third guard and Roy would be a prettygood one if healthy.And thats the issue with Roy. Portland wouldnt dream ofusing the amnesty clause on Roy if he were healthy, so the fact that theBlazers are doing it should worry you a little bit.By the same token, if Roy has become a 15- to 20-minute pergame player, then, yes, hed be a pretty good fit with the Warriors. Again,assuming he is relatively healthy.

Iguodala making loud free agency case to Warriors in Durant's absence

Iguodala making loud free agency case to Warriors in Durant's absence

OAKLAND -- It was with impeccable timing, for the Warriors and for Andre Iguodala, that he has spent recent weeks summoning all the best parts of his game.

He has been a disruptive force on defense, as usual, but at a time when the Warriors needed something extra at both ends of the court, he is providing an abundance of offensive electricity.

Iguodala came through once more on Sunday as the Warriors suffocated Memphis in the fourth quarter to take a 106-94 win at Oracle Arena. Though the team’s Sixth Man again scored at an efficient clip -- 20 points on eight shot attempts -- his ability to energize teammates from Stephen Curry to Draymond Green to Klay Thompson and beyond is no less significant.

“We feed off his energy when we see him get a rebound or get a steal, push up the court, make a crazy inside-out dribble and finish at the rim, knock down threes or play-make for other guys,” Curry said. “It’s fun to watch.”

Iguodala’s rise has coincided with the loss of Kevin Durant, the team’s leading scorer and someone who plays the same position. With Durant out, Iguodala has taken on additional playing time, which can be risky for someone in his 13th season.

“He’s been fantastic,” coach Steve Kerr said. “He looks incredibly athletic, bouncy and fresh. He’s a pro. The guy just knows how to take care of his body. He’s done a great job of stepping up in KD’s absence and recognizing what we need from him.”

The Warriors have played 13 games since Durant went down with a knee injury, and Iguodala has played in 11 of them, shooting 44 percent from deep and 61.8 percent overall. The man who shot 62.3 percent from the line in his first three seasons as a Warrior is at 70.1 percent this season. Leadership also is part of the package.

“I try to read (what’s needed) when I get into the game,” Iguodala said. “Try to bring that energy. And, more than anything, lead by example. Not say too much. Just show it.”

When Iguodala is sprinting up and down the court, rising and dunking on one end, stripping balls away on the other, the Warriors are appreciably better team. If the Curry-Durant-Green-Thompson foursome is the engine, Iguodala is the turbo boost.

“We’re a completely different team when he’s as aggressive as he’s been of late,” Green said. “When he’s moving the way he’s been moving -- he’s beating everybody down the floor -- it makes us a completely different team. “

Igoudala’s minutes have spiked, from 23 per game in November, to 26 in December, to 27 in January and February, to almost 29 in March.

“I don’t want to run his minutes up too much,” Kerr said. “But if he has to play a couple extra minutes while KD is out, then that’s fine.”

It’s fine with Iguodala and it’s paying off for the Warriors.

Iguodala hopes it pays off, literally, when he becomes a free agent in July.

Though free agents entering their 14th season don’t often command big money, he is making a very impressive audition for the Warriors or any team that might be interested in his services.

Iguodala has made it clear he’d prefer to stay in the Bay Area, and at this rate the Warriors may have to find the necessary coins to bring him back.

Instant Replay: Warriors finish strong, grind past Grizzlies

Instant Replay: Warriors finish strong, grind past Grizzlies

BOX SCORE

OAKLAND -- There was plenty of tension and more than a few pulse-stopping moments, but the Warriors found a way to win their seventh consecutive game.

The Warriors’ 106-94 victory Sunday over the admirably recalcitrant Memphis Grizzlies was a work in persistence and overcome moments in which the worst of their work was on full display before a sellout crowd at Oracle Arena.

Klay Thompson scored 31 points to lead the offense. Stephen Curry had 21 points and a game-high 11 assists, Andre Iguodala had 20 and Matt Barnes finished with 10 as the Warriors evened the season series with the Grizzlies at 2-2.

The Warriors (59-14) fought off numerous Memphis rallies but turned up the defense in the fourth quarter, holding the Grizzlies to 13 points on 5-of-25 (20 percent) shooting over the final 12 minutes.

The Warriors offset 18 turnovers, giving the Grizzlies 16 point, by shooting 54.2 percent from the field.

Mike Conley scored 29 points to lead Memphis, which fell to 40-33.

STANDOUT PERFORMER

As good as the Splash Brothers were, and they were superb, it was Iguodala’s play at both ends that made a major difference.

Iguodala’s line: 20 points (7-of-8 shooting from the field, 2-of-3 from beyond the arc, 4-of-5 from the line), a team-high-tying seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and a blocked shot. He played 32 minutes and was plus-9 for the game.

TURNING POINT

After the Grizzlies pulled into an 81-81 tie with 25.2 left in the third quarter, the Warriors responded with a 15-5 run to go up 96-86 on a 3-pointer by Curry with 4:57 remaining.

Memphis got no closer than nine in the final minutes.

INJURY UPDATE

Warriors: F Kevin Durant (L knee sprain and bone bruise) is listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the NBA Development League.

Grizzlies: C Marc Gasol (L foot strain) was listed as questionable and declared out prior to tipoff. F Chandler Parsons (L knee rehab) was listed as out. C Deyonta Davis and F Jarell Martin are on assignment with Iowa of the D-League.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Warriors travel Monday to Houston, where on Tuesday night they face the Rockets at Toyota Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.