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Warriors traded themselves out of free agent market

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Warriors traded themselves out of free agent market

When the new Warriors ownership group took over, they madeit clear that they believed Golden State could be a destination franchise forbig-time free agents and soon.But judging by the teams recent moves and factoring intheir humbling 2011 offseason, it seems apparent that owner Joe Lacob and theteams front office realizes clearing cap space to attract an elite free agentisnt viable at this point.And now wont be for a few years.
Whether it was taking on salary to acquire Andrew Bogut orliving with an extra year on Richard Jeffersons contract, its obvious theWarriors wont be a significant player in the free agent market anytimesoon.NEWS: Warriors trade Jackson for Jefferson
They now have big-money players Richard Jefferson, AndrisBiedrins and Andrew Bogut under contract through 2014; and the biggest moneyplayer of them all, David Lee, is locked up through 2015-16.In other words, unless the Warriors focus changesdramatically and in a hurry, theyll be capped out for at least the next twoseasons. Of course, theres nothing wrong with that; it just means they will beno factor when players such as Deron Williams, Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, BlakeGriffin, Josh Smith and others become free agents in the next couple ofyears.That wasnt supposed to be the case.In truth, its probably a sound strategy. After all, theWarriors cleared significant cap space this past offseason and were unable toland any of their targeted players.They offered Tyson Chandler a contract worth close to 70million over four years only to see him spurn the offer to join the Knicks forless money. They also liked both Nene and Marc Gasol, but were given noindication either wanted to sign with Golden State.The Warriors also made an ill-fated run at Clippers centerDeAndre Jordan, who was a restricted free agent. While it was Los Angeles callon whether or not to match the Warriors offer, its obvious Jordan didnt feelstrongly about leaving for Golden State.Before the Warriors made trades this week, they were in aposition to get a pretty good ways under the cap this upcoming offseason perhaps as much as 10 million or so. But by acquiring Bogut and includingKwame Browns expiring contract in the deal they essentially said the heckwith the free-agent game.Trading Jackson for Jefferson was another indication of thatsentiment because Jefferson had one more year and 11 million more on hiscontract than Jackson.On the one hand, its a positive that Lacob and the Warriorsare willing to pony up for second-round picks like they just did with Atlanta and take on an extra year or two of a players salary.On the other, it shows the Warriors dont consider themselvesprime-time players just yet when it comes to luring a difference-maker to theBay Area.

How Donald Trump started war with sports as 'the greatest mirror for America'

How Donald Trump started war with sports as 'the greatest mirror for America'

OAKLAND -- As President Donald Trump lurches closer to certified insanity, he is unwittingly doing the country a great service that, should we survive his dangerously whimsical term, will bring us closer to realizing our potential.

He’s unifying the previously disconnected and energizing the formerly apathetic. He’s even shaming some of those previously beyond shame.

It is because of Trump’s rage, unleashed in a span of less than 24 hours, that the NBA champion Warriors were more united Saturday morning than they were Friday afternoon.

After a speech in Alabama urging NFL owners on Friday to fire any “son of a bitch” who dared to protest peacefully to shine a light on injustices, Trump woke up Saturday and turned his Twitter ire upon Stephen Curry and the Warriors, conceivably the most wholesome representatives of American sports.

“That’s not what leaders do,” Curry said after practice Saturday.

“We know we’re in a fight,” Warriors center David West said. “And we’re going to continue to fight for our right to be human beings.”

But by advocating the job loss of peaceful protesters and then informing the Warriors they are not welcome at the White House -- because Curry said he’s not in favor of going -- we can only hope Trump has flung open a door of activism that never closes.

Trump’s radical combo ignited mighty blasts of blowback from players and coaches and commissioners of the NBA and NFL.

Among the many NBA figures issuing statements in one form or another, with varying degrees of condemnation: LeBron James, Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, the players association and commissioner Adam Silver.

“The amount of support I saw around the league this morning was amazing,” Curry said.

Among the many NFL figures who were moved to comment: Seahawks players Richard Sherman and Michael Bennett, Broncos lineman Max Garcia, 49ers owner Jed York, New York Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch, Packers boss Mark Murphy, the players association and commissioner Roger Goodell.

Trump has, in short, started a war with American sports.

His strike began with the comments made Friday night that were directed at Colin Kaepernick and others who have declined to stand for the anthem. Trump’s aggression intensified Saturday when he went after Curry in the morning and Goodell in the afternoon.

How did we get here?

The Warriors on Friday announced their plan to meet as a team Saturday morning to decide whether they would accept from the White House the traditional invitation extended to championship teams. Though it was fairly certain they would not, they left open the slightest possibility. General manager Bob Myers had been in contact with White House.

Curry at the time said he, personally, did not wish to go, and then he carefully and patiently expounded on his reasons.

Trump responded, at 5:45 a.m. Saturday, to tell the world that the Warriors would not be invited and, moreover, that Curry’s resistance is the reason.

And all hell broke loose.

The Warriors came back Saturday afternoon with a statement that made clear there no longer would be a team meeting on the subject, that they were disappointed there was no open dialogue and that they will instead utilize their February visit to “celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion -- the values we embrace as an organization.”

“Not surprised,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of Trump’s decision not to invite the Warriors to the White House. “He was going to break up with us before we could break up with him.”

Trump has fired upon every athlete in America. He is waking up this country in ways we’ve never seen or felt and, my goodness, he’s doing so at a level we’ve needed for centuries.

“Trump has become the greatest mirror for America,” West said. “My cousin . . . she brought that to me. Because there are a lot of things have been in the dark, hidden, and he’s just bold enough to put it out on ‘Front Street.’"

NBA commissioner Silver 'disappointed' Warriors not able to visit White House

NBA commissioner Silver 'disappointed' Warriors not able to visit White House

NEW YORK, Sept. 23, 2017 – NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released the following statement regarding the Golden State Warriors not being invited to visit the White House:

“I was in favor of the team visiting the White House and thought it was a rare opportunity for these players to share their views directly with the President.  I am disappointed that that will not happen.  More importantly, I am proud of our players for taking an active role in their communities and continuing to speak out on critically important issues.”

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