If youre an NBA fan you know that much of the NBA communityis in Chicago, getting a look-see at some potential draftees. The Warriors havethe No. 7 pick in the June 28 draft, and theyre looking for that player tobolster what looks like a core of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, David Lee andAndrew Bogut.
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But shortly after the draft, free agency begins, and thatwill be another place where the Warriors hope to add a player. The Warriorswould seem to be in the market for a point guard and a big man to come off thebench.RELATED: Matt Steinmetz's NBA mock draft 1.0
General manager Bob Myers has made it clear he would like toadd some experience to that aforementioned core one that has just fiveplayoff games among them.The Warriors, who will be over the salary cap, will haveapproximately 5 million to spend with their mid-level exception. That wontget them a star, but it could be enough to add a nice player, and someone whocould help you if youre thinking playoffs in 2012-13.Here is a look at some smalls and bigs who might makesome sense for the Warriors in the free-agent market:SMALLSRaymond Felton: He didnt have the greatest ofyears as the starter in Portland, but he looks a lot better if hes coming offthe bench. Would he be willing to do that? The other thing is that with Currybeing a little undersized, it wouldnt hurt to have a backup with size behindhim. Felton seems like a reach.
Steve Nash: There no doubt that bringingin a quality person and player like Nash would upgrade your team. But heslikely to command more than the mid-level, and youve got to figure if heleaves Phoenix, hes going for the whole shebang to win a ring. Still, itsat least nice to think a little bit about Nash setting up Curry.
Kirk Hinrich: Hes not the most efficientoffensive player as his outside shot can be unreliable. But you wont find atougher perimeter defender on this list, and the Warriors could always use oneof them. Can they get Hinrich for 5 million to start and does he want to comehere? Those are the questions. But Hinrich would be a real solid pro coming off the bench,and he would give them additional size at a place the Warriors needit.
Jason Kidd: You would be foolish to notwant Jason Kidd on your team. And if Kidd would be willing to come back homefor his final year or two, it would be a great story. But it makes sense forKidd to stay in Dallas even if Deron Williams ends up there.
Andre Miller: He is 36 years old, and yethe has missed just one game in the past five seasons. He played 27 minutes agame for Denver in 2011-12, was effective, and averaged almost seven assistsper game. Hes got size, so he could slide to shooting guard and defend them.He complements both Curry and Thompson. But hes already indicated he wants toreturn to the Nuggets.
Chauncey Billups: He is not expected tobe ready by the start of the season, but hed be a nice presence in the lockerroom and then on the court once he returned.Others: Leandro Barbosa, Goran Dragic,Randy Foye, Delonte West, Jason Terry.BIGSKris Humphries: He would be a terrific third bigman for the Warriors can score a little some and a good rebounder. Not tomention, hes got athleticism, which is something the Warriors could use moreof. But hes almost certainly going to get more than 5 million.Ersan Ilyasova: There are some intriguingaspects to Ilyasovas game, but its tough to see the Bucks who just tradedsize in Andrew Bogut letting him go.Antawn Jamison: Conventional wisdom isthat the Warriors have enough scorers and they need more defenders andrebounders. Those arent exactly Jamisons calling cards, but he is a bona-fideprofessional and if youre talking about someone who could come in off thebench and give you something, Jamison can certainly do that at the offensiveend.
Carl Landry: A year or two ago, theWarriors would have loved to have a player such as Landry. But his star hasfallen a little bit, and he seems to be flattening.
Ian Mahinmi: His role has been growing inrecent years, and he averaged 18 minutes per game for Dallas this past season.He would seem to be gettable, but because the Warriors are paying AndrisBiedrins 9 million over the next two years, its tough to see them throwinganother few million at a third center.Kenyon Martin: You might not like Martin,but thats exactly why you want him on your team. Hes tough anddefensive-minded and his mentality and demeanor alone would be unique on theWarriors roster. Others: Kwame Brown, Nazr Mohammed,Reggie Evans, Louis Amundson, Jordan Hill, Greg Oden.