What free agents are out there for Warriors?

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What free agents are out there for Warriors?

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.

How Warriors became better team right before the return of Kevin Durant

How Warriors became better team right before the return of Kevin Durant

When Kevin Durant returns, which could happen as soon as next week, the Warriors will be an appreciably better team than they were when he left.

Better because in Durant’s absence, veteran wing Andre Iguodala found the best of his game and fully regained his shooting confidence.

Better because David West, who spent the first two quarters of the season acclimating to his new teammates and the third on the injury list, has settled in and turned up his fire and production to a level that pleads for more playing time.

Better because Stephen Curry is dancing and Klay Thompson is cooking and Draymond Green is destroying opposing offenses.

Better because everybody on this team can sense the postseason and is making the mental adjustment, while knowing they’ll get an emotional bounce from Durant’s presence on the floor.

“Obviously, you hate to see KD go down; he’s going to be back soon,” Curry told reporters after a 110-98 win over the Spurs in San Antonio. “But we never really lost confidence in ourselves. There was no panic. We’ve just battled.”

Consider that the Warriors, who own the best record in the NBA, are coming off two nights during which they also proved to be the best team. Going into Houston and San Antonio on successive nights, they extended their seven-game win streak to nine, the longest active streak at a time when all playoff teams wish to peak.

By wiping out a 22-point deficit to a Spurs team that simply doesn’t allow that but did anyway even with Green completely off his offensive game.

And this was done with Durant observing and cheering from the bench in street clothes while also learning more about his teammates and appreciating what they’ve been able to accomplish.

Most notably, as a team, what they’ve done on defense. After recovering from the body blow that was losing Durant, losing five of seven in the process, the Warriors have pulled off a dazzling stretch during which they’ve taken apart all comers.

Prior to holding the Spurs to 41 percent from the field, the Warriors limited the explosive Rockets to 38.8 percent, the Grizzlies to 44.7 (34.8 in the decisive second half), the Kings to 48.2, the Mavericks to 35.9, the Thunder to 42.5, the Bucks to 40.4, the Magic to 37.2 and the 76ers to 43.8.

“We play a finesse style . . . but when we’re at our best, you talk about our defense,” Curry said. “It’s about having each other’s back, trying to do little things, physically, to keep teams out of the paint and off the glass.”

What has happened is most everybody in the playing rotation has grown in the absence of Durant. And while some had to if the Warriors were to withstand his loss, that they managed to do so is significant. The evidence is visible and palpable, never more than late Wednesday night.

“We have what it takes to win all sorts of ways,” Curry said. “Whether you’re down 15 and can’t figure out what’s going on in the first quarter, or you put together a beautiful performance for 48 minutes, it doesn’t matter. Night in and night out, you’ve just got to be ready to play."

At no point this season have the Warriors had reason to feel as good as they do returning home to Oracle Arena, where they will play six of their final seven games. Winning five more games gives them the No. 1 overall seed, regardless of what the Spurs do.

They’re on top of their game and they’re a few games away from adding the man who was their best player through the first 60 games.

By all appearances and insinuations, Durant will be back for the final two or three games of the regular season. That beats any trade-deadline deal eight days a week.

Instant Replay: Warriors erase early woes for big win vs Spurs

Instant Replay: Warriors erase early woes for big win vs Spurs

BOX SCORE

The Warriors won their ninth consecutive game, and this one was profoundly more significant than the previous eight.

With a 110-98 win over the Spurs at AT&T Center in San Antonio Wednesday night, the Warriors took a giant step closer to achieving their goal of the No. 1 overall seed in the playoffs.

They now lead the Spurs by 3.5 games in the Western Conference. The magic number is five, meaning any combination of Warriors wins or San Antonio losses adding up to five would give the Warriors (61-14) the top seed throughout.

Stephen Curry scored 29 points, Klay Thompson tossed in 23, David West a season-high 15 and Andre Iguodala 14 as the Warriors, coming off a win at Houston on Tuesday, swept the toughest back-to-back set of the season.

Kawhi Leonard paced the Spurs (56-17) with 19 points, on 7-of-20 shooting. The Warriors offset a 42-34 rebounding disadvantage by limiting San Antonio to 41-percent shooting.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS

Curry carried a large measure of the scoring load, but Iguodala and West had terrific all-around games that included timely scoring.

Curry’s line: 29 points (9-of-20 shooting from the field, 4-of-8 from deep, 7-of-7 from the line), 11 assists and three rebounds. He played 35 minutes and finished plus-6.

Iguodala’s line: 14 points (6-of-9, 2-of-3 from deep), six rebounds, two steals and one assist. He played 30 minutes and was plus-17.

West’s line: 15 points (7-of-11, 1-of-2 from deep), five assists, four rebounds and two blocks. He played 22 minutes and finished plus-23.

TURNING POINT

When the Spurs went up 43-29 on a jumper by Kawhi Leonard with 6:46 remaining in the second quarter, the Warriors went on a 16-2 run to pull into a 45-45 tie on a Shaun Livingston jumper with 3:29 left in the half.

That wiped out a deficit that had ranged as high as 22 points.

The Warriors took the lead for good 80 seconds into the second half. San Antonio got no closer than five in the fourth quarter.

INJURY UPDATE

Warriors: F/C James Michael McAdoo (L eyebrow laceration) was listed as probable and made available. F Kevin Durant (L knee sprain, bone bruise) and F Kevon Looney (R hip strain) were listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the NBA Development League.

Spurs: G Dejounte Murray (L groin strain) was listed as out.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Warriors return to action Friday night, when they close out their season series with the Houston Rockets at Oracle Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:35 p.m.