Which free agents will Warriors pursue?


Which free agents will Warriors pursue?

OK, so enough talk of whether to amnesty David Lee or AndrisBiedrins. Probably wont happen so lets not spend another minute on it. Letstalk about a more likely possibility: That the Warriors amnesty Charlie Belland have about 10 million in cash to spend in free agency.Using that scenario, the Warriors plan would be to keeptheir core Stephen Curry, Monta Ellis and David Lee together for a littleand go get a player or two on the free agent market to give them ahand.Which free agents would you shop for if you were theWarriors?Lets take a look at some free agents at each position, and assessa little bit whether the Warriors would have the wherewithal or interest toacquire them.
POINT GUARDS: Delonte West, J.J. Barea, Anthony Carter,Rodney Stuckey, Mario Chalmers, Sebastian Telfair.TAKE: You could certainly make a case the Warriors need acompetent backup point guard. Jeremy Lin is learning but not yet reliable. Itwould be nice to have a legitimate one behind Curry, and then be able to moveCurry to the shooting guard at times.Problem is, if you really want to do that, youll need apoint guard with size and there arent a lot of guys on this list with that.The exception is Stuckey, but Im not sure I see him as a good fit with theWarriors.West wouldnt be a bad option, but he comes with baggage theWarriors likely arent going to want any part of. Telfair is a littleintriguing, but again, not the biggest point guard in the league.SHOOTING GUARDS: Jamal Crawford, Anthony Parker, DeShawnStevenson, Arron Afflalo, Rasual Butler, Marcus Thornton, Jason Richardson,Nick Young, Vince Carter.TAKE: As long as the Warriors have Ellis on their roster, itdoesnt make a lot of sense to go shopping for big-minute shooting guards. Aslong as Ellis is on the team, he will get most of the minutes at that spot, andfor now, rightfully so. Between Dorell Wright and Klay Thompson, both of whomcan play a little two, theres just not a big priority here.Sure, it would be great to get Afflalo but hes going tocost some money (Denver has right to match) and youre acknowledging youregoing to deal Curry or Ellis sooner rather than later. Who would be againstRichardson coming back to give the Warriors backcourt depth? Then again, ifyou do that, the message is clear: Were going for the eighth spot.SMALL FORWARDS: Maurice Evans, Marquis Daniels, CaronButler, Jamario Moon, Tayshaun Prince, Shane Battier, Mike Dunleavy, GrantHill, Peja Stojakovic, Andrei Kirilenko.TAKE: Wright had a breakout year for the Warriors in2010-11, but he played too many minutes more than 38 per game. If you cut hisminutes down, chances are hed become more efficient and get back to hisdefensive roots. So the idea of adding another small forward has appeal.Question is, how much do you want to spend there and howmuch is the player realistically going to play? Could you get Battier or Princewith some of that 10 million? Maybe.But how much does that really help? If you bring Battier orPrince in here at 6 million or so per year, does that push you into playoffterritory? Not sure.POWER FORWARDS: Glen Davis, Leon Powe, Jonas Jerebko,Chucky Hayes, Josh McRoberts, Kris Humphries, Carl Landry, Thaddeus Young, LucRichard Mbah a Moute.
TAKE: Despite the Warriors acquiring Lee last offseason,there are still some clamoring for a bona-fide, traditional power forward. Youknow a back-to-the-basket player who gets double-teamed.While nobody is disagreeing the Warriors could use someonelike that, the reality is they cant get a guy like that with Lee on theroster.One guy who could be desirable is Mbah a Moute, adefensive-minded player, first and foremost.CENTERS: Jason Collins, Nazr Mohammed, Kwame Brown, KurtThomas, Marc Gasol, Tyson Chandler, Jeff Foster, Jarron Collins, DeAndreJordan, Spencer Hawes, Greg Oden, Samuel Dalembert, Nene, Joel Przyzbilla.TAKE: Yes, the Warriors need a frontcourt player. But theissue with this list of centers is that the high-end ones are probably going tobe out of the Warriors range: Gasol, Chandler and Nene.Thats OK, because theres a good chance each of those guyscould end up getting significantly overpaid. Jordan, of course, is anotherintriguing name, and a player who used to be a client of Bob Myers, now in theWarriors front office.Jordan is an athletic shot-blocker who is improving.However, he isnt there yet as a player and there are no guarantees he willever get there. You could probably get Jordan for 6 or 7 million per, butthen youve got 15 or 16 million tied up in your centers (Biedrins makes 9million) and no assurance that the position is fully stabilized.It might be more advantageous to try to sign someone likeBrown, whom you might be able to acquire for a few million a year. In otherwords, you might get more value for Brown at 9 million over three years thanJordan at 28 million over four.

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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