Will Warriors target Andre Miller in free agency?


Will Warriors target Andre Miller in free agency?

Well, next up, freeagency.Thats right. Evenwith the draft barely in the rearview window, the start of free agency comesthis weekend. Late Sunday night to be exact.The Warriors arent going to be majorplayers because theyre over the salary cap, but they will have their mid-levelexception to use worth approximately 5 million.That wont get you astar, but it could get you a really nice player: Like point guard Andre Miller,maybe.RELATED: Andre Miller career stats 2012 game logs Splits News
In the coming day ortwo Ill be putting out the complete free-agent list and obviously over theensuing days well talk about which guys are realistic or not for GoldenState.But for now, just aquick hit on Miller. Im not convinced hed come here for the mid-level, so ifyou really, really want him hed most likely have to agree to a sign-and-tradefrom Denver. And we dont know about any of that yet.We also dont knowhe might feel about possibly coming off the bench, though, in all likelihood,minutes wouldnt be a problem for him because hed be a lock to getplenty.But from abasketball perspective hed be perfect. Miller would serve an abundance ofpurposes for the Warriors, and all of them would be good.First off, hed begreat insurance for Stephen Curry, who is coming off an injury-riddled 2011-12.With questions about Currys ankle heading into the season, it would be huge tohave someone as reliable as Miller behind him.Second, he can playboth guard spots, and hes a better defender than either Curry or Thompson.Guards dont post Miller up. Hes too big, too strong and too smart. Or letsput it this way you cant do it to him consistently. Not even close.On the other end, hedgive the Warriors a legitimate low-post option from the guard position. Hesthe player who goes down to the low post to exploit matchups. And hes a betterpasser than either Curry or Thompson.What Miller doesntdo so well is knock down perimeter jumpers on a consistent basis, though hesnot awful. You know what? Thats fine because youve got Curry and Thompsonwith him and they can both shoot the heck out of it.There are plentymore positives to Miller, but Im just getting conversation started here. Theone knock on him would be his age: Hes 36.Two which I say: Who cares? Id still offer him a four-year contract and yes Imean that. Miller is one of the most durable players in league history. Hesonly missed one game in the past five years alone.Conventional wisdom is that because Miller, who isnt overly athletic, playsclose to the ground, he doesnt get hurt as often. Or how about almost ever:Six missed games over 13 years, for crying out loud.Point is, for a teamthat says injuries ruined their 2011-12 season, an iron man like Miller in thefold for 2012-13 would make sense.

Conor McGregor works out in throwback Warriors J-Rich jersey


Conor McGregor works out in throwback Warriors J-Rich jersey

Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather are set to square off in the ring on Aug. 26 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas for one of the biggest fights of all time.

To get ready for one of the most hyped up sporting events in years, McGregor needed a little motivation from the 'We Believe' Warriors to come out victorious in an upset.

In a YouTube video showing the highlights of McGregor during his world tour promoting the fight with Mayweather, McGregor rocked a throwback Jason Richardson Warriors jersey. You can see McGregor in the jersey at the 45-seconds mark.

Richardson averaged 18.3 points and 5.4 rebounds over six seasons with the Warriors. 

McGregor (21-3 in the UFC) is looking to give Mayweather (49-0) the first loss of his career.

Report: Lakers have shown interest in former Warriors guard

Report: Lakers have shown interest in former Warriors guard

Ian Clark is looking for his next basketball home.

And the Lakers have shown interest in the free agent guard, according to The Los Angeles Times' Brad Turner.

Over 77 regular season games with the Warriors last season, Clark averaged 6.8 points while shooting just under 49 percent from the field and over 37 percent from deep.

In 16 playoff games (he did not play in Game 5 of the NBA Finals), he averaged 6.8 points on 50.6 percent shooting overall, and 36 percent from 3-point territory.

Last week, he was asked if he would be back with the Warriors in 2017-18.

"It's not looking like it," Clark said while in Memphis. "Going through that situation right now. As much as I want to stay, it's a business. But we'll see. Anything could happen."

The Warriors do have an open roster spot, but it's quite possible they enter training camp and/or the season with just 14 players under contract.

Golden State can only offer Clark the minimum of $1,577,230.

The Lakers could give Clark up to $4.3 million -- the room mid-level exception.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller