Wolves-Warriors: What to watch for

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Wolves-Warriors: What to watch for

For the second straight home game, the actual game is notlikely to be the focus of the evening for the Warriors and their fans. Yes, theupstart Minnesota Grizzlies are in town, but the real story Monday night atOracle happens at halftime.Thats when the Warriors will retire Chris Mullins No. 17jersey, unveiling it along with the five other players whose numbers have beenretired by the franchise.The last time the Warriors were at Oracle Arena they playedthe Milwaukee Bucks, and the return of Monta Ellis recently traded was thefocus. Ellis received an extended ovation before the game and two videotributes during the game.Many of Mullins ex-teammates will be on hand, and the nightfigures to be a celebration of the Warriors past.When the game begins, here are some things to watchfor:Power forward battle: Right now, KevinLove and David Lee are the best players on their respective teams, and bothplay the power forward position.That matchup will go a long way toward determining whichteam gets the victory on Monday night. On Sunday night in Sacramento, Love andteammate J.J. Barea had to be separated by teammates after they got into ashouting match on the bench.Bouncing back: After learning about theMonta Ellis trade last Tuesday, the Warriors played an impressive and emotionalgame against the Kings, blowing them out in Sacramento.Since then, the Warriors have dropped three consecutivegames, and their play has been disjointed and dispassionate at times.The Warriors are 18-24 with 24 games remaining. Coach MarkJacksons task is to find a way to get the team to play hard as the season wrapsup, and that looks like it will be a challenge.Which small forward will emerge: The Warriorshave plenty of players capable of playing the small forward position and itwill be interesting to see which player Jackson goes with the most.Newly acquired Richard Jefferson played 38 minutes againstthe Utah Jazz on Saturday, a surprisingly high number considering it wasJeffersons Warriors debut.Dorell Wright, whose minutes have been limited at times thisseason, played 44 minutes, and even Brandon Rush played 22 minutes. Questionis: Will Jackson continue to go small, which will allow him to get each ofthose players minutes?Or will he begin to go with a more conventional lineup, thereforelimiting one or more of those guys minutes?

Reports: Weber, Hornets agree to deal hours after Warriors release him

Reports: Weber, Hornets agree to deal hours after Warriors release him

Briante Weber wasn't unemployed very long.

Less than 12 hours after the Warriors released him, the guard has reportedly agreed to sign a 10-day contract with the Charlotte Hornets.

News of the agreement was first reported by Yahoo Sports.

Weber's second 10-contract with the Warriors expired following Saturday's game against the Nets. Immediately after the contest, the team announced they were releasing the 24-year-old.

In seven games with the Warriors, Weber averaged 1.7 points, 0.7 assists and 0.6 rebounds in 6.6 minutes.

 

Warriors eye veteran guard Calderon after release of Weber

Warriors eye veteran guard Calderon after release of Weber

OAKLAND -- Briante Weber’s 20 days with the Warriors came to an end Saturday night, creating a roster opening expected to be filled by veteran point guard Jose Calderon.

“We think we have something in place, but it’s not finalized,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after a 112-95 victory over Brooklyn.

Calderon is in the process to be bought out by the Lakers, after which he will become a free agent. Once he clears waivers, the Warriors, according to multiple sources, will be waiting to offer a physical examination and a contract.

Though Warriors president/general manager Bob Myers stopped short of identifying Calderon by name, his insinuations late Saturday night line up with what was learned from league sources.

“You find that in the playoffs, experience matters,” Myers told CSNBayArea.com.

“I don’t want to diminish (Weber’s) contribution and say he’s not capable,” he added. “He could help a team. But I think sometimes you go with experience when going into the playoffs.”

While Weber is 24, with limited NBA experience, Calderon is 35 and has 12 seasons in the league, including three playoff appearances with two different teams. Moreover, Calderon is a career 41.1-percent 3-point shooter.

Calderon has played sparingly this season and has appeared only once, for five minutes, over the last nine games. In November, his most active month, he played in 11 games, averaging 5.5 points and 3.0 assists while shooting 54.5 percent from the field and 45.0 from beyond the arc.

Not that this made releasing Weber any easier. He had, in a short span of time, become popular with his teammates. Though Weber declined postgame interview requests, Stephen Curry spent a few minutes consoling and encouraging him.

Kerr struggled a bit in announcing that the team was releasing Weber, though the move was made by the front office in consultation with the coaching staff.

“We are making the decision thinking it’s the best thing for the team,” he said. “We make every decision based on that.

Weber played two minutes Saturday, scoring four points on 2-of-3 shooting. He logged a total of 46 minutes spread over seven games.

“He’s a good kid, did everything we asked of him,” Myers said. “But sometimes you’ve got to make tough decisions. Sometimes you’re not even right, but you make the best decision you can at the time.

“But he’s got a future in the NBA. He’ll have options. That’s the best thing about his situation. He’ll be able to choose what’s best for him.”