Which free agents will Warriors pursue?

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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.

Warriors players, coaches pledge $75,000 to Oakland fire relief efforts

Warriors players, coaches pledge $75,000 to Oakland fire relief efforts

The players and coaches of the Golden State Warriors have pledged to donate $75,000 to the ongoing relief efforts surrounding the Oakland Fire, the team announced on Wednesday. 

The warehouse fire that began on the night of December 2 claimed a total of 36 lives.

The $75,000 from the players and coaches is in addition to the $50,000 that was previously pledged by the Golden State Warriors organization to the Oakland Fire Relief fund.

“As a team that calls the Bay Area our home, we are all devastated by this tragedy that took place right in our community,” said Warriors All-Star forward Draymond Green. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those that have lost their lives, and our sincere condolences go out to their loved ones.

"We invite anyone that would like to help those who have been affected by this tragedy to join us in supporting our neighbors that have lost so much.”

An Oakland Fire Relief PSA featuring the Warriors players can be found at warriors.com/OaklandFire.

Golden State Warriors media services
 

NBA Gameday: Warriors test offense against Clippers' top defense

NBA Gameday: Warriors test offense against Clippers' top defense

LOS ANGELES – In opening a five-game road trip Wednesday night, the Warriors are going right into an NBA war zone they know all too well.

They’re invading Staples Center to face the Los Angeles Clippers.

The teams, along with the San Antonio Spurs, are expected to battle for Western Conference supremacy. The Warriors (18-3) are 12 days removed from overtaking the Clippers (16-6) for sole possession of first place in the Pacific Division. Though LA started fast, winning 14 of 16, it has since lost four of six.

The game is Kevin Durant’s introduction to the agitation that tends to accompany Warriors-Clippers, and he’ll see plenty of LA defensive ace Luc Mbah a Moute.

The Warriors are reuniting with popular former teammate Marreese Speights, who after three seasons in the Bay Area signed with LA in July.

BETTING LINE:
Warriors by 4

MATCHUP TO WATCH:
Stephen Curry vs. Chris Paul. Several matchups deserve attention, but it begins with the two fabulous point guards. Paul’s task is to slow Curry, and he occasionally does. Curry simply wants to make sure Paul doesn’t impose his enough to supervise the action. The winner of this matchup tends to dictate the winner of these games.

LAST 10:
Warriors: 9-1. Clippers: 6-4.

INJURY REPORT:
Warriors: No injuries listed.

Clippers: F Brice Johnson (lower back herniated disc) is listed as out.

ROSTER NOTE:
Warriors C Damian Jones is on assignment with D-League Santa Cruz.

SERIES HISTORY:
The Warriors have won six in a row and seven of the last eight, and are 24-12 over the last nine seasons against the Clippers.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH:
Tests for the best. The Warriors lead the NBA in scoring and overall offensive rating, while the Clippers are tops in overall defensive rating. Conventional wisdom is that good offense beats good defense. It’s certain that each team’s “1” is under the gun.

LA loves charity: No team in the NBA shoots more free throws than the Clippers. The Warriors won’t mind sending DeAndre Jordan to the charity stripe, maybe even intentionally, but they want to avoid fouls that give Jordan’s teammates easy money.

From the jump. While the Warriors are downplaying the significance of the game, the Clippers are not. So LA definitely will make an effort to make a statement in the opening minutes. Will they? And what happens if they don’t? The Warriors will be on alert.