Warriors sign C DeAndre Jordan to offer sheet

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Warriors sign C DeAndre Jordan to offer sheet

OAKLAND The Warriors made it official on Sunday: They are trying to get bigger and if it costs a little money, so be it.

The Warriors signed center DeAndre Jordan to an offer sheet worth a reported 42.7 million over four years. Now they will wait up to three days to find out whether or not the L.A. Clippers will match the offer.

If the Clippers match the offer, Jordan goes back to the L.A.; if not, he becomes a Warrior and immediately becomes the teams tallest, most athletic player -- and its best shot-blocker.

Whether or not the Clippers match the Warriors offer, Jordan will earn a salary this season in excess of 10 times the amount he earned last season. In other words, from under a million per year to close to 10 million per. The Contra Costa Times reported the terms of Jordan's offer sheet.

He is 7-foot-1 and only 23 years old. Last season Jordan averaged 7.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 25.6 minutes per game. He has little to no low post game but he rebounds, can rim-protect and can get up and down the court. The Warriors are hoping that he can turn into a dominant defensive center down the road.

Weve always known the key factors for our team to get better were to rebound, defend and block shots, Warriors general manager Larry Riley said. DeAndre Jordan has those. We feel strongly we will improve in those areas.

The Warriors were able to put together an offer sheet for Jordan without having to use the amnesty provision on current center Andris Biedrins. Instead, they will use it on Charlie Bell, seldom-used and now legally-embattled.

It is possible the Warriors could have close to 20 million invested in two centers, neither of whom is consistent. Biedrins has had two awful years after being effective earlier in his career.

And while Jordans best years appear to be in front of him, he is a long way from being a big man you can count on.

Nevertheless, the Warriors can claim and rightfully so that from a basketball standpoint they had to address size and money be darned they went ahead and did it.

Riley said the Warriors are unsure about whether the Clippers will match the offer. He also said the Warriors didnt necessarily make an offer that he believed the Clippers would not match but one Jordan deserved. According to other reports, the Clippers already have offered Jordan a five-year, 40 million deal.

Riley also intimated Jordan has expressed an interest in becoming a Warrior.

We more than likely wouldnt put an offer sheet (in front of) a player who expressed any interest in being someplace else. Were comfortable he wants to play here have no doubts about that.

Four takeaways from Warriors' first-round sweep of Blazers

Four takeaways from Warriors' first-round sweep of Blazers

PORTLAND -- Four games, four quarters to each and the Warriors are on to the next round of the postseason.

Here are four things we learned about these Warriors in the wake of their four-game sweep of the Trail Blazers in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.

IT’S A TEAM THING: The Warriors lost All-Star forward Kevin Durant in Game 1, came back and won Game 2. They lost head coach Steve Kerr before Game 3, went out and fashioned one of the biggest comebacks in franchise postseason history. They are constructed in such a way that the collective is strong enough to overcome the loss of one man. They won this series in a walk despite being shorthanded for the last three games and without their head coach for the last two. This team and this staff are bigger than any individual.

JAVALE McGEE MATTERS: By last Sept. 16 the summer was all but gone and every coveted player NBA player had been accounted for. That’s when the Warriors signed McGee with the hope that he could provide some length and athleticism on the block, if only for a few minutes a night -- and, surely, some nights not at all. McGee was the last man to make the team, and here he was dominating a Trail Blazers team that, to be fair, lacked a healthy center. He was special in this series, and what he provides will be needed as the Warriors move forward.

DRAYMOND’S VALUE IS BEYOND MEASURE: There were so many examples during the regular season that illustrated Draymond Green’s significance to the Warriors. He topped them all in this series. He defended, at some point, every member of the Portland team. He rebounded. He made 3-pointers. He blocked 17 shots. The Blazers tried him early but quickly become discouraged at attacking whenever he was on the court. He disrupted their offense in more ways than they could have imagined. As a bonus, he avoided notable run-ins with officials.

SPLASHING NOT NEEDED: Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were fabulous in the second half of Game 3 and Curry stood out in Game 4. But by the time the Splash Brothers found their offensive groove, the Warriors were up 2-0 in the series and rallying behind their defense en route to taking Game 3. The battle of the backcourts, logically deemed a critical factor in this series, was a virtual statistical standoff. Curry/Thompson combined for 192 points, while Damian Lillard 111 and CJ McCollum totaled 201. If it’s the numbers are that close, the Warriors will win every series, and probably sweep.

 

Instant Replay: Warriors torch Blazers, complete first-round sweep

Instant Replay: Warriors torch Blazers, complete first-round sweep

BOX SCORE

PORTLAND -- Never allowing the Trail Blazers to find an offensive rhythm, the Warriors rolled to a 128-103 Game 4 triumph Monday night, completing a sweep of the first-round Western Conference playoff series.

The Warriors advance to the conference semifinals and will face the winner of the Jazz-Clippers series currently tied at two games apiece.

All five Warriors starters scored in double figures, with Stephen Curry scoring 37 points to lead the way. Draymond Green totaled 21, Klay Thompson 18 and Zaza Pachulia 11. David West scored 12 points off the bench.

Kevin Durant -- making his first appearance since Game 1 -- started and added 10 points, three rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal in 20 minutes of action.

The Warriors rode white-hot shooting from deep, making 17-of-29 (58.6 percent).

The Warriors silenced the Moda Center crowd early, outshooting Portland 62.5 percent to 29.6 percent in the first quarter before going on to finish with a 53.5-percent to 38.8-percent advantage for the game.

Damian Lillard scored 34 points to lead the Trail Blazers, who were ousted from the playoffs by the Warriors for the second consecutive year.

STANDOUT PERFORMER:
Curry, who struggled with his shot for the majority of the series, continued the hot streak he began in the fourth quarter of Game 1.

Curry’s line: 37 points (12-of-20 shooting from the field, including 7-of-11 from beyond the arc, 6-of-7 from the line), eight assists, seven rebounds and two steals. He played 30 minutes and finished plus-29 for the game.

Curry moved into a tie with Robert Horry for ninth place on the all-time list of 3-pointers in the postseason with 261.

TURNING POINT:
The Warriors took control immediately, going up 14-0 with 8:40 left in the first quarter and pushing it to 35-9 with 4:11 left in the quarter. They led by as much as 28 in the first half.

Portland got no closer than 18 in the second quarter, and no closer than 23 after intermission.

INJURY UPDATE:
Warriors: F Kevin Durant (L calf strain) was listed as questionable and upgraded to available prior to tipoff. F Matt Barnes (R foot/ankle bone bruise) and G Shaun Livingston (R index finger sprain, hand contusion) were listed as questionable and downgraded to out prior to tipoff. F Kevon Looney (L hip strain) was listed as out.

Blazers: G Allen Crabbe (L foot soreness) and G CJ McCollum (R ankle sprain) are listed as probable. C Jusuf Nurkic (L leg fracture) C Ed Davis (L shoulder surgery), C Festus Ezeli (L knee surgery) and C Jusuf Nurkic (R leg fracture) are listed as out.

WHAT’S NEXT:
The Warriors now await the winner of the Clippers-Jazz first-round series. Game 1 date TBD, either April 30 or May 2.