Warriors sign Kwame Brown for one-year, 7 million

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Warriors sign Kwame Brown for one-year, 7 million

Its Kwametime.Afterfailing in their attempts to land free agent centers Tyson Chandler and DeAndreJordan, the Warriors will sign Kwame Brown, who last season played for theCharlotte Bobcats. According to a source, the Warriors will sign him to aone-year, 7 million contractYahoo!Sports first reported the deal.SigningBrown shouldnt come as a surprise after the so-called upper-tier free agentbig men all seemed spoken for.And despitethe eye-rolling that may accompany the reading of Browns name, the reality isthat of the remaining free agent centers, Brown probably makes the most senseand could make the most impact for the Warriors.But theWarriors had to pay him a nice chunk of money because he was drawing more thancasual interest from Boston and Miami, not to mention his old team,Charlotte.Brown wasthe No. 1 pick of the Washington Wizards in 2001, drafted right out of highschool. He has been a major disappointment, never living up to those expectations.So, no,Brown might not have the best reputation among NBA fans, but hes coming off asolid season and the Warriors could do worse than an Andris BiedrinsBrowntandem.While Brownwont give you the length and shot-blocking of Chandler or the youthfulathleticism of Jordan, he averaged 7.9 points and 6.8 rebounds in 26 minutesper game. He started 50 of 66 games for the Bobcats.No, thosearent world-beating numbers, but theyre in the same vicinity as Jordan, whomthe Warriors tried unsuccessfully to sign for almost 11 million per season.Jordan averaged 7.1 points and 7.2 rebounds in 25.6 minutes per game.RELATED: Clippers match Warriors offer to Jordan
Jordan isabsolutely a better shot-blocker than Brown (1.8 bpg. to 0.6 bpg.), but Brownis the more effective one-on-one defender in the low block. Jordan, 23, is fiveyears younger than Brown but Brown is entering his prime.More than aweek ago, the Warriors reached out to Joel Przybilla, another free-agentcenter, but if he plays this season (Przybilla had been thinking retirement),he is expected to sign elsewhere.Accordingto various sources, the Warriors didnt reach out to Gasol, a restricted freeagent, because they were convinced the Grizzlies would match the the offer. Andapparently, the Warriors were right.TheGrizzlies matched a four-year, 55 million offer sheet submitted by Houstonearlier this week. As for Nene, the Warriors had interest in him, too, but werereluctant to commit big money to him because they felt he was the worst fit ofthe four to play alongside David Lee.

Kerr continues to weigh options regarding return to Warriors' bench

Kerr continues to weigh options regarding return to Warriors' bench

OAKLAND -- Though he insists he has made no final decision about returning to coach the Warriors in the NBA Finals, Steve Kerr conceded Monday that he likely would remain in the background throughout the series that begins Thursday

“As of right now, I would not coach,” he said after practice.

“I’m alright; I’m not well enough to coach a game. And I know that from . . . I coached all 82 games and I felt OK. I was uncomfortable and in a lot of pain, but I did fine. I could make it through. The first two games of the Portland series, whatever happened, things got worse.”

Though Kerr has been a constant presence over the past two weeks, this was the first time he presided over practice. Acting coach Mike Brown was ill Monday and did not come to the facility.

“I’d like to tell you that I’m ready, but I’m not ready to coach yet,” Kerr said. “I’m still feeling a lot of the effects of what I’ve got going on.

“I told the team the good news is the team is really healthy, the bad news is the coaching staff is dropping like flies. Hopefully, Mike will be back (Tuesday).”

Kerr last coached a game on April 19, Game 2 of the first-round Western Conference playoff series against the Trail Blazers. He flew with the team to Portland for Games 3 and 4 but did not coach either game. It was on April 23, between Games 3 and 4, that Kerr announced he was taking a leave of absence to pursue remedies for chronic pain in the wake of multiple back surgeries.

The Warriors have gone 10-0 under Brown, who is in frequent communication with Kerr ever since May 10, when the team began preparations for the conference finals.

“I’ve been in every meeting since the San Antonio series started,” Kerr said. “Every film session, every practice. I address the team quite a bit; I think my messaging is important.”

Though Kerr said he plans to accompany the team to Cleveland next week for Games 3 and 4 of The Finals, he continues to weigh his options regarding returning to the bench.

“Once we get to Game 1,” he said, ‘it might be a good time to make a decision one way or the other.”

LeBron doesn't care about long Finals odds: 'I only play blackjack in Vegas'

LeBron doesn't care about long Finals odds: 'I only play blackjack in Vegas'

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- There's a four-headed, shot-making, scoreboard-breaking monster out West awaiting LeBron James and the Cavaliers.

The Warriors are stomach-churning scary.

James, though, can't run or hide. With eight NBA Finals appearances under his belt, he is ready to face a team he's called "a beast." After all, he has slayed behemoths before.

Pushing off any talk about the Warriors until after Sunday's practice, James was asked to assess the task at hand: beating Golden State's All-Star-studded lineup of Kevin DurantStephen CurryKlay Thompson and Draymond Green.

Is this the biggest challenge of his career?

"It's probably up there," he said. "I mean, it's up there."

And then, almost as if he was trying to remind himself that he's got three championship rings and is frightful in his own right, James recalled other fearsome postseason opponents - San Antonio and Boston.

"I've played against four Hall of Famers as well, too, with Manu (Ginobili), Kawhi (Leonard), Tony (Parker) and Timmy D (Tim Duncan) on the same team," said James, occasionally sniffling as he continues to fight a cold. "And if you add Pop (coach Gregg Popovich) in there, that's five Hall of Famers. So, it's going to be very challenging. Those guys are going to challenge me, they're going to challenge our ballclub.

"This is a high-powered team."

James also took on a Celtics team loaded with big-name talents.

"I've played against Ray (Allen), KG (Kevin Garnett), Paul (Pierce), (Rajon) Rondo and Doc (Rivers). So, it's going to be very challenging not only on me mentally, but on our ballclub and on our franchise."

Cleveland-Golden State 3.0 is the matchup fans worldwide expected and wanted, and James believes they're in for quite a show.

Both the Cavaliers and Warriors have upgraded their rosters from a year ago, when they went seven games in an epic series that spawned the first comeback from a 3-1 deficit in Finals history and resulted in Cleveland winning its first pro sports championship since 1964.

That Warriors team James conquered in 2016 won 73 games during the regular season and was being mentioned as one of the best to ever take the floor.

Hard to believe, but this version - with Durant - might be even better.

Golden State has been putting on a basketball clinic over the past two months, winning 27 of 28 games since March 11 and becoming the first squad to start the postseason 12-0.

Durant, who previously faced James in the 2012 Finals with Golden State, has taken a great team and elevated it to a nearly unstoppable level.

The Warriors are using Durant in every imaginable way on offense, and James isn't surprised to see his good friend and Olympic teammate more mobile than he was with the Thunder.

"You adapt to the culture," he said. "You adapt to the style and that's the same thing that happened to me when I went to Miami. I started to slash more and move more without the ball, shoot more standstill 3s and figure out ways I could be more productive than just having the ball in isolation. So, it's the right thing to do. He's one of the most dangerous guys we have in the world already. So it makes it even more dangerous when you equip that talent, that skill with those guys."

On the brink of becoming the first player since the early 1960s to play in seven straight Finals, James finds himself in a similar - and somewhat surprising - situation.

The Cavaliers are being given little chance to defend their title against the vaunted Warriors, who have been winning by an average of 16.3 points per game in the playoffs.

For the sixth time, James enters the Finals as an underdog, hardly a role he's accustomed to before June. The only time he won a championship as a Finals favorite was with Miami in 2013, when the Heat upended the Spurs for their second straight title.

James isn't worried about point spreads or any odds.

"I only play blackjack in Vegas anyway, so it doesn't matter," he said.

What does matter is that the 32-year-old is having one of his finest postseasons, and the Cavs are gelling the way they did at this time last year.

Maybe James has nothing to fear.

"I feel good about our chances," he said. "Very good."