Warriors traded themselves out of free agent market

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Warriors traded themselves out of free agent market

When the new Warriors ownership group took over, they madeit clear that they believed Golden State could be a destination franchise forbig-time free agents and soon.But judging by the teams recent moves and factoring intheir humbling 2011 offseason, it seems apparent that owner Joe Lacob and theteams front office realizes clearing cap space to attract an elite free agentisnt viable at this point.And now wont be for a few years.
Whether it was taking on salary to acquire Andrew Bogut orliving with an extra year on Richard Jeffersons contract, its obvious theWarriors wont be a significant player in the free agent market anytimesoon.NEWS: Warriors trade Jackson for Jefferson
They now have big-money players Richard Jefferson, AndrisBiedrins and Andrew Bogut under contract through 2014; and the biggest moneyplayer of them all, David Lee, is locked up through 2015-16.In other words, unless the Warriors focus changesdramatically and in a hurry, theyll be capped out for at least the next twoseasons. Of course, theres nothing wrong with that; it just means they will beno factor when players such as Deron Williams, Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, BlakeGriffin, Josh Smith and others become free agents in the next couple ofyears.That wasnt supposed to be the case.In truth, its probably a sound strategy. After all, theWarriors cleared significant cap space this past offseason and were unable toland any of their targeted players.They offered Tyson Chandler a contract worth close to 70million over four years only to see him spurn the offer to join the Knicks forless money. They also liked both Nene and Marc Gasol, but were given noindication either wanted to sign with Golden State.The Warriors also made an ill-fated run at Clippers centerDeAndre Jordan, who was a restricted free agent. While it was Los Angeles callon whether or not to match the Warriors offer, its obvious Jordan didnt feelstrongly about leaving for Golden State.Before the Warriors made trades this week, they were in aposition to get a pretty good ways under the cap this upcoming offseason perhaps as much as 10 million or so. But by acquiring Bogut and includingKwame Browns expiring contract in the deal they essentially said the heckwith the free-agent game.Trading Jackson for Jefferson was another indication of thatsentiment because Jefferson had one more year and 11 million more on hiscontract than Jackson.On the one hand, its a positive that Lacob and the Warriorsare willing to pony up for second-round picks like they just did with Atlanta and take on an extra year or two of a players salary.On the other, it shows the Warriors dont consider themselvesprime-time players just yet when it comes to luring a difference-maker to theBay Area.

Report: Warriors GM Bob Myers was Lakers' No. 1 target

Report: Warriors GM Bob Myers was Lakers' No. 1 target

On Tuesday morning, the Lakers made sweeping changes to their front office.

Magic Johnson is now the president of basketball operations and both general manager Mitch Kupchak and executive VP of basketball operations Jim Buss were fired.

Los Angeles -- looking to hire a new GM -- originally targeted Warriors GM Bob Myers, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.

But as Wojnarowski reports: "After Myers signed a recent contract extension, it became clear to Lakers brass that it would be unable to lure Myers."

In September, the Warriors promoted Myers from general manager to president of basketball operations/general manager.

Myers was named the NBA Executive of the Year following the 2014-15 season.

After playing in D-League All-Star Game, Briante Weber recalled to Warriors

After playing in D-League All-Star Game, Briante Weber recalled to Warriors

The Warriors recalled guard Brianté Weber from the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League, the team announced today.

Weber was assigned to Santa Cruz to allow him to participate in the 2017 NBA D-League All-Star Game on Saturday in New Orleans, where he tallied four points, two assists and two steals in 16 minutes for the West squad.

Weber, who signed his second 10-day contract with the Warriors on Feb. 14, has appeared in five games with Golden State this season, averaging 1.6 points and 1.0 assist in 8.2 minutes.

Prior to joining Golden State, the 6’2”, 165-pound guard appeared in 31 games (all starts) this season with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA D-League, averaging 16.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 7.4 assists and 3.26 steals in 36.8 minutes and garnering NBA D-League Player of the Month honors in January.

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