Tag:Golden State Warriors
Posted on: March 13, 2011 11:57 pm
Edited on: March 14, 2011 12:26 am

Kevin Love's double-double streak ends at 53

Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love's consecutive double-double streak has been snapped. Posted by Ben Golliver. kevin-love-gsw

On Friday, Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star power forward Kevin Love notched his 52nd consecutive double-double, moving past Hall of Fame center Moses Malone for most consecutive double-doubles since the NBA merged with the ABA in 1976. After putting up 24 points and 12 rebounds against the Utah Jazz on Friday, Love was all set to take aim at his next target -- Elvin Hayes' 55 straight double-doubles in 17973-1974 -- until both he and the Timberwolves sputtered in a disastrous 100-77 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night. 

Minnesota's 77 points against Golden State was a season-low and, in the process, Love managed just six points and 12 rebounds in 33 minutes of play, ending his consecutive double-double streak at 53 games.

After the game, Love tweeted, "All good things come to an end, I appreciate everyone sending their love regarding the streak. But with that said...why not start another one on Wednesday?"

Golden State's lead was so big down the stretch that Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis pulled Love from the game with roughly four minutes to go in the game, streak be damned.

It seems appropriate that Love, the NBA's leading rebounder at 15.8 per game, was still able to get it done on the glass in his streak-snapping game. That he couldn't crack double digit points against the league's fourth-worst defense -- shooting just 1-6 -- makes this look more like an off night rather than a no-show.

The last time Love failed to hit double digits in both points and rebounds? November 19, 2010 against the Los Angeles Lakers, when he finished with 0 points and seven rebounds in 34 minutes.

As many have pointed out, Love's streak is nothing compared to what Wilt Chamberlain used to do, running off consecutive double-double games by the hundreds and averaging a double-double in each of his 14 seasons. Comparing Chamberlain to Love is apples to oranges, though, and Love's accomplishment in the modern era has deserved the acclaim it's received.

In my opinion, consistency is the single most overlooked attribute in today's NBA. Kevin Durant is the league's best scorer, by far, because he does it every single night. Every. Single. Night. Check his game log. The same thing should be said for Love. Even if he doesn't possess the physical talent and athleticism to be a true franchise player, he brings energy and hustle and rebounding intuition night in and night out, no easy feat given how often the weakling Timberwolves walk into the gym overmatched.

You can debate whether or not Love should have been an All-Star this season, but you can't argue against his consistency. That's what Love, and his streak, should be remembered for.
Posted on: March 11, 2011 3:02 pm

Hornets to San Jose talk picks up again

Could the Hornets wind up in San Jose? Could the Warriors help the Kings stay in Sacramento? The complex web of NBA ownership and relocation continues. 
Posted by Matt Moore

While Kings fans wait with fearful baited breath for the likely upcoming announcement of the King's application for relocation, the Hornets have settled into peaceful quiet after the uproar of the NBA's acquisition of their ownership last fall.  But the San Jose Mercury News reports that it's possible that Larry Ellison, who has reportedly made multiple bids for both the Warriors and Hornets, who may make yet another push to purchase the Hornets, and in the event of doing so, relocate them to San Jose, California. From the Mercury News

But the prospect of Ellison buying a struggling franchise and moving it to HP Pavilion is real enough to have spawned interested conversation at very high levels.

And if things break a certain way over the next year or two, this theoretically could happen in a relative snap -- and a flood of Ellison money.

The NBA/San Jose advantages: Ellison's billions, the handful of teams in financial distress, and the existence of HP Pavilion, which is NBA-ready.

In January, Ellison, one of the richest men in the world, confirmed that he bid on the New Orleans Hornets, but the league chose to take the team over at that time and said it was seeking local ownership.

On Thursday, a spokeswoman for Ellison had no comment on the matter.

But it's probably safe to assume the NBA will wait until after this summer's labor negotiations, then put the Hornets back up for sale.

In that scenario, would anybody expect Ellison quietly to end his efforts to own a sports franchise after he was surprisingly outbid for the Warriors last July?
via Kawakami: Larry Ellison buying and moving New Orleans Hornets to San Jose plausible and possible - San Jose Mercury News.

Kawakami goes on to say that the league considers such a move hypothetical, but all the elements are there. A ready arena, aggressive ownership, and a franchise which if local ownership does not step up to acquire it, will be put on the open market. The other NBA owners who are in possession of the Hornets won't allow the NBA to throw good money after bad. And in that case, Ellison looks very attractive. 

Additionally intriguing is a scenario mentioned by Kawakami in which Warriors ownership votes against approving relocation for the Kings to Anaheim, in an attempt to set a precedent against relocation in order to protect their market from a prospective competitor in San Jose.  Along with the Lakers and Clippers ownership looking to protect their market against the Kings staking a claim in southern California, and a group of smaller market owners, that might set up the possibility for the Kings to be stranded in Sacramento, buying time for local officials to come up with a new arena plan. It's a complicated scenario of big and small market politics, but one that definitely seems plausible from where we're at. 

Could Ellison's interest in the Hornets be what keeps the Kings in Sacramento? This whole situation continues to get stranger and stranger by the second as NBA ownership finances take a bigger role on the public stage. 
Posted on: March 7, 2011 3:43 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2011 3:43 pm

Lacob says team considered dealing Curry or Ellis

Posted by Royce Young

This isn't exactly new news, as Warriors owner Joe Lacob had talked previously about potentially trading Stephen Curry or Monta Ellis if the right deal presented itself. But in an interview with the San Jose Mercury News, Lacob again reiterated that point.

"We did consider it," Lacob said. "And poked around. Listened to some offers and in fact in some cases made some offers. Though not final offers, but poking around. We decided that we were not going to get value in return. Those players were just too good for what we were going to get in return. We feel much more comfortable keeping them part of our core positions going forward."

Lacob also said that the Warriors could have acquired Gerald Wallace from Charlotte, but passed on it because the team didn't see it as a good fit.

"We could've gotten Wallace -- he's not somebody we thought would make us better. I really believe that," Lacob said. "He just doesn't fit for us. He's good defensive player, rebounder, certain things that do fit, certain things that don't. I could argue, don't know whether Portland got better or worse."

I like Joe Lacob. He's invested in his team, cares about results and wants to do better for a great fanbase. But is it just me or does he run his mouth a lot? I thought Curry kind of said he wasn't psyched about Lacob dropping his name out there in trade talks? And Lacob even apologized for it, saying that Curry and Ellis would be Warriors "for a very long time."

So I don't really know what to believe with Lacob. I kind of get the feeling that he just likes talking. He likes talking to people about his franchise and what they could do. It's like a fan on sports talk radio, except he's the owner of the team and actually gets to make decisions so people value his comments.

Lacob has been extremely vocal as the owner of the team, deciding to take a very front seat approach. It's different than previous owner Chris Cohan who seemed to hang in the shadows and make curious decisions without explanation.

But Lacob might want to think about some of his statements about personell, because players don't like being talked about simply as property. I thought Lacob had figured that out already.
Posted on: March 1, 2011 6:09 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2011 6:37 pm

Wizards waive F Al Thornton; Headed to Warriors?

The Washington Wizards announced on Tuesday that they had bought out and waived forward Al Thornton. Posted by Ben Golliver. al-thornton

Just hours before the NBA's buyout deadline, the Washington Wizards announced that they have reached agreement with forward Al Thornton on a buyout and that he was being released. Team president Ernie Grunfeld cited a "logjam" on the wing as the impetus for hte decision.
Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has waived forward Al Thornton after coming to an agreement on a contract buyout. 
“The additions of Rashard Lewis and Mo Evans combined with Josh Howard’s  return from injury gave us a logjam at the small forward spot,” said Grunfeld.  “Coming to terms on a contract buyout with Al was mutually beneficial, as it allows us to clear space in the rotation and allows him the chance to pursue an opportunity with another team.” 

Thornton was originally acquired from the L.A. Clippers in a three-team, six-player deal on February 17, 2010.  He appeared 49 games for the Wizards this season, averaging 8.0 points and 3.2 rebounds.
Thornton, a 2007 lottery pick by the Los Angeles Clippers, was averaging 8.0 points and 3.2 rebounds in 21.8 minutes per game for the Wizards. He was on the books for $2.8 million this season.

Soon after the news broke, the Washington Post reported: "Not at all surprised by Al Thornton buyout. Some around league thought he was going to get thrown in the Atlanta deal. He was unhappy in DC."

Thornton is talented - although not overly so - and nice as a rental for the rest of the season, especially if you can get him at buyout prices without needing to sacrifice assets. 

In that vein, ESPN.com reported that Thornton could be headed to the Golden State Warriors: "Sources close to the situation tell ESPN.com that Al Thornton, freshly bought out by Wizards, is Golden State-bound if he clears waivers." The Oakland Tribune also reported that the Warriors are expected "to sign Al Thornton, who was bought out by Wiz." Yahoo! Sports clarifies that the deal is only a rental for the remainder of this season.

Currently, the guard-dominated Warriors split their wing minutes between Dorell Wright (39.0 minutes per game), Reggie Williams (21.6 minutes per game) and Vladimir Radmanovic (16.6 per game). Given the heavy load Wright is playing, Thornton should have a chance to carve out some meaningful time.
Posted on: February 28, 2011 9:38 am
Edited on: March 1, 2011 5:36 am

Buyouts: Butler, Murphy and Bibby

Posted by Royce Young

After the trade deadline, comes the buyout deadline. The two really go hand-in-hand. A lot of teams trade for a player that don't want at all just so they can buy them out, open a roster spot and save some money.

It's like the circle of life in the NBA. So far three big names popped up over the weekend for potential buyouts, with a couple new landing spots too.

Rasual Butler to Chicago: The Clippers are trying to clean up some of the excess fat on the roster and they started by buying out forward Rasual Butler. According to ESPN.com, terms were reached Sunday for Butler to be bought out by the Clippers. He had a couple places mentioned for where he could go like Boston, Oklahoma City, Atlanta and New York, but it looks like he'll be inking with the Bulls.

The Bulls have been hunting wing help and while they went hard after O.J. Mayo, they came up short on getting him. Butler's not exactly the perfect piece or anything to get all excited about, but he is a veteran that can shoot and will likely make some sort of impact in the Chicago rotation. Last season he averaged he averaged 11.9 points and 2.9 rebounds, This season his numbers have sunk to 5.0 points and 1.9 rebounds and he's at 32.3 percent from 3.

Troy Murphy has Miami and Boston on target: Initially, it was assumed the Warriors would buy out Murphy as soon as they got him from New Jersey. But as the deadline approached, the Warriors saw an opportunity to get another pick out of the forward. That didn't happen so as originally expected, Murphy was bought out by Golden State.

A couple places have popped up as potential destinations for the left-handed power forward, but it appears to be down to Boston and Miami. New York was thought to be in the mix, but it doesn't appear the Knicks will pursue. The Celtics have been interested in Murphy since word of the buyout popped up, but the Heat are kind of a surprise contender for him.

Mike Bibby nearing a buyout:
It's not a certainty, but as the Washington Post reports, Bibby and his agent scheduled a meeting with the Wizards to discuss terms of a buyout. Bibby is an older veteran and likely has little interest in playing backup point guard on a lottery team. He was sent to Washington in a deal that brought the Hawks Kirk Hinrich.

The Wizards reportedly tried to trade Bibby, who will earn $5.56 million this season and $6.21 million next year, as soon as they acquired him. The only way Bibby is getting out of Washington though is if he takes a major paycut. Boston and Miami are both said to be interested in pursuing, but they'll likely only hand out the veteran minimum to Bibby. So if he wants to latch on to a playoff team, he'll have to settle for less. Way less.

Posted on: February 19, 2011 3:48 pm
Edited on: February 19, 2011 3:56 pm

The Troy Murphy factor in Anthony trade talks

Troy Murphy plays a surprising part in the Carmelo Anthony trade talks, and will likely be headed somewhere else soon one way or another. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Troy Murphy is not a big name in the NBA. Last season in Indiana he averaged a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. He was considered a long-shot for the trade asset the Cavaliers wanted to push them over the top which ended up being Antawn Jamison, which didn't work out well and we'll leave it at that. Then he was traded to New Jersey and was supposed to be part of the Nets' ascendance out of the gutter. Instead, he suffered through injuries, then Avery Johnson essentially told the 30-year-old to take a hike. So he's been hanging out and there are quite a few teams interested in his services, as a veteran big who can actually shoot, but no one wants to pay for him in a trade when they might be able to get him in buyout.

And this, of course, leads us back to Melo. For the last 24 hours, news reports have spilled out the same news, that the nine-player trade reportedly "agreed to" with the Nets involved the Nuggets getting Troy Murphy. Except that multiple reports have stated that the Nuggets unequivocably would not take Murphy. And that falls in line with Denver's M.O. this entire time, which is that they want all the good assets, to dump salary, and take on nothing. They want everything they desire in exchange for the All-Star. Yet all this talk went around about Murphy being sent to the Nuggets, who would have less than five days to turn him around.

Now we're starting to see a potential plot-line for Murphy winding up in the Melo deal plausibly.

First off, the News-Herald in Ohio reports that the Cavaliers are offering to step in and take Murphy in order to get one of the four first-round picks the Nets are offering.  The Cavs are basically looking to be used as a "parking lot" for big expiring contracts using the LeBron James trade exception in order to clear space and get picks. Which is exactly what they should be doing. 

How ironic would it be if the Cavaliers used their trade exception created when LeBron James left them high and dry in order to help the Nuggets avoid the same fate with Carmelo Anthony? Am I the only who finds that funny? Cleveland, no? Denver, no? OK, then. 

Meanwhile, the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Warriors GM Larry Riley says they have had talks with New Jersey about Murphy, and are looking for a player or a pick. Riley emphasized that they don't have a deal in place, but they've been in the talks. 

Should the Knicks talks break down and Melo suddenly get in a room with Prokhorov and get convinced, Murphy's going to have to go somewhere other than Denver. But it certainly looks like there are candidates ready to park Murphy's contract, especially when you consider he can still produce on the floor. Even if the Melo-Nets deal falls apart, Murphy's likely to be moved in another trade, or bought out after the deadline.  His time in New Jersey is mercifully coming to a close. 
Posted on: February 16, 2011 12:14 am
Edited on: February 16, 2011 12:16 am

Warriors GM: lots of trade chatter, no substance

Golden State Warriors GM Larry Riley says this year's trade chatter lacks substance. Posted by Ben Golliver. larry-riley-warriors

Earlier Tuesday, we noted statements made by Portland Trail Blazers GM Rich Cho, who said that he feels trade talks are being held up by the uncertainty surrounding Denver Nuggets All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony and that things likely wouldn't pick up until next week.

Also on Tuesday, Golden State Warriors GM Larry Riley sang the same tune, telling the Mercury News that this year's trading season has been a lot of hot air so far.
"There’s a lot of chatter, but not a lot of substance to the chatter ... And it seems that a lot of teams actually positioned themselves last summer to get ready for what’s going on right now. So then there’s some reluctance to move away from the plans they put into place at that time. ... Now, things will Heat up. As people get closer to the deadline, deadlines tend to draw people out."
Also of note, Riley said that interest in expiring contracts this year appears to have wained.
"If you look at what has been done—Toronto acquires Peja Stojakovic and then apparently saw no value in having him as an expiring contract. And that philosophy looks to be in place with a lot of teams."
Aside from some foolish, back-tracked hypoethetical chatter regarding Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis from their new owner, the Warriors haven't found themselves in many trade rumors this year. 

With a 24-29 record as of Tuesday night, Golden State's chance of making a playoff push in the jam-packed Western Conference are remote. Taking on additional salary heading into a potential lockout would seem to be a risky proposition for any team, and the Warriors have already locked themselves into long-term deals for Ellis, David Lee and Andris Biederins, so any flexibility they can create will be at a premium. 

Given that the Warriors are currently over the cap and have two sizeable contracts coming off their books this summer -Vladimir Radmanovic and Dan Gadzuric - they might be best served to simply wait things out prior to the deadline, opting to enjoy that salary cap relief themselves and test their luck in the NBA Draft Lottery.
Posted on: February 9, 2011 12:43 pm

Warriors inquiring about Nene?

Posted by Royce Young

A few weeks ago, Ken Berger brought news that the Nuggets may have to deal with another player leaving Denver.

Nene has an early termination option this summer and by the sounds of it, is strongly looking at exercising it. So the Nuggets might be looking to move Nene to avoid getting Meloburned by him too.

Which means a lot of teams probably have called about Nene. One reportedly being the Golden State, who I think have made inquiries about every player in the NBA at this point.

The Warriors desperately are looking for a legit low-post scorer to go with David Lee. Andris Biedrins says the group of him, Lee and Brandan Wright could get it done though, if given the opportunity.

"Collectively, I would say yes we could do it," Biedrins said. If you just give us the opportunities, we can prove we don't need it."

Wright: "You really have to ask Coach Smart why I couldn't help the team out in that (area). I guess I'm not the man for the job right now. I could easily produce. I'm in the best shape of my life. I feel good about my game."

Reportedly, Nene has three teams in mind -- Dallas, Miami and a mystery team -- and a lot of other teams interested. More than likely Nene will be in the same situation as Melo if a trade comes up. It would likely be under the condition that he signs an extension with his new team.

Nene is going to have quite the market around him because not often can you go get a reliable low-post option like him at the deadline. The Nuggets may not even be interested in moving him, but if they aren't going to re-sign him, they might just decide to blow it all apart and move him.

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