Tag:Golden State Warriors
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:09 am
Edited on: December 13, 2011 12:00 pm

Kwame Brown signs with Warriors

By Matt Moore

Kwame Brown (Getty)Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that Kwame Brown has signed a one-year deal with the Golden State Warriors for $7 million dollars.

The Warriors had signed DeAndre Jordan to an offer-sheet this weekend but the Clippers matched the offer on Monday and will keep the younger, more talented center for a hefty price. The Warriors have been shopping for a center this offseason to beef up their defensive front. It was widely speculated that they would amnesty Andris Biedrins, but instead used the clause on Charlie Bell

Brown is notorious as a bust for Michael Jordan's Wizards, and for being complicit in the playoff disasters of the mid-00's Lakers. But very quietly he had a quality season in Charlotte. He's not worth $7 million but for a one-year, desperate to get a center, it's not the worst move in the world. He is wildly overpaid but looking around the center-short league, it's hard to find many outside of Dwight Howard who aren't overpaid. 

Still, not exactly the start Golden State was hoping for under new ownership from Joe Lacob and Peter Guber, a new management committee and new coaching under Mark Jackson.
Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:42 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2011 9:01 pm

Clippers match 4-year offer, keep DeAndre Jordan

Posted by Royce Young

UPDATE: As expected, the Clippers matched Golden State's 4-year, $43 million offer for restricted free agent center DeAndre Jordan, retaining his rights, according to Yahoo Sports and confirmed by Ken Berger of CBSSports.com


The Warriors really wanted an athletic seven footer to help complete their transformation into a strong defensive team. They thought that player would be Tyson Chandler, but Golden State couldn't keep up with the New York Knicks.

So the Warriors have taken a step back and gone after a different big man. According to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com, the Warriors signed restricted free agent DeAndre Jordan to a four-year, $43 million offer sheet Sunday. The Clippers have three days to match the offer.

Jordan, who is just 23 and appears to be really be trending upward, has spent the last three seasons witht the Clippers and averaged 7.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 25.6 minutes a game alongside Blake Griffin.

The Warriors offered Chandler a four-year, $60 million deal last week but weren't able to land the defensive-minded center. So they've turned to a younger, rawer version of him.

What's interesting about this offer is that the Clips have already reportedly extended Jordan a five-year, $40 million offer, one which he turned down to instead check out the open market. So while Jordan could be looking at an extra two million per year, it's hard not to see the Clippers matching on this offer.

The Clippers are certainly inclined to match, unless they have visions of keeping some flexibility for the 2012 free agent bonanza. Chris Kaman certainly isn't a long-term solution at the 5, but you can be sure the Clippers still consider themselves players for Dwight Howard. But then again, you let Blake Griffin's boy walk because you didn't want to pony up an extra two million a year and you might be toeing a dangerous line of ticking off your franchise guy.

Of note: The Warriors are making this move with the ability to not use their amnesty provision on Andris Biedrins though. How? CSN Bay Area explains:
By waiving Jeremy Lin on Friday and not yet signing rookies Klay Thompson and Jeremy Tyler, it appears as though the Warriors can get to Jordan’s starting first-year salary – in the $9 million range -- by amnesty-ing Charlie Bell. The Warriors are waiting until Sunday to sign Jordan to the offer sheet because they need Lin to clear waivers.

Bell, who played sparingly last season, is on the last year of his contract and set to earn $4.1 million. He was recently arrested in Michigan after showing up intoxicated at his hearing for an earlier DUI.

The Warriors have told Bell to remain in Michigan – rather than joining the team at training camp – and that he is a candidate for amnesty.

Obviously Golden State would likely dangle Biedrins as trade bait so that the Warriors don't have more than $20 million a year tied up in two offensively challenged centers.

Again, it seems to me like it makes all the sense in the world for the Clippers to match. Then again, sense and the Clippers don't often mix well.
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:39 pm
Edited on: December 9, 2011 3:44 pm

Warriors G Bell showed up drunk to DUI court date

Posted by Ben Gollivercharlie-bell-small

Talk about compounding one error in judgment with another. 

SFGate.com reports that Golden State Warriors back-up guard Charlie Bell showed up "legally drunk" to a court hearing regarding a recent DUI arrest.
Warriors reserve guard Charlie Bell spent hours in custody Thursday after showing up to court legally drunk for a hearing on his drunken driving case, according to the ABC affiliate in Flint, Mich.

Bell was held, in a district court holding cell, on a bond violation until he sobered up. He’s expected back in court Friday, which marks the start of Warriors training camp for the rest of his teammates.

Bell, 32, a former Michigan State star, was arrested in Flint Township on Oct. 21 for drunken driving, driving on a suspended license and failing to stop at a stop sign.
In addition to this arrest, Bell was arrested on DUI charges back in February in California and reportedly had to be picked up from the pokey by teammate Reggie Williams. In May, Bell was allegedly stabbed by his wife, Kenya Bell, who was arrested. Bell later disputed the report.

The Warriors would be best served to waive Bell immediately or to demand that he seek help. It's way past time to admit that he has a serious problem. Enabling him in any way will not cut it and reflects poorly on the organization as a whole.
Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:50 am
Edited on: December 9, 2011 8:36 pm

Free Agency Buzz 12.9.11: Nets after Nene

Posted by EOB Staff

Friday, December 9, 2011

On a shortened schedule with the conclusion of the NBA lockout, free agency is going to be fast and furious. To keep track of all the wheelings, dealings, rumors, and reports, check Eye on Basketball daily for the Free Agency Buzz.

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  • According to multiple reports, Thaddeus Young has agreed with the 76ers on a five-year, $42 million deal.
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  • According to the Detroit Free Press, Richard Hamilton has been waived. Just bought out though, not amnestied.
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  • The Kings have signed Marcus Thornton to a $40 million, five-year deal, via ESPN.com. But wait! That deal could be hitting a snag and may not even be accurate, according to SI.com.
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  • Mario Chalmers will re-sign with the Heat, reports Mario Chalmers. Early Friday morning Chalmers tweeted that he intends to re-sign with the Heat. "Imma MIAMI HEAT player until they don't want me no more. Let's get this ring"
  • SI.com reports that New Orleans, Houston and Minnesota are also in the running for DeAndre Jordan.
Posted on: December 8, 2011 12:51 pm

Chandler has an offer in-hand from the Warriors?

Posted by Royce Young

The ball is in Tyson Chandler's court. Or at least the contract is. Well not in his court, but more like his hand. You get what I mean. I think.

Here's the point: The Warriors have officially offered Chandler a contract, according to CSN Bay Area.

With NBA free agents allowed to officially sign contracts on Friday, Chandler has a deal from the Warriors in front of him worth more than $60 million over four years, according to two league sources.

The Warriors have made Chandler Priority No. 1 this offseason, and they hope to get an answer from Chandler on Day 1 of free agency. The hope is by Friday the Warriors will know if they have a defensive anchor at center or whether they’ll have to go in another direction.

It's a complicated move to get Chandler though. First, the Warriors need to amnesty Andris Biedrins who is still owed $27 million over three years. That is a whole lot of money to be paying for nothing, along with the new deal you're giving Chandler. I guess new owner Joe Lacob is serious about doing what it takes.

Chandler is 29 and has had a number of injuries bite him. He averaged 10.1 points and 9.4 rebounds per game last season and was of course a major part of helping the Mavericks win a title.

And with the Chris Paul trade talk swirling around and the Warriors involved, there's some thinking that Paul would love to play with Chandler again. If that's the case, then the Warriors offering Chandler a deal could be a trump card in what Paul decides to to after this season.

The Warriors have been wanting to make a change in style and structure under the new ownership and new coaching staff led by Mark Jackson. Chandler would be a major step in that direction.

The question is -- is the offer good enough? Four years and $60 million is a major offer and it's hard to see Chandler getting that from anyone else. There are other interested parties like the Nets and Mavs, but it's hard to see either going higher than that. The Mavericks have some shuffling to do if they want to keep Chandler and while the Nets are ready to spend, Nene seems to be a better fit for them.

So really, it comes down to what the Mavericks are willing to do. And whether or not Chandler is willing to give them a hometown defending champions discount.

Chandler has already said he thinks he'll be on a new team by training camp and while that could be posturing, that also could be reality if he decides to put his name on the Warriors' offer.
Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:52 am
Edited on: December 8, 2011 5:52 pm

Free Agency Buzz 12.8.11: Nene 'wide open'


Posted by EOB Staff

On a shortened schedule with the conclusion of the NBA lockout, free agency is going to be fast and furious. To keep track of all the wheelings, dealings, rumors, and reports, check Eye on Basketball daily for the Free Agency Buzz. 

Thursday, Dec. 8, 20

5:44 p.m.

  • Yahoo reports that the Nets actually backed away from Butler. So someone is leaking the Nets overpaid for Butler and still didn't get him and someone else is saying they didn't want him anyway. So that's fun. Fun with spin, everyone!
  • Yahoo also reports that Nene is leaning back towards re-signing with Denver for a five-year deal. This makes zero sense for Denver who is rebuilding and doesn't need a max contract around its neck in the form of a 29 year-old player on a reconstructed knee who isn't dominant at either end of the floor. So it'll probably happen, judging from how today's gone. 

5:06 p.m. 

  • Brian Windhorst of ESPN who is very well connected in the Cleveland organization refutes an earlier report from Yahoo saying the Cavs plan to amnesty Baron Davis. Windhorst says no decision has been made. This is a big one for the Cavs. There's little reason to amnesty Davis now, but a lot of reason to amnesty him next year in a superior free agency class when the Cavs will have more young players via the draft. But if they want to start the rebuild now, they might decide to jettison him. Davis would have to clear all teams with cap room before being able to join a team like Miami or the Lakers, which is unlikely.
  • ESPN reports that Caron Butler had a larger offer from the New Jersey Nets for four-years and $30 million and elected to sign with the Clippers. This is the kind of thing where you don't know who "won" and who "lost." Because the Clippers overpaid for Butler, but still managed to pay less than another, more desperate team would have. And the Nets were saved from drastically overpaying for Butler... and yet still managed to swing out on their first big free agent offer. Um... congrats? 
  • Chauncey Billups is not happy about this amnesty idea. Billups' agent spoke with Yahoo and said that Billups is "irate" at the thought of going somewhere he doesn't want to, and that in the amnesty auction, if Billups is waived, "buyer beware." He actually said that. This is a good job getting out ahead of things to let it be known that teams who can claim him with cap room shouldn't, because he'll basically make your life miserable. You imagine him doing things like letting the clock just run out on every position by dribbling and shooting free throws backwards over his head, granny-style. 

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  • ESPN.com reports that free agent forward Josh Howard is being courted by Chicago, Denver, New Jersey, San Antonio, Utah and Washington.
  • SI.com reports that the Miami Heat might target Knicks point guard Chauncey Billups if New York does waive him via the amnesty clause. Billups would need to clear the waiver process for the Heat to get a crack at him, as Miami is over the cap and the waiver process only allows bids from under-cap teams.
4:13 p.m.
  • Here's a news item of free agent forward Caron Butler heading to the Los Angeles Clippers.
  • Yahoo Sports reports the Cleveland Cavaliers are "expected to use" their amnesty clause on veteran point guard Baron Davis. 2011 No. 1 overall pick Kyrie Irving is waiting in the wings for the Cavaliers. Davis is owed more than $28 million over the next two seasons.
3:53 p.m.
  • SI.com reports that the Indiana Pacers have reportedly signed former Portland Trail Blazers center Jeff Pendergraph to a 2-year contract. Pendergrah missed the entire 2010-2011 season after suffering a season-ending injury during the preseason.
  • Yahoo Sports reports that Indiana Pacers free agent forward Mike Dunleavy, Jr. has agreed to a 2-year contract with the Milwaukee Bucks worth $7.5 million. The Bucks are over the cap and reportedly made the addition using a portion of their Mid-Level Exception. 
3:39 p.m. 
  • NBA.com reports that the Los Angeles Clippers have signed Dallas Mavericks free agent forward Caron Butler to a 3-year deal worth $24 million. Multiple outlets have confirmed the deal and its numbers.
  • Regarding earlier rumors surrounding Chauncey Billups being amnestied or traded by the Knicks, Yahoo Sports reports that Billups is "irate" that he might be amnestied and ESPN.com reports that the Dallas Mavericks do not want his contract in a sign-and-trade.
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  • Yahoo Sports reports that Denver Nuggets free agent center Nene Hilario is "still wide open" with the following teams chasing him: Denver, Golden State, Houston, Indiana and New Jersey.
  • ESPN.com reports that the Orlando Magic continue to be involved in trade conversations involving All-Star center Dwight Howard but that the team is "not yet fully exploring" trades because it believes it has a chance to retain him.
  • ESPN.com reports that Lakers free agent guard Shannon Brown, who was not expected back in Los Angeles, is involved in "serious talks" with the Phoenix Suns and that the two sides could "likely" reach a deal on Friday. Yahoo reports that the deal has been reached and it's worth $3.5 million for 1-year.
  • Yahoo reports that Los Angeles Clippers restricted free agent center DeAndre Jordan has the following suitors: Denver, Golden State, Houston and New Orleans.
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  • ESPN reported earlier Thursday the Knicks and Heat were looking at Josh Howard. Battier's signing takes Miami out. New York is an interesting option given Howard's skill-set, and their need for a wing scorer. Howard may be the backup to Grant Hill if he doesn't sign there.
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  • T.J. Ford will reportedly sign with the Spurs. Ford himself at least was indicating that as well with a tweet Wednesday that said, "SA SA SA SA.” "This is a great opportunity for me to continue to play," Ford told the San Antonio Express-News. "I understand my role in the NBA now. I accept it and look forward to getting started on Friday. I want to help these guys pick up where they left off in the regular season and I believe I can be a positive factor for them off the bench."
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  • SI.com reports that contrary to reports from the New York media, Grant Hill hasn't made a decision and isnt close to signing anywhere. 
  • ESPN.com says that due to a disappointing swath of offers on the open market, David West may be returning to New Orleans. He's reportedly "warming" to the idea. It's hard to envision a scenario where some team (cough* Nets* cough*) doesn't get desperate and pull him in for something ridiculous, but if the knees are just too damaged that could be a dealbreaker. 
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  • The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Tyson Chandler is option No.1-3 in free agency and are "confident" that they can sign the champion center. It would appear that regardless of whether the Warriors' efforts to obtain Chris Paul through trade are successful or not the Warriors will be gunning for Chandler as their starting center. He and David Lee could make for a pretty tough rebounding tandem if the Warriors pull it off.
  • Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that free. agency will officially open at 2 p.m. on Friday, not midnight. So some executives can get some sleep. Which is nice, for them, we guess.

Posted on: December 5, 2011 6:07 pm
Edited on: December 5, 2011 9:38 pm

Pop Quiz: Can Chandler help remake the Warriors?

Fall is here, hear the yell, back to school, ring the bell ... Wait, we're almost to winter. What happened? Who cares, there's a season! The NBA season is right around the corner, and NBA training camp starts in just a couple weeks. To get you ready for the season, we've put together some pop quizzes. Pencils ready? We continue our Pop Quizzes with this question... 

Can Tyson Chandler help remake the Warriors?

By Matt Moore  

If Dwight Howard is a model of greatness to himself, Greg Oden is the mystery of a career lost, and Andrew Bynum is the intriguing incomplete whippersnapper, then there's a missing archetype. The hyper-competent, hyper-efficient, all-around veteran difference maker who has toughness a young guy can't have, the toughness that comes with maturity.

In the 2011 free agency, that archetype is personified by Tyson Chandler.

Tyson Chandler's story is pretty interesting. From a stone-handed bust for the Chicago Bulls to Chris Paul's alley-oop partner, Chandler was considered only valuable next to a guard like Paul as recently as 2009. He had injury issues, one of which derailed a trade to the Thunder. He wound up in Charlotte, had a forgettable year, and then made his way to Dallas. Boom.

He was the difference, in every way, for the Mavericks. For years the Mavericks were thought of as weak, as poor defensively, as lacking resolve, as lacking toughness around the rim. Chandler changed all of that. He attacks relentlessly and has the veteran sense to understand spacing to float and recover. If you want numbers, he allows just a 39 percent field goal percentage against the pick-and-roll according to Synergy Sports. He blocked 3 percent of all shots last year, including 19 blocks in 21 playoff games.

But it was more than just numbers. It was his approach. Not overly emotional, not tempermental, not prone to impulse. Making the right play, making it strong, and finishing alley-oop after alley-oop. 62 of Chandler's 266 makes last season were on pick-and-roll scoring opportunities and most of those were alley-oops. He and J.J. Barea had a very unique set of chemistry.

Chandler is a pro's pro at this point in his career, and in a league in desperate need of quality starting centers, he does all the things you look for a big man to do. Which is why he's got so many suitors. Reports over the weekend indicated that Chandler's biggest options were Houston, New Jersey (who want to sign every single free agent on the market), and the Golden State Warriors.

That's right, it's a new day in the Bay (so why don't you call it a day and eat some hay, what do ya' say, I just may) and Mark Jackson has vowed to turn the Warriors into a defensive-minded team. When new ownership and management came out alongside Jackson and said that they would be focusing on getting big men, it seemeed laughable. But now the Warriors are in a position to move from their constant rebuilding status of the past few years into at least "acceptably decent" territory. Chandler puts them lightyears ahead.

With a defensive minded coach, if Jackson can reach them, the Warriors have a dynamic point guard who can shoot from anywhere in Stephen Curry, a prolific scorer in Monta Ellis, a low-post scorer and volume rebounder in David Lee, a plethora of talented wings, a young raw big man in Ekpe Udoh who showed flashes last year, and a championship big man in Tyson Chandler. Having that kind of defense at the rim shifts the entire function of the team. If you don't believe a system and capable bigs can help a team with poor defensive talent, I direct you to the fact the Chicago Bulls had one of the best defenses in the league last season and started Carlos Boozer while bringing Kyle Korver off the bench.

Chandler is likely going to draw a King' ransom based on his reputation, the weakness of this free agency class, the weakness of this league at the center position, and the teams currently in the market. Golden State is a big-market team looking to put itself on the map with new owners, a new coach, and players they can trade, most notably Ellis, who has been on the block for what feels like a decade.

Chandler is 29, if he's given a near-max extension or, even worse, a max, he'll be 32 when the deal expires. That's a quality length of time. Golden State has tried going young and athletic, now it wants to get serious.

It doesn't get much more serious than Tyson Chandler.

The Warriors could be in position to make a serious move in 2011-2012.
Posted on: December 4, 2011 3:35 pm

Tyson Chandler down to three teams?

Posted by Royce Young

Maybe when Tyson Chandler said he expected to be with a new team before training camp, he was serious. Most took it as free agent posturing, something just part of the negotiation. But it's looking like Chander could be very serious about moving on.

According to ESPN.com, talks between Chandler and the Mavericks have stalled out and he's planning on meeting face-to-face with three teams this week -- the Warriors, Rockets and Nets.
With little movement in the talks in the days since, sources say that Golden State, Houston and New Jersey have emerged as the most serious suitors for Chandler, who is widely credited with changing the defensive culture in Dallas and combining with Mavs mainstay Dirk Nowitzki to spark the franchise to its first-ever championship.
It could still be just part of the process of Chandler re-signing with Dallas though. He wants a big deal and the Mavs are making it seem as if they can't afford him unless it comes with a little hometown paycut.

The Nets could be after Chandler with an eye towards flipping him in a package to Orlando for Dwight Howard. But that's just speculation at this point. Because otherwise, it seems a bit curious that the Nets would be this interested in acquiring either Chandler or Nene, given they have Brook Lopez. Obviously they haven't been thrilled with Lopez's progression, but still, he's potentially a franchise big man already on your roster, especially considering he's just 23 compared to Nene and Chandler who are both 29.

And don't forget either: Lopez averaged 20.4 points per game last season. That's nothing to just gloss over. If you asked me, that's a player I'd keep as a cornerstone.

But the Nets want to make a major splash in order to impress Deron Williams, so they're looking for a big name free agent. Chandler could be that guy, or it could just be part of Chandler's tour to drive up interest and his price tag. There's no doubt he'd be a nice fit in Houston and Golden State has been hunting an athletic big man for a while. He's going to require a hefty number and with his injury history and age, there could be hesitation.

Don't rule out the Mavs completely though. Chandler hasn't signed anywhere yet and you know he wants to return to Big D. It's just about the numbers right now.
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