Tag:Golden State Warriors
Posted on: June 18, 2011 9:40 pm
Edited on: June 18, 2011 10:04 pm
 

Report: Warriors made offer for Howard?

Posted by Matt Moore

Despite what their front office is saying, there continues to be a considerable amount of noise about the Warriors actively shopping Monta Ellis over the last month. And now that noise has started to make the noise that sounds a lot like the Superman theme. While it was an offer that fell short, it's still intriguing that Golden State is swinging for the fences. 

Draft Express reports:
The Dwight Howard sweepstakes have begun. Golden State offered Monta Ellis, Andris Biedrins and Ekpe Udoh. Unlikely that'll get it done.
via Twitter / @DraftExpress: The Dwight Howard sweepsta ....

 Udoh actually showed quite a bit in his first season for Golden State, but obviously, he's not even close to 50 percent of a replacement for Howard (and 50 percent is really the best you can hope to get for a player of his stature). Biedrins' fade has seemingly been permanent and at 25, there's little hope fo him making the astronomic jump to be a huge component. 

Ellis being in the conversation, however, is interesting on another level. While the package doesn't come close to matching what the Magic would need for Howard (nor has Orlando seemingly shown any interest in trading Howard), Ellis makes for a fine fit on the Magic. The Magic need a legitimate scoring option who doesn't rely on the open perimeter shot, who can create off the dribble. Ellis fits that image perfectly. Stan Van Gundy can cover Ellis' defensive worries the way he covered Vince Carter's. It fits nicely.

Of course, just as the Warriors don't have the right combination to trade for Howard, without Howard, the Magic don't have the pieces to trade for Ellis. It's a near-fit, but not quite enough.

If nothing else, the lowest bar for the Howard sweepstakes has been set. The offer for Dwight Howard has to at least be better than Ellis, Biedrins, and Udoh. 

Good to know.
Posted on: June 15, 2011 4:52 pm
Edited on: June 15, 2011 4:57 pm
 

Warriors GM Riley: We're not shopping Monta Ellis

Posted by Royce Young

By all accounts, the Warriors are very much shopping guard Monta Ellis around. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reported last week that talks were "heating up" about a deal sending Ellis to Philadelphia. But there was also some push back from owner Joe Lacob and new coach Mark Jackson about that, indicating the Warriors aren't moving Ellis.

And now via an interview with SI.com, Warriors general manager Larry Riley emphatically said the team isn't shopping Ellis.

“We are not shopping Monta Ellis. It is business as usual here. I think you have to look at what just happened in the Finals — it seemed like Dallas played pretty small guards throughout that series with Miami and did a pretty good job of it. Our problem is not the small backcourt. Our problem is defense.”

Our problem is defense. Aren't you basically saying, "Our problem is Monta Ellis" then? (Along with Stephen Curry, of course.) That back court simply can't match up with other big back courts throughout the West. Riley cites the Mavs, but that was a specific matchup situation and Rick Carlisle managed those rotations wonderfully.

As far as Riley saying the team isn't shopping Ellis, you can't call him a liar, but you can't believe it entirely. I believe him. The team probably isn't actively shopping Ellis around. But when someone calls and says, "Hey, do you want Andre Iguodala?" and Riley says, "Who for?" and the other GM says, "How about Monta?" I don't think Riley is responding, "We're not shopping Ellis." There's a difference between actively listening and actively shopping. And I think the Warriors are doing a whole lot of listening with Ellis.

They realize the back court of Ellis and Curry isn't really a favorable one, especially with Jackson wanting to establish more of a defensive mindset. They need a little size, but how do you slash into those players' minutes?

Ellis might be moved and we'll all say, "Hey, Lacob, Riley and everyone else said they weren't shopping him!" But in reality, they probably weren't. Doesn't mean they won't trade him though.
Posted on: June 11, 2011 3:56 pm
 

Warriors push back on Monta Ellis trade talks

Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob and coach Mark Jackson push back against Monta Ellis trade rumors. Posted by Ben Golliver. monta-ellis

The cat is out of the bag.

CBSSports.com's Ken Berger reported that the Golden State Warriors are interested in moving guard Monta Ellis, engaging in trade talks with multiple teams.

While he admits that his team has engaged in trade talks this summer, new Warriors owner Joe Lacob pushed back against the rumors in an interview with the San Jose Mercury-News.
"There’s a tremendous amount of speculation in the press, and I can’t believe where all this is coming from… because the stories are completely fabricated, by you or whoever. I don’t know who’s fabricating them. 

"They’re fabrications, complete and utter. All these teams that supposedly have talked to us. It’s not true. It’s just not true.

"I’m not saying we haven’t had any discussions, we have. But it’s nothing like what’s being reported."
Lacob went on to say: "We all really like Monta Ellis a lot. We think he's a great player." He then acknowledged that whether there was a player that was a better fit is an open question and predicted that Ellis wouldn't be traded.

Meanwhile, GoldenStateofMind.com reports that Mark Jackson, hired to coach the Warriors this week, gave a similar message.
"The trades that have been discussed, I do not want to trade Monta Ellis - I want Monta Ellis to be in a Warriors uniform. Now if you told me we're trading Monta Ellis for Dwight Howard, I would hug Monta Ellis, tell him how much I appreciate him, and then make the deal. And I'm sure Monta Ellis would do the same thing: if you were trading me for Magic Johnson, make the trade."
Let's unpack these quotes. 

The owner is shocked that the media would speculate when he openly admits to trade talks including his near All-Star caliber player. Okay... Welcome to the NBA.

Both the owner and the coach like the player's game and want the player to stay ... unless he could bring back a better player or a better fit in trade. 

The Warriors did what they needed to do here: Show a public support of Ellis in the midst of the rumors. He's on your roster and he's your guy until the trade is approved by the league office. There's always a chance he isn't traded, and you don't want him to feel burned by the process. 

Despite that, they didn't do much to dispel the idea that he will be gone next year. Both Jacob and Jackson made it clear that Ellis is eminently tradeable. Indirectly, they poured even more fuel on the fire by publicly aknowledging that his fit is questionable when pressed about his future. A trade makes too much sense not to happen. This one feels like it just comes down to settling on the right price.
Posted on: June 10, 2011 3:48 pm
Edited on: June 10, 2011 4:19 pm
 

David Lee and Monta Ellis not getting along?

Posted by Royce Young

With Monta Ellis's name coming up quite often in trade discussions, most saw the reason being that the Warriors were looking to build a more traditional back court, get better defensively and hand over the primary scoring duties to Stephen Curry.

Maybe there's a different, darker reason.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, Ellis and power forward David Lee aren't really best friends. That could be the motivation for moving Ellis.
"Lee remains one of Joe Lacob's favorite players and I'm told Lee has made sure that Lacob knows how much he appreciates their close relationship. Meanwhile, Lee and Ellis are not close pals -- one source indicates that Ellis at one point last season informed coach Keith Smart that, if possible, he wanted no part of being around Lee, except on the court."
Lee was just signed to a big-time contract last summer and he's pals with the owner, so he's not going anywhere. So if Ellis is clashing with Lee, the front office could be just trying to offload a potential locker room issue.

That's definitely not the ONLY reason for it because the Warriors are looking to get better, but when two of your best players aren't getting along, it can help make up your mind on a deal.

Posted on: June 9, 2011 5:14 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2011 8:27 pm
 

The NBA Trade Movie of the Week: "Get Monta"

Posted by Matt Moore

Coming this summer from the NBA Board of Governors' CBA Negotiation Meeting Productions: a new film by director Larry Riley. Starring Mark Jackson, Andre Iguodala, Jerry West, and Monta Ellis as Monta Ellis, the biggest blockbuster of the summer, "Get Monta." 

From KB:
The Warriors and representatives for Monta Ellis are working cooperatively to see if a trade to a contending team can be arranged, a deal that would likely happen around the NBA draft later this month, a person with knowledge of the discussions told CBSSports.com. “It’s pretty hot,” the person familiar with the talks said.

UPDATE: The Trail Blazers, Lakers, and Hawks, are among the teams that made exploratory calls after word leaked that the Warriors and 76ers were discussing an Ellis-for-Andre Iguodala swap, league sources said Thursday. Ellis-for-Iguodala is a “50-50” proposition at the moment, a person with knowledge of those talks said. A third person with knowledge of the Warriors strategy described trading Ellis as a secondary priority to the draft.

Ellis would be interested in a trade to the Bulls, who have previously expressed interest in him. But a person with direct knowledge of Chicagos offseason discussions refuted the notion that the Bulls have had recent contact with Golden State about the electrifying guard.
via Source: Monta trade talks pretty hot - CBSSports.com.

Let's look at some of these options. Logic Score refers to how much the trade makes sense, on a scale of 1 to 5. 

Trail Blazers

Logic Score:  3

The Blazers need backcourt help and Brandon Roy is walking through that door, but he's probably limping. The Blazers have the young talent available to make a deal but sent some picks to Charlotte that could limit them. For the deal to make sense, it would likely have to center around standout small forward Nicolas Batum, along with Wesley Matthews. It makes a lot of sense for the Blazers, provided Nate McMillan thinks he can get through to Ellis on defense. It would be interesting to see Ellis play in a halfcourt offense for once. 

Los Angeles Lakers

Logic Score: 2

Yeah, because Kobe Bryant's definitely going to want to give the ball up to Monta Ellis. Yeah, because Ellis is definitely Mike Brown's kind of defensive standout guy. Yeah, because Ellis can definitely run point guard in a system that relies on low turnovers. Yeah, because the Lakers are definitely willing to give up on their center of the future, Andrew Bynum, for Ellis with no reasonable addition in return. Yeah, because otherwise the Warriors are really looking for Matt Barnes, Luke Walton, and Derek Fisher. I don't care how much Mark Jackson likes veteran guys, this deal makes absolutely zero sense.

Chicago Bulls 

Logic Score: 4

The Bulls have Luol Deng's contract they can send, along with some good big man defensive talent to cash in on. Ellis would take possessions away from Rose, sure, but he could also be deadly as the drive and kick option and an incredible complement in transition. Ellis would take pressure off Carlos Boozer, and the Bulls can send Charlotte's 2012 pick as part of their package. This makes a lot of sense on a lot of levels. Ellis' defense? Listen, if Tom Thibodeau can make the best defense in the league with Carlos Boozer at power forward, he can do the same with Ellis at the two-guard.

Philadelphia 76ers

Logic Score: 3

This is likely to happen, and it makes a ton of sense for the Warriors. They get a defensive presence in Iguodala, likely some other personnel to fill more defensive roles and a true building block to go along with Curry. But the Sixers get Ellis, while having to mitigate further what Evan Turner can give them and force him to play big at the 3 or bury Jrue Holiday with Ellis running point. The only way this could be a slam dunk for the Sixers is if they manage to dump some other salary as well, but they'd have to get quality players like Dorell Wright or Ekpe Udoh in return. With the Warriors' pick seemingly set on a big man, that might be a decent option.
Posted on: June 7, 2011 9:34 pm
Edited on: June 7, 2011 9:39 pm
 

Mark Jackson promises culture change in Warriors

Posted by Matt Moore

DALLAS -- Mama, there goes that regime change.

Mark Jackson took over duties as head coach of the Golden State Warriors Tuesday and immediately made it clear that the most important element of his planned changes for the team lies in their culture.

"The culture's got to change," Jackson said,"and I'm excited about changing the culture."

The Warriors for years have been the prototypical "fast and loose" team. Marked by exciting transition basketball that inevitably leads to weaknesses on the defensive end. The Warriors were sixth in pace last season, and 26th in defensive efficiency. The two are considered to be strongly related. Jackson, though, said that there will not be a move away from transition basketball with him as head coach.

"Absolutely not," Jackson said. "We will push the basketball. We will look for opportunities in transition. But we will not just push it just to be pushing."

Jackson tied in that culture change with the idea that folds into the offensive approach, something which has not been in effect in previous years with an "any look will do" scheme during the Don Nelson years. The rookie head coach said players will have to perfrom defensively.

"You're not going to have a license to shoot when you're not getting it done on the other end. They will be held accountable, and there will be a price to pay. I'm of the mindset that the only way to win in this league and to win big is play defensively."

Jackson enters a team that has a big draft coming up and will be looking to make moves to change the personnel to a more defensive approach. But with only a few weeks between his hiring and the draft, will Jackson have an impact on the draft at all?

With all that said, Jackson clearly feels that this team isn't just set to challenge in the future, but to win now.

"When you look at their talent level, this is a team that is certainly capable of making the playoffs and making a run."

You can put it in bold letters," Jackson said in his trademark speaking style, "I fully expect for the Golden State Warriors to be a playoff team next year. If I did not expect that, I would not have taken the job. And I won't minimize it by just being a playoff team. We're looking to turn the Bay Area upside-down."
Posted on: June 7, 2011 12:39 am
Edited on: June 7, 2011 12:50 am
 

Trade rumor: Andre Iguodala for Monta Ellis?

The Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers are reportedly discussing a trade involving Monta Ellis and Andre Iguodala. Posted by Ben Golliver. andre-iguodala

Two almost All-Stars reportedly find themselves in the middle of cross-conference trade talks.

ESPN.com reports that the Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers are in early discussions about swapping guard Monta Ellis and forward Andre Iguodala.
The Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers have discussed a trade that would send the Warriors' leading scorer, Monta Ellis, to the 76ers for Andre Iguodala, according to league sources, including one with direct knowledge of Golden State's thinking.

One source stressed that completion of the deal is not imminent but that it has merits for both sides.
Ellis, 25, is on the books for each of the next three seasons at $11 million per year.

Iguodala, 27, is owed considerably more money: $13.5 million in 2011-2012, $14.7 million in 2012-2013 and $15.9 million in 2013-2014. 

Their current salary numbers mean that the two players could be traded straight up, if necessary, but other pieces could always be involved.

For all of his efforts to improve and do more, Ellis is pretty much still a one-dimensional scorer. There's no question that he can fill it up, though, as he was No. 8 in the NBA in scoring last season, putting up 24.1 points per game.

Iguodala is best known for his defense and all-around versatility but he can score and finish, too. Last season, he averaged 14.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and a career-high 6.3 assists, helping lead the 76ers back to the playoffs. He dealt with nagging injury issues for a good chunk of the season, missing 15 games.

Swapping players straight-up would be a home run for Golden State. The Warriors desperately need quality defenders, size on the wing and a resolution to the franchise's two most critical problems: Ellis and Stephen Curry both need the ball in their hands and both guards also lack the size and tools to defend a good chunk of NBA guards.

For Philadelphia, the logic is a bit muddled. Iguodala and Evan Turner, the No. 2 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, are a bit redundant, and Turner will continue to require more touches and shots as his career progresses. Adding Ellis in Iguodala's place certainly doesn't solve that problem. There's also the issue of position. Is Turner a 2 or a 3? If he's a 2, then there's no way that a pairing with Ellis would work, as Ellis is also a 2. If he's a 3, then Philadelphia is setting itself up for a serious downgrade when it comes to perimeter physicality.

Golden State has proven that it's willing to spend money, so taking on the extra money owed to Iguodala isn't that big of an issue. In the new owners' eyes, that investment would pay for itself if he teams with Curry and David Lee to help the Warriors reach the postseason for the first time since 2006-2007.

For the 76ers, getting out of Iguodala's contract is going to have to happen at some point. With young talent like Turner, Jrue Holiday and Thaddeus Young in the pipeline, they'll be cutting some big checks in the relatively near future. They're not in panic cost-cutting mode yet though. They can continue to proceed deliberately.

While receiving Ellis in return for Iguodala is good value on paper, it makes far less sense given the 76ers' roster construction. Golden State likely needs to sweeten this one, or it will fizzle.
Posted on: June 6, 2011 9:07 pm
Edited on: June 6, 2011 9:38 pm
 

Golden State Warriors hire Mark Jackson as coach

The Golden State Warriors have announced the hiring of Mark Jackson as their next head coach. Posted by Ben Golliver. mark-jackson

In a press release issued on Monday, the Golden State Warriors announced the hiring of television analyst and former point guard Mark Jackson as their next head coach.
“After an extensive search and a great deal of consideration, we have come to the conclusion that Mark Jackson is the best coach for this team,” Warriors general manager Larry Riley said. “He will bring a youthful and fresh approach to our team, and the fact that he enjoyed a stellar playing career, where he served most of that time as the leader of some very successful teams, will prove invaluable in the long run. We were looking for a coach with leadership ability and a strong personality and believe Mark possesses those qualities. He’s very well respected in NBA circles, is a consummate professional and his knowledge and background will be an incredible asset for our team and organization.”

“We are tremendously excited about the addition of Mark Jackson as our new head coach,” Warriors owner Joe Lacob said. “He epitomized leadership as a player in this league for 17 seasons, and we think that characteristic – and many other positive traits – will translate very well into his coaching duties with our young team. He was a leader and a winner both on and off the floor in this league, and we’re convinced that he is the right person to guide this team into the future and help us achieve the success that we are striving for as an organization.”
Jackson, a first-time head coach at 46 years of age, will assume his new duties as soon as the NBA Finals conclude. Yahoo! Sports reports the following contract details: "three years guaranteed, with team option for the fourth. He'll make $6 million-plus [total], league sources say." Jackson takes over for former coach Keith Smart, who was not retained following the 2010-2011 NBA season.

As noted last week, new Warriors owners Joe Lacob and Peter Gruber seemed intent on putting their own stamp on the franchise, and Jackson is certainly a big-name and fairly splashy hire. He should instantly command the respect of his players given his high profile, connections around the league and general basketball intelligence.

The Warriors were said to be seeking a more defensive-oriented approach, and Jackson played for two physical, intimidating teams in the Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks of the 1990s. As with any first-time head coach, it remains to be seen whether Jackson's leadership and toughness on the court transfer to the bench.

Jackson was floated as a finalist for the position last week. Other names the Warriors reportedly considered included Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Dwane Casey, Boston Celtics assistant coach Lawrence Frank and Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw.

 
 
 
 
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