By Marcus Thompson
Thursday, May 17th, 2007 at 2:25 pm in Uncategorized.
Chris Mullin, pressed by my esteemed colleague Tim Kawakami, maintained his stance that Jason Richardson is off the market. He said flat-out “No” when asked would Richardson be traded.
So, let’s take Mullin at his word. If Richardson is indeed untouchable, can the Warriors still land the player they need? Sounds to me like he’s willing to trade Monta Ellis, Andris Biedrins and Al Harrington — the only other desireable commodities. I’m assuming Baron is makes too much money for someone who you can’t expect to play a full season; Jackson’s legal and emotional issues assuredly scare away most GMs; and Mickael Pietrus and Matt Barnes likely aren’t enough to score the type of player the Warriors need.
That’s the entire rotation. The rest of the guys certainly won’t make another team cough up a rebounder-defender-inside scorer.
Maybe he thinks Pietrus or Harrington and the pick is enough to get it done for him, and it might be if they are targeting a smaller-named player. It might be at least be enough to move up in the draft to snatch a Horford or Wright, but unlikely. The likelihood is, if JR stays, and the Warriors make a big splash move, one of the youngsters will be gone.
My question(s) to you: Is Richardson worth losing Ellis or Biedrins? If so, which one?