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BLOG QUESTION

“Why so cheap? Why not sign Buki to more than two years with the second year being his option? Why no effort to get any of the free agents who slipped by from Wallace to Darko to Moore (to the Kings no less)? Why no movement getting Barnes signed and signing and trading MP. Marcus, what the heck is going on? Is this all about money and being really really cheap? Also, in your opinion, how much damage has occurred by this lack of action; or, do you think KG or even O’Neal is still on the radar as the big prize? Do you have any idea what is going on?” — commish

To give Kelenna more than that would’ve been too much. All he needed was guaranteed money. I think they are hurting themselves by waiting, but what choice do they have? They are not being cheap, they are keeping alive the opportunity of adding a Hall of Fame-caliber player. They are prepared to spend big dough to get KG and keep Baron, so it’s not about being cheap. It’s about being patient and waiting for Minnesota to blink. Sure, they are missing out on other options, but that’s a risk you take. No one out there would have been the answer to the Warriors problems anyway, save for KG. Darko was a nice plan B, Gerald Wallace a nice plan C, Mikki Moore a nice plan D. But you don’t go to those plans until Plan A is dead. It’s not. The Warriors still have a viable chance to nab KG. Getting any one of those guys would’ve killed the Warriors chance prematurely. It’s agonizing, I know. And there is a very real possibility they could go into next season with Chris Wilcox being the major frontline addition. But it’s a risk they have to take.

Marcus Thompson

  • john motroni

    I agree. It’s not even August yet. The tradewinds(no pun intended) won’t begin to blow through Hawaii until October when the Warriors open their training camp. By then, we should know more about the roster. The Wolves will trade KG way before they lose him for no money next summer. I say goodbye to Pietrus(whistled how many times last season for stepping out of bounds before driving to the basket?)Hello to Barnes, Kelenna, Toby?, Pierre?,.whatever. It’s going to be fun in the West next year.

  • beau

    none of those players will make the w’s decidedly better. it is best to sit and wait, not overpay for wallace, milicic, or lewis. orlando is going to be strapped for years now b/c they gave a #3 scorer #1 scorer money. KG is the prize, they have to see if they can get it.

  • manhattanproj

    that’s a cheap shot at lewis. at the least, he’s a good #2 option and will be the go-to guy until howard develops further. it’s a good move by orlando.

    btw, where did the wilcox comment come from? i didnt read that anywhere. how are the w’s going to get wilcox?

  • commish

    Since asking the blog question I have been reading a discussion going on the Golden State of Mind blog about possibly picking up Josh Smith from Atlanta, who has five good PF’s at their disposal. Also, according to one resident expert, Pree, we are playing a waiting game until we know what is happening with Pietris and then possbily signing James Posey as the first choice or Matt Barnes as the second for a portion of the MLE. Here is the link if anyone is interested:

    http://probasketball.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=probasketball&cdn=sports&tm=178&gps=54_1210_1276_604&f=00&su=p284.2.420.ip_&tt=2&bt=1&bts=0&zu=http%3A//goldenstateofmind.com/

    In any regards, it seems we are stuck waiting for at least three more weeks to see whether the Timberwolves will blink because we signed Wright and can’t move him for at least 30 days from signing. I guess I was just being impatient when I asked the question and was also seeing the best of the free agents this year dropping into the laps of other teams.

  • zgreat

    Given the deals the earliest free agents are signing, I don’t think we are missing out on much.

  • Haastheman

    Has anybody seen this peirce kid play? It would seem like a big risk to sign this man with all the baggage he has and the league trying to clean up its image. He also plays a position we are swamped at. Is he that good??

  • manhattanproj

    josh smith may be interesting but he’s another undersized 4 like al harrington. he’s not going to help much in terms of rebounding and interior defense. but he’s fun to watch with his blocks and dunks.

  • dareedle

    At least the Warriors have enough cap space to sign Kobe and surround him with a nice cast (Harrington, Biedrins, Ellis, Jackson, Wright and Bellini off the bench). Of course, this is plan B, if KG does not become available and like the rest of the NBA the Warriors decide that BD is not worth a franchise type contract with his coach killing history, injuries and the constant threat of Nellie wanting to retire. Why give Mullin grief for not signing BC, Bobby Simmons type of one year wonders to salary exception type contracts? Mullin has a lot of leverage on Pietrus (its called restricted free agent) and one year wonder and full-time journeyman Barnes (you and your agent wanted to get a 30 million contract so go get it from somebody else when all the good teams have no cap space and bad team have young players to develop …duh).

  • J

    The reality is that this year’s free agent crop is really weak. Orlando in my opinion overpaid for Lewis who was never an option for the Warriors and it was pretty much a given that Wallace was going to re-sign with Charlotte. So the only post players left were Darko, Mikki Moore and Varejeo. Darko might have been intriguing at the right price but there’s no loss in not grabbing him, Moore isn’t the physical player thats really needed and Beidrins is a better version of Varejeo. So a trade sometime between now and the start of the season is the best scenario for the Warriors to improve.