Blog Question

“I know you prefer blog questions at your work address: mthompson2@cctimes.com, but related to your post about Wright being able to defend Durant given time; but,in your opinion, do you think Wright will start this coming season as a Warrior or be part of a trade for KG or Yi?” – commish

Even if the Warriors were to get KG, I don’t think he’d be included. The Warriors really like Wright, even more than Yi. Any deal involving a player of any significant value will likely include Monta or Andris. Giving up Wright, too, would leave the Warriors with little in the form of young talent. But mostly, they really like Wright. If Minnesota absolutely has to have him, then maybe Mullin coughs him up. Otherwise, I think Wright is sticking around.


Blog Question

“Would you go after either rashard lewis or gerald wallace at the right price? i like wallace. he fits in well with w’s game and he fills a need in the rebounding, blocks, and defense dept. he also likes to drive which is a nice change of pace from the 3s. but i dont think he’s worth 10mil a year. lewis is probably more expensive because he is polished. he can be the reliable deep threat that w’s need. but both are very injured-prone. so would you go after them at the right price if you were mullin?” – manhattanproh

Neither would be my second choice. If not Kevin Garnett, I’d rather go out and get Marion (who Brandan Right kind of models after) or Lamar Odom or Marcus Camby. But if I’m down to those two as candidates, I’d take Lewis over Wallace. Lewis fits the Warriors style better because he can shoot. Plus he’s bigger (6-10, 230) than Wallace (6-7, 215).
Wallace is the ultimate slasher who gives you all the intangibles. But he’s a poor outside shooter, and that’s the last thing the Warriors need is a poor shooter. I’d rather re-sign Barnes, maybe even Pietrus, both of whom would be cheaper than Wallace and get Lewis. Rashard can hit the 3 (39 percent last season), make free throws (84 percent) and he can post.