You certainly have to give the Warriors credit for trying. They are indeed hustling to make moves.
My story in Friday’s paper is about the Warriors looking to sign Maggette, the Clippers’ bruising swingman. Of course, this is provided Brand doesn’t check box “yes” — and it is looking more and more likely he’s heading back to L.A.
Maggette gave up $7 million by opting out. The Warriors can definitely sign him to a deal starting with that, which would be about a million more than the midlevel exception, which is all other teams can offer him (though I hear he’s looking for like $10).
The Warriors have liked Maggette for a while, probably because he dogs the Warriors every time they play. I’ve been a big Maggette fan for a while. When he’s not in love with jumpers, he can be unstoppable. Without Baron, the Warriors need players who can create offense. Maggette can do that.
Maggette alongside Ellis and Stephen Jackson ain’t half bad. But, that’s looking too far ahead. All they’ve done is express interest, with talks likely to follow if Brand turns down the Warriors deal.
*I was told the Warriors are interested in one of the better unheralded point guards (IMHO) – Keyon Dooling. I like him because he can play both positions, he deends and he’s experienced.
* Don’t get your hopes up on Josh Smith. I was told he’s Atlanta’s Monta – they aren’t letting him go. Philadelphia and Detroit are reportedly hot after him. I hope the Warriors are in that max (I’m a big Josh Smith fan). But it looks like it won’t matter. They’re planning to match – though I’m sure an offer sheet for the max would make the Hawks at least think twice.