Talked to various NBA types today at summer league (agents, coaches, GMs). I think some of the stuff in the rumor mill is interesting, so I’m assuming you would, too …
* There is NO WAY the Lakers match the Warriors offer to Ronny Turiaf. He is going to be a Warrior. Heard that a few times. It makes sense to me. It costs the Lakers too much. Oddly enough, the Turiaf signing impacts Ron Artest. Turiaf’s departure would create a role for Kenny Thomas, who is expected to be part of any deal between the Lakers and Kings.
* Believe it or not, I’ve heard twice now that the Warriors made a last-ditch effort to sign Baron. The day of the press conference where Baron annoucned his signing, I was told they called and said they would match. Baron rejected, obviously. You guys had been asking about the offers he got … one offer I was told about today was for Baron to opt out, take a base contract of five years for $50 million with a partial guarantee for the fourth year and no guarantee for the fifth year, plus about $5M worth of incentives. So only some $30 million was guaranteed over three years — after he opted out of the $18 million.
Is it accurate to call that a “low-ball” offer? I know Baron wanted security more than anything, so I can definitely see where he would’ve thought so.
* You’ve probably read stories coming out of Miami and Cleveland about sign-and-trades involving Monta. The Warriors would CONSIDER such for two players – Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. Anybody else, don’t buy it. It is so far from the truth. No way they lose Baron and Monta in the same summer.
* There were some whispers about Anthony Randolph sitting out the rest of summer league with that sprained left ankle. But Warriors assistant coach Keith Smart said Randolph could play Friday. If he had his way, he would’ve played Tuesday against Charlotte. But he wasn’t cleared by the medical staff.
* Don’t be surprised if Harrington sticks around for another year. He has an opt out clause next offseason. He could walk away from the last year ($10M) of his current deal. The reason he may have to wait until then? It’s no secret that Mulllin is a huge fan of Harrington. He went after him for a while before actually getting him, and word is that he’s not so keen on giving him up. The Warriors might consider it more sensible to use Harrington the right way – as more than a spot up shooter, but as a slasher, in the post, in isolations – than to trade him.