The rise of Reggie Williams has put a little twist in the future outlook of the Warriors’ roster. Not a dramatic change, I don’t think. But his presence certainly makes it interesting.
No doubt, the Warriors need changes. Several, big changes, in my opinion. I am not completely sold on the injuries as the reason for the terrible season. Sure, they’ve had a lot. But I didn’t think this was a playoff team even if healthy. So unless scrapping for an eighth seed is the goal, the Warriors need significant roster changes. So I’m gonna play GM for a moment.
One of our business writers, David Morrill, caught up with 24-Hour Fitness founder Mark Mastrov.
The story will appear in Thursday’s paper. In it, Mastrov said he has “high interest” in buying the Warriors. He also let it be known that Oracle bilionaire Larry Ellison has a challenger in the bid to buy the Warriors from majority owner Chris Cohan.
MASTROV: “I think I can do just as well, if not better (than Larry).”
By now you’ve heard the Warriors are actvely looking to sell. They have hired Galatioto Sports Partners to sell the franchise (think of it like a real estate agent hired to sell a house). This has been in the works for some time. But it came out today because Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal broke the story, prompting the Warriors to send out this release.
(Updated with Nellie quotes) Small forward Reggie Williams, as expected, will be signed for the rest of the season. Tonight’s game at Memphis is his last game on his second 10-day contract, which expires Monday. The Warriors can either sign him for the rest of the season or let him walk. It’s a no-brainer.
GM LARRY RILEY: “I think he’s played well enough. He certainly has a good upside. We want to keep him as we move forward. … He fits very well with Nellie’s system because he’s the kind of a guy who looks to pass, who can put it on the floor and get to the basket, and he can make a shot. He works at defense. He’s not a great defender, but he’s not an embarrassment.”
To make room for Williams, since the Warriors have 15 guys under contract, the Warriors will part ways with guard Raja Bell. Though they hope it’s temporary.
Warriors forward Reggie Williams had 15 points, seven rebounds and two assists in 30 minutes. Most of it was in garbage time, as the game was over by half time, and most of his minutes came in the second half.
But Williams, even in meaningless minutes, continued to impress. Over his first nine games, he averaged 12.3 points per game on 55.4 percent shooting. In his 18 days so far, he’s shown he can score, he can pass, he can shoot it from deep, and he can rebound a little. He’s certainly done enough to make the Warriors want him to stick around the rest of the season.
DON NELSON: “He’s pretty good. He still doesn’t know what he’s doing out there all the time because he still doesn’t know all the intricacies of the plays. I think if we have him for the summer in the summer league, and then in preseason, I’ll be able to do a lot of interesting stuff with him.”
I wasn’t in the Toronto locker room after the game, so this is all courtesy of other reporters. But this is some good stuff. Not sure how often he says this stuff, but it sounds like he is quite fed up. Losing to the Warriors by double digits just doesn’t sit well with him.
The Raptors now hold the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference. Not too long ago they were No. 5. If Chicago gets its act together down the stretch, Toronto could miss the postseason all together. That certainly isn’t the way to convince Bosh to stick around.
“We’re not playing basketball the way we need to. I guess for some reason, we don’t like to secure a lead and we don’t like to win basketball games.”
“That’s the only thing I can think of. We come out here, we talk about it, we have a billion meetings. We can talk all we want. Unless we do it, it really doesn’t matter. We talk about the third quarter. We talked about the third quarter uesterday. We talked about it at shootaround today. And we go out and do the same thing. So I don’t know. We just lack execution.”
Was having a pretty good discussion over on Twitter (http://twitter.com/gswscribe) about who the Warriors should draft.
The assumption, or the hypothetical situation, is that the Warriors get the No. 1 pick in the draft (which they have a good chance of doing, considering they have one of the worst records in the league). What should they do? The most popular options in the discussion were the following:
* Take the guy considered far-and-away the best player in the draft, Kentucky PG John Wall, and create room for him by trading guard Monta Ellis and/or Stephen Curry
* Trade the pick and get a player at a position they need more, such as Ohio State swingman Evan Turner or Kentucky big man DeMarcus Cousins, and run the risk of passing on the player many expect will turn out to be one of the greats
* Draft Wall and play him with Ellis and Curry, creating an explosive-yet-tiny perimeter
For the record, if they get No. 1, I say cash in on the Wall hype and get the No. 2 plus whatever you can. Then with the No. 2, take Evan Turner.