It’s not that I am rooting for Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison to win the bidding war for the Warriors. It’s more that I want it to be over, and he’s got wallet big enough to make the other wallets run and hide in the back pocket they came from.
But Ellison’s obvious refusal to flex his financial might, and a venture capitalist named Joseph Lacob, had me posted in a local Starbucks all day.
Warriors rookie power forward Ekpe Udoh will have surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist.
It won’t be known officially how long he is out until after the surgery. But based on the type of surgery, 4 to 6 months is the ballpark, which has been reported. Rehab usually takes about three to four months after the surgery. But it all depends on how well the surgery went and how well the wrist heals.
The surgery will be performed in San Francisco by the same doctor who evaluated Udoh today. It was his second evaluation. He was also evaluated on Friday in Los Angeles. Udoh is expected to miss training camp.
The Warriors, as it turns out, don’t have to wait seven days. The Warriors already decided they weren’t going to match the four-year (Sorry, I keep making this mistake) three year, $12 million offer from the New Jersey Nets.
So general manager Larry Riley decided instead to trade Morrow to the Nets so the Warriors can get something for him. What did they get?
The Warriors are close to signing a three-year contract with free agent small forward Dorell Wright, according to multiple sources.
The signing would likely spell the end of guard Anthony Morrow’s tenure with the Warriors.
The World Cup is down to two teams vying for the prize, and so is the candidates list of candidates to buy the Warriors franchise.
According to sources with knowledge of the negotiation, the four finalists groups submitted purchase of sale agreements with their offer. Two of the finalists groups were outbid and knocked out of the process. Warriors owner Chris Cohan, who hired Galiatoto Sports Partners to sell the franchise, could choose the winning bidder from the remaining two groups by August.
What is not reported in my story in today’s paper (I confirmed waaaaay after deadline) is that the group headed by CEO founder Mark Mastrov is one of the finalists, according to a source, who also confirmed that Mastrov’s bid topped $350 million. The other finalist?
Warriors guard Anthony Morrow has been offered a three-year, $12 million contract from the New Jersey Nets.
He has not signed the offer sheet yet. But he is expecting to sign it Monday. Once he signs it, it will be sent to the Warriors (via fax I presume). From the point they receive it, the Warriors have seven days to match.
I talked to general manager Larry Riley and, as expected, he wouldn’t give so much as a hint. He just said he expects somebody will give Morrow an offer sheet. But if Morrow signs the offer sheet Monday, assuming the day the Warriors receive it counts as Day 1, Riley will have until July 18 to make his decision. What should he do?
Talked with David Lee’s agent Mark Bartelstein. He gave the credit for the Warriors’ acquisition of Lee to general manager Larry Riley and his staff. He said they were hard after Lee from the start of free agency and worked tirelessly through countless scenarious to make it work.
Bartelstein: “I tell my guys, ‘Pay attention to who wants you most, because that means something.’ … They persisted.”
So Riley, in the end, got his guy though the likes of Minnesota, Toronto, New Jersey and Phoenix were interested in Lee. After landing one of the top 10 free agents in this year’s class, which is considered the best ever, members of the Warriors’ front office are riding high from this trade. But most fans, judging by the social media outlets and comments on Warriors-related blogs, are down on this trade.
Which is the accurate perspective? Well, I’m stealing an idea from my colleague, TK. Here is the case for and against David Lee. You be the judge.