Good news and bad news.
Bad news first? My vacation is over. Back on the grind. No more chilling, playing with the 3 year old all day.
Good news: Warriors won’t hold back in their pursuit of Carmelo Anthony. Not that it’s going to land the perennial all-star. But a couple insiders have told me the Warriors are willing to trade for Carmelo even if he doesn’t sign an extension.
No matter how you cut it, the odds are against the Warriors. Denver has better options, and Carmelo has more desirable destinations than Golden State. Still, the Warriors are pushing all their chips in, holding only point guard Stephen Curry back. And there is a shift in the stance.
Previously, general manager Larry Riley has been against giving up the farm for stars who won’t re-sign. So either he’s changed his stance or he’s been overruled, if sources can be believed. Joe Lacob said he wasn’t the type to sit around and do nothing.
No formal offer has been tendered, one source said, though it is understood Denver can have just about whomever they want not named Curry. But teams usually want young talent and draft picks in return. The Warriors don’t really have either one.
They can’t trade their 2011 pick because they’ve already sent 2012 to New Jersey in that Marcus Williams deal. The NBA doesn’t allow teams to trade their first-rounder two years in a row. So the next time the Warriors can trade their first-round pick is 2014, unless they trade for someone else’s first-rounder.
The attractive young talent, other than Curry, consists of Reggie Wiliams, Ekpe Udoh and Jeremy Lin. (You might be able to count Brandan Wright as young talent considering the lack of miles on him). I’m going to go out on a limb and say that is not the caliber of return the Nuggets are looking for.
That leaves the Warriors hoping a package including center Andris Biedrins and/or Monta Ellis is enough. Which it won’t be, by the time Chicago and New Jersey and others are done offering.
Is that a risk worth taking, trading the farm, and probably taking back a bad contract, to get Carmelo without an extension? If he walks, the Warriors would have lots of cap room. But is that worth it?
It’s all just conversation because the Warriors aren’t getting Melo. (Now, Andre Iguodala might be another story …)