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If you were Joe Lacob, what moves would you try to do to make the Warriors a serious contender for a title.

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  • Rick lust

    Trade Ellis, with bieds, uduh, b wright, and any other expires for nene and jr smith.

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  • W’s in 2010

    Sell the team to Larry Ellison.

  • improvise

    I swear the comments section cracks me up.

  • http://twitter.com/jonpeng Jonathan Peng

    Read a rumor earlier today that the Bobcats are shopping around both Boris Diaw and Gerald Wallace for expirings. The Warriors could trade BWright, Vlad, and Dan Gadz.

    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=4t685oo

    Trade Machine says Warriors would win 4 more games with that. That wouldn’t be a title winning team, but they would be closer. They could move DWright down to starting 2 guard, and have Monta start at 1, and Curry come off the bench. Wallace would start at 3, with Lee and Biendris at 4 and 5 respectively. Would make the Warriors bigger, and better defensively at more positions.

    Now if we wanted to fix our 5 postion with someone I think the Clippers could swap us Chris Kamen for Biendris and Lou Amundson.

    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=49y4bhm

    Though the Trade Machine says that the Warriors would lose 5 more games a year, I don’t think we would. Not with a center that is nearly averaging a double double his carrer, and last year Kamen was an 18/9 guy who shot free throws at 75%. Which is better than the horrible numbers Biendris is putting up this year.

    Thanks for the opportunity, love the articles, and good luck to everyone!

  • improvise

    My solution: Fire the entire scouting department. The Warriors have missed on draft picks year after year and I think the scouts shoulder most of the blame.

  • Harp’s Dubs

    Monta Ellis to the Sixers for Andre Iguodala.
    Dorell Wright and Andris Biedrins to the Clippers for Chris Kaman.
    Brandan Wright to the Nets for Terrance Williams.
    Use our first round pick on the best SG available.
    Use FA money on Greg Oden and a back-up point guard.

  • Dubs_til_i_die

    If I were Joe Lacob, I would try to follow the Celics’ idea and make changes that will try to take us to serious title contention ASAP instead of hunting for picks because that takes too long and chancy. For our us, we simply need to acquire a rugged, defense-minded “leader” (can’t get a “star” since we don’t have enough trading chips for that this trade deadline around)
    I would try my best in keeping my main core intact Curry, Lee & Ellis (in that specific order too) and make good use of our $17 mil expiring contracts (B.Wright, Lou, Gaz, Vlad of the top of my head) in trying to make that happen. We have plenty of offensive power from our guards alone, so a defensive guard would be the perfect medicine with interchanging our small guards for defensive purposes. Our bigs aren’t good enough to bang down in the post with the elite teams so acquiring someone like Nene(or Thabeet or Camby??) would be an instant upgrade. If we can’t acquire a big, which is highly likely this time around, we should try to upgrade our wing position with the likes of Iggy (highly unlikely) or Gerald Wallace since I view D.Wright an ideal backup wing for us.
    However at the end of the day we have to simply try to clear up the cap space by the end of the year so that’d give us a higher probability in obtaining that good pricey free agent in offseason that could take us over the hump (a la celtics’ KG & Allen) because I know our new ownership is willing to make it rain after just hearing we could possibly trade B.Wright&Gadz for Troy Murphy (him again!?!!?) and just buy him out right away…

    LETS GO WARRIORS!

  • http://contracostatimes jeannie hagler

    Let’s see if Denver is willing to give up Nene since they will be in rebuilding mold. Denver may still want Biedrins and throw in B.Wright,Gadzuric,and J. Lin. Other options would be with the Pacers D.Grainer in exchange for R. Williams, Biedrins and throw in B.Wright and Gadzuric. The warriors and the pacers seem to have some type of connection. Grainer would be the starting small forward and D.Wright could come off the bench and provide much needed offense. Also both Grainer/Wright could be used in the backcourt to add much needed size. Often times the front court players are out of position to rebound due to helping out the undersize back court. Keep Udoh do not trade him. Then take all other expiring contracts and exchange for veteran leadership in Troy Murphy.

  • Nick S.

    As currently constructed, the team is entertaining, but can’t compete with the elite teams due to the lack of size in the back court and athleticism up front.

    1. Send Monta & BWright to ATL for Josh Smith & Bibby. Johnson and Crawford both complement Ellis to create a very potent 3-guard rotation, and the Hawks can see if they can harness Wright’s untapped potential. Smith instantly makes the GS front line much more dynamic and adds an additional shot-blocker to protect Curry; Bibby’s cap filler and a bad contract to shed.

    2. Trade Biedrins + Gadzuric + Radmanovic + $3M to Milwaukee for Bogut + Gooden + Delfino. Like the Warriors, the Bucks aren’t going anywhere as currently constructed. They can get rid of Gooden’s horrendous contract and get more expirings to add to Redd’s $18M to start the rebuilding project around Jennings and Ilyasova. With Bogut & Lee forming one of the better passing big tandems, the offense can become more motion-based and fluid.

    New line-up:

    (PG) Curry; Bibby, Law, Lin
    (SG) DWright; Delfino, Bell
    (SF) Smith; Williams
    (PF) Lee; Amundson, Gooden
    (C) Bogut; Udoh

  • nate hoffman

    This is considering we dont make a trade at the deadline with the current roster

    1st step – In free agency it’s obvious we need a center and a bench upgrade but the centers will command more then our 7 mil we have to offer (Perkins turned down I think 48 mil from Boston)so getting a legit center upgrade is unlikely to happen so I suggest getting a 6th man on the wing for the amount of money we have. I think JRich can come for a price around there and possibly Arron Afflalo. So sign one of them or someone similar

    2nd step – Dump Andris, theres no going around it he’s not a good starting center anymore. Trade him for an expiring. I suggest trading Andris for Jamison’s expiring in the offseason. If the Cavs say no throw in our 2nd. If we can’t get them to budge trade Andris for Diop’s expiring. If we end up getting a low lottery pick which is likely I’d trade it considering this is a very weak draft (especially considering our needs, this draft has a lot of tweener 3/4′s and soft bigs) for Tawn’s 15 mil in expirings. That is a lot of cap space for the following offseason especially considering the lower cap number coming after the new CBA.

    3rd step – HANG ONTO THE EXPIRINGS OF BELL , LOUIS AND LIN AND RESIGN REGGIE FOR 1 SEASON

    4th step – Wait until the dust settles in free agency and grab one of the remaining bigs for cheap. Hopefully Yao or Oden slip through the cracks but more realistically someone like Chuck Hayes or Kurt Thomas for 1 season.

    5th step – Dont touch the roster at the deadline no matter how much you want to.

    Current team at this time would be:
    PG – Curry, Lin
    SG – Monta, Reggie
    SF – Wright, Richardson
    PF – Lee, Jamison, Louis
    C – Udoh , Thomas/Hayes

    Not great but letting Udoh develop is smart and I think that team could be .500

    6th step – We’d have above 20 mil in cap space going into the 2012 offseason which contains Gerald Wallace, Kidd, Billups, Felton, Chris Paul, Russ Westbrook, Dwight Howard, Speights, Vince Carter, Steve Nash, Batum, Andre Miller, Jason Thompson, George Hill, Deron Williams, Okur , Javal McGee, Hinrich , Rudy Fernandez, Meeks, Fields, Kevin Love, OJ Mayo, Eric Gordon, Roy Hibbert, Brandon Rush, Hickson, Augastin

    Essentially we will have a redo of this past offseason with all these good players and we could afford any of those price tags (consider the new CBA this 20 mil in cap space would be a ton, maybe enough to pair Dwill and Dwight… But thats being hopeful to attract both of them but if we can get them to come together not impossible. Boston didn’t look attractive to KG unless Ray went with him).

    I think going hard at those 3 superstars would be key (CP3, Dwight, DWill) and if you get 1 or 2 of these guys your fixing of the W’s is done, problems solved. If you got one of the PG’s trade Curry for a center (Bynum?). Otherwise I think grabbing Wallace is very possible . I’d throw a good amount of money at McGee and we’d still likely have a little left after that.If we can’t get Javal maybe get someone cheaper like Jason Thompson or Speights or maybe Okur. Landry Fields would be a grea target as well. I think he can be interested in coming back to the bay and NY surely won’t keep him if they want to get a 3rd star.

    We’d have to compete with Boston, LA and NY for a superstar and we just have to hope in 2011 we can get above .500 and that Curry and Monta are good enough to convince Dwight to come and Lacob can talk him into it.

    PG – Curry, Hinrich
    SG – Monta, Richardson
    SF – Wright, Wallace (aging and DW is only getting better so I have at 6th man)
    PF – Lee, Draft pick?
    C – McGee, Udoh

    Thats easily a playoff team and it’s unknown if McGee breaks out or not

    Now if the Murphy trade goes through we won’t have a lot of cap space anyway so the plan doesn’t change much. If we were willing to go into the luxury tax maybe try and get Deandre Jordan this year. But thats unlikely since I think LAC will keep him.

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  • phenomenon

    If I were in charge of the warriors, these are the moves I would try to make:

    1. Trade Curry, Reggie, Andris, and BWright to Houston for Battier, Chuck Hayes, and Kyle Lowry.
    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=4zwrzje

    Houston is willing to absorb Biedrins’ contract since they’re getting Curry, the best player in the trade. They are hoping Andris can play well with Scola up front. They appreciate Reggie’s steady backcourt play and they’re willing to take a flyer on Wright.

    The Warriors get back Battier, one of the best perimeter defenders and glue guys in the league. Lowry is a defensively strong point guard despite his limited size and is having a breakout season (averaging 12 points, 6 assists, and 3 boards per game). Hayes is also undersized but strong defensively, and an efficient scorer inside.

    2. Trade Radmanovic, Charlie Bell, and Jeremy Lin, and a 2nd rounder to the Bucs for Salmons, Ilyasova, and Mbah a Moute
    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=4t7wup5

    The Bucks are dying for a redo on the massive extension they gave to John Salmons. They get it by trading him for Radmanovic, and are willing to give up Mbah a Moute, a young tough defender, to do it. Salmons can defend too, and though he’s having a down shooting season he’s not a bad scorer. Ilyasova is athletic, long, and can shoot.

    3. Extend Battier, Hayes, and Mbah a Moute. None of them have guaranteed contracts beyond this season.

    Our rotation after the trades would look like this:
    Lowry/Ellis
    Ellis/ Battier/ Salmons
    DWright/ Battier/ Mbah a Moute
    Lee/ Hayes/ Ilyasova
    Udoh/ Amundson

    Your main scoring options are Ellis, Lee, and Wright, but you have other players that can score too. All of your wing players are above average defenders. You have big men that bring toughenss, interior defense, rebounding, and inside scoring ability to the table. And most of the pieces are young. I think this team would be a contender, no doubt about it.

  • Harp’s Dubs

    Combine Jonathan Peng’s first trade with my first two and you’ve got yourself a squad:

    PG – Steph Curry/Acie Law/ Jeremy Lin
    SG – Iguodala/Reggie Williams/Charlie Bell
    SF – Gerald Wallace/Boris Diaw
    PF – David Lee/Lou Amundson
    C – Chris Kaman/Ekpe Udoh

  • Marc

    Get in on this trade with New Jersey and Portland to make it a larger trade and get rid of most of the long term contracts the team has.

    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=4moy3dy

    The Warriors would also receive their first round pick back from New Jersey in the deal, closing the Marcus Williams saga finally.

    Now the team has $34 million in salary coming off the books instead of $17 million, giving it the ability to become major players in the market going forward. If there is no superstar player like Dwight Howard who would be willing to take the team’s money, then use the cap space to acquire solid assets like OKC does (Eric Maynor for simply stashing Matt Harpring on the roster for a season; Kurt Thomas and two first round picks for a trade exception with a cash starved team). Compile draft picks and take good, young, and cheap players on a fixed rookie scale and preserve your cap space for when a superstar truly wants to come here.

  • Wesley

    First off I would break up the Curry / Ellis combo. But before doing so if we are to keep either player we would need either a Big 1 or 2 depending on who we keep (big SG if we keep Curry, big PG if we keep Ellis).

    In my opinion I would keep Curry since he is a “pure” shooter and doesn’t need that many shots to score. I see him in the mold of Ray Allen runner of screens and spotting up for jumpers. Also he can take the role of a distributor as we’ve seen, but feel that isn’t his strongest part of his game.

    Anyways my first deal would be to get Kirk Hinrich. Since he is a big PG/SG who can play defense and run a team. However Washington would not be handing him out for free thus I propose that we absorb R. Lewis’ contract as well, while Washington absorbs Biedrins and our expiring contracts along with Bell who they can buyout.

    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=4uvzho8

    With this trade alone we shore up our bench with a legit guard defender / distributor. Whether Lewis’s knees holds up it’s a non-factor since we have to take on some dead weight in order to offload dead weight(aka Beans). Washington does this deal because of all the expiring contracts they’ll be getting and all they have to absorb is 9 million dollars a year for Andris’ contract and Bell.

    Next off I trade Monta to Memphis for Marc Gasol, OJ Mayo and Memphis’ choice of X.Henry, S. Young, T. Allen, (I however would ask for T. Allen for his defense). Memphis does this deal because they are going to lose OJ Mayo and have been shopping him for months. The only problem with this deal is Gasol, Memphis has said they want to resign him but by trading him right now they will have the money to resign Z. Randolph and have a team comprised of (Monta, Gay, Conley, Randolph).

    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=4gzxxcz

    For the finished product this would be our starting lineup:

    PG: Hinrich
    SG: Curry
    SF: Dorell
    PF: Lee
    C: Gasol

    Bench: Mayo, Allen, Henry, Reggie W, Lewis, Udoh, Admunson, and Lin.

    As you can see our team is more defensively oriented, but still has the scoring punch with the wing players like Mayo and Henry. If possible I would trade one of the wing players for an veteran big in the mold of Nick Collison / Joe Smith.

    And in the offseason I resign Gasol as he’s a restricted free agent and possibly let Mayo go or retrade him for a possible future 1st round pick with cash / exceptions.

  • wg

    1) curry/bwright/amundson/radmanovic to utah for dwilliams/raja bell

    2) biedrins for expirings or trade exception

    3) make an attempt to sign nene in the offseason

    backcourt: dwilliams/ellis/raja bell
    wing: dorell wright/rwilliams
    frontcourt: nene/udoh/lee

    a number of things have to fall the warriors’ way to achieve this scenario (e.g., utah getting 80 cents on the dollar for dwill, but getting one of the promising up and coming pg’s in the league). if this scenario did happen, the warriors would be significantly upgraded defensively at the 1 and 5 spots, and the only glaring hole would be PF with lee. and improved on the offensive end too.

  • Tim1234

    I would have traded AB for expiring contracts. For the back court I would sign a vet. big guard with defensive skills to give ME a rest from guarding the bigs 2s. I would get rid of Amudson and grab Nene or Chandler, free agent centers with the money available this summer. I would bring Nellie back to teach Smart a little more, he does not know how to teach the fast break (Wright is always out of place, today he took and missed a 15 foot jumper on a 2 on 1 fast break). Also at the end of quarters there are times to go 2 for 1 and Smart never does this. And teams can run after made baskets and get open shots. He never does this either. So Nellie needs to teach him how to score 115 a night. By slowing the pace the other team scores less and the writers praise the defense. That is a sham. You can fool some of the people all the time…

    AC law can’t shoot a 3. When he and SC are in the game he needs to handle the ball, drive and dish, not SC. Again smart doesn’t get it. SO either get a back up point who can shoot or do it right. Having AC on the 3 point line is about as effective as putting AB at the high post.

    I would run the set offense through Lee and use his passing skills more. I would also play Lee at the center. Lastly I would grab Zack Randolf as a free agent. He is a 20 – 10 guy. I’d play Lee at center and Zack at forward. Lees guy scores about forty points a night. SO it does not matter who he guards and he is way to slow to guard the 4s in the west. Lastly I’d bring back Greg Papa.

  • http://mikesenese.com Mike

    The player swaps are fine and dandy, but nothing will change on this team until league perception of the Warriors shifts drastically. Lacob needs to invest hugely in a PR campaign that starts connecting the Warriors with the sports legacy that has existed in the Bay – 49ers, Giants, A’s – all have histories of being champions or contenders, respectability, and attraction to top-notch players.

    The bay area is a major metropolitan market, one of the top areas in the nation, and very wealthy and exciting place to live. But within the realms of the NBA, the Warriors are seen as a small market team on par with the Bucks and the Clippers.

    Guys like Carmelo and KG/Ray Allen will continue to sign with NY and Boston teams based on tradition and reputation. We’ll never win a championship with players who were left over after each year’s top free agents sign to the same places as always. Crank up the PR machine and start building that hype for how amazing this team and town truly are.

  • LosthawkGSW

    Here is what I would do today:

    1) Trade Andris + Bwright + Gadz + Vlad for DeAndre Jordan, Baron Davis and Kaman.
    -Warriors do this to solidify the bench and get DeAndre Jordan
    -LAC does this to save a ton of money, they need to extend Gordon and Blake soon

    2) Off season sign JRich and try to get Shane Battier
    3) Match any offer under 11mil per for DeAndre Jordan
    4) Fire Rowell.
    5) Demote Smart, or fire him if he doesn’t want to step down
    6) Hire Brian Shaw
    7) Demote Riley to Asst GM, hire Zarren.

    Lineup:
    PG: Curry – Baron – Reggie
    SG: Ellis – JRich – Reggie
    SF: Wright – Battier
    PF: Lee – Udoh
    C: Jordan – Kaman

    The following season, try to trade Kaman Expiring + Jordan for DHoward in a sign and trade.

    Offer Curry + Ellis for Cp3/Dwill in a sign and trade. If this doesn’t work, just keep Curry/Ellis..the backcourt can contend with a center like dhoward

    problems solved!

  • http://warriorsworld.net Shawn

    Harps World, you may want to do a little research and know what team players play for that you want to make trades for, Terrance Williams no longer plays for the Nets (you might try Houston).

  • Did believe

    I would make a run at Maurice Speights or Samuel Dalembert. Somehow using Beans. We’re not getting Nene and even if we did he’d never extend with us. Other than that, find some way to deal with the Nets or whoever the hell it is that owns our first rounders anymore to try to pry them loose. I’d also take a hard look at a guy like Greg Oden. Maybe there’s something left there for a mid-level deal. I don’t understand how the Murphy trade does anything at all except I guess get us a second rounder in an already bad, upcoming draft. I’m not against bringin Kaman in for Beans either but he can’t be the long term solution. I’d only do so if there is zero possibility of adding getting any first rounders in the next couple of years. He might be an interesting trade component in the future. More interesting than beans anyway.

  • ReasonableAnswer

    The NBA is all about superstars, and the Warriors need one to compete. The only ways to acquire a superstar are draft, trade, and free agency. Teams don’t trade superstars very often, and if they do, it’s usually because they are about to become free agents anyway. The Warriors won’t be able to sign a superstar free agent because few superstars would voluntarily go to a losing situation with a questionable front office and no-name coaching staff. The best way to acquire a superstar is if you already have another superstar on your roster, like Miami did this past summer, the Celtics did a few years back, and what the Knicks are doing now. So, the best, if not only, way to acquire a superstar is through the draft. The Bulls drafted MJ, the Lakers drafted Kobe, the Heat drafted Wade, the Celtics drafted Paul Pierce, the Spurs drafted Duncan (and Ginobili, and Parker), etc, etc… and the list goes on. The Warriors need to drastically improve their scouting department (and their entire front office) and focus on getting great players in the draft. Trade our expiring contracts for draft picks. Stop trading (and selling) away our draft picks in ridiculous deals like the Marcus Williams debacle. The Warriors need to start valuing their draft picks and using them wisely. The smartest thing Joe Lacob can do right now is to hire the best scouts around, maybe poach someone from the Spurs front office, and revamp the Warriors’ scouting department.

  • Did believe

    Oh, forgot one name, Andray Blatche. Also, to clarify, Speights and Dalembert are both gettable and presumably ok with playing here considering where they’ve been playing for most of their careers. The fact that they are also better defenders and more imposing physically plays nicely next to Lee. I’d prefer Speights because he’s younger and more talented. Blatche could also be had since he’s on the block. While not game changers they may pair better with other pieces for trades later. A package including monta/curry and speights or blatche looks a lot better than biedrins. I’m just looking at ways to moderately increase the value of specific pieces that would look better on the whole in a later deal. Then you could look at adding larger individual players with the smaller upgrades we make although Blatche may be a keeper if smart or whoever coaches this team next year can motivate him properly.

  • JFish

    An attempt to answer the QUESTION…. What’s needed to make the W’s a serious contender for the title? Wow! Therein lies the problem, the question is premature. The only way for the W’s to contend quickly is for them to get VERY, VERY, LUCKY. That is NOT a strategy and may not be sufficient! Winning the Lottery would be lucky, but there does not appear to be a Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, John Wall, LeBron or Kobe in the next few draft classes, even if there were, as great as those players are, it takes a while to adjust to the NBA and make their teams contenders. Trading a Star for a different Star is not likely to happen and getting the better in a trade also requires LUCK and probably a connection (Ainge, McHale – Kevin Garnet for Al Jefferson). You might get LUCKY betting on a healthy Yao, Oden or Bynum, but looking at this chart would indicate the odd are against you. http://www.blazersedge.com/2011/2/17/1999729/simmons-oden-will-probably-never-be-healthy

    To CONTEND FOR THE TITLE, The management and the W’s fans need to focus FIRST on being a competitive playoff team. They must have a game plan (see below) to become a consistent playoff team. They must manage the expectations of their long suffering and loyal fan base, so reactionary trades or coaching changes aren’t demanded/forced by disgruntled fans. If you think disgruntled fans can’t lead a revolt, you haven’t been paying attention to the Middle East lately.

    The W’s must make some upgrades to their roster (step 1 below). Define their game plan internally, and to their fans. With 26 games left, it would be an aggressive statement for the W’s management to let it be known (not a formal announcement, but a “leak” to reporters) that although the W’s would have to leapfrog four teams (Utah, Memphis, Phoenix, Houston), we feel that with Memphis hurting, Utah and Denver in some disarray and New Orleans and Houston sliding a playoff spot may be possible. With our new roster (step 1 below), we will try to make the playoffs for the invaluable experience it will provide for our young players.

    We will assess the likelihood of making the playoffs after our seven game road trip (several winnable games, but on the road). The assessment will be realistic, rather than hopeful. If it is determined we are not likely to make the playoffs, we will focus on evaluating our existing roster and coaching staff. Missing the playoffs is the more probable case. The W’s have more back-to-back games left than any of the teams ahead of us, and all the teams with the exception of Memphis have recent playoff experience.

    Regardless of the outcome of this year, we will strive to configure our roster and game plan to be COMPETITIVE in the playoffs NEXT year, with the expectation of being in contention for a title in the NEXT THREE years. San Antonio, Dallas, Boston and the Lakers will continue to age in that time and will have to revamp their roster in those years under what is likely to be a more restrictive CBA, (the Lakers/Mavs have some large long term contracts which could greatly impact their flexibility). Miami will have six players earning $65Mil in two years, while there are three great players, filling out that roster will be difficult. Can we position ourselves to beat the future title contenders like the Bulls, OKC, Orlando.

    Once W’s management sets that basic target, The following steps should be taken:

    Step 1. Upgrade this year’s roster ASAP. Gadz, Bell, Radm were acquired to get out of the Maggette contract and move a disgruntled Jackson. They should not be part of our future, and are hurting our chances of success. AC Law was a “stop-gap” hire when Lin showed he wasn’t ready and Bell didn’t appear to be interested in playing. There is better, cheaper talent in the D-League, who have the potential to be part of the W’s future, (C.J Watson, R. Williams, A. Tolliver, C. Hunter). While I appreciated Law’s defensive effort against Ray Allen and Boston, his lack of shooting ability meant we were playing at best 4 offensive players against 5 very good defenders. In this league, wings and guards need to hit the open jumpers. When the ball moves crisply to the open man, but the man left open can’t hit the shot, it discourages ball movement next time.

    We can talk about lack of good defense, but I think most will agree that defense is more about effort, energy and focus than it is about athletic talent. Defense is played more with the feet, i.e., position than with the hands, blocks or reach-in-steals (versus passing lane steals). When you are fatigued, your effort can be there, but energy, focus, and speed may not be. Tired players play defense with their HANDS instead of their feet, resulting in more FOULS. The Warriors have the worst “foul differential” in the league.

    Look at the top 10 defensive teams in the league (points scored) they all have solid rotations and with only two of the ten teams having players averaging over 39 minutes per game (Deng 39.1, Aldridge 39.4). The Warriors have two Monta 41.1, Wright 39.2. Without the talent, rotations are a crap shoot, starters end up playing too many minutes and defense suffers. Rebounding can also be viewed as an “effort” stat, again we have one of the worst differentials in the league. Poor rebounding leads to more work on the defensive end, more fatigue, and fouls (let alone injuries).

    You will NEVER have a quality defense without a DEEPER bench and better rotations.

    Last year, every player on the roster had potential and was working hard to make it in the NBA, and they were hopeful their best years were AHEAD of them. Now we have players who’s best years are probably BEHIND them and are unlikely to last in the NBA much longer (Gadz, Vald, Bell, even Law). Yes, Bell’s played a little better since the DUI, hopefully it was a wakeup call to him that he’s lucky to be “playing” basketball for a living and even luckier to be owed $4Mill next year (I’d rather pay it to keep Brandon). I believe we’d be better off if we could replace those contracts with hungry D-Leaguers or trade them for low cost unused rookies/second year players at the end of someone’s bench.

    Smart has been accused of having poor rotations, but what were his choices, particularly at the start of the season. Williams wasn’t hitting shots, Lin wasn’t ready, Bell wasn’t healthy and then not playing well. Udoh Amundson out, Lee injured, Radmonovic not shooting well. B.Wright not healthy or not playing. We must have players who compliment our five starters (which is not a bad starting five).

    It is acceptable to have a “defensive stopper” who guards a Ray Allen, but the minutes have to be limited to “cooling off” a hot hand. Law, Udoh, Radmonovic were a combined 3 – 16. We are too limited offensively, to give big minutes to rotation players unless Rad or Williams are hot. I don’t know whye we’ve given up on Brandon Wright, he’s younger than Udoh, with NBA experience. His trade value is minmal if he’s going to get injured again the seasons almost over anyway, but I think he MIGHT be the second most offensively gifted player on our bench. I’m not sure if he’s in a dog house, or has bad practice habits, but use him or get someone you will use.

    Step 2. Enter the modern age by hiring and developing a first class analytics department to evaluate talent on both the NBA, College and International level. Teams with analytics departments do better than those without. (See: http://www.red94.net/rocketscience-analytics-teams-nonanalytics-teams/5698/). Develop metrics to evaluate your talent objectively (not with emotion). Determine where the team is getting beat, and what you need to do to improve (stop guessing). Evaluate what your TALENT is worth so you don’t overpay. (see Maggette, Jackson, Dunleavy, Murphy and offers to Elton Brand, Barron Davis, Gilbert Arenas).

    Step 3. Determine what you have and what type of team you’ll need to be competitive in the playoffs. Blend in a vet with playoff experience that has played in the style you wish to pursue. The quickest way to build given what we currently have is probably a speed/matchup game ala Phoenix in the D’Antoni years, Nelson We Believe. It is also very entertaining. To contend for a title you will have to develop a half court game, continue to improve your defense and run opportunistically. Don Nelson had success because he knew what he wanted and how he wanted to play, consequently he instructed Mullin to get rid of Dunleavy and Murphy after 6 months since he knew their games didn’t fit his style. These days we seem to trade and hope and guess at what we need.

    Step 4. Evaluate Keith Smart carefully, he should probably have an older coach on the bench with a lot of NBA experience, the bench looks a bit young and could use a gray beard. If you decide he’s the one, commit to him. Winning teams seem to have more consistency at the coaching spot, the team needs to reflect the personality of its coach. There are only a few NBA coaches that I know I’d replace Smart with. Nate McMillan is one of the most underated coaches in the league, Popovic, Thibodeau, Dantoni maybe Brooks.

    Step 5. MAXIMZIE the use of your draft, Know which players will fit with the style you play. (See San Antonio Spurs http://www.foxsportshouston.com/01/22/11/Secret-to-Spurs-success-lies-in-drafts-s/landing.html?blockID=396073&feedID=4519). Decide what you want in the Free Agent Market, and what you will pay…. Avoid crazy long term deals for middle of the road players. See STEP 2 – STOP GUESSING! Want another big man to go along with Biendrins – Which one best fits your style of play and what you give to have them? Dalembert, Speights, Thompson, Marc Gasol, Kamen, DeAndre, McGee, Blatche…

    Step 6. GET LUCKY….GET VERY, VERY LUCKY! See GREG ODEN/KEVIN DURANT? David Robinson injury leads to Tim Duncan.

  • MrCrossover10

    There is no doubt that Warriors fans are going to expect some BIG changes to happen this off season. If I were Joe Lacob and wanted to avoid being labeled an “all talk but no action” type owner, then I would consider the following.

    1.) Pursue former Warriors guard and bay area native Brian Shaw as the new head coach. Why? Because he knows how to win and has been exposed to a winning environment as the assistant coach for the back to back champs. Two beneficial factors come to mind when pondering Shaw as the Warriors head coach a.) he would implement a strong defensive system that the Warriors have been needing for years. b.) The knowledge and winning mentality that he developed from being under the wing of the zen master himself, Phil Jackson, would certainly rub off onto and refresh this teams mindset and attitude.

    2.) Trade Andris Biedrins. The 6th year center doesn’t seem to be getting better. In fact, its evident that his productivity is declining when you compare the spiked-haired ‘goose’ of the 2007-08 season, to the flat haired, seemingly unconfident Andris Biedrins of the 10-11 season. The lack of a true point guard can possibly bring him back to the old form that we saw when he played aside Baron Davis. But who could you get that can rebound just as good as him and most importantly score better and play above average defense? A center that has been overlooked: Marcin Gortat. He as been playing extremely well for the Suns and has been putting up big numbers for them as of late. 19 pts 17 rbs against BOS…20 pts 11 rbs against NOH…19 pts 11 rbs against MIL…UM, YES PLEASE. Hes averaging 25 minutes, 11 points, and 8 rebounds which is slightly better than Andris. However, Gortat is shooting close to 80% on FTs and plays solid defense. And I wouldn’t be surprised if an MVP caliber PG like Steve Nash is capable of slapping Biedrins back into his old double-double self; which is why I think PHX wouldn’t be opposed to a trade (Gortat is on a 6 mill 4 yr contract and Anris has 9 mill 5 yr left so filler would be needed-Grant Hill?)…lets not forget that Phx was interested in him back in 09 and Gooses’ disgruntled interview from Latvia expressing his frustration with the organization last off-season.

    3.) Improve the Warriors backcourt by increasing its size and decreasing its defensive deficiency. Many people claim that the Ellis-Curry backcourt wont lead to a successful playoff team and its hard to refute such an argument. There is no denying that Monta and Steph are two of the best scoring backcourts in the league. But if we are talking about being a legit playoff team or title contender, then one or the other has to go due to the lack of defense (which the DJ Augustine/S-Jax and B-Davis/ Eric Gordon backcourts can and have exploited) The 5th year guard Ellis is better than Curry. True. But the 2nd yr guard Curry is only going to get better and his passing ability and shooting touch makes his development worth the wait (it took Steve Nash 5 season to get it together). Like many fans have proposed before, a deal centering around Monta Ellis and Andre Iguadola would be the most reasonable trade considering that both players contracts match up. Iguadola is one of the best defensive fowards/guards in the NBA so pairing him up with his fellow Olympic gold winning teammate Stephen Curry would definitely be beneficial and more importantly make up for the lack of size and defense of our back court.

    A glimpse of what our starting line-up could be

    HC: Brian Shaw

    PG: Stephen Curry
    SG: Andre Iguadola
    SF: Dorell Wright
    PF: David Lee
    C: Marcin Gortat

    ^better defensive team w/ balanced offensive fire power

  • mac

    Look at any avenue to get Deron Williams or CP3…if that means Curry, Udoh, and more do it. Only other player to make a move on is Josh Smith.

    Curry’s value is very high with his rookie contract (2yrs left)

    Try to dump Beidrins for partial salary dump…no one will give us a full expiring for him..even a partial may be out of the question..next step package him with Curry..For good value! This will still be difficult.

    Target Free Agents for this year Tayshaun Prince, K. Perkins, and Carl Laundry. Signed to reasonable contracts, if we could get two out of the three, this would be huge. Tayshaun and Perkins are what the Warriors need. Will we win a title with them…No..Playoffs…Yes…Do not sign Gasol!!!

    If we can’t sign these guys then stay pat and don’t overpay someone to make a splash. Let this core grow and pray for Udoh to become special.

  • sad jose

    Wait. The best thing to do is to trade expiring contracts for Troy Murphy and a 2nd round pick (to be thrown in trash later). Then wait until the off-season to sign a superstar free agent for the $7 million in cap space.

    -Riley, Lacob and Son

  • Nicolai

    Cool offer for the camera, MT II. I’m shocked that you’ve only got 11 posts so far! Allow me to give it a shot. I could really use that camera for my tourism business!

    This is a bit of a tricky challenge you’ve put out there, as the winner will be decided Friday, the day AFTER the trade deadline.

    So anyone trying to get valuable expiring contracts for this year will have their proposals become moot, since it won’t be possible to deal for expirings any longer come Friday.

    For this reason, all of my deals will be taking place in the coming offseason.

    You’ve said that you want “realistic” offers. That eliminates the superstar offers, in my opinion. I know that is disappointing to our more optimistic fans, but teams simply won’t just give away their proven studs so easily.

    The Denver FO had a player that the whole league knew was leaving and even what team he’d be leaving for in a few months! They properly bided their time, started a bidding war, and six months after the original request was made they did their deal.

    I think thats the model for dealing superstars now, even for teams like the Hornets or the Jazz that might have players looking to leave in a few years. They can wait for the perfect deal, meaning no hasty moves, meaning no likely deal for us to get the super-studs anytime soon.

    So moving past the superstar deals, I think we can focus on the deals for important players that will change the make up of this team. Getting a center that can defend and is a threat in the post is essential and will help mask the defensive deficiencies at our other positions. Unfortunately these big, valuable guys don’t grow on trees and teams would rather overpay them than give them up. But we’ve got some pieces that could fetch us the center that we need.

    So as that is our most necessary acquisition, this is my first proposal…

    **Monta Ellis and Charlie Bell for Nene (extended at 5 years/$69M)**

    Why? Nene is one of the better one-on-one big man defenders in the league. He is a real threat in the post as his 63%fg and his 15ppg will tell you. His 270lb frame will clog the lane and not make it difficult for opposing centers and driving guards to score at the hoop…Nene is only 28 years old and injury free, so he fits in well with our core…What he lacks as a rebounder is covered up by David Lee, D-Wright, and Curry being good rebounders.

    Losing Ellis is difficult, as he is an elite scorer and a team leader, but he plays a position that is traditionally easy to fill. And I think its the statement that has been echoed again and again, even by Ellis and Don Nelson, but he and Curry are not at their best playing beside each other. Curry has the rookie deal and is more of a pure PG, so I think he is the one you build with more so than Ellis. Tough decision, but all of the important ones usually are.

    Denver does it to get some scoring back on their team after the departure of Melo. They need a new #1 scorer and Ellis fits the bill…Nene seems reluctant to re-sign in Denver due to their rebuilding and I wouldn’t be surprised if he wanted to go to a location a bit warmer and more in tune with his laid back Brazilian style. So that makes the Warriors an enticing locale (especially as the Florida teams are basically off the table due to cap reasons)…Denver adding Mozgov gives them some freedom to make a deal like this, as well…This trade would be done in the offseason, so Charlie Bell’s contract is actually somewhat enticing just in that it is an expiring contract.

    —–

    This leaves us with the issue of Biedrins. You don’t want to pay him $9M/yr to be a backup to a $14M/yr guy. So dealing him is essential.

    Quite frankly, I think getting salary relief would be acceptable for Andris. His play has sunk so much that this is almost a best case scenario.

    One thing he still can do is rebound the ball. So teams sorely needing this in their frontcourt would likely bite on a deal to get Andris. Here is my second proposal…

    **Biedrins to Toronto for Leandro Barbosa **

    Barbosa steps in as our instant scoring guard, but off the bench as a sixth man, the role he excelled in while playing in Phoenix. He is a low risk acquisition, as his contract goes away after one season. So its a nice test run of a player that could be quite valuable to us.

    Toronto does it to get a 7 foot rebounder next to Bargnani, who is a gifted scorer but couldn’t rebound to save his life.

    The Toronto fans I’ve spoken with really want Biedrins if it doesn’t cost them too much and this deal fits the bill.

    —-

    We now have our starting center with Nene and have added some bench support at the backup PG/SG position with Barbosa. What needs to be done now is sign or trade for a legit starting SG and add some bench help.

    After saving about $1.5M on the Barboasa-Biedrins deal we’d likely have about $48M committed in salaries (assuming Lin’s option is picked up and Amundson takes his option). Add a #10 draft pick, who would make about $2.3M this yr, and we’d be at $50M. Based on a likely $60M cap, this gives us $10M to spend on free agents.

    **For our first FA move I say we go for Arron Affalo with an offer of 3years/$21M**

    Affalo is a SG with great size (6’5, 215lbs) who doesn’t demand shots but is efficient in his shooting (50%fg, 44% 3pt fg and 13ppg). He is an excellent defender, something we need badly on the perimeter…His being a California guy doesn’t hurt in trying to lure him out to the Bay Area, as well.

    This leaves us with $4M to shore up our backup Center position. That’s not a lot of cash to sign a quality big man, but it can work.

    I know that he’s not our favorite guy due to his somewhat spastic play, but here is the signing I would make with the limited money we’ve got.

    ***Dan Gadzuric at 2 years/$6M***

    He’s big and for 10-15mpg of backup play he works at that price. He’s another California guy (sort of, via UCLA), so I think he’d give us priority to re-sign him.

    This doesn’t get into our drafting, which actually happens before free agency. But I’m assuming that as this is looking like a weak draft whoever we pick will not impact our immediate needs a whole lot, so the trades above would happen regardless of our selections.

    With the #10 pick (our estimated slot) and New Jersey’s 2nd rounder (I think the Murphy +2nd rd pick deal happens) here is what I’d like to do…

    #10 pick– Terrence Jones; Freshman SF from Kentucky…The kid is aggressive, tough, and gets to the rack (7fta/gm)…He’d be a GREAT compliment and potential future replacement for D.Wright at SF.

    #35 (pick from Nets)– Jeremy Tyler; 19 year old Center playing in Tokyo…This kid has fallen off big time since becoming the first 17 year old American to leave before finishing high school to take a paycheck in Europe (Israel for one very, very bad year)…He’s got some issues, definitely, but he has major league talent and likely a lot of his problems stem from being away from home and being immature…definitely worth the risk in the 2nd round as he could be a DeAndre Jordan type down the road.

    So here is the final roster, minus little veteran pickups in FA to round out the team.

    Curry/Barbosa/Lin
    Affalo/(Barbosa)/Non-guaranteed vet a la Rodney Carney
    D.Wright/Terrence Jones
    Lee/Udoh/Amundson
    Nene/Gadzuric/Jeremy Tyler

    I believe that this squad is improved defensively, can still bring plenty of offense, and really just gets a lot better by adding Nene to be our man in the middle.

    All of the deals are realistic, as are the draft picks, so I hope it meshes well with the nature of the challenge. I want that camera!! :D

  • W’s in 2010

    There was a rumored Troy Murphy/Rip Hamilton swap back when NJ was trying to land Melo. NJ was getting a 1st round pick for taking Rip’s contract. Well hey, here we go.

    Trade 1:
    Gadzuric+BWright to NJ
    Murphy to DET
    Rip Hamilton+1stR(from DET)+2ndR(from NJ) to GS

    Trade 2:
    Monta to Denver
    Nene(w/extension signed) to GS

    PG S.Curry; A.Law; J.Lin
    SG R.Hamilton; R.Williams; C.Bell
    SF D.Wright; V.Radmanovic
    PF D.Lee; E.Udoh
    C Nene; A.Biedrins; L.Amundson

    There’s alot of money committed going forward, but hey we weren’t gonna be under the cap anyways. We re-stock picks. And we’ll have a more conventional team, that will make the playoffs every year.

  • sco_lo_pro

    Expirings for Antawn Jamison – brings vet to the team, fan favorite, good locker room guy, and most importantly adds depth at 3 and optionality for rotations (ie moving antawn or dorrel to the 2 while Monta rests.

    In the offseason, sign Kaman or DeAndre Jordan.

    People want the magic bullet, but we need to string together several consecutive winning seasons before we attract a superstar. It’s not realistic to ask if this team is going to win a championship. Any team that is starting where we are starting from is years away. What is realistic to ask is will this team produce a winning season? Add Jamison+Kaman/Jordan and you are on the right track. Above 500 no doubt.

    Just win Warriors. The rest will take care of itself.

  • http://Yahoo! PeteyBrian

    Thanks Marcus!
    If I were Joe Lacob wanting to turn around a losing franchise into legit contenders for an NBA Championship, I’d first do a little soul searching…

    Do I want to have fun tinkering with my shiny new toy or do I seriously want to build an NBA Champion?

    If it’s the former, knock yourself out. I’ll work at Dairy Queen if and when Mark Cuban-type owners ever win a title.

    If it’s the latter, I’d hire the best basketball man alive as team President – someone who’s done it before – and trust HIS instincts, not my own, and let him and his team make the crucial basketball decisions. Sorry, as smart as I am at my businesses, I must set my ego aside and relize I don’t have any credible experience building an NBA Champion.

    I’d make my son his #1 assistant so that the kid can learn from the best for one day he shall inherit the earth.

    And then I’d oversee everything else like moving the franchise to a more desirable location in a new state of the art facility – say, San Francisco – so that fans continue to and free agents will want to come to the games.

    Hire Jerry West. The Logo. Legendary player, legendary GM. Put together the Showtime Lakers. Traded for Kobe Bryant. Developed Mitch Kupchak. Turned the hopeless Memphis Grizzlies into a playoff team – then when the owner got in his business, signed Brian Cardinal and probably influenced the Pau Gasol trade!

  • dw

    So we have to buy the tickets and make the trades now? Geez!

    Nice camera though Marcus, ill try to get something thoughtful to you by Friday.

  • CC

    Keep young athletic big men and build within. Train your people with an experience coach or coaches and GM. Stop trading your players away for nothing. When you have a valuable asset stop giving it away. Always remember basketball is an inside out game. Your offence and defense will be as good as the people that play around the basket take you. The current team as assembled has the worst big guys assembled for a pro team and the coaching staff seems to have no clue about running the offense and defense through them which handicaps your team from the onset. Basketball people call it protecting the paint on both ends. To see the coach keep putting one player in the game that could not get a rebound to save his life and he keeps playing him night in and night out is just horrible. Finally, stop giving away talent for nonthing be it good contracts or bad contracts. ie magetti, jackson, morrow, watson and currently wright. The story has it that another non athlectic big guy with a fat contract is on the way.

  • Japhapa20

    Several Moves that can help the GWs:

    Sign either Yao Ming or Greg Oden during the Off-season:

    Yao Ming would provide a presents in the middle offensively and defensively (Mostly Offensively) in the middle that the Warriors haven’t had for a long long time. Yes, he is injury prone, but if they can smartly work in incentives into the contract for games played the contract could be for less or at least friendly then Biedrins.

    Greg Oden even with the injury history still has potential and has shown that he can play defense, rebound and has an offensive game still in the works. He will at least power down a dunk better then any big currently on the GW roster. High Risk and High Reward signing for most likely a bargin bin price. Same thing with Yao if you smartly work in incentives for games played then you can at least save your self from a horrible contract. Plus Biedrins is your safety net as far as injury even though he would be then considered an over paid back up Center.

    Attempt to sign or trade for Nene:

    Most likely will not ever happen he will either stay with Denver or go to a contender, but we must express interest.

    Strengthen and add depth to the bench:

    Signing Michael Redd would add another legitimate scorer off the bench. He is in the last year of his contract and is coming off injury so there should be less interest then say a JR Smith.

    Trade for Hasheem Thabeet even though he still needs a ton of work in regards to the knowledge of just playing basketball in general he would add some depth and size up front and he would come cheap.

    Sign a Keith Bogans or Corey Brewer or Kelenna Azibukke (Part 2) or Shane Battier. To add depth at the swing man position in regards to playing defense for bigger guards.

    Sign JR Smith facilitate a bigger guard and scorer, but will most likely be too costly.

  • PDXDubs

    1. Trade Monta Ellis for Josh Smith (trade machine says it improves both teams, gives Ws a very good defensive SF).

    2. Trade Biedrins to Celts for expiring contract and first round pick (Start Gadzuric/Udoh the rest of this season).

    3. Lay off this FA class (won’t be hard because of lockout). Save money for 2012.

    4. Draft a well rounded SG (must have some D!, and not Monta “look at me get steals” D). Let’s say Harrison Barnes. Along with a center with the celts pick.

    5. After dumping all salaries prior to 2012 FA (retaining only Curry, Lee, Udoh, Lin, 2011 picks and Dorell), sign best available center (McGee, Hibbert, R Lopez all restricted; Howard and Kaman unrestricted).

    This gives the Warriors a 2012 lineup of:
    Curry/Lin/Pick
    Wright/Barnes
    Josh Smith/Wright
    Lee/Udoh
    FA Center/Drafted Center

    If the Warriors pick this year turns out to be a solid player, even getting Kaman for center would put this team in the West Elite. Nene at center would be cool too.

    The real point of this post is: Trade Ellis at his peak value for a plus defensive wing player, unload Biedrins’ contract, draft well, and dont give out any big contracts to undeserving players. (see Nate Davis’ article yesterday regarding Melo trade and the value of “stars”)

  • Kenny Seagle, Emperor of the North

    how 2 fix the warriors….

    dont follow any fan trade ideas.

    like trading 4 kaman, who is injured all the time…. or jr smith, biggest punk in the NBA

    let riley do his job…. he’s been pretty friggun good at it…. no fan thought up the brilliant move 2 get ridda the ball-movement-killing maggettee or the signing of dorell

    DONT LISTEN 2 FANS

    ANY QUESTIONS???????

  • jscrilla

    1. Fire Rowell.
    2. Promote son to President
    3. Make Jeremey Lin Starter
    4. Trade Steph Curry, Monta Ellis for Landry Fields.
    5. Trade Dorrell Wright for Josh Childress
    6. Play self at SG.
    7. Move team to Palo Alto.

  • dadney

    realistically.

    the trade for murphy and buying him out and getting a second round pick was a good move at this point.

    the problems we have are mainly the 5 spot and our bench.

    best bet is to save the money. and offer Tyson Chandler a nice contract to pull him away from dallas. bc nene isnt going anywhere. no one is gonna take biedrins whack contract and so he’ll be our way overpaid second stringer giving us some depth off the bench.

    re-sign reggie williams. go after sebastian telfair and bring back mickael pietrus to give our bench some depth. & for a reasonable price.

    2011-2012 Roster would be

    1. Curry / Telfair / Lin
    2. Ellis / Williams
    3. Wright / Pietrus
    4. Lee / Udoh
    5. Chandler / Biedrins

    & an open roster spot if we end up drafting someone good.

  • Michael

    JOE’S TO-DO LIST (Assuming $60 mil Cap)
    1) Trade Biedrins & Bell to Orlando for JRich to clear cap room.
    Cap Room $30 mil
    Offseason:
    1) Re-sign Reggie
    Remaining Cap $29 mil
    2) Draft for talent: Jimmer!
    Remaining Cap $28 mil
    3) Open the Wallet, Sign at least 1 of the Following Centers: Plan A: Tyson Chandler or Nene, Plan B: Perkins or Dalembert
    Remaining Cap: $15 mil
    4) Fill the bench, Five spots.
    Forwards (2 or 3): Battier , Landry, Glen Davis, Kenyon Martin, Diaw, Reggie Evans, Prince, David West
    Center (1): Kwame Brown, Yao, Oden or Dalembert
    Guards (2 or 3): Nick Young, Mo Williams, JR Smith, TJ Ford, JRich, Hill, Barbosa
    Remaining Cap: Open the wallet pay the luxury tax.

    2011-2012 Champion Roster
    G: Curry, Ellis, Mo Willliams, Nick Young, Lin, Jimmer
    F: Lee, DWright, Udoh, Battier, Reggie Williams, Kenyon
    C: Chandler, Dalembert, Yao
    or
    G:Curry,Ellis,Ford,JRich,Lin
    F:Lee,DWright,Udoh,GlenDavis,Williams,Landry
    C:Nene,Brown,Rookie

  • JWagner

    The NBA is a stars league.  You need to have a star, or multiple, to contend for a title.  Look at the Lakers (Kobe, Gasol, Odom), Celtics (Garnett, Pierce, Allen, Rondo), Spurs (Duncan, Park, Ginobili). In the “new” NBA it seems stars only want to go to teams with other stars (the super friends in Miami & the now Anthony teaming up in New York with Amare).  While Dwight Howard, CP3 & Deron Williams will be coming available soon and fit the A star list, I don’t see the Warriors on their roadmap.  We don’t have another star to pair them with (maybe somebody lines up to play with Curry, but certainly not Ellis or David Lee), we don’t have a great coach and there is no legacy of winning championships.

    Let’s be real.  The Warriors are probably not going to throw around crazy money in the free agency market to land two or three stars. Even if they were willing, I’m not sure they could actually beat other teams out (great basketball cities like Chicago & New York have struck out the last few years).

    But, there is one recent championship team that the Warriors could model themselves after.  The 2004 Detroit Pistons.  That team was a collection of good players, but had no star. In fact they have a number of relatable assets: Rip = Ellis, Billups = Curry, Wright = Prince. Even David Lee could do a decent Sheed impression by stretching the defense with his outside shot.  But the Pistons had something in their DNA that the Warriors are missing.  A commitment to Defense. Ben Wallace epitomized that team with his intensity on rebounding & defense. The Warriors don’t have that, but I think they can find their inner Piston and turn themselves into a contender (you have to be optimistic when rooting for the Warriors).

    Here’s my three part plan:
    1. The Warriors need to build this team through the draft.  Just like Gary St. Jean did (wanted to see if you are paying attention).  They need to take a moneyball approach and hire away the scouts and statisticians from the Spurs.  The Spurs are constantly getting valuable guys to fill roles. Yes, role players.  Guys who know exactly what they are asked to do and are capable of performing those roles. That means finding inside presence to defend and rebound.  Look they are going to continue to be in that high lottery selection and they probably won’t be getting the next Blake Griffen anytime soon.  But they can certainly find bangers in those draft spots who can contribute which is what this team needs. Stop drafting soft, skinny, tweeners and get some meat in the post to plug our weaknesses.

    2. Bring in a new coach who will make this team play D.  Keith Smart seems like a good guy who can coach, but the NBA is about motivating millionaires to make sacrifices for a championship.  I don’t see Smart as the guy who turns David Lee into Dennis Rodman on D (actually, I don’t even think that’s possible). Sorry, for continuing the Pistons theme but bring Bill Laimbeer. He’s got that competitive fire to him and having coached the WNBA for a while is probably desperate enough for the job. I don’t buy that a small backcourt can’t play D.  Joe Dumars & Isaiah Thomas make lousy executives, but they could lock down any NBA backcourt.  I think another bad boy could help the Warriors make that transition. If not, there’s a good chance Robert Parish comes out of the stands and throws a punch at him and Bill Simmons would give us a lot of press time.

    3. Rebuild the bench through free agency.  The Warriors did a great job with Dorrell Wright. They signed a reasonable contract and are getting max value. They need to do the same and find a backup point guard (e.g. somebody like Steve Blake who can run the point, hit and open shot but doesn’t have to do too much). We don’t have the pieces to get a star in free agency, but we can find guys to plug our weaknesses.  We need to stop asking guys who are not stars (e.g. David Lee) to be stars. Use the 2004 Piston model and build this team around fundamental basketball.

    If that doesn’t work in 3 years, borrow a billion dollars from Zuck, buy the Lakers and have them switch uniforms.

  • Damon

    The two trades i would make are Brandon Wright and Amundson to the Griz for Thabeet and Radmanovic and Gadzuric to the Bobcats for Wallace and Kwame Brown.

    The Griz are shopping Thabeet and we can give them some expiring contracts and maybe a draft pick/cash could be included by either side. This gets the Griz two serviceable players and unload Thabeet’s contract. For us it gives us a young center that will get a chance to start over and only has one more year on his contract after this year. So we would be trading expiring contracts this year for an expiring contract for next year.

    The bobcats are trying to get expiring contracts and again drat picks and/or cash can be involved by either team. This gives them two contracts that are expiring and helps them to unload Wallace’s contract. However for us it gives us a good/great player who could fit in on the team and a serviceable center. Additionally Wallace’s contract expires next season so there is not a lot of long term commitment to him. Also we are continuing the trend of switching our expiring contracts this year to expiring contracts next year. the advantage of this is since not many people want expiring contracts this year they may want them next year when the new collective bargaining contract is effect.

  • http://ihatemydvr.blogspot.com/ Bigmouth

    First, I would just like to get to know you. Who’s your daddy, and what does he do?

    Then, I would trade for Troy Murphy and Mike Dunleavy, Jr. The return of Murphleavy, baby!

  • WetLunGz

    I would make the trades i made in nba 2k11, when I first loaded a franchise wit the warriors:
    Biedriins/bwright/ ’12 2nd rnd pick- kevin love (this was my most important move cu it got rid of biedrins shitty contract, and bwright for the best rebounding big man in the nba…
    Gadz/reggie- corey brewer (perimeter defense)
    Lin/bell/lou/law- raja bell (perimeter d/3 point shooter), cj miles (salary) and earl nwatson(decent bu pg)
    David lee- tyson chandler ’11 1st rnd/ ’12 1st rnd (dunno why they made this trade but I love all the picks)
    New line-up:
    Curry/E.watson/ellis
    Ellis/R. Bell/brewer
    Wright/brewer/miles
    Love/udoh/radman
    Chandler/udoh/radman

    Now In real life I don’t think min trades love wtout getting atleast 1 or 2 first round picks so mite have to trade for him after acquiring piks in dlee deal.

    Also by getting rid of lee/biedrins/and the now oft hurt amundson, wed have more than enough cap room to sign any player wed want in the upcomking FA period…I will have more details on contracts later, I gotta go waste a day at DMV…

  • WetLunGz

    Since some moves have been made since I did my last franchise I’m going to start another one today with an uodated roster and c iif I can do better…more to come later…

  • Bassel

    Move Monta Biedrins and expirings and get back Nene in a S&T. Sign Battier in the offseason and bring in a Raja Bell like player at the 2. Move DWright off the bench and Draft the BPA.

    You’d have a team of basketball players
    Curry/R. Bell/Battier/Lee/Nene
    Williams/Lin/Bell/Wright/Amundson/BPA/Throw-Ins

    That would be step 1, but that team is a 6 seed overnight, once you build a bench, then you can make the bigger leap forward.

  • John S

    1) win as many games as possible this year to build up the trust of the fanbase
    2) draft Jan Veseley with late lottery pick
    3) sign Greg Oden
    4) trade Monta for Iguodala
    5) trade Biedrins for future picks
    6) tank 2011/12 season in order to draft franchise player by severely limiting Oden’s minutes and playing the young prospects as much as possible for quicker development; franchise player = Austin Rivers
    7) Oden at full strength thanks to additional rest and new Warriors training staff

    2012/13 Roster
    PG: S. Curry / A. Rivers
    SG: A. Rivers / R. Williams (re-signed)
    SF: A. Iguodala / D. Wright
    PF: D. Lee / J. Veseley
    C: G. Oden / E. Udoh / L. Amundson

  • M

    Get more involved with this Utah / New Jersey trade and shed some contracts for potential.

    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=6bxv6b3

    It’s a bold gamble, but one that would give the Warriors a nice rotation, better defense, and some depth in the post. Most importantly it puts only one guy (Lee) above rookie wage scale, giving the team the ability to move forward with adding pieces to a young core.

    With superstars only wanting to go where celebrities live (New York, Miami, or Los Angeles), unless Lacob plans to move to the team to one of those cities he needs to build the team with youth and potential and keep his long term costs down so when that the youth begin to show promise he can go for it all and open up a serious window of contention. Draft a young wing player in the draft this upcoming off season and watch this team grow together.

  • joe suspect

    Overall Philosophy:
    1) Acquire players that add more value and contribute to winning than their contracts are worth (see Stephen Curry & Dorell Wright).
    2) Trade and/or do not sign players that do not meet rule #1 (see Monta Ellis and, to a lesser extent, David Lee)
    3) Spend as much as the NBA salary cap rules allow while also adhering to rule #1 (i.e. don’t be Isiah Thomas).
    4) Spend more on scouting/player analysis (better drafts, finding 2nd round sleepers, better judgement for extensions and free-agent signings) and player development (big man and free throw coaches, anyone? you’re not going likely trade AB, so why not try to “fix” him?)

    This season:
    1) Attempt to trade expiring contracts (Gadzuric, Radmanovic, B. Wright, and acquire 2nd round picks for 2012 & 2013. Buyout anyone not traded and sign d-leaguers for extended tryouts.
    2) Play Jeremy Lin/Bench Acie Law. Neither is championship-level player, but Lin will be here in 2011-12 so we might as well get him more experience and see if he’s worth keeping.
    3) Play whose under contract in 2012: Ellis, Curry, Lee, D. Wright, Biedrins, Udoh, Amundson, Williams, Lin , Bell (garbage time only) and any d-leaguers. Bench everyone else.

    Offseason/2012
    1) Hire championship-level coaching & GM staff.
    2) Attempt to trade Bell/Amundson for picks.
    3) Do not extend qualifying offer for B. Wright.
    4) Attempt to trade Ellis for more efficient and better defending 2 or combo guard.
    5) Only extend Udoh if he’s shown actual results, not just potential. We don’t need another B. Wright.
    6) Resign Williams, but don’t overpay (<= 4.5 mil/yr).
    7) Consider resigning Vlad at vet minimum.
    8) Target affordable, value-adding, under 30 yo free-agents: Kris Humphries, Kendrick Perkins, Chuck Hayes, Josh McRoberts, Luc MBah a Moute, Marcus Thornton)

  • Francis A.

    To put it bluntly the “easiest” way to build a contender is to find that HOF player. Almost every championship team is built around a HOF type player. The last team and only team to win it all without a HOF player is the Larry Brown Pistons. Look back at the list of championship teams and you see names like MJ, Kobe, Duncan, Hakeem, Shaq, etc. The importance of this true “superstar” can be seen with what happened in Cleveland. Before LBJ, the Cavs were insignificant. Once he was drafted the franchise became instant contenders and once he left they’re a team that lost 26 games in a row.

    So to put it bluntly the “easiest” way to build a contender is to find your superstar. Ideally, my superstar plays both ends of the floor at a high level (Melo and Amare do not count) or is able to contribute in another way other than scoring (again Melo and Amare do not count). Once you find that superstar with great management the rest of the pieces should fall into place. Every championship team is able to fill out their rotation and bench with great trades and discounted signings (Gasol to LA, Shaq to LA/MIA, Rodman to Bulls, KG/Allen to BOS, etc). If you want to see an extreme example of this look to South Beach and what having Wade on their team did for them they got Shaq and then LBJ and Bosh. If your superstar plays defense, then most likely your team will play defense as well.

    So the “simple” plan to build a true contender, not just a perennial 2nd round playoff team (Hello, New York Knicks!) is to 1) Acquire a HOF type player and 2) hire great management.

    Looking at the Warriors roster it is very obvious this HOF type player does not exist. Curry possibly, but he has yet to become a double digit assist man. Ellis, Lee, and Biedrins are what they are at this point. Ditto for Wright. Udoh is far too old, a terrible rebounder, and lacking the offensive game to be consider a HOF type player. So basically the Warriors have a bunch of players that I would consider expendable. However, just because they are expendable doesn’t mean you would just give them away.

    So how will the Warriors acquire this superstar?

    One way is to build through the draft. In the 2011 draft, if the Warriors deem one of the college kids like Jared Sullinger, Perry Jones, or Kyrie Irving to be that superstar type player then they need to be willing to part with assets (even Curry) in order to improve what is likely to be a late lottery pick. If there is no stud in the draft, the Warriors need to move the 2011 1st rounder for ideally a 2012 1st rounder (from another lottery team) and whatever other assets they can acquire (more draft picks, expiring contracts, rookie deal prospects) because the true prize can be be found in the summer of 2012.

    2012!

    Yes, 2012 as in the year that Dwight Howard exercises his Early Termination Option (ETO) on his contract. What do the Warriors need? A big man who can defend, rebound, and score or as Larry Riley recently said, “Bill Russell reincarnated.” Warriors, meet Dwight Howard. Now, CP3 and Deron could be FAs in 2012, but with Curry/Ellis and questions about CP3s knee, I would pass and just focus on Superman.

    So part of the plan for 2012 is to make sure that the 7 million dollars in cap space for 2011 is used to acquire 1 year rental players. The money looks to be better spent over multiple players rather than one player worth 7 million. The Warriors are not a 7 million dollar player away from being a contender. Also, it is easier to move smaller contracts rather than one large contract.

    During the season the Warriors need to try and get into extend and trade talks involving Dwight Howard if it looks like he’s ready to bolt. The Warriors could offer a package of pick two from Ellis/Curry/D.Wright + Biedrins + 1st rounders for Howard. This would leave the team with Howard, David Lee, and one from Wright/Curry/Ellis (preferably Curry is kept). For sure Ellis or Biedrins need to be in the package since both are the highest paid quality players we can give up. It would leave the team bare to the bones, but again the Warriors would have their superstar and that is the first step and most critical step in building a true contender.

    If Howard, shows no interest in an extended and trade or is playing it cool with the Magic then the Warriors need to focus on dumping Ellis, Biedrins, or Lee for expiring deals to sign Howard in UFA. Heading into 2012 the Warriors are on the hook for roughly $50 million between Ellis, Lee, Wright, Biedrins, Curry, Udoh, and 2011 rookie. With MAX players costing around $20 million, the Warriors need to trade 2 of 3 between Biedrins, Lee, and Ellis for expiring deals. Biedrins and Ellis are easiest to trade because their deals would only run for 2 more years at $11 and $9 million each, both enticing pieces for championship contenders. With Ellis and Biedrins traded that would leave the Warriors with Curry, Lee, and Dorrell Wright and enough cash to sign Howard.

    At that point, the Warriors have done all they could do. It’s up to Howard now. If he signs with the Warriors great – Curry, Wright, Lee, and Howard is another lockdown perimeter defender away from being a championship team! If not then the Warriors would have excellent cap space, draft picks, and presumably a crappier team in order to increase their chances of finding a stud in the draft with a higher lottery pick.

    That’s the harsh reality of the NBA. Without a superstar/HOF type talent your team is not a true contender. Sure the Warriors can target and trade for players like Danny Granger, Gerald Wallace, and Andre Igoudala, Kendrick Perkins, Greg Oden, etc and end up as perennial playoff teams, but none of those players are clearly HOF players. You can’t add one of those guys and confidently say the Warriors can compete for a title… not with Wade/LBJ/Bosh, Rose/Boozer/Noah, or Durant/Westbrook. Can we take the Larry Brown Detroit Pistons route? Maybe, but looking back at NBA history shows us that they are an anomaly… not to mention the starting 5 could all play defense something that most of the Warriors’ best player don’t do. So Warriors fans, the only way to become “true contenders” is not to build a team around the instant gratification of “making playoffs,” but to make tough decisions and shrewd moves with the current roster and get really lucky (in the draft or with Dwight Howard). All things that are not the previous regime’s forte. So we’ll just have to stick together because it’s going to get worse, before it can get better.

  • jclay09

    First things first, I’d deal Murphy and Vlad to the Jazz for Kirilenko, Raja Bell, and Ronnie Price. Saves the Jazz ~$3M to help get them under the luxury tax, helps the Warriors get the talent level needed to make a move into the playoffs in a severely weakened Western Conference.

    Bell provides the wing defender the team has sorely been lacking who still can hit shots and gives them a versatile big man who can run with the team and guard virtually any position on the court. The Warriors still have Kirilenko’s contract coming off the books this offseason giving them enough to still sign mid-level exception type player they were already looking at signing.

    In the offseason…

    Resign Reggie. Resign either Kirilenko or Tayshaun Prince to keep the versatility of a bench player coming in who can guard 2s, 3s, and 4s or move on to a Grant Hill or Shane Battier type to come in at SF.

    Draft Jordan Hamilton, Derrick Williams, Kawhi Leonard, Kenneth Faried, Patric Young, or Chris Singleton with the 1st rounder and draft a proven college player with one elite skill (Dejaun Blair/Paul Milsap), an athletic freak (Deandre Jordan/Monta Ellis/Gilbert Arenas), or a Euro who won’t be over for a year or two but is still a very good prospect (Luis Scola) in the 2nd round obviously depending on who is available. Targets would include Quincy Acy, Elias Harris, Renardo Sidney, Nolan Smith, Kyle Singler, JaJuan Johnson.

    Move into 2011/2012 season rolling

    Curry/Monta/Lin
    Monta/Bell/Williams/Bell
    Wright/Leonard
    Lee/Kirilenko
    Udoh/Beidrins/Amundson

    and a 2nd round pick like Nolan Smith or JaJuan Johnson in the D-League.

    The team has a good mix of young players and veterans, offensive and defensive players, along with players who play both sides of the ball and have the versatility to move between positions. They can go small, can go big, enough bodies to throw at a team with a dominant big man like Howard. They’re a playoff team this season and set up as the 2nd strongest young team in the Western Conference.