Monday, Warriors CEO Joe Lacob suggested he would be making a big announcement on Tuesday. But since you probably don’t want to wait, I found out what the announcement was early. Just for you.
As my colleague TK said, it’s not a trade or the new team president. But he still felt compelled to call it an “exciting” announcement. And I know what it is.
I’ll give you a hint: Bismarck, N.D.
Was able to confirm reports by the Houston Chronicle that the Rockets are indeed interested in acquiring Warriors center Andris Biedrins. Houston, with Yao Ming and Chuck Hayes as their expected center options next season, are in need of a big man since Yao’s ability to play again is still suspect and Chuck Hayes, while valiant and completely useful, is probably not a starting center on a playoff team.
For Warriors fans, who have been hoping for Biedrins’ departure for some time, that means the Warriors just may be able to move Biedrins. That was once thought to be impossible considering the drastic decline in his production and the three years, $27 million he has left on his contract. But apparently, Houston is a taker.
So why is Biedrins still a Warrior you ask? While this may seem the perfect answer to the Warriors’ ills, Golden State, according to multiple sources, are not at all enamored with the Rockets’ offer thus far. Continue Reading
By Marcus Thompson II
When it became clear that Golden State could acquire big man Jeremy Tyler, Warriors assistant general manager Bob Myers stood up in the team’s draft room and spoke up.
Myers has known Tyler for years, since he was a middle school phenom in San Diego. Myers felt compelled to issue one last reminder to coach Mark Jackson.
“I said, ‘Mark, you’ve got to coach this guy,’ ” said Myers. “He said, ‘Let’s get him.'”
Assistant coach Michael Malone then asked: “Is he good? Is he big?”
“He’s good and big,” Myers responded. “But you’ve got to keep him on a leash a little bit.”
After that, Golden State agreed to send $2 million to Charlotte in exchange for the No. 39 pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, which the Bobcats used to select Tyler for the Warriors. In doing so, Golden State added some serious excitement to its draft.
The Warriors had their pick of several players who were expected to go higher. San Diego State small forward Kawhi Leonard, Kansas combo forward Marcus Morris, and Florida State small forward Chris Singleton.
But the Warriors chose the guy they had on their eye all along: Klay Thompson.
RILEY: “We’ve said before that we like him as a shooter, as an athlete, as a basketball player. He has the NBA skill and he will develop further skills … He has a good pedigree. Comes from a basketball family. This guy will have a good amount of success in the NBA. He has a very good upside. Should be able to play as a rookie and make a contribution to this basketball team.”
Join us for live NBA draft coverage on Thursday, June 23 at 4 p.m. as our Warriors beat writer Marcus Thompson II participates in a live chat.
Klay Thompson has been linked with the Warriors for a few weeks now, since Jerry West watched him in Los Angeles and vouched for him to Warriors management. But Friday, Klay got a chance to workout in front of co-owner Joe Lacob, new coach Mark Jackson and the entire Warriors’ basketball operations staff.
How’d he do?
SAID ONE ONLOOKER: “Good. Really good. No surprise.”
Here is the transcript from Mark Jackson’s interview with the media at the NBA Finals in Dallas.
Q. Mark, could you talk about the significance of hiring Michael Malone as your lead assistant, and what you hope he’ll bring to the table for you?
MARK JACKSON: Well, first and foremost, it’s a great day. Getting to Michael Malone, he’s a guy I’ve known for quite some time. They gave me the opportunity to establish my own staff. He’s the guy I’ve targeted throughout the course of not just this process but when I’ve interviewed before, we had an understanding that I would come after him.
So it is truly a great day in Warriorland to get a guy like Mike Malone. Because I have tremendous respect for his passion, his knowledge, his commitment and he’s an extremely loyal guy. So it’s a big‑time hire for us.