By Marcus Thompson
Thursday, December 8th, 2011 at 3:59 pm in Uncategorized.
Swingman Reggie Williams, a restricted free agent, will not be at camp when it starts Friday. Williams is expecting to be mulling over offer sheets instead.
A league source said he is expecting at least two offer sheets right off the bat. Several teams have shown interest, including San Antonio, Orlando, Denver, Chicago and Charlotte.
The Warriors will have three days to match once he signs an offer sheet. But it is possible the Warriors will match, for a couple reasons.
* If indeed this many teams are interested in Williams, it figures he’ll get a decent offer. General manager Larry Riley said he would only match Williams for the right price. The Warriors have rookie swingman Klay Thompson in tow, so they won’t overpay for Williams. I doubt they pay more than $3 million for him, if that much.
* If the Warriors haven’t yet landed their big man, they won’t be able to sign Williams. Whatever he signs for would take away salary cap space. So in those three days they have to decide, Golden State will have to have already used up their cap space (or swung and missed on the other big-name free agents) before signing Williams. If the Warriors are at or over the cap first, then Williams signs an offer sheet, Golden State would have the ability to match despite being over the cap.
If the Warriors lose Williams, that would be three gems the Warriors found, developed and lost in free agency. The Warriors chose not to match the offer sheets signed by C.J. Watson and Anthony Morrow.