By Marcus Thompson
Thursday, December 8th, 2011 at 12:46 pm in Uncategorized.
Sources confirmed the Warriors are all but out of the Tyson Chandler sweepstakes. Golden State loses out on their top free agent target, as he choses another
The Knicks outbid the Warriors at four years, $60 million according to one source. As for Golden State’s offer, another source said they did not get that high. The Warriors’ offer was closer to four years, $52 million, with a willingness to maybe get up to $56 million.
They might’ve reluctantly matched the Knicks but it never got that far, per one source, because Chandler preferred the Knicks. Once they made the offer he liked, game over. Even if the Warriors had matched, Chandler would have chosen New York, the source said. Better situation. Bigger market. You know the story.
It all adds up to the Warriors losing out again. But that is not the worst thing to some members of the organization, who were hesitant to make Chandler the Warriors highest-paid player. Golden State does prefer Chandler, but the price tag was getting to an uncomfortable level. The Knicks, in essence, saved the Warriors from overpaying.
So what do the Warriors do now? DeAndre Jordan represents their most feasible next move. Nene is commanding $15 million per year, a price tag Golden State would prefer not to pay. They’d love Marc Gasol, but every indication is Memphis will match any offer.
That leaves Jordan, who too is a long shot. The Clippers want to match, and have reportedly offered a five-year, $40 million deal. That leaves a window in which the Warriors may be able to jump higher than the Clippers while still staying in their comfort zone. Since L.A.’s second team still has designs on Dwight Howard, they may let Jordan go.