Reggie Williams signed with the Charlotte Bobcats. Shawne Williams opted for New Jersey. And the Warriors don’t have enough money to land the likes of Andre Kirilenko or Josh Howard.
So the Warriors announced Thursday they’d signed Dominic McGuire. He gets a one-year deal for about a million dollar, reportedly.
McGuire, 26, is the front-runner to back-up forward Dorell Wright. The 6-foot-9, 235-pounder out of Fresno State played with Charlotte Bobcats last season. He started eight of his 52 games, averaging 3.3 points and 3.8 rebounds in 14.6 minutes. What was probably more impressive to the Warriors: in his eight starts, he averaged 7.4 rebounds and 1.13 blocks in 26.4 minutes. Long and athletic, McGuire – a second-round pick by the Wizards in 2007 – fits the defensive mold the Warriors want.
The Warriors passed on Julian Wright, Al Thornton, Jamario Moon and Oakland-native Derek Brown. Mo Evans may have gotten a little consideration, but he was older than the Warriors wanted, I’m told. Golden State really didn’t want another shooting guard because they consider Klay Thompson more of a shooting guard at this point in their career. The Warriors wanted a definitive small forward, which excluded the likes of Richard Hamilton or defensive specialist DeShawn Stevenson.
The Warriors now have a back-up at every position. Swingman Klay Thompson is expected to be the first perimeter player off the bench, as he can back up Monta Ellis and Wright.