UPDATE II: The Warriors are in the process of trading Lou Amundson, according to a team source. A second source confirmed it is for Indiana Pacers swingman Brandon Rush. Amundson was held out of Saturday’s game vs. Sacramento. It is not official and likely won’t be before Sunday. I’m told its a straight-up trade.
Archive for December, 2011
Monta Ellis on former coach Keith Smart: “The relationship we built was
more of a father and son.”
Tonight is a pretty important preseason game for the Warriors. So much to figure out. So many firsts. So many ducks to get in order. It will be Mark Jackson’s first time as a head coach in a game situation and the first time his staff works together. Since there are only two preseason games, they will have to analyze the key guys and how they are meshing, get a live look at the system (especially on defense) how well the players are grasping it, AND check out these training camp invites to see if anyone can make the team.
A lot will be going on tonight at Oracle Arena. Here’s a few things to keep your eyes on:
The Warriors’ bid for point guard Ish Smith was successful. Golden State claimed him off waivers Friday as it learned minutes ago they were awarded his rights.
Smith gives the Warriors a third point guard. He is little (6-feet, 175 pounds) and super fast. He’s averaged 10.3 minutes in 43 career games, most of them with Houston. He was waived by Memphis on Wednesday. The Warriors want Smith to help Stephen Curry. Chasing the speedy Smith around every day will be a challenge for Curry, one that figures to help him defensively.
I’m told the Warriors put their bid to claim point guard Ish Smith off waivers. , who was waived by Memphis on Wednesday. They found out this afternoon if they get him. If multiple teams try to claim him, he will go to the team with the worst record I think. Smith would be the third point guard on the roster.
Smith is little and super fast. Probably the fastest player in the league. He’s averaged 10.3 minutes in 43 career games, most of them with Houston. The Warriors don’t just want Smith for what he can do on the court (floor general, not a good shooter), but they like the idea of Stephen Curry defending him every day in practice. Trying to keep the speedy Smith in front of him would be helpful to Curry’s development on defense, the Warriors presume.
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.
The Warriors’ bid to get Reggie Williams back failed minutes ago. He signed a two year deal worth $5 million with the Charlotte Bobcats.
For that price, it seemed the Warriors could have gotten him. Golden State wanted him. But Williams chose not to re-sign with Golden State for one reason.
The Warriors, according to a couple team sources, are in the market for one more player. Their last two needs are a wing player and a third point guard (who could end up the back-up depending on Charles Jenkins). But one source said they will likely go after a small forward with the $3 million they have left in cap space.
A few of the guys they like out there are either out of their price range (Andre Kirilenko) or not interested showing much interest in coming to Golden State (Josh Howard). That leaves the Warriors rummaging through the leftovers. Here are some names I’m hearing:
Guess who’s coming to practice?
The wait is about over for Klay Thompson. The Warriors first round pick, No. 11 overall, is expected to sign this morning and be allowed to practice today.
Per the new rookie scale, Thompson will get a four-year deal worth $10.4 million. The Warriors hold an option the last two seasons. Thompson will make just under $2.2 million this season.