Guess who wins?
According to team sources, the Warriors are going to offer Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan a four-year, $40 million contract on Sunday, as first reported by Matt Steinmetz at CSNBA.
If Jordan signs the offer sheet, the Clippers will have three days to decide whether they will match the offer since Jordan is a restricted free agent. If they don’t match, the 6-foot-11, 23-year-old center prospect will be a Warrior.
The Clippers reportedly offered Jordan a five-year deal worth $40 million. They reportedly were hesitant to offer too much to Jordan because the Clippers have plans to go after Orlando center Dwight Howard. But one league source said with Howard primarily interested in Orlando, the Clippers will be more inclined to match (and try to deal center Chris Kaman to create salary cap space). Another incentive for the Clippers to match: Jordan is best friends with Clippers’ franchise star Blake Griffin.
One source said Jordan was fourth on the Warriors’ list of desired big men. But the other three proved too expensive. Tyson Chandler, their top choice, signed with New York for four years, $58 million. Nene, an unrestricted free agent, is asking for $15 million per year, which one team source said is at least what it would take to pry restricted free agent center Marc Gasol away from Memphis.
Jordan is the least proven on the Warriors’ wish list. The fourth-year center — who last season averaged 7.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 25.6 minutes — is much more potential than production. But he has the best price and arguably the most upside. He’s known for his athleticism and length, which allows him to run the floor well, finish at the rim and block shots.
The Warriors have waived guard Jeremy Lin, a local product and fan favorite, and held off on signing rookies Klay Thompson and Jeremy Tyler so they can have enough cap space to make an offer to Jordan. The Warriors will also have to use the amnesty clause to waive guard Charlie Bell in order to create enough room under the salary cap to sign Jordan.
If Jordan signs the offer sheet Sunday, and the Clippers take the full three days to make a decision, that means Thompson and Tyler wouldn’t join sign and join training camp until Wednesday.
If the Clippers match, the Warriors will likely go after a journeyman big and bench help and take another crack at a difference maker before the March trade deadline.
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He looks stronger. Said he added 15 pounds.
He sounds better. Has a sense of purpose and maturity in his town.
Apparently, he played well, too.
STEPHEN CURRY: “He looked awesome today. He was moving well, physical, changing shots at the basket, rebounding well. It’s only day one and you can see his face. He’s checked in. I think he had a great offseason, in his personal life and getting ready for the season. Nice to see him mobile like he is and being a game-changer for us.”
Waiving guard Jeremy Lin. Holding off on the signing of draft picks Klay Thompson and Jeremy Tyler. It’s all about accruing salary cap space. Why?
The Warriors are preparing an offer sheet for Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, according to a team source. The Warriors must have the space under the cap to cover the first year of the deal in order to make the offer. Don’t yet know how much the offer will be. But …
The Warriors have waived guard Jeremy Lin, a team sources confirmed.
The second year guard was pulled from practice and told he was released. According to one source, it was a salary cap move. More coming …
Warriors guard Charlie Bell will not be at the opening of training camp, according to a source close to Bell. It is unclear if he will be at camp on Saturday either.
Bell, 32, was jailed Thursday in his hometown of Flint, Mich., after showing up to court legally drunk for a hearing on his drunken driving case, ABC 12 (WJRT-TV) reported. He spent a few hours in custody after he failed a pre-scheduled alcohol assessment test before his case was heard. His blood-alcohol level was .09. The legal limit is .08.
ABC 12 reported that Bell was held in Genesee County’s 67th District Court holding cell on a bond violation until he sobered up. He has since been released. He is expected back in court in Michigan today, which means he won’t be on the court in Oakland for the start of training camp.
Bell was originally arrested in Flint Township Oct. 21 for drunken driving, driving with a suspended license and failure to stop at a stop sign. In February, Bell was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in Oakland.
Without Bell, the Warriors will only have 11 players for the start of training camp.