Talks perhaps won’t really heat up for another couple days. But count the Warriors among teams interested in Andrew Bogut.
According to team sources, the Warriors are preparing to make a play for Milwaukee’s center. He’s high on their list, but one source didn’t sound too optimistic.
First off, Bogut is hurt. Thanks to an injured left ankle, he could be done for the season. Ideally, the Warriors would like to trade for someone who can help now.
Also, Bogut’s price is high.
The Bucks, which are in desperate need of consistent offense, aren’t pining to get Monta Ellis – who would form a little backcourt with point guard Brandon Jennings. But even if the Warriors come up with a package the Bucks might like – for instance Andris Biedrins, Kwame Brown’s expiring, Dorell Wright and Ekpe Udoh — Golden State would have to take back on of two players they really don’t want.
Stephen Jackson or Drew Gooden.
Jackson’s history with the Warriors is probably too irreparable for him to bring back. Plus, the Warriors would not give him the extension he wants, so it could end poorly. However, Jackson – who makes $9 million this year and $10 million next year – would be an upgrade over Dorell Wright and if it means shedding Biedrins’ last year, it may be worth considering.
Gooden is a tad more desireable than Jackson. He can give them something off the bench, especially if the Warriors lose Udoh. Problem with Gooden, a Bay Area native, is his contract has three years, $20 million on it after this year. That’s a noted commitment. But it may be worth it if the Warriors can add Bogut while keeping it’s core.
Perhaps the more likely option is to get a third team involved, preferably one that would take Stephen Jackson.
Yes, I came up with such a trade.
Warriors upgrade at center and at back-up PG. The trio of Ronnie Brewer, Brandon Rush and Dominic McGuire makes them solid defensively on the wings.
Milwaukee sheds its Stephen Jackson headache, gets salary cap relief in Kwame and gets potential offensive help in Dorell. Convincing them to take Boozer may be a reach since they have good young PFs
Bulls get much-needed scoring help in Monta and dump Boozer’s contract, paving the way for Taj Gibson to start. Their bench now features Jackson, Rip Hamilton and Nate Robinson – perhaps not Thibs kind of guys but could work.
Here is another one that may work better
Monta for Bogut. Gooden for Andris. Win on both fronts, right?
Joe is expensive, but Milwaukee sheds two contracts for one and now their backcourt is Joe Johnson and Brandon Jennings to go with some good young bigs.
Atlanta rids itself of Joe’s contract without losing offense. Monta and Teague would be explosive – and cheaper – backcourt.