By Marcus Thompson
Monday, July 30th, 2012 at 10:56 am in Uncategorized.
According to league sources, the Warriors’ reported interest in free agent SF Josh Howard is, at the very least, minimal.
Golden State’s focus is still on landing a back-up power forward, with Carl Landry atop the wishlist. The Warriors are still waiting for Landry to decide. Golden State has a limit on a price it can offer (because the Warriors don’t want to go into luxury tax territory). So the question is whether Landry takes more money elsewhere or accepts what the Warriors have. Warriors management is basically in wait-and-see mode.
But don’t expect them to make any moves until Landry decides, certainly not for a small forward. After drafting Harrison Barnes, and with the expected re-signing of Brandon Rush, the Warriors aren’t in the market for a small forward unless he can play power forward (someone like Andrei Kirilenko or Dominic McGuire). At 6-foot-7, 210 pounds, Howard is too small for such a role with the Warriors.
To be sure, some in the front office do like Josh Howard’s game. But something would have to go wrong in the Brandon Rush saga for the Warriors to have serious interest in a small forward.