Warriors Standing Pat for Now

The Warriors have been potentially looking to fill out the roster, especially since they gave away two players (Charles Jenkins and Jeremy Tyler). But if any players are added, it will likely be down the line. Currently, the Warriors don’t have any plans to sign another player.

No, D-League star Travis Leslie is not coming through that door. At least not yet. There are a few reasons for the delay.

1. The buyout/waiver market did not produce the options the Warriors had hoped. The Warriors are left weighing their options between the likes of Hakeem Warrick, Omri Caspi and Chris Douglas-Roberts.

No DaJuan Blair buyout. No Timofey Mozgov buyout. No one who makes the Warriors want to act now.

Certainly, there are a few players out there the Warriors like a little. But no one they’re going to jump at the chance to nab.

2. The Warriors are giving Mark Jackson veto power. Since it’s late in the season and whoever comes would be an adjustment, they’re only going to add a player with his approval. And Jackson, who is big on chemistry, hasn’t been too keen on the options he has been presented with.

The concern for Jackson is how the new player would effect the current ones. Whose minutes will get jacked and how will that impact the Warriors’ young roster? It would have to be someone who is a no-brainer. Is it worth it to tinker with Barnes’ confidence? Would it be more beneficial to give those minutes to Draymond Green and Kent Bazemore, who need experience to develop? Is it worth it to bring in a player who will just end up sitting on the bench? How will who they bring in impact team chemistry?

These are all questions Jackson is posed with, and so far his answer has been to stick with what he has. Things could change, which leads me to No. 3.

3. The Warriors really want to see their full roster play. Who knows when that will be since Andrew Bogut is still on the shelf. But this offseason figures to be a busy one for the Warriors. They will have some tough decisions to make since they are sitting on some $40 million in expiring contracts. General Manager Bob Myers will be much better equipped to decide if he gets more time to see the roster in action together.

Bringing someone in on a rental could take away from that, especially since the minutes will likely come from the very players the Warriors want to see. Obviously, if Bogut is out much longer, the Warriors may need to go ahead and add a big. But until they see how the full roster works with Bogut, it’s kind of difficult to see exactly what type of player they need to bring in.

Is it a slasher like Warrick, or does Barnes need to fill that role? Do they need a rebounding, defensive presence or is Bogut the answer? Should they add low-post scoring or will reduced minutes help get Landry back on track? Do they need a back-up shooting guard?

Obviously, things are subject to change. But as of right now, the Warriors aren’t bringing anyone in.


Marcus Thompson

  • Grey Warden

    What about Dominic McGuire? Not sure if he’s still in the NBA anymore, but why not give him a try.

  • Niners in 2012

    Bring back Gilbert Arenas! The 2nd unit that Mark Jackson insists on using late 1stQ/early 2ndQ and late 3rdQ/early 4thQ can’t score a lick, they could use a real scorer.

  • Niners in 2012

    BTW, I read Gilbert will be available soon, he’s in China right now.

  • Dave

    If the Warriors win tonight, they go on a 7 game win streak. If they lose, they miss the playoffs.

  • young

    i figured out what wrong with the team…No on court leader. only leaders are jack and jackson. Problem is Jack is off the bench and is inconsistent, Jackson is on the bench permanently…

    No one holds these guys accountable on the floor and it hurts us…

  • Dave

    We’re going streaking!

  • Kevin

    Why not bring in another point guard (not named Gilbert Arenas)? Both Curry and Jack play long minutes and fatigue is bound to start coming into play especially this late into the season if it hasn’t already. I think signing a player like Travis Leslie (currently with Santa Cruz), Sundiata Gaines, or Delonte West (risky, currently with Dallas’ D-League, but does not have a contract with the Mavericks) would be good signings to help relieve Curry and Jack. If Bogut continues to be hurt, then I think addressing the frontcourt should be the priority. The Warriors should look into players like: Sean Williams, Jerome Jordan, and Hassan Whiteside.

  • Kevin

    Just so people don’t get the wrong impression, I’m not saying that any of the frontcourt players could replace Bogut (not many centers could), because none of them are starting caliber players. Sean Williams is more of a power forward and he’s a good role player, but might actually be unnecessary since Landry and Green come off the bench already at PF. Jerome and Hassan both are pretty much unproven and raw players (like Ezeli), but they have some potential (like Ezeli). Another possible player for the Warriors to consider should be Jordan Williams. Jordan is unproven for the most part, but he did okay in his first year with the Nets last year. All in all, I don’t think it would hurt too much to sign another point guard and/or center to a 10 day contract.

  • Dubber

    Unfortunately, we have a very young roster that need leadership and taking care of the ball. So much talent and potential but the key ingredient is time.

    Thompson needs some experience to go with his shooting. I can kind of see some of Michael Jordan in Barnes. Lets wait and see.

  • Stan

    It looks like BANGS John Hickey is openly shilling for the A’s..no comments allowed.All it took to buy him was a dinner?

  • Stan

    The Warriors have fallen back to Monta ball. One guy scores and everybody else watches. Standing around…and you would have thought after Houston,the Warriors would go at the 3 point arc of shooters. No,instead they give everybody a five yard cushion like a really bad NFL cornerback. To see shorter guys jump over Bogut for a rebound..not good. He can jump for a dunk with a running start..but he’s nailed to the floor near the basket. I don’t see any fast huge improvement. Maybe he will,maybe he wont.

  • Grey Warden

    #8 Stan,

    I could never post in the A’s blog before. Whoever was the A’s beat writer before, never allowed me to post either. I suspect it goes the same for the majority of the comments, except from a few commenters. Heck, most of the comments from before were from you and maybe 1 or 2 other posters.