Golden State’s newest rookie, Serbian guard Nemanja Nedovic, laughs off the European Derrick Rose nickname.
Sure, he is sizeable (6-foot-4, 195 pounds) and athletic point guard, who (as YouTube will attest) has a knack for dunking on people. And he wears knee pads like Rose. But he opted to temper the expectations.
“Maybe I’m the European Derrick Rose,” he said on Monday’s conference call from Belgrade. “But I’m not the real one.”
Warriors management met with point guard Jarrett Jack on Saturday, according to league sources, to begin discussions to re-sign the free agent.
No contract was offered but one source said the talks were positive. Golden State, which spent early Monday meeting with free agent center Dwight Howard, was expected in some circles to make the quick offer to Jack, trying to secure him before another team threw a lucrative offer at him. That hasn’t happened yet.
UPDATED: The Warriors are definitely interested in landing Dwight Howard if at all possible. It’s a long shot, to be sure. But Golden State doesn’t seem at all deterred by Howard’s propensity for drama, his injuries, or his wanting to play for other teams.
“Are you kidding?” one source said. “He’s the best center in the game.”
Golden State officials – Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob, general manager Bob Myers along with head coach Mark Jackson – are meeting with Howard in Los Angeles today in efforts to convince him the Warriors present his best chance of winning. Point guard Stephen Curry won’t be at the meeting, but he has reached out to Howard, using his star power to try to lure the game’s best center.
According to sources, the Warriors are willing to offer Andrew Bogut along with Klay Thompson or Harrison Barnes. But the sell is to lure Dwight Howard with the prospect of a loaded lineup that features Curry, Thompson AND Barnes. The Warriors could trade Bogut and the expiring contracts of Richard Jefferson or Andris Biedrins to give the Lakers major cap relief heading into next offseason. Golden State, which can only sign Howard via sign-and-trade, believes that is the best offer Los Angeles will receive.
But first they have to convince Howard. Golden State has some favorable strengths to pitch: