With Toney Douglas out at least a couple of weeks with a stress fracture in his tibia, the Warriors lose their vest version of a back-up point guard. But team sources said the team isn’t searching to bring someone in. Not yet anyway.
Golden State management is content with seeing how the present options workout first. The Warriors have been going with back-up-by-committee even with Douglas. Andre Iguodala has played plenty point forward. Coach Mark Jackson has even bought time with Klay Thompson initiating the offense.
Douglas’ absence opens a door for Kent Bazemore. The 6-foot-5 wing, who the Warriors love for his athleticism and defensive skills, has been trying his hand at point guard — his best chance to get on the court. But in Tuesday’s win over Detroit, he didn’t look so good. He’ll probably get an opportunity to redeem himself as it would be ideal if they could use his size and defense at the point.
Another option is Nemanja Nedovic, the rookie guard out of Serbia who the Warriors drafted No. 30 overall. He’s young and relatively raw. But Jackson has expressed confidence in the explosive youngster who seems to get more comfortable with every appearance.
It will probably take an extended absence by Douglas, longer than two weeks, and the availability of someone who can come in right away and contribute. (Kendall Marshall,the former lottery pick by Phoenix, is out there.) Barring that, expect Golden State to take the wait-and-see approach.