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2012 Team Preview: Golden State Warriors

In Season Previews on October 15, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Golden State Warriors

Starting Lineup

  • PG – Steph Curry
  • SG – Klay Thompson
  • SF – Richard Jefferson
  • PF – David Lee
  • C  – Andrew Bogut

A good starting lineup. An explosive backcourt with a top ten PG and possibly a top ten SG also. A top twelve starting center in Bogut. A middle of the pack starter in David Lee. A below average but serviceable starter in Richard Jefferson. Read the rest of this entry »


Golden State Signs Carl Landry, Re-Signs Brandon Rush

In Free Agency on August 2, 2012 at 8:28 pm

The Contra Costa Times reports on Rush and Landry

The Warriors have finally reached a deal with swingman Brandon Rush, according to agent Mark Bartelstein.

Golden State will retain the free agent at a discount price; Rush’s deal is for $8 million over two years with a player option for the second year. He will make less than his $4.4 million qualifying offer and less than the $5 million midlevel exception he was hoping to land. But he also can walk away from the second year of the deal. Read the rest of this entry »

Trade: Monta Ellis for Andrew Bogut, Headline The Deal

In Trade Talk on March 13, 2012 at 9:16 pm reports

The Bucks are trading center Andrew Bogut and veteran guard Stephen Jackson to Golden State in exchange for Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and the expiring contract of Kwame Brown, according to sources.

It’s the first big deal prior to Thursday’s trading deadline.

The 7-foot Bogut is moving on after spending his first six-plus seasons with Milwaukee, after being taken No. 1 overall in the 2005 draft by the Bucks.

Milwaukee gets a shooting guard to pair with point guard Brandon Jennings, giving the team a potentially dynamic starting backcourt. Ellis has two years left on his contract totaling $22 million but he has an opt-out after next season.

The Trade

Golden State trade: Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh, Kwame Brown’s expiring carcass
Golden State receive: Andrew Bogut, Stephen Jackson

Milwaukee trade: Andrew Bogut, Stephen Jackson
Milwaukee receive: Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh, Kwame Brown’s expiring carcass


First Reaction

Awful trade for Milwaukee. They would have been better off getting an expiring contract than Monta Ellis because they are not setup to succeed with a player like Ellis.

Risky trade for Golden State. I wouldn’t have traded for Bogut given his injury predicament so I don’t really like it but if (a massive “if”) Bogut can get healthy, it’s a major win for them.

Not wild about Stephen Jackson alongside Steph Curry.

Too ball-dominant. I would have preferred to have seen Curry get full control of the reigns (after his development has been slowed down for the past two and a half years by the presence of Monta Ellis) rather than forcing another ball-dominant perimeter on Steph Curry.

But Jacks does give Golden State some much needed physical toughness / defensive presence on the wing which will certainly be a welcome sight. A Curry, Jacks, D.Wright perimeter combo is superior to Curry, Monta, D.Wright.

Waive Stephen Jackson

Best long term decision is to waive Jacks and give Klay Thompson 30-35mpg regardless of how well Jacks plays.

That will allow Golden State to develop their young talent better (both S.Curry and K.Thompson, heck even D.Wright) + lose more games and get a better draft pick. A win-win in terms of their long term prospects.

Trade Monta On

I like this trade for Milwaukee if they flip Monta for some expiring contracts and a quality draft pick(s).

John Hammond

I don’t think the Bucks GM John Hammond is the type of GM who’ll go for a long term rebuilding process. He is from the Joe Dumars school of thought that you always try to win as much possible and improve that way.

So, I would be surprised if Monta was brought in to be moved on again for additional assets. I think this is part of their long term thinking.

Trade Brandon Jennings

More likely to be moved than Monta Ellis in my opinion. Not sure what they could get for him. There was a rumour earlier in the week that the Bucks received a very good offer for Jennings but turned it down. Maybe there is something to be done there.

That would leave Milwaukee starting Shaun Livingston and Monta Ellis in the backcourt together.

  • Livingston has the size and defensive ability to cover two guards allowing Monta to defend the point which allows Milwaukee to maintain it’s defensive integrity in the backcourt
  • Plus, Livingston is a capable floor general who’ll allow Monta to play the two spot offensively and concentrate on his scoring.
  • However, Livingston would be one of the weaker starting guards in the league so while he protects Monta Ellis’ weaknesses, it’s still not an overly attractive situation. Milwaukee need to add a lot more talent in it’s frontcourt to justify bringing in and choosing to build around Monta Ellis long term.

Jennings and Monta vs Steph Curry and Monta

Brandon Jennings and Monta is an even worse combination because:

  • Jennings is a far more ball-dominant guard than Steph Curry is
  • Steph Curry can play both on and off the ball while Jennings’ play decreases whenever he spends less time on the ball
  • Steph Curry is a much better individual talent than Brandon Jennings currently is in large part due to the two previous points. Curry can play alongside high level talent who need large amounts of touches and shot attempts better than Jennings can while still maintaining much of his own offensive and overall impact on the game (unlike Jennings – at least, at this point in time in Jennings career).

Trading Stephen Jackson

The Bucks insistence on moving Stephen Jackson in a trade along with Andrew Bogut really limited their options and return for Bogut. I wonder what they could have gotten if they had of just traded Bogut by himself or even with additional assets.

If they had of just offered Jackson and buyout and lived with him holding up some of their cap flexibility for another 15 months. Was the upside of that cap flexibility really worth losing out on those alternative / superior trade packages?

Well, we don’t know what else was or would have been offered for Bogut without Jackson involved but I expect that was the case. That Milwaukee’s single minded approach on getting rid of Jackson and trading him along with Bogut limited their return.

David Lee and Bogut

I think Andrew Bogut’s presence is going to hurt David Lee’s offensive output.

Less space to work with when playing alongside Bogut + more playing time for David Lee at power forward instead of at center where he has a larger offensive advantage.

Best Bucks Lineup

C  – Gooden, Udoh, Sanders
PF – Ilyasova, Mbah a Moute, Leuer
SF – Harris, Dunleavy
SG – Delfino, Monta
PG – Jennings, Livingston, Udrih

Warriors Add Nate Robinson

In Free Agency on January 4, 2012 at 6:47 am reports

With coach Mark Jackson’s three best players missing action and the reserves struggling to provide consistent offense, the Warriors are opting to add some bench scoring punch.

The team is close to signing free-agent guard Nate Robinson to a one-year deal, according to multiple sources.

Nice signing for Golden State.

Nate Robinson is a decent primary backup PG to high level third string PG. He provides explosive shooting and scoring ability.

Warriors Trade Amundson for B.Rush

In Trade Talk on December 19, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Marcus Thompson reports

UPDATE II: The Warriors are in the process of trading Lou Amundson, according to a team source. A second source confirmed it is for Indiana Pacers swingman Brandon Rush. Amundson was held out of Saturday’s game vs. Sacramento. It is not official and likely won’t be before Sunday. I’m told its a straight-up trade.

Excellent trade for the Warriors and a poor trade for the Pacers.

Brandon Rush is a solid two guard. He is a capable starter or a well above average backup. Lou Amundson is a high level third string PF who is a serviceable albeit low level backup PF.

There is a huge drop off in talent there for Indiana. Coupled with the loss of Mike Dunleavy to the Milwaukee Bucks, the Indiana Pacers’ bench is now very vulnerable on the wing.

Bargain acquisition for Golden State.

Golden State Enlists Kwame Brown’s Help

In Free Agency on December 13, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Marc Spears tweets

Warriors to sign C Kwame Brown to 1-year, $7 million deal, source tells Y! Sports.

Good short term signing. Fills a hole. Read the rest of this entry »

Clippers Match DeAndre Jordan Offer Sheet

In Free Agency on December 13, 2011 at 9:27 am

Adrian Wojnarowski tweets

The Clippers matched Golden State’s 4 year, $43M-plus offer sheet that includes a trade kicker, source tells Y! Sports. Read the rest of this entry »

Link: Warriors Owner Lacob Discusses Team

In General NBA on February 26, 2011 at 8:08 am

Excellent run down on Golden State of Mind on a recent conference call made by new owner Joe Lacob to season ticket holders on the state of the Warriors and their plans heading forward. Covers a variety of topics surrounding the team.

Definitely worth a read – click here

Warriors Bring Murphy Back

In Trade Talk on February 25, 2011 at 1:31 pm reports

Hours after completing a blockbuster deal that landed All-Star point guard Deron Williams, the New Jersey Nets bolstered their bench with two backup big men while sending Troy Murphy and a 2012 second-round draft pick to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.

The Nets acquired the expiring contracts of Brandan Wright and Dan Gadzuric, whose deals are worth about $11 million combined this year, close to the same for Murphy Read the rest of this entry »

Prokhorov Brings Deron Williams To NJ

In Trade Talk on February 23, 2011 at 11:19 am

RealGM reports

The New Jersey Nets have officially acquired two-time All Star guard Deron Williams from the Utah Jazz in exchange for guard Devin Harris, forward Derrick Favors, two first round draft picks (Nets 2011, Golden State 2012) and cash considerations, Nets General Manager Billy King announced. Read the rest of this entry »