Tag:Golden State Warriors
Posted on: January 6, 2012 2:51 pm

Friday 5 with KB: Smart moves

By Matt Moore

In this week's edition of 
the Friday 5, we find out if canning Westphal was the right move, if the Hawks need to detonate it, and who's in the trade market. You can follow Ken Berger on Twitter @KBergCBS

1. All right, so Westphal's out, Keith Smart is in. Was committing this early to Smart the right move for Sacramento?

KB: Yes. First, you need someone with knowledge of the roster/overall strategy and relationships with the players. Smart has established both. Second, and more important, you can't ask Smart to sit in the first chair without the backing of the organization -- particularly when the DeMarcus Cousins fiasco has such a tenuous hold on the locker room. With no security, Smart would have no juice. With no juice, he'd get run over by Cousins in a hurry. Another point: No self-respecting coaching agent would allow his client to be thrust into an interim situation without some assurance that the organization was backing him. As with all coaches, if it doesn't work out, you can always fire him later.

2. Atlanta actually was playing pretty well until Thursday when all of America decided they were the worst team in the history of everything. Is it time to blow up the Hawks?

KB: I'm really trying to stay away from knee-jerk overreactions in this shortened, chaotic season. So much of what we are watching is atypical and very difficult to evaluate given the circumstances. But in the long run, I don't see the Hawks going anywhere positive with more than $120 million locked up in Joe Johnson. The cynic in me wonders if the ownership group was thinking, "That won't be our problem," and now that they haven't been able to sell the team, well, it's their problem.

3. If Andrew Bynum keeps playing like this, it has to make L.A. hesitate on a trade for Howard, right?

KB: No way. Dwight Howard is Dwight Howard.

4. Give me a team that might get active in the coming weeks in a desperation trade to save the season.

KB: I'll give you three. It seems that the Warriors will be involved in almost every trade scenario out there. They're being super aggressive. The Wizards are in a bad place, obviously, but I'm not sure what trade possibilities could help them in the short term. (Though if I were Ernie Grunfeld, I wouldn't be too comfortable.) And as I mentioned in Postups, don't be surprised if the Knicks look to break up the Melo-Amar'e tandem if things really go south.

5. What are your New Year's NBA resolutions?

KB: No more hotel lobbies unless I'm getting Marriott points.
Posted on: January 5, 2012 4:49 pm

Report: Warriors would be willing to rent Howard

Posted by Royce Young

The clock is ticking on Dwight Howard.

The March 15 trade deadline is coming and the Magic don't yet appear ready to make a decision on their superstar center. Keep him and you run the risk of watching him walk away for nothing. Trade him and you give up on any chance you had of ever keeping him.

But the Magic kind of are handcuffed. Howard has four teams he's interested in signing an extension with: the Nets, Lakers, Mavericks and Magic. Which means general manager Otis Smith is limited to negotiating with three teams, two of which don't exactly have a plethora of enticing trade assets.

You might think that rules out 26 other teams from competing for Howard at the deadline, but one team, the Golden State Warriors, are willing to consider renting Howard. Via Yahoo! Sports:
Golden State management is willing to take Howard as a one-season “rental,” with the hope of selling him on signing a long-term deal before he enters free agency this summer. Like most teams, Golden State has inquired with Orlando Magic general manager Otis Smith, but the Magic have yet to commit to aggressively pursuing a trade of Howard.
The Warriors also pursued Chris Paul, but had the same issues of not being able to be certain he'd commit long-term. But they're willing to risk it with Howard. They have quality young assets in Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis that they can dangle, plus would probably be willing and able to absorb Hedo Turkoglu's remaining $34 million contract.

The Warriors thinking is that if they could just get Howard into the Bay Area with marketing and money opportunities aplenty, that they would be able to convince him to stay long-term. Issue is with Howard, he wants a situation he can win and probably play with a fellow star. And is Golden State that type of place?

But owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber are determined to alter the culture and perception of the Warriors and if they have to take a chance on giving up a lot to get Howard for three months, so be it. It's an honorable approach by owners committed to their passionate, rabid fanbase. Hard not to appreciate that.

The Warriors probably could put together the best package outside of the Lakers offering Andrew Bynum. Curry or Ellis are terrific young talents and something the Magic would be happy to get back. The big question is the status of Curry's surgically repaired ankle though, which could hold things up.

As March 15 approaches, the more teams are going to get into the mix. The Magic haven't even decided on trading Howard yet, but if they do, the Warriors will be waiting for a phone call.
Posted on: January 3, 2012 7:10 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2012 8:48 pm

Warriors sign Nate Robinson to 1-year deal

Posted by Ben Gollivernate-robinson

The NBA's diminutive dunk champion has found a new home in Northern California.

The Contra Costa Times reported on Tuesday that 5-foot-9 guard Nate Robinson, a 3-time winner of the NBA's Slam Dunk Contest, is set to sign with the Golden State Warriors this week. Robinson reportedly could join coach Mark Jackson's team in time for a Friday night game against the Lakers in Los Angeles.

SI.com confirmed the move, saying the deal will be worth approximately $1 million, pending a medical physical.

Update: InsideHoops.com reports that the Warriors officially announced the signing on Wednesday, noting that Robinson will wear jersey No. 2 and will be available for the Lakers game on Friday. Contract terms were not released.

An explosive talent who brings athleticism and energy off the bench, Robinson, 27, has seen his career take an interesting swerve over the last year. He was traded by the Boston Celtics to the Thunder at last year's trade deadline, but barely played after the trade. Back in June, Robinson was cited for public urination and, during the lockout, he asked Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll if he could try out for the NFL team. To make matters worse, former Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal called out Robinson in his recent autobiography for his antics and obsession with Twitter. 

The buttoned-down Thunder simply had no use for distractions and, perhaps more importantly, no readily available minutes for Robinson. A loaded backcourt rotation,  featuring All-Star Russell Westbrook, breakout sixth man James Harden, Eric Maynor, Thabo Sefalosha, Daequan Cook and the up-and-coming Reggie Jackson, led the team to arrange a buy out of Robinson's contract in December.

Golden State isn't exactly lacking in perimeter talent, either, but Robinson will definitely be able to find minutes in a reserve role. The Warriors currently have new aquisition Brandon Rush and rookies Klay Thompson and Ish Smith behind starters Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis. Robinson likely plugs in as the fourth guard then, assuming everyone is healthy. He could even step into the starting point guard role if Curry is sidelined due to injury by continuing ankle problems.

Robinson's career numbers: 11.3 points, 2.6 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game.
Posted on: December 31, 2011 8:35 am
Edited on: December 31, 2011 8:59 am

Report: Mavericks to sign Fesenko

By Matt Moore

Kyrylo Fesenko is still a free agent. Now, most players who are still free agents at this point are insignificant, and Fesenko isn't going to be winning any MVP awards for anyone this season. But he's a young, capable big who can provide another body down low and has both scoring and rebounding ability, even if it's (serverely) limited. In a season as stacked as this, every big counts. 

So where's he going to end up? A deal with the Warriors fell through earlier this week and now ESPN.com reports that Fesenko is now leaning towards Dallas, who could certainly use the help.
The Dallas Mavericks are back in the mix to land free-agent center Kyrylo Fesenko after the Golden State Warriors passed on the Ukranian big man, according to sources close to the situation.

Fesenko had committed to signing with the Warriors earlier this week, but sources told ESPN.com that Golden State and Fesenko "mutally" canceled their plans to finalize a one-year deal worth just under $1.1 million, in part because Fesenko needs an additional week or two to get into game shape after September knee surgery.

Sources said Fesenko is now leaning toward accepting the Mavs' one-year minimum offer and is likely to make a decision by early next week.
via Sources: Mavericks back in mix for Fesenko - Dallas Mavericks Blog - ESPN Dallas.

Interestingly, even after Chandler's departure, play down low hasn't been the problem for Dallas. Brendan Haywood has played at least admirably, Ian Mahinmi has had good stretches, and Sean Williams has even contributed with energy and rebounding. So Fesenko's not going to be of a huge help to them, but with the injury history of both Haywood and Mahinmi, it's still a need. And at this point, the Mavericks need all the help they can get. 

Fesenko averaged just 2 points and 2 boards in 8 minutes last season.
Posted on: December 30, 2011 2:18 pm
Edited on: December 30, 2011 2:20 pm

Report: Warriors face more harassment allegations

Posted by Ben Gollivermonta-ellis

The recent Monta Ellis sexting scandal is reportedly just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to legal drama for the Golden State Warriors.

SlamOnline.com reports that Ellis' accuser, a former team employee who allegedly received inappropriate messages from the Warriors' star guard, is not alone in lodging sexual harassment allegations against the organization.
SLAMonline has learned the Warriors have faced other allegations of sexual harassment since majority owner Joe Lacob completed his purchase of the team in November, 2010.

One of the accusers was previously the director of the team’s cheerleading squad, the Warrior Girls. She currently holds a similar position with a separate NBA franchise. Sources have also informed SLAMonline that at least two other former Warriors employees accusing the team of sexual harassment during Lacob’s ownership have settled their cases. Sources say that the departure of the director of the team’s cheerleading squad is related to suggestive communications involving a member of the Golden State’s executive staff.
The Warriors did not outright deny these reported allegations, instead repeating an earlier statement that the organization "takes seriously any allegations of harassment" and promising to "vigorously defend" its reputation.

In response to the allegations against Ellis by the team's former employee, the Warriors said that the lawsuit was motivated by "by money and not the pursuit of justice" and that the organization would refuse to comment in further detail about the case.
Posted on: December 27, 2011 6:02 pm
Edited on: December 30, 2011 4:51 pm

Report: Kyrylo Fesenko to Warriors now off

Posted by Ben Golliverfesenko-jazz

Update (12/30): The San Jose Mercury News reports that Golden State's expected signing is now "off" after the team decided to go in a different direction. So much for that one.

Original Post (12/27): The Golden State Warriors continue to reshape their frontcourt.

After taking a stab at Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, settling for free agent pickup Kwame Brown and shipping Lou Amundson to the Indiana Pacers, the Warriors have signed free agent center Kyrylo Fesenko to a 1-year contract worth $1.1 million, according to SI.com.

Fesenko, 25, is entering his fifth NBA season. A 2007 second pick, Fesenko spent all four previous years with the Utah Jazz. His career averages: 2.3 points and 2.0 rebounds per game.

Utah has proceeded with a new-look frontcourt, rendering Fesenko extraneous. The Jazz have vets Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap in place and are clearly looking to give extended playing time to Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter, two youngsters with significant upside. Fesenko is a bit clunky and known as somewhat of a goof, but he can deliver hard fouls and play spot minutes, and he comes at a bargain basement price for a 7-footer.

ESPN.com reports that the Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors were also interested in Fesenko's services.
Posted on: December 27, 2011 2:04 pm

Curry tweaks ankle again, could sit Knicks game

Posted by Royce Young

That right ankle is becoming something of a bother for Stephen Curry.

After leading the Warriors with 21 points and 10 assists in a big win over the Bulls, Curry left the game midway through the fourth after tweaking his surgically repaired right ankle a second time in a week. He played Christmas Day after rolling it in Golden State's last preseason game, but probably won't be able to play against the Knicks Wednesday night.

It's frustrating for Curry that this ankle continues to be a problem. The roll Monday night looked to be very minor, but just that slight tweak was enough. More than likely the repaired ligaments are way tight so anything stretching them is painful. It might be best for Curry to just give it a little rest.

CSN Bay Area though reported after the game that Curry said he thought he could come back in the game, but coach Mark Jackson advised against it. Officially, Curry is listed as day to day.
Posted on: December 27, 2011 10:31 am
Edited on: December 27, 2011 10:32 am

Reports: Knicks claim G Jeremy Lin off waivers

Posted by Ben Golliverjeremy-lin-gsw

An unemployed Harvard man has landed a job in Manhattan.

ESPN.com reports that former Harvard University guard Jeremy Lin has been claimed off of waivers by the New York Knicks. The New York Post later confirmed the move.

Lin, the first Taiwanese-American to get signed to an NBA roster, went undrafted but stuck with the Golden State Warriors after an impressive Summer League showing. The Warriors released him during the free agency period and he landed on the Houston Rockets roster. The Rockets released him this week to make room for free agent signing Samuel Dalembert.

The Knicks lost rookie guard Iman Shumpert to a sprained MCL on Christmas Day that is expected to keep him sidelined for at least two weeks. New York can use the depth as veteran guards Mike Bibby and Baron Davis deal with injuries. ESPNNY.com reports that Bibby, who has been dealing with back spasms, is expected to play on Wednesday. Davis is expected to miss an extended period of time due to back injuries of his own.

Lin, 23, appeared in 29 games for the Warriors last season, posting averages of 2.6 points and 1.4 assists per game.
The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com