Warriors offer Tyson Chandler $60 million; Knicks may get him anyway

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Golden State really wants Tyson Chandler, they are not messing around.

But the New York Knicks are about counter with a huge offer of their own — one likely to win the day according to multiple reports.

The Warriors have made a four-year, $60 million offer to Chandler, reports Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com.

The New York Knicks are about to make a big offer to Chandler as well and may be in the lead for his services, tweets Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. However, to make that happen the Knicks would have to make some drastic moves, like using the amnesty clause on Chauncey Billups and trading away Ronny Turiaf for virtually nothing.

One other option is to sign-and-trade Billups for Chandler with Dallas, which would be interesting and was suggested by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. That would leave room for them to try and sign Chris Paul next summer. Which is part of why you want Chandler on your team in the first place, Paul has said he wants to play with him again.

The Warriors front office feels the Knicks have already won this bidding war, Wojnarowski added.

Golden State would have to use its amnesty to make a move as well, Steinmetz reports.

In order to sign Chandler — assuming he agrees — the Warriors will likely have to amnesty center Andris Biedrins, still owed $27 million over three years.

Chandler was the anchor of the defense that won the Dallas Mavericks an NBA title, however rather than bring the band back together in Dallas that organization is focusing on keeping cap space to go after free agents next summer.

The Knicks have a lot of scoring power with Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, but need a big man in the middle on defense to really compete in the East. Chandler fits that bill perfectly. But the cost is high — getting rid of Billups. They would have Toney Douglas and that’s about it save for rookies at the point.

Golden State’s new owners — Joe Lacob and Peter Guber — have talked about changing the culture of the franchise, and this would do it. Under Don Nelson in recent years the Warriors had been a run-and-gun team, something that started to change last season under Keith Smart. But the owners wanted more change and went out and hired first-time coach Mark Jackson.

Golden State has been in the Chris Paul sweepstakes but that talk has cooled recently. This signing could change that dynamic. Paul said he would more seriously consider saying he would sign long term with a team that had Chandler (Paul and Chandler played together in New Orleans). If Paul would give that assurance, then the Warriors would have to consider whether to put Stephen Curry in the deal, which is the piece the Hornets want. As of now, no Curry and no commitment from Paul.

With or without Paul this would be a huge get for Golden State. They have dynamic backcourt scoring with Curry and Monta Ellis, they have David Lee at the four, with Chandler this could be a playoff team and a team on the rise in the West.

Rick Pitino predicts NBA draft will accept high schoolers within two years

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Once an advocate of increasing the age minimum and a willing accepter of one-and-done, NBA commissioner Adam Silver sounded more open about allowing high school players to declare for the NBA draft.

The new Collective Bargaining Agreement left the issue open, but Louisville coach Rick Pitino predicts change is coming – relatively soon.

Pitino, via ESPN:

When I was at Kentucky, I had seven high school basketball players, told me they were coming, and instead, they went to the pros out of high school. And by the way, I think that rule is going to change back to that. I think high school players are going to be able to go pro again.

I think the commissioner is probably going to do it within two years.

Does Pitino know something? With decades of experience in the NBA and college, he could have many contacts with inside information. It’s certainly imperative for devising a recruiting strategy to know how this rule will change.

It’s also possible Pitino saw Silver’s comments, like any outsider could have, and is making a relatively blind guess.

But the possibility of inside information makes his comments more intriguing.

Warriors executive: Golden State rejected richer jersey-ad offers

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The Warriors are charging $60 million over three years for their jersey ads – about double what any other NBA team is getting.

Golden State chief marketing officer Chip Bowers, via Darren Rovell of ESPN:

“We actually had multiple finalists,” Warriors chief marketing officer Chip Bowers said. “This was not the biggest deal that we were offered.”

Bowers said the team felt it was important for the deal to be with a worldwide brand.

Light years ahead.

New Bulls advisor Doug Collins: ‘I am woke’

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The Bulls hired Doug Collins as an advisor.

Is Collins, who has coached only one winning season in the last 20 years and often sounds analytically disinclined, too behind the times?

Collins:

I’m old. Let me finish. But I’m not old school. I’ve got a young brain. And I think you get pigeonholed: That guy is old school because he’s old. Now, if being on time and working hard and doing all those things are old school, then yes, I’m old school. But I will match my wits with anybody in terms of young people, in terms of what’s going on now and what’s happening. So, I am woke.

Suddenly, Kyrie Irving‘s statement on ESPN – “Oh, if you’re very much woke, there’s no such thing as distractions” – has a challenger for the most awkward use of “woke” by NBA personnel this week.

Report: Andre Iguodala nearly left Warriors for Rockets

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Remember those mid-June rumors about Andre Iguodala already agreeing on a salary to re-sign with the Warriors?

The tide sure changed in a hurry.

Iguodala put out word that he was open to leaving, pressuring tax-conscious Golden State. He met with the Lakers, Spurs, Kings and Rockets.

Houston particularly intrigued him despite reportedly offering just four years, $32 million. The Rockets could have offered $37,658,880 with the mid-level exception, though they wanted to save a sliver to give Zhou Qi a four-year deal – and that still would’ve fallen short of other offers. They also discussed signing-and-trading for Iguodala, but they pitched him on a defensive unit that included him, Chris Paul, Eric Gordon and Trevor Ariza. What else would Houston have intrigued the Warriors with?

And would Iguodala really have left Golden State, an all-time great team that positioned him to win 2015 NBA Finals MVP and a team that played near Silicon Valley?

Chris Haynes of ESPN:

The Warriors had been in the dark for a day and a half and contacted representatives of free-agent small forwards Rudy Gay and Gerald Henderson as a contingency plan. But Myers immediately hopped on a plane from the Bay Area and Kerr was already in Los Angeles, having recently visited with free agent Nick Young. They didn’t know it, but Iguodala’s objective in sitting down with them was to personally say goodbye, sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.

Myers and Kerr came prepared to offer him a fully guaranteed, three-year deal worth $45 million and reiterated that their latest offer still wasn’t indicative of what they believed to be his true worth. Their hands were just tied.

There was little hope for a resolution at this point. Iguodala wasn’t budging from his request to make at least $16 million per year. If the Warriors didn’t improve their offer, he was signing with the Rockets, sources said.

After an hour, both sides departed and a breakup appeared likely. Iguodala’s camp proceeded to discuss their options. The Warriors’ top reserve was inching closer to becoming a top reserve for the Rockets. But before Rosenthal was to call Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Antonio and Golden State to notify them of his client’s decision, sources said Iguodala elected to make his final, most defining move yet: calling Golden State one more time.

That of course ended with the Warriors stepping up with a three-year, fully guaranteed $48 million contract, which Iguodala signed.

I recommend reading Haynes’ captivating look into Iguodala’s free agency in full. But keep this in mind: Iguodala won his negotiation with Golden State, and it’s in his best interest to continue a harmonious relationship with the organization. That means, if he were bluffing about leaving in order to secure a bigger offer from the Warriors, he’s incentivized not to show his cards now. He’s better off keeping up the story, making the Warriors believe they didn’t pay more than necessary to keep him.