When Joe Lacob and Peter Guber won the bid for the Warriors, immediately, talk started of how the Warriors could face changes in the front office and especially, coaching situations. There’s been conflicting reports about the future of Don Nelson, with some Most importantly, Kawakami reports that no decision will be made about Nelson until Lacob and Nelson meet, and there’s no timetable for that meeting. Kawakami projects this may cast some doubt on whether Nelson will remain, due to the new ownership accepting the extension of team president Robert Rowell prior to the sale, though no official decision has been made regarding Rowell. However, with every day that passes before such a meeting, and with the new ownership unlikely to be approved by the NBA Board of Governors before mid-October, the odds of Nelson staying this season increase.
The new ownership likely won’t be approved until two weeks into training camp, which isn’t exactly a great time to whip the ship in a different direction.
There are a lot of decisions for the new ownership to make, and a lot of sticky situations to resolve. But the timing may simply not allow for them to get going in the direction they really want this season. The winds of change are going to come. But they’re not gusting yet.
Ekpe Udoh — who the Warriors selected sixth overall in the recent NBA draft — will miss Summer League and maybe more after injuring his wrist in a supervised workout.
The Warriors can’t catch a break. So to speak.
Udoh was working out with at the Warriors practice facility in the Bay Area with Stephen Curry when the injury occurred, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
The severity of the injury is not yet known, although he will miss Summer League play, the team announced. He will undergo further evaluation later this week to see what the next step will be.
How long he will be out is unknown, although beat writer Marcus Thompson tweeted he heard it could be the Raja Bell injury, which required surgery and kept him out for four months. In Udoh’s case, that could have him back during training camp.
Udoh signed his contract with the Warriors earlier in the day. Just bad luck. The athletic, shot-blocking, strong rebounding forward could bring some needed interior defense to Golden State.
If Denver wants to win a title, they have to get past the Los Angeles Lakers first. And that is a tall order. Literally. The long front line of the Lakers — Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom — has been a problem for Denver.
So they are going to solve that with… Andris Biedrins? Really?
But that’s the rumor out of the Denver Post this morning, that the Nuggets are working to find a deal the Golden State Warriors would take for Biedrins.
Denver is stuck in a tough spot. On one side is the desire to win now — Carmelo Anthony has not signed his extension because he wants to see a commitment to winning. But right now the team has a big payroll that in this economy is leading to financial losses, so they would like to trim payroll.
Biedrins fits neither need. He is expensive — he has four more years at $9 million a year (the last is a player option). For a guy who gave you 5 points and 8 boards a game. On a bad team. To be fair, last season was a bad one slowed by injuries — the two previous seasons he showed a lot of potential and promise. But do the Nuggets really want to take on another big with potential but coming off an injury? Haven’t they seen that movie?
The trade makes little sense for Golden State, either. They need to get tougher inside, so they would want a big man back. Even if Denver parts with him, do you trust Kenyon Martin or Nene to be the healthy, consistent big man they need?
This one doesn’t make a lot of sense. But that has not stopped trades before.