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.
With the drafting of Ekpe Udoh last week, there became a frontcourt logjam in Golden State. Which seems weird for a team that needed more on an interior presence last season, but welcome to the Warriors. Don Nelson does that to you.
General Manager Larry Riley cleared that up a little with a series of moves made public Monday by Comcast Sports Bay Area.
Anthony Tolliver and Chris Hunter did not get qualifying offers from the team. They are now unrestricted free agents. They will not be back.
Guards Anthony Morrow and C.J. Watson did get offers, making them restricted free agents. While Morrow would draw a lot of interest on the open market, the Warriors can — and will — match any offer.
Not signing Tolliver — a guy Don Nelson played 32 minutes a game last year — and Hunter shows where Riley wants this team to go. More Anthony Randolph. More Brandan Wright. Give Udoh some burn. Ronny Turiaf will be back as well and can give the team quality minutes. It was a message to Nelson, and likely would be welcomed by any coach who could come in after the ownership change.
Tolliver and Hunter should draw some interest. Tolliver (a D-League call up) should be playing the four — Nelson started him at center — and can help there. He gave the Warriors solid minutes, with a couple of big scoring and rebounding games. He started 29 games at the end of the season and gave Golden State 13.6 points per game but shot just 43 percent on the season. Still, he can give solid backup minutes every night for the right team.
Tolliver even made some big highlights, though not always for the right reason.
And the end of the season, it was Hunter who was spelling Tolliver off the bench and was the real center. He shot 50 percent and more importantly gave the Warriors a real defensive presence in the paint. He is another guy called up from the D-League, another guy who can give someone some solid minutes off the bench.
Tolliver and Hunter were not bad, but it’s a numbers game (even with them gone Warriors have 14 on the roster, 15 is the max, and you want flexibility for trades). Maybe now they land in a system better suited to their talents.
At one point last season, Warriors coach Don Nelson publicly said he might coach the team’s Summer League entry in Las Vegas.
But when the league starts in two weeks, Nelson will be in Maui, according to the Oakland Tribune. Assistant coach Keith Smart will run the show.
The main reason for no Nelson? No Stephen Curry. The young star point guard will workout with the team some but will not play games. Same with Anthony Randolph.
The Warriors will still have plenty of young fire power in Sin City. Brandan Wright will anchor the front line and swingman Reggie Williams will play, as will No. 6 pick Ekpe Udoh.
Summer League play starts July 9 at the Thomas and Mack Center, just a mile off the strip in Vegas.