Stephen Curry is one of the NBA’s best 3-point shooters (maybe ever). Klay Thompson is an incredible second option from behind the arc. Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes also made more than a 3-pointer per game last season, providing nice support from the frontcourt.
But – with all due respect for the streaky Andre Iguodala and Leandro Barbosa, who has distributing responsibilities – the Warriors could use another spot-up outside shooter off the bench.
That’s why they signed Ian Clark.
It’s also why they’re signing Jarell Eddie.
Shams Charania of RealGM:
Eddie shot 37% on 3-pointers in four seasons in Virginia Tech, but he went undrafted last year. So, he went to the D-League and make 43% of his 3-pointers.
The Warriors have 13 players with guaranteed contracts plus James McAdoo ($100,000 guaranteed), Chris Babb (unguaranteed), Clark and Eddie. I doubt Clark or Eddie got much, if any, of a guarantee, though that’s still unclear. Facing the luxury tax, Golden State probably doesn’t want much dead money on the books. Though most teams use a partial guarantee, the Warriors can entice quality players in this free agent tier by offering the chance of a role on an excellent team with a good record of player development. That can pay off with more money down the road.
McAdoo’s guarantee gives him a leg up for making the regular-season roster. That leaves Eddie, Clark and Babb competing for one – maybe two if McAdoo falters – roster spot(s). That’s a lot of pressure on each shot during training camp and the preseason, but that’s what the Warriors want. If all goes well, they’ll be in more high-pressure situations about eight months later.
Ian Clark led the Warriors to the 2013 Las Vegas Summer League title.
That earned Clark a two-year contract with the Jazz.
Now a free agent again, Clark is headed back to the champion Warriors.
Shams Charania of RealGM:
Free agent guard Ian Clark has agreed to sign with the Golden State Warriors, league sources told RealGM
Clark will give the Warriors 16 players – one more than the regular-season limit – though James Michael McAdoo’s contract is just $100,00 guaranteed and Chris Babb’s is unguaranteed.
Clark’s guarantee will say a lot about how much the Warriors value him. Given their impending luxury-tax bill, they’ll be especially reluctant to waive players with guaranteed salaries. Any guarantee would give Clark a leg up on Babb in a potential training-camp battle, and if the guarantee is big enough, it could put put Clark ahead of McAdoo, too.
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are obviously excellent 3-pointer shooters, but Golden State could use another outside threat off the bench. Clark, who made 43% of his 3-pointers in four years at Belmont and 38% professionally between the NBA and D-League, would fit the bill.
The Celtics were at the right place at the right time, getting the Heat’s 2020 second-round pick in exchange for taking Zoran Dragic and his $1,706,250 salary.
Turns out, the trade was even better for Boston than it appeared.
Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe:
Essentially, the Celtics got a 2020 second-rounder for nothing. They don’t even have to pay Dragic.
There’s even a very slight chance a team claims Dragic on waivers, and Boston could use its cash from Miami as pure profit.
Dragic would have cost the Heat more than his full salary in luxury-tax payments. So, it’s worth it for them to pay a team – in money and a draft pick – to take Dragic offer their hands.
Why did the Celtics still have that cap space?
They hadn’t yet officially completed the David Lee-Gerald Wallace trade. Order of transactions matters. If they had made the Golden State trade already, the Celtics wouldn’t have had space for Dragic. The Warriors, who stand to save a lot of money, didn’t mind waiting.
But with Boston’s cap space used, that trade is now official.
The Boston Celtics announced today that they have acquired forward/center David Lee from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for forward Gerald Wallace and guard/forward Chris Babb.
Babb’s contract is unguaranteed. I expect the Warriors to release him, though the Celtics could have just done that themselves. Maybe Golden State will bring him to training camp.
If LaMarcus Aldridge leaves the Trail Blazers, where would he go?
The Spurs are reportedly at or near the top of his list, and the Cavaliers could factor. The Lakers and Knicks will push for him, too. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Mavericks and Rockets also pursue the native Texan.
A wildcard: Boston, which could also pursue pending free agent Wesley Matthews.
A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England:
My understanding is the Celtics are going to be open to putting together some type of package deal where they would not only bring in LaMarcus Aldridge, they’d also bring in one of his good friends by the name of Wes Matthews.
If the Celtics renounce all their free agents besides Jae Crowder and waive the unguaranteed contracts of Phil Pressey and Chris Babb, they’d be $23,700,485 below the projected salary cap.
Aldridge’s max contract projects to start at $19,027,800, not leaving much room for Matthews. Matthews might have drawn a max contract before his season-ending injury, and he’s still worth much more than a few million per year.
Boston could clear more cap space by trading a first-rounder to dump Gerald Wallace, and landing Aldridge and Matthews would easily justify losing that pick.
But why would Aldridge and Matthews sign with the Celtics? Brad Stevens is a good coach, and the Eastern Conference presents an easier road. But if the duo is just trying to recreate what it has together in Portland – a place Aldridge is still fond of – good luck doing it without Damian Lillard. Whatever advantages Boston has, it doesn’t have Lillard.
If Aldridge wants to leave the Trail Blazers, he should have better options. If he wants to stay with Wesley Matthews, they should re-up with Portland.
Not long ago, the Celtics were the leading contender for Kevin Love.
Considering a follow-up report said Boston’s offer wasn’t good enough, the Timberwolves were probably just trying to drum up interest.
Since, interest in Love has really heated up. The Cavaliers, willing to offer Andrew Wiggins, are the main contender – and they’re growing stronger. The Warriors, as long as they have Klay Thompson, remain in the mix. And the Bulls aren’t going away either.
So the Celtics – whose offer is based primarily on draft picks that may or may not interest the win-now Timberwolves – see the writing on the wall.
A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN Northwest:
There’s no waiving of the white flag just yet, but the Boston Celtics appear to be ready to move on from their pursuit of Minnesota star Kevin Love, league sources tell CSNNE.com.
“The more teams step up and show interest in Love, the further Boston falls in the pack,” a source said on Wednesday. “Danny’s a smart guy. He knows when to keep pushing for something and when to move on.”
Remember, a report said the Celtics would trade Rajon Rondo if they couldn’t get Love. That prospect certainly gets a lot more interesting now.
Rondo becomes a free agent next summer, and the Celtics probably aren’t much closer to winning than they were last season. This is the time to get value for Rondo. Another year of rebuilding won’t endear Boston to Rondo and just increases the chances of him walking.
First-round picks Marcus Smart and James Young and the unguaranteed contracts of Keith Bogans, Chris Johnson, Chris Babb and Phill Pressey give the Celtics flexibility to go in any direction. With Love no longer central to their plans – though they could still get involved if the Love trade adds a third team – it’ll be interesting to see which path they choose.