Friday, July 5, 2013
Bad moves hurt Dubs chances to land D12
By Nick Borges
The Golden State Warriors, according to Brian Windhorst and Marc Stein, are trying to offload an expiring contract -- Andrew Bogut ($14 million), Richard Jefferson ($11 million) and Andris Biedrins ($9 million) -- to open up room to be able to accept Dwight Howard via a sign-and-trade.
Howard is considering the Warriors, however the team has no shot if they can't include one of those three players in a trade. The Warriors will be in a difficult spot should they land Howard as they can't re-sign both Carl Landry and Jarrett Jack due to a hard cap. In fact both of them could be gone.
The Warriors would not be in this mess if they didn't make two terrible moves during the 2011-12 season: 1) On Dec. 11, 2011 the Warriors waived Charlie Bell via amnesty to remove $4,099,920 from the ledger so they could sign DeAndre Jordan to a 4-yr, $42.7 million offer sheet which was matched by the Clippers; 2) On Mar. 15, 2012 they traded Stephen Jackson to the Spurs for T.J. Ford, Jefferson and a 2012 first round pick (Festus Ezeli).
Those two transactions make a sign-and-trade for Howard almost impossible,should Howard want to do it. The Warriors could have cleared $9,000,000 off the books this year via amnesty for Biedrins had it not been wasted on Bell. They also would not have Jefferson's $11,046,000 salary on the books and Ezeli's $1,046,000 if they didn't deal Jackson to the Spurs.
Now with all three on the books they are right around the tax line and probably can't re-sign both Jack and Landy. It's also very difficult to do a sign-and-trade because they will have a hard cap --- which is why it's next to impossible to deal Bogut + Harrison Barnes or Klay Thompson for Howard, if Howard approved it.
$21 million is sitting on Golden States' books this coming season that should not be there.
Kevin PeltonDwight-Dubs deal work for Lakers?
"So far the Lakers have shown no indication of considering sign-and-trade deals. Their goal remains re-signing Howard to a new, long-term contract, and they don't want to do anything to facilitate his exit from Los Angeles. If Howard tells them he's not coming back, however, the Lakers may have no choice but to change their tune. As compared to Howard simply signing outright with a team like Houston, a sign-and-trade is clearly the better option -- especially if Golden State is willing to offer Barnes. There are plenty of examples of teams reluctantly agreeing to sign-and-trade offers once they realize their star is gone. Remember, Chris Bosh and LeBron James were both signed-and-traded to Miami. For that matter, the Lakers need to look no further than Nash to see an example of a player landing with a team that didn't have the means to sign him outright. Nash used contract offers from the New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors as leverage to convince the Phoenix Suns to agree to a sign-and-trade with the Lakers. Last week, the Suns used one of the two first-round picks they got in that deal to draft Kentucky guard Archie Goodwin. As painful as dealing Nash to a long-time rival may have seemed this time a year ago, Phoenix ultimately prioritized its future. And, if it comes to that, the Lakers might have to do the same."