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Curry waits for 'reasonable' offer

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Curry waits for 'reasonable' offer

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Warriors point guard Stephen Curry is coming off an injury plagued 2011-12, one in which ankle issues forced him to miss 40 of the teams 66 games. Hes been rehabbing all summer, and it looks as though hell be 100 percent by the start of training camp in early October.Curry, who is entering his fourth season, is also eligible to sign a contract extension with the Warriors up until Oct. 31. Conventional wisdom was that Curry and the Warriors would likely pass on an extension because it really didnt seem to serve either party.After all, Curry probably cant get market value right now because hes coming off injury and there are concerns about the ankle. By the same token, how much sense does it make for the Warriors to lock into Curry for four more seasons after this one if theyre worried about his health?But Curry indicated late last week that he and the Warriors have had dialogue about an extension and that Currys open to agreeing to one. Curry said that knowing that hed stand to make more money next summer, provided he can stay healthy this year.RELATED: Q&A with Stephen Curry, Part I Q&A with Stephen Curry, Part II
Said Curry: If I were the Warriors, Id offer a reasonable amount and sign me up now.The reality is, as much as an extension for Curry doesnt make sense it does make sense in some ways, if you follow. Curry could ensure himself some financial stability and protection by taking a sure thing right now. And the Warriors could get Curry for much cheaper now than they could at the end of a healthy 2012-13.Question is: What is a reasonable amount For Curry?Thats the most important question.Assuming youre looking at a four-year deal, what do you offer him? Is four years, 32 million a reasonable offer for Curry under the circumstances? How about four years, 28 million? Too low, you say how about four years in the 36 million to 40 million range?New Orleans guard Eric Gordon signed a four-year, 60 million deal, and so did Brooklyn center Brook Lopez. That represents the maximum a player in Currys position could receive.Serge Ibaka, the starting power forward for the Oklahoma City Thunder, just signed a four-year, 48 million extension. Obviously, Ibaka and Curry are dissimilar players but those are some numbers being thrown around.Whats likely to impact Currys status are some other point guards seeking extensions, such as Philadelphias Jrue Holiday, Denvers Ty Lawson and Milwaukees Brandon Jennings.It still seems more unlikely than likely that Curry will have a contract extension by Oct. 31. But Curry certainly made it seem possible the other day. Question is Whats a reasonable offer?

With Green listed as doubtful, expect Warriors to rely on rookie Jordan Bell

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With Green listed as doubtful, expect Warriors to rely on rookie Jordan Bell

After getting a rude “Welcome to the NBA” facial from Rockets guard Eric Gordon in his debut Tuesday night, Warriors rookie Jordan Bell stands to get a more legitimate baptism Friday night in New Orleans.

That’s where Pelicans All-Stars Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins will be waiting, eager to abuse the new guy.

With starting power forward Draymond Green listed as doubtful with a strained left knee -- MRI test results were negative -- Bell can expect significant minutes when the Warriors and Pelicans meet at Smoothie King Center.

Aware Green’s availability is in question, Bell sees what’s ahead in Davis and Cousins, as they both possess skills that rank among the top five big men.

“I’m definitely excited about that,” Bell said Wednesday. “(They are) some of the best bigs in the league, so I’m definitely excited to get tested against that.”

Warriors coach Steve Kerr generally avoids tinkering with his set rotations, in which case David West and JaVale McGee would continue to come off the bench at center. Of the other “bigs” on the roster, Bell is most likely to start if Green is unable.

Bell played 12 minutes in the opener, and they were in slots that typically go to McGee, who never left the bench against Houston. Citing the matchups created by the Rockets’ smallish lineups, Kerr opted for the 6-foot-8, 225-pound Bell over the 7-foot, 270-pound McGee.

That will change Friday, regardless of Green’s status, as both Bell and McGee will be needed against Davis and Cousins, both of whom possess wing spans over 7 feet. Only Bell is suited to play power forward or center, and the staff is coaching him at both positions.

“At the 4, I have to be more of a facilitator, like (Green) is,” Bell said. “Some plays (Kerr) has me doing the same things Draymond does. Sometimes he has me bring the ball up in practice. Calling plays, putting me in positions on the elbows to make the right pass, make the right read.

“When I’m at the 5, I have to be more of an aggressor, a more physical guy on the court, focusing on rebounding and finishing around the rim.”

It’s exceedingly rare for a second-round draft pick to start a game in his first week as an NBA player. The Warriors believe Bell can handle it. So in the case of Green being held out, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the rookie’s name is called.

 

Report: Draymond Green receives results on left knee MRI

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Report: Draymond Green receives results on left knee MRI

The Golden State Warriors and Dubnation have been holding their breath a bit awaiting the results of Draymond Green's MRI. 

They can breathe a little better now. 

According to ESPN, the forward underwent an MRI on his left knee and results came back negative. 

Green left Tuesday's game against the Rockets one point shy of a triple double after 28 minutes of work. 

The Warriors were left in a defensive deficit in his absence and ultimatley lost to the Rockets 122-121. 

More to come...