Myers tamps down Warriors' free-agent expectations


Myers tamps down Warriors' free-agent expectations

OAKLAND While theNBA is abuzz with free-agent activity, the Warriors have been mostly silent.And, according to general manager Bob Myers thats likely the way its going tostay.Myers told reporterson Monday after the team introduced three of their four picks from lastweeks NBA draft the Warriors dont figure to be landing any of the big namesin the next several weeks.STEINMETZ: So far, Warriors are on periphery of free agency
Teams may talk toand meet with players up until July 11, and on that day contracts officiallycan be signed.Were going to bediligent in our search, but I dont think were going to be as aggressive assome other teams in terms of spending, Myers said. We just dont have theresources. Were up against it right now.What the Warriorsare up against is the luxury tax. The Warriors are already over the salary cap,which means their best chance at landing a free agent would come by means ofthe mid-level exception, which is worth approximately 5 million.However, if theWarriors use all of their mid-level exception, they will venture into luxurytax territory and pay a heavy financial penalty. Its become clear, theyre notgoing that route.That the Warriorsarent willing to go into the luxury tax and use all the exception probablytakes them out of the running for several players, including Kirk Hinrich, RaymondFelton, Kris Humphries, Eresan Ilyasova, Carl Landry, Brandon Bass,Jason Kidd, etc.STEINMETZ: As free agency begins, 10 names for Warriors to consider
The salary cap forthe 2012-13 season is 58 million, and the luxury tax number is set at 70.3million. Myers said the Warriors are, in reality, 3 to 4 million under thetax threshold when you account for players on rookie deals, cap holds andexisting incentives on some players contracts.Myers said theWarriors are still looking to add veteran help, but it certainly wont behigh-priced veteran help.You get in early (to teams) in terms ofexpressing interest and if a contract fits your parameters you get in earlywith a contract, Myers said of the free agent process. But as you can see,Im here. I wasnt on a midnight flight to another city and its probablybecause agents arent meeting with teams that are cap restricted, like us,mostly.

The time Bob Myers questioned Mark Jackson's decision: 'I was wrong'


The time Bob Myers questioned Mark Jackson's decision: 'I was wrong'

Remember when Mark Jackson was the head coach of the Warriors?

During a recent conversation with ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Warriors GM Bob Myers shared the following story:

"I made a mistake with Mark one time -- after a game we lost, I went up to him right after we lost and asked him -- I think Curry had been having a big game and he ran a play for Carl Landry to take a shot to win the game; and it was a good play and it was a good shot.

"And I went up to Mark and I went, 'Did you think about Curry?' And he looked at me, and you could tell he was kind of containing himself, and he said, 'It was a good play. It was a good play.' And I look at him and I thought, 'I will never do that again.' If I don't trust the decisions the coach makes, then he's not the right coach.

"The coach gets to decide, right? I learned that lesson with Mark that I was completely out of line in asking him. And I apologized, and I'll never forget that lesson that I learned for myself ... I was wrong. And I learned that. So you learn more from mistakes sometimes. I don't do the debriefing with my coach after the game. Win or lose."

The Warriors fired Jackson a couple days after dropping Game 7 to the Clippers in the opening round of the playoffs.

Myers was named NBA Executive of the Year in 2015 and 2017.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Mike Brown explains why Warriors players respect the young 76ers


Mike Brown explains why Warriors players respect the young 76ers

On Saturday night in Philadelphia, the 76ers led the Warriors by 24 points early in the third quarter.

With about five minutes left in the game, Golden State led the game 115-97.

It was an incredible turn of events.

On Monday morning, Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown was asked about the 76ers during a radio appearance on KNBR 680.

"They're gonna be good. Right now, they're just kind of finding their way," Brown said. "The thing that I think our guys really like most about that group is -- they don't back down from anybody. They're confident in their abilities, they're confident in their team and they kind of let you know it.

"They talk about it during the course of a game. Our most vocal guy, Draymond, is like that and usually when Draymond shows respect to guys, the rest of our team follows."

Said Steph Curry: "They're on the right path. Waiting on Markelle to get back, and put all the puzzle pieces together but I'm sure they're ready to turn the page from building to actually cementing their idenity and how they're gonna be. I'm pretty sure they're close. They play an exciting brand of basketball. In the first half they showed if you're not ready to play, they can come out and do some amazing things."

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Kevin Durant on Ben Simmons: "Something I've never seen before as really playing the point guard at that height and that speed and that strength. You can tell he's an Aussie, too, because he doesn't mind getting into some scuffles or showing his little fiesty side. That's gonna mean well for the Sixers down the line ... all the amazing pieces that they have here ... they're gonna be a load coming up this year, next year, year after that."

Also -- Joel Embiid is hilarious and the world is a better place because of him.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller