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Myers: 'We're going to sign a player'

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Myers: 'We're going to sign a player'

Warriors general manager Bob Myers realizes that his teams fans are getting itchy. The free-agent moratorium period is almost over, as teams can officially sign players on Wednesday, and yet the Warriors dont have anything tangible to show.That will change, its just a matter of when.Were going to sign a player, but its got to be right for us, the right kind of player and at a position where we need help, Myers told reporters on Tuesday afternoon.REWIND: Free-agent guards for Warriors to consider
Earlier in the day, the Warriors made a move that will give them a little more money for them in free agency. By agreeing to trade Dorell Wright to the Philadelphia 76ers for Edin Bavcic and a 4.1 million trade exception, the team freed up Wrights salary which should help in the coming weeks.Heading into free agency, the Warriors were over the salary cap, but they were under the luxury tax by approximately 3 or 4 million. Myers indicated last week that the team was unlikely to use all of their mid-level exception worth approximately 5 million because it would have put the team into the tax area.REWIND: Free agents for Warriors to consider
Now, with Wright off the books, the Warriors could use all their mid-level exception on one or more players without eclipsing the luxury tax, which the NBA announced will be 70.307 million for the 2012-2013 season.Our plan in free agency was that we have the mid-level at our disposal as well as the bi-annual, Myers said. Our plan is to be aggressive, find players who can help this team win. At the same time, you have to balance that with being prudent. You have to be cautious how you spend. But were willing to spend if its a difference-maker.Myers said the team is unlikely to enter into the luxury tax area this summer, although it could happen down the line.If we felt a player was a difference-maker and moves the needle for us, we would spend and possibly spend into the tax, Myers said. but only if the player were targeting helps us in a meaningful way.REWIND: As free agency begins, 10 names for Warriors to consider
Myers also maintained that one of the teams big priorities this offseason is re-signing Brandon Rush, a restricted free agent. The Warriors have the right to match any offer another team makes for Rush and keep him.The trading of Wright also gives the Warriors more flexibility in terms of matching an offer he might receive.We can make signings independent of Brandon, but were keeping an eye on Brandon, Myers said. But we can sign players and certainly retain Brandon. Were going to move forward, but at the same time well budget whats appropriate. But we have the ability to be aggressive with our mid-level exception and bi-annual exception and keep Brandon.

Curry claims he didn't throw mouthguard at ref: 'I've got a pretty good aim'

Curry claims he didn't throw mouthguard at ref: 'I've got a pretty good aim'

Just before the Warriors officially lost the game in Memphis on Saturday night, their superstar point guard lost his cool.

After not getting a foul call with 43 seconds left in the game, Steph Curry chucked his mouthguard in the direction of referee Scott Wall in a fit of rage reminiscent of Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals.

Wall immediately ejected Curry, who continued to argue with the officials.

After the game, Curry wanted to make it clear he wasn't trying to his Wall with his mouthguard.

"If I tried to throw it at him and hit him, I've got a pretty good aim," Curry said told reporters after the game. "I've thrown my mouthpiece plenty of times and thrown it on the floor. Probably not the best thing to do, but I've done it. I own up to it.

"If I was trying to throw it at him or hit him, I would have been able to executed that."

Curry explained why he reacted the way he did.

"That last play, I thought I got fouled. My frustration boiled over, did something stupid, deserved to get kicked out and that's what happened. Obviously learn from it and try not to do it again," Curry told reporters.

Now Curry and the Warriors wait to see if the NBA will suspend or fine him. He has an expectation of what the punishment will be.

"Don't think it will be a suspension or anything. My pockets will be a lot lighter," Curry said after the game.

What's caused Warriors' slow start and why it should come as no surprise

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What's caused Warriors' slow start and why it should come as no surprise

It’s much too early to get legitimately nervous, much less start tumbling into a panic.

The Warriors are going to be fine.

Eventually.

They most certainly are not yet what they will become in about two weeks, when they settle in for a four-game homestand that begins Nov. 6. That’s 10 games into the season, and it’s conceivable the Warriors might be 6-4.

After a 111-101 loss to the ever-tenacious Grizzlies on Saturday in Memphis, the Warriors are 1-2 and, by their lofty standard, looking about as lost as a stray cat in a hurricane.

“We’re obviously not ready. We knew that,” coach Steve Kerr said. “We’re not ready to put together a full effort. And I’m not doing a great job of putting together combinations, finding the right motivation to get guys going, to get some joy and laughter in here.

“It’s just one of those rough patches. And, hopefully, we can climb our way out of it. I’m sure we will. It may take some time.”

It will take some time, and of that there is plenty.

Do not blame this lull entirely on China, not when there is so much more. The Warriors are coming off their third consecutive prolonged season, this one followed by the training camp disruption caused by spending eight days in Oakland, eight days in China, followed by eight days in Oakland leading up to opening night.

It’s easy to see the timing is off on an offense that relies on precision. The spacing is off on an offense that requires room to operate. The energy is lacking on a defense that lapses into ordinary without its bedrock intensity. Both body and spirit appear less than peak.

“We’ve been playing hard,” Kevin Durant told reporters at FedEx Forum, “but I think we’ve got to take it up a level.

“We’ll be fine. It’s 79 more games left. I’m sure we’ll figure it out.”

Understand, a team that won an NBA-best 67 games last season and posted a league-record 16-1 postseason doesn’t lose it because opponents load up. When the Warriors are on their game, opponents don’t matter.

For now, though, there is an individual listlessness that results in collective slumber. Stephen Curry has gambled himself in foul trouble in both losses and was booted in Memphis. Andre Iguodala missed an entire game and Draymond Green missed the fourth quarter of the first loss, a game in which the Warriors gave up a 13-point lead over the final 12 minutes.

And Durant’s 4.6 blocks per game is impressive. It also happens to be offset by his 6.3 turnovers per game.

“That’s on me,” he said. “I’m turning the ball over at a high rate right now. I’m really pissed at myself about it. I’ve just got to hold on to the ball. Just make the correct pass. I think I’m just rushing. I just need to calm down, settle down, and that would ignite the whole team. But if I turn the ball over, that’s contagious.”

The Rockets turned 17 Warriors giveaways into 21 points. The Pelicans turned 14 into 20. The Grizzlies turned 17 into 24.

Asked what has to change, Klay Thompson went to exactly the right place, saying “probably our defensive intensity from the jump.”

That’s where it starts, at least on the court. Meanwhile, there is more video work, more group texts about details and the need for more time for their bodies and minds to become one.

“We’ll be better,” Durant said. “We’re still finding a groove with each other. We’re still getting back into shape as far as playing our game, the flow, just the reads off not calling plays. We’ve got to get used to that again.”

Thompson is, however, displaying a modicum of impatience.

“We’ll come out Monday and we’ll play a great game,” he said. “I guarantee it.”

He’s probably right. The Warriors will be playing at Dallas, against a Mavericks team that is built to be devoured by the powerful.

That might be a quick fix. But it won’t be the final fix. That is weeks away.