Well, Warriors owner Joe Lacob said he wanted to be bold.Heres his chance.It's obvious Lacob and the Warriors front office are weighingwhether or not to acquire Chris Paul and Tyson Chandler in separatetransactions.While getting those two players would seem like a no-brainerfor a franchise that has missed the playoffs in 16 of the past 17 years, thereality is there is big-time risk involved.What Lacob and crew are wrestling with this morning is this:Should they trade Stephen Curry and another young player or two for Paul, whois on the last year of his contract and who will not come with anextension?Decision No. 2 is this: Should they commit in theneighborhood of 15 million per season -- more than 60 million over four years -- to Chandler, an elite interior defender but a player with an injuryhistory?Those are not easy decisions.Paul is an elite point guard and a certifiabledifference-maker, but he already has made noise about playing in New York atthe end of his contract. If the Warriors traded for him -- and gave up theirfuture and cornerstone in Curry -- theyd have to bank on convincing Paul tostay.In other words, its possible the Warriors could trade forPaul today, and come summertime they no longer have Paul or Curry.As for Chandler, the Warriors are in the game for him and ifthey really want him they have a way to get there. The Warriors are currentlyabout 7 or so million under the cap and if they used the amnesty clause onAndris Biedrins could get up to 16 or so million under.That would possibly be enough to acquire Chandler, albeit atan inflated number. Still, the Warriors have been talking defense for years,and getting Chandler would provide them a legitimate basket protector.The reality is the Warriors have an avenue to getting Pauland Chandler. Its no sure thing and its replete with risk. But theres a wayto get there.Question is: Does Lacob do it?
Klay Thompson is putting his money where his mouth is.
Shortly before Noon PT on Friday, Klay posted a 30-second video to Twitter to let it be known that he is donating to the North Bay fire relief.
"Hey everyone. As we all know, Northern California has been tragically effected by these wildfires for the past few weeks.
And I will be pledging $1,000 per point I score for the next three home games. And you can donate as well by clicking on the link below.
We will be donating to the Redwood Credit Union's fire relief efforts. Let's stick together because a lot of loved ones and families have been displaced and lost from these terrible events.
Property has been damanged but we can build this thing back up if we stick together and donate.
Thank you for listening."
The Warriors' next three home games are:
1) October 25 vs Toronto (18.7 points over 11 career games)
2) October 27 vs Washington (18.4 points over 11 career games)
3) October 29 vs Detroit (18.2 points over 11 career games)
Hopefully the Warriors will be able to create a lot of good looks for Klay during that stretch...
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller
Programming note: Warriors-Pelicans coverage starts tonight at 6:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area.
After blowing a 13-point fourth-quarter lead in the season opener Tuesday night, the Warriors will try to wipe away those memories with a win over the Pelicans on Friday night at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.
The Warriors will have forwards Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala to help their cause in the home opener for the Pelicans.
History will be on the side of the defending champions, who have won 10 of their last 11 games in New Orleans.
Warriors by 8.5
MATCHUP TO WATCH
Draymond Green vs. Anthony Davis: Coming off his injury scare, Green surely expects to be tested by Davis and his teammates. Green tends to thrive on even the slightest challenge. If he and his teammates can keep Davis under control (under 25 points, below 50-percent shooting), the Warriors will have won the battle.
Warriors: F Draymond Green (L knee strain) and F Andre Iguodala (back strain) are listed as available. F Omri Casspi (L ankle spain) is listed as out. G Quinn Cook will be activated, while C Damian Jones and F Kevon Looney will be healthy inactives.
Pelicans: C Alexis Ajinca (R knee injury), C Omer Asik (illness), F Soloman Hill (L hamstring tear), G Frank Jackson (R foot fracture) and G Rajon Rondo (L core muscle injury) are listed as out.
The Warriors have won seven in a row and 17 of the last 18 meetings.
THREE THINGS TO WATCH
THE BIGS: Whereas the trend in the NBA is to go small, a strategy the Warriors often use, the Pelicans play two traditional big men. In addition to Davis, who has 6-foot-10, they also start 6-11 former Kings C DeMarcus Cousins. Though both are listed as forwards (as Cousins prefers) both also spent time in the post. Expect the Warriors to use their small lineups in hopes of speeding up the game. Will it work?
DEPTH FACTOR: While the Warriors are relatively healthy, the New Orleans is coping with the absences of Rondo, Hill and backup centers Ajinca and Asik. Warriors coach Steve Kerr is unafraid to go deep into his bench. If the Warriors are prepared, in terms of conditioning, to set the fast pace they desire they’ll have a chance to wear down the Pelicans late.
ANGER MOTIVE: The Warriors were displeased with themselves after losing the season opener at home. Iguodala notes they tend to respond to poor performances by examining their mistakes and making corrections. They haven’t opened a season with two consecutive losses since 2009 and want no part of a 0-2 start.