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Updated: Free agent guards for Warriors to consider

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Updated: Free agent guards for Warriors to consider

Free agency is well into its second week, and still hardly apeep from the Warriors. On Wednesday, players may begin officially signingcontracts with teams, but as of now its doubtful Golden State will have actionon that day.One by one, players are re-signing with their own teams,signing with different teams or agreeing to sign-and-trade deals. With more andmore players off the market, its time to update the Warriors free-agentlist.RELATED: Troubling signs for Warriors in free agency
If youre keeping score at home, this would be free-agent list3.0. In this list, were focusing on guards and guards only.It is unknown to what extent or if at all the Warriorspursued players such as Andre Miller, Jason Kidd and Kirk Hinrich. Maybe theykicked the tires, maybe they were close or maybe they never had achance.But you could make a case that each of those players wouldhave been a nice fit for the Warriors, as well as Brandon Roy and even ChaunceyBillups. Whats most disappointing is that each of those five players haveagreed to very reasonable, very cap-friendly contracts elsewhere.But if the Warriors couldnt find a way to acquire one ofthose backcourt players, lets go down the list a little further:D.J. Augustin: He is a restricted freeagent, which makes things a little more complicated. But the Bobcats needplayers, first and foremost, and so maybe theres a sign-and-trade deal to behad with Charlotte.Leandro Barbosa: Hes not a true pointguard, doesnt have size for a two guard and isnt the kind of defensive playerthe Warriors covet. But hes be a nice offensive weapon off the bench.Jerryd Bayless: The Raptors withdrewtheir qualifying offer to Bayless, meaning he is an unrestricted freeagent. He came into the NBA with plenty of expectations but has failed to liveup to them. Still, hes only 23 years old and still has some upside. Hedlikely get plenty of minutes with the Warriors, too.Marco Belinelli: The Warriors would probablywant more of a decision-maker than Belinelli, but he was still a sometimesstarter in New Orleans this past season. If hes coming off your bench which hewould do for Golden State that wouldnt be a bad thing.Aaron Brooks: The Suns withdrew theirqualifying offer to Brooks, meaning he is now an unrestricted free agent. Hesnot the defensive-minded point guard the Warriors would ideally like to have,but hed still be an upgrade off the bench for Golden State.Shannon Brown: Warriors general managerBob Myers and owner Joe Lacob have talked this offseason about trying toacquire athleticism and toughness. Brown could give the Warriors more of thosethings than a lot of other players still out there.Keyon Dooling: He fits the description ofcapable veteran and solid locker-room guy the Warriors are looking for.Hes also capable of pressuring opposing guards at the defensive end, whichwould make him a different kind of Warriors perimeter player.Ronnie Price: The Warriors wont win thepress conference if they sign Price. But come November, he could help,particularly on the defensive end. But heres the issue with Price andplayers like him. How significant of an upgrade are they over CharlesJenkins?Nate Robinson: At the end of 2011-12, itseemed like a longshot Robinson would return. Well, it still is, but its lessof one now. If theres one issue here its that Robinson is said to be seekinga multi-year deal.Ramon Sessions: With the Lakers set tobring in Steve Nash, they dont have much use for Sessions. The DallasMavericks are said to be knocking on Sessions door, but he would fit into whatthe Warriors need to do in the backcourt, too.

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

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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

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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."

[RELATED: Joel Embiid 'likes' Kevin Durant's postgame comments]

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