Warriors are waiting on Roy, offer for Rush


Warriors are waiting on Roy, offer for Rush

As always seems tobe the case with free agency, the big-name players are the first to go. DeronWilliams is re-signing with Brooklyn; Kevin Garnett is going back to Boston;and Steve Nash is going to the Lakers in a sign-and-trade.Restricted free agentsRoy Hibbert, Eric Gordon, Omer Asik and Nicolas Batum will likely be signingoffer sheets on July 11 and their destinations will be known shortlythereafter.As for the Warriors,theyre playing the waiting game, but their time is coming. Theyve reached outto free agent guard Brandon Roy, and now they wait to see if hell choose theWarriors over approximately a half-dozen other teams. Theyve reached out tothe agents for such players as J.J. Hickson, Jordan Hill, Antawn Jamison, KirkHinrich, Shelden Williams and others.Theyre also waitingfor restricted free agent Brandon Rush to get an offer. Rush is coming off hisbest season as a pro, averaging 9.8 points and 3.9 rebounds per game, andWarriors general manager Bob Myers has made it clear the team wants to keephim.RELATED: Brandon Rush 2012 game logs
But that depends onwhat kind of offer Rush gets from another team assuming he gets one. Rushmade 2.96 million in 2011-12, and is seeking a raise from thatnumber.If a team were tooffer Rush a contract starting at 3 million or so and build up, the Warriorswould likely match and retain Rush. But if a team were to offer Rush most, orall, of the 5 million mid-level exception, that might be too high a price forthe Warriors.According tosources, one team considering making an offer to Rush is the Toronto Raptors,who had hoped to sign Nash. The Raptors had allocated significant money to Nashand now will look elsewhere and perhaps toward Rush.Dominic McGuire, whoemerged as a defensive specialist last season for the Warriors, may not return.Hes an unrestricted free agent, at this point doesnt seem to be a priorityfor Golden State.Its not that theWarriors wouldnt like to have McGuire back, its that they are pursuing otheravenues first. In the meantime its possible McGuire could agree to sign withanother team.It is likely thatbusiness will pick up for the Warriors next week, when the teams front officeis in Las Vegas for summer league along with agents and other NBA teamsfront offices.

Young Warriors fan brought to tears after getting surprised with tickets


Young Warriors fan brought to tears after getting surprised with tickets

Christmas came early for one young Warriors fan. 

Posting a video to Twitter, Charles Hinkle Jr. surprised his nephew with Warriors tickets on Friday. Hinkle's Twitter location shows the family is from Hollywood, Fla.

The reaction says it all. 

And the smile confirms it: best Black Friday ever.

The Warriors play the Heat in Miami on December 3 at 4 p.m. PT. The Warriors played the Heat twice last season. They won their first contest in Oakland and then later fell in Miami.


As if this young fan's day was already perfect, Steph Curry will be a part of his Warriors experience in Miami.

Gameday: Two Warriors All-Stars out for Friday's game vs Bulls


Gameday: Two Warriors All-Stars out for Friday's game vs Bulls

The Warriors will be without their starting forwards Friday night when they return to Oracle Arena not only to face the struggling Chicago Bulls but also in search of good habits.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30, with tipoff scheduled for 7:35.

Kevin Durant is out with a sprained ankle and Draymond Green will be resting.

The Warriors (13-5) are coming off a 2-2 road trip during which they blew a 17-point third-quarter lead in one of the losses and had to overcome a 24-point third-quarter deficit to earn one of the victories.

The rebuilding Bulls (3-13) are concluding a four-game swing through the Western Conference, having lost the first three games by an average of 15.7 points.


Warriors by 15.5


Omri Casspi & Co. vs. Lauri Markkanen: Markkanen has been one of the few bright spots for the Bulls this season. The 7-foot rookie from Arizona shares the team lead in scoring at 14.6 points per game, while leading in rebounds at 8.3 per game. The only Chicago rookies to score more points in their first 16 games are Michael Jordan, Derrick Rose and Elton Brand. With Green and Durant out, the task of defending Markkanen falls to Casspi, who will start at one forward, with rookie Jordan Bell also taking a few turns.


Warriors: F Kevin Durant (L ankle sprain) and F Draymond Green (rest) are listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors.

Bulls: G Zach LaVine (L ACL rehab), F Nikola Mirotic (facial fractures), G David Nwaba (R ankle sprain) and G Cameron Payne (R foot surgery) are listed as out.


Warriors: 8-2. Bulls: 2-8.


Bennie Adams (lead), Mark Ayotte and JT Orr.


The teams split the two-game series last season, each winning on its home court. The Warriors have won five of the last eight overall and 14 of the last 18 in Oakland.


THE INTENSITY METER: The Warriors believe, justifiably, that their biggest worry is about themselves. When they’re properly focused, they are the best team in the NBA. When they are not, they are susceptible to most any quality team. Insofar as Chicago doesn’t appear pose an explicit challenge, the Warriors must not only manufacture intensity but also maintain it.

KEEP ‘EM OFF THE LINE: The Bulls are dead last in the NBA in offensive rating (94.4), field-goal percentage (41.0), field goals made per game (35.7). The one thing they do well is shoot free throws, which they shoot at a league-leading 92.9 percent. The Warriors can be prone to fouls (only eight teams commit more), so they’ll have to play it smart against this opponent.

THE BENCH BUNCH: With Durant and Green out, along with this being the second game of a four-games-in-six-nights stretch, the Warriors will have to lean on their bench, which has been quite good. Its 54-percent shooting leads the league, as is its 4.2 blocks per game. The net rating 10.2 is second in the NBA.