There are still details to emerge from the NBAs newcollective bargaining agreement, but the framework of the deal is coming intofocus.And what Warriors fans will see when its all said and doneis something that doesnt look a whole lot different from the old system.With free agency a little more than a week away, it seemsapparent the Warriors wont be big players in the market, unless, that is,owner Joe Lacob and his front office team are prepared to make a bold, riskymove.The bottom line is the Warriors appear to be in aless-than-optimal position not far enough under the salary cap to do majordamage and not over either, preventing them from using the mid-levelexception.The Warriors have committed more than 31 million to DavidLee, Monta Ellis and Andris Biedrins for the upcoming season. Theyve gotanother 12.5 million committed to Dorell Wright, Stephen Curry, Lou Amundsonand Ekpe Udoh.Thats approximately 43.5 million with the salary cap being58 million.Theyve also got Charlie Bell on the books for 4.1 million,and throw another 4 million in there for Klay Thompson, Jeremy Tyler, CharlesJenkins and Jeremy Lin.That puts the Warriors at about 51-plus million or about6-plus million under the cap. If the Warriors use their amnesty clause onBell, they could conceivably get 10 or 11 million under.While that sounds like a nice chunk of change, its stillprobably not enough to get a player such as Nene, considered perhaps the bestfree agent big man available. It is probably enough to get you Clippers centerDeAndre Jordan, but the Warriors would need to think long and hard aboutoffering him a contract in the 7- to 9 million range particularly withBiedrins still earning 9 million per.Even if the Warriors get to 11 million under, best casewould likely be acquiring two role players. Keep in mind, even teams above thecap will have the mid-level exception, worth 5 million in Year 1.Now, the Warriors could become a big player in the free agentmarket with one big-time move using the amnesty clause on David Lee or AndrisBiedrins. Making a move like that would give the Warriors big-time cap roomthis offseason, but would also leave them extremely short-handed in thefrontcourt and they were shorthanded when they were at full strength lastseason.In other words, if you amnesty Lee or Biedrins, you betterbe able to sign a frontcourt player better than the one you get rid of andthere are no assurances of that.It might behoove the Warriors to not use the amnestyprovision this year therefore remaining about 7 million under the cap. Thatwould give them more financial clout than teams with simply the mid-levelexception and they could still be bold next season or the year after andamnesty Lee or Biedrins.The Warriors are by no means in a dire situation when itcomes to the salary cap, their payroll and financial flexibility. But theyrefar from sitting pretty, either.
With a big break until their next game, the Warriors spent a couple days in New York City.
Klay Thompson spent part of his Monday walking around the city.
And as only Thompson could, he wound up appearing on a local news report. But he wasn't talking about basketball. Not even close.
Courtesy of Twitter user @MP_Trey, Thompson was interviewed on Fox 5 NY to talk about ... scaffolding.
"I usually observe if the piping and stuff is new. Sometimes, you know, something looks like it's been there a while, I try to avoid that," Thompson said in the report.
You can watch the odd video here:
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