Warriors free agent point guard candidates
Getting help for Curry
As you can see, Stephen Curry demands significant attention from opposing defenses. He exerts a lot of energy creating for himself and teammates, and needs a legitimate playmaking backup who can take some pressure off of him. Let's take a look at some unrestricted free agent point guards the Warriors could sign using their $5.3 million mid-level exception... (They could also acquire any of these players using their $9.8 million trade exception, but would need to facilitate a sign-and-trade because all of these players are unrestricted free agents.)
The No. 4 overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft has come a long way since he sustained a gruesome knee injury that cost him the entire 2007-08 season and almost ended his career. He averaged 8.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists over 76 games for Brooklyn last year. He has terrific size at 6'7" but only attempted six 3's all season (he made one). He turns 29 in September and may be looking for an opportunity to start somewhere. He made $1.26 million last season...
Mills averaged 10.2 points in 18.9 minutes per game for the Spurs last season, and averaged 10.2 points in just 15.2 minutes per game in the NBA Finals. He turns 26 in September and made $1.13 million in 2013-14. A team will definitely have to pony up several million a season to acquire his services. Mills played his collegiate ball locally at Saint Mary's in Moraga...
Collison averaged 11.4 points and 3.7 assists for the Clippers during the regular season. Those numbers dipped in the postseason (so did his playing time), but his huge fourth quarter in LA's come-from-behind Game 4 victory over Oklahoma City in the Western Conference semifinals may have increased his asking price. Collison recently opted out of his player option for 2014-15 that was scheduled to pay him $1.9 million...
Stuckey averaged 13.9 points and 2.1 assists per game and shot just under 44% from the field for Detroit last season. He only started five games so he doesn't seem to mind coming off the bench. The 15th pick in the 2007 draft is coming off of a 3-year, $25.5 million deal. He turned 28 in April...
Sessions played the first 55 games last season with Charlotte (10.5 points, 3.7 assists, 41% FG) before being traded to Milwaukee. In 28 games (yes, he played 83 games last year) with Milwaukee, he averaged 15.8 points and 4.8 assists per game while shooting 46% from the field and 36% from the 3-point line. Sessions turned 28 in April and is coming off of a 2-year, $10 million contract...
Chalmers spent the first six seasons of his career in Miami but will almost assuredly not be back with the Heat next season. Over the last three years, he started all 214 games he played in and averaged 9.4 points and 4.0 assists a night, while shooting just under 40% from 3. He may have hurt his earning ability with a dismal performance in the recent Finals (4.4 ppg, 33% FG, 14% 3's). The 28-year old is coming off of a 3-year, $12 million contract...
With Derrick Rose undergoing another season-ending knee injury, Hinrich started 61 games last season, averaging 9.1 points and 3.9 assists per contest. The 33-year old is entering the twilight of his career and has made $66 million over 11 seasons, including a little over $4 million last year...
Mo Williams averaged 9.7 points and 4.3 assists per game over 74 appearances for the Blazers last season. He recently opted out of a $2.7 million player option for next season. Williams will turn 32 in December...
Bayless appeared in 31 games with Memphis last season before being traded to Boston. For the season, he averaged 9.3 points and 2.7 assists per contest and shot just under 36% from 3. He made $3.13 million last year...
Jameer Nelson had an $8 million club option for the 2015-15 season. On Monday, Orlando declined, paying him $2 million to walk. The 32-year old averaged 12.1 points and 7.0 assists per game last season for the 23-win Magic. He shot just over 39% from the field and just under 35% from the 3-point line.