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What free agents are out there for Warriors?

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What free agents are out there for Warriors?

If youre an NBA fan you know that much of the NBA communityis in Chicago, getting a look-see at some potential draftees. The Warriors havethe No. 7 pick in the June 28 draft, and theyre looking for that player tobolster what looks like a core of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, David Lee andAndrew Bogut.

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But shortly after the draft, free agency begins, and thatwill be another place where the Warriors hope to add a player. The Warriorswould seem to be in the market for a point guard and a big man to come off thebench.RELATED: Matt Steinmetz's NBA mock draft 1.0
General manager Bob Myers has made it clear he would like toadd some experience to that aforementioned core one that has just fiveplayoff games among them.The Warriors, who will be over the salary cap, will haveapproximately 5 million to spend with their mid-level exception. That wontget them a star, but it could be enough to add a nice player, and someone whocould help you if youre thinking playoffs in 2012-13.Here is a look at some smalls and bigs who might makesome sense for the Warriors in the free-agent market:SMALLSRaymond Felton: He didnt have the greatest ofyears as the starter in Portland, but he looks a lot better if hes coming offthe bench. Would he be willing to do that? The other thing is that with Currybeing a little undersized, it wouldnt hurt to have a backup with size behindhim. Felton seems like a reach.

Steve Nash: There no doubt that bringingin a quality person and player like Nash would upgrade your team. But heslikely to command more than the mid-level, and youve got to figure if heleaves Phoenix, hes going for the whole shebang to win a ring. Still, itsat least nice to think a little bit about Nash setting up Curry.

Kirk Hinrich: Hes not the most efficientoffensive player as his outside shot can be unreliable. But you wont find atougher perimeter defender on this list, and the Warriors could always use oneof them. Can they get Hinrich for 5 million to start and does he want to comehere? Those are the questions. But Hinrich would be a real solid pro coming off the bench,and he would give them additional size at a place the Warriors needit.

Jason Kidd: You would be foolish to notwant Jason Kidd on your team. And if Kidd would be willing to come back homefor his final year or two, it would be a great story. But it makes sense forKidd to stay in Dallas even if Deron Williams ends up there.

Andre Miller: He is 36 years old, and yethe has missed just one game in the past five seasons. He played 27 minutes agame for Denver in 2011-12, was effective, and averaged almost seven assistsper game. Hes got size, so he could slide to shooting guard and defend them.He complements both Curry and Thompson. But hes already indicated he wants toreturn to the Nuggets.

Chauncey Billups: He is not expected tobe ready by the start of the season, but hed be a nice presence in the lockerroom and then on the court once he returned.Others: Leandro Barbosa, Goran Dragic,Randy Foye, Delonte West, Jason Terry.BIGSKris Humphries: He would be a terrific third bigman for the Warriors can score a little some and a good rebounder. Not tomention, hes got athleticism, which is something the Warriors could use moreof. But hes almost certainly going to get more than 5 million.Ersan Ilyasova: There are some intriguingaspects to Ilyasovas game, but its tough to see the Bucks who just tradedsize in Andrew Bogut letting him go.Antawn Jamison: Conventional wisdom isthat the Warriors have enough scorers and they need more defenders andrebounders. Those arent exactly Jamisons calling cards, but he is a bona-fideprofessional and if youre talking about someone who could come in off thebench and give you something, Jamison can certainly do that at the offensiveend.

Carl Landry: A year or two ago, theWarriors would have loved to have a player such as Landry. But his star hasfallen a little bit, and he seems to be flattening.

Ian Mahinmi: His role has been growing inrecent years, and he averaged 18 minutes per game for Dallas this past season.He would seem to be gettable, but because the Warriors are paying AndrisBiedrins 9 million over the next two years, its tough to see them throwinganother few million at a third center.Kenyon Martin: You might not like Martin,but thats exactly why you want him on your team. Hes tough anddefensive-minded and his mentality and demeanor alone would be unique on theWarriors roster. Others: Kwame Brown, Nazr Mohammed,Reggie Evans, Louis Amundson, Jordan Hill, Greg Oden.

Report: KD wants to own an NBA team

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Report: KD wants to own an NBA team

Kevin Durant figures to have a good chunk of his career ahead of him, but he's already thinking of his next move.

Durant is only 29-years-old, but is already in the midst of his 11th NBA season. For his post-basketball life, the reigning Finals MVP has his sights set on NBA ownership.

Over his last 18 months as a member of the Golden State Warriors, Durant's increasingly yearned to own an NBA team, according to a report from ESPN's Chris Haynes. 

"[This] is a genuine goal of his after he retires, to add another African-American in the position of majority ownership," a league source told Haynes under the condition of anonymity. 

Currently, Michael Jordan is the only African-American majority owner in the league. Durant said he would also like to see more African-Americans in front office roles. 

"[Jordan] was the first big Nike athlete, the biggest star of his time, but if you don't have the trajectory, that path, that journey, it's going to be hard to do what he did," Durant told ESPN. "But you can still affect the NBA and the game of basketball in a different way. You don't have to be an owner.

"I think it should be more guys in the positions of power like general managers and scouts and coaches. Anything that involves the day-to-day operations of these franchises. I think more players and more experienced players should be in those positions."

Durant and his business partner, Rich Kleiman, have met with multiple tech executives and team owners in order to "learn the lay of the land," Haynes wrote. 

He's not the only former MVP on the Warriors with ownership aspirations, either. Stephen Curry tweeted last month he wanted in on Sean "Diddy" Combs' prospective bid for the Carolina Panthers, and Curry told ESPN last month he's "really serious" about the opportunity. 

Gameday: Intensity, fury rages as Warriors visit Cavaliers in rivalry's next chapter

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Gameday: Intensity, fury rages as Warriors visit Cavaliers in rivalry's next chapter

The Warriors will have their full squad available Monday when they wrap up their season series with the longtime rival Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

The teams have met in the last three NBA Finals, with the Warriors winning twice.

The Warriors (35-9) are coming off an impressive back-to-back road sweep, winning at Milwaukee on Friday and at Toronto on Saturday. Their regular starting lineup -- Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Zaza Pachulia and Draymond Green -- will be together for only the fourth time in the last six weeks.

The Cavaliers (26-16) have stumbled lately, losing seven of their last nine. Isaiah Thomas, acquired in the trade that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston in August, made his debut on Jan. 3 and will be playing his fourth game as a member of the Cavaliers.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 5.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Kevin Durant vs. LeBron James: The top two forwards, and conceivably the two best players, in the game today. The Warriors are 5-2 against Cleveland since Durant was acquired to offset James. James is No. 3 in scoring (27.1 per game), Durant No. 5 (26.3). Both are efficient scoring machines. James is rebounding better (8.0-7.0), Durant blocking more shots (2.14-1.07). When these two clash, it’s hard to take your eyes off them. Durant asks to defend James and won the battle when the teams met on Christmas Day in Oakland.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: F Omri Casspi (low back soreness), F Andre Iguodala (hip flexor strain) and G Shaun Livingston (L shin contusion) have been upgraded to available.

Cavaliers: G Derrick Rose (L ankle sprain) and G Iman Shumpert (L knee surgery rehab) are listed as out.

LAST 10

Warriors: 8-2. Cavaliers: 3-7.

GAME OFFICIALS

Scott Foster (crew chief), Marat Kogut, Eric Lewis

SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors won the first of two meetings this season, 99-92, on Christmas Day in Oakland. The teams split two meetings last season. The Warriors have won five of the last seven regular-season meetings and 11 of the last 14. They have won 11 of 18 NBA Finals games played in the last three years.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

THE POINT MEN: Neither Curry nor Thomas played on Christmas Day, so it’ll be intriguing to see them renew a battle that dates back to Thomas’ days in Sacramento. Curry generated dominated the matchup, though Thomas has since made the leap from good to great offensive player. One thing remains, though: Thomas remains among the league’s worst defenders.

INTENSITY LEVELS: Because of the history, the air crackles with fury when these teams meet. That won’t change anytime soon. But the Cavaliers, having beaten the Warriors only once in the last seven meetings, should be particularly fierce. This game means more to Cleveland than it does to the Warriors. Will the Warriors be able to match the intensity they’ll face inside the Q?

THE ARC: The 3-ball almost certainly will be crucial in this game. The Cavs are third in 3-pointers made (513), while the Warriors are fifth at 505. But the Warriors are more accurate, shooting at 38.9 percent to Cleveland’s 37.2. The Warriors are slightly better at defending the arc and, on the other end, can use ball movement to stress the Cavs’ relatively slow defenders.