Five contingencies for Warriors in case Pat McCaw doesn't return
Tick, tock ... tick, tock
We’re well into the eighth week of free agency and the Warriors are still holding a seat for Patrick McCaw, a restricted free agent with no incentive to rush in and sign.
Even as the Warriors in June put a $1.74 million qualifying offer on the table that can’t be rescinded without McCaw’s consent, they invited him to monitor the market. He has. There isn’t much there.
The Warriors want him back and that is the likely outcome. But what if a team has a sudden, unanticipated need for a wing and makes an offer to McCaw? The Warriors can match, but they’re only going so far insofar as they’re already getting a luxury tax bill.
Here is an alphabetical list of five free agents that might serve as contingencies assuming they’d accept a minimum contract:
Pros: He’s a highly skilled wing XL, much like Kevin Durant. He works out regularly and still wants to play; he recently expressed a desire to reunite with LeBron James in LA.
Cons: He’s not yet available. With blood clots halting his career in 2016, Bosh, 34, would have to petition the NBA and clear some serious health hurdles.
Summary: This is a long shot, but the Warriors are known to think out of the box. Imagine the buzz around the league if Bosh were to be cleared and joined the defending champs on a minimum deal.
Pros: He’s a UFA willing to work cheap. He’s long (6-foot-8), capable of playing solid perimeter defense and is at his best in transition. He is decidedly low maintenance.
Cons: He has logged 11 seasons and the mileage is starting to show. He’s four years removed from his 51-point, six-steal game and his jump shot no longer is reliable.
Summary: The Warriors have made it clear they want to get younger. That’s one reason why McCaw (23 in October) is so appealing. Brewer has something to offer but doesn’t seem to fit the team’s direction.
Pros: At age 38, still one of the quickest triggers in the league, capable of dropping 15 points in five minutes. He’s popular and one of the NBA’s conditioning freaks.
Cons: If the Warriors are looking for someone to defend the wing, Crawford has the length (6-5, 6-10 wingspan). He doesn’t get paid to defend, though, so don’t expect much.
Summary: The Warriors haven’t had a certified scorer off the bench since Jordan Crawford’s 25-game stopover in 2014. They have a need for someone who can walk in and get a bucket. But they want youth, and Jamal’s youth is not chronological.
Pros: He’s smart (a Stanford product), a good athlete and at 6-8 capable of defending multiple positions. At age 26 and having acknowledged battling depression, he is in put-up-or-shut-up mode.
Cons: His shot comes and goes and he appears almost robotic at times. There is curiosity in the wake of Oklahoma City’s decision to decline his Year 4 option after three seasons with the franchise.
Summary: Huestis still has a chance to make in the NBA. Unless he develops a more consistent shot, he’d have a tough time cracking the Warriors’ rotation. Still, he’s worth a closer look.
Pros: He’s available. Having spent a year with the Warriors, he knows the system. He’d be easy to find in Oct. 16, when the championship rings are presented.
Cons: His shot was inconsistent, his defense was absent more often than present and his conditioning is nowhere near the standard set by elite athletes.
Summary: The Warriors might look to Mars before inviting the Return of Swaggy P. He was crossed off their list the moment the season ended, and there might not be an eraser big enough to delete that line through his name.