NBA mailbag: Amnesty of Charlie Bell still hurts


NBA mailbag: Amnesty of Charlie Bell still hurts

Mailtime Does theCharlie Bell amnesty hurt the chances of Brandon Roy coming to Golden State?Chris, Parts Unknown.Steinmetz:There is little debate that using the amnesty provision on CharlieBell last year was a strategic mistake for the Warriors. It was short-sightedin that it didnt do the Warriors any good last season in terms of anacquisition and it didnt do them any good in terms of long-term flexibility. Bellscontract was set to expire at the end of the 2011-12 season, so by waiving him beforelast season began, the Warriors got rid of an expiring contract, which couldhave been used to their advantage at last seasons trading deadline.REWIND: Warriors amnesty Charlie Bell
Instead, theWarriors waived Bell and cleared out more than 10 million in cap space tomake a run at DeAndre Jordan. But Jordan wound up returning to theClippers.Now, depending onyour perspective that could be a good thing. In fact, you could make a casethat had the Warriors chosen to amnesty Andris Biedrins instead of Bell, thatthe Warriors could have then made a bigger offer for Jordan one the Clipperswould not have matched on.But under thatscenario, the Warriors would have Jordan under contract at more than 10-12million a season and probably wouldnt have Andrew Bogut. Jordan had a verydisappointing season for the Clippers in 2011-12.The reality is theWarriors should have abstained from using the amnesty clause lastyear.Had they not used ita season ago, they would have still have the ability to use it one time thisyear or beyond and Biedrins would have been a legitimate amnesty possibilitythis season.Being able toamnesty Biedrins this summer would have and could have dramaticallyaffected the Warriors approach in free agency.The freeagents on your list dont seem impactful. A trade might be the only way. IfDallas was looking at Hasheem Thabeet before Oklahoma city signed him, wouldthey consider making a move for Biedrins. Scott, Modesto.Steinmetz:If weve learned anything over the years its that no contract isuntradeable. Corey Maggette, said to have one of the NBAs worst contracts, hasbeen moved a couple of times since he signed a 50-plus million deal yearsago.Biedrins wont beeasy to trade, but its not outside the realm of possibility. First off, if theWarriors move Biedrins dont expect them to get much, if anything, inreturn.What team out therewould acquire Biedrins, who has been ineffectual for the past three years, andgive up something worthwhile? It seems like a longshot. Now, there could beseveral contending teams that would want Biedrins as insurance maybe in athird-center-off-the-bench role.Miami is always inneed of size, and they would seem to be a possibility. I could also see theDenver Nuggets being interested.But even if theWarriors make a deal for Biedrins, and its hard to envision at this point,its unlikely they will get much tangible from such a deal. Best they could dowould likely be trading Biedrins for a player or players whose contracts expireat the end of this season getting the Warriors out from under that deal ayear early.Do youthink Brandon Roy and the Warriors are a good fit? Scott, Fremont,Calif.Steinmetz:That all depends on Roys health. If hes the player he was two orthree years ago or a semblance of the player he was two or three years ago then hes a perfect fit: Someone with size who can play both guardpositions.The real question iswhether Roy is a fit with where hes at at his career. Roy, 27, may not havemany years left considering hes already retired because of chronic kneepain.So, will he reallycome to the Warriors who dont have a boatload of cash to offer? On thesurface, it would seem like Roy would be more interested in playing for acontending team.But if the betterteams are leery of Roy, then the door may be open for the Warriors to pluckRoy.Who do youthink will be the starting small forward next season -- Harrison Barnes, DorellWright or Richard Jefferson? Maggie, Davis, Calif.Steinmetz:I would say that Jefferson will start early in the season, but thatBarnes will eventually supplant him. Im taking Dorell Wright out of theequation because I just cant seem him the opening night starter.And I see that fortwo reasons. One, its no secret the Warriors have a glut at small forwardright now. Theyve got Wright, Jefferson, Barnes, Draymond Green and we haventeven got into Brandon Rush, whom the team hopes to re-sign. There are just toomany players for that position.So, I see theWarriors looking to move Wright, who has just one more year remaining on hisdeal. Also, even if Wright doesnt get traded, I dont see himstarting.The reason beingthat coach Mark Jackson is not a big fan of Wright. That became apparent overthe course of the season, with Wright seldom playing when games were on theline.

Andre Iguodala offers hilarious Steph Curry-Draymond Green comparison

Andre Iguodala offers hilarious Steph Curry-Draymond Green comparison

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Monday afternoon at 4:30, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

Andre Iguodala didn't have a memorable Game 3 of the Western Conference finals against the Trail Blazers when it comes to on-court production.

He recorded two points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal in about 18 minutes of playing time, and left early because of a lower leg issue.

But he did do this:

And he also provided an incredible quote after Golden State's win when talking about the greatness of Steph Curry and Draymond Green.

Marcus Thompson of The Athletic has the details:

“They’re Brady and Gronk,” Andre Iguodala said of Curry and Green after the game. “The black version.”

Both Green and Curry laughed when hearing Iguodala’s comparison. Curry had a question.

“Wait,” he asked. “Who’s who?”

Good question, Steph.

Curry and Draymond have won three championships together and are hoping to capture a fourth NBA title next month.

Brady and Gronkowski won three Super Bowl titles as teammates, and can't win any additional Lombardi trophies as a duo unless Gronk unretires.

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As for the Warriors' incredible pair: "Our skill sets complement each other well and we use each other,” Draymond said. “We have a chemistry amongst us that’s unlike many we’ve seen, ever in history. We don’t come from similar backgrounds. We’re different in many ways.

"Where we are the same, though, is we both want to win, we both do whatever to win, we’re both extremely competitive and we’re unselfish. When you add all those things together, those are ingredients for success.”

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Magic Johnson reveals he was backstabbed by Lakers GM Rob Pelinka


Magic Johnson reveals he was backstabbed by Lakers GM Rob Pelinka

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Monday afternoon at 4:30, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

On April 9, Magic Johnson shocked the basketball world when he resigned as the Lakers president of basketball operations.

On Monday morning, he was a guest on ESPN's First Take and explained why he stepped down.

"First year in was tremendous, so things got going in the right direction," Magic said. "And then I start hearing, 'Magic, you're not working hard enough, Magic's not in the office.' So people around the Lakers office were telling me Rob (general manager Rob Pelinka) was saying things. And I didn't like those things being said behind my back.

"So I start getting calls from my friends outside of basketball saying those things now were said to them outside of basketball ... now it's in the media and so on. People gotta remember something -- I got allies, I got friends everywhere."

Soon thereafter, Magic pivoted.

"The straw that broke the camel's back was I wanted to fire Luke Walton," he declared. "We had three meetings. I showed her (owner Jeanie Buss) the things he did well and the things he didn't do well.

"I said, 'Listen, we gotta get a better coach.' The first day, 'Well let's think about it,' the second day, 'OK, you can fire him,' then the next day, 'No, we should try to work it out.' So when we went back-and-forth like that ... it's time for me to go.

"I got things happening behind my back, I don't have the power that I thought I had to make the decision ... I gotta step aside."

Two days after the regular season ended, the Lakers and Walton agreed to mutually part ways. Walton was hired as head coach of the Kings a couple days later.

Magic made it clear that Pelinka was the only one doing any backstabbing.

"I wasn't having fun coming to work anymore, especially when I got to work beside you (Rob) -- knowing that you want my position," Magic said. "And I'm OK with that. I told him in Year 2, 'I'm only gonna be here three years. So my job, Rob, is to get you ready for this position.'

"I was gonna help elevate him to the president's position. And so when all of this was coming back to me and guys were calling me (saying), 'You better watch out for him.'

"What's crazy was, when I took the job, you know how many agents called me and said, 'You gotta watch out for him.'

"If you're gonna talk betrayal, it's only with Rob."

The turmoil and chaos in Laker Land is very real.

The Warriors, meanwhile, have won three of the last four NBA championships and are one win away from advancing to the NBA Finals for the fifth straight season.

After the Lakers won back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010, everybody predicted this is where we would be less than 10 years later, right?

Lastly, Magic said this:

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