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NBA mailbag: Amnesty of Charlie Bell still hurts

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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.

Does Kevin Durant sign with Warriors if they win 2016 title? Lacob 'can't say for sure, but...'

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Does Kevin Durant sign with Warriors if they win 2016 title? Lacob 'can't say for sure, but...'

The Warriors did not win the championship in 2016.

It turns out that blowing a 3-1 lead in the Finals may have been a good thing after all.

If the Warriors win the title that year, does Kevin Durant sign with Golden State?

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"I can't say for sure but I do not think he would be on the Warriors," Joe Lacob said on 95.7 The Game on Monday. "If we had won, it just would have been too difficult for him probably -- and I can't say this for sure -- to make that decision. 

"As it is, he got criticized for going to a 73-win team, even though we did not win. That's the way it is. And the players, they listen to all this stuff, too."

Lacob and Draymond are on the same page.

During the 2017 Finals, Draymond told ESPN's Zach Lowe:

"If we win the championship, I'm like 99 percent sure we don't get him. There are silver linings to everything."

In Game 7 of the 2016 Finals, the score was tied at 89 with about 4:40 remaining.

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"At that exact moment when it was happening ... I remember saying to myself, 'I'm not gonna worry about this, but if we win we win, if we lose -- I'm going after Kevin Durant," Lacob said on Monday as he began laughing.

The Warriors did not score another point and lost 93-89.

So Lacob went after Durant and got him...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Compared to Kawhi Leonard, Tulane wing Melvin Frazier fits Warriors' desire in NBA Draft

Compared to Kawhi Leonard, Tulane wing Melvin Frazier fits Warriors' desire in NBA Draft

OAKLAND -- The Warriors worked out six draft hopefuls on Monday, and at least one of them fits very neatly into their desired profile.

Melvin Frazier brings the kind of tools that would make him available to play as a rookie.

A product of Tulane University, where he played under former NBA player and coach Mike Dunleavy, Frazier is a 6-foot-6, 200-pound wing, with a 7-2 wingspan and a passion for defense.

“Coming up, growing up where I come from, that’s what we do,” he said after a nearly two-hour workout at the Warriors’ downtown facility. “A lot of guys today, in this generation, don’t like to play defense. It’s just something I like to do. And I know defense is going to get me on the floor.”

Frazier, 21, generally projects to be drafted late in the first round or early in the second on Thursday. The Warriors, who pick late in the first round, 28th overall, make no attempt to conceal their interest in two-way wings.

They also want a player who, like Jordan Bell last season and Pat McCaw in 2016-17, can contribute as a rookie.

“The draft is big for us, because we just don’t have a lot of vehicles to add players, as far as financial or cap space even the non-tax payer mid-level,” general manager Bob Myers said. “Things that you’d normally have, we don’t have. We’re looking for a guy who can play, which is a little unusual. We’re going to need to have guys that can go out there and give us minutes.”

McCaw is a restricted free agent whose return is in question. The Warriors have to draft on the probability that he will get a better offer elsewhere. Moreover, they plan to replace a couple big men with big guard/small forward types capable of defending multiple positions.

“I know I can impact any team, from Day 1, with my defense,” said Frazier, who added that he doesn’t pattern his game after any particular player but “always gets the comparison of Kawhi Leonard.”

Though Frazier’s true shooting percentage as a junior last season was 63.1, with 38.5 from deep, most scouting reports are tepid about his offense but rave about his defense -- on the ball and in space. Though at least one mock draft compared him to McCaw, Frazier sets himself apart with superior length and 40-inch vertical leap.

“People know I can play defense,” he said, “so I just want to show them my offensive side, that I can shoot the ball and that my percentage is true to what it is.”

Frazier previously worked out for Atlanta, Indiana, Milwaukee, Minnesota, Portland and Utah. The Warriors, the Louisiana native said, are his final workout before the draft.

The Warriors are crossing their fingers, hoping Frazier will be an option for them.