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Rick Barry wants Warriors to sign certain free-agent big man

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The Warriors reportedly are expected to have interest in signing Dwight Howard this offseason.

Golden State legend Rick Barry likes the idea of the eight-time NBA All-Star joining Golden State, but there is a certain pending free agent the Hall of Famer wants to see in a Warriors uniform next season.

"The guy that I'd like to see them get -- it would be unbelievable -- I love Serge Ibaka," Barry said Thursday morning on KNBR's "Murph & Mac" show. "He can shoot the 3, he can rebound, block shots. That would be a heckuva addition to this team."

It is definitely possible that Ibaka is holding down the No. 1 spot on the front office's wish list. The 31-year-old averaged 15.4 points and 8.2 rebounds last season, while shooting over 51 percent from the field and nearly 39 percent from 3-point territory.

He can protect the rim and hold his own on the perimeter.

But the Warriors only can offer the $6 million-ish taxpayer mid-level exception, and the expectation is that he will get more lucrative offers.

"Ibaka should expect to see offers at the $9.3 million midlevel from playoff teams that do not have cap space," ESPN's Bobby Marks writes. "(The) Dallas (Mavericks) and Portland (Trail Blazers) are possible suitors.

"The (Toronto) Raptors can preempt or counter that by offering a one-year, $18 million contract (with essentially two seasons of money paid in one year), allowing them to preserve cap flexibility in 2021. That would be a win-win."

 

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Is it possible he somehow ends up on the Warriors? Yes. But don't hold your breath.

So what about Golden State drafting a big man with the No. 2 overall pick?

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"There's nobody out there (that makes me say), 'Wow, this guy is gonna be an unbelievable, great NBA player that you can build your team around,' " Barry said. "Well if that's the case, and you got the second pick, why do you want to take somebody that might take 2-3 years -- especially a bigger guy -- to develop and be able to help you.

"You got to do it now. You've got three main guys on your team who are not getting any younger. You need to put people on that team with them that can give them a chance to win now.

"I would rather have a veteran guy than a rookie coming into the league when you don't know what the hell is gonna happen."

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