HoopsHype Andris Biedrins rumors

July 5, 2013 Updates

League sources tell CBSSports.com that Golden State has offered the likes of Andrew Bogut, Andris Biedrins and Richard Jefferson to the Hawks, Cavaliers and Jazz. The Warriors would have to unload two of the three in order to clear enough space to land Howard in a straight free-agent signing, and Atlanta, Cleveland and Utah essentially are the only teams with that kind of room. It's important to note that the Warriors, according to multiple league sources familiar with the discussions, have indicated that their attempts to clear space are only a pre-emptive strike in the event Howard agrees to leave the Lakers for the Bay Area. Though the Warriors came out of their pitch meeting with Howard and his representatives encouraged by how their message was received, Howard's camp has not delivered any indications about what his decision might be. CBSSports.com

July 4, 2013 Updates

Such a scenario would be challenging, some executives have said, but not impossible. The Warriors have three huge expiring contracts in Andrew Bogut ($14 million), Richard Jefferson ($11 million) and Andris Biedrins ($9 million). According to sources, they have tried to unload all three players this week to teams with cap room. Yet, Golden State likely would have to be willing to add assets to any potential deals to get teams interested. Sources say the Warriors have been willing to attach a future first-round pick to move one of their bad contracts since last February's trade deadline, but potential partners tend to ask for prized youngsters such as Harrison Barnes or Klay Thompson -- two of the more attractive young players in the league -- when the subject of absorbing one of the Warriors' big contracts is broached. ESPN.com

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As was expected, Golden State Warriors center Andris Biedrins will exercise his player option and return to the Bay Area for the 2013-14 season, according to his agent Bill Duffy. Biedrins, 27, held a player option for next season that will pay him $9 million for the final year of his six-year, $54 million contract the two sides agreed upon in the summer of 2008. The seven-footer could have declined the option, becoming an unrestricted free agent this offseason. However, that will not be the case. “He will not opt out,” Duffy stated clearly to CSNNW.com. CSNNW.com

February 20, 2013 Updates
November 14, 2012 Updates

Biedrins said he's adopted the thinking he can't get his offensive groove back unless he puts up the shots in the game. He was 0-for-2 in the double- overtime loss to Denver. But he had another breakthrough: making a pair of free throws for the first time since Jan. 26, 2011 vs. New Orleans. He said the support of fans -- the encouragement he receives when he steps to the line, or the cheers he gets when his hustle leads to an extra possession -- are significant drops in his confidence bucket. "It's really nice. It just means they care about me," he said. "I heard some boos, but that's all right. That's normal. Obviously, I didn't have a great season before and they're kind of a (upset). That's OK. But it feels great that your home crowd is really behind you. They saw I was playing well and they give me more and more energy. It was an awesome feeling." San Jose Mercury-News

November 13, 2012 Updates
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Neither Biedrins nor Anderson was his team's star player. While O'Neal had problems shooting free throws throughout his career, he never stopped attacking the basket or looking for the ball. "I can only talk about myself for this, I personally wouldn't or couldn't allow myself to lose confidence," said Hall of Famer Reggie Miller. "The reason being is teammates can sense that, when you're a captain or team leader you have to be above the fray." For role players, the stakes are different. "What motivated me was fear," said former Raptors coach Sam Mitchell, who played 13 NBA seasons. "Fear of failure. Fear of embarrassing myself. That was my biggest fear, that I would embarrass myself. And so I worked hard so I could minimize my fear of embarrassment." NBA.com

October 2, 2012 Updates

Biedrins was the only Warriors player who didn’t participate in optional workouts earlier this month, and then coach Mark Jackson publicly expressed disappointment about it. But Biedrins was alongside his teammates on Monday, the first official day of training camp. “My commitment level has always been the same as it is now – and like it was before,” said Biedrins, entering his ninth NBA season. “That doesn’t mean just because I wasn’t here I wasn’t practicing. I was practicing hard, twice a day, for the past month. I feel great. As long as I can help, come in here in great shape at the start of training camp with the other guys, that’s almost the same thing.” CSNBayArea.com

“I think it is (possible to get back to where he was),” Biedrins said. “I think physically I’m there. A lot has to do with just kind of believing in yourself more than I am. I’ve had frustrating years and you kind of stop believing in yourself so much as you did before – like three years ago. That’s the main reason. But I think I can get there.” CSNBayArea.com

September 28, 2012 Updates

Myers said he doesn’t know if Biedrins can be traded or bought out, but he’ll have a better idea at the end of this season. An already interesting position — the center of attention — just got a lot more intriguing, and we haven’t even started camp yet. San Francisco Chronicle

September 27, 2012 Updates

Biedrins has been a colossal bust since signing his six-year, $62 million contract in 2008. With two years and some $18 million left on his deal, the once promising Biedrins seems to have sealed his fate with his head coach – or at least is starting in the same hole he’s been in for the last two years. League sources say the Warriors have tried in the past to talk contract buyout, and have tried trading his contract several times over the last two years and have found little interest in either course of action. While Jackson’s disappointment with Biedrins was clear, his support of oft-injured point guard Steph Curry was equally clear, especially when asked about the role of newly acquired guard Jarrett Jack. HoopsWorld

September 13, 2012 Updates
July 16, 2012 Updates

Latvia's state prosecutor has opened a criminal case against Golden State Warriors center Andris Biedrins for alleged income tax evasion. Aiga Senberga, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office, says Biedrins and two others are suspects. She declined to identify the other two. Senberga said Monday that if Biedrins is found guilty he could face a fine of $70,000 or a maximum five-year prison sentence. She did not say how much Biedrins allegedly owes in taxes. NBA.com

July 10, 2012 Updates

Golden State Warriors' center Andris Biedrins is facing tax evasion charges in his homeland Latvia, a prosecution official in the Baltic nation said on Monday. Aiga Senberga, spokeswoman for the Latvian state prosecutor's office, confirmed to AFP that a case had been launched against the NBA player as a result of a request received from the country's tax authorities. GMANetwork.com

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