Golden State Warriors Rumors
Marc Stein: ESPN sources say that the Boston Celtics have agreed to trade for David Lee
West sacrificed $11 million (!) in declining his option with the Pacers and signing in San Antonio for the minimum — about $4 million less than Washington was ready to pay, and $2 million less than Golden State offered, per several league sources. The Spurs don’t have an official backup center, but Aldridge can man up to the job against opposing reserves in lineups with Diaw or West that should feature five capable shooters. Ginobili is on his last legs, but if he has anything left, he should tear up opposing defenses running the pick-and-roll amid pristine spacing. Diaw and West have the heft to guard some backup centers if Aldridge prefers. This freaking team, man.
Leandro Barbosa reached agreement on re-signing a one-year contract with the Warriors, the guard said Monday. The deal is worth $2.5 million, according to ESPN.com. “I’m just very happy to renew my contract and be able to stay with the Warriors family, stay in the Bay, where I already consider my home,” Barbosa wrote in a message. “That’s what I wanted the most. I just follow my heart. What we had accomplished is very special, the most important title of my career.”
Flush with about $25 million in cap space, the Trail Blazers are in the market for wings and backup point guards, and The Oregonian/Oregonlive.com has learned at least one player Portland is looking at is veteran wing Rasual Butler. According to a source, Butler has been offered a contract, but is in no hurry to sign, as he mulls other interest from teams, which includes San Antonio and Golden State.
It’s unlikely that Justin Holiday returns to the defending champion Warriors. The reserve guard, brother of Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, is expected to sign a free agent contract with another club. Holiday was undrafted and on the Warriors’ roster for the entire season, playing 59 games and averaging 4.3 points. The Warriors have so much guard depth, Holiday is forced to look for more playing time elsewhere.
Barnes took it all in on the back of a Chevy Camaro during the town’s Fourth of July parade. According to Diamond Leung of the Bay Area Sports Group, he was dubbed the Grand Marshall and brought the Larry O’Brien trophy with him: After the parade, fans got an opportunity to take photos with the Champion. Not only was he the Grand Marshall, the city honored him with the key to the city.
Stephen Curry is lethal from the three-point line and frighteningly consistent from half-court. The sweet-shooting NBA champion tried to make things more difficult on himself by throwing a PhunkeeDuck into the mix. Predictably, he was still efficient. Sinking long-range shots is a more basketball-centric use for the ride than, say, exiting a postgame press conference. But Curry still has a long way to go in supplanting J.R. Smith as the NBA’s true Face of the PhunkeeDuck.
Golden State has explored dealing ex-Knicks power forward David Lee, who wants to play in New York and has one year and $15.5 million left on his pact. According to a source, this scenario has been discussed among the parties. Pacers center Roy Hibbert, who opted in to the last year of his deal ($14 million) and shares an agent with Monroe, reportedly is available as well, and the Knicks have interest.
One other big man on the Knicks’ radar is Golden State’s David Lee. Sources say the Knicks have discussed internally the possibility of trading for Lee, who was drafted by New York in 2005 and played his first five seasons there. Lee, 32, is due to make $15.5 million next season and is looking for a new home. The Knicks have approximately $19 million in cap space and can absorb Lee’s contract in a trade. Lee’s deal would come off the books in 2016 and the expiring contract would give the Knicks an extra $15 million in cap space to spend in the summer of 2016, when the cap is expected to increase by $22 million.