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Warriors trying to deal Ellis?

ESPN’s Chad Ford has another draft update, claiming that the Warriors’ No. 6 pick is available for trade, but only if teams are willing to take Monta Ellis and his big contract with it. Here’s what Ford wrote: The Warriors are talking to a number of teams about potential trades and it looks like the No. 6 pick in the draft is up for grabs. The cost, however is high. The Warriors want whoever takes the pick to take on… Read More »

Warriors trade Maggette to Bucks

ESPN’s Chad Ford is reporting the Warriors have traded small forward Corey Maggette and the 44th pick in Thursday’s draft to the Milwaukee Bucks for two players. The Warriors will receive center Dan Gadzuric and guard Charlie Bell. Bell averaged 6.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 22.7 minutes per game last season for Milwaukee. Gadzuric played only 32 games for the Bucks during the 2009-10 season and averaged 2.8 points and 2.9 rebounds in 9.8 minutes per game. The value in… Read More »

36 minutes tells the (incomplete) story

I always like to look at players’ stats adjusted to reflect starters’ minutes (36 per game). I’m fully aware it’s not an exact science; especially for players who get very few actual minutes on the court, it can present some false perceptions of a player’s ability. In addition, just because a player who normally plays 18 minutes a game would average 18 points and 11 rebounds in starters’ minutes doesn’t mean that player should necessarily get 36 minutes per game.… Read More »

ESPN rips Warriors

ESPN’s Chad Ford ranked all the teams in the NBA on the moves (or lack of moves) they made at the trade deadline. At the top of the list, the Cleveland Cavaliers (I agree). At the bottom of the list, the Phoenix Suns (considering the lack of value they were going to get back for Amare Stoudemire, I don’t fault them for sitting this one out — they are a borderline playoff team, after all, why give away an all-star… Read More »

Should the Warriors rebuild?

I’m not sure why I get so excited about the trade deadline each season. When you look back at the history of deals made in February, the track record isn’t very good. Many deals are made to clear salary, and even the teams that buy often misjudge how an incoming player is going to fit with the new team. By the time the trade deadline passes, there are usually only 25-30 games remaining in the season. Most players need at… Read More »

Final All-Star thoughts

3-point shootout: Stephen Curry stepped up Saturday and put on a show. The thing that impressed me most about Curry, even more than his 18 three-pointers in the first round, was the way he carried himself. He wasn’t nervous or intimidated by a fairly star-driven opponent lineup. He stole the spotlight in the first round from Paul Pierce and Chauncey Billups, and the way he did it was fun to watch. First of all, his jumper is so smooth. He… Read More »

ESPN: Cavs interested in Maggette?

The latest trade report on ESPN.com about Amare Stoudemire had an interesting mention of the Cavaliers’ reported interest in Warriors forward Corey Maggette. Read the report here. Here’s exactly what it says about Maggette and the Cavaliers: Sources told ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard on Monday that the Cavs are also in talks with the Warriors about Corey Maggette. Not much to go on there. It’s interesting. Rumors are usually either false or the talks have already happened and died.… Read More »

Why Stephen Curry is the NBA’s best rookie

Most nights, I watch Warriors games in my office at work. I’m usually in the middle of putting the newspaper together for the next morning, and so my actual attention to the game usually  fluctuates between casual viewing and check-the-score-every-couple-minutes. But Wednesday night, against a boring opponent (the Clippers and their “all-star” Chris Kaman) in a game that had virtually zero significance, I found myself enthralled. I couldn’t tear my eyes away from the screen. Thank you, Stephen Curry. Curry dominated… Read More »

Loss to Suns proves Ellis’ value

At least for one game, some people can stop wondering if the Warriors are better off without Monta Ellis in the lineup. The Warriors played hard and showed well on the road Saturday against the Suns before ultimately coming up short in a 112-103 loss (recap, box score). It was a tough loss to watch, because the Warriors played well much of the game and had a chance to earn an impressive road win. They led most of the first half. They led… Read More »

Nice recognition for Maggette

ESPN’s John Hollinger presented his all “under-the-radar” team Thursday (you’ll need ESPN Insider to read the article) and it was nice to see Corey Maggette receive a little recognition from the national media for the season he is having. Monta Ellis has been the best player for the Warriors this season, but Maggette hasn’t been far behind. A player who came into the season with the reputation of being a selfish player with too large a contract, Maggette is having… Read More »