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Jul 26

Golden State Warriors and the free agent waiting period

As Warriors fans, we all have questions.

Kent Bazemore will apparently be signed to a 2 year partially guaranteed contract.  What does this mean if  anything to Brandon Rush’s likelihood to stay?

Are we still in the market for Carl Laundry or Kevin Martin?  All signs point to yes… but they both would like to play for contenders or get more money than is being offered by the Dubs.

What does Laundry or Martin mean for McGuire’s chance to remain with the Warriors?

Let me start with some numbers on McGuire that surprised me.

According to 82games.com, McGuire was an equally offensive (ie terrible) player whether playing offense or defense.  With him on the court, the opposing team scored 1.9 points per 100 possessions less with him on the court than when he was off the court.  This is not surprising, as we expect his presence to be felt on the defensive end.  However, on the offensive side of the floor, his team was even worse than the opposing team as the Warriors scored 3.5 points less per 100 possessions while he was on the court.  This equates to a cumalative -1.6 points per 100 possessions that were lost while he was on the floor.  Considering that McGuire played a large portion of his time against second unit players, I do not consider his worth to be very high anymore.  The signing of Kent Bazemore could eliminate the need for McGuire completely.

According to Marcus Thompson III, Kent Bazemore doesn’t affect the ability to bring back Brandon Rush.  I do not disagree.  There are interesting articles recently that say Rush will most likely be back with the Warriors, and it is only a matter of time.

Laundry seems to want to be a Warrior, while the Warriors’ only competition could be the Bobcats.  Laundry will have to make up his mind to take more money from the Bobcats, or help a team to win, as in the Warriors.

Martin seems to be a player that has too many injury concerns although for the period of time he is healthy, he could be a great fit for the team.  It seems to me that Laundry is a better fit right now, although 2 or 3 years ago, I would have sided with Martin in a heartbeat.

Something interesting to consider is that Richard Jefferson previously played with KMart on the Nets with Jason Kidd, and Jarret Jack previously played with Carl Laundry and Chris Paul on the Hornets.  These are both very interesting side stories.  I find it more interesting that Jack, the point guard more recently played with Laundry than Jefferson and KMart playing years ago with a PG that won’t be here.

Hmmm….. Laundry it is for me.  Not KMart, not McGuire.  Of course we need Rush back, and I would like to see the Warriors Rush to get it done.

-the Fraz

 

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