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Golden State Warriors: 10 Free Agents Who Would Fit the Bill

Steve MazeCorrespondent IIJuly 3, 2012

Golden State Warriors: 10 Free Agents Who Would Fit the Bill

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    With the NBA Draft complete, franchises now move to the next phase for improvement: free agency.

    The Golden State Warriors, who last Thursday selected Harrison Barnes with the seventh overall pick, still have needs that should be addressed through free agency.

    The following are free agents that would fill holes and be productive for the Warriors next season. While some may be reaches to acquire, these are signings that would show a commitment to winning now from ownership.

    Most of these guys are in response to the health problems of current Warriors stars Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut.

Jordan Hill

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    2011-2012 stats: 5.0 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 0.7 BLKPG.

    Unrestricted free agent.

    A big body with consistent production, Hill would be a good complement to Bogut. After spending time behind Andrew Bynum in Los Angeles, Hill will be hungry to prove himself to whichever team he signs with.

JaVale McGee

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    2011-2012 stats: 11.3 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 2.2 BLKPG.

    Restricted free agent.

    McGee, who struggled mightily in Washington, showed everyone his potential during Game 5 of the Nuggets' first round playoff series versus the Los Angeles Lakers. Facing elimination, McGee made All-Star big men Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum look stationary as he out-rebounded, out-hustled, and generally outplayed both of them.

    As an incredible athlete with no history of injuries, the 25-year-old true seven-footer makes for an intriguing investment. For these reasons though, he will be sought after by teams looking for a starting center. Therefore, the Warriors should only enter talks if the price starts to drop.

Greg Stiemsma

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    2011-2012 stats: 2.9 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 1.5 BLKPG.

    Restricted free agent.

    Stiemsma proved his game is better suited for the NBA by posting strong numbers during a midseason stretch last year.

    Knowing his role and producing consistently as a backup would make Stiemsma a better and cheaper option than current Warriors backup center Andris Biedrins.

Marcus Camby

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    2011-2012 stats: 4.9 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 1.4 BLKPG.

    Unrestricted free agent.

    Camby is another guy, like McGee, who will likely be looking for a starting role. Although at the tail end of his career, Camby is still one of the best rebounders in the league.

    If Camby is unable to secure a starting spot somewhere, the Warriors could use the commitment to defense and rebounding down low that Camby brings to the table.

Chauncey Billups

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    2011-2012 stats: 15.0 PPG, 4.0 APG, 2.5 RPG.

    Unrestricted free agent.

    Billups' Achilles injury is a concern here, but the maturity he could bring to any team's backcourt is worth the risk.

    As an NBA champion and one of the best locker room guys in the league, Billups would have more than just an on-court impact for the youthful Warriors.

Michael Redd

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    2011-2012 stats: 8.2 PPG, 0.6 APG, 1.5 RPG.

    Unrestricted free agent.

    With swing-man Dorrell Wright set to hit the free agent market next season, Redd could serve as a replacement for the corner knock-down shooter role.

    Along with his great shooting ability, Redd brings familiarity to the lineup, as he spent six seasons with Bogut as a one-two punch in Milwaukee.

Randy Foye

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    2011-2012 stats: 11.0 PPG, 2.2 APG, 2.1 RPG.

    Unrestricted free agent.

    A strong defensive guard who can also produce on the offensive end of the court, Foye would show some commitment to the change of mentality the Warriors have been claiming since Don Nelson left.

    Foye, who served as a starter for the Clippers last season, would create competition with Klay Thompson for starting shooting guard spot.

Robin Lopez

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    2011-2012 stats: 5.4 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 0.9 BLKPG.

    Restricted free agent.

    Despite being the lesser of the Lopez twins, Robin is still a strong backup center and if paired with the right point guard, he could thrive during stretches of the season.

Jonny Flynn

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    2011-2012 stats: 4.5 PPG, 3.3 APG, 1.3 RPG.

    Unrestricted free agent.

    While Flynn has yet to justify his lottery selection, the potential still seems to be there. Of the plethora of free agent guards Portland has, Flynn is the cheapest, youngest, and has the most room for improvement. These three factors could scare teams away from Flynn, but it also presents the opportunity for a steal during free agency.

Brandon Rush

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    2011-2012 stats: 9.8 PPG, 1.4 APG, 3.9 RPG.

    Restricted free agent.

    The Warriors need to resign Rush as he could be instrumental in the development of Barnes. Along with that, he was arguably the best defender the Warriors had last year. Losing him would be a blow to the rebuilding effort coach Mark Jackson is attempting.

    While McGee, Camby, and Foye seem like stretches, it's worth throwing your name in the hat.

    There are many strong role players available in free agency. If the Warriors become complacent after a good draft, they could miss out on opportunities to add proven strength to their roster.

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