Golden State Warriors: No Amare, Now What?
It looks like the Amare Stoudemire to Golden State deal is toast. He has come out and stated through sources that he doesn't want to play at Golden State... At least not with this deal. According to Kawakami's article, Stoudemire thinks the team's talent would be depleted through the trade. I agree.
Losing Biedrins, Wright, and Bellinelli would seriously deplete the team's depth and talent. Biedrins is the best option we have at center (Stoudemire has repeatedly stated he doesn't like play the 5), Wright is still developing and has great athleticism, and Bellinelli was just hitting his stride when he was injured. I'm glad that Stoudemire is smart enough to see what the Warrior's front office perhaps couldn't.
And so, moving on: What now?
The Warriors definitely need a bit more size and star power. Anthony Randolph is our 4 of the future, but is that future now? Will his confidence be hurt by starting if he's not ready? I personally think he needs at least another year playing behind a true start power forward before he's ready to take over.
Here's a few scenarios that may or may not work. I haven't checked the numbers on any of these, this is mostly speculation based on who's out there in free agency. I'll start with proven NBA players.
Option 1: Charlie Villanueva
This guy is a great fit for Nellie ball. He has great size and mobility, can shoot the ball, and plays with energy and focus. He would be a great fit next to Biedrins since Nellie won't play 2 non-shooting bigs next to each other. And he's an OK rebounder. He's looking at 7-8 million a year, which i think (and i maybe wrong) the Warriors can afford.
The tough part about this deal is that The Cavs and the Pistons are both reportedly interested in him as well. At Cleveland, he would most likely come off the bench. At Golden State he would most likely start, but not for a championship contender.
Option 2: Rasheed Wallace
Rasheed also fits the mold for a Don Nelson power forward. He has a great inside/ outside game, has great hustle, and additionally would probably get along well with some of the team's veterans. Many question his attitude, but I would point to Stephen Jackson and (formerly) Baron Davis as proof that Golden State is a great place for players with perceived attitude problems.
But again, there's a more desirable location: the Celtics. Rumor has it that KG himself is requesting Ainge to recruit Sheed. It would be pretty tough for a player looking for another ring to pass that up.
Option 3: Michael Beasley?
Kawakami cites this briefly (and with no backup?) as a possibility in the above mentioned article. I can't see Miami doing this without the Warriors giving up a star, like Monte Ellis or Biedrins, possibly Randolph. This would not be worth it for the same reasons as the Stoudemire trade.
So what are the Warriors left with? Spare parts and ingenuity! The management has done one thing exceptionally well- finding unsigned talents. Witness Kelenna Azabuike and Anthony Morrow. There may be another player like that in the works, and it's not Rob Kurz.
Looking at the Summer League roster shows us some interesting prospects:
Lawrence Hill of Stanford- I watched him play a bit, and he seemed OK at Stanford. His production fell of big time with the departure of the Lopez twins, but he has a decent touch and good hustle. He could become a shorter, less skilled Charlie Villanueva with time and nurturing. A bit undersized for a 4 though.
Joe Ingles of Australia- Definitely intriguing. This guys is athletic, has hustle and heart, and has that inside/ outside game. Again though, he's more of a 3 than a 4.
And of course, Jermareo Davidson- He was a mid-season acquisition last year, and didn't really show much. But I've heard reports that he's been working on his game at the Warrior's practice facility with Anthony Randolph this summer.. A good sign. We'll see what he shows in Summer League and if he makes the squad.
So the Warriors have some options. If a trade involving Maggette could be worked out (I am still hopeful), then even better.
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