In recent years, the Warriors have been known to do little or nothing during free agency.
Well, let me tell you something: The years in the past are no indication of what is happening this year.
Heart-break. Tears. Satisfaction. Remorse. This is what the Warriors and their fans have seen and felt this off-season. Lets go through the moves that they made so far... with my analysis.
1. Baron Davis agrees to a 5-year, $65 Million deal to leave the Warriors and head to the Clippers.
This was extremely hard for me to take. I was in India at the time and we were driving to some town when my dad went to ESPN.com on his I-Phone and found out that B-Diddy had left.
I was immediately heart-broken once i heard this news. I couldn't believe that Chris Mullin would just let him go after all the things that he has done for us that made Warrior Nation come alive once again. But the thing I was really mad about was that we never got anyone in return for him. This move just seemed to topple this team. Internally, tears were running through every inch of my body and I couldn't sleep that night.
But then, I looked at the bright side of things. Baron Davis wasn't going to be here forever. The organization knew it. The fans knew it. Everyone knew it. This was always going to be Monta Ellis' team, especially after his performance down the stretch last season. This would also be an excellent time for our young players to get some playing time. Brandan Wright, Marco Belinelli, and Anthony Randolph is just too much talent to keep on the bench. They all need to start playing extended minutes.
But now, as we speak, Baron Davis must be feeling extremely remorse about leaving the Warriors for the Clippers. Elton Brand, whom Baron expected to be his right-hand man, just signed a 5-year, $82 Million deal with the 76ers, while Corey Maggette, who was supposed to be an emergency signing if Brand left, just signed a 5-year, $50 Million deal with the Warriors (which I will get to in a minute). It almost seems as if the basketball Gods punished Baron Davis for betraying the Warriors, and deservedly so. But Baron, if you are reading that article written by my man Khalil Shakran about returning, we would "welcome you with open arms." Definitely.
2. Warriors sign Corey Maggette to a 5-year, $50 Million deal
Let's face it, the Warriors (at least in this off-season) aren't going to find a player that is going to replace Baron Davis. He was the heart and soul of the team, and was that "I am going to carry this team on my back" player. Unfortunately, none of those kinds of players are left this off-season.
But Corey Maggette is definitely a decent signing. It did give me a bit of satisfaction when I heard it, even though I think there is a little too much money involved. But the Warriors had money to spend, and they spent it as wisely as they could. People who say that Maggette wouldn't fit with the Warriors or he has too much of a temper problem is just crazy. Corey Maggette is a player that has a scoring mentality, and Don Nelson has always had space for players like that on his roster. The reason he had a bad temper in Clipperland is because of Coach Mike Dunleavy. Corey Maggette has the tendency to jack up shots, something that makes Mike Dunleavy very angry (and that's an understatement). In a Warriors jersey , Maggette could jack threes every time down and Nellie won't care, which would in turn would give Maggette self-confidence.
This, most importantly, also ensures that the car keys are going to be given to Monta Ellis, who is indeed the future star of this team. The people who say that "Monta is not a PG" or "He is too young to lead a team", please. Chris Paul and Deron Williams have been the leaders of their respective teams for 1-2 years and it is time Monta, who is the 3rd-best guard in that draft class, follows suit. This move ensures that Monta will be a point guard next year. He, along with Corey Maggette and Stephen Jackson, should form one of the highest scoring perimeter trios in the game.
Other things that may happen
The Re-Signings of Monta Ellis and Andris Biedrins
This is an absolute must and Chris Mullin has himself said that these two aren't going anywhere. These guys are the future of the Warriors and... I wan't them to stay with us for their whole careers.
Warriors Offer Ronny Turiaf a deal
This is definitely intriguing. From playing the Lakers, the Warriors know that he is an high-energy player that plays a position that the Warriors have a glaring hole in: Power Forward. If the Lakers don't match the offer the Warriors offer in 7 days and the Warriors do indeed sign Turiaf, this could be more of an indication that Al Harrington is on his way out.
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