Could Golden State Trade Andris Biedrins Before the 2011-12 NBA Season?

Karthik TadisinaSenior Writer IDecember 6, 2011

Andris Biedrins.
Andris Biedrins.Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The Golden State Warriors are one team of many that could look to target a center during the upcoming free-agency period and have been rumored to be strongly interested in Tyson Chandler. Chandler spent the 2010-11 NBA season as a member of the Dallas Mavericks after being acquired from the Charlotte Bobcats last summer.

According to a report by Dallas-based ESPN senior writer Marc Stein, Chandler is expected to be heavily pursued by the Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors and the New Jersey Nets while the Dallas Mavericks appear to have a slim opportunity to re-sign the big man that helped them win their first NBA championship last season. The Mavericks would love to bring back all of their free agents, but may have to pick and choose depending on what offers are made from other teams to their free agents.

The Warriors are also reportedly looking to trade current center Andris Biedrins in order to free up some more salary-cap space in order to make offers to other possible free agents.

However, the team has tried to trade the Latvian big man in the past and found no real takers. Biedrins is entering his eighth NBA season and has two years (plus a one-year option) remaining on his contract but has been hit with injuries since the 2009-10 NBA season, causing him to miss games.

The Warriors would love to add a big man of Tyson Chandler's caliber who will also help out forward David Lee move back to his more natural position instead of playing at the center position like he did when Biedrins missed time last season.