Golden State Warriors Sign Two Role Players...

dan germanContributor ISeptember 1, 2009

CHICAGO - APRIL 26: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls leaps to grab a rebound away from Mikki Moore #7 of the Boston Celtics in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April 26, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agreees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

...and prove Stephen Jackson's point.

The News:  A couple of days after Jax undressed the Warriors front office and exposed their money-first, winning-second strategy, GM-in-training Larry Riley announced more roster fine-tuning with the signings yesterday of Mikki Moore and CJ Watson.

Moore agreed to a veteran minimum deal of $1.3 million for one year and, although restricted free agent CJ hasn't officially signed, he tweeted (on Twitter, that is) his personal fans that the 1 year, $1 million qualifying offer is a done deal (when someone tweets, its now a fact, right)?

The Real Deal: We all know CJ's resume: solid offensive player, good mid-range jumper, can create his own offense, does well under pressure, decent ballhandler, OK passer, 3s range only in the short corners.  And, to show Watson bleeds true orange-and-blue Warriors blood, what passes for point guard matador defense is the occasional steal that ignites a fast break.

Mikki Moore is an active, athletic, lean 6'11" forward/center who plays mostly in the paint on both ends.  Mikki is quick for his size and is tough enough to board in traffic, occasionally cleaning up around the rim.  He is, at times, too aggressive, not super smooth on offense, and is no outside threat whatsoever.  On the this team, he will see time and add on-court value.

The Devil In The Details:  Both are good signings, providing good value for the price, but even moreso if you were, say, San Antonio or Cleveland, trying to shore up the end of your bench for a title run.  The problem is that, unlike the 5-7 minutes-per-game each would see with the Spurs or the Cavs, these two will see 12-18 minutes a game with the Ws.  And when not in the Nellie doghouse and shooting well, they might get as much as 30 minutes in the occasional game.

So the Dubs are filling up their No. 8-10 guys with minimum wage-ish players.  No surprise there.  The Warriors recipe works like this: start with significantly over-market price salaries for guys 1-6 (read: Maggette, Biedrins, Ellis, Jackson), add in a tight wallet overall, mix in a zero tolerance policy for luxury tax, and what do you get?  Not much left for the rest...

How Does Cap'n Jax Fit Into This?: Stephen Jackson spoke about wanting to play on a title contending team and while Moore and Watson are serviceable guys, neither would get crunch time minutes on a serious contender (which, ahem, the Ws are not, in spite of Riley's lip service yesterday.  By the way, how did he keep a straight face yesterday as he said "we are working towards a championship"?).

The proof in the pudding: Moore averaged six minutes a game with the KG-less Celtics during last year's playoffs; he only saw garbage time, despite 40 power forward minutes per game in street clothes throughout the entire playoffs.

The Amusement (The one thing you can always count on with the Warriors): Rowell always has a clever angle, and his genius here is in assembling a team of first name spelling mistakes. Its the close-but-no-cigar-players-names: think Devean, Acie, Monta, Ronny (pronounced Ro-an-ny) and now Mikki. 

Ahhh, how Warriors fans find entertainment where they can...

P.S.:  Tim Kawakami is reporting that there is not much of a market for Stephen Jackson.  Between his four-year, $36 million contract and his past on-court behavior problems, there's no surprise there.


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