Warriors Rumors: Latest on Kendrick Perkins, Ray Allen and More

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured ColumnistJuly 10, 2016

Golden State isn't done addressing the roster because of Kevin Durant's decision.
Golden State isn't done addressing the roster because of Kevin Durant's decision.Associated Press

The Golden State Warriors won free agency by doing the unthinkable and pulling in Kevin Durant—but it doesn't mean the organization is done.

Believe it or not, the rich can get richer. It's a lesson the Warriors are all too familiar with, much to the chagrin of the rest of the Association.

Hence a veteran such as David West seemingly taking less cash to chase a ring by joining the Warriors, according to Turner Sports' David Aldridge.  

West won't be the only one. Golden State still has cap space to work with, especially if it wants to take care of some of its own or more veterans throw aside the financial factor in exchange for the legacy one.

Here's a look at the latest rumblings from the rumors market.


Ray Allen En Route?

Dec 8, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Miami Heat shooting guard Ray Allen (34) goes to the basket against the Detroit Pistons during the first quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Ray Allen is the Brett Favre of the NBAthe guy whose name keeps coming up each offseason when a team looks like a title contender.

Need a shooter? Allen is the guy, a legend for his consistent stroke, a figure who might shed the retirement cape if the perfect opportunity to chase another ring presents itself.

Said opportunity might be with the Warriors.

According to ESPN.com's Chris Broussard, folks around Allen have reached out: "Allen's representatives recently reached out to the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, sources told ESPN, about the possibility of Allen joining the two conference champions."

Sounds interesting, right? Looks that way too:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Ray Allen is reportedly eyeing a comeback. Which side will he choose? https://t.co/p0cAHUBdxX

It doesn't matter that Allen comes in at 40 years old, not when he's a career 40 percent shooter from deep. Over the last two years of his career, he never averaged more than 25.8 minutes per game.

Allen would see even less playing time in Golden State, but that doesn't mean he isn't a worthwhile add. More shooting is never a bad thing in today's NBA, which the Warriors have helped mold. 

Allen coming off the bench is almost overkill, which would be fitting given the current construction of the Warriors' new-look roster.


James Michael McAdoo Watch

Not every move the Warriors execute gets global headlines and endless talk.

Take re-upping with James Michael McAdoo, for example.

The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears shared the news of the quiet move:

Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpearsESPN

The Warriors re-sign James Michael McAdoo to a one-year deal, source tells @TheUndefeated.

McAdoo averaged 7.1 minutes per game over the first two years of his career. But he's 23 years old and has shot 53.9 percent from the floor in that span, giving the Warriors some good size (6'9", 240 lbs) off the bench.

This is a forward-looking move for a contending team. McAdoo doesn't seem like much now, but his learning from the guys in front of him could put the Warriors in a great spot years down the line when the cap shrinks and the probable—losing a major name to free agency—happens.

Don't think it can? Ask the Oklahoma City Thunder about it.


Kendrick Perkins Interest?

Kendrick Perkins has the enforcer attitude underneath the basket the Warriors could use.
Kendrick Perkins has the enforcer attitude underneath the basket the Warriors could use.Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

In reality, the Warriors probably have enough in the way of shooters and could use more bodies underneath the basket.

Zaza Pachulia inking a deal with the team had a West-like feel to it, and Damian Jones was a great draft pick, but there's nothing wrong with adding more depth and veteran leadership off the bench.

The next guy to perhaps follow in West's footsteps? Kendrick Perkins, according to Basketball Insiders' Alex Kennedy:

Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA

The Warriors have expressed interest in free agent Kendrick Perkins, per sources. Perkins is, of course, close friends with Kevin Durant.

Perkins has had a quiet career since his departure from the Boston Celtics. He spent four years and change with the Thunder, never averaging more than 26.8 minutes per game, and then mustered just 14.6 minutes per game over 37 appearances with the New Orleans Pelicans last year.

Still, Perkins fits the mold of what the Warriors could use—an enforcer who can do the gritty work, set screens with force and mix it up underneath the basket. He offers a chippy edge Draymond Green alone couldn't provide last year.

Perkins wouldn't be the biggest move for the Warriors even in a different reality where Durant signed elsewhere, but he represents the sort of underappreciated transaction that a title contender makes and then reaps the benefits on and off the court. 

It's not as exciting as Durant watch, but the Warriors' flirtation with bringing on an enforcer like Perkins is notable.


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