Two years, $2.4 million. Does that meant $1.2 million per year? If so, this is an incredible pickup for the Warriors, one that makes giving up CJ Watson at $4 million per a no-brainer.
Jannero Pargo is a quintessential Nellie backup point guard, quick as a dart, nice three point shot (35%), great at the free throw line (86%), good handle.
He is also a savvy veteran, and a clutch shooter, who had a great playoff run backing up Chris Paul with the Hornets a couple of years ago.
Here are three possible ramifications of this deal off the top of my head: Continue reading
Let me count the ways. — E. B. Browning
Don Nelson, Larry Riley and the Golden State Warriors have just pulled off a trade for an all-star power forward, a trade that will define the next era of Warriors’ basketball. And in the fashion typical of our wonderful Bay Area media, it was greeted by yawns and derision. Some of these esteemed commentators, and their bellowing herds of followers, even arrived at the conclusion that the Warriors LOST this trade. In their minds, because it was executed by the “old regime,” without the approval of the new owners, then it can’t be good. And because Anthony Randolph is merely 21, while David Lee is all of 27, then Randolph automatically has a bigger upside than the all-star Lee.
My initial reaction is delight that the purchaser is Lacob and not Ellison. In my mind, the franchise has a far better chance of success and stability under a team player who is part of a group than under a megalomaniacal sole owner. Then there is the fact that Lacob is a long-time basketball man who has first-hand experience in putting together a championship NBA franchise.
But my ultimate reaction, of course, will be dependent upon Don Nelson being retained to coach the playoff team that he has assembled. I’m keeping the Lagavulin corked until then.
Doesn’t look like I’m going to be able to post on the Lee trade until after the tournament; apologies to those who have been checking back for it. I just have too much to do on my days off here: friends to catch up with, summer league games to catch. And of course, the matter of returning my focus to where it’s needed most. Several posts on the Warriors moves are coming soon, though, I promise. I have too much to say to dog it. Continue reading
My mind is spinning. I am beside myself with this trade. Overjoyed. There is so much that I want to say about it, and I would love nothing better than to stay up until 4:00 AM saying it in this space. But I can’t. My priority right now is fulfilling my life long dream, and that is winning the poker tournament in which to date I have never finished better than in 18th place: The World Series of Poker Championship Event. Day 2a starts tomorrow at noon, and I’m going to be there, rested, focused and primed to rampage.
If I manage to survive day 2, I will get another day off before day 3 begins. And then I will say what I need to say, about the merits of this trade, about the great and visionary NBA lifer who made it happen, and about the legions of ill-educated and vicious national and Bay Area writers whose credibility this trade has irrevocably destroyed.
I will say this before I return my focus to dominating the field in my poker tournament. This trade will go down as one of the great moments in the history of the Golden State Warriors franchise. And in the Bay Area, and indeed in the country, there was exactly one journalist/blogger who knew it would happen, who understood why it would happen, and who predicted it would happen, steadily and faithfully, through two of the most hellish seasons any team has ever suffered. One.
You’re reading him.
The move for an impact big man for which Nellie has been angling for two years appears to be close to fruition. Marcus Thompson reports that the Knicks and Warriors are close to a deal that would send Anthony Randolph and a couple of lesser Warriors for David Lee in a sign and trade.
My initial reaction is Whoopee! I could barely believe that we might land Lee for Monta Ellis, but if we can land him while retaining Monta I believe that we are an instant playoff team, and are in for an incredibly exciting season.
I will expand on this if the trade actually goes down, but here’s a thumbnail of my feelings about Lee: An exceptional pick and roll partner for Stephen Curry, a relentless rebounder, and a very underrated defender, who I believe simply needs to be paired with a shot blocker — as opposed to being left on an island in the middle (as he was by the Knicks) — in order to become recognized as a good defender. And finally, finally, a power forward who will gladly accept the assignment to bang with the Gasols and Duncans of the league. Finally.
If the trade goes down as reported, the Warriors will still have shotblockers to pair with Lee. Biedrins and Udoh at the least. Assuming of course, that Udoh is healthy by the start of the season. (Will these ridiculous injuries ever stop?)
I’m playing in the WSOP 10k Championship event starting tomorrow. You can follow my progress on twitter @ feltbot.