UNDER CONTRACT: C Andrew Bogut, F David Lee, F Richard Jefferson, C Andris Biedrins, G Stephen Curry, G Jarrett Jack, F Carl Landry, G Klay Thompson, C Jeremy Tyler, G Charles Jenkins, G Brandon Rush, G Kent Bazemore
DRAFT PICKS: F Harrison Barnes, C Festus Ezeli, F Draymond Green
FREE AGENTS: C Mikki Moore
MOVES: Financial constraints kept the Warriors very quiet until the final day of the moratorium, when they dealt Dorell Wright to Philadelphia and acquired Jarrett Jack from New Orleans in a three-team deal. The deal served two purposes – clearing minutes at small forward for Harrison Barnes and providing an insurance policy for Stephen Curry’s troublesome ankles, which still are not fully healed. Don’t be surprised if the Warriors start Curry and Jack, with shooting guard Klay Thompson coming off the bench. Jack wasn’t the only Hornet added to Golden State’s roster; the Warriors scored with the signing of forward Carl Landry to a two-year, $8 million deal. After the initial dust settled, Landry was the best free agent remaining and remained patient, hoping for a place to play significant minutes and get paid, which Golden State will offer. The Warriors brought back Brandon Rush – who is coming off the best season of his career – on a two-year, $8 million contract. Golden State also signed undrafted rookie guard Kent Bazemore, who was named college basketball’s best defensive player last season.
TO-DO LIST: Golden State is right at the luxury tax and has 15 players, including its four rookies. The Warriors wanted to keep defensive standout Dominic McGuire, who ended up in Toronto. Bazemore may be able to plug some of that hole. Coach Mark Jackson really wants the club to retain Nate Robinson, but the sparkplug left to sign with Chicago. Golden State would love to find a taker for Andris Biedrins, but his contract is virtually immovable and it wasted the amnesty clause on Charlie Bell in December.
PROJECTION: Thus far there has been good news on the health of both Andrew Bogut and Curry, which means the Warriors have a chance to begin the season with a solid starting lineup. Golden State also fortified its bench and drafted well. Right now, it looks like Richard Jefferson-Lee-Bogut-Thomspon-Curry as starters, with Jack, Landry, Rush, Barnes and Andris Biedrins off the bench and rookies Bazemore, Draymond Green and Festus Ezeli as deep reserves. That sounds like proper roster construction, and with a full training camp, there is legitimate reason for optimism in the Bay Area.
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