Chad Ford has given the Warriors draft an A. Here's what Chad had to say.
Golden State Warriors Grade: A
Round 1: Brandan Wright (8), Marco Belinelli (18)
Round 2: Stephane Lasme (46)
Analysis: I think the Warriors made several excellent moves here. In exchange for Jason Richardson, they got a player with great upside in Wright, who will be at home given Golden State's up-tempo style. He also fits a need in the frontcourt.
Belinelli also will thrive with Golden State. He loves to let it fly and Nellie will let him.
But the biggest addition may have been one of subtraction. By sending Jason Richardson packing, the team created a whopping $10 million trade exception that they can use to lure a free agent via sign-and-trade or to help with a trade in the next year.
The key to last nights deal is to give Mullin and Nelson time to complete the move. The trade exception should not be taken lightly when analyzing last nights deal. If we're able to get a player like Gerald Wallace or Ron Artest we'll have essentially traded Jason Richardson and a 2nd rounder for Brandan Wright and Artest or Wallace. That would be an absolute STEAL. Thoughts?