Hello friends, and thank you for reading my first blog on GSoM.
Chris Mullin's job is to maintain the balance of youth and experience in order to continue the organizational health of the Warriors. Here is one thing that I think he needs to do in order to ensure he acccomplishes that goal.
Pick up the phone, and make a call. If you have to, keep making calls until you have a good trade in terms of value for Al Harrington. Al Harrington is the 2nd highest paid player on the Warriors, but by far is not the 2nd best player on the team. I have him rated the 5th on the roster, behind Stephen Jackson, Baron Davis, Monta Ellis and Andris Biedrins.
He was not a true starter for the Warriors this past season, being used as a 6th man at times. He is a 4 that is sometimes put into the 5 hole when the W's go small, but he can't defend like a 4 or a 5, and didn't rebound well either. So although he has a nice perimiter game, at times, he is severely lacking in the two areas the W's need help with most: rebounding and defense.
The good news is that he has shown flashes of offensive brilliance that will make him an attractive trading chip for a prospective team, especially one that is points starved. His salary isn't so high that makes trading him near impossible, and it would open up an opportunity for Brandan Wright to get some significant minutes. Should they be resigned, Patrick O'Bryant, Matt Barnes and MP would potentially see more minutes as well.
With Mullin all but guaranteeing that Ellis and Biedrins will be locked up for a while, that would give the W's some payroll flexibility while accomplishing the oppotunities for others with "addition by subtraction". Mullin has to be careful not to overspend when retaining Biedrins and Ellis, but I think he's learned that.
The next question is what to do about Davis. Will he or won't he opt out? Will he opt out and resign at a lower salary to benefit the team (probably not), or can the Warriors get some value out of a trade for him before he plays this season out and walks?
The great GMs know that it's better to make a move a year too early rather than a year too late. Hopefully, Mully knows how to keep the old with the new.