I am trying to type this as fast as I can knowing that by the time I finished this post, with the way things have gone this past 48 hours, DeAndre would've already been signed, traded, amnestied, and signed again. So I'll try to make this a bit brief.
My thesis is that the Warriors, if the current rumors are true, is making the right decision in preparing an offer sheet to try and sign DeAndre Jordan. Also, I want to note that I'm under the impression that the contract starts at $10M and lasts for four years.
This is a good move for the Warriors for two main reasons.
First, it is the type of risk that pays a lot of dividends if it pans out. We already know the selling points: 23 yr. old, crazy athleticism, good size, shot blocking ability. That's the kind of 'talent' this team could use. He does come with some (or a lot) of limitations but the bottom line is, between having a chance to develop him and watching the Clippers do, you'd be crazy not to pick the former. Now, he does come with a hefty $10M pricetag. However, remember that we're not exactly losing something 'tangible' in signing him. Well, at least not of much worth. Signing him likely means we are to amnesty either Bell or Biedrins which is not a big blow to the franchise by any means. I've read people argue about taking Biedrins over Jordan. Sure you can make the argument that Biedrins is better now, but I think we can all agree that Biedrins will likely not get much better than his 07-09 form. And each passing year, it's looking less and less that he'll even get close to it again. Meanwhile, DeAndre Jordan is at that point in his career where it is possible he make that jump to be good or really good. $10M might look like a steep price now, but if he does end up making the jump, it will be an absolute bargain. And even if he doesn't, It is also not a contract you get stuck with. People have absorbed worst deals in a trade.
Second, while an argument can be made on their current on-the-court production, there is no argument that Jordan is a much better piece to dangle in a trade than Biedrins, even at that price tag. Something must have gone terribly wrong if that statement doesn't still hold true at the deadline. Most GMs will ignore an offer of Monta+Biedrins, but Monta+DeAndre may be able to turn some heads. DeAndre+Klay+ Udoh. DeAndre+Steph+Klay. Even dare i say, DeAndre+Steph+Monta. Now you can really make teams consider your offer seriously.
Now, I said earlier that we're not losing anything 'tangible' but it is worth noting that not signing Jordan (and anyone else to a substantial deal, for that matter) can put us in a position to have some good cap space to make a play on possibly better free agents next year. And that's the reason I used 'tangible'. Just because we have the money available to sign a Dwight Howard doesn't mean we get one. This past week have shown that while the new owners have made this franchise active players in free agency and trade talks, it may take a while for players to actually choose to play for the Warriors for basketball reasons as opposed to $$.