Rumor: Warriors Pushing Corey Maggette Hard in Trade Talks
"Three NBA executives say that the Golden State Warriors are pushing Corey Maggette hard in trade talks. Other players that executives say are available include Philadelphia 76ers center Sam Dalembert, Charlotte Bobcats guard Raymond Felton and forward Adam Morrison, Chicago Bulls forward Drew Gooden and guard Larry Hughes and Sacramento Kings center Brad Miller."
Looks like the Dubs are pushing Maggette out, but is any team actually interested in pulling him in right now? Maggette has 4 years left on his deal after
this season (2009-2010: $8.9 million, 2010-2011: $9.6 million, $10.3 million, $10.9 million). Way to go Robert Rowell on "protecting" the Warriors' long term salary cap structure by not resigning Boom Dizzle!
I'd be all about bringing Drew Gooden back to the Bay though. This Oakland-born balla from El Cerito High would be an ideal complement for Andris Biedrins up front. He has a nice mid-range jumper, a few offensive skills, and would definitely improve the Warriors' rebounding, especially paired up with Biedrins. Gooden's actually an expiring contract at $7.1 million this season, so it'd be a great move cap-wise.
I'm probably THE harshest critic of the Jason Richardson for Brandan Wright trade (and I in turn have my harsh critics for that stance), but I still to this today contend that as great as J-Rich was he could be moved for a decent 4 like Gooden to improve that We Believe team. Trading JR for a raw, unready rookie with questionable upside, an unused $10 million dollar trade exception that this franchise was too cheap to actually use, and some propaganda about how it helped the team resign Biedrins and Moped Ellis was a joke though.
Maggette for Gooden straight up