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Great... RR and CC will meet with his agent. Were screwed. Man, Nellie likes pushing players out of town.

Anthony Randolph + Andris Biedrins for Chris Bosh Rejected [ESPN]

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"Ric Bucher, ESPN The Magazine: Despite their losing record, the Warriors are convinced they are only one piece away from being America's most exciting underdog again, and they're apparently hoping to prove it before the Feb. 19 trade deadline. League sources say the Warriors offered rookie Anthony Randolph and veteran Andris Biedrins to the Toronto Raptors for Chris Bosh, and while the Raptors were not interested, other sources say the Warriors are also taking a run at the Phoenix Suns' Amare Stoudemire, presumably with a similar offer. All this was before Biedrins sprained his ankle Friday in Phoenix, so it's not clear what impact that might have on his immediate value. He is expected to be back playing before the trade deadline. If nothing else, the Warriors' willingness to move Randolph and Biedrins is more proof that the Warriors are ready to sacrifice long-term development for a team coach Don Nelson can win with now." Long-term Development = Long-term Suck There's a reason the Craptors rejected Randolph and Biedrins for Bosh- they're not fools. Well at least not that big of fools. Also see: ESPN Report: Randolph/Biedrins for Bosh Was On The Table! (gswfan4life)

Warriors Trying for Bosh, Too [Inside the Warriors]

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"Obviously, nabbing Bosh would require the Warriors to move a big name — Biedrins or Ellis — and some young talent to help Toronto rebuild. So this just shows that they are willing. The fact that they are throwing their name in the hat for these big players, even if futile, is a change in pace. These two were untouchable. Now, the Warriors are willing to play all their cards, even though they haven’t seen everyone healthy for a significant length of time yet." - MT It's good to see that in contrast with many Warriors bandwagoners and homers, the Warriors front office seems to (finally) believe that Andris Biedrins and Monta Ellis are not untouchable. Unless he makes some serious strides in his defense (which seems unlikely), given his lack of basketball fundamentals or drive to even add a simple jumpshot to his game after 4 years in the league, Biedrins has probably leveled off as a nice, solid player, but nothing close to spectacular. Let's ignore Monta's absolutely dismal 2008-2009 outing for second. Even if he returned to being the high scoring and efficient player he showcased last season, his atrocious D, sloppy handles, and poor court vision might be too much for him to overcome to take that next step to All-Star guard in the loaded West. On a 17-35 team no one is untouchable. I'm not really sure that either player is that big of a name outside of the Bay Area right now. I'd be surprised if any team was as high on either player as the We Suck fandom and front office, but let's hope they are. This team and its longtime fanbase desperately needs All-Star level players, not guys with "ridiculous upside" to borrow a phrase from our friends.

Stoudemire, Bosh, Baron: The Active Warriors’ trade market, as it now stands [Talking Points]

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"I think first and foremost the Suns want salary-cap relief and the Warriors do not have any to provide." Aren't you glad the Warriors foolishly bought out Adonal Foyle's contract 2 summers ago instead of just waiting out their mistake and turning it into a valuable bargaining chip? That $9 million expiring contract would be pretty handy right now. Instead the Warriors foolishly burned whatever money they "saved" from that silly buy-out on assembling this horrific roster. Chris Cohan + Robert Rowell + Chris Mullin- this is getting old fellas. You keep making the same silly mistakes. Expiring contracts are valued in this league, especially during the trading deadline (see Brown, Kwame > Pau Gasol > 2008 Western Conference Champion LA Lakers) and the offseason (see Ratliff, Theo > Kevin Garnett > 2008 NBA Champion Boston Celtics). Get a clue and some semblance of a basic understanding how the current NBA works.

NBA chatter: Warriors are "very active" in pursuit of Stoudemire [Talking Points]

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YES! This is even more exciting than the Warriors beat-down of the hated Utah Jazz tonight at the Roaracle. Amare to the Bay! And for the record I'd give up BOTH Monta Ellis and Andris Biedrins to get it done. Hey if the Suns want cap space, maybe they can trade for Monta and then void his deal citing Moped Gate- I kid. Also check out what MT's got: Warriors Want Amare [Inside the Warriors] Amare Trade Rumor Open Thread [Bright Side of the Sun]

Warriors, Knicks agree in principle on Crawford-Harrington deal [ESPN]

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It's not official yet and nothing's for sure till we see a press release from either the Warriors or Knicks, but here's my initial reaction: Fantastic move for the Warriors and the Knicks are really, really angling for that 2010 free agent campaign. Definitely stop by Posting and Toasting for some Knickerbocking thoughts. Also check out what GSoM buddy Tim Kawakami has to say: Harrington to Knicks is close to happening, but do the Warriors get Crawford or Rose? [Talking Points]

Vince Carter to the Warriors! [Can Danny?]

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In the golden age of GSoM I used to append the end of every rumor with "99% of rumors never happen, but 99% of them are fun to talk about." In this piece SoulHonky breaks down "how 90% of NBA rumors are born."

Toronto Raptors VP Maurizio Gherardini Interested in Marco Belinelli

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"Danilo Gallinari is available during the next draft. Is he a player who can fit in with the Raptors? 'Gallinari is an optimal player. The problem is that we pick 17th this year and by that time Gallinari will have been selected by another team.' Could you make a trade to ensure a higher draft pick? 'We can, certainly, but that would not guarantee that we’d get Gallinari. Last season we tried to do the same thing to get Belinelli but it didn’t work out.' But Belinelli isn’t playing for Golden State. Considering him doesn’t seem to be out of the question. Wouldn’t you like to bring him to Toronto and have him play alongside Bargnani? 'Belinelli is a very talented player who can do well in the NBA. However, just like Bargnani, he has physical strength issues. I’m convinced that he’d integrate well in a situation such as Toronto, and that here he’d have more opportunity than he had at Golden State.'" -- Mario Cangnetta for Tandem

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