Ahhh, the offseason - a time of hope and delusion. It wasn’t long ago that these offseason were much, much longer. But now that the Warriors are one of the last teams to end their season it seems like there’s no time at all between the end of the old season and the start of the new.
Some things, though, never change. And so too it goes with the Golden State Warriors trying to hold on to their players. In classic offseason fashion, there’s a ton of news, but somehow not much actually happening (yet).
As with all of these links posts, we do not run the auto-link feature for player names and such, so any text you see highlighted like this will take you to something I though worthy of our attention.
Iguodala Free Agency rumors galore!
First up, one of my favorite Warriors players of all time, Andre Iguodala, is a free agent. Predictably he is getting chased by a bevy of interested parties, and as ESPN first reported this morning, we have identified at least eight of them:
So, this is nothing new right? You’ve got everyone represented there: from the contending Spurs to the lowly 76ers. The beauty of a player like Iguodala is that he would be a significant asset for any team in the NBA. While it’s presumed that he’ll return for another contract, it is far from given.
As soon as the Warriors began to consider Kevin Durant, we knew that only weakness of this new Warriors team - the true Achilles heel of this roster - is the salary cap. From that same ESPN article, it sounds like other teams know it too:
A significant number of personnel within NBA circles have come to the conclusion that rather than building a superteam, it's much more economically feasible and expeditious to just pluck away talent from the Bay Area juggernauts...The open market, according to rival executives, poses a serious threat of stealing the 33-year-I
On the one hand, Iguodala has indicated that he would very much like to stay here. He called into a local radio station last week to tell us all exactly that - but it wasn’t a totally comforting call either, since he let us know that his business associates would definitely be working towards the best deal of Iguodala:
“Business is business, so you’ve got to do your due diligence,” Iguodala said. “I’ma let my people do their thing and see how it goes, but the Bay has been special to me. …
“You always have your perfect situation and you hope that gets done. So I’ma let my people do their jobs. I just want everybody to be respectful of that and not get too emotional about it, because I’ve been getting hit up (like) crazy and I haven’t said anything so I’m just a little lost at times, like what happened? I just had a newborn so I’ve been at home trying to be a good father.”
There will be lots of rumors flying around, so strap in and hold on. As Yahoo Sports reported earlier in the month, there are rumors that offers for Iguodala’s services could extend all the way up into the $20 million per year range. That’s obviously a significant amount more than the Warriors can offer.
Klay Thompson also randomly showed up in the rumor mill today too, despite not being a free agent yet
I get it. This is how we landed Kevin Durant, you see? When you are aiming for a superstar, you have to lay the groundwork early - definitely well ahead of their actual free agency period. And so, on Tuesday we got this:
"He has definitely has put in a call to Klay Thompson and he would like to play with him in LA." -Kelenna Azubuike on Paul George & LA.— 95.7 The Game (@957thegame) June 27, 2017
Whoa there, Paul George! You can’t have Klay!
Now, because this is the offseason rumor mill, we should go ahead and conjecture away... I don’t think Klay will leave.
As he told Sam Amick back in January, this place is special to Klay - and because he grew up the son to an NBA father, he understands the value of playing for the love of the game, rather than the biggest contract:
What we've built here is so special, and I love living in the Bay Area, so that would be a huge priority of mine … I just feel like if I play hard and work hard every day, I'll get rewarded no matter what I do, so I'm not going to get caught up with the numbers and how much money I could potentially make because it'll all come around. You've just got to stay humble and be appreciative of what I have. And if I keep working this hard, I'll be rewarded.
“I think I was raised right, with my Dad (Mychal Thompson, the two-time champion with the Lakers and current broadcaster and radio personality) telling me not to play this game for money but play for the love of it and you'll be rewarded
You should also pay close attention to what he had to say to Marcus Thompson during the championship parade:
“At the end of the day, I’ve tasted winning,” Thompson said, looking down through a his sunglasses. “No stats can ever overcome that. I’d rather win these championships and score no points than have 60-point games and 37-point quarters. These championships are everything to me.”
Also, his Dad chimed in as well, further supporting the concept that Klay belongs here and wants to stay.
"Its always been a dream of mine. But it isn't a dream of his. He's in a dreamy situation. Believe me he isn't moving at all." -Michael T.— Donald Green. (@TheDonaldGeeNBA) June 27, 2017
Summer League roster and schedule
h/t to GSoM member bilfor for posting this earlier!
As you can see, the summer league looks like a pretty solid squad:
Golden State’s Summer League roster is highlighted by current Warriors players Damian Jones, Kevon Looney and Patrick McCaw, who helped the club capture its second NBA championship in three years and fifth in franchise history in 2016-17. The Warriors’ Summer League entry will also feature Jordan Bell, the 38th selection in last week’s NBA Draft, who was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year last season as a junior at Oregon. Additionally, Golden State’s squad includes Jabari Brown, Elgin Cook and Alex Hamilton, who were all members of the Santa Cruz Warriors, Golden State’s NBA G League club, in 2016-17.
Games start in Orlando on July 1st, but the Warriors won’t see any action until July 8th in Las Vegas.
Teams will play three preliminary games between July 7-11 before being seeded in a tournament that begins on July 12 and concludes with the Championship Game on Monday, July 17. Each team will play a minimum of five games in Las Vegas.
Below is the Warriors’ 2017 NBA Summer League schedule and broadcast information for their three preliminary games in Las Vegas:
Saturday, July 8 vs Philadelphia 76ers -- 7:30pm PDT
Monday, July 10 vs Cleveland Cavaliers -- 5:30pm PDT (On NBC Sports Bay Area)
Tuesday, July 11 vs Minnesota Timberwolves -- 5:30pm PDT
We discussed some of the Iguodala free agency rumblings earlier, but it sure as heck seems like Iguodala is settling into the Bay Area regardless of the contract issues. Just days after announcing that he and Steph Curry would be jointly hosting a tech conference for NBA players, Iguodala announced a talk show on Tuesday as well. The talk show sounds unsurprisingly cool:
“There’s going to be a time when my basketball career is over and I’m going to have aspirations outside of basketball,” Mr. Iguodala said in an interview.
He said he plans to interview cultural influencers from tech, sports and business, and may tap his Silicon Valley connections to interview startup founders. He also plans to have a cooking segment on the show. “I’m a foodie,” he says.
Details are still being finalized, but once the show finds a home, we will be sure to update you here.
One last quick hit -- I want to be sure and call out the fans. Expect the haters right now, and into next season; but please always remember that the Warriors fanbase is built on the back of decades of fans who adoringly followed subpar teams throughout the years. It’s a passion that exists separately from championships, and all the old heads around the league know it. Be proud of these rings — there are no promises in this life. Bask in the glory now, but let’s not forget who we are.
Ok folks, I think this is the longest links article in the history of GSOM, so I’ll stop here. Please post any news you find in the comments - things should start getting heated as we head into free agency next week.
BREAKING NEWS UPDATE:
The Death of Lob City
(hat tip to @BadlyBrowned for bringing this to our attention)
Phil Jackson and the Knicks part ways
Cantankerous old Phil Jackson has really been struggling since he came to New York. From his weird insistence on running an outdated offensive scheme, to the unattractive posturing he directed toward young star Porzingas - it was clearly time for him to go.
Most interestingly for the rest of the league, this could clear the way for a buyout or trade of Carmelo Anthony:
Jackson, 71, had made it well known that he felt it was best for Anthony and the organization to part ways, both publicly and privately, but Anthony refused to waive his no-trade clause, and the Knicks were determined not to accommodate any request for a buyout. Anthony has two years worth more than $54 million remaining on his deal.
With no end to the stalemate in sight and free agency beginning Saturday, Jackson's discussions with Dolan accelerated late Tuesday night and the decision was made to part ways.