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News » Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2009-11-18

Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2009-11-18

Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2009-11-18Multiple media outlets reported that Monta Ellis' agent, Jeff Fried, will meet with Warriors management Thursday in Oakland to discuss his client's future with the franchise.

The Warriors ought to consider sending Fried a tape of Tuesday's game. He'll see exactly what the Warriors have in mind.

In other words, they plan to let Ellis do pretty much whatever he wants.

The unquestioned leader of the team in the wake of Stephen Jackson's departure to Charlotte took 23 shots and still found time for eight assists in the Warriors' surprisingly competitive 114-108 loss in Cleveland. Ellis played all but 2:11 -- and probably would have gone the distance if he hadn't left the court briefly because of a hand injury late in the second quarter.

It'll be interesting to see if that's enough for Fried. Ellis, interviewed by the Oakland Tribune shortly after the Jackson news broke, clearly was not crazy about becoming the face of the franchise.

"I'm not (going to) put no more on my back," he insisted. "Somebody else gonna have to step up. I'm not gonna do more."

On the surface, the deal for Raja Bell and Vladimir Radmanovic had a chance to address Ellis' chief complaint about his situation -- having to share the backcourt with another point guard, Stephen Curry. Bell, a defensive specialist, would seem to be a perfect complement to Ellis, allowing the Warriors star to get the defensive assignment on the other club's weaker backcourt player.

But at the Warriors' request, Bell reconsidered an earlier decision to put off surgery on his left wrist. It's now tentatively scheduled for later in the week, probably ending his season -- and possibly his Warriors career, given that his contract expires in June.

So Ellis remains in tandem with Curry, who played 41 minutes Tuesday. They coexisted fine for one night.

But is that what Ellis and his agent have in mind long term? We'll find out Thursday.

CAVALIERS 114, WARRIORS 108: Trading their best player might render the remainder of the Warriors' season an extended exhibition season, but you'd never have known it from the attitude of the seven healthy bodies who took the court in the narrow loss at Cleveland. All seven scored in double figures as the Warriors somehow overcame 58.2 percent shooting by the Cavaliers to take the Eastern power the distance. Vladimir Radmanovic stepped into Stephen Jackson's starting spot and shot a Jackson-like 1-for-6 from 3-point range, but he did convert four of his six closer attempts to finish with 11 points in his Warriors debut.

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