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News » Golden State Warriors Roster Report 2009-05-30


Golden State Warriors Roster Report 2009-05-30


Golden State Warriors Roster Report 2009-05-30
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Stephen Jackson. The Warriors thought so highly of Jackson's season, they signed him to a three-year, $28 million extension even though his contract wasn't due to expire until the end of next season. Shuffling between three different positions but often initiating the offense no matter where he was slotted, Jackson led the Warriors in scoring (20.7) and assists (6.5) while also finding time to be the club's fourth-leading rebounder (5.1) and best individual defender.

MOST DISAPPOINTING PLAYER: Monta Ellis. Shortly after losing Baron Davis to free agency, the Warriors rolled the dice a bit by giving Ellis a six-year, $66 million deal and anointing him the point guard of the future. The 23-year-old promptly went out and crashed his motorized scooter, resulting in ankle surgery, and basically took the Warriors out of the playoff picture even before the season started. He eventually played 25 games, during which he demonstrated he's best suited to be a shooting guard, leaving the Warriors once again without a point guard headed into the summer.

FREE AGENT FOCUS: The Warriors have their top 10 players all under contract for next season, although Jamal Crawford can opt out of the final two years of his deal. That would mean throwing away a guaranteed $20 million, however, so chances are he'll be back.

PLAYER NEWS:

--G Jamal Crawford holds the key to the Warriors' flexibility this offseason. He has an opt-out clause in his contract that must be exercised by July 1 if he's interested in becoming an unrestricted free agent. Doing so would throw away a guaranteed $20 million, and at the same time give the Warriors about $10 million with which to work under the luxury tax this summer. That would, if nothing else, allow them to give a free agent the full mid-level exception (about $5 million) to start a long-term contract.

--G Monta Ellis no doubt will be a front-row observer -- as he was at the recent Andre Ward-Edison Miranda fight -- when the Warriors make their first-round pick June 25. If, as many expect, the team uses the No. 7 pick on a ball-distributing point guard, Ellis likely will return to the shooting guard spot at which he began his pro career. If the Warriors, say, draft USC standout combo guard DeMar DeRozan, expect rumors of an Ellis trade to start flowing. The 23-year-old failed his trial as the team's point guard after missing more than half the 2008-09 season while rehabbing from ankle surgery.

--C Andris Biedrins is reportedly a name often mentioned when teams make trade inquiries to the Warriors. His name has surfaced as a key element in a possible Chris Bosh deal with the Raptors. Biedrins, 23, recorded career bests in points (11.9), rebounds (11.2) and blocked shots (1.6) last season, while also finishing third in the league in field-goal percentage (57.8).

MEDICAL WATCH:

--G Monta Ellis (ankle) missed the first 43 games of the season following surgery in August on his left ankle, which was injured in a motorized-scooter accident. He returned to play 25 games, then suffered inflammation in a bone bruise in the same ankle, unrelated to the surgery. He is expected to be at full speed for the start of training camp.

--G Jamal Crawford (back) was held out of games late in the season for a variety of reasons, including some with no injury at all. He missed 10 of the final 16 contests, the last four because of lower-back pain. He could have played at least the final two games had they been meaningful.

--G Marco Belinelli (ankle) sat out the final 13 games of the season because of a sprained ankle. He tried to convince team management that he could play in the final handful of games, but a decision was made to err on the side of being conservative.

--F Corey Maggette (head) suffered a concussion March 24 and then experienced post-concussion syndrome following another blow to the head on April 1, after which he sat out the final six games. He is expected to make a full recovery.

--G Stephen Jackson (toe) had surgery to remove bone fragments in his left foot March 31. He will have to take it easy most of the off-season, but he should be ready for the start of training camp.

--F Brandan Wright (shoulder) partially dislocated his left shoulder in January, missing 27 games, then reinjured the shoulder March 24 and sat out the remainder of the season. He is expected to make a full recovery this off-season.

--C Jermareo Davidson (foot) had surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot in March. He should be healthy for the start of training camp.


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 30, 2009

 

 
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