Point guard Acie Law didn't get much of a chance to play with the Atlanta Hawks. His second season was spent behind starter Mike Bibby and backup Flip Murray. But now Law gets a new beginning. He's no longer the caboose in the Hawks' point-guard logjam.
"Atlanta didn't work out the way I wanted it to," said Law, who was at the Warriors' downtown facility taking his physical to complete the trade that brought him and Speedy Claxton to Oakland for guard Jamal Crawford. "I think this is a fresh start. I think this style of play suits my game."
One small problem. Golden State already has four guys on the roster who can or will serve as point guards.
Monta Ellis is penciled in as the starter, with rookie Stephen Curry as the backup. C.J. Watson is a restricted free agent, meaning the Warriors have the right to match any offer he receives. General Manager Larry Riley is a big fan of Watson and said before the draft that whoever was brought in would have to beat him out. And Marco Belinelli played his best Basketball last season at point guard before getting hurt.
So, on paper, it seems Law has walked into an even worse situation. (Not to mention rumors that Claxton will try to make a comeback.)
"I ain't worried about it at all," Law said. "I feel like I can play. It's just a matter of getting an opportunity and just taking advantage of it."
Law, the No. 11 pick in the 2007 draft, said he will play on the Warriors' summer league team. He has until Oct. 31 to convince the Warriors he is worth picking up on the fourth year of his rookie contract. If the Warriors decline, he will be a restricted free agent after the season.
At Texas A&M, Law was known as a floor leader who came through in the clutch. The Warriors , back then, liked his size 6-foot-3, 195 pounds and his passing ability.
"It starts in summer league, showing them what I can do there," Law said, "and then going into training camp and then carry it over into the season."