The day before the NBA's "moratorium" week began, the Warriors on Tuesday made plenty of noise with trade rumors that seemingly won't cease, the release of an intriguing summer-league roster and the announcement of Corey Maggette's surgery. Teams have from today through Tuesday to negotiate with free agents, but contracts cannot be signed and trades may not be made official until the period ends. Still, the Warriors can't escape the ever-churning rumor mill.
Draft-day buzz about the Warriors sending some combination of Andris Biedrins, Stephen Curry, Brandan Wright, Anthony Randolph and Marco Belinelli to Phoenix for Amar'e Stoudemire hasn't slowed, but his agent, Charles Grantham, says he hasn't had contract-extension conversations with any team.
Stoudemire becomes a free agent after the 2009-10 season, and a suitor would want to ensure a longer deal before making a trade. Also, the Warriors have said they want to keep both Curry and Randolph, which is a sticking point in a potential swap with Phoenix.
There is contradicting scuttlebutt about the shopping of Toronto's Chris Bosh, Miami's Michael Beasley and New York's David Lee - all of whom fit the Warriors' needs in some capacity. The Warriors don't discuss potential trades, but one of those types of moves is probably more likely than signing a free agent who matches the "veteran power forward who can also play some at the '3' " that general manager Larry Riley covets.
Though unrestricted free agents Shawn Marion, Lamar Odom, Charlie Villanueva, Rasheed Wallace and Drew Gooden are players who fit the bill, the Warriors simply might not have the salary-cap room to make such a signing.
Reversing previous belief that the new salary cap would be in the neighborhood of $62 million, league sources said the struggling economy could keep the figure close to last season's $58 million. That would mitigate the Warriors' ability to make a big splash in free agency without some major roster moves, which Riley repeatedly has discounted.
In a minor roster move, the Warriors' summer-league roster revealed the absence of Rob Kurz, and team officials said they didn't tender him a contract offer. The team, which will be coached by assistant Keith Smart and will play five games in Las Vegas between July 10 and July 16, still will have plenty of story lines.
We'll see how close Dick Vitale's prediction that Curry will be the Rookie of the Year is to reality, how the offseason three-a-day workouts have helped the Anthonys Morrow and Randolph, and whether Lawrence Hill of Stanford and Jamal Sampson of Cal are simply feel-good stories or have the potential to make the regular-season roster.
Also on the roster is Joe Ingles of Australia. The 6-foot-8, 21-year-old has the size to play forward and the skill to play point guard, and he made plenty of headway with NBA executives during predraft workouts.
Scouts say he sputtered in the Reebok Eurocamp, causing him to go undrafted. The Warriors have a history of utilizing players overlooked by other teams, so it will be worth noting Ingles' progress.
Maggette will be sidelined for about a month as he returns from surgery to relieve pain in his right wrist. The surgery, performed Monday by Dr. Roy Meals of UCLA, will require minimal rehab and should allow Maggette to participate in "normal Basketball activities" by August.
Warriors summer-league roster