Acie Law was at a barber shop when an NBA opportunity finally might have arrived. "I was ... getting my hair cut when I started to hear about the trade, and a couple of days later, it was official," said Law, who was in Oakland on Monday for a physical that completed his trade from Atlanta to Golden State. "I feel like this is a better situation for me, and I think I can fit in here."
If those thoughts are to become reality, Law is in for some hard work.
When the Warriors traded for Law last week, just hours before the draft, they needed a true point guard. Now the team has voiced its commitment to Monta Ellis and C.J. Watson, drafted Stephen Curry and acquired Speedy Claxton in the Jamal Crawford-for-Law deal.
Marcus Williams, the Warriors' third point guard last season, played in only nine games and averaged six minutes a contest. Law might be the No. 4 point guard as the roster is currently constructed, ahead of only Claxton, who had his physical waived by the Warriors in what could foreshadow their usage of him.
"I'm not worried about it at all," Law said. "I feel like I can play, and I'm getting an opportunity and I'm ready to take advantage of it."
For Law, who averaged 3.6 points and 1.8 assists in two seasons with Atlanta, his first chance with the Warriors is in the Las Vegas summer league. The five-game slate is often reserved for first- and second-year players, but the opportunity to play alongside Curry, Anthony Morrow, Anthony Randolph and Jermareo Davidson was too much for the 2007 pick to ignore.
"I love to compete," Law said. "You come in against guys like Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry - these are great players - but I feel like I'm a good player, too. In practice, it's going to be a lot of fun."
General manager Larry Riley and coach Don Nelson saw quite a bit of Law when he was at Texas A&M, and they liked his ability. Law was the No. 11 overall pick - the first senior chosen - in 2007, but he consistently sat behind Mike Bibby and then Flip Murray in two seasons with Atlanta.
"I'm excited about the fresh start," Law said. "Atlanta didn't work out the way I wanted it to, and I think this style of play suits my game."