OAKLAND Point guard Acie Law didn't get much of a chance to play with the Atlanta Hawks. His second NBA season was spent trapped behind starter Mike Bibby and backup Flip Murray. But now, Law gets a new beginning. Now he's no longer the caboose in the Hawks' point guard logjam. They traded him away.
"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 Golden State for Jamal Crawford. "This is a fresh start. This style of play suits my game. I'm looking forward to it."
One small problem. He was acquired by the Warriors .
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 Watson fan and said before last week's NBA draft that whoever was brought in would have to beat him out.
Guard Marco Belinelli played his best Basketball last season at point guard before getting hurt, and he also is perhaps the best on the team at defending the position.
So, on paper, it seems Law has walked into a worse situation. (Not to mention rumors that Claxton will try to make a comeback from injury.)
"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 when you get it. I'm looking forward to it."
Law, the No. 11 pick in the 2007 draft, said he'll play on the Warriors' summer league team. He has until Oct. 31 to convince the Warriors that 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 upcoming season.
Law has skills the Warriors are looking to add. Coming out of Texas A&M, he was known as a floor general who came through in the clutch. The Warriors , back then, liked his size 6-foot-3, 195 pounds and passing ability. It's part of the reason they are giving him a look now. He can run the pick-and-roll, something the Warriors live by.
It could, however, be another long season for Law. Marcus Williams was by most accounts the best passer and floor general on the 2008-09 roster. But he just totaled 54 minutes in nine games last season, most of it when Ellis was injured.
It figures to take more than passing for Law to leapfrog over Curry (and Watson if he's with the team) for minutes. That's assuming there will be any left, considering how coach Don Nelson likes to give swingman Stephen Jackson and even forward Anthony Randolph some minutes running the offense.
"It starts in summer league, showing them what I can do," Law said, "and then going into training camp and then carry it over into the season."
Of course, both Law and Claxton, who equal more than $7 million in expiring contracts (if Law's option is not picked up) could be used in a trade this offseason, making his trip to Oakland a pit stop.
Contact Marcus Thompson II at firstname.lastname@example.org Crawford happy in new homeassociated pressThe Atlanta Hawks are counting on versatile guard Jamal Crawford to give it more options on the court and additional flexibility during the upcoming free agency.Crawford happily joined the Hawks on Monday after less than one season with the Warriors , being traded for Acie Law and Speedy Claxton last week."They ( Warriors ) could have sent me anywhere," said Crawford, who didn't opt out of his contract, which pays him about $18 million over the next two seasons. "But to come to an up-and-coming team, a team that went to the second round of the playoffs ... I'm happy to be here."