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News » Warriors still need a big man

Warriors still need a big man

Warriors still need a big man
After selecting Stephen Curry with the No. 7 pick in the NBA draft Thursday, Warriors General Manager Larry Riley said there remains a need for a big man who can defend and rebound. And he said he wouldn't mind alleviating the logjam at shooting guard to acquire that player.

With Stephen Jackson penciled in as the team's starting shooting guard for next season, it's possible the Warriors could move one or more of their guards and wings to get a versatile power forward who could also play center or small forward.

Marco Belinelli, Brandon Morrow, Monta Ellis, Kelenna Azubuike and C.J. Watson have all spent time at the shooting guard position, and the team also acquired Acie Law and Speedy Claxton on Wednesday for Jamal Crawford. Watson is a restricted free agent.

"I would like to add another player to this team. I've said that, and I think that's important to us," Riley said. "So as we go though the summer and we continue to work, it's possible that we could alleviate (the glut at guard) a little bit."

Thursday rumors had the Warriors shipping center Andris Biedrins, forward Brandan Wright and Belinelli to the Phoenix Suns for forward Amare Stoudemire. Riley wouldn't discuss the possible move but knows he has to balance a roster that as of now has seven players 6-foot-5 or shorter.

"We talked (earlier this week) about ones and fours a great deal and in essence, we've taken a guy that fills a point guard need," Riley said. "So now, what's the next need? It's to go find a guy that could play some around the basket. Maybe as a four, maybe as a four who plays some (center) or a four who plays the three."

Riley did discuss the importance of the Crawford deal, which saves the Warriors roughly $12 million in salary cap space over the next two years.

Riley said the Warriors want to give Law, who averaged just 12.8 minutes per game in two seasons with Atlanta, a chance to see what he can do. He hasn't yet talked to Claxton, who may be contemplating retirement after battling a left-knee injury the past two seasons.

"We had to manage our cap, and we had to prepare for the 2010 season to where we would be in a healthy position," Riley said. "We were able to accomplish that."

The Warriors announced four front-office moves. Former assistant Travis Schlenk has been named the team's director of player personnel. Schlenk joined the Warriors before the 2004-05 season and worked as a video scout before he became an assistant. Scott Pruneau, who has been with the organization for the past 26 seasons, was named director of scouting. Larry Harris will work as an consultant/scout after he joined the team as an assistant last November, and former NBA player Lee Mayberry joins the team as a scout.

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