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Manos
07-09-2008, 07:41 AM
Well it looks like we can quit worrying about why the Rockets weren't or whether the Spurs were going to nab Maggette. Looks like he went for the cash, shocker...

Link for ESPN.com (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3479117)


With Brand out of picture, Warriors reach verbal agreement with Maggette
By Marc Stein

What next for the two teams that tried and failed to secure an agreement with this summer's No. 1 free agent?

The Golden State Warriors quietly pulled out of the Elton Brand chase Tuesday afternoon once they realized that Brand was going to Philadelphia if he was going anywhere, quickly moved on to new targets and reached a faster-than-expected verbal agreement to sign someone else from the Los Angeles Clippers: Corey Maggette.

Although Golden State still has a huge hole at point guard after also losing Baron Davis to the Clippers, sources said that the Warriors are also preparing to sign Los Angeles Lakers restricted free agent Ronny Turiaf to a four-year offer sheet in the $4 million-a-year range, which the Lakers would have seven days to match.

The Clippers, meanwhile, are expected to meet face-to-face as early as Wednesday with Atlanta Hawks restricted free agent Josh Smith, who was already in Los Angeles as of Tuesday. It's believed that a hard run at Smith and another restricted free agent -- Charlotte Bobcats center Emeka Okafor -- are at the top of L.A.'s priority list as it seeks to fill the holes created by the departures of Brand and Maggette. If the Clippers wind up signing Smith or Okafor to an offer sheet, as with Turiaf, their respective teams would have seven days to match.

NBA front-office sources told ESPN.com that Maggette decided against waiting to see if the Clippers would keep Brand or lose him to the 76ers -- with the latter theoretically creating an opportunity to stay with the Clippers -- to jump at a five-year offer from the Warriors worth a reported $50 million.

The Warriors, Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies are the only teams with salary-cap space to spend on free agents above the mid-level exception, which the league announced early Wednesday to be worth $5.585 million next season. Philadelphia was on that list as well before reaching a verbal agreement Tuesday to sign Brand away from the Clippers.

Maggette had drawn strong interest from several top contenders who are over the cap and only had the mid-level exception to offer -- including Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, Orlando, Utah and most notably San Antonio -- but was intent on holding out to try to sign with a team that had cap room. Maggette averaged 22.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists last season for the Clippers, then opted out of a contract that would have paid him $7 million next season.

Golden State initially responded to the loss of Davis by offering Brand a five-year deal worth an estimated $90 million, but the Warriors never came as close to luring Brand away from L.A. as the Sixers. The Warriors also lost swingman Mickael Pietrus to Orlando on Tuesday and will now try to integrate Maggette with veterans Stephen Jackson and Al Harrington and two prized restricted free agents they expect to re-sign comfortably: Monta Ellis and Andris Biedrins.

Marc Stein is the senior NBA writer for ESPN.com.

TMAC94
07-09-2008, 07:51 AM
2 theards?

bbinthepark
07-09-2008, 12:31 PM
i wouldn't at all consider stephen jackson a perfect fit here, but the Warrior's desperate need for a PG could mean he'd be easily attainable.

bobby jackson, luther head and a pick would probably get it done.

HouRealCoach
07-09-2008, 12:54 PM
Thats another move made by a top Western Conference team except the Rockets

mightybosstone
07-09-2008, 05:09 PM
Thats another move made by a top Western Conference team except the Rockets

I hardly consider Golden State a "top team". Without Baron Davis, they're nothing, IMO. Even adding Maggette won't be enough...

yaowowrocket11
07-09-2008, 05:46 PM
I hardly consider Golden State a "top team". Without Baron Davis, they're nothing, IMO. Even adding Maggette won't be enough...

Definitely. The loss of Baron Davis turned the Warriors from a potential playoff team, to a lottery pick.

Tmac to da rack
07-09-2008, 08:00 PM
agreed

rockets#1
07-09-2008, 11:28 PM
Thats another move made by a top Western Conference team except the Rockets

yup:mad:

Russjr2
07-10-2008, 10:17 AM
This is a prime example of a team overpaying for a player. Maggette is not a franchise type player, he is a complimentary player. G St lost their franchise player and HAD to spend money on somebody to sell tickets. Maggette doesn't make players around him better and plays marginal defense at best (and now he goes to a team that plays NO D). He just waited on the the team with the most money to make him an offer. He would have had a better fit and chance to win a title in S.A or Houston becasue he would have filled a role for those teams. Now G St will saddled with him and his salary for years to come and they will not make the playoffs with him.

So those of you that are mad at us for not getting him or making a offer (at least that you heard about), Morey knew we had no chance. He knew he was looking for a payday from any team with money.

Jay22Redd
07-10-2008, 01:18 PM
So those of you that are mad at us for not getting him or making a offer (at least that you heard about), Morey knew we had no chance. He knew he was looking for a payday from any team with money.

lol thats kinda funny. i had a feeling thats what was going on in Morey's head.

Rhyming Rebel
07-10-2008, 01:40 PM
I would love to add Stephen Jackson. After GS realize they have no chance in the west I hope they look for expiring contracts allowing us to ship BJ and Head, but i'm hesitant on adding a 1st rd pick. Although I would seriously consider it. Stephen Jackson is a impact player who plays hard on both ends of the floor not to mention he is from Port Author, Tx so he would kinda sorta be coming home. I would put him right into the starting lineup.

mightybosstone
07-10-2008, 02:47 PM
Is anyone else noticing how drastically overpaid players are getting this offseason? The only two players I've seen get what they deserved were Davis and Brand. Arenas, Maggette, Diop (big time), Jamison, and Udrih are all seriously getting more than they deserve...

t-mac1nukka
07-10-2008, 03:09 PM
did someone just say the warriors were a top western team???? hahaha. they just lost their best player and a solid bench player. and replaced them with C. Mag. at best they moved latterly.

mightybosstone
07-10-2008, 03:34 PM
did someone just say the warriors were a top western team???? hahaha. they just lost their best player and a solid bench player. and replaced them with C. Mag. at best they moved latterly.

I wouldn't even give them the benefit of saying they moved laterally. Without Davis, they have no PG... so whose gonna run Nelson's run and gun style offense?

Russjr2
07-10-2008, 04:32 PM
Is anyone else noticing how drastically overpaid players are getting this offseason? The only two players I've seen get what they deserved were Davis and Brand. Arenas, Maggette, Diop (big time), Jamison, and Udrih are all seriously getting more than they deserve...

Happens every year. And these people complain about Morey not making any moves yet. Whining about why we are not getting players yet in the first week of free agency. I'm glad we have a smart GM who will take his time to find the right deal for our team.