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LakerFan4L1fe24
07-27-2008, 07:01 PM
The Golden State Warriors have moved quickly to prevent Latvian center Andris Biedrins from seriously entertaining interest from deep-pocketed teams in Europe by reaching terms on a lucrative new contract with the restricted free agent.

NBA front-office sources told ESPN.com that Biedrins was en route to Oakland on Sunday night after agreeing to a new six-year contract with the Warriors worth nearly $63 million. The contract, sources said, will likely be signed Monday and include a player option for Biedrins to return to the free-agent market in the summer of 2013 after completing five seasons.

Biedrins is among a growing crop of NBA veterans -- not all European, as evidence by Josh Childress' decision to leave the Atlanta Hawks for a team in Greece -- to attract big-money offers from clubs overseas.

The Warriors, though, made it clear entering one of the most frenetic offseasons in the club's history that re-signing its young restricted free agents -- Biedrins and guard Monta Ellis -- was management's top priority. Retaining Ellis and Biedrins, sources say, was Golden State's first consideration in every move it has and hasn't made since late June, when the Warriors elected not to use a $9.9 trade exception created by the deal that sent Jason Richardson to the Charlotte Bobcats on draft day in 2007.

Ellis was signed to a six-year deal worth $67 million on Thursday as part of Golden State's flurry of moves since July, when point guard Baron Davis committed to signing with his hometown Los Angeles Clippers.

The Warriors' flurry of transactions also includes signing forward Corey Maggette away from the Clippers on a five-year deal worth $50 million, matching the Clippers' three-year offer sheet worth in excess of $9 million to swingman Kelenna Azubuike, signing restricted free agent Ronny Turiaf away from the Los Angeles Lakers to a four-year deal worth $17 million and acquiring New Jersey Nets point guard Marcus Williams via trade.

Biedrins has made steady progress since the Warriors selected him as a teenager with the 11th overall pick in the 2004 draft. He averaged 10.5 points and 9.8 rebounds last season in just 27.23 minutes per game, leading the league in field-goal percentage (.626) and improving his biggest weakness -- free-throw shooting -- from 52.1 percent in 2006-07 to 62 percent last season.

6 years at 63 million :laugh:

lakers4sho
07-27-2008, 07:22 PM
10m a year? That's a little overpaying, but not by much. He's worth around 8-9m a year IMO. Any player/team options included?

Rockets Fanatic
07-27-2008, 07:22 PM
ridiculous

The83rdWonder
07-27-2008, 07:25 PM
Not that bad of a contract, it all depends on how well Biedrins develops. A 22-year old that averages 10/10, in Nellie's system ain't that shabby; He could eventually develop into a near all-star/all-star center averaging 17/10 in the right system.

Lakersfan2483
07-27-2008, 07:34 PM
That's way too much money for an average player like Biedrins.

torontosports10
07-27-2008, 07:43 PM
Wait to see how much the Lakers pay Bynum next off-season. He only averaged a double double and u guys will pay more then that for him and he only did it for 20 games or so. And now has a wonky knee to play on.

BlondeBomber41
07-27-2008, 07:45 PM
Its a good deal. Lock him up before he blows up. He is only just now 22 and has put together two very solid seasons averaging a double double basically. As he matures his offensive game will grow and he will become a even better rebounder. Its a very fair deal, especially for big men in this league.

greg_ory_2005
07-27-2008, 07:52 PM
It's a lot of money, but Biedrins is a really good, young center.

lakers4sho
07-27-2008, 08:20 PM
Although Biedrins is a good center, I doubt he'll produce numbers in a different system. Nellie's system suits him best IMO.

#1Mavericksfan
07-27-2008, 08:28 PM
6 years 63 million:speechless:

$KnicksAndKobe$
07-27-2008, 08:46 PM
more then 10m a year? omg dude he is worth like 7m a year tops

MiamiHeat
07-27-2008, 08:49 PM
wow ludacris absolutely ridiculous , he should of come to the heat :D

JWalk126
07-27-2008, 08:49 PM
thats a crazy contract

well, atleast Maccabi wont have to face him in Europe next season

daleja424
07-27-2008, 08:52 PM
Ridiculous. This is the kind of contract that will handcuff a team in 2 years when they wanrt to get rid of him but no one will take the contract (ala Randolph, Diaw, etc...)

Hawkeye15
07-27-2008, 08:54 PM
Wait to see how much the Lakers pay Bynum next off-season. He only averaged a double double and u guys will pay more then that for him and he only did it for 20 games or so. And now has a wonky knee to play on.

Exactly. And Laker fans will justify a $14 million a year deal with the potential tag. Bynum will be a good center, but the man will never be more than a decent shot blocker, put back offensive rebound type player. He just isn't that skilled. But as usual, the media is overhyping the guy due to the fact that he plays for the Lakers, and averaged a double double. I would take Al Jefferson over him in a heartbeat.

BaySportsOnly
07-27-2008, 08:56 PM
Ya'll calling Biedrins an "average" player are trippin. You've hardly ever seen him play if you ain't from the Bay Area! Us Warriors fans know how much his game is developing and how good he already is. His post moves are getting better each year, he has shown to be able to drive the lane on occasion, he can run the floor, he grabs 10 boards a game. 10 mill a year does seem a bit steep, but not when you take into account the shortage of good pf/center types in the game today. I mean, if we take a look at his stats from last year, he averaged 10.5 ppg (7th among centers), 9.8 rpg (t-5th among centers), shot 62% from the floor (1st in the league), and did all that in just 27 mpg (the least mpg out of all starting centers in the league). His defense is going to get better, allowing him to stay out on the floor longer.

In three years, Biedrins will be at 30 mpg, 16 ppg, 11 rpg, 2 bpg, 2 apg, 60% fg, 68% FT. That, my friends, is an all-star center.

Conor
07-27-2008, 09:13 PM
We got him 3 mil per year cheaper than the Bucks got Bogut, and Biedrins is incredibly important to the Warriors. He's our only true big man that can produce, and is still full of potential. Right now he's on the same level as Dalembert who's making the same money, but unlike Dalembert, Biedrins has tons of room to improve.

daleja424
07-27-2008, 09:15 PM
We got him 3 mil per year cheaper than the Bucks got Bogut, and Biedrins is incredibly important to the Warriors. He's our only true big man that can produce, and is still full of potential. Right now he's on the same level as Dalembert who's making the same money, but unlike Dalembert, Biedrins has tons of room to improve.

He isnt as developed and isnt close to the around the rim shot blocker/changer

SAVAGE CLAW
07-27-2008, 09:48 PM
He is an Average center at best and he is getting paid like an all-star.

This contract is gonna make terribly sorry Warrior fans for 5 years and then maybe in his 6th year it pays off by bringing a good player in a trade.

SAVAGE CLAW
07-27-2008, 09:49 PM
Oh and i have actually seen him play Live against Spain and he got completely owned by Pau and Marc.

DbOyZ_ILiVe4DIs
07-27-2008, 10:10 PM
That's way too much money for an average player like Biedrins.

You must not watch warriors games much. He's more then average. He hasn't even reached his full potential and not too mention that there aren't many centers in this league that fit the up tempo game. He'll be worth every penny. Besides, He's not going to make 10 mill next year. As he grows so will his contract.

Ragun
07-27-2008, 10:19 PM
i would give him that money no doubt. he will only get better IMO.

Hawkeye15
07-27-2008, 10:23 PM
Ya'll calling Biedrins an "average" player are trippin. You've hardly ever seen him play if you ain't from the Bay Area! Us Warriors fans know how much his game is developing and how good he already is. His post moves are getting better each year, he has shown to be able to drive the lane on occasion, he can run the floor, he grabs 10 boards a game. 10 mill a year does seem a bit steep, but not when you take into account the shortage of good pf/center types in the game today. I mean, if we take a look at his stats from last year, he averaged 10.5 ppg (7th among centers), 9.8 rpg (t-5th among centers), shot 62% from the floor (1st in the league), and did all that in just 27 mpg (the least mpg out of all starting centers in the league). His defense is going to get better, allowing him to stay out on the floor longer.

In three years, Biedrins will be at 30 mpg, 16 ppg, 11 rpg, 2 bpg, 2 apg, 60% fg, 68% FT. That, my friends, is an all-star center.

except Al Jefferson, Bynum, Amare, they are all listed at center now. He won't be on if those guys are listed at center

baller1069
07-27-2008, 10:25 PM
A guy averages 10, 10, 1.2, and shoots 62% he probably gets around 7 million per year and everyone says great deal, great value. Now how much of a premium do you have to pay for a 22 year old who puts up those numbers. A 3 million dollar premium isn't that bad. This deal won't kill the warriors - give me a break.

Jibonnie125
07-27-2008, 10:30 PM
Good resigning, but they waaayyyyyy overpaid.

Hawkeye15
07-27-2008, 10:37 PM
A guy averages 10, 10, 1.2, and shoots 62% he probably gets around 7 million per year and everyone says great deal, great value. Now how much of a premium do you have to pay for a 22 year old who puts up those numbers. A 3 million dollar premium isn't that bad. This deal won't kill the warriors - give me a break.

For a team that most likely won't make the playoffs, they have 3 players making over 10 million (Magette, Ellis, Beidris), and Harrington making almost 9. Not exactly great future planning. They better be happy with what they have. At least Foyles terrible contract is over after this year. Ellis is good in Nellie's system, but how long will Nellie stay on a team that can barely compete for the playoff's. Ellis is not a system player. He can't play the point, and is too small for slow down style at the shooting guard. GS, and Denver took a step back this offseason.

djeller1139
07-27-2008, 11:37 PM
Most of you guys seem to forget that Biedrins is only 22 years old! He has so many years to improve and by the end of his contract he probably won't have even peaked yet. To average a double double and lead the league in FG % at 22, while playing only 27 mpg is very good. He will get more playing time this year, and if he gets 35mpg, he might even average 15/15 or somewhere around there. He and Ellis are incredibly important peices to the Warriors future, and if giving Biedrins 2 or 3 million more than what he's worth, (according to some of you), is what it takes to lock him in long term, then so be it. IMO yes, the Warriors probably overpaid a little bit, but that extra couple million will not hinder them for years to come like people are saying.

lakers4sho
07-27-2008, 11:50 PM
I haven't seen that much Warrior games, actually, I've only seen Warriors vs. Lakers. Bynum seemed to dominate Biedrins though. Biedrins needs to hit the weights if he wants to match up against the big man in teh NBA.

Lakersfan2483
07-28-2008, 12:04 AM
Biedrins is an average player at best, his career year will be 16ppg and about 9 rpg, and zero all star appearances.

Lakersfan2483
07-28-2008, 12:05 AM
You must not watch warriors games much. He's more then average. He hasn't even reached his full potential and not too mention that there aren't many centers in this league that fit the up tempo game. He'll be worth every penny. Besides, He's not going to make 10 mill next year. As he grows so will his contract.

I have seen him play, he's a solid role player and will never be a true impact player.

SportsFan1988
07-28-2008, 12:06 AM
It was a good deal for the Warriors, it's rare to find a big man with such talent now a days, might as well lock em' up for as long as possible.

Lakersfan2483
07-28-2008, 12:08 AM
Exactly. And Laker fans will justify a $14 million a year deal with the potential tag. Bynum will be a good center, but the man will never be more than a decent shot blocker, put back offensive rebound type player. He just isn't that skilled. But as usual, the media is overhyping the guy due to the fact that he plays for the Lakers, and averaged a double double. I would take Al Jefferson over him in a heartbeat.


I will save this quote and remember this, Bynum will be an all-star center in 2 or 3 yrs, he was on his way last year until a knee injury, watch out for him next year. You won't be saying we overpaid when you see him next year. Oden, Howard and Bynum are the 3 future dominant big man in the league.

DbOyZ_ILiVe4DIs
07-28-2008, 12:17 AM
I will save this quote and remember this, Bynum will be an all-star center in 2 or 3 yrs, he was on his way last year until a knee injury, watch out for him next year. You won't be saying we overpaid when you see him next year. Oden, Howard and Bynum are the 3 future dominant big man in the league.

:bla:

mays217
07-28-2008, 12:28 AM
Biedrins is an average player at best, his career year will be 16ppg and about 9 rpg, and zero all star appearances.

16 and 9 really isn't that bad. Biedrins has GREAT hands for a big man, and is ridiculously quick at receiving a pass, one dribble, and up and in with it. Obviously several people on here don't watch many Warriors games and know how valuable Andris is to the Warriors. $63 million is certainly no chump change, but you pay a premium for big guys in the NBA. Not to mention Europe teams were offering him big money as well. ANDRIS IS ONLY 22 YEARS OLD. This is money well spent, and he and Monta can now build on their already tremendous chemistry for a couple of 22/23 year olds.

SAVAGE CLAW
07-28-2008, 12:40 AM
Marc Gasol will be dominant.

bogdanrom
07-28-2008, 01:15 AM
Wow. That's a lot of money. I wonder how much money was the European team offering, for Biendris to consider? More than 15 million? He kinda deserves it. He's a 10 and 10 guy, plus good FG% and a block.

lakerboy
07-28-2008, 01:57 AM
Too much money.

S.J.Basketball
07-28-2008, 01:59 AM
Why are people hating? Biedrins is a good player who can ball it up and shows ALOT of promise for the future. Only 22 years old. I like the signing.

TheNewbster
07-28-2008, 02:19 AM
Too much money.

Maybe, but the Lakers giving Sasha $5 million a year wasn't exactly a nice deal either. At least for a little over twice the money, GS gets a improving player that will consistently provide solid (though not All-Star numbers) at a position that is central these days to any succcesful team. Unless you have a guy like Kobe or Lebron that can carry a team all by themselves, a successful team must have a good big man. GS accomplishes that. So while I do admit this deal is a tad bit overpaid, look at Andrew Bogut's deal in parellel and you realize talent at this position is simply worth that much.

On the other hand...Sasha at $5 million...really now...is his talents off the bench that amazing? Posey the year before was less than $3 million and Eddie House had been $1.5 million for Boston's championship run. THAT is solid investment.

dbow2019
07-28-2008, 02:30 AM
It was a good deal for the Warriors, it's rare to find a big man with such talent now a days, might as well lock em' up for as long as possible.

exactly