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Warriors Land Louis Amundson With Two-Year Deal

More than three weeks after the Warriors reportedly first expressed interest in free-agent power forward Louis Amundson, they agreed to contract terms with him. Marc Stein of ESPN and Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports say the former Phoenix Suns fan-favorite is coming to the Bay Area on a two-year deal worth almost $5 million, one which includes a player option for the second season.

Amundson, a four-year veteran of three teams, owns career averages of 4 points and 3.6 rebounds in 13 minutes per game. He is regarded as a hustle-and-energy player who can make a difference by doing the dirty work off the bench.

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As Expected, Warriors Officially Sign Rodney Carney

On Wednesday, the Warriors officially announced the signing of free-agent swingman Rodney Carney. The team did not disclose the details of his contract, but it’s likely that he signed a minimum-salary contract for one year. He played under those terms for the Philadelphia 76ers last season and failed to impress, scoring 4.7 points in 12.4 minutes per game.

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Rodney Carney Close To Signing With Warriors

According to Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com, the Warriors are close to signing free-agent swingman Rodney Carney:

Warriors and Rodney Carney appear headed to a contract. No. 16 pick in 2006 still looking for breakthrough season.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck


Howard-Cooper is right: Carney has yet to break out after four years of mediocre-at-best play. For his career, Carney’s averaged 6.1 points and 2.0 rebounds, but has converted only 42.2 percent of his shot attempts. However, he could be useful as a back-end rotation wing in Don Nelson’s offense, due to his athleticism and energy.

Carney, 26, spent the first two years of his career with the 76ers before they dealt him to Minnesota in order to clear cap space to sign Elton Brand. Last year, Carney and the 76ers reunited on a one-year, minimum-salary deal. He posted career lows in scoring (4.7 points) and playing time (12.6 minutes) despite Philadelphia’s lack of depth on the wings.

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Stephen Curry Makes Team USA's Final Cut

Curry made the final cut after Rajon Rondo withdrew, and will definitely be participating in the FIBAs World Championships in a few weeks.

With one exhibition game remaining and just four days out from the tip of the FIBA World Championship for Men, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo today announced that Warriors guard Stephen Curry will represent the United States at the 2010 FIBA World Championship.

Joining Curry on the 12-man 2010 USA World Championship Team will be: Chauncey Billups (Denver Nuggets); Tyson Chandler (Dallas Mavericks); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder); Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies); Eric Gordon (Los Angeles Clippers); Danny Granger (Indiana Pacers); Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers); Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves); Lamar Odom (Los Angeles Lakers); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder).

Considering the need for outside shooting in international basketball (especially from the point position), it seemed obvious that Curry would be a favorite to make it. Rondo’s withdrawal seems to only confirm the need for playing that up-tempo style of basketball Curry thrives in.

(Thanks to Rated-R Superstar for the tip!)

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Warriors Sign Veteran PG Jannero Pargo To Two-Year Contract

The Warriors have signed seven-year NBA veteran Jannero Pargo according to Yahoo! Sports’ Marc Spears.

Golden State has signed free agent guard Jannero Pargo to a two-year, $2.4 million contract, his agent Mark Bartelstien told Y! Sports.

The soon-to-be 31-year-old Pargo averaged 5.5 points and 1.4 assists while shooting a floundering 34% from the field with the Chicago Bulls last season.

He will more than likely be the primary backup to Stephen Curry for the upcoming season.

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Jeremy Lin Officially Signs With Warriors

Ryan Leong is reporting that Lin is officially a Warrior. Here is the press release:

The Golden State Warriors have signed free agent guard Jeremy Lin to a contract, the team announced today. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not announced.

Lin, 21, recently completed a four-year stint at Harvard, where he averaged 12.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 115 career outings. The 6’3” guard became the first player in Ivy League history to record at least 1,450 points, 450 rebounds, 400 assists and 200 steals. He was an All-Ivy League First Team selection this past season (2009-10), when he averaged 16.4 points, 4.5 assists, 4.4 rebounds and shot 51.9% from the floor in 29 games. A native of Palo Alto, Lin’s senior season at Harvard was highlighted by a 30-point, 9-rebound and 3-assist performance against #13 ranked Connecticut.

After not being selected in the 2010 NBA Draft, Lin played for the Dallas Mavericks in the 2010 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas earlier this month. He averaged 9.8 points and 3.2 rebounds in 18.6 minutes in five outings with the Mavericks, shooting a team-leading 54.5% from the floor.

As the captain of the Palo Alto High School basketball team as a senior in 2006, Lin guided the Vikings to the State Championship with a victory over Mater Dei at ARCO Arena in Sacramento.

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Jeremy Lin Close To Signing With Warriors

Marc Stein of ESPN via Twitter:

Warriors closing in on signing of Mavs summer-league sensation Jeremy Lin. ESPN.com link forthcoming

That’s the only info we have out right now. More to come as it becomes available. It now comes full circle for that piece I wrote back during the draft.

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C.J. Watson Signed And Traded To Chicago For Second Round Draft Pick

HoopsWorld reports:

The Chicago Bulls and Golden State Warriors have completed a sign-and-trade for C.J. Watson, according to sources. Watson, who was a restricted free agent, will be dealt to Chicago in exchange for a second round pick. He has agreed to a three year, $10.2 million deal with the Bulls.

Solid pickup for the Bulls if he does go; it provides Derrick Rose with an instant backup who could augment Chicago's strength at point guard while providing Rose some much needed rest during the regular season. Plus he had a knack for making big shots off the bench.

As for the Warriors, this goes down as the first real move from Lacob and Gruber, although they haven't technically become owners yet. Steinmetz provides perspective

But with a first-year salary that could have started at close to $4 million, it’s likely the Warriors’ brain trust deemed that too steep. That brain trust obviously now includes Lacob and Guber, who agreed to purchase the team from Chris Cohan last Thursday.

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Larry Ellison Rumored To Be New Golden State Warriors Owner

Nothing confirmed yet, but according to Matt Steinmetz, it's looking likelier that the Silicon Valley mogul is on his way to being the winning bidder for the Warriors.

An NBA source said Tuesday that he'd heard over the past week that Oracle software billionaire Larry Ellison, in tandem with the team's current minority ownership group, had emerged as the front-runner.

That same source also said that he understood that the group led by 24-Hour Fitness owner Mark Mastrov was second in the bidding.

Early Tuesday afternoon, a Bay Area-based source with knowledge of the bidding process, said that he'd be surprised if Ellison's group did not come out on top.
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Ekpe Udoh Out Four To Six Months...And That's Not All

Rusty Simmons of the SF Chronicle reports it's a torn ligament in his left wrist and will receive surgery on Wednesday:

A Warriors news release said the 6-foot-10 power forward from Baylor was injured in a supervised workout at the team's Oakland facility July 4. Udoh said it happened that day while attempting a dunk; point guard Stephen Curry said it happened while catching a routine pass from director of athletic development Mark Grabow; and shooting guard Reggie Williams noticed Udoh's wrist was hurting days earlier, while Udoh was bench pressing.

So where was the injury from? Well...

One Warriors decision-maker said he believes Udoh was hurt while working with a personal trainer in Atlanta during the week between the draft and when he returned to Oakland. "We're sure it happened earlier, and Ekpe certainly should have told us, but that doesn't change our minds about him," he said.

If the Warriors brass wants to show consistency in the matter of disciplining a player for lying to management because of an injury, they have one of two choices.

1) Suspend him for some period of time.
2) Trade Monta Ellis.

Why do I get the feeling they'll end up doing both?

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Anthony Morrow To New Jersey; Warriors Receive $2.6 Million Trade Exception

Morrow looks like he's gone via sign-and-trade. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports:

Nets and Warriors are finalizing sign-and-trade for Anthony Morrow that will return a $4 million trade exception to GState, sources tell Y!

Well, at least Warriors fans can rest assured they aren't leaving without something for Morrow!

Update from Steinmetz. (thanks Rated-R Superstar!)

MT2 is correct about base year. Warriors will get trade exception worth $2.6 million from Nets for Morrow

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Dorell Wright Signed By Warriors To Three Year Deal

Three years, 11 million to be precise, reports Rusty Simmons.

The 6-foot-9, 24-year-old was the 19th overall pick out of high school in the 2004 draft. He averaged 7.1 points and 3.7 rebounds for Miami last season and is considered a plus defender. "We're looking at several 3-men, and we feel like we're close to a deal," Riley said. A Warriors source said Wright "is the direction we're going to go."

I'm not certain if this is the small forward most Warriors fans were thinking of when Riley made the promise of getting a 3-man, but take what you can get at this point I guess. How much this influences the Anthony Morrow situation remains yet to be seen, but clearly Wright is a complimentary piece and probably won't be in a starting role next season.

And if he IS starting...well...yikes.

Steinmetz also reports the following figures:

I'm hearing numbers on Dorell Wright are 3 years, $11.4 million: $3.5 ... $3.8 ... $4.1

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Anthony Morrow Agrees to Nets' Offer Sheet; Will the Warriors Match?

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports tweets:

Anthony Morrow has agreed to a 3-year offer sheet worth approximately $12 million with New Jersey, a league source tells Y!

It's another decent move by New Jersey, who are slowly starting to rebuild from their horrid 2010 campaign. The question is will Golden State let their fifth player from last season go?

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Ekpe Udoh To Miss Summer League After Wrist Injury

The Warriors announced today that 2010 first round pick Ekpe Udoh injured his left wrist at the Warriors practice facility and will be unavailable for the team’s Las Vegas Summer League team.

Earlier today, Damon Bruce was discussing Warriors ownership and how badly the team needed to be sold, with the injury being one more sign of the problems with ownership. Obviously they didn’t injure him themselves, but it’s definitely some bad ju-ju over in the East Bay.

There’s no word yet on whether Udoh will need surgery. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

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C.J. Watson Targeted By The Magic

Orlando's quest for backup points for Jameer Nelson continues unimpeded. The latest target by Otis Smith is Golden State's secondary 1, according to John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com.

Upgrading the depth behind standout point guard Jameer Nelson is a major point of emphasis. Golden State restricted free agent C.J. Watson is a target of the Smith’s as is veteran Steve Blake. Smith admitted that the team was active just after midnight Thursday, the start of the free-agent courting period, expressing "interest to the guys that we really like.’’

After the jump, get Ben Q. Rock's take on Watson from Orlando Pinstriped Post, the Magic SB Nation blog.

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Warriors Interested In Marvin Williams

Versatile play making small forward you say? Rusty Simmons has Williams on the way out of Atlanta. (HT SB Nation Atlanta)

Atlanta is shopping small forward Marvin Williams, who regressed a little after a promising 2008-09 season. The Warriors have already contacted the Hawks and might call Houston, if swingmen Trevor Ariza and Shane Battier are really on the trade block.

This makes sense, since the Joe Johnson max contract pretty much floods the cap for Atlanta and requires unloading some of the weight--Williams was the logical choice here.

Whether Golden State would want to take on that contract is another thing though. And who would Golden State have to give up to make this happen?

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Morrow and Watson Receive Qualifying Offers

The news is now official:

The Golden State Warriors have extended qualifying offers to guards Anthony Morrow and C.J. Watson, the team announced today, making both players restricted free agents. Per team policy, financial terms were not disclosed.

Read more: Warriors Extend Qualifying Offers to Morrow, Watson
Tune to SportsNet Central at 6, 10:30 and midnight on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area for more on this story

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