This has been the Golden State Warriors' mantra for some time says the Bay Area Sports Guy (BASG).
The Warriors like to get a player, boost their value (internally and to the local media) to the point where they become "untouchable" (meaning they will not be traded under any circumstances unless the other team's offering a top-5 player in return). Then when the player inevitably disappoints -- because while the Warriors have had plenty of talented players, they haven't had a true superstar since Rick Barry -- the Warriors wait unl that player's value dips to the lowest before moving the player for pennies on the dollar.
Always hilarious, BASG gives us five clever ideas of what the Warriors should do this off-season while in limbo, but one of them is a little suspicious...
4. Don't trade Andris Biedrins or Brandan Wright. I've been firmly in the "get rid of Biedrins" camp for the last two years, but now it's too late. Unless Biedrins was filmed taking part in a Grey Goose-fueled orgy with Andrei Kirilenko and Mikhail Prokhorov, there's no way his value could be lower than it is now (actually, his value might become higher if that happened, at least in Eastern Europe). The worst thing that could happen here is if the Warriors don't sell until later than they planned, Don Nelson harasses Biedrins in the media for the first two months of the season and Riley decided to trade him fro another retread combo guard and another awkward center. Wright has been forgotten by 99.8% of those who watch NBA basketball. Time to see if he can do anything for Golden State, because even if he can't, his value doesn't diminish.
While BASG is against selling low, hearing Warriors color-commentator Bob Fitzgerald on a broadcast this past season saying that Andris Biedrins will work on his jump shot this summer to debut in 2011 makes me wonder how the Warriors and their big men are interpreting the "big men develop slower" idea. Any slower and I think we'll begin seeing more of this, again:
Both Biedrins and Wright have had problems staying healthy battling against the bigger, stronger players of the NBA. Isn't this reason enough to let them go when they haven't show much dependability in the last two years? Sigh, where is Marc Jackson, the Warriors most agile and beefiest big man in the last decade, when you need him.