Immediately after the Baron Davis trade, Don Nelson publicly came out with a ringing endorsement of Monta Ellis as the next point guard in Oakland. Warriors’ GM Chris Mullin backed Nellie’s assertion, but his actions might say a whole lot more about how he really feels starting Monta as the primary point.
Chris Mullin may not believe his own rhetoric about Ellis. The buzz in Detroit is that the Warriors and Pistons have been talking about a deal involving point guard Chauncey Billups. The Pistons want Andris Biedrins, the Warriors are offering up Al Harrington. Harrington by all means. But Biedrins? No way.
While it should come as no surprise that the Warriors would happily solicit Mr. Big Shot’s services, are you surprised that Andris Biedrins stock is high enough to be dealt for a former Final MVP one-for-one? Granted, the biggest difference here is age: Biedrins turned 22 in April and Billups turns 32 in September. It feels like Detroit should get something more than just Biedrins, even if he’s close to a 10-10 guy who leads the League in field goal percentage. No casual fan is going to buy a ticket to the Palace at Auburn Hills to see some Latvian dude who spends too much time gelling his hair.
On the flip side – from the Warriors’ lens, does the addition of Ronny Turiaf make Biedrins more expendable to get one of the top five point guards in the League?
Source: Detroit Free Press