They’ve lost Chris Webber, Mitch Richmond, Latrell Sprewell and Gilbert Arenas. In return, they’ve gotten Tom Gugliotta, Billy Owens, a much older John Starks, and absolutely nothing back for Agent Zero. That’s not encouraging. If Baron does indeed break the heart of the “We Believe” faithful in ORACLE and sign with the Clips, what’s going to happen to the Warriors?
One Golden State blogger said that without Boom, they “are quite possibly fielding the worst team in the League.”
Warriors beat writer Tim Kawakami undertook the challenge of improving Golden State’s roster beyond a nucleus of Monta Ellis, Stephen Jackson, Brandan Wright, Anthony Randolph and Andris Biedrins. (Kawakami included Randolph in the projected starting five, not us. He’s not ready to start in this League.) HERE‘s what he came up with.
* Bait the Knicks into sending Jamal Crawford and Zach Randolph to Golden State in exchange for Al Harrington, whose contract expires in the now-apocalyptic 2010 – when LeBron/DWade become free agents – and a protect No. 1.
* Get Kirk Hinrich from the Bulls on the cheap now that Derrick Rose‘s statue is nearing construction in Chicago.
* Trick Chris Wallace into sending Javaris Crittenton to Golden State. They might have to also take on Marko Jaric, but on the bright side, that brings Adriana Lima around too.
* Tell the Celtics to shove off and go as hard as possible after Corey Maggette. They could make this move and still have enough money to go after a point guard within five months to a year.
If you’re Chris Mullin, what’s you’re move?