Monday, December 5, 2011

Warriors Depth Chart/Free Agent Needs

We're about to hit the NBA's mini-offseason/preseason on December 9th when teams can begin to sign free agents, but don't expect the Warriors to be too active in free agency.

Their has been talks throughout the Bay Area media since the lockout ended that the Warriors could potentially be a sleeper for one of the free agent centers on the market. Although this free agent class pales in comparison to those in the past, the one spot where it is deep is with quality centers. That also happens to be the spot where the Warriors have the biggest question mark. Andris Biedrins has been a major disappointment since signing his big contract extension a few years back, and is in danger of possibly becoming a roster causality do to the new amnesty clause. Basically, the W's could axe Andres without having his salary count towards their salary cap, though they'd still be on the hook for the remainder of his contract. It's going to be a tough decision for Larry Riley and Mark Jackson to make, but if they indeed have a shot at landing a Nene or Marc Gasol and getting a skilled post player in here then it's something that has to be done. Biedrins has become a liability on the floor at times, and unless Mark Jackson can bring something out in him that hasn't been there since early '08, then there really is no place on the roster for him. There's a really good piece on the whole Biedrins/Amnesty possibilities up at the Merc's Fast Break, where they also mention Tyson Chandler as a possibility for Golden State. Chandler is supposedly in the Bay Area right now and will be meeting with the Warriors on the first day of free agency, but I'd prefer someone with more offensive upside like Nene or Gasol. Marc Gasol is a little tricky because he's a restricted Free Agent, but after the postseason he had last year (Avg: 16 points, 11 boards, 2.5 assists, 2.5 blocks) and the fact he's just entering his prime makes him very intriguing.

As they sit now, the Warriors don't really have the financial space to add a premiere free agent, so unless they decide to use the Amnesty on Biedrins, they won't really have any wiggle room. Here is their current depth chart as we get ready to hit free agency:

Guards: Stephen Curry, Monta Ellis, Klay Thompson, Charlie Bell, Jeremy Lin, Charles Jenkins
Forwards: David Lee, Dorrell Wright, Louis Amundson, Reggie Williams
Centers: Andris Biedrins, Epke Udoh, Jeremy Tyler

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