Anthony Tolliver stays, Speedy Claxton disappears — and so have the Warriors’ chances of picking up an asset
By Geoff Lepper
Word comes from this morning’s shootaround (via Jaymee Sire’s Tweet) that the Warriors are keeping forward Anthony Tolliver and making room by cutting loose guard Speedy Claxton.
The move is both expected to some extent — someone prediced correctly almost a week ago that the W’s would keep Tolliver — and yet also surprising, in that Claxton represented one of the Warriors’ largest expiring contracts at $5.2 million.
Honestly, I thought it would be either Chris Hunter or Devean George who got the kiss off to allow the Warriors to retain Tolliver, who had already served out two 10-day contracts and had to be given a deal for the remainder of the year or let go.
Golden State acquired Claxton in this offseason for two reasons: 1) to get out from under Jamal Crawford’s contract, which still owed him $9.4M this season and $10.1M in 2010-11 and 2) to have Claxton’s expiring deal as a bargaining chip leading up to the mid-season trade deadline. There was never any serious thought at 1011 Broadway that Claxton, who has played only two games since 2007, would be healthy enough to play for the Warriors.
If you combine Claxton’s contract with the $5.3M value of Raja Bell, the Warriors could have made a run at pretty much any asset being offered up in a fire sale by a sub-.500 team.
I don’t mean just Amare Stoudemire, who is himself considered an expiring deal (in actuality, he has a player option for ‘10-’11 at $17.7M, but few people expect him to use it). What about Tayshaun Prince ($10.3M this season, $11.1M next season) in last-place Detroit? Caron Butler ($9.8M and $10.6) in Washington?
Dumping Claxton makes it clear that the Warriors won’t be spending these last couple of weeks before the trade deadline going after another front-line rotation player to add to their current triumverate of players making $8.9M or more: Monta Ellis ($11M), Andris Biedrins ($9M) and Corey Maggette ($8.9M). Instead, any move the Warriors do make will almost certainly involve one or more of those guys going out in the same trade.
It could be that the Warriors have reached the conclusion that they’re better off standing pat, expecting that the continued development of Ellis, Biedrins and Stephen Curry, combined with some longer-lasting health for power forwards Anthony Randolph and Brandan Wright, will improve on the 22-60 record for which Golden State is on pace.
It could be that the Warriors have reached the conclusion that they’re not going to take on any additional salary obligations in order to appear more alluring to Larry Ellison.
One thing is certain as Claxton’s second tenure in Oakland ends: The Warriors are not going to be buyers at this year’s swap meet. Only sellers. Same as it ever was.
5 Responses to “Anthony Tolliver stays, Speedy Claxton disappears — and so have the Warriors’ chances of picking up an asset”
These jackasses never cease to astound with their endless stupidities.
slamdunk February 6th, 2010 at 7:10 pm
Why even hang onto expiring contracts for injured players like Raja Bell, George, Claxton if you make no move to try and get better? They are too banged up to even play, so it is just dead weight on the roster and the payroll. The sooner that Ellison, or someone buys the Warriors the better for the league and what fans are left of the team.
Today’s word of the the day is façade.
“A façade is an outward appearance which is deliberately false and gives you a wrong impression about someone or something.”
Now let’s see if anyone can use façade in a sentence.
FeatherRiverDan February 7th, 2010 at 10:15 am
the warriors don’t care about its fans why should the fans care about whatever the warriors do…..I don’t anymore…..its a fire sale..other teams should be calling, its all going cheap…..too bad there are so many DUMB clucks in the bay area still showing up at games proving to Cohan there’s still more money he can squeeze out them!!!
I won’t be back til there’s a new owner and hope it doesn’t take too long as I’m a old man and can’t wait too long but if the DUMMIES keep putting their asses in those seats i don’t have a shot in hell!!!!!!
Why even hang onto expiring contracts for injured players like Raja Bell, George, Claxton if you make no move to try and get better
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