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Report: Golden State thinking small forward and Jason Kidd

Jun 6, 2012, 1:28 PM EDT

Mavericks guard Kidd watches from the bench against the Spurs  during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas Reuters

One half of the report out of the San Francisco Chronicle makes a lot of sense — Golden State needs an upgrade at the three spot and they have a lot of assets heading into the draft to make a move.

But the second half of this makes no sense to me.

The San Francisco Chronicle took stock of where the Warriors are headed into the NBA Draft Combine that starts Wednesday in Chicago.

The Warriors ideally would like to deal the No. 7 pick, one of their selections in the 30s and Dorell Wright for an upgrade at small forward. Then, they could use the remaining pick (No. 30 or 35) on a big man, like St. Bonaventure’s Andrew Nicholson, and have the mid-level exception to offer an experienced free-agent point guard.

The Warriors think Andre Miller might have played his way over mid-level money with a strong playoff showing, but they believe they have a good chance at landing Jason Kidd. If Deron Williams signs with Dallas, the Warriors can tempt Kidd with the mid-level exception and offer the Bay Area native a front-office job after he retires. They’d also consider Kirk Hinrich and Raymond Felton, though those players might hesitate at being regarded as backups.

Does the No. 7 pick, the No. 35 pick and Wright get you in the conversation for someone like Rudy Gay? Probably not. But it can get them in some solid small forward conversations. It’s a good idea to fill a weakness. (Their starters are set at the other spots if healthy: Stephen Curry at the point, Klay Thompson at the two, David Lee at the four and Andrew Bogut at the five.)

But Jason Kidd?

Kidd has said he wants to get paid and he wants to chase another ring (two things that would not go together). You’re going to give him, at his skills decline with age, the mid-level exception for a couple years to come off the bench? Why get older and slower? Why not develop a young point guard to fill that role? Someone like Jeremy Lin… oh, that’s right. Sorry. But you get the idea — look forward not backward.

My guess is the Warriors plan doesn’t really go anything like this.

  1. sellahh - Jun 6, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Because the Warriors are a serious contender and need players like JKidd to put them over the top. Did I mention their serious belief in Steph Curry?
    Who is their GM again? Serious question. Cause I sure can do a better job managing myself.

    • sellahh - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:47 PM

      mad warriors fans, aplenty
      or just plain dumb people, w/e

  2. rickeye9 - Jun 6, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    warriors are all talk no moves, except for Ellis for bogut, which should be a good trade. but I’d be surprised if im happy at the start of next season

    • sellahh - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:47 PM

      mad warriors fans, aplenty
      or just plain dumb people
      w/e

  3. aboogy123456 - Jun 6, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    they should go for perry jones with the 7th pick. He could potentially be the best player in the whole draft.

  4. jcnbachan - Jun 6, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    jason kidd might actually be a good pickup based on the projected lineup they put out there next year with bogut,lee, and curry as their core. they could be a playoff team. warriors need to resign brandon rush and upgrade their bench.

  5. bparmalee - Jun 6, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    The Warriors should cut their loses with Curry if they can get someone to take a chance on his ankles (The Bobcats are pretty dumb call them). Seems like they are trying to push the reset button… so there has to be a few more moves coming.

    • mannyfresh209 - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:27 PM

      the bobcats and all that talent huh

  6. sauvy2324 - Jun 7, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    The warriors need something at every position…Thompson is the only player you “may” want to hold onto. Everyone else is expendable…curry…lee…yes. Might as well make a trade because they blow the draft pick every year (and don’t give me curry was a good pick, he’s hurt and fantasy owners know what I’m talking about).

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