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Reports: Jermaine O’Neal, Toney Douglas to sign with Golden State

Jul 9, 2013, 3:09 PM EDT

Jermaine O'Neal AP

Golden State looks formidable: Stephen Curry at the point, Klay Thompson at the two, Andre Iguodala and David Lee are your forwards. Andrew Bogut is the starting center and his health (and defense) could be the lynchpin for how far this Warriors team can go.

However, they need depth — and they may have found some of it in the forms of Jermaine O’Neal and Toney Douglas. Both veterans are headed to Golden State, according to reports.

Bogut will be the main guy asked to protect the rim, grab boards and get a few buckets from the post. However, Bogut has had an injury prone career so he needs depth behind him. Festus Ezeli is on the roster but he is already injured. So they signed Marreese Speights.

And now they have added Jermaine O’Neal to the mix, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. This is a nice, solid pickup, especially for one season at $2 million. O’Neal averaged 8.3 points in just under 19 minutes a game for Phoenix last season. This season he likely will be asked to do less in terms of minutes, but he will be a good presence in the locker room as well.

Douglas, 27, just reached a deal according to ESPNNewYork.com’s Jared Zwerling. Douglas bounced between Houston and Sacramento last season; he’s an aggressive score-first guard who can space the floor with a three point shot (38 percent last season). He has nights where he can just light it up, but he’s not as helpful on the defensive end (he has defensive skills but he’s not consistent).

Terms of the Douglas deal were not known, but it’s at or near the veteran minimum. And at that price he is a nice pickup.

Basically, solid moves that gives Golden State some depth, but these are not game changers.

  1. Sports King of this world - Jul 9, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    I like what Mark Jackson and crew have done with Golden State. Except for the crazy contracts.

  2. thekingdave - Jul 9, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Toney

  3. ji8888 - Jul 9, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    That leaves Golden st most injury prone team in the league. Curry, O’neal, Bogut, and Lee.

  4. rodericksilva - Jul 9, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Good moves. Fans should be happy.

  5. bayrich - Jul 9, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Wild Wild West and we are stackin!

  6. loubearkane - Jul 9, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Good moves , need to grab a player like Byron Mullens . Someone who can play a lot of minutes in case Bogut goes down.

    • loubearkane - Jul 9, 2013 at 3:38 PM

      Forgot the Speights signing!!!!!!!!

    • turdfurgerson68 - Jul 9, 2013 at 3:56 PM

      Signing Mullens to back up Boget makes much more sense than signing Toney Douglas.

  7. BigBeachBall - Jul 9, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Musical chairs.

  8. adoombray - Jul 9, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    O’Neal’s MPG stat is a little misleading. He didn’t play much at outset but he was the starting center by the end of the year. He outplayed Marcin Gortat and was the only guy besides our beloved Junkyard Dog, Jared Dudley, who still gave a crap at the end of the year. That is an excellent signing for that team.

  9. metalhead65 - Jul 9, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    why are teams still paying o’neal millions of dollars to be injured or to suck when he is not? they guy has done nothing but sign million dollar contracts since fleecing the pacers out of a huge contract and doing nothing but get injured since.

    • bougin89 - Jul 9, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      I think the Birdman would have been a good fit with the Warriors but it sounds like Birdman is committed to stick with the Heat. For the price, I think O’neal is a good pickup. Not a game changer, but a serviceable backup big man.

  10. llfreedman - Jul 9, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    ha you forgot to mention arguably their most valuable piece going forward- HARRISON BARNES- do we already forget how great he was against the Spurs???????????????????

    • llfreedman - Jul 9, 2013 at 4:50 PM

      oh YEAH, and Draymont Green??????????

  11. dopekidz83 - Jul 9, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    If this team can stay healthy, I think they could make a push for the 3rd or 4th seed in the playoffs. That is a HUGE if though.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 9, 2013 at 5:30 PM

      To each their own sir. The Warriors are headed in the right direction, but 3rd or 4th this coming season won’t happen.

      1) Thunder
      2) Clippers
      3) Spurs (they’ve had great regular season records for years now, even league best a few times recently, but they won’t go as far in the playoffs next yr. I don’t see them in the conf finals even).

      4th and 5th will be a battle between Memphis and Houston, tough for me to pick.

      6) Warriors
      7) Nuggets 8) Timberwolves (if Kevin Love and Rubio are healthy all year).

  12. anhdazman - Jul 9, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    When Ezeli had knee surgery I was very concerned about GSW backup Center position behind Bogut. Yes, most likely Bogut comes back 100% healthy without any other major issues, but Bogut is about a 32 minutes per night guy.

    Signing Speights, a veteran who has experience as a starter is a perfect fit behind Bogut. He can also slide over to play PF behind Lee. A major improvement over Biedrins.

    Now adding another veteran piece in O’Neal is icing on the cake. We won’t need a lot of him, but he’s good for 10-15 minutes a night ever so often. He’s the extra big man to use on “Hack a Dwight” when we meet up with Houston. Plenty of bodies to throw at DH12.

    Toney Douglas is also a nice piece to the puzzle. Similar aggressive scoring style like Jack. He’s a good backup to Curry. He’ll get 10-15 minutes a night.

    Now it’s Coach Jackson’s turn to get all of the new guys aboard with the game plan.

    Can’t wait until the season starts!

  13. doclolly - Jul 9, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Breaking news The Rockets Trade Jeremy Lin to the Warriors, just so Lin can Top Douglas on yet another depth cart.

  14. buttpioneer - Jul 9, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    “”He has nights where he can just light it up, but he’s not as helpful on the defensive end.””
    ————

    I thought Toney Douglas was known for his defense. He can score, but is not a great facilitator. He is also undersized at 6’2″. I know this because I watched him play at FSU. Great kid that worked hard on his game.
    Nice Kurt.

    • Kurt Helin - Jul 9, 2013 at 8:24 PM

      He has defensive energy but he’s not consistent.

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