Whether one agrees with the moves of the Brooklyn Nets or not, their activity so far in the 2012 offseason has to be commended. Indeed, they have taken several steps to have their team dominate NBA headlines as we impatiently await for the season to resume once gain November. And let’s be honest here, they have made some substantial moves that could put potentially help them land a top four record in the Eastern Conference next season.
Billy King, the Nets general manager, has been able to secure the commitment of both Deron Williams and Gerald Wallace to long-term contracts, has an agreement in place to obtain Joe Johnson via trade with the Atlanta Hawks and also managed to get a verbal agreement with Reggie Evans to get him to join the team.
And just in case those moves failed to impress you, it seems as though they are still in the running to acquire Dwight Howard from the Orlando Magic . Granted, although ESPN.com’s John Hollinger pointed out that the signing of Mirza Teletovic makes it rather difficult for Brooklyn to land the superstar center (insider) because of this little thing called the salary cap, Brooklyn is still in the news. The end result is that prospective fans can already start discussing the team and get amped up to see them play.
The Toronto Raptors tried a similar strategy if you will, by attempting to sign Steve Nash and also getting an agreement with Landry Fields to sign an offer sheet.
The Dallas Mavericks unsuccessfully tried to lure in the Nets’ stud point guard, and thus turned to Nash only to watch him join the purple and gold. Back to the drawing board the Mavs go.
The defending champions feel as though they need to add another shooter to their roster and are thus hoping to convince Ray Allen to join them and hit open long-range bombs in South Beach.
All of these moves are interesting on their own and have helped make the offseason exciting so far.
But don’t tell that to Warriors fans.
So far, save for Brandon Roy talks, the Dubs kingdom has been largely quiet and inactive in terms of pursuing players to help the team next season.
To be fair, they might be in the midst of orchestrating the trade of the decade, which could help explain the lack of activity of the front office; but that seems like somewhat of a reach.
There is no other way to say it: the Golden State Warriors are giving the impression that they are on the sidelines of NBA free agency, and that does not bode well.
One could point out the fact that the Dubs are over the cap and thus have no wiggle room available to go after players, but that’s just it; the Dubs should actively be looking to unload Andris Biedrins specifically so that they can be part of some bidding war — let’s be honest with ourselves, Biedrins’ contract is not bringing back a stud player — for a quality role player. Heck, the GSW might not be able to retain some of their own players.
Brandon Rush is a restricted free agent and he is bound to attract some attention given his ability to defend perimeter players and drill bombs from 3-point range. Dominic McGuire may not be a household name, but he was a steady player for the Dubs last season and should be relatively cheap to keep in the Bay; but once again, are the Warriors interested in bringing him back given their lack of activity as far as player movement goes?
And then we get to the biggest conundrum involving the team: does the Golden State front office bring back the players from last season that “helped” the team to a 23-43 record, or do they bring in new blood and tweak the roster a bit all the while accounting for the fact that team will face a few injuries during the course of the regular season?
The answer should be obvious, and yet the inactivity at the top leads one to wonder if Golden State actually has a plan. Harsh words perhaps, but Houston is putting on the full-court press to get Omer Asik while the Warriors are doing nothing.
The Phoenix Suns have reportedly traded away Steve Nash to the Los Angeles Lakers, flirted with Goran Dragic, obtained a verbal agreement to bring Michael Beasley to the desert and once again, the Dubs have done nothing.
Warriors fans have heard the rhetoric before about the team’s commitment to making the playoffs, but as the proverb goes, “actions speak louder than words”.
And the lack of action by the Warriors so far speaks volumes…
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