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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 10:19 am
Mullin not ready to strike any deals Golden State has until Feb. 23 to make a trade and until Tuesday to utilize its $5.2 million trade exceptionBy Marcus Thompson IICONTRA COSTA TIMESOAKLAND - Chris Mullin set a rather unreasonable precedent last February, his first trade season as Warriors executive vice president of basketball operations.
His acquisition of point guard Baron Davis a year ago might have fans expecting a magical move this season. If Mullin is to provide another jolt via trade for the struggling Warriors, he's got 10 days to do so. The trade deadline is Feb. 23. He needs to work even quicker if he is to use the $5.2 million trade exception the Warriors got from New Jersey for Cliff Robinson. The exception expires at the close of business Tuesday.
There is, however, a strong possibility the Warriors could stand pat this time around -- which would be fine with Mullin, who said he still has confidence the current roster can get it done.
"You always want more. You always want to do better," said Mullin, whose team entered Sunday two games behind the Los Angeles Lakers for the eighth seed in the Western Conference. "But this is where we are. We got ourselves here. I think these guys can answer the bell.
"The things that have haunted us, if we corrected them now, we'd probably be in a lot better place. But we're in pretty good position. We've got 32 games (to get it done). We're right there."
Being nearly $8 million over the salary cap and threatening the luxury tax next season limits the Warriors' options with the exception. Best-case scenario, they get a quality player in the final year of his deal, giving the Warriors flexibility at the end of the season, or with one or two years left after this season. Worst-case scenario, they use the exception on a player with a long-term deal, especially one who doesn't have the desired impact.
One way the Warriors could use the exception is in a larger deal.
For example, the Warriors were offering forward Troy Murphy, guard Derek Fisher, swingman Calbert Cheaney and forward Zarko Cabarkapa to Boston in exchange for Paul Pierce (which does fit under the collective bargaining agreement). The Warriors could sweeten the proposal by using their exception to acquire Celtics point guard Dan Dickau in a second transaction, cutting the $6 million he'll earn over the next two seasons off Boston's payroll.
Mullin said he doesn't feel pressed to cash in the exception by the deadline. If the exception expires, it wouldn't be like the Warriors got nothing out of the Robinson deal, considering they used the second-round pick they received to draft guard Monta Ellis.
"That's a tool that we could use," Mullin said of the exception. "But if we don't ..."
Anyway, the chances of him pulling off a trade-deadline coup are slimmer this year. Because so many teams are still in the hunt, there aren't too many teams looking to start rebuilding by dumping their star player's salary.
Even more, some of the Warriors attractive commodities are either difficult to trade or too intriguing to lose. Murphy, guard Jason Richardson -- because they're in the first year of their new contract -- and forward Mike Dunleavy -- because he just signed a new contract -- are tougher to move because of CBA restrictions. The Warriors have gotten calls about rookies Ellis and forward Ike Diogu, but it probably would take a jaw-dropping offer to get them from Mullin.
So the Warriors' most-feasible bait until this offseason is Cabarkapa, Cheaney, swingman Mickael Pietrus and post Andris Biedrins. They may not be in demand enough to land the type of player that would provoke Mullin to pull the trigger.
"We're at a point where if something's impactful (we'd make a move)," Mullin said. "On the other hand, we feel good about these guys. They're growing. They are getting better."
Note: Down to eight healthy players, the Warriors got a much-needed day off Sunday. Davis (sprained right ankle) is out for tonight's game against Memphis. Murphy (sprained left ankle) and Cabarkapa (back spasms) are doubtful. As of Sunday, according to a team official, there were no immediate plans to sign a player to a 10-day contract.
EXCEPTIONAL OPTIONS
Here are some ideal players -- potential difference makers without long-term deals -- the Warriors could get using their $5.2 million trade exception. Some of these players no doubt would require some serious selling, maybe even a first-round pick, to pry them from their teams.
Pos. Name, Team '05-06 salary Remaining years
G/F Gerald Wallace, Bobcats $5M Two years, $11.57M
F Andres Nocioni, Bulls $3.70M One year, $3.95M
F Drew Gooden, Cavaliers $4.06M free agent
F/C Darko Milicic, Pistons $4.13M One year, $5.22M
F Chris Wilcox, Clippers $2.81M free agent
F Reggie Evans, Sonics $1.10M free agent
F Morris Peterson, Raptors $4.55M One year, $4.55M
F Matt Harpring, Jazz $5.02M free agent
F Jared Jeffries, Wizards $2.43M free agent
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 11:23 am
GSWSACRAMENTO wrote:EXCEPTIONAL OPTIONS
Here are some ideal players -- potential difference makers without long-term deals -- the Warriors could get using their $5.2 million trade exception. Some of these players no doubt would require some serious selling, maybe even a first-round pick, to pry them from their teams.
Pos. Name, Team '05-06 salary Remaining years

F Jared Jeffries, Wizards $2.43M free agent


The author was smart enough to put this at the end of the article. If not, I would have stop reading right there...
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 2:15 pm
Mullin's got a good attitude about this. I'm glad he's not rushing to throw away talent just to cash in 5 million dollars that we could possibly use. He's doing the right thing: it's just a tool that we have the option of using. Cliff Robinson was a good player, but he wasn't long term support. We used the Net's draft pick from his trade to get Monta Ellis. If you ask me, we've already gotten equal (if not better) value for Robinson. This trade exception is just a bonus, should we chose to use it. No use using it on something that wouldn't further the team. Like Mully said, if it would make an impact, then he'll pull the trigger.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 4:59 pm
Either Mullin really likes the guys that are here right now or he is lying and has a deal nearly done
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 9:44 pm
I'd guess he really likes his guys. He's extremely high on Dunleavy Murphy, Baron, JRich, Ike, Pietrus, Monta, ect...
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2006 3:36 am
migya wrote:Either Mullin really likes the guys that are here right now or he is lying and has a deal nearly done


I think it's more the third option. He wants to trade, but hasn't found a trade he likes.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2006 3:54 am
TMC wrote:I think it's more the third option. He wants to trade, but hasn't found a trade he likes.


Your probably right. I truly do like the team the way it is and believe that the players just need to focus better and the good results will come.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2006 9:44 am
migya wrote:I truly do like the team the way it is and believe that the players just need to focus better and the good results will come.

I do, too.
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