by: Janny Hu, Chronicle Staff Writer
Thursday, June 23, 2005
With less than a week to go before Tuesday's NBA Draft, the Warriors are winding down their workout schedule by taking a final look -- and in some cases, a second look -- at candidates for their ninth overall pick.
Syracuse senior Hakim Warrick will work out for Golden State again on Sunday, according to Warrick's agent, Bill Duffy. Also scheduled to be in town that day is New Mexico forward Danny Granger, setting up a possible sequel to the pair's private workout in Chicago during the NBA's pre-draft camp.
Several scouts in attendance said the workout was one of the week's most competitive and Duffy described it as a "battle royal" between equally ranked players with different skills.
The session was unconventional: It pit two lottery picks, represented by different agents, in one-on-one drills, but both agents were pleased with the results.
"The teams have seen these guys play," said Mark Bartelstein, who represents Granger. "You want people to see what your heart is all about, the fire you have inside you, how you deal with adversity. (Teams) are investing in who they are."
Both Warrick and Granger are making return visits to Golden State, but only Warrick's qualifies as a true second look. Granger called off his initial session after a few warm-up drills because of an injured toe.
At the time, Warriors trainer Tom Abdenour examined Granger's foot and recommended having it checked by a doctor. Granger ultimately was treated for an infection Bartelstein said has completely healed.
The 6-foot-9, 215-pound Warrick, known for his athleticism and reach, and the 6-8, 225-pound Granger, who has a more traditional low-post game, have been associated with the Warriors in various mock drafts. Also mentioned among potential big men is Arizona's Channing Frye, who has not worked out for Golden State.
Brandon Bass of Louisiana State, another Duffy client, is also scheduled to come in for a Sunday workout. The agent said Raymond Felton of North Carolina has not worked out for Golden State and doesn't plan to.
Vegas visit: When labor talks broke down between the league and its players union last month, San Francisco agent Warren LeGarie called himself a "knight of faith" in hopes that his Las Vegas Summer League wouldn't be wiped out.
"Now, they've given us all our sharp objects back," said LeGarie, the summer league's executive director, after terms for a collective-bargaining agreement were announced Tuesday.
Thus the Warriors will be part of a 16-team field that features the entire Pacific Division except for the Lakers. Golden State plays a five-game schedule beginning July 8 against Portland, Cleveland, Washington, Boston and Phoenix.
The Warriors are expected to have their draft picks, along with second- year center Andris Biedrins, on the summer-league squad, which is filled out by free agents. Assistants Mario Elie and Russell Turner will split the coaching duties.
Too little, too late: The new labor deal includes a cap exception known as the Gilbert Arenas Rule. Teams over the salary cap can now match offers for their second-round draft picks using their mid-level exception. That means interested teams are now restricted to offering the mid-level salary for the first year of any deal before jumping to maximum levels.
In 2003, the capped-out Warriors were unable to match Washington's six- year, $60 million offer to Arenas, who had completed a two-year rookie contract.
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