We may get another glimpse into the inner workings of the Warriors’ front office later this week.
That’s when Monta Ellis’ 30-game suspension expires (four preseason and 26 regular-season games), and the Warriors very well may have a roster decision to make.
Only, of course, if they don’t make a move before then.
Ellis will come off the suspended list for Friday’s game against Atlanta, and even though he’ll head straight to the inactive list, the Warriors will have to waive someone to make room.
And by the sounds of things, Don Nelson’s guy, Rob Kurz, has the inside track over Chris Mullin’s guy, Marcus Williams.
“He hasn’t come out of nowhere,” Nelson said about Kurz. “He’s actually been my best rookie from training camp on, and I think I’ve mentioned more NBA ready than any of my other young guys.
“He hasn’t played very much, but we’re going to start playing him now. And he has deserved to play.”
Williams, on the other hand, hasn’t been a factor at any point this season and it sure doesn’t look like he’s ever going to be …not for the Warriors, anyway.
And not under Nelson.
“I still haven’t figured it out,” Williams said of his situation. “I think now it’s become so repetitious, I don’t pay attention to it anymore. Practice comes, I practice hard. If I dress, I dress; if I don’t, I don’t. It’s like the same results.”
Williams said he was unaware that the Warriors might even be looking at a roster move, and didn’t want to address the notion of getting waived “until I talk to my agent.”
It seems clear nothing is going to change, and on Monday Nelson went so far as to say the Warriors probably have too many point guards on the roster, as is.
He even quibbled when a reporter asked him why Williams has had difficulty getting on the floor this year. Williams has played in just six games this season - 40 total minutes.
“I think he’s played the last two games, so it’s not that he hasn’t been on the floor,” Nelson said. “C.J. (Watson) is just playing so well, so the third point guard has to wait for an injury.
“You would hope he could come in and fill the role. But two point guards are normally enough for any team.”
It was unclear if Nelson was talking about Watson and Jamal Crawford, or whether Nelson was even factoring in DeMarcus Nelson, who was at shoot-around Monday.
Nelson already has indicated DeMarcus Nelson will be called up for Wednesday’s game against Indiana in what would seem to be another writing-on-the-wall move for Williams.
If the Warriors were to keep Kurz and waive Williams, it would come at a price.
The Warriors would likely have to eat the approximately $800,000 Williams is owed for the remainder of this season, and then pay Kurz the pro-rated minimum for the rest of the season.
Then there is the non-financial matter of Mullin, the Warriors’ executive vice president of basketball operations, having given up a conditional draft pick for Williams less than six months ago.
By Matt Steinmetz
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