(12-14) 21:17 PST -- Less than two months into his first season with the Warriors, Corey Maggette's immediate and long-term prospects already are up for debate.
Golden State's prized free-agent addition has missed the last four games and eight overall with lingering hamstring issues, and no one is sure when he'll be back.
He hadn't been meshing well with coach Don Nelson's up-tempo style. Maggette has taken heat for the Warriors' ball-stoppage issues, which dominated their recent nine-game losing streak and prompted Nelson to call for team-wide passing and ball movement.
Maggette, who signed a five-year, $50 million contract last summer, is among those eligible to be traded beginning today, and league sources say that the Warriors have had feelers out for some time now on Maggette.
It figures to take a Herculean effort to move Maggette with most teams looking for salary-cap space in the summer of 2010 and Maggette signed through the 2012-13 season.
Which is why Maggette, long a part of the rumor mill from his days with the Clippers, says he's concentrating on getting healthy - and buying into Nelson's ball-moving philosophy.
"You know what, I don't care how many points I score. I want to win," said Maggette, who is averaging 19.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. "If I've got to sacrifice not driving, or not shooting too much, that's fine with me. That's the type of player I am.
"I just want to win, and I think this franchise and this team is a team that can win and win each year."
So far, the Warriors are 3-13 with Maggette and 4-4 without him. Maggette is at his best in isolation situations and getting to the foul line, where he's averaging nine attempts per game.
Nelson's plea for less one-on-one play and more passing, therefore, is expected to take time and patience when it comes to his 6-foot-6 forward.
"It'll be quite a test for him because he's going to have to move the ball more, try to do a lot of the other little things as opposed to trying to do the big things," Nelson said.
"That's going to be interesting to see how it works," Stephen Jackson added. "I think Corey's been around long enough to know how to make adjustments. It's something definitely new to him, but he'll be all right.
"Corey, he just has to understand that the way we had success last year is by playing a fast-paced team type of game. And it's totally different than the way he played with the Clippers."
In signing Maggette to such a hefty deal last summer, Golden State hoped he could help fill the scoring void left by Baron Davis while serving as an example of body maintenance and hard work for the Warriors' younger players.
And yet, Maggette has spent more time in the training room than seemingly anywhere else. He has missed eight games and counting after coming into the season missing an average of 16.5 games, or roughly one-fifth of every season, in his career.
Now, in addition to staying fit, Maggette is searching for his fit.
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