Posted July 05, 2013

Report: Warriors try to clear cap space for Dwight Howard pursuit

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Dwight Howard to the Warriors? They're trying to clear cap space. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Dwight Howard to the Warriors? They’re trying to clear cap space. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Golden State Warriors are attempting to trade players in order to clear the cap space needed to pursue free-agent center Dwight Howard, ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst and Marc Stein reported Thursday.

According to the report, the Warriors “made an impression” on Howard during their meeting with the coveted free agent earlier this week. They are now viewed as one of three teams — along with the Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets — that have a legitimate chance at signing Howard away from the Los Angeles Lakers.

But to clear enough cap space to sign Howard outright, they have been exploring trades involving three expiring contracts — center Andrew Bogut ($14 million), forward Richard Jefferson ($11 million), and forward Andres Biedrins ($9 million). But the Warriors have been reluctant to add other assets to the deal.

From the report:

According to sources, they have tried to unload all three players this week to teams with cap room. Yet, Golden State likely would have to be willing to add assets to any potential deals to get teams interested. Sources say the Warriors have been willing to attach a future first-round pick to move one of their bad contracts since last February’s trade deadline, but potential partners tend to ask for prized youngsters such as Harrison Barnes or Klay Thompson — two of the more attractive young players in the league — when the subject of absorbing one of the Warriors’ big contracts is broached.

Ultimately, the Warriors could be hampered by the fact that the Lakers have said they are unwilling to complete a sign-and-trade for Howard in letting him walk. They have said they would rather let him leave for nothing.

While the Warriors are said to have impressed Howard during their meeting earlier this week, the Lakers’ pitches haven’t gotten off to a great start. Kobe Bryant’s presentation to Howard on Tuesday was a reported “complete turnoff” for Howard.


8 comments
James Bond
James Bond

Why do they want this cry baby so much? 

Steve F
Steve F

I originally thought no no no until I saw that Bogut will be an unrestricted free agent after next year. With two elite bombers on the outside, Howard would be free to wreak havoc inside. I'd keep Thompson over Barnes because Klay can defend.

6marK6
6marK6

The Rockets and Warriors are two up and coming teams that are trying to destroy what they have going so they can add a loser. Boggles the mind. Howard should sign with the Mavs, a team spiraling down.

Steve Moore
Steve Moore

Who's surprised that Bean talking was a 'turnoff'? Not a good strategy to have the worst teammate ever try to talk some one into staying.

MikelArtist
MikelArtist

warriors are great team now... no need to add howard...houston comets and L.A sparks still need of centers...

Azeron
Azeron like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

@MikelArtist Sparx have Candace Parker so I don't know that they NEED a center.  Besides SHE has to play in Russia just to clear a million dollars.  The WNBA is actually a losing product subsidized by the NBA.  But...you were just trying to make a funny, huh?  Well it wasn't very...funny that is.  Seriously, if Jerry West thinks Howard would be a worthwhile acquisition for the Warriors, who are YOU to disagree.  Oh, that's right.  Nobody.

randyb_223
randyb_223 like.author.displayName 1 Like

No, please no. The team was doing so well already

Azeron
Azeron

Good ol' Jerry West.  If Howard were to leave LaLa land for Oakland...  My. my, my...won't the Lakers fans be crying in their beer.