Pacific Rumors: Warriors, Lakers, Clippers, Pierce

The Warriors have been closely linked to Kevin Love trade talk for several weeks, but Golden State GM Bob Myers doesn’t think his team needs a drastic upgrade, as he told Bob Fitzgerald Monday on KNBR radio. Diamond Leung of the Bay Area News Group has the transcription.

“What I think people often do and maybe sometimes make the mistake doing is pull the trigger quickly on your roster without giving it time to develop,” Myers said. “And we think we’ve got a lot of youth, and we do think we’ve got a higher ceiling than 51 [wins last season]. We like our roster. Obviously if you’re not good enough, you’ve got to make changes, but we think we’re good.”

Here’s more from the Pacific Division:

  • Perceived Lakers coaching front-runner Byron Scott has already interviewed for the job three times, but he’d likely need to go through another interview before he could be named coach, a source tells Dave McMenamin of GM Mitch Kupchak said in an appearance Monday on NBA TV that he believes the team will make a hire in the next couple of weeks, as McMenamin notes.
  • Clippers coach/executive Doc Rivers believes the franchise’s muddied ownership situation is taking its toll during free agency, as Sean Deveney of The Sporting News details. It has hurt us some this summer,” Rivers said. “You go in to talk to a free agent and most guys, teams will bring their owner. I go in, looking like this, by myself. I don’t know what effect that has had but that’s not been great for us.”
  • The Clippers fell short in their pursuit of a sign-and-trade for Paul Pierce, and while previous reports indicated that the Nets had no interest, Brooklyn would have been on board if a third team were involved to absorb players from the Clippers, tweets Chris Mannix of
  • Darren Collison indeed received slightly less than the $5.305MM mid-level exception from the Kings, and his salary will be $4,797,664 for the coming season, according to Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders.

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Rhymes with Cryin' Bud
1 year 4 months ago

I can understand why free agency would be tough for the Clips with the ownership situation. It’s funny though, you’d figure NOT having Donald Sterling and getting to talk directly to Doc would be a positive.

1 year 4 months ago

Funny that the Warriors GM is advocating for patience and reason when he just fired the coach who led them to their highest win total in 20 years.

victor gonzales
1 year 4 months ago

although the lack of interest in mark jackson makes you wonder about him .. you would assume teams would be dying to sign him up as head coach…

1 year 4 months ago

I liked Jackson. And I was pissed at first when the Warriors fired him. But after thinking about it, I soon realized it was probably something the Warriors needed to do.

A lot went on behind the scenes that we don’t know about. A lot of BS, stress, and ego. Communication was not very good between Jackson and upper management. Yes, Jackson was successful, but if a successful employee has no regard for upper management, they’ll be out on their butt.

Victor has a great point. Jackson is young, successful as both a player and coach, and the players seem to really… Read more »

1 year 4 months ago

Looks like Collison’s deal saves $507,336 from the MLE. That happens to be the rookie minimum, so even though they don’t have any rights to a second-round pick (except for one from 1995), I guess they’re hoping to sign a summer league or camp invite to one of those Hinkiesque 4-yr barely-guaranteed minimum contracts.

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