With Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, David Lee, and Andrew Bogut penciled into their 2012/13 starting lineup, the Warriors seem to be prioritizing a small forward to fill out their starting lineup this offseason. However, Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com argues that the Warriors have bigger needs to address. According to Steinmetz, Richard Jefferson and Dorell Wright are capable of handling the three spot, and Golden State should prioritize the acquisition of a point guard and a big body up front before pursuing a small forward.
Here are a few more Friday afternoon notes, including updates on a Celtics veteran, a former Blazer, and trade possibilities for the Sixers….
- Steve Aschburner of NBA.com looks ahead to what Kevin Garnett's future holds after this season. While Garnett is expected to continue his career in Boston or elsewhere, Aschburner talked to one source who thinks KG could "go out on his own terms" and retire this summer.
- There have been rumblings recently that Brandon Roy could be eyeing a return to the NBA for the 2012/13 season. For what it's worth, Roy's agent Greg Lawrence tells Jason Quick of the Oregonian that he and his clients "haven't really discussed" the possibility of a comeback, but that he expects that conversation to happen soon (Twitter links).
- Drafting Anthony Davis will be easy, but GM Dell Demps will face a challenge in building the Hornets around the soon-to-be No. 1 pick, writes John DeShazier of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
- Bob Cooney of the Philadelphia Daily News wonders whether the Sixers will trade Andre Iguodala this offseason, eventually putting the odds at 60/40 that the forward remains in Philadelphia.
- On the heels of yet another year of fans complaining about the draft lottery, Kevin Clark of the Wall Street Journal asks whether the NBA should even have a draft. Clark's idea of making every player a free agent rather than having a draft is probably too radical for the league to even consider, but the piece still makes for an interesting read.