Speaking to the media yesterday, head coach Mark Jackson conveyed some displeasure with Andris Biedrins, noting that he had "everybody in here (at the team's facility), other than Andris Biedrins." While Jackson's disappointment in Biedrins figures to impact the big man's playing time, it's his contract that concerns the front office. According to Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld, the Warriors have tried to initiate talks about a buyout, and have repeatedly attempted to trade Biedrins, but have found little interest in either option.
That the Warriors have looked for ways to unload Biedrins' contract is no surprise. Coming off the worst season of his career (8.8 PER), Biedrins is owed $9MM this year, and another $9MM on a player option for 2013/14. His contract would have been a prime candidate to be amnestied, had the Warriors not already used the clause to waive Charlie Bell when they were making a run at DeAndre Jordan last December.
With essentially two years remaining on Biedrins' deal, I'd be surprised if the Warriors gain much traction in either buyout or trade talks this year, but it's something to keep an eye on as the trade deadline approaches. Golden State would likely have to pair Biedrins with an attractive asset like a young player or a future first-rounder to draw even a modicum of interest on the trade market.