Source: Warriors OK if Don’t Pull Off Deal
The Warriors might get to give it a go with the current unit. According to team sources, the club is embracing the likelihood that a trade — especially a major splash — won’t happen by Thursday’s deadline.
Golden State, as this newspaper reported, was gearing up to make a play for Milwaukee center Andrew Bogut. But that attempt comes with many hurdles. Not only might Bogut (fractured left ankle) be done for the year. But any deal for him might require bringing back Stephen Jackson, who left the Warriors on bad terms in 2009.
Sources dismissed reports Monday that Golden State is considering trading (Monta) Ellis in a three-team deal involving Orlando and New Orleans. Golden State still isn’t willing to part with Ellis for anything on Orlando other than Dwight Howard. And no one on the Hornets, not even former All-Star center Chris Kaman, makes the Warriors willing to part with Ellis, one source said.
Warriors management might look for a smaller deal to give the team an immediate boost. But one team source said Golden State is OK if it doesn’t pull off a trade by the deadline. That way, the Warriors can deal in the offseason, this time without the lockout hindrances from last offseason.