Nov 29, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers point guard Darren Collison (2) drives in against Sacramento Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas (22) during the first quarter at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors Eyeing Guards As Free Agency Begins

The feeding frenzy that is NBA Free Agency officially kicked off at midnight Eastern Standard Time, and boy has it not disappointed so far.

The Golden State Warriors will probably not make any huge free agent signings at the moment, considering that they’re still involved in trade rumors regarding Kevin Love. But they are looking at guards, trying to find a capable backup for Stephen Curry.

According to Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group, the Warriors are eyeing Darren Collison and Shaun Livingston, who both can be signed using their $5.3 million mid-level exception.

However, it’s not like it will be very easy for them to land either of them. The Clippers are putting re-signing Collison as their “No.1 priority,” while Livingston has already drawn interest from a flurry of teams, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.

The Warriors are among seven teams that have contacted Isaiah Thomas‘ camp, according to Andrew Kennedy of Basketball Insiders. Thomas would be the dream addition for the Warriors at guard, coming off a season where he averaged 20.3 points for the Kings. However, he may be too pricey. Aaron Bruski of NBCSports reports that talks from other teams with Thomas are starting at the $6-8 million per year range, which is more than the Warriors can spend.

Golden State can also trade for a backup guard using their $9.8 million trade exception that expires on July 10. Jeremy Lin. Thompson reported recently that they are interested in acquiring Jeremy Lin from the Rockets, and the trade exception would cover Lin’s contract such that it would not affect the Warriors’ salary cap space.

The Warriors need to acquire a backup guard because they will not bring back Jordan Crawford or Steve Blake, who are both free agents. Finding someone to effectively fill in for Curry last season was an issue for the Warriors. They need that role player who can come in and give Curry some much-needed rest, like Collison does with Chris Paul in Los Angeles.

The only non-guard who the Warriors have been linked to thus far is power forward Pau Gasol. The Warriors have already reached out to Gasol, per Ramona Shelbourne of ESPN. 

Tags: Darren Collison Golden State Warriors Isaiah Thomas Jeremy Lin NBA Free Agency Pau Gasol Shaun Livingston

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