6 Free Agents The Warriors Should Consider Signing

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Dec 6, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors shooting guard Kent Bazemore (20) brings the ball up the court during the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. The Rockets defeated the Warriors 105-83. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Kent Bazemore

Yes, the “Bazed God” should return to Golden State. Bazemore was a fan favourite with his towel waving antics, and while he may be remembered for his on-bench antics and not his on-court play, he has shown glimpses of his quality during his tenure as a Laker.

Bazemore was mis-utilized in his second season in the league, with Mark Jackson looking to him as a point guard off the bench. He struggled in that role, unable to create clean shots for himself and for others. He only played six minutes a game, with many of those minutes coming in garbage time. He had a career low shooting percentage (37.1%) and had more turnovers (0.6) than assists (0.5) per game. And with those disappointing numbers, he was shipped to the Lakers as part of a complicated trade deal for Steve Blake.

Under the bright lights of LA, Bazemore thrived. He more than quadrupled his playing time, and had five times more shots per game (10.7 to 2.2). He shot much better and didn’t have to focus on being a primary ball handler. While the team did end up losing most of the games he played, he played well and showed that he still has the quality to play in the NBA.

Bazemore plays better as a secondary ballhandler. When he doesn’t have to worry about sharing equal opportunities for his teammates, he can focus on driving and cutting to the basket, where he finishes at 64.8%. D’Antoni’s offensive system encourages three-point shooting, and Bazemore was happy to comply, with 44% of his shots coming from behind the arc. While he does have more room for improvement there (he shot 37.1%), these are all promising signs.

With Livingston as the point guard leader of the bench, Bazemore can focus on making shots and spacing the floor. Livingston is not a three-point shooter (attempting only 6 shots last season) and can be a spacing issue at times; therefore it is important that he is paired up with a shooter at the other guard spot – Bazemore was ranked 33rd in the league in points per play for spot-up shots (with 49% shooting on 33 3 point field goal attempts). Bazemore would be an intriguing fit, and the existing Warriors’ roster would be more than happy to welcome him back.

With salary, they might be able to offer him the veteran’s minimum and sell him on the idea of coming back home.

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  • Matt Packer

    Well thought out article. Another FA I’d like them to consider is Jordan Hill. Averaged a career high 9 and 7 last year and would provide some much needed front-court depth

    • Greg Chin

      Jordan Hill made the shortlist I had, along with Anthony Morrow, Ed Davis, Alan Anderson.

      I considered including him in the list, but chances are that he is most likely returning to the Lakers. Would also be priced out of our range, unfortunately.

  • Angelo Mendoza

    I was pretty sure the Warriors were hard capped for this season, meaning they do not have any other salary exceptions to utilize. This of course includes their biannual (used on Jermaine O’Neal), limiting them strictly to minimum contracts. Correct me on Twitter @iAMgoldenstate if I’m wrong. Good list though

    • Greg Chin

      Ho Angelo, you are correct. The Warriors cannot use the biannual in consecutive years, nor can they use it once they use their midlevel exception.

      My apologies for the incorrect information.

  • Lol

    I don’t think we need a big we have ezili back this season, he used to be our starter before the injury and bogut

    • Carla Jacobs

      good god, he’s already hurt and he’s only days out of rehab.

  • Rob L

    To the writer of this article Greg Chin, WTH dude… All of your suggestions sucks hardcore except for Pau Gasol which is very obvious.. Bazemore? Give me a freaken break.. You basically show you have no knowledge about the warriors and rest of NBA players.. Horrible time wasting article..

    • Greg Chin

      Thank you for your very constructive response Rob L. The Warriors are capped and can only sign players with the VETERAN MINIMUM, which means they are very limited to the players they can sign. As stated in the article, I tried to stay true to who the Warriors could REALISTICALLY sign. They’ve used the full mid-level exception on Shaun Livingston and cannot sign free agents outright.

      In a perfect world, I’d like for them to sign Lebron James to replace Iggy, Chris Bosh to replace David Lee, hell maybe even have Carmelo as a 6th man. But cap space doesn’t work like that.

      If you’re still convinced that you’re right, please show me examples of who the Warriors could realistically sign with the veteran minimum. If you’re able to, I’d be more than happy to eat crow.