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Accordingly to this article, Vin Baker's agent claims the Knicks agreed to sign VB for the full mid-level exception, NOT the 1.6m veteran's exception, thereby making it impossible for it to be used for Dampier. I wonder what is going on here. If true, I think DW and LB need to find a way to step in here and get something done.
overpriced, aged, with 2 decdent seasons out of the what 8 he's been in the league?"
So you would be willing to keep Bender just for the potential, when if we resign he might have 0 decent seasons out of 6 years, but not Dampier who is pretty cheap considering the talent you're getting? Also, the main deal going around is Chroshere+Pollard for Dampier+Robinson.
Robinson is the best backup we could find for JO besides Harrington in my opinion.
The Warriors have 7 out of 12 players on their roster that could be gone after this season. Two will be FAs - Robinson $5.3M and Dale Davis $9M. The others are team options or RFAs.
The don't really have a backup SF. And their starting SF, Dunleavy, has played more guard than SF. Their depth chart shows Robinson as a backup SF, but I believe he is more of a PF/C.
Thier starting PF is Murphy, and he is backed up by a rookie, or at least so says the depth chart. Although either Robinson or Dale Davis could back up PF and/or C.
IMO, the Warriors need better stability in their roster. 7 players for a single year makes for pretty awkward negotiations following this season.... seems like the Pacers learned that a year ago, right?
Also, Robinson and Davis, although each is a FA after this season, are redundant players. So getting rid of one to the Warriors is no great loss.
The Warriors actually need players with mid-length contracts, anything from 2-4 years in length and Robinson can easily be parted with.... Hmmm?
Seems to me like a trade including Robinson, or even Davis (but he makes $4M more for the year than Cliffy) would be exactly what the Warriors would want to do.
So a trade of Dampier + Robinson for a true SF + a 2-year contract or so would seem to be just what the doctor ordered.
I don't think the rumors circulating are so far-fetched at all.
Probably just the Warriors waiting and hoping for a better offer, Dampier hedging for more money and the receiving team trying to give up as little as possible.
For my money, considering the Warrior needs, Bender + Pollard or Bender + Croshere works for Dampier + Robinson. Although I wouldn't like to see both Bender and Croshere off the roster. So, I continue to favor a Bender+Pollard+ even Jones (if necessary) trade.