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Jarrett Jack, Carl Landry unlikely to be back with Warriors

Jarrett Jack WarriorsThough the Golden State Warriors added Andre Iguodala on Friday, they likely lost more than the players they traded to the Utah Jazz.

Marcus Thompson of Bay Area News Group reports that the Warriors had to renounce their rights to Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry because of the four-year, $48 million deal they agreed to with Iguodala.

Landry is a free agent after choosing not to pick up his $4 million player option with the Warriors. He is looking for a multi-year deal.

The Warriors were interested in bringing back Jack, who is an unrestricted free agent, but they are unlikely to be able to afford him. The Denver Nuggets and Dallas Mavericks reportedly have shown interest in Jack, who had a fantastic season for the Warriors last season, averaging 12.9 points and 5.6 assists while shooting 45.2 percent from the field.

Jack seemed to be disappointed about his fate:

The Warriors have a lineup that looks strong, but they will lose some depth without Jack and Landry.

UPDATE: On Saturday, Landry agreed to a four-year deal worth $26-27 with the Sacramento Kings. Less than an hour later, Jack agreed to a 4-year, $25 million deal with the Cavs.

Warriors to sign Andre Iguodala, trade Andris Biedrins, Richard Jefferson to Jazz

Andre IguodalaThe Golden State Warriors were busy on Friday making moves to shed some bad contracts that allowed them to agree to a deal with Andre Iguodala.

According to TNT’s David Aldridge, the Warriors agreed to trade Andris Biedrins and Richard Jefferson to the Utah Jazz. Another report from Marcus Thompson says Brandon Rush is part of the deal. Biedrins is owed $9 million this season, while Jefferson is scheduled to earn $11 million. The Warriors are also reportedly sending 2014 and 2017 first-round picks to Utah in the deal.

Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski says the Warriors have agreed to a four-year, $48 million deal with Andre Iguodala. Clearing out the contracts of Biedrins and Jefferson gave them the room to sign Iggy.

“It’s a great opportunity. I’m trying to win a championship,” Iguodala told Aldridge.

Iguodala also confirmed the move with a tweet:

Iguodala had a four-year, $52 million offer from the Sacramento Kings that the team took off the table earlier this week after he did not immediately commit to the deal. Wojnarowski also reports that the Denver Nuggets offered to match Sacramento’s offer to Iguodala, but he chose to sign with Golden State instead.

Adding Iguodala does not mean the Warriors should be discounted from the Dwight Howard sweepstakes. The Warriors still have attractive trade pieces like Andrew Bogut’s $14 million expiring contract, and youngsters Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson, whom they could offer to the Lakers in a potential sign-and-trade for Howard.

Warriors bench has great reaction to Harrison Barnes dunk (Video)

Warriors-benchThe Golden State Warriors were able to beat the Denver Nuggets on the road in a high-scoring affair on Tuesday night, and an outstanding performance from Harrison Barnes helped get them there. The former North Carolina star led the way with 24 points and six rebounds, but it was his reverse jam in the fourth quarter that really put the exclamation point on the evening.

As you can see, the Warriors bench loved it. This GIF that @cjzero passed along encapsulates their reaction to perfection:

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Golden State did what it had to do in tying the series 1-1 before heading game for Game 3. The Warriors have lost David Lee for the remainder of the playoffs, but they proved on Tuesday that they are still capable of lighting up the scoreboard. Barnes averaged only 9.2 points per game during the regular season, but the team will need more 24-point performances from him in the absence of Lee if they want to advance to the next round.

Andrew Bogut upset, tells Rockets ‘C U Next Tuesday’

Andrew BogutAndrew Bogut was upset with the Houston Rockets for running up the score Tuesday, so he responded by calling them out over Twitter after the game.

Bogut called the Rockets a dirty name while referencing the next meeting between the teams in his incredibly crafted tweet:

In case you couldn’t figure out the bad name Bogut called the Rockets, just look at the first letter of the first four terms he wrote.

Why was Bogut so steamed? The Rockets worked the Warriors 140-109 in Houston while making 23 3-pointers — one short of setting the NBA record. The home fans were chanting for the Rockets to get the record, but the Warriors wouldn’t allow it; they began fouling the Rockets to prevent them from attempting threes.

“We’re not going to lay down,” said Warriors coach Mark Jackson after the game. “So if you’re going to try to get the record, we’re going to stop you. There’s a way to get the record. That’s all.”

Rockets coach Kevin McHale shrugged off the game’s ending.

“We shoot a lot of threes,” said McHale. “That’s just what we do. Mark didn’t want it to happen so he fouls. I have no problem with how they played. Mark’s got to coach his team. I have no problem at all with that.”

Bogut had 10 points and nine rebounds in the loss — his fourth game back from an ankle injury. As he reference in his tweet, the teams will rematch in Oakland on Tuesday. We know who we’re picking to win that one.

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Blake Griffin bricks a three-pointer; Warriors bench clowns him (Video)

Warriors-clown-Blake-GriffinThe Los Angeles Clippers had a number of poorly-executed offensive sets during their 115-94 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night, but one of those sets was particularly embarrassing for Blake Griffin. With the Clippers trailing by 12 late in the third quarter, Griffin somehow wound up with the ball in his hands deep in the corner and just over 1 second on the shot clock. Uh oh.

As you can see, Griffin hit the side of the backboard on a three-point attempt. It was the 11th three-pointer he has attempted this season, only two of which he has knocked down. For his career, Griffin is 11-of-51 from beyond the arc. This amused the Warriors’ bench, who made the most of the rare opportunity to clown on Griffin for the horrible shot.

When your highlight reel consists of monster dunks like this and this, you’re typically the one doing most of the laughing. Having opponents point and laugh at him was probably unfamiliar for The Blake Show.

76-year-old Don Wiberg tries out for the Warriors D-League affiliate (Video)

The Golden State Warriors D-League affiliate team, the Santa Cruz Warriors, held an open tryout on Sunday that drew 68 people who are looking to fulfill their dreams of playing professional basketball this year. One of those people was 76-year-old Don Wiberg, who gladly posted the roughly $100 entry fee for a chance to try his luck against a group of 20-somethings.

“I can’t say that I can run, jump or shoot because I can’t,” Wiberg explained during the tryout. “But for a guy who can’t run, jump or shoot I’m a decent passer and I’ll get in there and mix it up. I’m 76 years old and this is the only thing left on my bucket list — to try out for the Santa Cruz Warriors.”

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Warriors’ general counsel David Kelly moonlights as hip-hop artist

When the Warriors hired David Kelly away from the Chicago law firm Katten Muchin Rosenman to be the team’s vice president and general counsel, they weren’t just getting somebody who’s an accomplished attorney; they were also getting somebody who’s an accomplished hip-hop artist.

Kelly, who goes by the name Cap D for his MC’ing, has been making music since the late 80’s. He’s released four records with his group All Natural. The group even got signed to a subsidiary of EMI in 1995, but the label folded before the band could release a record. Taking the solo route, Cap D has released four albums. His latest, entitled “PolyMath,” was named by the Chicago Tribune as the top independent album by a Chicago artist in 2010.

“With this record, I was trying to get at a lot of things,” he told the Wall Street Journal. “Trying to deal with a lot of issues that young, black men deal with like racism and addiction, in all its various forms. But a lot of the album is just playful and personal, too.”

According to Kelly’s bio, he’s also performed around the world. He told WSJ that he plans to release another album, but, ultimately, he considers his music a “glorified hobby.”

It’s a shame Stephen Jackson isn’t still with the Warriors. A Stak5 vs. Cap D rap battle has potential for being an absolutely amazing display.

Here’s one of Cap D’s songs from “PolyMath”:

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