According to an ESPN.com report, the Warriors may be considering making an offer to 76ers restricted free agent Louis Williams.
The ESPN story quoted one “plugged-in” source as believing the Warriors “are planning to make a “big run’ at (Williams).”
Golden State is roughly $4.5 million under the salary cap after the Lakers declined to match the Warriors’ offer sheet to Ronny Turiaf, meaning it could offer Williams as much as $26 million over five years.
The Sixers would have seven days to match a signed offer sheet for Williams or Andre Iguodala, who is also a restricted free agent. Golden State is looking for another point/combo guard to help Monta Ellis share the load after Baron Davis signed with the LA Clippers.
In other Sixer News: The Sixers inked Marreese Speights, the 16th overall pick in June’s NBA draft on Friday.
Speights, a 6-foot-10 PF from Florida, will earn about $2.6 million in the first two years of the contract. The team holds an option for two additional years.
The Sixers trio of young bigs dominated the Lakers and the glass as the Sixers summer league squad cruised to an easy victory Tuesday night in Vegas.
Rookie PF Mareese Speights played as advertised bruising the Lakers inside and finished with 16 points and 9 boards. Second year guys Jason Smith and Thaddeus Young also added 16 each in the win. Local guy Pat Carroll started at the 2 guard for the Sixers. The former Hatboro-Horsham Hatter had 3 points on 1-3 shooting from the field in 15 minutes of action.
No. 1 STUNNA — “HE STEPS OVER LUE!”
You knew it when you saw number two. June 6, 2001 Staples Center, the city of stars Los Angeles, California. Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
The raucous STAPLES Center crowd began chanting “SWEEP, SWEEP,” even before Game 1 began, and the Lakers looked the part by scoring 16 straight points early on jumping out to an 18-5 lead. However, clearly relishing his first appearance in the NBA Finals, Iverson was incredible for the first 2 1/2 quarters, scoring 38 points as the 76ers took a 73-58 lead.
Then the Lakers inserted rarely-used Tyronn Lue who was a surprise player on the Laker playoff roster. Lue even imitated Iverson in practice for a week leading up to Game 1 in order for LA to practice defending the Answer. Guarded by the speedy Lue most of the rest of the way, Iverson scored only three points until his flurry in overtime. Iverson broke free and hit a pull up transition 3 pointer and then with 48.2 seconds remaining, a highlight for NBA Finals history was made.
Starring Lue down baseline in front of a standing Lakers bench Iverson broke down Lue off the dribble, pulled back, hit a 20 footer, and EMBARASSINGLY walked right over top a fallen Lue. A moment that no Philadelphia sports fan will ever forget. The bucket sealed a thrilling Game 1 overtime victory over the previously un-beatable LA Lakers. The most unforgettable moment from the unforgettable 2001 Finals season.
The number 1 moment in Allen Iverson’s Philadelphia 76ers career…..
With the Jason Kidd to Dallas Mavericks trade made official this morning, there is one laughable detail in the trade, and oh how sweet it would be to be one former Philadelphia 76er Keith Van Horn.
Van Horn was “talked” out of “retirement” to sign a pro-rated $4.3 million dollar contract to make the deal go through after Devean George utilized his early bird rights and block himself from being traded.
Van Horn of course has to make an “honest” effort to make a comeback, in order to collect his $4 million over the next 2 months.
Van Horn, who has not played in the league since the 2006 Dallas Mavericks finals loss, is GUARANTEED a pro-rated $4.3 million this year to go to the Nets to find out if he still has the skills, stamina, and desire to return. Of course, to them, Van Horn is an expiring contract and will be gone at the end of the season. But, just like Aaron McKie in the Pau Gasol to the Lakers trade, Keith Van Horn has to report, pass a physical and soon enough be released because his contract expires at the end of this season.
Just chew on that tomorrow morning while eating your breakfast cereal and getting ready to go to your 40 hour a week office job you where you hate your co-workers and earn $35,000 to do so. Ain’t that some $hit.