The Warriors mounted an impressive smear campaign against Al Harrington and Jamal Crawford, who were far less of a financial burden than the 4 years and $75 million remaining on 31-year-old Stephen Jackson and 30-year-old Corey Maggette. Robert Rowell was reached for comment and said "It's way less than that." The Chris Mullin smear campaign, on the other hand, failed miserably and now he's chillin and being as stand-up as ever while Don Nelson and Robert Rowell prepare to turn on each other next.
Oh well, 2 out of 3 ain't bad.
All told, the Harrington - Crawford - Claxton/Law shuffle will put $5 million or more into Cohan's pocket with absolutely no on-court talent upgrade and no chance of any further acquisitions. Claxton's contract is largely covered by insurance and the team laundered $1.4 million in fan donations to Cohan's tax shelter between the Harrington and Crawford dumps.
Remember the Jason Richardson salary dump? We're completing the circle with the tell-tale Brandan Wright smear campaign and Marco Belinelli still not replacing JR, despite the STAR 2007 SUMMER LEAGE perfomance, and we're heading into his third season. The $10 million TPE savings on Richardson went unused. Same will happen with the Claxton deal and ANY expiring deals we have, which still won't get us under the salary cap. Let's dump Ellis and Biedrins now! Gotta pay Randolph and Morrow! They recycle this bullshit every other year.
Monta Ellis was fined $3 million for riding a motorcycle or a scooter or protecting his brother or jumping a crack dealer or WHATEVER he did last summer while Stephen Jackson "was with Monta all summer." That money was supposed to go back to ticket-buying customers.
Anyway, I count $8 million there, straight into Cohan's pocket, no team improvement whatsoever to show for it. In fact, we made it worse. Ellis hates Rowell and Nelson, Law and Claxton are standing between fans and any glimmer of hope the team will pick up anything of use for the regular season (all roster spots accounted for as of now, barring some waiver or buy out... holding our breath). And the team is now/still based upon personal agendas, player attacks (Maggette next?), and general penny-pinching non-basketball BS.
They're calling ticket holders, desperately trying to talk them into handing over another $8 million for them to steal.
Oh yeah, and Stephen Curry sucks thus far.
Didn't even make NBA.com's first rookie top 10.
We took him at 7.