When he cut Speedy Claxton's expiring, insurance-covered contract two weeks before the trade deadline, Larry Riley claimed he had everything he needed to make the trades he wanted to make. But now, reports are surfacing from Memphis papers and elsewhere that the Warriors initiated the Monta Ellis contract dump talks with the Memphis Grizzlies that would have landed OJ Mayo and Hasheem Thabust for Ellis. Memphis turned Riley's best offer down. So it would seem that Good Ol' Larry figured absofuckinglutely wrong when he Aw-Shucksed his way through that awful Claxton announcement a few weeks back. Actually, he was probably right. He knew he wasn't allowed to do anything.
Robert Rowell called Memphis up. Robert Rowell got shot down.
Now the Warriors will attempt useless damage control lying, dead wrong fan-baiting GQ Curry hype, and Raja Bell/Kelenna Azubuike courtside appearances (they've been absent for over a month- have they been fined?) to distract from....
The Monta Ellis situation.
Ellis has been linked to Memphis on and off for the last two and a half seasons and definitely wants to go. Ellis has already made the Warriors aware of his desire to be traded at their earliest convenience, like Stephen Jackson before him. The only questions are when will the Warriors make their characteristic no-value cash dump and will Ellis have to get fined for publicly stating his desires first?
Knowing the Warriors, yes. Yes he will.
Meanwhile, it's clear the Warriors found out the only teams dumping for expirings who would also talk to them were direct rivals. The Clippers and Kings both set up for major spending this offseason in what could be the greatest free agent class in league history. Tellingly, the idiotic PR plants the Warriors pay more than their international TALENT scouting division have come up with this genius spin bull shit:
The Knicks and co. are idiots for setting up to play the greatest free agent class in league history.
There's no guarantee of getting perfect Hall of Fame players by that plan so why try?!
I'm serious. This is actually what Robert Rowell thinks and actually what he wants you to believe.