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« on: January 07, 2008, 04:38:42 am »

Warriors backup center DJ Mbenga will be waived before the remaining balance of his contract - roughly $460,000 - becomes guaranteed, the team said Sunday.

The move will open a roster spot that can be used in several ways: The Warriors can take part in an unbalanced trade, receiving one more player than they send out, without having to cut someone; they can call for reinforcements from the NBA Development League; or they can bring someone in on a 10-day contract to audition for a permanent place.

"It's a possibility, all those different scenarios," Warriors executive Chris Mullin said. "Everything, really, is just to leave open some options."

Mullin said the team was more interested in guards or big men rather than swingmen, so one name sure to come up is that of Oakland native Gary Payton. The 39-year-old point guard, who ranks third all-time among NBA players in steals and seventh in assists, is unsigned after spending the past two seasons with Miami.

But Mullin isn't certain the Warriors want to go down the path of veteran help again. The two experienced players the Warriors brought in this season - point guard Troy Hudson and forward Austin Croshere - have been hindered by injuries.

"We want to stay away from what happened with Troy," Mullin said, "You're looking at him to avoid injury and he gets injured. That becomes the decision: A young guy that has the energy and low risk of injury - does that make sense, or does it make sense to
get a guy who you know what he can do?"
That being said, Mullin acknowledged the need for another point guard behind Baron Davis, who is averaging 39.4 minutes per game, 13th in the league.

"We've got to get (Davis) some downtime," Mullin said. "Etching out seven (more) minutes (per game) of rest over the haul, I think it means a lot."

Mbenga averaged 1.2 points and 1.9 rebounds in 8.1 minutes during 16 appearances with the Warriors, and quickly moved past second-year center Patrick O'Bryant on the depth chart. But it wasn't enough.

"DJ was fine," Coach Don Nelson said. "I was very happy with he way he played, his progress was fine, his knee was sound. It's just one of those unfortunate issues."

Nelson said the backup job will fall back to O'Bryant, who has played just three minutes since a disastrous appearance against the Los Angeles Lakers in early December.

"He's been working hard, he's kept a good attitude," Nelson said of O'Bryant. "Even when Mbenga was ahead of him, he kept working hard. I still think he'll make it one day. Whether he's ready or not now, I don't know. He'll get an opportunity once in a while and we'll see how he does."

Additionally, rookie center Kosta Perovic is being recalled from the team's D-League affiliate, the Bakersfield Jam, although Mullin said that's more to get conditioning work than to serve as a replacement for Mbenga.

• Croshere made it through his first practice in three weeks and should be available tonight against San Antonio.

• Rookie forward Brandan Wright, who earned his first start Friday against New Orleans, did not practice because of the flu.

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« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2008, 05:48:40 pm »

They signed C.J. Watson, a combo guard who is more of a scorer than a distributor.

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« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2008, 09:34:02 pm »

Its possible that they will sign payton. They are talking ATM and Watson is only signed to a 10 day contract. but i do like what i saw in watson the other day.

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