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Why the Golden State Warriors Would Be Crazy to Turn Down Houston's Offer

CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 11: Andris Biedrins #15 of the Golden State Warriors hands the ball off to a teammate after a scramble on the floor against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on November 11, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Lance SmithCorrespondent IJune 30, 2011

I'm not sure what's less reasonable: Houston offering Brad Miller or Jordan Hill plus Hasheem Thabeet for Andris Biedrins, or Golden State for not jumping on it.

Luckily, I can see where both sides are coming from. Andris Biedrins has show potential for years to be a top-10 center, and today it's hard to name too many good centers, although what might be even more important is Larry Riley's ego, no joke.

We're in a day and age in which centers are hard to come by. The second- and third-team All-NBA centers were both really power forwards, and they both won by a landslide.

Now, Biedrins can be good, but if he continues to look like a bust in two years, the Warriors will have to deal with the fact that they could have traded his horrible contract for a 7'3" shot-blocker and a post scorer with high potential.

I'm not trying to say that the Warriors are getting a lot in return for Biedrins, but the fact that they could dump his contract in an offseason loaded with centers makes their half-rejection inexcusable.

First of all, there might not even be a season next year. If the Warriors can use that as time to get Biedrins back on track, then they might have something. But why isn't there likely going to be a season next year?

Because the league is creating a new contract bargaining agreement, which will have a very low hard cap. That just makes this opportunity to get Biedrins' contract out of here even more special. Assuming Monta Ellis doesn't get traded, think about what the Warriors would be working with if they trade for Thabeet and Hill.

They would have the highest scoring backcourt in the NBA, a highly-underrated small forward in Dorell Wright, David Lee (who not too long ago was an All-Star and likely will be one again) and an assortment of talent filling up the post. Did I mention cap room for a better bench on the perimeter and maybe then some to sign-and-trade for at least a relatively big free agent?

I mean, it's not perfect, probably, but that right there is a team. I know that Biedrins could develop into a notable inside presence, but even if he does, why not let him do it in Houston so Golden State can get a sure thing in Oakland?

He's not going to be a superstar, and cap room will only get more valuable. For the first time, the Warriors can make one simple move to make at least a playoff appearance eminent. As a Warriors fan, I'd be happy to build from there. Trade him now.  

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