Short of reporting James Dolan had been hospitalized after playing the Stratocaster in the shower, could Newsday’s Alan Hahn possibly have a more exciting tidbit to impart than the claim Warriors G Baron Davis is interested in the Knicks?
Davis, 29, has an opt-out clause for this summer that could make him a free agent, but the Warriors don’t believe he would walk away from the final year and $17.8 million, which is money the dynamic but oft-injured guard likely wouldn’t make on the open market. So Davis’ only other play is to see if another team would pursue a sign-and-trade for him.
According to the source, his representation, after a preliminary discussion with the Warriors, has put out feelers to gauge the interest of teams in need of an upgrade at point guard.
Davis’ agent, Todd Ramasar, has said Davis would prefer to remain a Warrior, but initial discussions with executive Chris Mullin have not developed into extension talks. With only seven players under contract at $47 million (counting Davis’ salary), Mullin doesn’t have much cap space to use for his higher priorities: getting restricted free agents Monta Ellis and Andris Biedrins signed to long-term deals.
Ellis, 22, also might look to explore other options when the July free-agency period begins. A league source told Newsday that the athletic combo guard, who has flourished in Don Nelson’s fast-break system, definitely has eyes for Mike D’Antoni’s up-tempo style.
The cap-restricted Knicks, however, could give Ellis only an offer sheet at the mid-level exception. The Warriors could match it but wouldn’t have much left to give Biedrins a raise above his $3.6-million qualifying offer and add seven more players. Or the Knicks could look to acquire Ellis in a sign-and-trade.