The Warriors have more than $17 million in expiring contracts and if they make a move it would likely be for a small forward.
Andre Iguodala has been on the radar of the Warriors for a while, according to team sources.
“If Dorell Wright is coming off the bench,” one team source said, “we’re a really good team. That would solve two problems. It would give us the upgrade in talent, and it would bolster our bench significantly.”
Iguodala is signed through the 13-14 season.
Kevin Durant was whistled for a rare technical foul for jawing with Chris Bosh in the first quarter of Oklahoma City’s loss to Miami on Sunday.
After the game, Durant continued to talk about Bosh.
“There’s a lot of fake tough guys in this league and he’s one of them,” Durant said when asked about the altercation.
Durant was upset because Bosh got involved in his conversation with a teammate. Bosh says Durant was telling James Harden that next time, he should dunk on Bosh. Bosh had fouled Harden on the previous play to prevent a fast-break layup.
Jim O’Brien has been fired as head coach of the Pacers, according to multiple sources that spoke with Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star.
The Pacers had a somewhat promising start to the current season, even beating the Heat on November 22nd. The team had an 11-10 record on December 11th after beating Charlotte, but had won just six of 23 games since.
Wells reports that assistant coach Frank Vogel will act as head coach for the remainder of the season.
Dwyane Wade has been wearing goggles to help alleviate migraines, but the pair he has worn in practice have been banned by the NBA for game use.
The NBA office checked Wade’s goggles on Thursday and they determined that he would receive a competitive advantage by wearing them. The tint of the goggles were too dark where opponents would be unable to see his eyes.
Wade wore a pair of goggle in Miami’s loss to the Knicks on Thursday that were similar to those worn by Amare Stoudemire.
The Portland Trail Blazers lost another player to a knee injury.
Nicolas Batum left the game in the second quarter and did not return. He will undergo an MRI on his left knee today to determine the extent of the damage.
“It’s amazing, it really is,” Portland coach Nate McMillan said.
“To see this team go through things like this … another guy with a knee. Hopefully nothing comes of the MRI.”
The NBA announced the Western and Eastern Conference starters for the 2011 All-Star Game on Thursday, which will take place in Los Angeles on February 20th.
• Chris Paul, Hornets
• Kobe Bryant, Lakers
• Kevin Durant, Thunder
• Carmelo Anthony, Nuggets
• Yao Ming, Rockets
• Derrick Rose, Bulls
• Dwyane Wade, Heat
• LeBron James, Heat
• Amar’e Stoudemire, Knicks
• Dwight Howard, Magic
With the Nuggets visiting the Pistons on Wednesday, Chauncey Billups injected his opinion about his former teammate.
“I feel bad for him,” Billups said. “He’s going through a tough time. What’s going on is shocking. It’s pretty disrespectful for them, honestly. He’s kind of Pistons royalty. He helped win a championship, had some great years and now he’s not playing.”
“Whatever is going on, it’s crazy.”