The Warriors have been talking with forward Carl Landry, but the New Orleans Hornets free agent seems waiting it out to see if his best offer has yet to come, knowing Golden State's offer will probably still be there. It wouldn't be a long shot if he took more money elsewhere.
Meanwhile, the expectation is that former Los Angeles Clipper Kenyon Martin, who the Warriors reportedly have interest in, will opt to sign with a contender.
So what about Andrei Kirilenko?
The Warriors, according to league sources, have him on their wish list. At 6-foot-9, 235 pounds, Kirilenko doesn't figure to have the bulk the Warriors want at power forward, but he'd fit well as a PF in a small lineup.
Kirilenko is a defensive specialist and the Warriors need guys like that on the roster. Kirilenko can also play small forward, which he did for years with Utah. If his game is on point, he could even compete for the starting SF spot. They've liked him in the past, but his price was way too high.
Now Kirilenko, who is preparing to play for Russia in the Olympics, is apparently considering a return to the NBA. At this late a stage in the game, his price figures to be pretty reasonable, perhaps even the veteran's minimum. The Warriors do have interest, but have to be considered a dark horse.
If Kirilenko does return to the NBA, the speculation is that the Nets would be the front runners. The former Utah Jazz star is friends with Nets owner Mikhail
By most accounts, Warriors general manager Bob Myers has had a successful offseason. He got three relative "steals" in the draft and landed what they needed in veteran PG Jarrett Jack in exchange for Dorell Wright.
But Myers hasn't been able to land a free agent that he wants, which was expected to be one of his strengths.
You can argue those some of these players saying no turned out to be breaks for the Warriors, but Golden State has been spurned by Andre Miller, Kirk Hinrich, Brandon Roy, J.J. Hickson and Antawn Jamison. All were reported to be on the Warriors' list but signed elsewhere. If Myers could pull off a Kirilenko (or Landry or Martin) it would be a good first step.