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Baron Davis is a Clipper: Good News/Bad News

Baron Davis leaving for the Clippers means good news and bad news for the Warriors, if what Marc Stein reported is indeed accurate news, which for the purposes of this column we’ll assume it is.

Good News
The Warriors now have roughly $17 million to play with even if they re-sign Monta Ellis and Andris Biedrins, and now they don’t have to worry about how to break up with Baron next year.

Bad News
The Clippers look pretty sure to re-sign Elton Brand too (he’s supposedly friends with Baron; isn’t that cute?), giving the Clip-joint two players who are better than anybody on the current Warriors roster (Ellis and Biedrins included). Therefore, by NBA math the Clippers are now better than the Warriors. So are the Lakers, Spurs, Suns, Hornets, Rockets, Jazz, Nuggets and Blazers.

Good News
The Warriors can now go after Gilbert Arenas, who if healthy would give the Warriors a better player than Davis or Brand (if Agent Zero is healthy).

Bad News
Arenas would be a moron to leave Washington for less money and one less year to play next to Monta, which would give Golden State a guard combo that would lead opposing shooting guards to average roughly 37 points a game next year against the Warriors.

Good News
Chris Mullin doesn’t have to worry about working out a sign and trade with Davis, which would not only include finding a team that Adam Sandler’s new best friend would be amenable to joining, but also finding a squad that wanted Davis badly enough to give up something that would make it worth Golden State’s while.

Bad News
Golden State’s roster currently boasts one true point guard (C.J. Watson) and after Arenas the list of available point guards consists of a lot of players that make starting Ellis at the point look more and more attractive … unless Chris Duhon, White Chocolate, Carlos Arroyo, Sam Cassell, Damon Stoudamire, Keyon Dooling, Juan Dixon, Tyronn Lue, Sebastian Telfair or Shaun Livingston’s knee get your motor running.

Good News
The Warriors are one of the few teams with cap room now, and can become one of the most athletic teams in the history of the game. All they have to do is offer a ton of money to my all-time favorite guy to draft one round too early in fantasy basketball: Josh Smith. He’s a restricted free agent, but in terms of demeanor he’s closer to Ron Artest than Tim Duncan so Atlanta might not match an offer if the Warriors get into a bidding war with the Sixers and/or Grizzlies. Smith is one of the rare swingmen who can give the Warriors a badly needed shot-blocker without weighing down Nellie’s offense with the annoyance of an actual center. Imagine this lineup, a group that could probably surround the outside of Oracle Arena if they stood hand-to-hand with their arms outstretched:

PG: Ellis
SG: Stephen Jackson
SF: Smith
PF: Al Harrington
C: Biedrins
Rest of the rotation: Brandan Wright, Richard Hendrix, Watson and Marco Belinelli (and Anthony Randolph during garbage time … remember, the first rounder woke up this morning as an 18-year-old, 50 years younger than Nellie)

Bad News
That team might shatter the all-time record in turnovers by an NBA team by the All-Star break.

Good News
This offseason won’t be boring for Warrior fans.

Bad News
There’s a great chance the Warriors overpay for Duhon and Corey Maggette, who after signing will immediately tear his right pectoral muscle in half playing Madden NFL 09.

Good News
Baron is back in the L.A. scene, where he’s always wanted to be since starring at UCLA.

Bad News
Based on the extra-curricular entertainment ventures of most professional athletes, getting excited about Boom-Dizzle being closer to his production company is like being thrilled about something like “now that Master P isn’t rapping anymore, he has more time to make movies.”

Good News
Unless Davis somehow gets more durable with age, the Clippers are going to look foolish paying him elite money at the end of his five-year contract, when Golden State’s young core should be coming into their own.

Bad News
The Warriors won’t be as good as they were last year, when they were the ninth best team in the Western Conference. Even though Baron lately has seemed more worried about becoming an US Weekly hero than being on the cover of Sports Illustrated, he brought more excitement in the last two years to the Bay Area than any athlete since Barry Bonds, and his departure leaves the current local professional sports scene bleaker than ever. The Warriors won’t be the same next year, and for an area starved for a winner the wait continues.

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