We lowly fans are stoked that Don Nelson will return to the Warriors
. But the basketball community has another reason to take notice of Nelson's signing. Tim Kawakami
thinks this could mark a sea change for Chris Mullin
and the rest of the team's management. The next test? B-Diddy, who should be paying attention to what happened this week:
The Warriors' new, smart frugality, which Mickael Pietrus, Sarunas Jasikevicius and Matt Barnes could tell you all about, obviously extended to their dealings with Nelson, too.
If I'm Baron Davis, I realize that there is no $50M extension coming. Maybe a short, clean $25M deal, but a fat $50M is out the window.
That's smart by the Warriors, who have proven they can hang tough through grinding negotiations.
Of course, this new philosophy isn't going to enforce itself:
Baron could be the one who tests it. Monta Ellis could be the one. Or maybe it never happens, and the Warriors turn into the Spurs (in money wisdom if not titles).
Only a few seasons ago, Golden State was known mostly for its bone-headed contracts. Now, they're the most exciting team in the league. If they could somehow keep this magic intact while practicing tidy cap management, they'd be that much closer to becoming a legitimate quality franchise.