NBA Training Camp Watch: Pacific Division

NBA Training Camp Watch: Pacific Division
Oct 11, 2006, 02:29 am
A look at the training camp rosters of all five Pacific Division teams, with an eye on open spots on each roster, and the potential favorites we might see emerge.

Golden State Warriors

Guaranteed Contracts:

Andris Biedrins
Zarko Cabarkapa
Baron Davis
Ike Diogu
Mike Dunleavy
Monta Ellis
Adonal Foyle
Keith McLeod
Troy Murphy
Patrick O'Bryant
Andre Owens
Mickael Pietrus
Jason Richardson
Chris Taft
Dajuan Wagner


Matt Barnes
Anthony Roberson
Dijon Thompson

Analysis: The Golden State Warriors had 16 guaranteed contracts on their books until they decided to waive Devin Brown right before his contract became fully guaranteed, saving them 2.1 million dollars in the process. Matt Barnes, Anthony Roberson and Dijon Thompson came into camp without any guarantees, and will need to play well enough to have Keith Mcleod, Andre Owens or Dajuan Wagner cut and their guaranteed salaries absorbed. Contrary to reports, Andre Owens’ three year contract is fully guaranteed for this season, but has no guaranteed compensation for either next year or the year after.

Los Angeles Clippers

Guaranteed Contracts:

Elton Brand
Sam Cassell
Paul Davis
Daniel Ewing
Chris Kaman
Yaroslav Korolev
Shaun Livingston
Corey Maggette
Cuttino Mobley
Zeljko Rebraca
Quinton Ross
James Singleton
Tim Thomas
Aaron Williams


Ryan Humphrey
Dawan Robinson
Jawad Williams

Analysis: The Clippers have 14 guaranteed contracts and have already said that they will almost certainly start the season with an open spot in case someone gets injured. That’s really not a surprise considering the way Ryan Humphrey, Dawan Robinson and Jawad Williams looked on the various stops on the road we saw them at over the past 6 months.

Los Angeles Lakers

Guaranteed Contracts:
Kwame Brown
Kobe Bryant
Andrew Bynum
Brian Cook
Maurice Evans
Jordan Farmar
Aaron McKie
Chris Mihm
Lamar Odom
Vladimir Radmanovic
Sasha Vujacic
Luke Walton
Shammond Williams

Partially Guaranteed:

Ronny Turiaf ($50,000)


Marcus Douthit
Devin Green
Mamadou N'diaye
Smush Parker- becomes fully guaranteed Oct 31st.
Danilo Pinnock
Von Wafer- becomes fully guaranteed Oct 31st.

The Lakers have only 13 fully guaranteed contracts, but also have 2 partially or non-guaranteed players in Smush Parker and Ronny Turiaf who are basically assured a roster spot based on what they already showed last season. That essentially means that bringing in five extra bodies to camp was nothing but a formality, although things are rarely ever that simple in the NBA. The one X-factor here is Aaron Mckie, whose bad back and general unproductive play last season makes him a serious candidate to be bought out or waived. That would open up one spot, which would seemingly go to either Devin Green or Danilo Pinnock based off what we’ve heard lately and saw in summer league. Mamadou N’Diaye is also a possibility since Chris Mihm will reportedly not be healthy enough to open up the season.

Phoenix Suns

Guaranteed Contracts:

Marcus Banks
Leandro Barbosa
Raja Bell
Pat Burke
Boris Diaw
James Jones
Jumaine Jones
Shawn Marion
Sean Marks
Steve Nash
Eric Piatkowski
Amare Stoudemire
Kurt Thomas


Davin White

Analysis: The Suns have only 13 guaranteed contracts, but decided against bringing anyone to training camp that actually stands a chance at making the team, only inviting an anonymous player in Davin White who played in Mexico last season. The Suns wanted to take another look at Jeff Varem, but visa problems prevented him from flying with the team to Europe and most likely derailed his chances of making the team.

Sacramento Kings

Guaranteed Contracts:

Shareef Abdur-Rahim
Ron Artest
Mike Bibby
Quincy Douby
Francisco Garcia
Jason Hart
Kevin Martin
Brad Miller
Vitaly Potapenko- 3,674,584
Ronnie Price
John Salmons
Maurice Taylor
Kenny Thomas
Corliss Williamson

Partially Guaranteed:

Louis Amundson ($75,000)
Pooh Jeter ($7,500)
Justin Williams ($10,000)
Loren Woods ($300,000)

Analysis: Sacramento is another very interesting spot, as they not only have an open roster spot, but also brought in more than one player worthy of filling it. In addition to that, they have two ending contracts who look very much expendable judging by the way they played last season, unless they are kept to be use as trade bait/salary cap filler later on in the season. Guaranteeing Loren Woods $300,000 up front makes him one of the safest bets to make it as long as he puts the effort in and shows some heart. After that Louis Amundson and his $75,000 looked pretty good considering the rave reviews he got from ownership and management--that is, up until the Kings decided to sign Maurice Taylor. He could very well force Sacramento’s hand into waiving either Vitaly Potapenko ($3,674,584) or Jason Hart ($1,680,000), but those could be valuable “assets” to have in a few months for a team looking to cut costs by dumping deadweight at the deadline. Justin Williams and Pooh Jeter are two players who looked like they might have had a chance based on their summer league showings, but now seem to be caught in a numbers game and will probably have to take the minor league or international route into making the NBA on their second go-around.

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