Saturday , Sep , 22 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Why Golden State Warriors Waived Sarunas Jasikevicius, & What Troy Hudson Offers

The Warriors are apparently playing musical chairs with their back-up point guard spot. Jasikevicius has left the club for Euroleague champion Panathinaikos, while the San Jose Mercury is reporting that Troy Hudson will sign a cheap one-year deal with the Warriors …

                                    Sarunas Jasikevicius is out. Troy Hudson is in.

The Warriors are apparently playing musical chairs with their back-up point guard spot.  Jasikevicius has left the club for Euroleague champion Panathinaikos, while the San Jose Mercury is reporting that Troy Hudson will sign a cheap one-year deal with the Warriors.

This is a minor move. Still, I like it. Jasikevicius, for whatever reason, couldn’t get rolling in the NBA. He sat in Indiana. And his minutes didn’t improve after getting dealt out west to the Warriors.

This is surprising when you consider his success in Europe and international competitions. A lot of his problems were wrong place, wrong time. But Jasikevicius did fall into the dreaded combo guard trap. He was too slow for point-guard and not big enough for off-guard.

I do think Indiana and Golden State could have found a better way to use his skills, especially in an off-the-bench, instant-offense role. The Lithuanian will go back to Europe and thrive because there is less emphasis on formal positions.

Troy Hudson is another Don Nelson reclamation project. And, no, we are not referring to his rap career.

Coach Nelson loves to give struggling players an opportunity. He had a knack for finding down-and-out ballers during his first tenure in Golden State and with Dallas. And last year, Matt Barnes went from the NBA waiver wire to playoff glory.

Hudson was a hi-tempo, scoring point guard. He was lightning quick, but would sometimes get out of control.I ‘m using the word was intentionally. Hudson has struggled with injuries for the last few seasons. Nobody knows where his game is at.

If healthy, he sounds perfect for the run-and-gun Warriors. Look for Nelson to get something from Hudson.

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