Monday , Dec , 29 , 2008 Oly Sandor

We Don’t Believe: Why Baron Davis won’t return to Golden State

Not surprisingly, Nelson, who recently received a multi-year extension, Rowell, and ownership won. Mullin, who lost, is waiting for his contract to mercifully expire; D’Alessandro was fired. So ‘Nellie’ and ownership would have to eat a very public and large slice of humble pie to take back Davis. They would be admitting a mistake and crediting the outgoing Mullin. This isn’t possible with the team’s current climate …

We Don't Believe: Why Baron Davis won't return to Golden StateBreaking news mixed with analysis …

Their News: "The Warriors came to Hollywood a day before Sunday’s game, giving Stephen Jackson a chance Saturday to hang out with former teammate Baron Davis. And discuss the possibility of Davis rejoining the Warriors.

"That’s all we talked about," Jackson said. "I went to his house, spent some time with his mom and his grandmother. He wants to come back. And if he wants to come back, I want him back." Davis opted out of the final year of his Warriors contract in July and signed a five-year, $65 million contract with the Los Angeles Clippers, who are 8-21.
" (ESPN  True Hoop on Marcus Thompson  of the San Jose Mercury)

Our Quick Analysis: I’ll be the bearer of bad news: there is no chance Baron Davis returns to Golden State.

Last summer, the former ‘We Believe’ architect was allowed to depart via free agency because of the team’s internal politics. Coach Don Nelson and owner Chris Cohan’s boy Robert Rowell wanted Davis to leave, while executive Chris Mullin wanted him to stay. The point guard was just a pawn in a larger battle for control. Nelson, Rowell, and Cohan were in one corner. Mullin and friend Pete D’ Alessandro were in the other.

Not surprisingly, Nelson, who recently received a multi-year extension, Rowell, and Cohan won. Mullin, who lost, is waiting for his contract to mercifully expire; D’Alessandro was fired. So ‘Nellie’ and ownership would have to eat a very public and large slice of humble pie to take back Davis. They would be admitting a mistake and crediting the outgoing Mullin. This isn’t possible with the team’s current climate.

A Los Angeles-Golden State deal faces other hurdles. Like all trades, the contracts would have to match. Also, as San Jose Mercury writer Marcus Thompson points out, Corey Maggette would have to be included in a deal. Clipper coach Mike Dunleavy has clashed with Maggette in the past.

There is hope for the Warriors, though. ESPN columnist Ric Bucher believes the club’s pro-Mullin minority owners are attempting to buy out Cohan. New owners probably wouldn’t trade for Davis, but would bring stability back to a dysfunctional franchise.

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