Warriors Willing to Trade Monta Ellis, Andris Biedrins
And though the Suns are openly fielding calls for Stoudemire, Golden State’s would-be package lacks the hefty expiring contract that Phoenix and others are seeking for this summer and the next.
The Warriors are willing to include Monta Ellis or Andris Biedrins – but not both – in the right deal, according to team and league sources, but moving them is also tricky because of their base-year status.
A deal involving Ellis, who is making $11 million this season, is especially tough and likely would have to include a high-priced player such as Corey Maggette or Stephen Jackson, who are made less attractive by their long-term contracts.
It’s the task facing the Warriors as they seek to balance a roster overloaded with wing players and short on proven big men. As coach Don Nelson ominously said after Biedrins was injured on Friday in Phoenix:
"Let that be a lesson for us. Let’s get more big guys," Nelson said.