Warriors to move Maggette

Warrior fans have been so disgusted for so long over Corey Maggette’s
contract and performance, they’ve probably been reluctant to
acknowledge this season’s reality: He’s playing his butt off, and might
finally be valuable in trade.

The Warriors can hardly afford to deal him now, as he and Monta Ellis are the only players offering consistent scoring and leadership. And they figure to be only appreciably healthier by the trading deadline next month, with Anthony Randolph, Kelenna Azubuike, Brandan Wright and Raja Bell (probably) lost for the entire season.

Still, the Warriors need to move Maggette, while he’s healthy and going off. He has finally cast aside his obsession with long-distance shooting, and few players in the league have as much speed or explosiveness on drives to the hoop. Even if the team could live with his play — and right now, that’s not a problem at all — they can’t afford to have a player signed for three more years at $30.8 million (courtesy of one of Chris Mullin’s most dubious moves). Not if they want to clear salary-cap space for free agents. So I guess you’d say it’s vintage Warriors. Here’s a man who has to stay and has to go. In the manner of Stephen Jackson and Jamal Crawford, to name the most recent examples, count on Maggette finding a place he can shine — and get noticed in the process.


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