Bay Area Buzz 4/9: Good Morning

Good morning, Bay Area. Here are some articles to enlighten you this AM:

Apr 7, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts after a foul was called against the Warriors during action against the Utah Jazz in the fourth quarter at ORACLE arena. The Jazz defeated the Warriors 97-90. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Should Warriors Let Curry Keep Running the Point? 

Back in the day, the term “combo guard” didn’t have a negative connotation like it seems to now. It was first perceived as a positive – describing a player who could both handle the ball and score.

Now, if you call somebody a “combo guard,” it seems a little bit pejorative, like the player doesn’t have a position or is limited in some ways.

Too bad. Because Curry is a heck of a player , no matter what you call him. I just don’t happen to call him a point.

- Matt Steinmetz, CSN Bay Area

Oakland Raiders Face Costly Commitment

The good news for Raiders fans is that years of being in cap purgatory end after this season. The Raiders currently have $79 million of cap room next year; that’s $40 million more than the next closest team. The bad news is that only 21 players are under contract, including only seven making more than $1 million.

- John Clayton, ESPN

Prospect Watch: Oakland A’s Triple-A Club Rich With Young Talent

Yet several up-and-comers, notably those that fall in the Top 10, are well below the Triple-A level, including top prospect Addison Russell, who begins the year at Class A Stockton. Fellow 2012 first-round pick Matt Olson (No. 7), a first baseman, is at Class A Beloit with No. 8 prospect Renato Nunez, while third baseman Daniel Robertson gets things going at short-season Vermont.

The talent, it seems, is really sprinkled all over this year.

- Jane Lee, MLB.com

Sacramento Whale Steps Away From Arena Deal; What’s Next? 

But on Monday, Johnson told a group of supporters, and reporters in Sacramento, Burkle would no longer be involved as an “equity partner” in either the team, or an arena project.  He said it was because of a conflict of interest with the league, and he was still interested in ancillary development near an arena site.

A high level NBA league source says Burkle “wasn’t all that fired up about this deal.”

- Chris Daniels, KING5.com

Topics: Golden State Warriors, Oakland Athletics, Oakland Raiders, Sacramento Kings

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