July 11, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Andre Iguodala (left) poses for a photo with Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers (right) in a press conference after a sign-and-trade deal for Iguodala to become a Golden State Warriors player at the Warriors Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Bay Area Buzz 8/2: Power Ranking Warriors, Raiders Need Jacoby Ford, Sharks Made A Mistake?

Good morning, folks!

Once again, Golden Gate Sports is happy to present you with a few news flashes around the Bay Area on August 2nd. It’s just a little something to brighten your morning before the work day beings. Unless, of course, you’re a student, and you’re reading this at 10 a.m.

Golden State Warriors:

There is an undeniable amount of talent on this roster. With the addition of Andre Iguodala and solid bench depth, to go with the sequential expected improvements of Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes, there’s a budding young core ready to explode. Potential also includes the ability to stay healthy and Curry, despite several ankle turns, did play in nearly all of last season’s games. Though some are pessimistic about Bogut’s likelihood to return to full strength, another offseason to heal and even an 85 percent Bogut would make a world difference. Literally a world, so concurs Andris Biedrins. Let’s hope those Utah nights aren’t getting to him. But I digress.

– Golden State Of Mind, Andy Lui

Oakland Raiders:


Ford had missed his second straight day with an undisclosed injury Tuesday. Since it’s frowned upon by coach Dennis Allen to discuss injuries, and it’s a subject that has dominated the last two seasons of Ford’s NFL career, his reluctance was understandable.

At one point, Ford did stop to talk with a Sirius NFL radio crew, expressing the hope he would be back at practice soon, with the Raiders taking Wednesday off and returning to practice Thursday at 2:50 p.m.

Ford was one of the Raiders’ most explosive playmakers as a rookie out of Clemson in 2010, but his future will be determined by his ability to practice.

“We need Jacoby out here,” Allen said after Ford’s first missed practice Monday. “He’s missed a lot of time, and he’s got to get some work.”

– San Jose Mercury News, Jerry McDonald



San Jose Sharks:

The San Jose Sharks may not be active in free agency, but a couple of players with ties to them were. Scott Gomez was the second forward that could have helped them to slip away in five days when he signed with the Florida Panthers Wednesday, July 31.

Cap Geek shows the deal as one-year, $900,000. The San Jose Sharks could have fit that contract under their salary cap.

The first thing that should be noted here is that temporary moves can be made until the season actually starts. At that point they can create $5 million in cap space by moving Martin Havlat to long-term injured reserve (LTIR).

– The Examiner, MJ Kasprzak



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