Is Baron’s Future With the Warriors?

by April 15, 2008

by Marcel Mutoni

The Golden State Warriors crashed and burned in their last chance to keep the race for the eighth and final Playoff spot interesting, and all Baron Davis could do was helplessly watch from the bench for the entire second half, as the Phoenix Suns effectively put an end to Golden State’s season.

Following the game, the main question centered around Baron’s future in the Bay Area.

“Yeah, I want to win a championship here,” he said at shootaround prior to the Warriors’ 122-116 loss to Phoenix. “We went to the playoffs, we’re in the playoff hunt right now, so my whole thing is to bring a championship to the Bay Area. That would be something great. Al Attles (the coach of Golden State’s 1974-75 NBA title-winning team) is my man, so I’ve got some big shoes to fill.”

So, that means you’re going to stay? “I didn’t say nothing about that,” Davis said with a laugh.

For Warriors fans, the summer will be a nerve-wracking one, as Baron has the option to opt out of his current deal (which will pay him just over $17 mil next season) and seek a longer and richer one.

Working in Davis’s favor should he decide to test the free agent waters is the fact that he’s answered all of the questions regarding his ability to stay healthy; tomorrow night will mark the first time in over half a decade that the 29-year old point guard has played all 82 games in a season.