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Golden State Warriors President Robert Rowell (left) looks on while Larry Riley addresses the media at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Tuesday, May 12, 2009. (Sean Donnelly/Staff)

The Warriors did not dish out any contract offers when the clock struck 9:01 p.m. Wednesday night, kicking off the free-agency period. They did however start the process by making some calls.

Golden State isn't in the mix for any of the elite free agents out there. But general manager Larry Riley has said he is in the market for a veteran small forward.

The Warriors do have the midlevel exception and some pieces to use in a sign and trade. They could work early and secure an anxious free agent, or they could wait it out, see who is left over after the elite players make their decisions.

Here are some free agents the Warriors could go after to fill their biggest need.

  • 1. SF Rudy Gay (restricted)

    DATA: 23 years old, 6-foot-8, 230 pounds

    The Grizzlies wing man is an elite talent who should get a big deal, but the market will determine how big. If he falls into the $9 million or $10 million range, the Warriors can look into sign and trade. Memphis certainly wouldn't want to lose him for nothing.

  • 2. SF Josh Childress (restricted)

    DATA: 27 years old, 6-8, 210 pounds

    Stanford product hasn't played in the NBA in two years but he reportedly wants to come back. Atlanta has his rights, but Warriors can use his length and defense. Is his jumper still suspect?

  • 3. SF Travis Outlaw (unrestricted)

    DATA: 25 years old, 6-9, 207

    Last season was rough for Outlaw, who was injured and traded to the Clippers. Still a young, superior athlete who can shoot the 3 and defend. Not necessarily the playmaker they want.

  • 4. SG/SF Ronnie Brewer (unrestricted)

    DATA: 25 years old, 6-7, 227

    A defensive-minded wingman who can rebound, get to the basket and bring size to the perimeter. He can't shoot or create shots for others, which isn't ideal. But he has playoff experience and should be affordable.

  • 5. SF Josh Howard (unrestricted)

    DATA: 30 years old, 6-7, 210

    He was a star-caliber player just two years ago. But after off-the-court issues drove him out of Dallas, and tearing his ACL in February with Washington, his future is suspect. Still, he should be cheap. Might be a worth the risk.

  • 6. SF Mike Miller (unrestricted)

    DATA: 30 years old, 6-8, 218

    His production has dropped the past two years since leaving Memphis. That should drop his price, too. At his best, he's a superior shooter who also can distribute and rebound. At his worst, he's passive and soft, especially on defense.

  • 7. SF Linas Kleiza (restricted)

    DATA: 25 years old, 6-8, 245

    Last year's scoring champ in the Greek League, Kleiza is a restricted free agent for Denver. The Nuggets want him and might match any offer sheet he signs, and Kleiza still may return to Olympiakos. But he has the size and scoring ability the Warriors like.

  • 8. SF Richard Jefferson (unrestricted)

    DATA: 30 years old, 6-7, 225

    Coming off a poor year with San Antonio, Jefferson opted out of a $15.2 million contract. For the right price, the Warriors might be a good place for him to prove himself.

  • 9. SG/SF John Salmons (unrestricted)

    DATA: 31 years old, 6-6, 207

    Undersized for a small forward, but the Warriors are used to such. He is a better facilitator than Corey Maggette but not as good a rebounder. No doubt cheaper but will draw enough money to make sign and trade the only option.

  • 10. SF Tracy McGrady (unrestricted)

    DATA: 31 years old, 6-8, 223

    STATS: Averaged 8.2 points, 3.3 assists

    He's a shell of his former self and some think he'll retire. But what if he's serious about coming back? He certainly has the size and playmaking ability to facilitate. And he'd be good for ticket sales. But he could be the remix of Chris Webber's return. Must be cheap.

    Note: The Warriors made it official that they have extended qualifying offers to Anthony Morrow and C.J. Watson, making both guards restricted free agents. The team did not make qualifying offers to forward Anthony Tolliver and center Chris Hunter, who become unrestricted free agents.

    The Associated Press contributed to this story.

    LeBRON JAMES,
    Cleveland
    Position: Forward
    Age: 25
    2009-10 averages: 29.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 8.6 assists
    Career averages: 27.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 7.0 assists
    Potential destinations: Miami, Chicago, Cleveland
    DWYANE WADE,
    Miami
    Position: Guard
    Age: 28
    2009-10 averages: 26.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 6.5 assists
    Career averages: 25.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, 6.6 assists
    Potential destinations: Miami, Chicago

    CHRIS BOSH,
    Toronto
    Position: Forward
    Age: 26
    2009-10 averages: 24.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists
    Career averages: 20.2 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists
    Potential destinations: Miami, Chicago, sign and trade elsewhere
    AMARE STOUDEMIRE, Phoenix
    Position: Forward
    Age: 27
    2009-10 averages: 23.1 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists
    Career averages: 21.4 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists
    Potential destinations: New York, Phoenix, Miami
    JOE JOHNSON, Atlanta
    Position: Guard
    Age: 29
    2009-10 averages: 21.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.9 assists
    Career averages: 17.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists
    Potential destinations: New York, Atlanta, Chicago
    CARLOS BOOZER, Utah
    Position: Forward
    Age: 28
    2009-10 averages: 19.5 points, 11.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists
    Career averages: 17.2 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists
    Potential destinations: Miami, Utah, sign and trade elsewhere
    DIRK NOWITZKI, Dallas
    Position: Forward
    Age: 32
    2009-10 averages: 25.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists
    Career averages: 22.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists
    Potential destinations: Dallas, sign and trade elsewhere
    PAUL PIERCE,
    Boston
    Position: Forward
    Age: 32
    2009-10 averages: 18.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists
    Career averages: 22.5 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists
    Potential destinations: Boston, sign and trade elsewhere