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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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