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Is Riley going after big name?

Is Riley going after big name?The Warriors have positioned themselves to go after a marquee player or rid themselves of a problem by delaying their first-round compensation to New Jersey for Marcus Williams by at least a year, until at least 2012.

The NBA doesn't allow teams to trade first-round picks in consecutive seasons, so some of the Warriors' potential offseason trades have been hamstrung by the possibility that their 2011 selection could have gone to the Nets. By regaining that pick, the Warriors can use the 2010 choice as a chip in going after a franchise-changer or moving the contract of Stephen Jackson, who demanded a trade last month but hasn't spoken publicly since.

"We pushed that first-round pick back a year, because we had no flexibility" this year, general manager Larry Riley said. "Whether or not we use it is up to us. Flexibility is what it was all about."

The flexibility came at a cost - an additional second-round pick. Williams, who was acquired in July 2008, played only nine games for the Warriors , was released in March and signed with Memphis in July.

The original trade had more stipulations for the first-round pick heading to New Jersey in 2011, 2012 or 2013. Now, the Warriors are definitely sending a 2011 second-rounder to the Nets and could send the first-rounder to New Jersey in 2012, 2013 or 2014 if the pick isn't in the top seven, four to seven spots earlier than the protection of the previous deal.

That kind of price makes one wonder if the Warriors need something to entice other teams to consider Jackson's remaining contract - four years, $35 million. Riley discounted that theory and said the trade isn't necessarily about an immediate move.

"I know where that's going," he said. "As soon as people hear about the trade, they'll say, 'Let's dig around and see what they're doing.' I've worked on trying to make deals, and that first-round pick may or may not come into play in some of those deals.

"It hasn't been a deal-stopper, because I haven't gotten that close to something that would call for a deal-stopper. But, I've gotten to the point that I can see the value in having that thing available if we choose to use it."

Briefly: Acie Law, a reserve point guard, was expected to be released from an East Bay hospital late Tuesday after sustaining a head injury in a 3-on-3 game at the Warriors' Oakland facility. Law took an inadvertent elbow to the head and was transferred to the hospital via ambulance.

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Added: September 23, 2009


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