To the surprise of nobody, Andris Biedrins will exercise his $9 million player option and remain with the Warriors for the 2013/14 season.
Biedrins couldn't get a third of that on the open market right now as a free agent, so this was the definition of a no-brainer decision. Biedrins' agent confirmed that he'll pick up the option, and the Warriors are now stuck with him for another season. Still just 27 years old, next season will be the final year of an awful six-year, $54 million deal.
Klay Thompson is expected to be invited to Team USA's mini-camp along with teammate Harrison Barnes.
Thompson averaged 16.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.0 steals while nailing 2.6 treys on better than 40 percent shooting from distance during the regular season, so it's not a surprise that he'll get an invite.
Stephen Curry did not receive an invite to USA Basketball minicamp because he has proven himself already, according to Yahoo! Sports.
In the 2012 Olympics, Team USA got some criticism for not having enough shooting, but that doesn't sound like that will be the case once Curry joins the roster. He'll spend this offseason getting stronger and will be ripe for the picking in the first round of fantasy drafts following his record-breaking season.
The Mavericks will be interested in free-agent point guards Jarrett Jack and Jerryd Bayless, a source tells Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Both players were integral parts of their team's playoff success, Jack for the Warriors and Bayless with the Grizzlies, who are down 2-0 to the Spurs. Jack and Bayless are also due hefty raises this offseason with Jack possibly commanding as much as $10 million annually. The Mavs are in desperate need of an upgrade at point guard and could look at Jack or Bayless as fallback options if they fail to land Chris Paul. One thing's for sure, the Mavs' fervent interest in free-agent guards doesn't bode well for incumbent Darren Collison.
Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson are expected to be invited to Team USA mini camp in the offseason.
Neither name comes as a surprise considering each had a coming out party during the playoffs. Both guys will be critical in the Warriors' development as a team alongside Stephen Curry and will get valuable experience during the summer with Team USA.
Carl Landry called his current contract situation "the hardest decision" of his career.
Landry can opt out of his deal with the Warriors that has one year and $4 million remaining on it, and while he'd be virtually guaranteed a bigger pay day and a multi-year deal in free agency, he really likes the Warriors and may wind up staying with the team. "I mean, this is the best team I've ever played for on this level, especially as far as chemistry," he said. The Warriors are Landry's first option, but we'll see if that holds true when the bidding starts.
Andrew Bogut (ankle) revealed that the "mental and physical pain" he felt over "the last two or three weeks was getting worse and worse."
At this point, it's fair to question whether or not Bogut will ever be able to remain healthy for the duration of a full season. "I managed it every day. Every day was a battle, basically, after April," Bogut said. "Every day I had to come in early to get treatment, just to get it right just enough to get back on the court. My whole playoff campaign was that. Some days it worked and some days it didn't." Bogut did say that he's looking forward to using the offseason to get his "ankle right," but we've heard that from the big man previously. Fantasy owners should monitor Bogut's health closely.