The Golden State Warriors are exploring ways to create room under the salary cap to try to acquire Washington Wizards free agent guard Mitch Richmond, according to a league source.
Golden State might be able to free up about $6 million this season -- likely less than what Washington might offer -- but the Warriors could add a year to a deal, which could balance out the lack of money.
Richmond said earlier this year that if the Warriors were interested, he would consider returning to where he spent the first three seasons of his 11-year career. Richmond played for Warriors General Manager Garry St. Jean when St. Jean coached the Sacramento Kings and the two have a strong relationship.
Richmond has said he wants to remain in Washington. Wizards Coach Gar Heard has said that he wants Richmond re-signed. Because of his tenure, Richmond, 33, is eligible to be paid as much as $14 million a season. Although that figure is high, it is believed Richmond will seek at least $10 million a year.
In other developments, the Wizards are believed to have worked out forwards Corey Maggette (Duke) and Jumaine Jones (Georgia) this week. Jones (6 feet 7) and Maggette (6-6) should be available when the Wizards pick seventh in Wednesday's NBA Draft at MCI Center.
A league source said that Maggette, who declared for the draft after a freshman year in which he served mostly as a top reserve off of the deep Duke bench instead of a starter, has been very impressive in workouts. The Wizards also are reportedly trying to arrange a workout for St. John's small forward Ron Artest (6-6), who also left school early to make himself eligible for the draft.