Ellison Deal Wouldn't Help Warriors Soon

Ellison Deal Wouldn't Help Warriors Soon

Hold the champagne corks on Chris Cohan's departure from the Warriors. Even though he has authorized a New York firm to seek bidders for the franchise, he may not be done making a mess yet.

The chances of closing the deal in less than three months seem ridiculously slim, assuring that the new owner will not be able to replace the current management team (a term most liberally applied in this case) before the June draft. Worse, the deal has little chance of being completed before the July 1 start of free-agency negotiations.

In any other year, those restrictions would be disturbing, but the Warriors' devoted fans could take full solace in Cohan's exit and its long-term benefits. This year is different. This summer brings the NBA's long-awaited summer blockbuster of free agency - starring LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Carlos Boozer, possibly Amar'e Stoudemire.

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