Wrights shoulder impressed a bittersweet feeling upon the dawning of a brand new season. The Curry feedback excited, the idiocy of Jackson expected, and the emergence of Morrow and the rebuilt AR machine stirred hope. The news of Brandan Wright was absolutely spine shattering. But, in the midst of the depression, I began to think of this plight in a new light.
The Warriors exercise the option of 3rd year forward Brandan Wright. Yeah, so what? He's hurt. In the long run, this may actually save us quite a bit of money, and allow us to expand our team's talent. Why? Because if Brandan Wright were to come back completely reinvigorated, prepared, and ready for a new beginning, it would still be his first year back from a year's rehab, and his last under contract. Why the hell is this good news for the Warriors?
Because the NBA will have forgotten who Brandan Wright is. He will once again be under the cover of the Warriors. No doubt he will be sluggish in the beginning with all the time off, but he will be the same player Nelson was beaming about all training camp. Only this time, he will be forgotten by the league, and the fact this was to be his break out year, subtracts the kind of notoriety he would have eventually gotten from other teams given a full healthy year this season, and an additional year as we would exercise his option. He will only have one year to gain back his true form and continue on his path to being a great player before contract time. What does this mean?
It means come contract time after next season, unless Wright goes absolutely insane coming off a year where he missed a whole season, and puts up 18 ppg, 8 rpg and 2 bpg, we will be able to resign him for LESS MONEY than we would if he had 2 seasons minus an injury to prove what kind of contract he's worth.
You're looking at a forward with a lot of great potential on both ends of the court that we could sign to a contract similar to Turiaf's, while we get much more talent. This should allow the Warriors with just enough breathing room to make the major changes needed when Cohan smartens up and decides to sell the team within the next 1-3 years. Call me cheap, but this injury may have given our cap some significant space for the future, which is what this team is really all about anyway, the future.
- Sorry for capitalizing less money. I just have a feeling a lot of people pine through these things without getting the point.