I see a lot of talk here about what trades they want, who should go, who we should draft etc. So lets say your hired as the Warriors GM with this current roster going into the offseason. We finish around 30-35 wins but luck our in the lottery and get the fourth pick. And just for the heck of it lets say Don Nelson retires (for whatever reasons). How would you build this team (be serious, don't say trade for the Lakers or something like that)? Who would you get rid of? Who should be the coach?
One option that seems to be where we are going is building on a young core much like how Portland did. They actually drafted their starting lineup. We could use the pick on a small forward like Wesley Johnson or Evan Turner or maybe even Devin Ebanks. Turner is a three position player that resembles Brandan Roy, Ebanks is much like a Rudy Gay/Travis Outlaw and Wes is a Caron Butler type guy but a much better shooter or Al Farouq Aminu who seems similar to Luol Deng. We could use a good small forward that can score and play solid defense so Monta doesn't have too guard 6'8 type guys. The team may go through some bumps but eventually could become a major force. Building around Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry, Wes/Ebanks/Evan/AL, Anthony Randolph, Andris Biedrins, Anthony Morrow and Brandan Wright (don't forget about him) doesn't seem to shabby does it? All those young guys have great potential.
Come on, how many years can you not move up?
Or we could go with the Boston or Orlando way of doing things with trading/free agents. We could go about this by trading for expirings like a Corey Maggette for Marko Jaric (7+ mil coming off the books) or we can do a Maggs and the 1st rounder for Butler. Maybe Wright could go on the block? We also could use the money coming off of Raja Bell's , Devean George's and Speedy Claxton's contracts. Maybe although it sounds awful we can let Azebuike's deal off the books so we can try to give a max offer to a Joe Johnson type of guy. Basically swing for the fences much like Boston did.
Lastly the coaching situation which is tricky one so heres a quick list of some good prospects:
- Keith Smart , GSW - Players seem to respond well to him and currently is taking on Nellie's job of coach on the road trip.
- Avery Johnson - Tough love type of guy but had a lot of success in Dallas.
- Brian Shaw LAL- Oakland native and main assistant of the the world champs. Also former player
- Tom Thibideau BOS - Celtics main assistant and a great defensive specialist.
That's just a few options but if you have another go ahead and say it.
So how would you build this team with the given situation?