The Golden State Warriors are now in a holding pattern after their meeting with unrestricted free agent Kevin Durant yesterday.
Durant is expected to make his final decision about who he'll sign with on July 4th, while numerous other free agent possibilities commit to other teams in the meantime. But Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News reports that the only thing that matters to the Warriors is Durant — there appears to be no intention to go out and grab some other big time free agent on the market.
My understanding is that the Warriors won't get into any serious talks with other players until they hear one way or the other from Durant, for two logical reasons:
1-They can't make another move that would mess up everything it would take to create enough cap space for Durant;
2-They weren't really interested enough in any of the other free agents who have already come off the board to tear up their roster in order to create the necessary cap space.
So as Kawakami goes on to describe, the thinking is that Warriors have pretty much committed to Harrison Barnes as their Plan B.
Whatever options GSW might theoretically pursue to replace Harrison Barnes are getting snapped up (Batum, Deng,... https://t.co/KA5Zt1r1sx— Ethan Strauss (@SherwoodStrauss) July 2, 2016
Aside from the fact that the other free agent options they'd pursue to replace Barnes have already committed elsewhere, it's also common knowledge that they're going to match any offer made to Barnes — nobody wants to commit to Barnes this early in the process and lose out on other free agents when the Warriors could just pull the rug out from under them.
This does not necessarily run counter to the notion that the Warriors would pursue someone like Pau Gasol if they can't get Durant, as ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reported the other day — they could still try to move Bogut to open up additional breathing room to sign someone else in addition to Barnes. What remains unclear is how committed the Warriors are to Bogut and whether they'd actually move him outside of the necessity to get Durant.
So for now, we wait — first for July 4th and then to see the rest of the Warriors' plan unfold.