There is finally a light at the end of the tunnel. We haven’t seen the Golden State Warriors play a game since March 10 when they lost to the L.A. Clippers. The Dubs squad who took the floor that night will look a whole lot different than the one we anticipate seeing when Golden State plays its first game of the 2020-21 NBA season.
Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are expected to be back in the lineup for opening day. General manager Bob Myers has plenty of other assets to round out the roster around the Warriors’ core pieces.
Myers’ first order of business is what to do with the second overall pick of the 2020 NBA Draft. The most common rumor is that Golden State is targeting Memphis big man James Wiseman. Of course, Myers could also look at a prospect like Anthony Edwards or trade back a few spots and pick up another piece.
The Dubs also have the $17.2 million trade exception from the Andre Iguodala deal. They can offer free agents the mid-level exception or veterans minimum to go after an NBA championship alongside the Big 3.
Assuming that a massive deal involving a trade for Giannis Antetokounmpo or Bradley Beal isn’t a realistic option over the next six weeks, what do you think would be the ideal offseason for the Warriors? Do you believe Myers should keep or trade the pick? Which free agents could be realistic targets for Golden State would you like to see the team sign?
For me, here is the ideal offseason for the Dubs:
- Trade back in the draft. If Myers can make a deal with a team like the Chicago Bulls, who pick No. 4, or the Cleveland Cavaliers at No. 5 while also picking up a future protected pick or rotational piece, I think it would be a big win for the franchise. Wiseman certainly has the potential to grow into an All-Star, but there are enough question marks that could scare the Dubs off. Trading back and netting a player like Tyrese Haliburton or Onyeka Okongwu while adding a future asset — that could be paired with the Minnesota Timberwolves’ top-three-protected 2021 first-rounder — would be an enticing package to add another impact veteran.
- Sign Jae Crowder in free agency. With all of the questions about how Thompson will play defensively, it would be excellent for head coach Steve Kerr to get some insurance. Crowder fits the bill perfectly. The 30-year-old averaged 10.9 points and 5.4 rebounds in 69 games with the Memphis Grizzlies and Heat during the 2019-20 season while shooting 34.3% from the 3-point line.
- Use the veterans minimum on a big man. If Myers can’t land Wiseman or Okongwu in the draft, Golden State will need to sign a center. There are some good options available, such as Marc Gasol, Dwight Howard or Tristan Thompson. Kevon Looney’s health will always be a concern, while Marquese Chriss is still too unproven to trust for an entire season.
The TPE remains the toughest chip to use. There are a few players, like Marcus Smart, Kelly Oubre Jr., or Rudy Gay, who make sense. Golden State could use the exception without having to raise its luxury tax bill by an exuberant amount.
It will be an exciting few weeks leading up to the season opener but comment below with what you think would be the best realistic haul for the Warriors in this shortened offseason.
On to some links:
If Ball goes first overall to Minnesota, is it obvious who Golden State should take? Nate Duncan believes so and says the Dubs should take Wiseman. (NBC Sports Bay Area)
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