This is going to be a huge offseason for the Golden State Warriors. General manager Bob Myers has some valuable assets at his disposal to help bring the Dubs back to championship contention for the 2020-21 season.
Now, let’s focus on the $17.2 million trade exception Golden State has thanks to the Andre Iguodala deal. Myers will have plenty of options to use the exception, including packaging it with the 2020 first-rounder to acquire another proven veteran to join the Big 3 of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
NBC Bay Area’s Monte Poole came up with his list of five players the Dubs can target during the offseason, including: John Collins, Robert Covington, Aaron Gordon, Jrue Holiday and Marcus Smart.
Collins would be a great geat for the Warriors. He could be an option because the Atlanta Hawks traded for big man Clint Capela. Collins is only 22 years old, and averaged 21.6 points, and 10.9 boards per game. His defensive rating is 112.1, but overall the Hawks were had a netRTG of +3.8 with him on the court (per NBA.com). He is long, athletic, and fills an immediate lead for Golden State. Collins is still on the his rookie contract, so the Warriors will have to pay him once it expires, but owner Joe Lacob’s willingness to the pay the tax, that shouldn’t be a problem. Collins can be a great future piece for the Dubs, who will also be able to contribute in the short-term.
The other player I like from Poole’s options is Marcus Smart. The 26-year-old still has two years remaining on his deal, worth an average of roughly $14 million per season, making it an easy fit for the trade exception. Smart averaged 13.5 points, and shot just below 34.8% before the season went on hiatus. More importantly, he brings the defensive tenacity the Dubs can really use. His .140 defensive win shares ranks second on the Celtics.
Gordon is an enticing option as well. He’s only 24 years old, and is effective on both ends of the floor. His cap hit eclipses the value of the exception, but Myers can get creative to make the salaries work.
As good as Covington is, I don’t see Houston Rockets’ GM Daryl Morey trading him to the Warriors. The two teams just have too much recent history to imagine a deal of this magnitude happening.
Holiday might just be the best of the bunch, but I don’t see it being a fit. He will be entering his 12th season next year, but is still playing at a very high level, averaging 19.6 points, and 6.4 assists per game for the New Orleans Pelicans. The problem is that his cap hit is north of $27 million in 2021-22, so you’ll be overpaying for what he will bring to the team.
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On to some more links:
There are many more options Myers can go after. The Athletic’s Anthony Slater breaks down the potential fit of Mo Harkless.
The Warriors will be an attractive destination for veteran free agents. NBC Bay Area’s Grant Liffmann looks at which guards the Dubs may be able to sign during the offseason.
Another asset Myers has in his back pocket, is the Minnesota Timberwolve’s 2021 top-three-protected first-round pick. Fansided’s Nathan Beighle explains why the pick is the Dubs’ most valuable asset.