Thanks to everyone for the questions!
Your thoughts on the first two moves Dubs need to make? And if Dubs get a elite player with The Minnesota pick, do we dare trade him? https://t.co/iVvPjnmxJB— pboss (@bossportland) June 12, 2021
This is cheating, but the first offseason move they should make is to extend Steph Curry. Do I think Curry has any interest in leaving? No. But show him his worth, extend him over the summer, and don’t let his impending free agency become a thing that hits the news cycle next season.
The second is to target a high-quality veteran who can be convinced to sign for the mid-level exception. Someone to occupy the role that Andre Iguodala used to (Iguodala himself could be an option). Anyone who reads me or follows me on Twitter knows that I’m higher on Jordan Poole than just about anybody else is, but the Warriors simply cannot enter the offseason with him as their best player of the bench. That’s not an indictment of Poole — it’s just the reality of building a championship contender.
As to the question about the Minnesota pick, if it lands No. 4 I expect the Warriors to keep it, if for no reason other than logistics. You’d only trade that pick for a high-quality player, and the Warriors would have to match salaries with that player, which would be very difficult.
1. Realistic free agent targets? (Based on team needs)— Eran Dekel | ערן דקל (@eran_dekel) June 12, 2021
2. What should the Warriors do if they get the 4th pick? And if they keep it, who should they draft?
Picking free agent targets is so difficult, because you just don’t know what the market will be. Guys like Danny Green or Otto Porter Jr. would be awesome additions, but would they settle for a taxpayer mid-level exception? Probably not.
Have down years from JJ Redick and Paul Millsap suppressed their value enough that the Warriors can get in on the action? Hard to say. All of those players fit needs, and are at least worth reaching out to.
As for the pick, I’ll be transparent: I’m not a draft person. I don’t watch college basketball, and my draft prep primarily consists of reading people I trust. But, unless someone wants a big trade centered around both the No. 4 pick (if the Dubs get it) and James Wiseman, I think the Warriors should keep the pick and take the best player available, regardless of timeline.
i heard the spurs are interested in oubre, maybe they can do a sign and trade we get derozan and they got oubre ?— blockayejr_ (@4pfblock) June 11, 2021
Getting DeMar DeRozan is essentially impossible, barring the four-time All-Star deciding he wants to take a significant pay cut to chase a ring. A sign and trade with the Spurs and DeRozan isn’t at all feasible, because San Antonio has an overabundance of cap space for next year. Which means that if they want Kelly Oubre Jr. on their team, they’ll just sign him outright and not mess around with giving up any assets.
Kawhi Leonard, on the other hand, isn’t impossible — just extremely, extremely, extremely unlikely. The Warriors have no way of signing him outright if he opts out of his 2021-22 contract, but they could in theory trade for him, though they might need him to opt into the contract to make the finances work rather than hard-capping themselves with a sign and trade.
But that would only have a chance at happening if A) Leonard demands a trade to the Warriors specifically, or B) Leonard demands a trade and the Clippers decide they want to rebuild around ... Andrew Wiggins and James Wiseman.
Leonard is home, and the Clippers, despite a so-far disappointing postseason, are a good team with legitimate title hopes. I don’t see this happening.
What are the chances of resigning Criss and anther vet big ?— Pierre Thermidor (@srdawg3273) June 11, 2021
I think it’s a guarantee that the Warriors sign a veteran big of some sort. There’s no way they’re entering next season with Kevon Looney and James Wiseman as the only center options.
The questions are: who’s available, and will it be Marquese Chriss? The organization likes Chriss, and he provides the rim-running and pick-and-pop threat that the Warriors want from Wiseman. With the team unlikely to play Wiseman meaningful minutes next year, Chriss wouldn’t be redundant. He’d be a solid option.
100% Must do's of the offseason?— RC (@FutboIRC) June 11, 2021
I see four must-dos for the roster:
- Get rid of any players that either aren’t ready to contribute immediately, or have a high ceiling for the future.
- Sign at least two trusty veterans who actually fit the team’s read and react system.
- Add some shooting.
- Sign a big man that allows the team to not have to rely on James Wiseman at any point during the season.
Of course, extending Steph Curry would be a big one as well, but not a must-do ... even if it’s a big priority.
I know we're tired of all the crazy trade ideas circulating. But one that seems good for both sides that I haven't seen discussed anywhere is Wiseman for Haliburton (maybe plus a little something). If Dubs don't want to change their style to fit Wiseman, this could be Plan B.— Bud (@Bud71398246) June 11, 2021
I don’t have a good sense of where the Warriors stand on James Wiseman, so I have no idea how they’d feel about this. But I can say with great certainty that the Kings would want absolutely no part of this trade.
Wiseman may have been drafted ahead of Tyrese Haliburton, but there were plenty of people who felt Haliburton was the better prospect. And those people were rewarded after their respective rookie seasons. Haliburton was the third-best rookie in the league this year, and averaged 13.0 points and 5.3 assists, while shooting 40.9% from deep. On top of that, it’s not like he’s a four-year college player who’s just really polished — he’s only one year older than Wiseman.
Haliburton looks like he’ll be a high-quality two-way player for years to come, and I suspect most teams would rather have him than Wiseman. Sacramento is emphatically one of those teams.
Draft shooters; Trade for elite veteran; Check that Draymond practiced his floaters and layups; Will Myers and Kerr survive if the Dubs don't make the playoffs next year?— sFanatic (@sFanatic4) June 11, 2021
Perhaps this is a cop-out answer, but I really don’t think there’s any chance that the Warriors miss the playoffs next year unless they have a serious injury again. And if they have a serious injury again, there’s a built-in excuse.
I know that Steve Kerr and Bob Myers were public enemy Nos. 1 and 2 for Dub Nation this year, but their respective seats aren’t even lukewarm. They built a dynasty. The players love them. Most importantly, Joe Lacob likes and respects them.
If the Warriors disappoint next year, then next offseason we can start having the discussion about if there’s pressure facing those two. For right now, they’ve got two of the safest jobs in the NBA.