2. Can you keep a young core that can grow into the future?
One season and blow it up? Where have we heard this before? 2007: Warriors make the playoffs and make a similar run in the playoffs with a group of players who seem to just have something together, that “juice” if you will. They feed off each other, play for the team and are as exciting a team as anyone had remembered.
The public leader of that team was Baron Davis. His second in command was Jason Richardson. The longest tenured Warrior on the team at that time, a fan favorite who had finally tasted the playoffs after seven long seasons, and he was traded for Brandon Wright on draft night.
This offseason, the likelihood of a similar type incident occurring is very high if the Dubs acquire Howard. They cannot sign him outright, so they would have to make salaries match on a max contract via sign and trade. Therefore, they would likely be parting with Andrew Bogut ($14 million) and either Klay Thompson ($2.2 million) or Harrison Barnes ($2.9 million).
However, that still only gets them to about $17 million and they would have get to about $23 million to make the math work. Therefore, you could be giving up about four players to receive one. To make an attractive offer, the Dubs would have to include some of their depth players, such as Draymond Green and Brandon Rush. This would leave them with, well, not much.
Young cores need to be kept together so they can grow, just like the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Warriors seem to have something good with David Lee, Curry, Barnes and Thompson. Why not ride it out and see where it goes? If you are not concerned about becoming a fixture in the postseason and gambling is more your game of choice, maybe this is the deal for you.