Crawford was believed to be the final piece the Warriors needed in their pursuit to winning a NBA championship. Since the Crawford deal, however, the Warriors have struggled, going 6-8, not looking like the contender everyone saw at the beginning of the season.
Crawford has been decent off the bench but he has not been the backup point guard the Warriors were looking for to give Stephen Curry some much needed rest. Instead he has been more of a shooting guard, providing the Warriors with much-needed scoring off the bench. The Warriors are happy with Crawford’s production but according to Sam Amick of USA Today, the Warriors are willing to trade anyone on their roster not named Curry or Andrew Bogut, which means Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes and David Lee are all up for discussion.
The Warriors biggest need may not be at the backup point guard position with the acquisition of Crawford, but rather in the front court, where the Warriors are fairly thin. Bogut and Jermaine O’Neal will miss tonight’s game with the Miami Heat, making four consecutive games missed for Bogut and two for O’Neal. This is a scary thought for Warriors’ fans. Given Bogut’s injury history, O’Neal just returning from wrist surgery and Festus Ezeli still out due to knee surgery, the Warriors have no legitimate big men.
Which may be why the Warriors have been linked to Boston Celtics forward Brandon Bass because before Mareesse Speights performance in Monday’s night win over the Philadelphia 76ers, the Warriors received nothing from their front court off the bench. Bass is averaging about 11 points and six rebounds per game, two aspects of the game where the Warriors’ bench struggles.
This deal does not make much sense since Bass is not a center, but it may part of a blockbuster trade that could drastically change the Warriors roster. With Lee, Barnes and Thompson as trade pieces, the Warriors could bring in another superstar to team up with Bogut and Curry if the Warriors are really trying to win a NBA championship.
This front office has already been aggressive during their tenure trading Monta Ellis, acquiring Bogut and Iguodala in addition to being one of the front runners in the Dwight Howard sweepstakes this past offseason. It is a long-shot, but do not be surprised on Feb. 20, the NBA trade deadline if the Warriors roster is drastically different and better than it was.