Should The Warriors Look Ahead To 2016 Free Agency?

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Feb 20, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) handles the ball while being guarded by Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) during the first quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The free agency class of 2014 was a much anticipated one, with multiple superstars reaching the end of their contracts. With only a few name players left searching for new teams, many general managers are already looking ahead to the next super-class of free agents: the summer of 2016.

When LeBron James announced his decision to return to Cleveland, he signed a two-year deal, with the second year being a player option. This was a very shrewd move by James, as the salary cap is projected to rise greatly after the new TV deal is negotiated in 2016. This is an important piece of information, as it means teams will have a higher salary cap, and players can be paid more.

Add James to the already impressive list of free agents that include Kevin Durant, Al Horford, and Joakim Noah, and you have teams that are making sure they have enough cap space to make a run at one of those players.

So here’s my question: Should the Warriors make a play for the 2016 free agency?

The short answer: Yes, but not for James or Durant.

But why shouldn’t the Warriors make a run for the MVP winners?

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