The Golden State Warriors offseason has been surprisingly quiet.
Compared to last season where they acquired Andre Iguodala and due to perhaps high expectations with the suspense around Kevin Love, the Warriors underwhelmed when many expected them to do whatever it takes to get to the next level. However, the Warriors have quietly improved their chances by signing a more tactical coach in Steve Kerr and bolstering their backcourt with the additions of Brandon Rush and Shaun Livingston.
While pundits may glance at these changes and deem the improvements not enough to advance, it’s important to remember how close the West was and it may not require a blockbuster trade to vault the Warriors to the top. Here are three veterans in no particular order the Warriors should consider signing for the minimum to bolster their bench and their chances at winning the West:
1. Andray Blatche, 27 years old, 6’11”, 260 lbs.
Blatche could be a key role player off the bench and help Livingston facilitate the second unit. Blatche is a tough power forward and a good rim protector and could instantly sub in for Bogut off the bench with minimal change to the game plan. At age 27, Blatche looks to have several good years left and could be a key contributor for the Warriors as they look to build perennial contenders.
2. Mike Scott, 25 years old, 6’8”, 237 lbs.
A member of the underperforming Hawks, Scott played well enough last year that it is surprising he is still a free agent. Scott played a lot of minutes in the absence of Al Horford and the Hawks saw enough to extend him a $1.1MM qualifying offer. The fact that he remains unsigned could be a signal that Scott is looking for a change of scenery.
A stretch four that would probably fit better on the Warriors as a three, Scott has tremendous all-around game as well as high flying athleticism. His three-point shooting is the cherry on top and the Warriors would do well to begin negotiations with the young forward.
3. Kevin Seraphin, 24 years old, 6’10”, 278 lbs.
Another young player that has a lot of room to grow, Seraphin could be a change of pace center for the Warriors. At 6’10”, 278, Seraphin runs the floor as well any center and could put pressure on opposing teams in transition. While Serpahin doesn’t have a great resume, he is an intriguing player and one the Warriors could help develop into a potential sixth man.