The Golden State Warriors suffered some major losses in free agency this summer, or did they?
On the surface, it might seem like the Golden State Warriors lost quite a lot in the 2019 NBA offseason. Multiple star players and a few quality veterans all departed from the team his summer, altering the future of the franchise.
There is no way to work around it, losing Kevin Durant sucks. The two-time Finals MVP played a pivotal role in pushing the Warriors over the top in recent years, turning them into an all-time great dynasty.
The loss of DeMarcus Cousins was predictable, but disappointing nonetheless. Cousins joined the team in hopes of capturing a title but ultimately left the franchise before accomplishing this goal. With Cousins gone, the Warriors lose a bit of depth.
The Warriors also dealt with the loss of Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston. These two veteran players have been consistently producing with the second unit for Golden State. Without Iggy and Livingston, the Dubs will have to place their faith in a new batch of bench players.
It’s easy to be upset over these replacements. There is no doubt that this is a downgrade in terms of talent. However, this situation may be a blessing in disguise.
For starters, take Durant’s Achilles injury into account. While we wish nothing but success for his recovery, there is a reason to be doubtful that Durant will ever return to full strength. The Achilles has notoriously ended the career’s of many NBA legends, with Dominique Wilkins as the only star to ever fully recover.
Cousins finds himself in a worse position than Durant. The lumbering center already took a significant step back last season after his Achilles and quad injury. Now, the four-time All-Star has suffered a torn ACL that could serve as the final nail in the coffin for his career.
As for Livingston and Iguodala, they have thankfully not suffered any injuries. Still, both are nearing the end of their playing career’s and have given all they can offer to the Warriors.
It hurts to lose all of these players, but the risk in keeping them was compelling. In the end, the Dubs may be better off in their current situation than if they had managed to retain the entirety of their 2018-19 roster.