The Golden State Warriors’ fortunes are beginning to change as they appear to be an ideal landing spot for veteran free agents.
Last season was an absolute nightmare for the Golden State Warriors. One thing after another led to the franchise dropping from 57 wins to just 15 in this shortened season. Significant losses in the offseason and injuries to Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson left this roster decimated.
Soon, the Warriors will once again have a top-notch lineup. Curry and Thompson are expected to be back by next season while Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green patiently await their return. This core is enough to make them a playoff team but something else is missing for them to be a title contender.
The Dubs have always had veteran players around their team to help lead the way during tough series. Andre Iguodala is the most notable member while Shaun Livingston, Leandro Barbosa, Andrew Bogut, Matt Barnes and David West also deserve mention.
As of now, Curry stands as the team’s oldest player. That might change soon, as Shams Charania reported that some older free agents are already looking at Golden State as an ideal landing destination.
This makes sense considering the franchise is fresh off of five straight trips to the NBA Finals and one of the greatest stretches in basketball history. While last season was ugly, it’s likely this was just a minor speedbump in the Warriors run.
Charania also went further into detail about the possible financial implications that are going to come from the season being cut short. With each team taking big hits in cap space, there is an increased chance that free agents will be willing to take on a lesser contract. This only helps the Warriors who were hardpressed for cap space to begin with.
There is no telling how valuable a few experienced members could be to the Dubs championship aspirations. It’s up to the front office to put things together and make a few deals.