The Golden State Warriors are in position to make another big roster upgrade this offseason. There are internal questions that will have to be answered first, including General Manager Bob Myers’ decision on his future with the team, but Golden State will be an attractive destination for any disgruntled star that may potentially be on the move
Despite crashing out in the second-round of this year’s playoffs, the Golden State Warriors are loaded with young assets they could parlay into a selection of star players via trade.
The Dubs have a big summer ahead of them and many important decisions to make in the coming months. Myers’ retention has been a priority for the Warriors’ front office but with his return looking less likely with each passing day, the brass will soon shift its attention towards Draymond Green, who has a $27.6 million player option pending.
While the Warriors are likely to retain their Curry-Thompson-Green core long-term, this postseason proved that even the trio’s best efforts may not be enough to win four playoff series anymore.
Neither showed any signs of a significant decline this season, but Green and Thompson will each turn 34 next year while Curry will be 36. The Championship window hasn’t been shut just yet, but it won’t be open for much longer, and the Warriors have to consider leveraging the time they have left with their Hall of Fame ‘Big Three.’
The organization attempted to straddle two timelines in 2022-23. They wanted to continue their quest for more championships with the Curry-Thompson-Green nucleus, while simultaneously developing their young pieces who would lead the next generation of the Warriors’ dynasty – but their plan backfired.
The Warriors tried to nurture James Wiseman but ended up trading the former second overall pick, their futile efforts interrupting their pursuit of a title defense. The front office must learn from their mistakes and maximize their opportunity to land an All-Star caliber player.
Golden State boasts one of the more impressive collections of young talent in the NBA. While Jordan Poole had a disappointing season overall, he still flashed star potential in averaging over 20 points per game during the regular season. Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody are two 20-year-olds who’ve made the most of their opportunities and have shown some real promise on both ends of the floor. The Dubs even own the 19th overall pick in this year’s draft that they could utilize in any trade package.
The Warriors boast an attractive arsenal of assets and will surely be fielding calls from teams in limbo that are looking to move on from their star player. Some names that have been linked to Golden State include O.G. Anunoby, Pascal Siakam, Jaylen Brown, Paul George, and even Lebron James.
Of possible suitors, it seems like the Toronto Raptors may be the most willing to engage in real negotiations, as they have been actively shopping their core players over recent time. But the future of both Los Angeles teams is very much up in the air right now and if the Celtics get knocked out by the eighth-seeded Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals, big changes could be on the horizon for them as well.
This offseason is projected to be a busy one, and big names are likely to be on the move. Golden State’s front office would be wise to consider all of their options when assessing their roster this summer.