The Golden State Warriors are all-in on winning the championship in 2024. They traded Jordan Poole for Chris Paul this summer and kept their Big 3 together by re-signing Draymond Green. It will be shocking to see CP3 in a Warriors uniform, but the move was years in the making. Can the Dubs make it work?
Is Paul willing to come off the bench for the first time in his career? If not, how does Steve Kerr design his rotations? There are plenty of questions, and the Warriors could move on quickly if things are not going as planned.
Changes are coming to the Bay Area. Their payroll is over $200 million this season, and they cannot keep spending at that level. Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green are all over 33 years old. How much longer can they play at an elite level? There are not many 38-year-old starters in the NBA, so changes will be necessary over the next half-decade.
Golden State Warriors dream starting lineup 5 years from now
PG: Darius Garland
In five years, the 2028-29 season will be weeks for kicking off. Stephen Curry would be 40 years old. If he is still playing, the nine-time All-Star won’t be a starter. Curry will be a 25-minute per-game role player to keep him healthy for when the games matter most.
The Dubs are never afraid to spend and will be in the market for a starting point guard. Luka Doncic may be the dream target, but the 24-year-old superstar likely charts his own path. Who can the Warriors convince to come to the Bay Area to play with their next superstar?
Darius Garland is set to be an unrestricted free agent in the 2028 offseason, but he could be on the move before that. Fans hear Donovan Mitchell rumors, and Garland could ask out if the Cavaliers are not contenders. The Warriors might be all-in, especially if they already have a second star ready to join their squad.
Darius Garland is only 23 years old and coming off a season where he averaged 21.6 points, 7.8 assists, and 1.2 steals in 35.5 minutes per game. He made 41.0 percent of his threes and could be Stephen Curry’s replacement in Golden State.