The Golden State Warriors aim to retain their championship while getting ready for a new era. It will be a challenging exercise of balance. The Spurs have a specific objective, while the Pelicans want to attack with a healthy Zion Williamson.
Golden State Warriors: Offseason planning
The eight letters below give Warriors team owner Joe Lacob goosebumps more than anything else: Dynasty.
The Warriors should remain firmly enthroned at the top of the Association for many more years after winning their fourth championship in eight years thanks to a strong playoff run by eventual Finals MVP Stephen Curry, his Big Three teammates Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, as well as dependable role players.
Trading for the teams
Lacob and the front management even considered trading for Kevin Durant to accomplish that aim. But this grand reunion never took place. Instead, their inexperienced skills ought to guarantee a smooth transfer from the previous era to the following one. The Splash Brothers and Green are still in charge of protecting their crown in the short term, but something happened in the summer behind them.
Payton II, Porter Jr., and Bjelica were three crucial contributors to the Warriors’ championship run who were lost. Porter Jr. even started three finals games, and the former frequently put opposing guards on a leash. JaMychal Green, who is more than a capable backup big man and a wonderful guy in the locker room, and DiVincenzo, who defends well but should be in good form as a facilitator and with his basketball IQ, should catch this bloodletting.
There haven’t been any notable newcomers; Baldwin Jr. is a potential 3-and-D wing who will presumably be used mostly in the G-League.
In exchange, Kevon Looney’s contract was extended by Golden State for three more years and $22.5 million, and Andre Iguodala’s career was extended by one more season.
Extend Jordan Poole before he becomes a restricted free agent in 2023 will now be General Manager Bob Myers’ top priority in the weeks running up to the start of the season. Additionally permitted to bargain for a new deal are Draymond, Klay, and Andrew Wiggins. Lacob will once more need to reach deep into his wallet to ensure the dynasty’s hoped-for longevity. The incident that occurred the day before during training showed that this might still result in issues.